In his column today in the Times George Caulkin says Newcastle are the just enough club, and that will not be good enough for Rafa Benitez, who wants to build a side in the next few years that can win trophies.
It will be at Newcastle or elsewhere, but he doesn’t want to fight relegation for the third successive season, and who can blame him?.
Just enough means that owner Mike Ashley will do what he thinks is just enough to ensure Newcastle survive in the Premier League and a couple of times he’s failed to achieve even that low goal.
Ashley doesn’t seem interested in wanting Newcastle to be a top-six side and win things like …. trophies.
And the Times doesn’t think Mike Ashley will offer the manager enough to stay on Tyneside after the last two years of very little money being made available for the top players Rafa has wanted.
Well, not until there’s only five months left on his contract.
Much better for Rafa to join an ambitious club like Leicester City – as one example.
The next game coming up for Newcastle is at Wolves on Monday, and then we have a 12-day break.
The game after that is a decisive game of the season and another relegation 6 pointer at home to Huddersfield on Saturday 23rd February.
The players training toay at Benton
The Times is reporting that after the Wolves match the Newcastle squad will head off to Spain for a warm-weather training camp.
That’s much as we did last year when we were also eliminated in the 4th round of the FA Cup.
Oh to be successful and not have the time to go for warm weather breaks.
The squad should come over to Raleigh where it’s sunny and will reach 74 degrees Fahrenheit today, but it’s a lot further away than Spain.