As someone aptly pointed out on this site yesterday, Newcastle United now have FACT the most successful manager in English football at the helm. With Champions League titles and domestic titles galore, Rafa is taking a job he is clearly over qualified for but perhaps it was Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley who helped the Spaniard see the bigger picture.
On paper, we along with Aston Villa and Norwich City will be competing in England’s second tier next season. There’s no getting away from the fact we won’t be appearing on Match of the Day next season (perhaps for the best given recent results) and there’s also no getting away from the fact, the awe-inspiring terraces (I’m talking about the ground itself not the mute prawn sandwich-munching fans) of Old Trafford will now be replaced by the likes of Rotherham’s New York stadium. There’s also no getting away from the fact that the revenue we miss out on this season due to our relegation to the second tier will be quite detrimental financially.
But what about that bigger picture I was talking about? At risk of using a tired cliche, Newcastle is a sleeping giant. Our fan base is huge for a City which is roughly 25 times smaller in population than London for example. Despite a lot of our recent transfer activity not garnering great results, there is no denying that we have a board headed up by Ashley that have money to spend.
The bigger picture is, that Newcastle can become a great club again and Rafa clearly wants to be part of that. For all the unfathomable decisions those at the top have made in the North East in recent times, those in charge at the club have done a stellar job making sure Rafa stays at the club and they should, at least for the time being be commended for that.