We don’t know why Rafa puts up with his treatment at Newcastle – he’s been so messed around this last year by Ashley.
We are in a relegation battle because Ashley has not provided Rafa with sufficient funds to bring in good enough players.
The squad Rafa now has is a massive challenge of his management capabilities to keep Newcastle in the Premier League and (yet) another relegation would be catastrophic to the club.
It would mean the end of Rafa at Newcastle and also catastrophic to Ashley, who says he is trying to sell the club and leave Newcastle once and for all.
And then if we do survive this season – the fourth time of the last five Premier League seasons that we have been fighting relegation – there will still be uncertainty.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner
Here are Newcastle’s finishes under Mike Ashley – pretty pathetic.
|Premier Season||Position||Number of Points|
|2008-2009||18||34 - relegated|
|2009-2010||1 (Championship)||102 - promoted|
|2015-2016||18||37 - relegated|
|2016-2017||1 - (Championship)||94 - promoted|
|2017-2018||10||41 - status after 36 games|
We’re not sure what Rafa thinks of his treatment by the miserly owner, but we still hope he stays on Tyneside.
Let’s hope Rafa gets some big money to spend this summer – even if Ashley is still the owner.
Given where we are in the league at the moment – if we do survive and Rafa signs a long-term contract to stay at Newcastle then that will be the definition of nirvana for Newcastle fans.
Let’s hope that happens.
Here’s where we stand at the moment – just 5 points out of 10th place.