Rafa Benitez will exit Newcastle United in the summer, according to Mark Lawrenson, unless something drastic happens.
Having now spent two years at St James Park, Lawrenson believes only the departure of Mike Ashley could keep the Manager at the club.
Mark Lawrenson believing that in the Summer Rafa will be saying to himself ‘You know what, I deserve much better than this’.
Newcastle fans wouldn’t disagree.
Obviously we all hope he doesn’t leave but as the former Liverpool defender says, you can’t have ‘a constant battle trying to sign players’.
In Summer 2016 Rafa Benitez made NUFC/Ashley a £40m profit in the transfer market, January 2017 the club’s owner blocked Rafa buying anybody, as was the case in January 2018, whilst in Summer 2017 Rafa was starved of funds and forced to shop in the bargain basement for £4m/£5m players whilst the likes of Brighton and Huddersfield had a massively higher net spend than United.
If Ashley doesn’t sell the club, is there hope of Rafa staying on?
To be honest it is very difficult to see such a well-respected Manager as the Spaniard putting himself through yet another farce of a transfer window, where he constantly undermined and promises aren’t kept.
Mark Lawrenson speaking to Liverpool’s official TV channel:
“I don’t see Rafa Benitez being there past the end of the season, unless they (Newcastle United) are sold (by Mike Ashley).
“At the end of the season he’ll be thinking..’You know what, I deserve much better than this’.
“You can’t have a constant battle trying to sign players.
“In the (Summer) transfer window they were linked with loads (of signings ) and hardly got any.
“He’ll have done well, really well, if he can keep them (Newcastle) in the Premier League with these players.
“It is easier coaching better players and if you have got Champions League (standard) players then you (just need to) tell them once.
“If you have got Championship level players then you probably need to tell them two or three times what to do.”