With everybody holding their breath as they wait to see whether he stays or not, Ant and Dec have added their voices to the rest of the Newcastle fans hoping there is a long-term stay at St James Park for Rafa Benitez.

When asked whether they hope he stays, Ant said ‘please stay Rafa’.

Whilst Dec stated ‘he (Rafa Benitez) is a proper football manager that we have been crying our for’.

Lots of positive noises in the media following reported meetings with both Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley but until Rafa Benitez says that he is staying, nobody will be taking anything for granted.

It still seems unreal for many Newcastle fans that Mike Ashley will at last accept that he needs to trust those best placed to make decisions, rather than ordering a bunch of yes men who are out of their depth, to follow some chaotic path/strategy that has now led to a second relegation only seven years after the last.

Want Rafa Benitez to stay?:


“I hope so, please stay Rafa, please stay Rafa…”


“I hope so, please stay Rafa…he is a  proper football manager that we have been crying out for here in the north east.

“So yes, I think we have a real chance if Rafa stays and can turn things around.

“We have got everything crossed, so let’s hope so.”