Rafa Benitez to sign “1 or 2” year deal if he stays at NUFC this summer?

According to the Chronicle’s Chris Waugh, Rafa Benitez is now ‘heading towards’ a short-term deal at St James’ Park if he decides to stay this summer.

It’s been reported this week that the club are now awaiting a decision from the Spaniard after talks with both Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley, and Waugh has suggested that a ‘1 or 2 year-deal’ could be what Benitez agrees to.

It remains to be seen if Rafa will agree to a any new deal – especially when he’s ‘not had all the assurances he wanted’ – although it’s suggested below that this may be down to the fact Ashley wants out:

“My understating at the moment is that we’re heading towards what looks like it will be more of a shorter contract rather than a longer term contract both parties would’ve preferred to have.

“That hasn’t been agreed yet – we could still come to a conclusion where Benitez signs a 3-5 year deal – but at the moment I think 1 or 2 years is what we’re heading towards.”

“I think that’s because of all the uncertainty going on, but also the fact that Benitez hasn’t had all the assurances he wants, which is probably because Mike Ashley doesn’t want to commit to a club that he hopes he’s going to sell in the coming months.”

This makes sense, even if it’s hard to see things clearly when a takeover has clouded just about everything connected to Newcastle United right now.

It’s now appearing more and more apparent that Mike Ashley does want out at Newcastle this time around, and, as a result, he’s going to be even more reluctant to agree to the assurances Rafa Benitez craves. That said, this approach is unacceptable if yet another proposed takeover falls flat.

If he’s not agreeing to Rafa’s demands, OK, but make sure you sell up this time to someone who will!

It’s a messy situation, but a short term deal would make plenty sense given a takeover is looking more and more likely. Even if a deal isn’t struck with Sheikh Khaled this summer, it’s starting to feel like Mike Ashley’s end game is upon us – and Rafa may be tempted to stick around a little longer yet if new ideas, ambition and cash is set to arrive at the club over the coming year.

I wouldn’t blame Rafa Benitez if he walked away, with him likely to have several big offers elsewhere, but he’s not stuck it out this long to walk away when a takeover could be on the horizon.

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9 thoughts on “Rafa Benitez to sign “1 or 2” year deal if he stays at NUFC this summer?

  1. Do you really think Rafa will sign another contract for Ashley? No chance , he’s waiting on takeover so he can speak terms with new ownership, especially with him not getting all he asked for

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  2. This f*cker is just guessing ??
    “A 1 to 2 year deal looks likely …but it might be 3 to 5 years” wtf.. I can’t believe it’s actually been regurgitated on this site.. click bait central..

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  3. Said it for such a long time now..
    Rafa has known a lot more than he’s led everyone to believe.
    He will stay.
    FATBASTAD OOT.
    HWTL.

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  4. Aussie Mag:
    This f*cker is just guessing ??
    “A 1 to 2 year deal looks likely …but it might be3 to 5 years” wtf..I can’t believe it’s actually been regurgitated on this site..click bait central..

    Have you listened to what he’s said? I know he mentions 3-5, but he’s clearly stating that a short-term, ‘1 or 2’ year deal is what we’re ‘heading towards’ if he’s going to sign.

    He’s a reporter for the Chronicle who’ll have contacts and that’s clearly what he’s been told.

    Does he know for certain? Of course not, but it’s quite clear that he’s saying a short term deal is on the cards now.

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  5. “he’s a reporter for the Chronicle who’ll have contacts and that’s clearly what he’s been told.” clearly been told by who? He doesn’t even say a source told him. If we’ve learnt anything over the past two weeks is that the Chronicle reporters haven’t a clue whats going on within the club and report their own opinions, which are based on nothing substantial, as facts.

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  6. Return of the Geordi:
    “he’s a reporter for the Chronicle who’ll have contacts and that’s clearly what he’s been told.” clearly been told by who? He doesn’t even say a source told him. If we’ve learnt anything over the past two weeks is that the Chronicle reporters haven’t a clue whats going on within the club and report their own opinions, which are based on nothing substantial, as facts.

    When they say ‘it’s my understanding’ they’re not about to state and opinion, they’re stating what they’ve been told.

    At the end of the day, it’s worth mentioning that everything he said makes total sense. I bet a short-term deal is the best we’ll get at this stage (unless a takeover goes through).

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  7. It’s his “understanding” based on what? Howay Olly man. It’s my understanding, based on all the recent articles in the Chronic, that Waugh and Ryder have no viable sources in the club. But it must be true cause me mate Ryder and me were chatting in the office and we both have the same opinion.

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  8. Return of the Geordi:
    It’s his “understanding” based on what? Howay Olly man. It’s my understanding, based on all the recent articles in the Chronic, that Waugh and Ryder have no viable sources in the club. But it must be true cause me mate Ryder and me were chatting in the office and we both have the same opinion.

    I’m by no means claiming they’re the oracle when it comes to all things NUFC, , I just don’t think they’ll go about making things up.

    They MUST have contacts to the club though, trusted sources etc.

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  9. Sorry mate, like the reporter in question you are looking for hits/clicks from readers. Why else would you give this rubbish any credence. Don’t try and defend it..

    Olly Hawkins: Have you listened to what he’s said? I know he mentions 3-5, but he’s clearly stating that a short-term, ‘1 or 2’ year deal is what we’re ‘heading towards’ if he’s going to sign.

    He’s a reporter for the Chronicle who’ll have contacts and that’s clearly what he’s been told.

    Does he know for certain? Of course not, but it’s quite clear that he’s saying a short term deal is on the cards now.

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