Rafa Benitez has given his first press conference since relegation was confirmed and the messages he gave out were positive BUT with a big unknown.
The Newcastle boss revealed that there have been talks with Lee Charnley regarding what happened this season and more talks are planned regarding the future.
As to when supporters will know more, he is talking by the end of the month.
However, reading between the lines it does sound very much as though Rafa Benitez has simply laid out what guarantees he needs before he considers staying on at Newcastle United.
No doubt Rafa will have been well briefed as to the kind of people and issues he is dealing with at Newcastle United.
Subsequently, he will in no way consider leaving himself open to the ridiculous arrangements that the likes of Pardew, Carver and McClaren worked under.
The future very much matches the team colours, the two possibilities do look as start as black and white.
Rafa Benitez stays – we know we have the right manager and he has stayed because things are now going to be done properly.
Rafa Benitez leaves – Mike Ashley has not agreed to give Rafa the necessary backing and total meltdown looks odds on to happen.
Rafa Benitez speaking at his pre-Tottenham press conference:
“We have to be calm, we have to be sure that what I want is the same that the fans want. We want a successful team, we want a strong team to get promoted to the Premier League again as soon as possible, and that is the situation now.
“We have to talk, we have more meetings, and then we will see what will happen. But if I am here, and I am discussing these things, it’s because in my head it’s a chance. It’s a good chance, and then we have to keep talking.”
“When I decided to come here, it’s because I knew it was a massive club with massive support from the fans, and the players have the level to do well. That was my impression when I came, and I’m really flattered by the fans because they have been amazing and I know that could be even more positive in the future.
“But at the moment, we have to be sure that we prepare the (Tottenham) game tomorrow properly, and after we will try to do the best for everyone – for me, for the Club, for the fans, for everyone here.”
Timescale for deciding?
“It’s difficult to say – it depends on the conversations – but I think that a couple of weeks could be a decent time.
“But in the meantime we have a responsibility and we have been working and preparing the pre-season, and leaving everything ready for the next year.
“We are working as professionals and we are talking, and I think that in a couple of weeks maximum, maybe, we will have an idea.”
Talks with Lee Charnley?
“We have a good relationship – he is professional and I am professional.
“We were analysing things that were wrong, and things that could be done in a different way, and that’s it – quite positive.
“What we said in this meeting is that we will have more meetings. Again, I will say that it was very positive in terms of the things that we were discussing and I can say to the fans that we will continue.”
“I am professional and I have been in this business for a while.
“I’m the kind of manager that has achieved what I have achieved working very hard. I was not a famous star as a player, so I needed to work very hard.
“I have experienced two promotions with different clubs in Spain – Extremadura and Tenerife – and I have experienced relegation with Extremadura too, and I have won a lot of trophies. I can understand that some people will say ‘no, he cannot stay’ and some people will say ‘he will do it’.”