There’s a report in Marca, the Spanish newspaper today that Newcastle are confident they can keep Rafa Benitez at the club – even if we are relegated.
We all know there is a clause in Rafa’s contract that could allow him to leave at the end of the season and it was generally thought that Rafa would leave if he couldn’t save the club from relegation.
It’s starting to look that way, even though Rafa has us unbeaten in the last five games with two wins and three draws but our failure to beat bottom club Aston Villa on Saturday could be fatal.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
Sunderland beat Chelsea on Saturday and they are now one point ahead of us with a game in hand – and a win tomorrow night against Everton would seal Newcastle’s fate.
The Spanish newspaper is right when they say Rafa was received like a Messiah when he first joined us on Friday 11th March.
The report indicates that Rafa looks like he has failed at what they describe as a ‘sunken’ and ‘poorly constructed’ club.
In short – that means Newcastle is a poorly run club and we all know that – which is one reason we need Rafa to stay.
The report even says that Rafa these days – ‘transmits the depression’ of Newcastle United.
Maybe that means he has become one of us since we are all depressed right now – and we wont even mention the £2M bonus he was on to save us.
But Rafa not being in high spirits is not surprising – he will be disappointed he cannot save the club, because then all would have ben great in the summer when he would be given huge money to rebuild both the team and the club.
We are hoping that will still be possible even in the English second division.
Think of a relegation as at most a one year delay in what Rafa can do at the famous Newcastle club.