The best signing of last summer…and indeed this summer, was confirmation of Rafa Benitez staying.
However, a lot of Newcastle fans appear to have unrealistic and indeed, unfair, expectations of what the Spaniard is capable of.
Yes he is a talented and respected Manager with plenty achievements in the tank already BUT he does need to have as many other factors as possible also running in his favour this coming season and beyond.
Anybody voicing any concerns is often shouted down with cries of ‘don’t worry man, Rafa will sort it’.
The truth is though that whilst in reality the Championship was no more difficult than any previous promotion, the Premier League is a different matter.
The sheer amount of money and the relative fairness of the share out, means that spending power is obvious throughout the 20 competing teams.
Chelsea were brilliant this past season with 30 wins from 38 games but Sunderland, who were useless, are still going to be handed roughly two thirds of what the champions earned in TV/Premier League money.
Rafa is guaranteed a full stadium of fans supporting him this season, likewise the existing squad of players are certainly playing for him.
Possibly the most important factor, luck, is something nobody can control.
However, the other key factor the United boss needs is for Mike Ashley to be fully behind him AND let Rafa get on with the job.
No restrictions on who he signs, a decent budget, and no interference no matter what happens this season.
With all of these factors running in Rafa Benitez’ favour we can look forward to the season ahead BUT any negatives coming from the owner are sure to make it a tough 10 months.
Hopefully a new era of working together for a United cause, if so the future is looking bright.