Will ‘love’ be enough to keep Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United?

Christian Atsu says the whole Newcastle squad are hoping so.

The 26 year old winger says that the players ‘love working with him, the fans love him, we both love him’, something which I think we all know the manager is aware of.

In the past, Rafa Benitez has often referred to how much his affection for the fans and the squad have encouraged him to stay at the club to try and move forward with his ‘project’.

However, the unknown quantity as always, is Mike Ashley.

Will the owner change track and now fully back the manager with a realistic transfer budget and the freedom to use it as he pleases?

Christian Atsu adding that ‘We are giving him all the support and we are hoping he will stay and work with us for many years.’

Rafa Benitez has given the Ghanaian international only one start since January so it gives his words extra special meaning, as it would be easy for him to be moaning after losing his place in the team to a loan signing.

As to what happens if the United Manager did finally have enough of Mike Ashley, Atsu spells it out – ‘Without him things would be very difficult…’

Christian Atsu speaking to Sky Sports:

“We need Rafa Benitez to stay because we [the players] love working with him, the fans love him, we both love him.

“We are giving him all the support and we are hoping he will stay and work with us for many years.

“Without him things would be very difficult…

“We work so hard, we have a great manager, the fans are behind us.

“At every game, home and away we have fifty two thousand fans supporting us.

“We are very happy with the support and we are so proud of ourselves that we are staying in the Premiership.”



  • paul mclaughlan

    Once Rafa leaves I’m finished (doubt it) with the Toon.

    • Paul Patterson

      If he goes this summer through lack of backing, you won’t be the only one . .

      • “Don’t ever give up on your club. Keep supporting it, it’s your club and trust me, one day you will get your club back and it will be everything you wanted it to be.

        “Newcastle United is bigger than anyone. It hurts I know, but just keep going. He is only one man we are a city, a whole population. Trust me.”

  • Dutch

    Will the owner change track and now fully
    back the manager with a realistic transfer budget and the freedom to use it as he pleases? Absolutely no way. Ashley will never put the club first. Only selling the club will solve the problems ahead.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    If the Obese one pulls anymore strokes Rafa will be off because if he stays then he would become just another 1st team coach going nowhere & a manager of his stature wouldn`t stand for that.
    He won`t get what he wants off Fatso & that`s a fact

  • mentalman

    Atsu is going to say that though isn’t he, he’s only got a premier league career because of Rafa, if Rafa does leave no doubt the next manager will be amazing to

  • Rich Lawson

    Ashley doesn’t seem to have any problem spending money elsewhere (recent property aquisitions) and business news today says he has been buying up shares in JD Sports ?

    • Billmag

      This is what I can’t understand he said all his wealth is tied up in SD and yet he has bought land in a high profile part of London, he’s a director of 20+ companies he has his own aviation company which he charges SD executives to fly. The mind boggles where he gets the cash from to put his fat fingers in so many pies.

  • ghostrider

    I reckon Rafa has been fully backed considering the position we were in and where we are right now.
    The January windows are nothing more than loan windows or panic buying trouble or dross windows, so I have no qualms about Ashley not being keen on trying to solve issues in that window.
    He’s sanctioned expensive loans and he’s also handed Rafa some decent cash considering our position.
    It’s quite sensible, I think.

    I would expect Ashley (assuming he stays, to hand Rafa (assuming he stays) a very generous transfer kitty with a fair wage structure attached to what that money can buy and pay for in wages.

    This is the real litmus test for Ashley, because he needs to trust in someone. Maybe Rafa is that man.
    If he is, he’ll be handed a top transfer kitty, I believe and then we can see where we can go from here.

    I reckon if all goes well, a top 8 finish would be an expected finish, based on him getting what I said.
    Anything higher would be a welcome bonus.

    Fingers crossed we see it come to fruition.