Whilst there has been a lot of talk in the media in recent days about the Rafa Benitez long-term stay decision getting ever nearer, anything of substance has been thin on the ground.

The last 24 hours have seen various journalists claim that it is only ‘fine details’ that need to be sorted, with reports stating that Rafa Benitez has supposedly ‘verbally’ agreed to stay on at Newcastle United.

However, Thursday afternoon has seen the usually very reliable BBC Sport state that there is something far more fundamental holding up any potential agreement between the club and Rafa Benitez.

BBC Sport’s Ian Dennis says that it is the level of backing in terms of transfer kitty that Mike Ashley is willing to give Rafa, which is still awaiting agreement.

If this is the case, then it is a lot more than a fine detail and something which is crucial to whether Rafa Benitez can hope to make a success of the Newcastle job and subsequently, whether he will then be prepared to take the job.

News of this hold up will be seen as both a negative and a positive by most Newcastle fans.

Negative because of course supporters want Rafa Benitez to commit as soon as possible but also a positive, as the fans know that Rafa needs proper backing if he is to stand a chance of sorting the mess at Newcastle United which he has inherited and will be fully supportive of the Spaniard insisting on this before he agrees to continue in the role.

Ian Dennis writing on BBC Sport:

Rafael Benitez’s decision whether to stay on as Newcastle manager will depend on the amount of funds he is given to strengthen the squad.

Benitez took over in March but could not stop the club being relegated, despite the Magpies winning three of their last six league matches.

He could now activate a clause in his deal which allows him to leave.”