Rafa Benitez Is Newcastle´s Only Hope

We are hoping against hope that Rafa Benitez can do what is looking increasingly like a miracle now – and that is to save Newcastle United from the drop.

If that happens and he is either not offered the Spain National manager job in the summer, or is offered it and turns it down to stay at Newcastle, then we will be back in business big time.

But everything has to line up  like that for Rafa Benitez to stay at Newcastle.

He´s too good a manager and in too much demand to stay on if we are relegated and manage a Championship club.

rafa benitez arrives at st james pk

Rafa Benitez and Newcastle
Could have been a match made in heaven

So if we do down it is almost certain (only 99% certain so there´s still a chance) he will leave and Newcastle will be back where we were in May 2009 and back in the oblivion of England´s second division where we get £20M from the league every season.

If that happens then Newcastle will lose a lot of fans – some in Newcastle and England because they will simply give up and end their pain until we can get back into the Premier League.

But for fans like us away from home base in places like America, it will be more difficult to stay in touch because we do not get the games on TV in the Championship.

So if we are relegated – and it´s looking more and more certain with every game we don´t win – things will be very tough for the club.

But even more so for the lifeblood of Newcastle United – the long suffering fans.

The best thing the club can do, as we pointed out yesterday, is to quickly appoint a top manager like David Moyes in the summer who can then bring in the players he wants and start preparing to get us promoted straight back to the Premier League.

But we are not holding our breath with the way the club has been run this last year or two – and we think there is no chance at all that Newcastle will suddenly become a well-run club this summer with lots of initiative, verve and ambition.

In short – everything we haven´t had for some time now.

As Alan Shearer has rightly pointed out – the club is a mess from top to bottom – and in business believe us, it´s always very difficult if not impossible for those who get a business  into a mess to get them out of it.

Unless Mike Ashley brings in some very good people to run the club – including a top manager like Moyes as one example – we could be down in the wilderness for a number of seasons.

Newcastle United Football Club has been destroyed by these guys running the club – and Ashley should step up to the plate and start fixing things in the summer and stop screwing the Newcastle fans.

Excuse my language.

Comments welcome.

85 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Apr 7, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Come forth ye heathens, worship at the altar of Rafa! He has won the champions league you know.

    Oh omnipotent Rafa, bestow great Mercy upon us.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 7, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2


    maybe we could make a couple of sacrifices at the alter

    there is a few on here worthy of being sacrificed

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 7, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Explain your comment on the previous thread of why it is great to be this close to disaster?

  • geordie157

    Apr 7, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Tadic and Mane will cause a lot of problems for our useless defence, keep those two quiet and we have a chance.

    Southampton are also a side we never beat

  • John Akomfrah

    Apr 7, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5

    i only glance at the blog in the hope of seeing
    ” fat greedy get sells up”

  • geordie157

    Apr 7, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Could Rafa manage Spain and us? It rarely works but a few have done it with some success.

    I can’t see it happening but Rafa may end up staying, he’s in a position where he could say I’ll stay if….then it’ll be up to club to match those demands. Big promotion bonus, full control of transfers etc

    If he goes then the club need to find a young ambitious manager….struggling to think of any who won’t already be in the prem a la Howe and Dyche. We could get Rodgers in I suppose

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed says, “The £129M was made up of him covering a £100M debt he didn´t know about when he coughed up £135M for Newcastle in 2007 and then Chairman Chris Mort found out about the debt in September of 2007 when going more thoroughly through the books.”

    It is highly misleading and to say Ashley was covering a debt of £100m he didn’t know about.

    I agree with Jib about the loan. Ed’s comments are odd. It’s as if a loan is a major impediment to a sale. It would be unusual if a club didn’t have borrowings.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Predictive text. How do I turn it off?

    It is highly misleading of Ed to say …

  • AncientC

    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #9

    You have got to be kidding, if you think we can just turn to Brendan Rodgers if we get relegated. Rodgers could expect the Tottenham job, if Man Utd poached Pocchettino.

    Rodgers and his attacking brand of football, will not be short of offers.


    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Ur flowery language aside u are happy we’ve fought relegation consistently under Ashley?

    What are u on about kidda

  • Jib

    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Blackley and Brownlie //
    Predictive text. How do I turn it off?

