Report putting blame on Rafa Benitez if Newcastle United left in chaos
It is only 18 days now until Rafa Benitez reaches the end of his contract.
The clock ticking ever louder with the Premier League fixtures out tomorrow and season ticket renewals set to open.
With pre-season training starting in three weeks time and the Newcastle United squad heading off to China a week later, so many issues to be sorted, not least who will be manager when the season kicks off in August.
A new report is looking to point the finger of blame at Rafa Benitez, if this all descends into (even more) chaos.
This report from The Sun stating ‘Newcastle fear Rafa Benitez could run down his contract – leaving the club in crisis’, at the start of July.
The report going on to say: ‘Charnley has purposely not approached other managers with Benitez still under contract.’
I’m sorry but if for any reason Rafa Benitez isn’t Newcastle manager when the new season kicks off, it will be down to only one man and it isn’t the Champions League. double La Liga, double Europa League, FA Cup winning boss.
It will be solely down to Mike Ashley for undermining and misleading the Spaniard constantly throughout these past three years, leading to a situation where Rafa Benitez was not convinced he would be properly supported if signing a contract extension.
Likewise, if no decent replacement was lined up to quickly step in, that would also be Mike Ashley’s fault, not Rafa’s. The reality is that the two sides must both know by now where the other one stands.
Newcastle fans of course hope that the no action/news is due to an imminent takeover of the football club, with everything else then flowing from there.
However, until that takeover is made official, none of us will be sleeping easy in our beds.
History tells us that if this all descends into yet another Mike Ashley inspired mess, the NUFC owner will be ramping up the PR to lay the blame elsewhere.
We have seen it so many times before with Ashley and his people using friendly media to attack Kevin Keegan, Alan Shearer and especially the fans, any number of times.
Here’s hoping we are all looking at a new dawn for Newcastle United and not the same old Mike Ashley.
The Sun report:
‘Newcastle fear Rafa Benitez could run down his contract – leaving the club in crisis on July 1.
The Magpies manager has been offered an extension to his current deal, which expires on June 30.
But despite briefly chatting to managing director Lee Charnley at the club’s training ground on Monday, Benitez has given no indication as to whether he is going to sign new terms.
And while Newcastle chiefs are still hoping the Spaniard stays, they are increasingly worried he will walk away at the end of the month and leave them starting pre-season without a boss.
Charnley has purposely not approached other managers with Benitez still under contract.
But he will soon be forced to look at alternatives with just 18 days to go before the 2005 Champions League-winning chief can leave.
Benitez is understood to be concerned about the prospect of having less control of recruitment when he actually wanted more power.
And matters have also been muddied by owner Mike Ashley’s talks to sell to Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Benitez, who surprised Charnley with his visit to Newcastle’s Benton HQ this week, has been told it is business as usual regarding the club’s ownership.
But he wants to know what a possible takeover would mean for him and he has had no contact from representatives of the Sheikh.
Newcastle’s players are due to return to pre-season training on July 4.
And if Benitez and his backroom staff go, new Under-23s boss Neil Redfearn may have to take temporary charge of first-team matters.’
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