Rafa Benitez has said no to Sky Sports and appearing on Monday night football, at least for the time being, but he had an able deputy in David Ginola last night.
In great form, the former NUFC star enjoyed watching Newcastle make it three wins on the bounce, but also had a word, or several of them, of caution.
David Ginola saying that of course you can and should enjoy watching the team win some games but that the reality is that the long-term has to be sorted at Newcastle United.
Mike Ashley has never planned further than trying to survive another season in the top tier and no proper foundations are being laid.
Ginola thinks it is time for his old club to give Rafa Benitez the ‘keys to succeed’, as he is ‘one of the best managers around’, a fact that Newcastle fans are all too aware of.
He questions whether Newcastle United, which of course means Mike Ashley, can ‘match Rafa Benitez’s expectation in terms of the financial aspect of the game’ going forward.
Rafa Benitez was allowed to build a team to get out of the Championship but even then, a £40m profit was made on transfer deals.
Whilst since then Mike Ashley has simply messed the manager around, refusing to allow any buys in Januarys 2017 and 2018, minimal cash for players in summer 2017, then insisting on a ridiculous £20m+ profit this summer gone.
Rafa Benitez wants to improve the Academy, the training complex and of course the first team squad.
He has repeatedly said he doesn’t expect unrealistic amounts of cash, just decent support and freedom to get on with the job.
David Ginola quizzed on Rafa Benitez and what will/should happen at Newcastle United, speaking on Sky Sports:
“He (Rafa Benitez) is the main figure for the club.
“My question is, can Newcastle United match his expectation in terms of looking at the future?
“Rafa Benitez is one of the best managers around and he has proved it so many times.
“Now I am questioning, whether Newcastle are able to match Rafa Benitez’s expectation in terms of the financial aspect of the game, because if you want to compete against the best. The top teams take young players from the academy and bring them to the first team, or they invest in two or three players to bring the momentum that the club needs.
“It is not just because you won three games on the spin that things will change.
“I think the outcome of the last three games (and wins)….don’t expect then to (automatically) win because maybe next week you are going to lose, maybe lose two games on the spin.
“Then you are thinking that’s it, we are back at the bottom.
“I think it is the long-term period where you need to fix the long-term problems at the club.
“Rafa Benitez is the main figure because he is the man in charge.
“Now can you give him the keys to succeed?
“Otherwise they are going to stay mid-table or fighting relegation every season, and I think if you want to see them right at the top and challenging, they need money.”