Rafa Has Already Changed Lots Of Things At Newcastle

There is a big question mark over Fabricio Coloccini’s future at Newcastle as he has one year left on his contract – that’s the year he was given by head coach Steve McClaren last August when Steve decided he would remain Newcastle’s captain.

It was an odd decision by McClaren, who did that a few days before the first game of the season against Southampton and had Colo in the side even though he hadn’t played one minute in pre-season.

An odd decision indeed and a poor one by the then head coach.

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Fab Coloccini with Rafa Benitez when he first arrived

With Newcastle relegated and Colo on massive wages, whoever the new manager is for next season will need to decide whether he wants to use Colo in the Championship or let him go this summer.

Colo has been talking to the local press today about the good things Rafa Benitez has done at Newcastle  since he joined the club a short nine weeks ago today:

“We changed a lot of things. We changed the right way.” “Maybe it was too late, and that’s why we are in this position.”

“It’s not one thing – it’s a lot of things.” “Maybe I’m not the right person to speak about that.”

“I know I’m the captain, but I think it’s more for the club to speak about those things.”  “Now we are in this situation.”

“We just have to try to win the next game. Nothing else.”   “That’s all I can do,” “I can’t even train with them. I can’t go outside.”

“I can just be around the training ground and with them in the dressing room.” “When you have a grade two, it’s really difficult.”

“It’s not a grade one, it’s a grade two.” “I tried to come earlier because of the situation we were win.” “I tried to push. That was maybe a mistake.”

“Now I think it’s impossible for me to be fit.” “I’m in the middle of the treatment? So I don’t think that I can play against Tottenham.”

It took four games for Rafa to sort out the players at Newcastle and he didn’t really have that time and we picked up just one point from those first four games.

That wasn’t enough, although in the last five games we have 9 points – not enough again – with Sunderland’s two successive wins that has saved them.

It’s a tragedy that Newcastle have been relegated and is simply caused by not taking action when it looked like Steve McClaren was way out of his depth.

He started badly with 3 points from 8 games and most other Premier League clubs – in fact all Premier league clubs – would have fired him long before Newcastle did.

Steve kept telling everybody he could bring Newcastle around and he was kept in the job far too long and Newcastle paid for that dithering with a very costly relegation.

McClaren got 24 points from 28 games and as it turned out – we were doomed when Lee Charnley and the incompetent Board finally fired him.

We hope that Mike Ashley brings some accountability to the club for the loss of £100M in TV revenues next season, but it’s looking like he wont.

What a terrible way to run a football club.

Let’s hope Rafa stays – he’s our one and only hope.

The Chronicle have an open letter to Rafa and a petition for fans to sign –  here’s where you can read the letter and sign the petition.

If you want to send a message to Rafa asking him to stay, here’s all the contact information for Newcastle United – here.

Here’s Rafa’s twitter account associated with his web-site.

Comments welcome.