Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has issued a statement that has just been published on the Newcastle website.
And Ashley has let it be known that he will support Rafa and thta he is not the pantomime villain he’s been portayed as in the press.
Mike Ashley – says he fully supports Rafa
This is what the owner has said:
“I would like to thank Rafa Benitez for his magnificent achievement this season.
“I would also like to applaud the players, led fantastically by the captain Jamaal Lascelles.”
“On many occasions throughout the season they have been described as a Championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory.”
“Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him.”
“I hope very much that Rafa will remain at Newcastle United.”
“Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their unrivaled support of Rafa and the team throughout the season.”
Well would you believe it – that’s an excellent and appropriate statement from the owner.
Now he needs to agree with what Rafa wants to do at Newcastle and sign him up.
And do that quickly – next week would be good.