Rafa Benitez refuses to give up anything, and that’s one facet of his personality that will be valuable as Newcastle try to stay in the Premier League this season.
Rafa was an angry man at the end of August, and from what he says today we didn’t have to do what Newcastle did this summer he hints money was available.
It looks like Mike Ashley froze the funds that had been promised to Rafa in that early meeting with Ashley.
Rafa will not stay with Newcastle if Mike Ashley is still the owner in May.
And if we are relegated – and there’s still 20 games to play – we haven’t a clue if Rafa will see out the last year of his contract.
Rafa Benitez – he’s the best chance of survival we have
And as far as sacking Rafa – heaven forbid – who would we sign to replace him?
Tony Pulis is available.
Here are some words from Rafa after the game yesterday as reported in the Chronicle:
“The difference between teams around the table is not too big.”
“If we continue playing like this, we will have a couple of games where we get better results and that will give us more confidence.”
“It will be easier for us to continue with the same attitude and message, and trying to win more games.”
“Our situation is that we did so well for a while that everybody was expecting that we could be in the top ten, but we knew that this team, coming back from the Championship last year.”
“And then doing the things that we did in the summer, had to be near the bottom of the table.”
“Obviously, the last results have not given us too much confidence, and we had two or three injuries when maybe we could have done better against teams that are closer to us.”
“We didn’t do that because we couldn’t.”
“We lost by one goal, and then we are in a position that could be expected because the things that we did were right.”
“Now, we have to put things right and make sure that we continue with this mentality and spirit, and playing better if we can.”
Our best chance of survival in 5 steps:
- Keep supporting Rafa and our players
- Amanda Staveley quickly buys the club
- At least £30M is made available to Rafa in January
- We get some good players in next month – maybe some on loan
- Jamaal Lascelles stays healthy for the rest of the season
Remember – if we finish 17th in the league table – it’s been a (huge) success.