Fans are still waiting to see if Rafa will stay at Newcastle past this summer and while there is expectation he will stay nothing is certain yet.
Rafa has given some hints that the things he wants from Mike Ashley isn’t just big money to spend in each transfer window – although that would help build the quality of the side.
Rafa would like to stay a long time at Newcastle, but he needs assurances from the owner Mike Ashley who hasn’t been seen at St. James’ Park for quite some time now.
It’s a pity he doesn’t get behind Rafa and the players like the rest of us.
It’s difficult to know what’s really happening behind the scenes although it’s clear Ashley s very keen to keep Rafa at the club.
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This is what the manager has said in the Chronicle today:
“In football it’s not just about the money.” “I always say that.”
“But at the same time if you have more money you’ll have more chances to do well.”
“I think Fulham signed some good players but for some reason, they didn’t do what people were expecting as a team.”
“We can’t talk too much about them because they did what they did.”
“We’ll have to talk about us.”
“We’re trying to be sure that our team – as a unit – is strong enough.”
“It’s not just about individuals or players on their own that can do enough.”
“We have the idea to build a team and we’ve done that.”
It looks like Rafa will try to bring in several new players this summer in an attempt to significantly strengthen the squad.
But they have to be the right players – we spent big money in the summer of 2015 and ending up relegated in May of the following year.
One step forward if Rafa stays is that we will not be fighting relegation next season.
It seems stupid that after three years at the club that will be a step forward for Newcastle.
But the truth is we’ve all gone through hell and high water supporting Rafa and the players these last two seasons.
Mike Ashley needs to start treating Rafa for what he is – a world-class manager – and a gift to Newcastle United.