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Report: Benitez could walk away for free

Rafa Benitez could walk away from Newcastle without paying his £6million severance penalty because his lawyers believe he has a case for constructive dismissal the Daily Mail claims.

The Mail says his camp are not denying an interest in the West Ham position but it is also thought their preference is to negotiate the best terms to see Newcastle compete in the top half of the Premier League next season.

The Mail claims that Mike Ashley is ready to give Benitez a promise of a £50m transfer kitty this summer plus the proceeds of sales of any outgoing players but the Spaniard representatives are said to also want £8m per year for their client. Local Newcastle press say that ‘Newcastle United’s contract talks with Rafa Benitez have reached a critical stage’

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

4 comments on “Report: Benitez could walk away for free

  1. It’s looking more and more likely to be Pelligrini ., which is also a very nice sighning .
    According to loads of news outlets a decision on our next Manager is imminent . Can’t see Newcastle letting Benitez go though and even less to one of Thier main rivals for League position next season . But , the merry-go-round is a strange apparatus and sudden application of the breaks is not uncommon .
    Let’s see who we finally end up with . At least there are some Big names still in the frame .
    Can Sullivan pull off a pleasant surprise ?, maybe .

    • Completely agree. There’s no way Sullivan could be so sure about Rafa (even with his level arrogance), there are so many hoops to jump through before that could happen. Pellegrini makes much more sense, even if I’d much prefer Rafa. Rafa could have built something long term, a project, like he is trying to do a Newcastle but I feel Pellegrini will just be here for a couple of seasons of big wages with no real desire to create a legacy.

  2. There’s is a good piece in The Times today on the issue. It suggests the combination of Benitez & West Ham would be an almighty explosion because Rafa would not just suck up the Sullivan rubbish. It gives an impartial assessment of the Moyes period at the club. There is also a story that in January one of the staff received a call from Sullivan saying that an unknown ( cheap) Spanish player was on his way over to join the squad. Sullivan thought he was worth a punt. Apparently Moyes put his foot down & said the player was not allowed anywhere near the squad.

    Things begin to make more sense…Also if we end up with Mr P rather than Rafa we will know one of the big reasons.

  3. Constructive dismissal for failing to keep promises made to the manager! and he’s considering moving to us??

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