The Telegraph is reporting today in what they are calling an exclusive there is already a big push on to keep Rafa Benitez on Tyneside if Newcastle are relegated, but hopefully that persuasion will not be necessary, because we will somehow survive the drop,
That’s the scenario everybody at Newcastle is hoping for and with 4 points in the last two games it’s something that is now possible, if still probable.
That’s certainly the only thing that Rafa is thinking of and his players are thinking of at the moment – and rightly so.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle want him to stay on Tyneside
The aim is to win each one of the last four league games, however we can do that.
If we cannot survive the drop the Telegraph is reporting that Mike Ashley will do all he can to keep the Spanish manager on Tyneside.
The Newcastle owner will be hoping the bond that has certainly developed between Rafa, the players and especially with the fans will help Rafa make the right decision and stay.
Rafa took the Newcastle job because he believes the club is a sleeping giant and has massive unfulfilled potential and can eventually challenge for a Champions League place in England.
But Rafa was thinking he could save us from the drop and if that is not possible it becomes that much more difficult and there is a release clause in his contract that either side can execute in the summer.
Ashley has already agreed that Rafa will be in charge of all recruitment and he will also be allowed to keep some of the players he wants in the Championship with Newcastle willing to pay their huge wages.
That’s assuming those players would want to stay at a Championship club – some would want to leave – although they will presumably be told this is the start of the Rafa revolution at Newcastle and they may want to get on the train early.
So those are the right noises coming out of the club – assuming they are true – but as we said we doubt that Rafa wants to even think about the scenario of Newcastle going down.
He is determined to keep us up – and we all have to get right behind him and the players and help him to do just that.
It’s now possible.