We wake up every morning hoping the impasse and gridlock at Newcastle will have been solved.
But things are still unchanged with Rafa’s contract running out a week on Sunday, June 30th.
Unless something drastic happens before then, Rafa will not be at Benton to greet the players returning to Newcastle for preseason training on Thursday, July 4th.
The players, like the fans, had hoped this summer transfer window would be a breakthrough for the club so we will not have to fight for a third season against relegation.
That could now happen, but the awful news is that Rafa will likely not be at the Benton Training Grounds to welcome the players back.
Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez – in a standoff
Just imagine how you would feel as a payer if our world-class manager’s contract has run out when you return to training.
It’s very much like back in the summer of 2009 when Ashley had a similar standoff with Alan Shearer.
Ashley wouldn’t offer him a new deal to stay as manager – but Ashley didn’t say anything – even to Shearer – much like today’s standoff with Rafa.
With two days to go before the players came back to training, Chris Hughton was appointed as caretaker manager with Colin Calderwood as his assistant.
Back then we had just been relegated, but we are in the Premier League now and due to play in a tournament in China in mid-July.
Newcastle will play in the Premier League Asia Trophy – a prestigious event where clubs can get good publicity in Asia – or otherwise.
Who will lead us there?
We don’t know.
But Mike Ashley is culpable again for not doing his job as an owner.
It looks like we will not have a manager on July 1st and it could become a massive embarrassment to the club.
Maybe the two coaches who could take over to China are Neil Redfearn and Ben Dawson as Newcastle’s interim manager.
And for us to be talking about this on June 21st is simply a disgrace and a tragedy.
To say we are sick of what’s going on is a huge understatement.