The Chronicle is reporting today that sources close to Rafa Benitez have confirmed that some kind of enquiry as to whether he would be willing to come in and mange Newcastle has been made by the Tyneside club.
The report suggests the Board are now willing to fire McClaren (well that didn’t take long did it?), but want a replacement lined up before they do that.
But there’s no real reason to do that – and McClaren should be fired to give the players and the fans a sign that some decisive action is being taken by the club in an attempt to save our Premier League status.
No such sign has come out of Newcastle since our humiliation against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Rafa Benitez – obviously he wants to join Newcastle
We are in real danger of being relegated – in fact it will now be a surprise if we remain a Premier League club come May.
As far as the polls go on who Newcastle fans want to replace Steve McClaren – the two big favorites in every poll we have seen are Rafa Benitez and David Moyes.
And it’s Rafa Benitez who is at the top of our poll and in other polls we have seen too.
McClaren took training this morning and what a bizarre situation the Newcastle Board have allowed to develop since Saturday night – when Steve should have been fired.
Freddy Shepherd fired Ruud Gullit in August of 1999 after we lost that home game to Sunderland 2-1 and he did it an hour after the game finished – and that’s what we mean by decisive action.
Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins fired his manager in december long before he brought in a replacement for Garry Monk – and they are now 9 points above Newcastle in the league.
Poor Garry had such a better record than Steve McClaren at Newcastle that it’s almost embarrassing the way he was ruthlessly fired by Jenkins.
Newcastle don’t have much time of course, but they need to fire McClaren – the sooner the better – there’s no way fans will allow him to remain in place.
And we’d be very surprised if Rafa would agree to come to Newcastle, but David Moyes may be willing to come in and help save us.
But in either case they would need to control the transfers at Newcastle.
They wouldn’t come in with Graham Carr in charge of transfers, which is the ridiculous situation at the club right now.
Here’s something that may cheer you up …..
Just imagine this afternoon that Newcastle announce that Steve McClaren has indeed been fired and that Rafa Benitez will be coming in to take over and he says he is confident he can save Newcastle from relegation.
Wouldn’t that be something.
However, it’s equivalent to believing in the tooth fairy when you were a youngster.