We are hoping that Rafa Benitez will be able to travel to Newcastle today to start to get ready for our next crucial game against Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.
The goal of that game will be to get another 3 points against a very decent side who drew 2-2 at home to Manchester United last weekend.
Rafa Benitez proved last week and over the weekend that even if he is not present physically in training and at the game, he can still have an enormous influence.
We won the game at Swansea 1-0, and the lads played really well.
In that sense, things should be a little easier against Stoke City with Rafa being on the touchline in front of another sellout crowd at St. James’ Park of over 52,000.
Mike Ashley – must support Rafa with funds in January transfer window
And we could hear from Rafa for the first time after the transfer window closed about what he thinks about things now at Newcastle.
We expect him to say he has his 25 man squad in place and his priority is to get the very best out of the players he has available.
That’s exactly what he did last week, and Rafa and his coaching team were simply first-class – make that world-class – in the way the team was prepared for the game.
We are now hoping that Mike Ashley will give Rafa some money to spend in January and not only that but have Lee Charnley work now on which players we can bring in during the January transfer window.
Don’t leave things late and we must do a lot better than we did last January when Ashley refused to spend any money and that really annoyed Rafa Benitez.
Mike must get past doing as little as possible to keep Newcastle in the Premier League, and if we do well through the end of the year, he may not want to do anything at all in January.
But Rafa is the opposite of that and he wants to improve Newcastle in every single window whatever the current form and results of the team are.
That’s what a successful manager does and Mike should work to make things at Newcastle such that Rafa can be ultra-successful at the club.
That’s really Mike’s job as the Newcastle owner.
If he doesn’t want to do that then hopefully, he will sell the club while Rafa is still the Newcastle manager.
Update – the Chronicle are reporting Rafa is now back in Newcastle