Once we saw Mike Ashley at the game today we thought that was excellent, because he could talk to Rafa Benitez about staying at Newcastle and the reports coming out is they have met face to face tonight after the game.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) May 15, 2016
Sky Sports is reporting the news and during his press conference yesterday Rafa said the decision on whether to stay at Newcastle could take two weeks maximum, but if Mike Ashley gives the assurance he is after then Rafa could make the decision even sooner than expected.
Rafa Benitez – at the end of an astonishing game today
After the simply brilliant Newcastle display today – especially after we had gone down to ten men and scored three goals and missed another three golden opportunities – we cannot think that Ashley is anything but very very keen to sign this man up as quickly as possible.
Ashley would be mad not to give Rafa what he wants – and since Ashley’s name is mud as far as Newcastle fans go – this could be a major positive for the club if the owner can secure the services of this world-class manager.
This is what Rafa said after the game today, before the meeting with Ashley was leaked:
“Hopefully this week we will start analyzing what is going on and what will be the future of Newcastle United and my future.”
“I will talk, I will analyze and I will try to do the best for me, that has to also be the best for Newcastle United.”
“So, you can put it one way or the other way, the best for Newcastle United or the best for me, but if we go together it has to be the best for both.”
“I don’t know what Ashley will do, but I have an appointment with Lee Charnley so I will talk to him. If they both want to talk with me it will be fine, no problem.”
“My heart is saying yes – great club, great city and opportunity – but you have to use your brain too.”
“I said before that that I was expecting a great atmosphere today, but it has been amazing. Even more positive than I was expecting.”
“We still have to sit down and talk.” “I want the best for Newcastle United and the best for me – it’s that’s simple.”
Rafa’s record at Newcastle shows than in the final six games of the season when we were unbeaten (3 wins, 3 draws), he got half the points (12) that Steve McClaren got in 28 games.
That’s an astonishing statistic.
Here’s Rafa’s record.
And here’s McClaren’s record.
Why did the arrogant Lee Charnley ever think Steve would be the perfect coach for Newcastle, especially after he had just been sacked by Derby County.
That cost Newcastle a relegation and it was totally avoidable.
It’s not surprising that fans are really excited about Rafa potentially signing up and tat the same time furious with the likes of Charnley for the way they have led (I use the word loosely) the club over the past two years.
It’s the best of times and the worst of times – all at once.
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