Newcastle have been knocked out of the FA Cup at home, and again it’s the early rounds.
We have never advanced past the 4th round since Mike Ashley has been the owner at Newcastle.
And with just four full days left in the January transfer window, Newcastle have not brought in one single player to strengthen the squad Rafa has.
So after the game yesterday when Rafa was asked how he felt about life at Newcastle during his press conference he answered: “disappointed – obviously.”
Rafa was in a grim mood after the game when a Watford Reserves side beat us 2-0 in what was an abysmal performance from the Newcastle side.
Rafa Benitez – disappointed with things
Rafa was asked to expand on that answer and whether it was just the cup defeat or other things.
This is what Rafa said:
“A little bit of everything.”
“Today is the 26th, so I don’t need to say too much.” “We don’t have any players here.”
“But I am a professional, so I am convinced we will do what we have to do and in the end, we will stay up.”
“But we have to concentrate and then be sure that we do the right things.”
“Now we don’t have any excuses in terms of what we have to do.”
“Every single game for us is a final and it could be until the end.”
From the outside, it seems like Mike Ashley is doing things in this window that will almost guarantee Rafa will walk away in June.
But we are hoping the personal relationship between owner and manager is (a lot) better than has been portrayed in the press.
But Rafa is suffering now as manager of Newcastle, and we need to start winning and pulling away from the relegation zone.
Our next two games are against Manchester City at home and Tottenham away – two tough games indeed.
But looking on the positive side of things a win in one those two games could ignite our season.
What do you think about all of this?