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#IfRafaGoesWeGo Official press release to the media explaining what is happening and why

3 years ago

The #IfRafaGoesWeGo Newcastle fans initiative is going from strength to strength.

Already there are now (Sataurday morning) more than ten and a half thousand are following the Twitter account @IfRafaGoesWeGo which was only launched on Thursday.

Yet another crisis under Mike Ashley and yet another Newcastle fans initiative has emerged to try and challenge the darkness this club owner continually casts over Newcastle United.

For supporters wondering what it is all about, the people behind #IfRagaGoesWeGo have made a press release to the media which you can read below.

Yes, Mike Ashley may well hold his hands up straight away and admit his ‘mistakes’, then properly commit to supporting Rafa Benitez in strengthening the playing squad, revamping the failing Academy, and make a start on the new training complex that he (Ashley) said was essential five years ago, if Newcastle United were going to be able compete.

However, just in case that doesn’t happen…lets get behind #IfRafaGoesWeGo

With fans having asked what this is all abut, the initiators of #IfRafaGoesWeGo have attempted to explain exactly what they are all about with this press release to the media;

Who are we?

We are fans of Newcastle United Football Club. We love our club. We love our city.

We are brothers and sisters. We are mams and dads. We are sons and daughters. We are grandparents and grandchildren. We are friends. We are best mates.

We’ve had enough of Mike Ashley and the way he runs our club. We respect and value Rafa Benitez.

We think (we fear) this could be his last season as our manager. We will do everything possible to keep him here. Failing that, if he goes we go.

We are a fans movement. We are a platform for all voices. We want to be a force for change. We want to inspire action.

We are the fans.

Why now?

For too long, Ashley has mis-managed our football club and failed to even consider the potential of what could be achieved.

We have a manager who fits. A manager who, like Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, understands the fans, the club, the city. A manager who would help us to realise some of our potential with the right backing.

A manager who will honour his contract and, if he leaves, he will have tried everything in his power to change the toxic regime that Ashley thrives on. We will know then that it’s time for us to say “no more”. We will leave as well.

What are we going to do?

We aren’t going to just sit here until May, watch Rafa leave and then follow.

We believe in positive action.

We’re grateful for the contact we’ve already had from groups/organisations who have the best interests of Newcastle United fans at heart.

Our focus will be on four main areas in partnership with those who want to work with us.

  1. Direct action/protests at and around St James Park
  2. Direct action/protests in connection with Sports Direct
  3. Lobbying, talking to and working with people and groups who can improve the situation at Newcastle United
  4. Marketing and Publicity – making sure that everyone hears our collective voice.

We will be seeking support from individuals and companies in terms of both funding and helping to promote the action being taken.

Our priority is to do everything possible to ensure that Rafa Benitez is the Newcastle United manager for many years to come.



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