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Benitez’ Parting Words – We’ve Been Unlucky During My Time Here

8:58 am, Monday, May 9th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

Newcastle effectively lost their battle with relegation and will very likely become a Championship club again, as those running the club have outdone themselves this season with the sheer incompetence they have shown.

For the first time in Premier League history Newcastle have struggled with relegation from the first day of the season and when decisive action was necessary before Christmas, nothing was done.

In fact, Steve McClaren was left in the job so long losing games that it became impossible for even a coach of Rafa Benitez’ ability to save the club.

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Rafa Benitez – we have been unlucky

Lead executive Lee Charnley followed his modus operandi and did nothing for as long as possible, until Mike Ashley stepped in far too late told him to sack the woeful Steve McClaren and get Rafa Benitez in.

Lee even messed that up with that by having to apologize to Steve McClaren for the way he was left hanging during th Benitez negotiations and had totally embarrassed the former England manager.

That’s probably because it was the first time Lee has ever sacked anybody – he appears to have no management skills, training or experience whatsoever.

Now we face the real possibility that Rafa has seen enough of Newcastle – and now knows how deep the mess is at the club – much deeper than he had first realized.

After managing Real Madrid at the start of the season he is unlikely to want to manage in England’s second division next season.

And who can blame him?

It seems that Rafa will say we were just unlucky while he was at Newcastle – it just didn’t work out.

This is what he said after the game on Saturday – a woeful 0-0 draw against the worst team in the division and the first time Aston Villa got a point in 12 games:

“I don’t think it is fair to say what might have happened if I had come at a different time.”  “We just have to be ready for what is still to play.”

“You don’t always finish where you deserve to be,” “Sometimes, you are unlucky, and I think that has been the case with us during my time here. We have been unlucky.”

If Rafa was able to save us, he would likely have stayed and rebuilt Newcastle, but the signs are it would only be if he could save the club from the drop.

It looks like he hasn’t been able to do that and will not stick around at a club  he now knows is in an almighty mess.

The sleeping giant is actually comatose.

Maybe fans should make a last-ditch attempt to beg Rafa to stay at Newcastle and rebuild us from England’s second division – that’s our only hope – but in reality it’s a very slim one.

We’re screwed – again!

There’s a lot to do this summer, but we just don’t have the decisive leaders at the club who can do the work.

That’s very scary.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lochinvar // May 9, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    It’s got nothing to do with luck.
    Incompetent Decision making by the Board for years until Rafa arrived.
    Incompetent owner.
    Incompetent borderline suspicious decision making by numerous officials this season – all well documented
    Incompetent defending by the team – one point lost at Norwich as example
    Incompetent Managers – Carver and McClaren for starters

    If Rafa leaves no doubt all his good work at the Training Ground, fitness regimes, team structures and team mental attitude will be lost if we end up with another dinosaur of an English manager and coaches.

    That is incompetence.

  • 2 DicBDownCambodia // May 9, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    I know the chances of survival are slim, not sure of the odds, but there is always hope. Remember, Leicester were 5000/1 to win the league, and look what happened. I also think, for what it’s worth, the premier league would be boring if Sunderland beat Everton. We all know she likes the throw wild cards in now and again, maybe, just maybe, the last day of the season will be a thrilling one!

    No matter what happens, the club needs an overhaul. Hopefully Raffa can be the man to take charge of that process. We need to get on our knees in front of Raffa on Sunday, a beg him to stay, should we be relegated.

    It takes less than 30 seconds for the keeper to kick it out of his hands and someone to score a goal, as we all know in football, anything is possible. Here’s to hoping.

  • 3 davis_toons // May 9, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Only mike ashley can help us to make Rafa stay.

  • 4 stuart no9 // May 9, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Ed — i apologise for this but you nare starting to talk complete ball cocks., for one , the season is not finished we still have 1 game to play WE ARE NOT DOWN YET.
    Two, harp on about raffa leaving , he has said nothing about leaving since hes been here and where is he going to go ? and why? going to a bigger club for CL success ?? hes done that , won that , got the t shirt , where is the ambition in that ? there is none . His ambition is here at newcastle . IF IF IF we go down he will get more pleasure in turning us into a force again than going to a club where if he dosnt win the CL hes fired.
    The fans wont be as lovable at any other club than newcastle and that will make work a lot more pleasurable than anywhere in europe,
    So stop fretting ED you sound like a scared schoolboy,
    First of all , lets see how sunderland get on on wednesday . One step at a time eh. thankyou.

  • 5 ToonBuz // May 9, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Why are ppl saying we are already relagated fair enough if your the unwashed or mathematically impossible but sport has and always will throw up uncertainties you never know HWTL

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