We were hoping we could have beaten Crystal Palace yesterday and taken the pressure off Newcastle a little in the relegation stakes.
But we ended up losing to Palace by a goal in the 81st minute through a penalty given away sloppily by DeAndre Yedlin.
We had hoped we could turn our full attention to having Rafa Benitez sign up for at least the next three years, but that will need to wait although discussions have started up again.
Yesterday Rafa told local reporters the two parties were not close to coming to an agreement.
Former Newcastle star Chris Waddle thinks that Rafa will stay at Newcastle as long as Mike Ashley gives him the transfer funds.
Rafa Benitez – needs funds to build Newcastle into a top team
Rafa needs money to be able to fight in the top half of the table and not against relegation every season – as he’s done over the last couple of years.
Waddle worked on the commentary of the Newcastle game yesterday for BBC Radio 5Live, and this is what he said about Rafa:
“I honestly think he wants to stay here.”
“But I think he now thinks, ‘I don’t want to be in a relegation fight'”
” I think he has ambitions to make this club a top-six club if he gets the right budget, the right backing and the right players in.”
“I’m sure he can get a crack at what Watford, Everton, and teams around that top-six or seven are doing.”
“He believes he can do that with the support he has set up. It’s all about money and who he can bring in.”
“At the end of the season, he’ll sit down and think ‘where are we going’ – if they are going to back him, I’m sure he’ll be happy to stay.”
This is all up to Mike Ashley – Newcastle have the money to give to Rafa – it’s now a question of whether the owner is willing to actually give it to him to bring players in.
Does he want to support Rafa to build a top Newcastle team in the future?
The club will be worth a lot more than £300M if Rafa is successful in doing that.
Why wouldn’t Mike Ashley support Rafa fully for two or three years and then sell the club at a lot more than the £300M he’s asking for it at the moment.
If Newcastle are a top-eight or a top-six club in three years it could be worth more than £600M.
That’s a good return on investment (ROI) in three years.
What do you think?