We do expect Mike Ashley to smother Rafa Benitez in compliments this summer after Rafa saved Newcastle from relegation which looked very real when we were third bottom of the league after losing 1-0 to Arsenal in mid-December.
But Rafa has performed his magic again, and Newcastle now look a very decent side, but we definitely lack some class and experience.
But the foundation of the side is there, especially if we sign goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and can persuade that other magician – young Kenedy – to sign for us this summer or come on loan to the club for next season.
Things are looking up, and there are some doubts Rafa could leave, but the Chronicle’s report that Ashley will give Rafa significant money to spend this summer is not a surprise.
The key to Ashley selling Newcastle (maybe eventually for big) money lies with our world-class manager.
Kenedy – sign him up
Apparently, the owner is confident he can sign Rafa up on a new deal at Newcastle.
WE’re sure it will be some celebration when we play Chelsea in the last game on May 13th, and fans plead with Rafa to sign a new deal and stay with us.
A takeover now looks unlikely this summer, but if Ashley can support Rafa, sign him on a new deal and let Rafa do his job it could be an excellent summer for the club and Newcastle fans – maybe even the best ever under Mike Ashley.
Newcastle have to do well in the final four games of the season starting hopefully with a win against bottom club West Brom at home on Saturday, but that will not be easy – we know that.
So things are set for us to have an exciting summer, and Rafa could assemble a powerful squad for next season, and then anything is possible.
It’s exciting times for the club and the fans, and that’s even though Ashley is still the owner.
Personal Health update:
I had various scans last Friday at Rex Hospital in Raleigh to see if the prostate cancer, which has spread throughout the body, is being contained.
I met with my oncologist yesterday, and there is no indication from the scans and blood work that the cancer has spread further.
The four-month chemotherapy treatment last summer linked with continuous hormone treatment I receive currently contains my cancer.
That’s excellent news and one reason I’m looking forward so much to the summer – more than I can say.