Michael Gray says that it is ‘very bizarre’ what’s happening at Newcastle United at the minute.
After losing to Forest 3-2 in the League Cup on Wednesday night in extra time, the former Sunderland player says that it showed yet more proof that Rafa Benitez and his squad are struggling.
The United boss made 10 changes but the team should still have been good enough to beat a Championship side that also made their next league game the priority.
Once again the subject of Mike Ashley’s promises and the failure to deliver the signings Rafa wants, rears its head, and Michael Gray states ‘If he (Rafa) is not being backed then he is a powerful guy’.
This is yet another unpopular messenger but hard to disagree with much of what Gray says, as he only speaks what are our fears as well.
Michael Gray adding that the Newcastle boss would be in demand if he couldn’t take any more: ‘He has a wonderful CV…Why is Rafa Benitez staying at Newcastle United?’.
Michael Gray speaking on Channel 5:
“It is very bizarre for me, what is happening at Newcastle.
“It seems to me that Rafa Benitez has been promised the funds to make them stronger in the Premier League but he has found it really difficult in the transfer market to bring in the players he wants.
“He is struggling and you could see tonight that at times they were struggling.
“He needs fresh faces but if he’s not being backed then he is a powerful guy.
“He has a wonderful CV.
“Why is Rafa Benitez staying at Newcastle United?
“He has got every opportunity to walk away if he wants to and it wouldn’t surprise me if he did that.
“I know I will get criticised for saying that because this is Newcastle we are speaking about – but the writing is on the wall.
“He could actually walk away.
“Whether or not he does is another thing but they need to turn things around quickly.”
(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the match go here)
(Read Rafa Benitez’ opinion on Newcastle 2 Nottingham Forest 3 here)
(Read what Mark Warburton had to say about the game here)