The general consensus after the transfer window ended on Thursday night when we didn’t bring in any players during the last couple of weeks in the window was that Rafa Benitez will be furious and likely want to leave the club – probably next summer.
We haven’t heard anything from the manager but when he left the training ground on Thursday night around 6:00 pm he looked stern.
Rafa will be disappointed that he couldn’t get at least two more players through the door, but when you look at the squad we have now it’s still better than last season.
Also, we have some players now who have worked with Rafa for over a year and know exactly what he wants – so there’s no bedding-in process for them.
It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that we can still have a good season – with that being finishing in the top 10 in the league.
The fans are going to be vital again this season – as they always are.
Rafa Benitez – after the win against West Ham
Sold-out home crowds and keeping those great flags flying at the Gallowgate end will be necessary to inspire not only our players but also to let Rafa know that he’s at a special club whose fans want and need success.
There’s really only one man not fully supporting him at Newcastle – that’s the good news.
The bad news is that it’s the owner Mike Ashley who continues to do a good imitation of Scrooge with Newcastle’s money.
We would hope that Ashley would not let the bad feeling between him and Rafa fester.
Maybe he can visit the Benton training fields and meet with Rafa for dinner one night, and they can talk through their differences and where each one is coming from to try to repair their relationship.
But over the last ten years, one thing Mike is not good at is communication, and he seems to back away from it.
But even he must know that he’s now a lot closer to screwing up big time with Rafa, when that looked almost impossible back in May when everything looked very good for Newcastle.
Because of his miserly attitude to spending the club’s money and always wanting just to get by, Ashley could well be responsible for losing a world-class manager.
The fans will never forgive him if that happens, and we know the next manager through the door will be nowhere near as good as Rafa and we will probably be back fighting relegation again.
Mr. Benitez seems the perfect manager for Newcastle, and as he thinks about his future over the next few months, maybe he will realize there are very few clubs like Newcastle United.
He is treated like a God at Newcastle, and if he wins just one trophy for us to break our 48-year duck – that statue is waiting to be built for him at St. James’ Park.
Yes, it’s difficult to get money out of Mike Ashley, but everything else is still in place for Rafa to be successful on Tyneside and he’s still got massive control of the club.
The fans are also one huge reason why he could still be at the club long term.
We hope we are right on that.