The Rafa Benitez situation rumbles on, hopefully to a successful conclusion in the very near future.
It is now reported that Rafa has agreed verbally to stay at Newcastle United and whilst the fine details are being worked out, he actually spent Tuesday working on his recruitment plan for the (hopefully) one season excursion to the Championship.
The Mail claim that their information has come from people close to Rafa Benitez and that the biggest hurdle was overcome, when Mike Ashley told him that he would have the final say on all transfers in and out.
The newspaper say that a major factor in Rafa’s decision has been the welcome afforded to both he and his family by supporters since he arrived at St James Park, culminating in the quite mad occasion that was Newcastle’s relegation party on Sunday, as fans took that final chance of hoping to tip the manager into deciding to stay.
With Rafa Benitez said to be set to stay, the report also carries the predictable news that failed head scout Graham Carr will be the main casualty of the decision, as the Manager becomes the one to oversee recruitment, rather than the circus involving Carr at the top of the tree in transfer decisions.
The only possible problem is said by The Mail to be if an impossible to turn down offer comes from another club and Rafa Benitez exercises his choice to use the contract clause which allows him to leave in the event of relegation.
Obviously we have all heard the joke about verbal contracts not being worth the paper they are written on and whether the relegation contract break clause has a time limit to be exercised, who knows?
Whatever the case, I don’t think Rafa Benitez would be somebody to do a u-turn if he publicly commits to staying at Newcastle and so I will really only believe he is actually staying when Rafa’s own words appear on his very own website confirming the news.