Garth Crooks has named his Premier League team of the season.
He has also named his manager of the season…
No surprise that no Newcastle players feature in the team but equally, no surprise that Garth Crooks makes Rafa Benitez his manager of the season.
He has sung the Spaniard’s praises throughout the season, applauding him for the job he has done at St James Park despite the shocking lack of support from Mike Ashley.
In naming Rafa his manager of the season, Garth Crooks has also laid out the stark reality, as the fans wait to see what will happen, as Benitez is refusing to sign an extended contract until Mike Ashley convince him things will change.
Crooks sees two potential paths ahead: ‘Give Benitez the resources and he would do what Kevin Keegan failed to do, and win Newcastle a trophy. Don’t give him the resources to compete with the very best and he will leave – and quite rightly.’
Only a fool wouldn’t recognise the above as the reality.
Time for Mike Ashley to do things properly at last and not hide behind empty PR statements.
“Manager of the Season – Rafa Bentez.
“I was asked recently who were my top three managers this season. Without a moment’s hesitation I said Rafael Benitez, Sean Dyche and Chris Hughton – in that order.
“I never expected Burnley to qualify for Europe, for Brighton to survive a season in the Premier League, or for Newcastle to finish with 44 points, ensuring safety with games to spare having started the season with seven Championship players in the team.
“Anyone who has watched Newcastle United this season will have observed Benitez and his boys refusing to compromise one iota on the brand of football their fans want to see.
“I wish I could say the same for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.
“If Newcastle have lost a game they have done so with their dignity intact. They have taken the opposition on trying to play.
“There have been times when they have been outplayed, even outclassed, but they have never turned their backs on giving their fans 100%, which you have to do when playing for the Magpies.
“That is why Newcastle fans love Rafa Benitez, because they have seen the Spaniard turn their team from a Championship squad into a credible Premier League outfit.
“Give Benitez the resources and he would do what Kevin Keegan failed to do, and win Newcastle a trophy.
“Don’t give him the resources to compete with the very best and he will leave – and quite rightly.”