The recent form of Crystal Palace, with Alan Pardew given the free hand that he was never allowed at Newcastle United, has accumulated 22 points this calendar year – the worst average points return of any of the 94 clubs that have appeared in the top four divisions.

In my opinion, this demonstrates the fact that he is not a very good manager and this was in fact masked, by being able to blame the restraints imposed by Mike Ashley.

The mind-numbing soul destroying mediocrity…Steve McClaren fitted into the cosy under achievement and the net result was eventual relegation.

Therefore to get a world class manager at the club, the defining reason for the mediocrity at the club, Mike Ashley, had to accept change had to be implemented.

Despite these setbacks in his football and retail business life, an ego fuelled on resentment will probably return.

History has shown that when this man is knocked down he licks his wounds, then does whatever to show he is in charge.

Forcing Kevin Keegan out, sacking a promotion winning manager at the earliest opportunity (yes he has done it before) and appointing Joe Kinnear…never mind appointing Dennis Wise and renaming the ground, not trying in cups, I could go on.

What Mike Ashley cannot see, through a fog of ego, is that by showing the few sycophants/minions that inhabit his small world that he and he alone in the man with the power – he gives a tailor made excuse for failure.

We have a world class manager in Rafa Benitez who clearly puts passion before ego, a man who will get us promoted as champions.

That is not arrogance, it’s what happens when a world class man is given the power.

There is a chance that if allowed to continue he will succeed in the most important thing on Tyneside, producing that feeling of childlike excitement days before every game.

IN RAFA WE TRUST.