Rafa Benitez is trying really hard to get along with the way Mike Ashley operates as the Newcastle owner – but it must be difficult.
They are almost polar opposites in what they know about football; Mike Ashley doesn’t understand the football business at all, and Rafa Benitez has worked successfully at some big clubs, and he has taken three different clubs to a European Championship.
So Rafa is displaying the ultimate in patience at Newcastle right now, and he is to be commended for that.
We are all hoping new owners come in before the summer, but we wouldn’t put it past Mike Ashley to stay on board and take the club off the market and lengthen the misery of the Newcastle fans.
If that’s the case in the summer, Rafa could leave or see out the final year of his contract and then in the summer of 2019 be a free agent open to massive offers from some of the top football clubs.
Ashley, Benitez, Charnley – the triumvirate running Newcastle at the moment
His mission through May is to save Newcastle from another relegation, and he does that it will be looked on as another success for Rafa.
Every other club in the Premier League gives their manager more support and money than Mike Ashley.
Benitez was asked if he got the additions he wanted in the January window, and this is how he replied today in the Chronicle:.
“I knew that someone would maybe ask this question but I’m here to express my feeling,”
“At the moment that feeling is that we are a little bit better than three days before.”
“Why? – we have new players with different characteristics and they want to play, improve and push and the others are already working hard.”
“I’m here trying to bring the best from the team, which is the best for the club. I don’t want to create a war.”
“I don’t need to do that but I need to be sure the players are concentrated on football; playing well and getting points every game to stay up.”
“I will not analyze that because that would start another polemic (definition – a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something).”
“I won’t do that. I need the team doing well,”
“Believe me, it’s not a question of: ‘I’m happy’, or, ‘I’m not happy.’ It doesn’t change anything.”
“We are a little bit better than before. Is it ideal? I will not say if it is ideal or not, but obviously, we are a little bit better and that is the main thing for me.”
“I want to be sure that the players they will improve, that the players they are ready, that we can get points – and fine.”
“Our priority is just to stay in the Premier League. That is the best for the club and then I will try to do the best for the team, and the club.”
The only thing that matters now is that we can get a win at Crystal Palace tomorrow.