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Mike Ashley set to remove the glue that’s keeping Newcastle United just about intact

6 months ago
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For whatever reason(s), Mike Ashley doesn’t view Rafa Benitez in quite the same way the rest of us do.

Only 50 days now until Newcastle United play the last game of the manager’s current contract.

You don’t get the feeling that there is frantic activity going on behind the scenes in order to try and persuade Rafa Benitez to stay.

Fans are maybe split in two main ways….

Those that think Mike Ashley wants to see Rafa leave.

Whilst there are those who think the owner just isn’t that bothered either way.

Amongst all of his other faults and cynical & manipulative behaviour, Mike Ashley just doesn’t appear to understand football at all.

Rafa Benitez is not just the manager at Newcastle United, due to the sheer ridiculous nature of the club now under Ashley, Rafa is also the glue that is just about keeping the club intact.

If the NUFC boss does leave, then as well as losing a manager, the law of unintended consequences will emerge.

As Mike Ashley is set to remove that glue which has prevented everything falling apart.

If Rafa goes, his coaching staff will also go.

If Rafa goes, many of the key players will also want to go.

If Rafa goes, thousands more fans will go.

If Rafa goes, then hope also goes.

A bit like a game of snakes and ladders, if Rafa leaves then it will feel like we have all gone up an awful lot of small ladders, only to come sliding down a very long snake that takes us back to square one.

At a well run club, the departure of a manager, even a very good one such as Benitez, need not be such a catastrophe.

However, with NUFC being just a shell of a club and so little of substance there, it could all collapse like a deck of cards.

Players such as Dubravka, Lascelles, Lejeune, Schar, Rondon and others, will look at it and think what’s the point?

If Mike Ashley is happy to see Rafa Benitez walk away, then where is the ambition?

Can you imagine how you would feel as a player to go from Rafa Benitez, back to a Pardew, Carver, McClaren puppet?

The fans as well…

Some talk of riots if Rafa leaves but there won’t be, instead it would be just thousands and thousands slipping away.

That 51,000+ average in the 2016/17 Championship season – Just how many do you think it would have been if Rafa had said no to the three year contract?

Despite the most difficult of circumstances, Rafa Benitez has just about held this football club together these past three years.

Imagine if he was actually helped in his task, rather than expected to even supply his own glue?

The manager, players and fans have all stuck together once Rafa Benitez got his feet under the table, a relationship that is priceless in terms of solid foundation to build success from.

What a waste if it is all allowed to fall apart and would anybody be able to put the pieces back together this time?

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