If and when Newcastle are safe in the Premier League this season there will be massive relief from the Newcastle fans.
We will no doubt be thanking our manager Rafa Benitez again – this time for keeping us in the Premier League.
Last season it was because he brought us straight back up from the Championship after he risked his career by staying with Newcastle while we were in England’s second division.
It turned out so very well last season and if our form this year is anything to go by we should be able to reach 40 points and safety.
That’s especially true if we can beat Huddersfield at home next Saturday.
Rafa Benitez – willing to stay at Newcastle if he gets some support
No apparent bidders are waiting to buy Newcastle for £350M this summer so Rafa will likely have owner Mike Ashley to deal with in the summer transfer window.
But we are hoping there is no dead time this summer and that Newcastle’s recruitment staff and Lee Charnley will get busy signing some good players and bringing them in early this summer.
Mike Ashley wants to sign Rafa himself on a new long-term deal – so that will help the owner sell Newcastle United – it’s not to make Newcastle great again.
But Rafa will not be messed around like he has been in the last three transfer windows.
We expect the manager to give Mike Ashley the names of four or five top players he wants to be signed this summer and he may give a deadline date to the owner to buy them.
If Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley do not come up with the goods, it may be the end of Rafa as the Newcastle manager.
Rafa doesn’t want to go through another season like this current one when the team is just not good enough.
We do expect Rafa to push Ashley this summer to support him, and we are hoping Ashley is wise and sage enough to get the players Rafa wants in and early too.
But we’ve misjudged Mike Ashley a number of times in the past; he turned out to be (a lot) worse than we thought he would be.
If Ashley doesn’t do what Rafa wants and needs, he will have messed up the best chance our fans have of a world-class manager in charge of building a top side at Newcastle.
We see the effort, organization, determination, and guts from our players this term – now Rafa will want maybe four top players to come in and make the Newcastle first team a lot stronger for next season.
If that happens, we should do well next term and be a match for any team.
But unfortunately, it’s all down to Mike Ashley supporting Mr. Benitez.
Will that happen?
We don’t know, but we are hoping (and praying) it does, and then we can all have a fascinating summer after another (very) difficult season.
I’m really looking forward to that.
What do you think?