The #IfRafaGoesWeGo protests have now reached the pages of the Spanish media.
The popular daily sports newspaper Marca, has given the campaign by Newcastle fans some great coverage (see below).
No major surprise that they see the actions in support of Rafa Benitez as totally justified.
As they point out, in reference to Mike Ashley’s refusal to allocate a transfer budget to the manager to spend funds in the transfer window: ‘Impossible that way to stay in the Premier.’
Describing the opposing sides in this good v evil classic, Marca says ‘If the Madrid coach is the hero of the story, the ‘villain’ is the owner of the club, a former level-level paddle (squash) player who, after an injury, opened a sports store, Sports Direct…’
As the campaign to support Rafa Benitez and protest against Mike Ashley ramps up, I’m sure we’ll be seeing plenty more coverage at home and abroad, as Newcastle fans try to rid themselves of an owner who is continually working against the interests of the football club in terms of being ambitious, both on and off the pitch.
Newcastle stands up in favour of Benítez: “If he leaves, we’ll leave”
Rafa Benítez has managed to reproduce in Newcastle the loyalty that he generated when he led Liverpool.
The Madrid coach is not making things easy for the owner, Mike Ashley, (who is) determined not to release funds to bring signings until Benítez does not sign the extension of his contract.
In that spiral of mistrust, with rumours about a possible departure of the coach of St James Park, the fans of ‘the magpies’ have organized to make clear which side they are on.
‘IfRafaGoesWeGo’. ‘If Rafa leaves, we’ll leave.’That is the ‘hashtag’ and the account created in the last week, and that already adds more than 14,600 followers.
If the Madrid coach is the hero of the story, the ‘villain’ is the owner of the club, a former level-level paddle (squash) player who, after an injury, opened a sports store, Sports Direct…and bought various brands. Among them, Lonsdale, boxing icon.
This summer, Newcastle has completed sales of 15 million pounds (Mbemba and Mikel Merino), but only Schar, from Déportivo, and Ki Sungyueng from Swansea, with an outlay of less than three million. Impossible that way to stay in the Premier.
That’s why the fans demand the departure of Ashley, and the continuity of Rafa. Without him, they do not see future.
In the comments from readers of the Marca article:
“Great Rafa !!! Wherever you go, you are loved forever …
“THANK YOU OUR LORD RAFAEL BENÍTEZ !!!”