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.”