Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is never far from the headlines where the club are concerned.
A report in The Times claim that the businessman wants to open talks with manager Rafael Benitez about a new contract at St James’ Park.
The Spaniard’s current deal does not expire until the end of next season, but it is believed that Ashley wants to secure the coach’s future.
According to The Times, the club owner has invited Benitez out for dinner to discuss a potential new contract, and it is believed that the ex-Liverpool manager will not make a decision until he learns of Ashley’s plans for the club.
There were concerns that Benitez could quit during the summer after he made it clear that he was unsatisfied with the club’s transfer activity.
However, the 57-year-old has remained committed to the Magpies, and now the fans are mulling over these latest reports that Ashley wants to open contract talks.
Mike knows the club is worth much more with Rafa on a long
term deal. (I hope he does anyway)
— tintin and snowy (@tintinandgolf) September 26, 2017
Would be awesome if he signs but would also be totally understandable should he choose not to. Provided there even is an offer, like. #NUFC
— TheMackemSlayer (@TheMackemSlayer) September 26, 2017
"Ashley has extended an olive branch to Benitez, and invited him to dinner." Yeah like Hanibal Lectar #NUFC
— Bill (@orrible_git) September 26, 2017
— Daniel White (@danwhitepr) September 26, 2017
To be sincere, I can't see Benitez signing an extension to his contract at #nufc with what happened during the summer.
— ayomide (@hephzibah0610) September 26, 2017
That is all of our fears. We live in hope he clears off as we have little hope he'll give Benitez what he wants.
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) September 26, 2017
If Benitez is as clever as I think he is he won't sign a new contract to work under this hideous regime & I can't blame him #Nufc
— The Insider (@theinsidernufc) September 26, 2017
Rafa Benitez will not sign a new contract as long as Mike Ashley still owns NUFC.
And Ashley knows that.
— Liam (@Liam_Reay83) September 26, 2017