Earlier today, the Premier League outfit sacked Steve McClaren as their head coach and appointed Benitez as his replacement.
Balague has given his take on the situation and has suggested that Benitez would want more control at St. James’ Park than the Englishman ever had.
“Rafa wants to take over at Newcastle,” Balague told Sky Sports before the announcement was made. “The main thing for him is that he gets the control Steve McClaren didn’t have, because without that not much is going to change. With that in mind, I’m pretty sure the negotiations have featured that kind of conversation.
“Once appointed he obviously has ten games in which to save the club. I am convinced that with the order he will bring, the authority he will have in the changing room - from his CV and importance as one of Europe’s top ten coaches – the players will stand up and listen.”
“Rafa will have asked if the position is a managerial role - that means having more control and authority than previous managers,” added the Spaniard. “Newcastle would have replied yes.
“Another part of the negotiations concerned the length of the contract, he didn’t want just a few months. He believes in the potential of the club but will need time to take Newcastle where he believes they deserve to be.”
Newcastle are second from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment and are in real danger of going down to the Championship at the end of the season.
The Magpies do have some good players, though, and fans will hope that Benitez can get the best out of them between now and the end of the season.
The Spaniard will bring fresh ideas and better organisation, and Newcastle supporters will hope that it can save the team.
Newcastle will return to Premier League action on Monday evening when they take on Leicester City away from home at the King Power Stadium.