We asked Newcastle fans ‘Should Rafa Benitez be expected to sign new contract after Mike Ashley January backing?’ – Overwhelming answer!
The question we were asking yesterday of Newcastle fans was ‘Should Rafa Benitez be expected to sign new contract after Mike Ashley January backing?’
This latest transfer window seeing two players arrive.
The 23 year old left-back/wing-back Antonio Barreca coming in on loan from Monaco.
Whilst the big news was that after 12 years Mike Ashley has finally allowed the club’s 2005 transfer record to be beaten, Miguel Almiron signed for a reported £16m rising to £21m with add-ons, much of that extra cash said to be payable only if Newcastle stay up this season.
Newspaper reports on Sunday morning claim Mike Ashley has given Rafa Benitez a six week deadline where he expects him to sign a new three year contract.
The reports detailing that Ashley thinks he has done enough to show his backing, to expect Rafa to commit now.
So taking everything into consideration, would Mike Ashley be right to expect that Rafa Benitez should be now signing a contract extension?
Thanks to everybody (1,501 fans) who took the time to vote and this is the final result to the question:
‘Should Rafa Benitez be expected to sign new contract after Mike Ashley January backing?’
Yes 12.72% (191)
No 87.28% (1,310)
So of those who voted, it was basically seven times as many Newcastle fans thought the January transfer action shouldn’t be enough to convince Rafa Benitez.
This is in stark contrast to some of the over the top media reporting.
Newcastle fans more than aware that Mike Ashley allowing one credible transfer, doesn’t suddenly transform the overall picture, including all the years and transfer windows that have gone before.
As well a lot more serious investment in the first team squad, both Rafa Benitez and Newcastle fans are waiting for ideally Mike Ashley to sell the club, but if he does cling onto it – there must as well be investment made in the Academy, training complex and indeed in St James Park itself.
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