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Failing to sort out Rafa Benitez now leading to a domino effect at Newcastle United

4 weeks ago
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As Newcastle fans, we could probably sit back and really enjoy these last few weeks of the season.

That is if it wasn’t for the Mike Ashley sized shadow that is cast over all our hopes and dreams.

The media having ran a number of supposedly informed pieces in recent days saying no progress on the manager’s future.

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Which was then confirmed by the man himself on Thursday. Rafa Benitez stating at the pre-Southampton press conference that there has been no progress whatsoever on a potential new contract.

The NUFC manager admitting that transfer funds are a major part of the discussion. Whilst the media have ran plenty of pieces saying freedom to buy and sell as he sees fit, is also an issue still to be agreed with Mike Ashley.

In short, nothing of consequence appears to have changed.

Which in reality is simply, Mike Ashley still resisting agreeing to Rafa’s conditions to stay on.

If you are a born optimist then maybe you could believe that at least this simple equation means that things could change with just one word. Namely, Mike Ashley saying ‘yes’ in response to his manager’s requests/conditions.

Failing to sort out Rafa Benitez then clearly leads to a domino effect of obviously nothing else getting sorted in good time for next season. Whether it is transfer targets, converting loan signing to permanent, or contract situations/extensions of current players…these are all inextricably linked to the manager needing to be sorted out first.

As to enjoying these remaining games, Newcastle find themselves with three of the four matches on live TV as matters still need sorted at the very top and very bottom.

Liverpool fans hoping for a favour from Rafa Benitez, whilst with the Newcastle match looking their best bet for points, Chris Hughton hopes for his old club to give Brighton a helping hand in the relegation battle next Saturday.

Indeed, if everything went wrong elsewhere for Southampton this weekend, they (the Saints) could find themselves only two points above the drop if losing to Newcastle.

Boring is a word rarely associated with Newcastle United but it would have been nice to have a little bit of it off the pitch. Of course, boredom isn’t the right word, it is simply common sense that Mike Ashley should have reached agreement with Rafa Benitez long before this point.

Maybe the NUFC owner should have invited the manager for another cheap and cheerful pizza up in Ponteland…

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