One man is single-handedly holding it all together
It is both exhilarating and frightening, that just one man holds everything together at St James Park.
Without him, the mood would be the complete opposite and social media/the press would be awash with tales of dissatisfaction from Newcastle fans.
No, it’s not Lee Charnley…step forward Rafa Benitez.
As we sit here with 59 days to go until the season kicks off, can you just stop and imagine how you would be feeling if Steve McClaren or John Carver was still here, or some other equivalent joker?
Just like when Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer were employed by Mike Ashley, they completely covered him due to the fact that Newcastle fans trusted them.
Chris Hughton was slightly different, a more laidback figure who supporters feared might be a pushover for the owner, only for Hughton to prove himself the total opposite – which led to Ashley sacking him at the earliest opportunity with Newcastle safe in mid-table.
So just like Keegan and Shearer, the supporters trust Rafa Benitez, they believe him when he says he has assurances on control of transfers and a budget to strengthen the squad.
Hand on heart, if Steve McClaren was telling us the same thing would you honestly believe him?
As I say, eight weeks to go and nothing positive, apart from Steven Taylor leaving, has actually happened – other than Rafa confirming his stay of course.
No signings, no promises of what will or won’t happen, yet two hour queues when season tickets went on sale on Monday and the family enclosure and Strawberry corner already sold out.
The reliance and level of responsibility Rafa Benitez carries, is quite mad.
If he walked out tonight, tomorrow, next week, it is impossible to imagine just how big a swing there would be in terms of the change of mood.
Instead we have complete faith, if he said he was selling any player then the overwhelming reaction would be ‘Fair enough, he knows what he is doing and the changes will strengthen the squad overall’.
Again, if McClaren, Carver or some other patsy was in charge, there would be hysteria if just about any first eleven player looked to be on his way.
Moody tw*ts like Sissoko and Wijnaldum angling for a summer move, the reaction is just get out and let Rafa spend the cash on somebody who wants to be here and will give proper commitment.
Without Rafa Benitez we’d be picturing Mike Ashley shovelling cash into his pockets rather than reinvestment in the squad.
It reminds us yet again that by far the most important person in any club is the Manager, he is the one who fans need to be able to relate to and trust.
Whilst Rafa Benitez is still in the hotseat we will all have belief that things are going to be heading in an upward curve, long may he reign and let’s hope that Mike Ashley has at last come to understand the consequences of not doing things properly.
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