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Just imagine this Rafa Benitez press conference

5 months ago
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Here’s a thought, just imagine on Saturday night, around about 10pm or so.

A Rafa Benitez press conference, where his team have just beaten Liverpool.

Newcastle United effectively ending their title challenge, only three days after Barcelona had done the same in the Champions League.

Yes, you knew it would happen one day – ‘Newcastle United’, ‘Barcelona’ and ‘Champions League’ all once again used meaningfully in a sentence together!

More importantly and seriously though, just imagine how powerful it would be for Rafa Benitez.

If the Newcastle manager (for the time being anyway…) was able to sit there having beaten both Manchester City and Liverpool. Whilst in all of the other Premier League matches this season, only three other clubs (apart from Man City beating Liverpool) had won against the runaway two at the top. Those being Leicester, Crystal Palace and Chelsea – Manchester City having a mad December moment, losing to all three in the space of two and a half weeks.

The highest standard title fight of the entire Premier League era and Rafa Benitez beating both of them, despite the club’s owner insisting on a £20m+ profit on summer 2018 transfers, as opposed to actually supporting the manager, rather than undermining him.

Would we see yet another statement released by Mike Ashley?

Only minutes after Rafa Benitez and his team beat Chelsea 3-0 on the final day last season, the club released a statement from Mike Ashley, which infamously read…

“Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him.

“I hope very much that Rafa will remain at Newcastle United.”

At the end of the summer 2018 transfer window, I don’t remember Rafa Benitez saying how grateful he was for Mike Ashley’s ‘full support’, that £20m+ profit on transfer deals, with then the owner taking £33m out of the club after the transfer window ended.

Meanwhile, Rafa wasn’t even allowed to make an offer to buy Salomon Rondon, instead a last ditch loan was finally allowed but the manager having to agree to Dwight Gayle going in the other direction.

The worldwide audience on Saturday night will be massive for this match and just imagine Newcastle winning and Rafa Benitez saying exactly what he thinks and what is/isn’t going on with his new contract.

Imagine also, Mike Ashley rushing out another statement after the final whistle, claiming once again he has always fully supported Rafa Benitez with ‘every penny’ and has done everything he can to try and persuade him (Rafa) to stay.

This is a crazy club and just maybe we could be set to see a Saturday night like no other at St James Park.

If Rafa Benitez has something to say, say it then with the world watching, it could/would be doing us all a big favour.

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