The fans want Rafa Benitez to stay but some, media/neutrals in particular, are questioning his intentions if he does remain at Newcastle United.

I’m not one of those who question his intentions, I am just responding to them.

I’m no mind-reader and so I wouldn’t know whether he’d be sticking to the club out of self-interest or out of love for Newcastle United…but does it really matter either way? I don’t think so because either way, we win. If Rafa stays, we have almost guaranteed a promotion back into the top flight next season.

Ideally, he’d be sticking with the club out of love as he propels Newcastle United back into the premier league. The fans have been awesome to him and ‘In Rafa we trust’, so it’s not implausible that he’ll reciprocate this love. Some may say that heart/love is not enough and I agree – but Rafa has skill too.

With Valencia, he won the UEFA Cup and La Liga (twice), with Liverpool the FA Cup and the Champions League. With Chelsea; the UEFA Europa League. He’s not perfect but we know he has delivered before and he has potential to deliver again. So here’s the equation: heart + skill = promotion. We win.

However, what if he sticks with the club merely out of self-interest (I seriously doubt this, but let’s entertain the thought)?

If he’s sticking with the club just to cash out a big pay cheque, then with a big pay cheque comes big responsibilities. The bigger the pay cheque, the greater the expectations. These expectations would be a strong motivating factor.

Furthermore, he’s got a reputation to keep as well. If he does not restore Newcastle United’s top flight status, his CV is not going to look too good. Imagine the CV of someone who coached Real Madrid but did not do so well in the second tier of the English League.

So this means that if he does not have heart (that’s a big IF) then he’ll have some other motivation to perform and lead us back into the Premier League. To get us back to the top, we don’t need him to be driven by altruism; we just need him to be driven. And if he’s driven, we win.

A classic example of a win-win situation – if he stays for the sake of the club, we win. If he stays for the sake of self-interest, we win as well. In both cases, we win.

So imperative that he stays – my fingers are crossed…