Newcastle are hoping that Rafa Benitez will stay at the club even if we are relegated, but we see very little chance of that happening – mainly because Rafa Benitez is no fool.
While Rafa came to Newcastle because he said we were a sleeping giant and a really big club, his experience so far is with players who have too much fear to play up to their capabilities when the chips are down.
The players are filled with fear and Rafa is struggling to get them to play anywhere near their capabilities – and yesterday’s display was little short of calamitous at Southampton.
Tony Pulis – respected coach
It must be a long time since a Rafa Benitez coached side played like that yesterday.
We fully expect Rafa to leave the club at the end of the season and we may even get that decision from the 55 year-old Spaniard before the last game of the season against Tottenham, because we will be relegated before then.
One of the most important things for Newcastle to do in the summer is to appoint a strong manager who can get the team organized and fighting for the cause and get us straight back up.
And that manager must be able to fix Newcastle’s woeful defense.
And while a year or two ago the name of Tony Pulis would certainly not have been a good candidate for the Newcastle manager’s job, he may now be almost the perfect person to come in and shake up the players given where we are right now.
In a complete mess from top to bottom is one way of saying it.
The Mail is reporting Tony is Newcastle’s number one choice if they cannot persuade Rafa to stay on Tyneside.
Pulis could come in over the summer and get Newcastle shipshape and ready for the start of the season and get us promoted next year, as long as he is in charge of all transfers.
But he wouldn’t come unless he got that assurance from Ashley – because Tony is no fool.
Tony Pulis also has the capability of keeping us in the Premier League if we do get back up next season – so a three year deal for Tony could be good for Newcastle this summer.
He could get the job done for us over the next two or three years.
Pulis would also jump at the chance to join the club, who he has always called just a fantastic club with great supporters.
This is what Tony said after our 1-1 draw at West Brom last May:
“This is an enormous club but it has to get back to being an enormous club,” “The only way you can do that is to put a team on the pitch that can compete with other enormous clubs.”
“It’s a wonderful club, a wonderful place and a wonderful stadium. The support’s absolutely fantastic – all they want is a winning team.”
And Tony could also be open to leaving West Brom this summer, as he had this to say last week:
“I would prefer to sit with Jeremy and have a nice glass of wine and a bite to eat. We’ll talk about the season and talk about the future. I still have a year left, there’s no rush in doing anything else.”
Jeremy is Jeremy Peace the owner of West Brom who refused to sell Saido Berahino to us in January.
There were also reports last April that Pulis turned Newcastle down, and we suspect that was because he wouldn’t have had control of transfers, with Chief Scout Graham Carr in charge of that for a few years now.
Mike Ashley has to do something big this summer, because our long-suffering fans are simply at their wits’ end at the woeful way the club is being run this season.
Or should we say the way the club is being destroyed this season?
It’s not good.