Rafa Benitez after the 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday cut a frustrated figure in most of his interviews after the game.
Here’s a world-class manager who is struggling with a team because he doesn’t have the players – not at the moment anyway.
It looks like Alan Shearer could be spot on when he says that Newcastle have a Championship side in the Premier League and we have struggled in our last six games and picked up only one point.
This is one of our worst runs in the Premier League ever, although John Carver did manage to get 8 defeats in a row back in 2015 when we only just survived relegation.
That’s when we beat West Ham 2-0 in the last game.
At that time Mike Ashley said he would invest in the team and wanted to win something before he sold Newcastle and one year later we were relegated.
Rafa Benitez had come in to try to save us with 10 games to go a year last March but he couldn’t do it, even though we picked up 3 draws and 3 wins in our last 6 games.
Rafa Benitez – in the dark over takeover – getting frustrated?
We hope it’s not going to be as bad this season, but it’s clear that Rafa has been let down badly by Mike Ashley.
The owner has not backed him in the last two transfer windows, and it’s now showing on the pitch.
This is what Rafa said after the game on Saturday as reported by the Northern Echo:.
“We knew from day one that we will be in the bottom half of the league,” “It is not a surprise to anyone.
“We have to improve, but I think we have enough quality to stay up. To stay up? I think so. But when people talk about these games, this is the Premier League.”
“We know we have to improve a lot of things, but still we will be a team in the bottom half of the table.”
“Is this a difficult moment? No. It is exactly what we were expecting on the first of September.”
“I have no idea about January”. “Because of the takeover? “I have no idea”.
The longer it takes Amanda Staveley to agree on a price with Mike Ashley to buy Newcastle the less chance the deal has of going through.
And that will not be good for the club because we have no idea what Mike Ashley will do in January when he’s now likely to still be the owner.
We hope he comes to his senses and can give Rafa some (significant) money to bring in new players – who we desperately need.
After all, he is protecting the investment he has made in Newcastle United over a long and very unsuccessful and tedious 10 years in charge.
Hopefully, that reign will soon come to an end.
What do you think?