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Stunning result after Newcastle fans asked if Rafa Benitez will stay and has Ashley tried to keep him

4 months ago
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On Saturday we asked Newcastle fans the question: ‘Will Rafa Benitez still be managing Newcastle United next season?’

Rather than a simple yes or no, we gave supporters four alternatives.

In reality the poll of Newcastle fans was asking two questions, whether they thought Rafa would be staying at St James Park, plus also whether Mike Ashley has done ‘everything he reasonably could’ to persuade the much decorated manager to sign a new NUFC contract.

An overwhelming response with Newcastle fans voting as follows:

2% Yes because Mike Ashley has done everything he reasonably could to persuade Rafa to stay

15% Yes, even though Mike Ashley has not done everything he reasonably could to persuade Rafa to stay

82% No because Mike Ashley has not done everything he reasonably could to persuade Rafa to stay

1% No, even though Mike Ashley has done everything he reasonably could to persuade Rafa to stay

Stripping those answers down, we had our answers to the two questions…

Is Rafa Benitez going to stay?

A massive 83% saying no, with only 17% believing the Spaniard will still be at St James Park come August.

Has Mike Ashley done everything he reasonably could to persuade Rafa to stay?

A staggering 97% of Newcastle fans who voted, believing the NUFC owner hasn’t done everything he reasonably could, with 3% believing he has.

For many Newcastle fans, the most staggering thing will be that 3% think Mike Ashley has really tried to keep Rafa.

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