It is Rafa Benitez by his expertise and strength of character that has been holding the club together for the previous three years.
Shouldn’t Rafa be rewarded for this by the owner?
Any other manager would have found it very difficult to keep Newcastle as a Premier League outfit over the last two years with the distinct lack of investment from Ashley.
Rafa has had to buy what he can with the money available but still has brought in some excellent players – Fabian Schar being the latest stellar buy for £3M from Deportivo.
So maybe Ashley should think about what he likes – money – and realize just how many millions and millions of pounds Rafa has saved the owner over the last three years.
First of all the manager got us promoted immediately and has had the team around mid-table in 10th and 13th positions in the Premier League the last two seasons – that’s no mean feat.
If we had been relegated again, Newcastle could have ended up like Sunderland and Middlesbrough and not come straight back up to the wealthy Premier League.
We would now be missing out on the massive money in the Premier League.
But we’re not – principally becasue of Rafa’s brilliance, strong character, and tolerance.
Rafa Benitez – the savior of Newcastle United
Doesn’t Ashley appreciate that – and it’s Mr. Benitez he should be thanking?.
And think about the squad Steve McClaren had when we were relegated three years ago.
Two players – Gini Wijnaldum (£25M fee to Liverpool) and Moussa Sissoko (£30M fee to Tottenham) will be playing in the Champions League final this year.
Think what Rafa could have done these players if they were still on Tyneside – he wanted to keep both payers when we were relegated but couldn’t do it.
He was already having Sissoko playing out of his skin for Newcastle when he arrived.
During that season pundits we asking why Newcastle were struggling so much when we had some outstanding players.
Steve McClaren was out of his depth from the first day at Newcastle and should never have been appointed by Lee Chatbley.
It was an incompetent and ill-advised appointment by the Managing Director.
Back to Ashley.
Why is a man who hasn’t attended Newcastle games for months and doesn’t seem to have much interest in Newcastle in sole control of Newcastle’s future at the moment?
Make no mistake – it will be a complete and utter disaster if Rafa walks away.
I’m not sure what our reaction would be – dismay, anger, depression, all of them and more.
If Rafa does leave, there has to be a case put to the FA about how Mike Ashley – because of his billions – is allowed to wreck a football club.
This will not be the last time a Billionaire buys a Premier League football club for publicity and for the good it can do his own company in (free) advertising around the world.
We hope Rafa stays, but if he walks then Ashley has to get out of Toon.
We will then thank Rafa for what’s he’s done for our club over the previous three years and keep some of the great memories in our hearts.
Let’s hope Rafa stays – and have a positive ending to this story – and an exciting summer ahead.