It looks like Newcastle will be relegated for the second time in seven years – and this drop was completely self-inflicted by mismanagement at the top of the club.
It’s especially shocking and disastrous when the club managed to also spend £82M this season on new players.
That says something about the new players we brought in and the fact they hardly could have strengthened weaknesses in the team.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager – keep him
But Newcastle fans with just 10 games to go were given significant hope, when the woeful Steve McClaren was eventually fired and a world-class manager joined the club.
When Rafa Benitez came in on March 11th it was the first time we had a top-class manager at Newcastle since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked in August of 2004.
We did have Kevin Keegan from January to September of 2008 – but it was far too short in Kevin’s second management spell at the club.
It’s painful enough to have the pain and shame of being relegated again, but now we could lose Rafa Benitez as well.
It will be too hard to take.
Newcastle must do everything they can do to keep Rafa at the club and they need to show decisiveness and initiative in doing it.
Yes – that could be difficult.
Those running the club need to atone for the stupidity and incompetence that will in all likelihood result in a relegation this season.
An apology to the fans is the first thing we want to hear when relegation comes.
If they can keep Rafa Benitez on board then that will make it a lot easier for Newcastle fans this summer – the fans deserve some kind of relief after the last two years of utter nonsense at the club.
Give Rafa what he wants – control of whatever – and give him a long term contract and a big bonus to get us straight back up – anything to keep him on Tyneside.
After all, the people running Newcastle have shown quite clearly for a long time they don’t have a clue what they are doing – so we have nothing to lose in giving Rafa the reins.
He can start to build a good team and start to fix the club which has gone to rack and ruin under the current regime.
Lose Rafa in addition to being relegated and there will be some dark days indeed for the fans of the great Newcastle United Football Club.
Shame on those responsible for this debacle – owner Mile Ashley and the Board led (we use the term loosely) by Lee Charnley.
They need to do something good for the club for a change.