Mick Quinn is desperate to see Newcastle United do well.
For that to happen, he believes it is vital for Rafa Benitez to remain at the club.
After the United boss won his battle of wills/wits with Arsene Wenger on Sunday, it sparked debate as to whether Arsenal could be a club that might potentially tempt Rafa away from St James Park.
Mick Quinn is adamant that Rafa Benitez isn’t pushing for a move to Arsenal, or indeed any other club.
The NUFC cult hero says ‘Rafa Benitez wants to stay at Newcastle…he loves the club and the fans.’
How does he know this?
Well Quinny says that he was speaking to the Newcastle manager as recently as Friday, with Rafa telling the former striker that ‘he wants to see this job through.’
After all the work the Spaniard has put in to sort the mess he inherited and get instant promotion, then safety on a very limited budget, why would he want to throw away all that work to give another club a try?
Mick Quinn says that he knows Rafa has had offers from elsewhere whilst he has been at Newcastle – but has shown no interest, at least so far, in entertaining them.
With only a year left on his contract and repeated media claims that once it gets to less than a year remaining this summer, there will no longer be £6m compensation due to NUFC if he left, we all wait to see what will happen – especially with Newcastle now having settled the relegation question.
The only worry on the horizon is the usual one.
Mick Quinn saying that the only thing that will make Rafa Benitez think twice about staying at Newcastle, is if he doesn’t get ‘the backing’ he needs to build the squad/club, if NUFC don’t share is ‘ambition’.
Rafa has turned 58 today and has previously suggested he could stay for a decade or longer at a ‘project’ such as Newcastle United, surely Mike Ashley must for once move swiftly and reassure Rafa Benitez that his future should be at St James Park, no matter who will be owning the club by the time next season kicks off.
Mick Quinn speaking on Talksport:
“Let me put this to bed straight away…
“He has got a year left [on his current contract] and he has had other offers.
“If he gets the backing, he will stay at Newcastle.
“He loves the club and the fans.
“I was speaking to him on Friday actually, and he wants to see this job through, and see Newcastle above Arsenal next year, possibly in the top six.
“That is the ambition Benitez has…but it’s whether Newcastle can match that ambition.
“I got this from the horse’s mouth on Friday.”