There hasn’t been too much news on the football side of things at Newcastle since last Thursday when Newcastle didn’t manage to bring in one new player to the squad.
The national newspapers, in particular, think that Rafa Benitez will now leave Newcastle because he’s not being backed by the owner.
But it looks like he will stay on until the end of the season, and hopefully, we will still be a Premier League club by then.
But the likelihood after that is we will not have a world-class manager at the helm because we screwed it up.
Correction – Mike Ashley screwed it up and big time.
He was given a world-class manager who could have taken Newcastle to new heights, and he wouldn’t support him.
Who will Mike ever support if he cannot or will not support Rafa Benitez?
When you look at the 25 man squad we have, there is some balance to it.
Here’s the squad:
Colback, Jack Raymond
Gamez Duarte, Jesus
Gayle, Dwight Devon Boyd
Gutierrez, Ayoze Perez
Hayden, Isaac Scot
Lejeune, Florian Gregoire Claude
Manquillo Gaitan, Javier
Mato Sanmartin, Jose Luis (Joselu)
Mbemba, Chancel Mangulu
Murphy, Jacob Kai*
Ritchie, Matthew Thomas
Sterry, Jamie Michael
Twasam, Christian Atsu
We have two decent players in each position except that we really need four strikers and have only three – but there again Rafa usually only plays one striker in his 4-2-3-1 formation.
It’s not now true that we don’t have a fit natural left-back available, now that Sadio Haidara has been moved back into the squad.
Chancel Mbemba is filling in at the moment for the injured Paul Dummett, but Ciaran Clark, a left-sided center-back, has played at left back many times before.
Rafa also moved central midfield players Jack Colback and Henri Saivet back into the squad, and Saivet had a decent game against Nottingham Forest when his work-rate was outstanding.
We don’t have the star players we were expecting, but maybe what can save us and save Rafa, is if we perform well through the end of the year.
That would be solely because of the organization and man-management of Mr. Benitez.
Then Newcastle would have the chance to bring in some players in January – maybe even on loan to bolster the squad.
But at this point, after what’s happened in the last two transfer windows, you have to believe that Rafa has his eyes fixed on another job come this summer.
If he does leave then it will be soul-destroying for Newcastle fans everywhere.
What do you think?