Things have been looking fairly good at Newcastle in recent weeks, excluding our loss to West Ham of course, with a number of good results coming Rafa Benitez’s way.
However, things can quickly change at Newcastle, and whilst the results have been good, there’s still some major concern ongoing behind the scenes. That’s because Benitez’s contract expires at the end of the season, and all of the good work that’s ongoing at St. James’ Park at present may well be for nothing if his project ends in a few months.
The Chronicle recently offered some insight on the matter, and they’ve noted that Newcastle feel that the onus is on Benitez himself to engage in talks with the club after he previously knocked them back on a contract offer.
Whilst you can understand that perspective, as the club may feel that negotiations are pointless unless Benitez makes it clear that he wants to re-sign, this is the wrong approach for Newcastle.
The reality is that the club are very lucky to have someone of the manager’s quality, and make no mistake, if he left the club he could find a new home within a matter of days.
To take this stance is to suggest that Benitez needs Newcastle as much as Newcastle need Benitez – and that’s just not the case. He’s been simply brilliant at the helm, and the board need to recognise that.
The club should, even now, be doing all they can to convince Benitez to stay. They shouldn’t be waiting for him to give them the go ahead; they should be actively pursuing him to renew. If he’s made to feel wanted, that’s only going to increase his desire to stay.
Newcastle must recognise what they’ve got, and they must do all they can to keep the Spaniard at the club.