Newcastle fans will still be delighted to have managed to take a point away from Dean Court on Saturday and more good news seems to have come in. According to The Chronicle, the Magpies are taking steps to ensure that Rafa Benitez is tied down to a long-term deal, including promises of increased funds and training ground imporvements.
A long-term offer is on the table for Benitez and the deal will make him one of the top six earners in the Premier League. The deal will also contain a host of incentives if #nufc make further progress in the Premier League. https://t.co/wb5CUxiAlV
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) March 17, 2019
Whilst this news would come as a fantastic update for any other Premier League club’s fanbase, as far as the Geordies are concerned there must be strings attached. Mike Ashley simply doesn’t do this kind of thing and make promises without there being something in it for him, and whilst they supporters are desperate to see Rafa Benitez put pen to paper they’re sceptical over what’s brewing.
This season is the second in a row where Rafa Benitez has pulled the Magpies out of a relegation battle and had them fighting in mid-table. At the moment St James Park is the home of a 13th placed side Premier League side, and with Rafa keeping the Geordies seven points above the drop zone it looks like things could be on the up, even if Ashley latest proposal is riddled with strings attached, as they all expect it to be.
You can read the Magpies’ thoughts on the latest Ashley proposal here:
Literally praying he signs pic.twitter.com/YmplYRiYzR
— Rob Nicholson (@rob_nicka) March 17, 2019
No point giving him incentives if you’re not going to give him the funds in order to reach those incentives. Baffles me how no one wants to buy the club!
— Andy Ebdale (@ebdale4) March 17, 2019
I don’t think his compensation is his biggest factor. He wants investment in the club. All levels.
— PJ Doc (@Pjdoc) March 17, 2019
That’s great an all but this deal is only good if the board is actually willing to back Rafa and actually give him what he wants and not a constant repeat of this season and last.
— Jack (@Jack_Rogers97) March 17, 2019
Insentive to make progress is a statement an ambitious club would make, logically I can’t believe thats true. Insensitive to stay up maybe
— Dell (@agbnufc) 17 March 2019
Thought he wanted more money
— adam thompson (@histonadam85) March 17, 2019
This will be full of Ashley wriggle room.
— TeemuAku (@AkuTeemu) March 17, 2019
Cant progress without signings
— David Singleton (@mindblower46) March 17, 2019
The Magpies have little faith in anything being achieved whilst Ashley owns the club, and even with good news like this the feeling is a negative one.