Rafa Benitez getting it in the neck….
Calm down calm down, as usual I quote the 80/20 rule.
In today’s world especially, you can find every view imaginable if you look hard enough.
Journalists often do….and if they can’t find what they are looking for, they can just make it up anyway.
Social media is especially open to this, you now get whole articles in newspapers based on what one or two people are saying on Twitter.
For all you know, these Twitter people might be Mackems, or they may not even exist at all…journalists no doubt at times inventing Twitter accounts themselves which they then ‘quote’ in their over the top article.
Coming back to Rafa Benitez, I once again this weekend find plenty of Newcastle fans outraged about criticism the manager has (supposedly) received – but when you actually look into it, it is based on next to nothing.
At the actual match yesterday, the only real public uttering of displeasure was when Ayoze Perez stayed on the pitch, Yoshinori Muto subbed instead.
Even then the booing/’outrage’ was pretty restrained, just fans venting their pent up frustration and making the point that they think Perez is rubbish and hardly lifted a leg against Brighton.
Which is fair enough.
It was no revolt against Rafa Benitez, just supporters wondering where our under-invested team will next get a win from.
Even if some inside or outside St James Park are having a go at Rafa, so what?
As I have said before on here, you will never please all of the people any of the time.
I usually quote the Kevin Keegan example, back in the 90s we could be beating teams 4-1 or 5-1 and still, all that some supporters wanted to talk about afterwards, was how KK’s defence had let that one goal in.
It is the 80/20 rule, you have to accept that there will ALWAYS be some people (20% give or take) who disagree with any idea or situation, no matter how daft their opinion is.
That’s the case with Rafa Benitez, no normal person will blame him for the club/team being in a mess.
Questioning individual decisions on team selection and/or tactics is different – that is just a normal part of what any fan could and should do.
However, just because a handful of people at the match or on social media say something, doesn’t give it any real credibility.
Go in your own local pub and you will find at least a handful of clueless people talking nonsense, whether it is about Newcastle United or whatever.
The tail does not wag the dog, Newcastle United fans know who is dragging this club towards inevitable disaster and it isn’t Rafa Benitez.