There is some hope and that is all it is at this stage – hope – that Rafa Benitez could stay at newcatsle if we are relegated and hopefully we will get a decision within the week.
But if the 56 year-old Spaniard doesn’t stay it seems that Managing Director Lee Charnley has again picked a candidate who would likely be willing to accept the way he and Graham Carr currently run the club.
Steve Bruce – Hull City manager
Geordie Steve Bruce seems to be their first choice – but we would be surprised if Mike Ashley doesn’t make some big changes in the way the club is run – otherwise we could end up in free fall.
Appointing Bruce would keep us as a fairly mediocre side and would have none of the potential and excitement for fans that a Rafa Benitez managed Newcastle United would have.
But we also want to see owner Mike Ashley hold those fully accountable for what looks to be a self-inflicted relegation caused by sheer ineptitude at the top of the club.
Those responsible are mainly the Managing Director and Chief Scout who have essentially been running the club for owner Mike Ashley.
In any well-run organization there has to be accountability when the club, through complete ineptitude and poor management, will miss out on over £140M in funds from the Premier League in a year’s time.
That’s some real money lost right there and the inability to take decisive action when it’s necessary has a cost – in this case a huge cost.
If Mike Ashley wants the Newcastle club to be successful, he should do two things:
- Keep Rafa Benitez at the club and give him full control of those things he wants control over.
- Clear out those people who have proven they cannot do the job at Newcastle.
That would be a good start to follow a probable second disastrous relegation in a short seven years.