I read the very classy going away message from Rafa Benitez to Newcastle fans this morning and I am devastated – again!
If it wasn’t for Ashley we could have had Rafa signed up for five years and everybody would be dancing in Northumberland Street.
The important piece of Rafa’s message to our fans was the following:
“I wanted to stay but I didn’t just want to sign an extended contract – I wanted to be part of a project.”
“Unfortunately it became increasingly clear to me that those at the top of the Club did share the same vision.”
“I’m very sad about that.”
If it isn’t already abundantly clear that’s an indictment against Mike Ashley that he never wanted and never wants Newcastle to be a top six club.
He must sell up and if he comes back – as we expect in a week or two – and says he cannot sell the club we cannot accept that.
He’s got to get oot of Toon.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle United’s former manager
Here are some tweets from our fans today:
— Mark ???? (@MarkMazzocchi) July 1, 2019
Now you’re gone Rafa tell us a few truths about #NUFC
— Brus Boy (@BoyBrus) July 1, 2019
Best wishes to you and i hope your future is a bright one. I can only apologise that the club I used to love passionately is being run by a man (already richer than most) that only cares about increasing his own personal wealth I really wish things were different, bye Rafa #nufc
— ???Steven K??? (@aliensexist1985) July 1, 2019
Thank you for everything, so sorry about your treatment by our board. Please know they represent Sports Direct United, not Newcastle United. A true gentleman Rafa, welcome in Toon always #nufc #boycottarsenal #SJPBoycott
— SheikhTheToon (@SheikhToon) July 1, 2019
— Neverending Ghosted Girl (@girl_ghosted) July 1, 2019
Feel very sorry for #NUFC yet again – Rafa was the perfect manager for them and with the right owners they’d have soared as he’s proven what he can do when backed. Could easily have shot them up the table but now they’ll have to start from scratch get again.
— Stu (@SmallHandStu) July 1, 2019
Absolutely no chance that the takeover is happening, Rafa would have stayed judging by his statement if that was the case….not that anyone believed it was happening anyway though eh? I couldn’t support another club ever, but at the minute I feel nothing for #nufc and it’s shit!
— Gary Allan (@GAfatman) July 1, 2019
I’m reading that Rafa had ‘ambition’ ‘wanted to stay’ ‘wanted to improve the Club’ and our owner decided that was not what we as fans wanted! We are a diseased and slowly dying corpse until Ashley is gone #nufc
— JAMO in SYDNEY (@jamosomerset) July 1, 2019
— Carl Seggie (@6SECONDSREF) July 1, 2019
Rafa: Mike I’ll stay if you show some ambition and give me a decent transfer kitty……
— Kev Wood #NUFC ???????? (@Kevwoodh24) July 1, 2019
— Owen Latham (@OwenCLatham) July 1, 2019
Takeover off, Rafa gone, top players wanting to leave. Why are you renewing? ?#NUFC
— Callum (@CallumLiddell) July 1, 2019
Now with Rafa’s statement as to why he left! I hope @DailyMirror apologise for the shite they wrote from Ashley’s people! It wasn’t #BZG decision! It was MA’s lack of ambition that drove Rafa out! #NUFC
— carl richardson (@Carl_TftG) July 1, 2019
So the club have had their little joke with the “kit now available” video and managed to get some chatter going on social media. Classic communications tactic of deflection.
— If Rafa Goes We Go (@IfRafaGoesWeGo) July 1, 2019
— Garry Cooney (@Garry_Cooney) July 1, 2019
Thank you Rafa for being our manager, we've lost part of the club with your leaving, shame not everyone can see that #NUFC
— John Tudor (@mrjohntudor) July 1, 2019
You have actually tweeted this on the same day that Rafa has left. Who makes these catastrophic decisions?! We are actually laughable. What a joke. #NUFC
— Bray (@matthewbray84) July 1, 2019