    You could try running the cold tap over your device

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Very much like his dimwitted sidekick he says things that he doesn’t mean to wind people up and has no intention of explaining. Just like when he said Mclaten should definitely not be sacked if he continually failed to meet his targets.


    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Yeah bud I think ur probably right. Not sure any football fan would be happy to see their team looking down year on year

  • lesh

    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Yer ‘avin a larf Ed? Quickly appoint a manager? Quickly??

    The Club showed last year that it doesn’t do quickly. They like to take things slowly and methodically, thoroughly undertaking background research into likely appointees before they make a complete balls of things!

  • beermonkey

    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #15


    some1 posted a stat last night that we had been beaten by 3 or more goals 9 times this season

    i am all for an attack minded manager coming in but if there anything like martinez it wont do us any good
    to be fair to rogers swans were pretty balanced
    but i think at liverpool it was a bit more of we will score more than you

  • Jib

    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #16

    What I meant was
    Ashley had such a huge ego and high opinion of his own abilities and demonstrated such a sneering contempt for football people’s business acumen (some of it justified it has to be said).
    It was never going to be a short term or easy conversion for such a man to the realities of League football.
    Even when he admitted he’d made mistakes he made them again.
    We’ve only once ever had an owner that thinks big and that was SJH motivated by a desire to make money out of the club which had never been Ashley’s motivation.
    Even Ashley hadn’t realised when he took the club over , the wealth that would come from the PL (Chelsea got £100 million in June) and now he has changed from NUFC being his sideline to something much more significant.
    The predicament we are in has caused him to have a complete rethink .
    We will see the fruits of this in the Summer regardless of relegation or not.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #17

    An interesint piece on SkySports.


    Newcastle players to feature:


    Sissoko is actually our highest rated player. That in itself tells it’s own story.

    Mind, with our injuries, and only players who have played 15 games this term being counted, I wonder whether we actually have had better performers (based on an average of games played)?


    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Exactly what rethink has Ashley had?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #19

    How do you know he has had a rethink, all he has done is took a chance on one last throw of the dice by appointing a top manager. As for making money out of the club, it was always his intention to splatter the club with SD and get world wide exposure, and due to the fact we’ve had four relegation battles and a season with out world wide expousre he’s not even managed that very successfully.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #20

    And another SS article.


    It shows the great escape can be done, although, what they fail to mention is that previously only one club has been able to pull away each season, not two and only 3 teams have done it from the position NUFC are in.

  • Jib

    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #21

    Until the last months a strong-willed independent minded personality like Benitez wouldn’t have been countenanced anywhere near NUFC.
    Rafa isn’t doing this to pass time until a proper job comes up.
    He’s brought his full coaching crew and already has reorganised Benton beyond recognition.
    One of RB’s favourite buzz words is “proyecto” and I think he sees us as his next project.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 7, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #22

    Have we travelled back a year?

    I thought Ashley had seent he light prior to that fateful West ham game? I thought we were due to “see the fruits of this” the Summer past?

    What makes this turning point any different from the previous ones?

    “All I say is, there is a bank account, when you have emptied it, it’s empty, don’t come crying to me for more money…..”

    “Virtually nothing now. They have emptied it”

    Aye, he sounds like he’s prepared and ready to go and make us great, no matter what happens.

    “Eventually, we will have some good times again.”

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #23

    Out of interest, who are we crediting with signing up Rafa?

    Mike or the board?


    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Ur quite happy to ignore the interview he gave confirming nothing has changed

    On Rafa he can walk away if we go down, he had nothing to lose by taking our job and he is a working manager. We could be his project if we stay up but he didnt join us because of Ashley

  • Termijn

    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #25

    My prediction for our remaining games
    (A) Southampton L
    (H) Swansea W
    (H) Man City W
    (A) Liverpool D
    (H) Palace W
    (A) Villa W
    (H) Tottenham D

    Points 14
    Total 39

    Little bit optimistic I know but I feel like once we get a win under Rafa we’ll click into gear.

  • Jib

    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #26

    The Telegraph said:-
    Manuel García Quilón (Benitez’ agent) approached Mike Ashley.
    To his credit Rafa refused to talk to Charnley until McClaren’s situation had been sorted , then things moved rapidly.


    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #27

    Rumour I heard Rafa’s people approached them

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #28

    JIb….Thank you. So we’re crediting Benitez and his agent then?

