Simon Jordan made his fortune in the mobile phone industry and he is usually very outspoken and likes to keep that image alive by coming out and taking the contrarian view on things.
The 51-year-old former Crystal Palace Chairman feels that Rafa will simply look out for himself at Newcastle, and will wait until an attractive offer comes along and will take that next summer when his contract at Newcastle runs out.
That could happen but if he does leave there will be few Geordie fans blaming him – given the nonsense he’s had to put up with from owner Mike Ashley.
Simon Jordan – blasts Rafa Benitez
Ashley shouldn’t be allowed to run (ruin) a football club.
This is what Jordan told TalkSPORT about Benitez.
“It is difficult to defend the indefensible. I have mixed emotions,”
“I know that he walks on water, I know that they see him as the second coming. I don’t see him that way.”
“Rafa Benitez is about Rafa Benitez and if there is an opportunity for him to advance himself, something that he thinks is better than Newcastle, then he’ll be out the door and leave behind these adoring fans.”
“I believe Newcastle are a stepping stone for him.”
That’s really a criticism of Rafa’s character and we think it’s misplaced.
There’s no reason why Newcastle cannot pull away from the bottom three quite quickly.
In the 12 games we still have to play this year only one is against a top-six club – Liverpool away on Boxing Day.
That compares with the five top-six clubs in the 8 games we have played so far this season.
So we should be able to pick up some wins soon.
If we don’t then it’s time to be really concerned – even more than we are at the moment.