We didn’t think we would be fighting relegation this season, but we were wrong about that, and with just 9 games to play, we are 5th bottom the league and only 2 points above the drop zone.
If we cannot get four more wins in the last 9 games which looks difficult now, then we will likely take the drop for the second time in three years.
And the third time in the last nine years under Ashley.
We get the feeling, with Mike Ashley being so quiet and an absent owner that Rafa Benitez is taking all the burden of keeping Newcastle up.
We’re not sure if he has a communication line directly to the owner, but it’s ironic that Ashley is the one who has caused this.
Mike Ashley – so painful since he bought the club
Everything seemed fine for Rafa the first year he came here even though he could not save us from relegation two years ago.
He was allowed to completely change the team in the summer of 2016 to make it Championship ready.
But starting in January of last year his hands have been effectively tied in the transfer windows with very little money being made available to him to buy players.
We don’t know how Rafa puts up with all of this nonsense when he could join another Premier League club and be treated like the world-class manager he is.
Mike Ashley is trying to sell the club and fans want him to do that as soon as possible.
But Ashley may have miscalculated for the umpteenth time while at Newcastle, and the squad Rafa has this season may simply not be good enough to survive – even with Rafa in charge.
We’re not exactly sure what will happen if we are relegated again – but the value of the club will be down maybe £150M.
And we cannot see world-class Rafa Benitez staying on at Newcastle.
Just like he has done before, Ashley has mistreated his manager and not stood by the promises he made to him about money available in the transfer windows.
Of course, it’s the fans that suffer, and we look back to last May when everything seemed so good.
At that time fans were wondering if Mike Ashley could screw this one up as he’s done many times in the past.
The evidence is that he may have – and so much so that the club will be a Championship club and looking for another manager in the summer.
We are hoping that does not happen.
And if it doesn’t, it’s not because of what owner Mike Ashley has done.
Personally, I’m completely fed up with the way Ashley has destroyed the club – since this blog was created way back in 2007.
Of course, a win at home to Southampton next Saturday will cheer us all up – for sure.