There was news last night that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will be flying in today to try to tie up a deal for former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez – and it seems that even before Rafa comes to the club – if he comes to the club – he is doing us a favor.
Rafa is insisting that Newcastle stop doing these daft transfers where Graham Carr decides who will come into the team during transfer windows – whether or not it has any bearing on fixing weak links in the team.
Great shot of Rafa Benitez
And sometimes – like the case of Florian Thauvin last summer – it´s a complete luxury as he brings in a player he had been after for three years – because he was available – but only because he had such a poor season at Marseilles last term.
That has had disastrous consequences for Newcastle and we wasted £13M of the club´s money and Florian is now back at Marseille on loan.
Rafa is no fool and he´s also managed some great football clubs – like Valencia, Liverpool, Chelsea, Inter-Milan and Real Madrid and it seems to us he is tryin to do us a favor before he even signs for us.
But it could be those running the club cannot even see that – so inept are they.
Rafa wants to have total control of transfers and wants to bring in his own backroom staff if he is to take the job.
If Newcastle don’t give him what he wants, then we don´t deserve a world-class manager like Rafa and we will be relegated this season – it’s as simple as that.
And we will deserve to be relegated because of the incompetence shown by those running the club.
We will thoroughly deserve to go down.
So it´s a very simply choice for Newcastle – agree to Rafa´s demands and we could be on our way to being a big club again – if Rafa can save us from relegation.
Or keep doing the daft things we have been doing in the past that has seen us fight relegation in three of the last four years.
I wish I had the confidence to say we would definitely do the former, but I don´t.
It could be that Ashley is coming in for talks with Benitez´ reps and maybe even to Rafa himself – and give his assurance he is willing to change the way the club is run so Rafa will join us.
We are hoping that´s the case for today – day six in the latest Newcastle soap opera.
If we fail to sign Rafa now – it´s yet another disgrace at Newcastle – sack the lot of them.