It seems the Board Director Bob Moncur tried to get Rafa Benitez to commit long term to Newcastle even if we are relegated in May, but Rafa Benitez would not commit to that – although he didn’t say he wouldn’t stay either.
That’s the big question at Newcastle, although of course if we stay up that’s the best scenario of all.
The second best scenario is we take the plunge but Rafa commits say to one season down below – but it’s almost certain he could get us straight back up because a lot of our good players would then be willing to stay with Rafa.
The worst scenario is we go down and he leaves – and that’s going to be very hard to take for the fans – it will be heart-break time on Tyneside.
Bob Moncur – tried to get Rafa to fully commit to Newcastle
This is what Bob has said today in the Scotsman in a very long interview where he talks about the various aspects of his life as a footballer:
“I was trying to get him to commit to the club long-term.” “Everyone expects him to leave if we get relegated but I told him he was the future.”
“He could re-build us and hopefully make us great again.” “I told him I was speaking on behalf of all the fans, those poor, long-suffering folk who sing Blaydon Races in all weathers.”
“I got quite emotional as I was speaking to him and could feel myself welling up.” “That happens more since my cancer.” “I like Rafa.” “He’s a football man, very sincere, and he looks you straight in the eye.”
“I told him it would reflect well on him if he didn’t just walk away.” “But I couldn’t quite get the answer I was looking for, other than: ‘Bob, we won’t be relegated.’”
“I told him that impressed me, although had to add that I’ve seen more of this team than him and know what they can be like.“ “Plus, I’m a dour Scotsman who tends to look on the black side.”
We can fully understand why Rafa doesn’t want to talk about what would happen if we do go down, because he’s trying to get everybody to believe and support the fact we can stay up – which is possible.
And it’s a huge leverage too for Rafa to have everybody try their very best and do everything possible this season to save Newcastle – given that he may just walk out in May – which is his right via the clause in his contract.
And it cannot hurt if Rafa sees 52,000 screaming Geordies at each of the five home games – plus a sold-out contingent of fans at our remaining away games.
But one way to make it worthwhile for Rafa if we go down is he will have lost out on a £2M bonus.
So make that bonus available if he can get us promoted next season – and of course keep his wages and those of his staff at their current levels.
That would keep the fans fully involved and season tickets would sell quickly too.
He could also be persuaded that his win rate could take a nice little hike in the Championship.
And of course he could form the basis of the team while down below, so we’d be in really good position for the following season – always assuming we get promoted straight back to the Premier League.
And he could start sorting out and reorganizing the club from top to bottom – which is desperately needed – and there’s a lot of work there for Rafa.
We could be in much better condition when we return to the Premier League.
But as we said – he’s completely committed to staying up – and so is everybody associated with Newcastle – we can do it.
But Bob Moncur is also right – Rafa Benitez is the future of Newcastle.