Jamaal Lascelles and our players obviously want Rafa to stay at Newcastle past June.
But that’s all up to Mike Ashley who isn’t even in the country at the moment, and he’s taking an Easter break.
He also hasn’t been at St. James’ Park for months so on the outside it doesn’t seem that he cares too much about the club he owns.
That’s even when he tells people he wants to sell the club – but cannot get the price he wants.
He’s been saying that for many years now.
Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles
But it’s a bit of a worry the players are becoming concerned the manager could walk away.
Let’s hope they keep their concentration over the last three games so we can finish as high up the league table as possible.
This is what Jamaal has said in the Chronicle today when asked if players wanted Rafa to stay:
“It’s a bit of a silly question – yes, of course.”
“Since he’s been here, we’ve been doing really well. Even in the season we got relegated, he came in and we started winning games.”
“In the Championship season we came first, 10th last year, and now we are finishing strongly this year.
“Of course, as players, we want him here but we are not in control of whatever is going on. But hopefully he gets tied down.”
“Yes, of course it does worry us as players that he might leave – there aren’t many managers like him.”
“Of course, as players, we want him here and Newcastle should do everything they can to keep him.”
“As players, when you get a manager in for the first couple of days and the first week, you want to impress him so much,”
“But, with Rafa, that has stayed for the whole time he has been here.”
“Even with me; I know him very well now, we’ve been working together for a long time.”
“But I still want to impress him every single session, every single day. I just want to keep impressing him.”
“I guess when he’s got all that respect off all the players, it brings a hard-working team and a hard-working team which is tough to beat.”
The spirit, passion, and honesty of the team is also what fans love to see – the lads play for the shirt.
Burnley drew 2-2 at Chelsea last night, so Newcastle remain in 13th place with three games to play.
We are 2 points behind 11th placed West Ham, and 11th looks the highest place we can attain this season.