Rafa Benitez is now coming under fire from Newcastle fans.
That is if you take notice of the media and/or social media.
What the reality is of course, might be totally different, depending on how you see the situation.
I’m not convinced that there is any desire for Rafa Benitez to leave Newcastle United now.
The people I speak to before, during and after home matches, I don’t hear anybody thinking it makes sense for Rafa to go.
The same with those I work with and socialise in between games.
Obviously there are a lot of angry and frustrated people out there but all that anger and frustration is aimed at Mike Ashley, not Rafa Benitez.
Load of Newcastle fans I speak to, do think that Rafa should have made different team selections and substitutions, but that is just all normal fan stuff.
Supporters of any club all have their own ideas about players and tactics but surprise surprise, this doesn’t equal wanting rid of your manager.
Newcastle fans booed when Yoshinori Muto and not Ayoze Perez was subbed against Brighton, maybe they were right and maybe they were wrong (with their opinion on the substitution) but this is normal stuff.
There is actually only one thing I do blame Rafa Benitez for and even then, I also accept there is a valid argument as to why he did what he did.
I don’t think Rafa should have stuck it out.
I believe he should have walked out this summer when he discovered exactly what ‘every penny’ meant this time.
Surely the NUFC manager would have had an overwhelming case for constructive dismissal, just like Kevin Keegan before him. All of those broken promises on transfers and commitment to ‘every penny’ to spend, clear evidence of Mike Ashley not keeping his side of the deal.
I honestly think that it would have been better for everybody – the fans, the players, indeed Rafa Benitez himself, if he’d left St James Park.
Once it became clear what Ashley was doing with this summer’s transfer window, Rafa should have called out the club’s owner.
Forget some of the comments the NUFC manager has made since the window closed, trying to keep the squad’s morale up.
The refusal to allow proper investment in the squad meant Newcastle were destined for a relegation fight and very likely to go down. Rafa Benitez would 100% have known this and I believe should have came out and said that he had been badly let down and was walking away from the club because of Mike Ashley’s actions, or inactions.
Short-term pain for long-term gain.
This club is a joke under Mike Ashley and having a decent manager such as Rafa Benitez is sadly only prolonging his time here, before the club totally crashes.
Mike Ashley has to sell and the sooner he is forced into a position where he feels he has no option to do so, is all that matters.