    Ashley himself has said he doesn’t, nor is he equipped to make such decisions. Not a direct quote, of course.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #29

    And he still wouldn’t be anywhere near NUFC had we have been in Bournemouths league position now and the same again this time next year. By telling us this you’re admitting that we have been ran in entirely the wrong way yet you have wholeheartedly supported him every step of the way even saying you personally enjoy relegation battles or sailing this close to the edge???

  • Termijn

    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #30

    How I think our rivals will go
    (A) Palace D
    (H) Sunderland L
    (A) Arsenal L
    (H) Man Utd L
    (H) Watford D
    (A) Everton D

    Points 3
    Total 34

    (H) Leicester L
    (A) Norwich W
    (H) Arsenal L
    (A) Stoke L
    (H) Chelsea D
    (H) Everton W
    (A) Watford L

    Points 7
    Total 34

    (H) Norwich D
    (H) Everton L
    (A) Arsenal L
    (A) Man Utd L
    (A) Newcastle L
    (H) Stoke L
    (A) Southmapton L

    Points 1
    Total 35

    Newcastle 39
    Palace 35
    Sunderland 34
    Norwich 34

    Again perhaps slightly optimistic but I cant see many of our rivals piucking up that many points with the run ins they have, especially Palace who are looking very average at the moment

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #31

    Yo….Let us hope then, that our remaining opponents are as helpful as Rafa and his agent, and give Mike a call to let him know how to get the job done.


    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #32

    Fingers crossed after all they owe us for gifting them so many points, they wouldn’t be where they are today if we weren’t so charitable

  • Jib

    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #33

    Ashley said he was less “hands on” and had pulled out of the day to day stuff and transfers etc.
    But I would imagine he told Charnley to do whatever was neccesary to sign Benitez including binning Graham Carr’s pal McClaren.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #34

    Do I regret getting into football? The answer is yes.

    “I have had tonnes of fun in it but I haven’t been able to make the difference I wanted to in football.

    “I wanted to help Newcastle, I wanted to make it better, that’s what I wanted to do. I haven’t seemed to have had that affect.”

    “I have virtually nil affect on Newcastle United, in reality, because I only pick the board.

    “To get a football club to be the best it can be, you have to get the sun, the moons and the stars to align perfectly.

    “But there is negativity around me as an individual when it comes to Newcastle, so the best thing was to make sure it was on solid ground and then step back and get them to self-manage Newcastle.

    “Create a board, get the board to appoint the manager, put the manager on the board as well and then not interfere.

    “I don’t know what players they sign, I don’t know what team they are going to pick on a Saturday.

    “All I say is, there is a bank account, when you have emptied it, it’s empty, don’t come crying to me for more money.

    “They have had a proper go at it this season, I think everyone can agree with that, but the results haven’t been ideal.”

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #35

    “I don’t really want to have any influence in football to be honest. Looking after Sports Direct is more than a full time job.”


    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #36

    Yup that interview implied a change in big Mike

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #37

    Still trying to come to terms with the Norwich defeat , seriously depressed and my ulcer has flared up again . This season’s failure could be the beginning of our demise unless Rafa has decided to stay for the long haul and continue restructuring next season. I personally don’t think he will walk away if he gets a free rein to manage things his way as he must realise the potential here if he can put together a team that wins.

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 7, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #38

    I don’t think anyone at the club or anyone on here could honestly have foreseen the club ending up in this mess. Since our last relegation we have somehow managed to stay in thePL with the minimum of investment and have now become a profitable club.

    Ashley could and shoulda done many things differently and with proper football people around him during his tenure but this season we were allowed to spend a good chunk of the clubs proceeds, not before time, but other clubs have spent far less and done a lot better. Once he sanctioned the spending and allowed McC to be employed then he had played his hand for the season and sat back and left it to his subordinates to get on with it. I don’t have any sympathy for him but he must be thinking he has had a rotten run of luck.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 7, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #39


    Its actually crazy to think that we also bid for Berahino and if we had have signed him that would have been over 100 million in a season !

    With that level of spending they could have a great manager at the start of the season Klopp , Benitez etc could have been tempted no bother !

    I just can’t believe we decided to go with Mclaren if we were going to spend all that money !! Crazy just crazy

  • hibbitt

    Apr 7, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #40

    famous last words

    “we’re gonna make our own luck from now on”


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