Sky Sports reporter Keith Downey was part of a Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast last Friday, and he gave an update on Rafa’s drawn-out negotiations which we reported on earlier today.
The gist of the talk was that progress was being made in the negotiations and that Rafa wants many changes made in the way Newcastle have done things under Mike Ashley for twelve years.
If this all goes through and Rafa signs a new deal we have to believe that Ashley has agreed to make the majority of changes Rafa has asked for.
But as Downey points out, Newcastle always do things laboriously slowly – and this is no exception.
The three major negotiators – Ashley, Rafa, and Charnley
One looks puzzled, one seems fed up, the other looks smug
Newcastle make snails look like the fastest things on the planet.
That has to change.
The piece by Keith Downey is generally favorable to Rafa signing.
This is what Downie told Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast:
“So there’s a lot of paperwork and a lot of toing and froing to go through.”
“As we sit here, Friday lunch-time, the contract still isn’t signed.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes into next week. The noises I’m hearing are positive ones from inside the club and Rafa’s side.”
“But I suppose with Newcastle and the way they are and the way things have gone in the past, no-one will actually believe that until they see it in writing.”
“And he’s standing inside St James’ Park with a scarf above his head.”
Let’s hope we get some positive closure on Rafa early next week.
This thing has gone on far too long.