Newcastle United fans were far from happy in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend after seeing their side’s three-match winning streak come to an end at Brighton.
Rafa Benitez’s men began the new Premier League campaign with back-to-back defeats but soon hit their stride with three successive victories, with West Ham, Swansea City, and Stoke City all coming unstuck against the North East giants.
However, the Magpies were dealt a blow on Sunday as they lost 1-0 away at fellow promoted side Brighton, with Tomer Hemed netting what turned out to be the winner six minutes into the second half for Chris Hughton’s men.
Nonetheless, there may be some good news for Newcastle supporters after all this week if a recent report from The Times is anything to go by, as that suggests that the club are lining up a new deal for manager Benitez.
The 57-year-old took over at St James’ Park back in 2016 but was unable to keep the Magpies in the Premier League, despite picking up 12 points from their last six matches, although he stayed on to lead them to the Championship title last season, and thus an immediate return to the top tier.
And it appears that the Magpies hierarchy are looking to use their side’s fine start to the new campaign to their advantage by reportedly opening contract talks with Benitez, in a bid to tie him down to a new long-term deal at the club.
Benitez is likely to need convincing of the club’s future ambitions by owner Mike Ashley before committing to the Magpies, but after the job he’s done so far, he’s certainly someone our resident Newcastle fans want at the helm for the long haul.
Landlord’s verdict: Rafa Benitez may not have been able to keep Newcastle in the Premier League back in 2016, but he has since been a revelation on Tyneside in helping them reclaim a position in the top tier.
However, it hasn’t always been plain sailing for the Spaniard following a summer of failed transfer pursuits, and that is why news of a possible new deal for the 57-year-old is certainly going to intrigue Magpies fans, as the penning of an improved contract at St James’ Park will be indicative of where the club are looking to go in the future.
Sign it, and it’s clear that owner Mike Ashley is seeking to take the club to the next level, but failure to do so could see Newcastle struggle, as they have done over the last ten years, to retain their Premier League status.
Newcastle fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!
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