Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is seeking a meeting with managing director Lee Charnley this week in an attempt to finally sign a new deal.
The Magpies boss sees his current deal expire during the summer. The ex-Liverpool and Chelsea boss is keen to discuss his own deal and the summer recruitment policy, according to The Telegraph.
Benitez is worshipped by those of a Newcastle persuasion and they will be desperately keen to see him stay at the club. The ordeal of a new contract has been dragging on for some time now with the Spaniard wanting reassurances from the hierarchy.
The Telegraph piece claims that Benitez has lined-up transfer targets to bolster every department and he hopes to discuss these with Charnley in the near future.
Benitez has been banging his head against a brick wall for some time regarding his new deal and his patience must be growing extremely thin.
The Spaniard has previously reiterated his desire to stay and move the football club forwards. For whatever reason though a contract hasn’t been forthcoming.
Newcastle can’t afford to lose Benitez. Okay, so he may have taken them down and then back up again but under the proven boss there is optimism that they can become an established top half Premier League club.
In order to achieve that he will need backing from the board.
Mike Ashley and Charnley must trust Benitez to sign the players he wants. If they can give him total control over transfer dealings then there is everything to suggest that the club can kick on.
If the unthinkable happens and Benitez ends up leaving, it could set the Magpies back by several years.