Rafa Benitez is not daunted by hard work, and one reason the Spanish manager has been successful in football management is that he loves to work and really is a workaholic.
His days at the Benton Training grounds often go from 8:00 until 8:00 pm – and he seems to love it.
What we have come to really like about Rafa is he’s such a good man and obviously has shown loyalty to Newcastle – and we will never forget that.
There is news today that there has been progress made on the contract talks and lawyers are not vetting Rafa’s contract.
That’s what happened when Rafa first arrived in March 2016 and then again a few months later when he surprisingly stayed on to manage Newcastle in the Championship.
Rafa Benitez – work piling up for the manager
We are trying to be positive and hope the negotiations can be completed by the middle of next week.
And it does seem that Rafa really does want to stay at Newcastle.
There’s lots of work to do in signing players, and Rafa wants the new players in early and hopefully before preseason starts on Thursday, July 4th.
And we are competing in the Premier League Asia Trophy tournament in China in July
The manager will also have a massive clearout of players who no longer have a role to play at Newcastle.
And players are waiting to talk to Rafa about their futures such as Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey, and Dwight Gayle, and if Rafa decides to sell those three, he could get almost £60M for them.
Players like Sean Longstaff and others are due to get new, improved contracts becasue of their excellent performances last season.
And we are hoping to see the likes of Lee Charnley move at much greater speed and urgency to sign new players.
That’s one area Rafa wants significant improvements in – it takes Newcastle far too long to do anything.
Including getting Rafa to sign along the dotted line.
But on the positive side of things, if Rafa does sign this coming week, there will be dancing in the streets n Newcastle.
And hopefully, a new era can start for the club – an age led by Mr. Benitez, and we can start winning trophies again.
It’s been a long time.
And we can all enjoy a summer transfer window when the club will sign some outstanding players.