Just like we’ve had conflicting reports on how far along the Bin Zayed Group are in their attempts to buy Newcastle, we have also had conflicting reports on where Rafa Benitez stands in all of this.
It’s almost comical that Lee Charnley is still trying to negotiate a new contract with Benitez.
It’s been two months now – right?
And if you want to know why it takes so long for Newcastle to bring in players in the transfer windows, there’s your answer.
Rafa Benitez – has he been kept in the loop?
The current Newcastle regime cannot move quickly on anything, and even as far as the takeover goes, we wouldn’t be surprised if Mike Ashley is dragging his feet.
He says nothing, so we have no idea what he’s thinking and the man does himself no favors by keeping so quiet.
The initial news on Rafa was that the new owners were keen to keep the manager at Newcastle.
After all, he’s done a stellar job with little backing from Mike Ashley over the last three years.
One report was that the group was concentrating first on buying Newcastle but (the report) indicated that both Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger were both available.
Two of the most successful managers ever to manage in the Premier League.
It’s a good story that they may not want Rafa as the Newcastle manager, but maybe with a 1% likelihood that it is true.
Our own opinion is that Rafa has somehow been told by the new owners that they want him at Newcastle.
It’s what Rafa does in the meantime until the takeover is complete that becomes worrying.
We suppose he carries on with what may be irrelevant talks on a new contract under the current owner because he’s been told it’s business as usual.
We need to sign players, but until Rafa is tied down to a long term contract, it will be a dilemma for Newcastle to sign top players who need to know Rafa is at the club long term.
So once again we seem to be in a rut in what is expected to be our most crucial transfer window in many many years.
We hope Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan can move quickly and buy the club and then quickly tie Rafa down to a long-term deal.
We will be very thankful if they wrest the club from the current owner.
Ashley has been absolutely hopeless for Newcastle United over 12 long years – and that’s the truth.