Paul Gascoigne has been interviewed by BetStars, and with this summer saga dragging on at Newcastle as things tend to do every summer, Paul Gascoigne points out the real dangers of what Newcastle are doing.
The hierarchy have been engaged in what seems a feeble attempt for over six weeks now to sign Rafa to a long-term contract.
They don’t seem to be able to agree to the conditions Rafa wants in place for him to commit to a long-term stay on Tyneside.
But you really cannot mess around with a world-class manager and Rafa will have multiple clubs after him if ever he leaves Newcastle this summer or when his contract runs out next summer.
What he’s achieved at Newcastle over the last two seasons has been memorable and some outstanding management from the 58-year-old.
He has reminded everybody just how good a manager he really is.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is stubborn and to let these negotiations drag on for so long – we are surprised Rafa still seems so calm about things.
The danger in all of this is that Ashley could make his biggest ever mistake at Newcastle if Rafa gets fed up and leaves the club.
Rafa Benitez – staying calm as Newcastle drag their feet – as usual
This is what Paul Gascoigne has told BetStars regarding Rafa Benitez’ future at the club:
“I think someone like Rafa, it’s always important for any team to keep a manager like that. You just have to look at his CV.”
“But nowadays you’ve got to spend money, it’s as simple as that. In order to compete with the likes of Man City and Man United or any club for that matter, you need to spend and spend well.”
“If they want to keep Rafa, they need to give him the money to improve the squad. If they don’t then he won’t want to stay.”
“Newcastle need good players to improve – you can’t win games without good players.”
“Newcastle did well to finish 10th but could’ve finished higher.”
“Keep hold of Rafa, give him the money to spend and they could well do that.”
Remember a short two years ago last March when we were all in shock that Rafa had just signed on as the Newcastle manager and we all said then that even Ashley cannot mess this one up.
Well – it’s now possible.
If Rafa does leave, Newcastle fans would demand Mike Ashley sell the club and quickly too.
The owner has been a disaster for Newcastle for eleven years now, and he still doesn’t seem to understand the football game and how he can make money in it.
Ashley can make big money if he allows Rafa to create a top Newcastle side, but real investment up front is necessary for that.
If Rafa is supported, then Newcastle could even win trophies, and the price of the club could go soaring.