Rafa has done a lot of good things at Newcastle United since he arrived on that magic Friday – also known as 11th March 2016 – when he came to Newcastle.
That’s when most of us couldn’t really believe he was going to sing on for Newcastle -= and Mike Ashley was still the owner.
Let’s give Ashley a bit of credit here – it’s the best thing he has ever done at Newcastle – by miles.
And a smiling Rafa came to St. James’ Park and signed on as manager – but alas, just failed to save us from relegation.
Somehow the fans and journalists persuaded the gaffer to stay with us down in the Championship.
Our favorite photo of Rafa Benitez – marching into battle for Newcastle
He didn’t expect it to be a battle against Newcastle owner Mike Ashley
And it’s that type of loyalty that makes us think he will stay long-term at Newcastle – even if Ashley is still the owner.
The last two seasons have been phenomenal under Rafa and both terrific successes finishing top in the Championship last year and then 10th last season in the Premier League
To maintain that momentum we need to see Newcastle challenging for a top six position next season in England’s top league.
And Rafa is busily trying to ensure we get enough talented players in, so we have a chance of accomplishing that.
To be fair, we have signed two players with what Rafa needs this summer – class – goalkeeper Marvin Dubravka and Ki Sung-yueng – an underrated star from Swansea in central midfield.
Those are two excellent players, and we got them in for just £4M.
Mike Ashley has been reticent to spend money at Newcastle especially when we are in a good position like we are at the moment.
His attitude is – why do I need to spend money when we are 10th in the Premier League?
In any business, you are either improving or going backwards, and when you do nothing, you are going backwards – there is no hovering in the universe.
That will not do for Rafa Benitez who is used to challenging for titles, and he’s been so loyal to Newcastle for 28 months.
It’s about time Mike Ashley thanked him by supporting the manager 100% this summer.
What do you think?