Fans and journalists alike have taken to Twitter as it’s becoming more and more possible that Rafa will indeed walk away from Newcastle when his three-year contract ends on June 30th.
Rafa stayed last time based more on what his heart was telling him and he went down to the second division with Newcastle.
But he has not been rewarded for the great job he’s done at Newcastle with very little money to spend.
That has culminated in him and Newcastle fighting relegation for the last two seasons.
That’s something very familiar to fans during Mike Ashley’s disastrous tenure of the club.
Rafa will only stay if he gets cast-iron guarantees from Mike Ashey about transfer budgets and other things he needs to make Newcastle United int a top club in Europe.
But it’s like pulling teeth to get anything out of Ashley.
Their ambitions for the club are miles and miles and miles apart.
It won’t work.
It’s probably better for Rafa to find a club who will fully support him in his goals – maybe Wolves and he would be close to his family home in the Wirral, Cheshire.
Rafa Benitez – answering question from reporters
This could also be the end of Ashley at Newcastle but if it’s after Rafa’s left – the damage has already been done.
Here are some comments from fans and journalists on the increasingly dire situation with Rafa.
Worrying signs/articles/quotes regarding Rafa this morning. ?#NUFC
— Abhi NUFC (@abhi_nufc) April 20, 2019
Rafa wants to stay in management until he’s 70 he’ll stay at #NUFC until end of the season & wants to be in the CL here you Mike & Lee imho he’s gone this season and we’ll end up with a yes man who fit to these clowns vision there’s no vision at this unambitious coin happy now
— john_NUFC42 (@john_nufc42) April 20, 2019
Is it me or does Rafa’s PR team seem to be tweeting a lot these days probably putting himself in the shop window. #NUFC
— leigh smith (@geordieleighs) April 20, 2019
Completely resigned to Rafa leaving now and the relegation next season that will inevitably follow. He’s far better than us and the circus that runs us. Go and work for someone with the same ambitions. Not a single fan would blame him #nufc
— Jamie Common (@JamieCommon) April 20, 2019
Newcastle United Football Club have a world class manager.
We’ve also got a liar for an owner and a “Managing Director” who has such an in-depth knowledge of football that he thinks we’re having a good season.
— If Rafa Goes We Go (@IfRafaGoesWeGo) April 20, 2019
#nufc want, and pay well for, a manager that seems to ensure a squad outperforms itself. But not allowing Rafa to control the resources to make that happen is madness and will need Rafa to be as unambitious as the club. We know that’s not the case. Worried!
— steve h (@matchfacts) April 20, 2019
This impasse between Rafa and Charnley was inevitable and I don’t blame Benitez. Rafa has been here long enough to know he needs assurances on paper ? If he doesn’t get it…then step on up Neil Warnock ? #NUFC
— Toon In Toon Out (@toonintoonout) April 20, 2019
How many times have we heard about a “transfer chest”. I remember Lee Ryder quoting Rafa had 100 million to spend and we ended with a positive net spend. The club continue to spin lie after lie and who can blame rafa for not believing a word #nufc say.
— Colo (@Colo26270869) April 20, 2019
One cup Win, our worst home run in 100 years. In and out of the bottom three now only just surviving relegation and Lee Charnley thinks it’s a good season. What fucking hope do we have with him and Ashley man? just go Rafa and work for someone who isn’t a parasite #NUFC
— Lil’Shaq?? (@shaqlockholmes) April 20, 2019
The point is – and this is where I wholeheartedly agree with Rafa – he must not only be allowed to spend it all, he must be allowed to spend it how he wishes. That’s what complete control of the football side of the business means #nufc
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) April 20, 2019
Really good stuff from Rafa here on his ambitions. Rafael Benitez: ‘If Newcastle can’t be a club that can compete – then I’m prepared to stay at home and wait for a better offer’ #nufc https://t.co/Ff9sE5YEGh
— Paul Fraser (@paulfraserecho) April 20, 2019
— Jack (@JackStanley86) April 20, 2019
Spot on David, even if the Fat Man sold up to some mega rich country, it could take 5 to 10 years like it has at Citeh & still can’t guarantee Champions League success. Rafa goes with my blessing. #nufc
— Dave Binks (@whyayeman1955) April 20, 2019
— Ashley hates NUFC fans (@TOONRafalution) April 20, 2019