Benitez may stay as Newcastle Play Spurs in Sorry Season Send off

Newcastle see out this dreadful season with a home game against a Spurs side in, what might not be, Rafa Benitez’s last game. The Spaniard hinted in Friday’s press conference that he might well be in charge of The Magpies next season as they attempt to bounce back into England’s top flight at the first time of asking.

Benitez is seeking assurances from the Newcastle hierarchy that he can build a side good enough to make an instant return to the Premier League. But before we delve into dissecting this nightmare of a season and go into what needs to be done this summer to move the club forwards, there is still one game left to play. And for Spurs, at least, it could be a significant one. Should Newcastle win their final game of the season, they will have taken six points from a side who they could deny finishing second.

That just about sums up what a freakishly unpredictable league it has been this season. And for Newcastle fans, it proves just what a colossal failure this campaign has been. This is a side who, on their day, can mix it with just about any other side in the division. Yet here we are, on are way back to the nation’s second tier, facing the prospect of Burton Albion et al.

The game will see Newcastle fans watch several players play their final game in a black and white jersey they scarcely deserve to wear. Benitez could decide to bench a number of players who won’t be at St James’ Park next season in favour of some of the squad who will be part of the promotion campaign. Sissoko, Gini, Townsend, Tiote and Cisse will all probably be elsewhere come August but have been regular starters in the last few games which has seen United go unbeaten in five.

The majority of Newcastle’s promising youngsters are on loan but it might be a chance to give starts to Mbabu and Aarons who could prove to be important players next season should they stay on Tyneside.

It will be a strange on Sunday, as fans try their best to support a team who have let them down massively. The one common goal driving the St James’ Park faithful though will be trying to persuade Benitez to stay. If the Spaniard had taken charge a month earlier, Newcastle would be five or six places higher in the division looking forward to a much brighter future.

Rafa says he will decide in the next two weeks whether he will stay; tomorrow is the fan’s last chance to show him exactly why he should.

110 thoughts on “Benitez may stay as Newcastle Play Spurs in Sorry Season Send off

  1. 11 – Wijnaldum is the first player to score 11+ goals in a PL season with all of them coming at home. Manor.

    Goodbye? 😳

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  2. If Sissoko applied himself in every match he’d already be playing regular CL footie and winning league titles, such a frustrating footballer.

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  3. We do good things to em in Bristol you know, well done Aarons

    and Janmaat be buggered 😆 get in

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  4. He has no decision making capability. I’m happy to see him go. He is not all that and only turns up every now and then.

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  5. Bloody hell go for a wee and come back and we have scored 2 more! Any more proof they need to hand Rafa exactly what he wants?

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  6. Sham – if we can cash in on him and keep our other good players i’d be happy with that, you can’t build a team around players who don’t turn up consistently.

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  7. Beaten Spurs twice, and easily.

    Drawn both times against Villa.

    Fuck Newcastle United seriously, need to go support a normal club 😛

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  8. Well how many related teams sign off with a 4 goal winning margin against a top 3 side? We would be comfortably safe if they had hired Rafa a month earlier. So frustrating. Now get him signed up. Give him whatever he wants and get it done. Now.

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  9. .@NUFC 5 .@SpursOfficial 1, this is just a sick joke after the previous 37 games #NEWTOT

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  10. Kim, how many fans will accept the Championship if Rafa is at the helm? How many fans will feel hope if Rafa goes? It is a huge moment for Ashley. It’s not just the name that Rafa stands for. It’s the structure of the club and level of ambition. Nobody else will do.

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  11. Poor Spuds behind Arsenal AGAIN, they had no fight in them at all. I think losing out on the league knocked the stuffing out of them.

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  12. Shamrock:
    Kim, how many fans will accept the Championship if Rafa is at the helm? How many fans will feel hope if Rafa goes? It is a huge moment for Ashley. It’s not just the name that Rafa stands for. It’s the structure of the club and level of ambition. Nobody else will do.

    I know that mate, question is does Jabba?

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  13. Controlled explosion at Old Trafford on suspect package. Bleeding heck. What is wrong with people?

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  14. We beat title contenders 5-1 and are on an unbeaten run of 6 games – yet are relegated.

    Only at Newcastle.

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  15. 6 games ago, if we’d have been offered 37 points, we’d have taken that and believed it would have kept us up. Gotta say though, it would have been worse getting those extra 2 points from Villa and getting relegated today on goal difference! Turns out there was nothing we could do 3 games ago…

    Rafa staying would still be amazing. The club will have to give him a hell of a lot for him to stay I reckon! I wonder if Ashley and Charnley are willing to give up that much control??

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  16. Rafa making it very hard for the club to NOT offer him everything he’s asking for. If they do, he decides against it and leaves on good terms, that’s one thing. If they don’t…there will be hell to pay from the fans!

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  17. thats the toon all over. I said before the Villa game we had more chance in beating Spurs than Villa.

    Nothing else matters not other than keeping Rafa and 80% of our squad.

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