The media have had lots of questions to ask about Newcastle United in recent days but they aren’t asking the right ones.
So lazy and used to being spoon-fed their content these days, with very rare exceptions do they ever challenge anything that they should be doing.
Rather than asking what was the point of Rafa Benitez’ team selection and tactics against Manchester City, the media should be asking why the Newcastle boss has been put in such a position, where he feels he has no other choice than to do what he did.
Let us take a journey back to August/September this year…
Mike Ashley talking to Sky Sports – 13 August 2017:
“I actually now believe that Newcastle will look to make mid-table this season and maybe we can make the cup a priority this season.
“We can get ourselves safe and then go for a cup.
“It means that in my few years at Newcastle United I might be able to win something other than a Championship trophy.”
Sky Sports – 10 September 2017:
“Mike Ashley says he will donate £20m to the players if they win the FA Cup this season.”
The media actually reported these two farcical episodes just as news stories, rather than challenging the ridiculous nature of what Mike Ashley was saying/doing.
A newly promoted club, a manager allowed a net spend of only £11.5m, and Ashley has the nerve to say he expects Newcastle to get themselves safe in the Premier League by January, then have the resources to launch an all out attack on the FA Cup.
The final insult of course being the embarrassing £20m bonus offer if Newcastle win the FA Cup…
So just like the media have questioned why Rafa Benitez picked such a negative team/formation for the Manchester City match before two imminent relegation six-pointers..
Will they be doing the same when he picks his team against Luton a week before another crucial relegation clash against Swansea…or if Newcastle make it into the heady heights of the fourth round, be questioning why he picks that team – the weekend (of Saturday 27 January) before another key home match against Burnley on the Wednesday (31st January)?
Newcastle must be the only club where you have an owner who is capable of actively working against the manager, laying an obstacle course/booby traps to make his job even harder.
You now have the crazy situation of the media questioning Newcastle fans as to why they are staying so loyal to Rafa Benitez, rather than targeting the real big fat problem at Newcastle United.