There’s a little bit of a worrying report out today on Sky Sports where Hardy – the Times on Sunday reporter for the north-east – who wrote Rafa’s Way and released it in May this year answers various questions about Rafa.
Martin talks about how he believes Rafa is unhappy at the moment with Newcastle for not giving him the money he was presumably promised by Mike Ashley at the meeting on that Tuesday night two days after the Championship season finished in early May.
This is not the first time we’ve heard of discontent coming from Rafa this summer but he’s still signed five good players, and we still believe Newcastle will finish in the upper half of the Premier League table this season.
We are even fairly confident we can now sign Arsenal striker Lucas Perez if the news today that Newcastle is willing to pay the full £13.4M for the star Spanish striker.
Martin Hardy with Rafa Benitez
So let’s not overact to this report – but it’s definitely worth reading here and there are lots of positives in it from last season and since Rafa signed for us on Friday morning March 11th last year.
Fans will remember it very well.
But Mike Ashley also has to wake up and support his world-class manager before he wakes up one morning and Rafa Benitez is no longer his manager.
Mike has to stick by his word and he told Rafa he would give him every last penny Newcastle has to help the manager build a team worthy of Newcastle in the Premier League next season.
Here are some tweets about Martin’s Q&A today with Sky Sports.
Martin Hardy’s interview is Worrying!
Even if Rafa stays this season I think he won’t be here for the next. #NUFC
— Himanshu Dhingra (@HD_07) August 8, 2017
— The Insider (@theinsidernufc) August 8, 2017
Very worrying words from Martin Hardy in an interview with Sky Sports today… #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) August 8, 2017
Excellent Martin Hardy piece in the Indy. Worrying, but the reaction has been as if it’s suggesting Rafa WILL quit, not that he might. #nufc
— Harry De Cosemo (@harrydecosemo) July 12, 2017
I’m not one for overreacting but lots of reliable journalists including Martin Hardy are saying the same thing about Benitez. Worrying #nufc
— Anthony Wright (@tonezone0) July 12, 2017
Ryder, Hardy, Douglas, Starforth, Hope, Edwards – They’re all reporting the same thing with slight variation in angle. It’s not good. #nufc.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) July 12, 2017
— Himanshu Dhingra (@HD_07) July 12, 2017
— WaterstonesNewcastle (@WaterstonesNewc) June 12, 2017