Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez are to sit down today (Thursday) for talks over the Spaniard’s contract standoff, according to the Times.
They report that Ashley and Benitez have been talking on and off for 18 months over a new deal for the former Liverpool boss but have been unable to reach a compromise.
But while Benitez has been too focused on the Premier League season to really settle down for talks, they are apparently set to take place urgently with a view to getting the situation sorted.
It really needs sorting because it’s an issue that is tearing the club apart.
Benitez is the only aspect of the club that the supporters can truly unite behind, which offers them hope of better times ahead.
Losing him would bring mutiny at the club to a whole new level, as Ashley serves to kill off the Magpies’ only real prospect of progress.
The situation also hampers Newcastle’s transfer business. How can prospective new players look at coming or existing players look at renewing while they don’t know who the manager will be or what the transfer policy is?
This really needs sorting and it’s staggering that Ashley has let it come to this. Allowing Benitez to go would be another staggering show of incompetence and stubbornness.