Speaking on TalkSport this morning, David Ginola has warned NUFC fans that the club’s biggest priority this January has to be keeping Rafa Benitez, not signing new players – claiming that it would be ‘very difficult’ for us to keep him if a big club now came knocking.
Whilst a takeover and/or bringing in new players would subsequently help keep Benitez happy, the ex-NUFC winger believes that the biggest success of the January window should be to keep Rafa at the club.
Here’s what the Frenchman had to say in a guest appearance on TalkSport this morning, with Ginola suggesting that a big club could soon pinch him if we aren’t careful:
“To keep Rafael Benitez on board, that’s the main thing for Newcastle.
“If Rafa Benitez has an opportunity to go and manage another team, a big name, it’s going to be very difficult for Newcastle to keep him.”
The former fan favourite then touched on Benitez’s importance to NUFC, stating that us fans would endure the ‘nightmares’ of the past if he were to leave anytime soon:
“Keeping Benitez is key for the consistency and the stability of the club in the next five years and if you lose him, you’re going to go back to the nightmares you had in the past.”
There’s no doubt that Rafa Benitez holds the key to any success we’re going to have in our immediate future. He’s stabilised the club and given us hope of the good times returning, but for now, we’d be pretty lost without him. He’s been central to all that’s been good about us over the past 18 months.
Going back to Ginola’s comments, Rafa’s future is the overall priority, but it could now be a case of all or nothing soon enough.
In the grand scheme of things, keeping Benitez is more important than any new signings, but new arrivals themselves would go a long way in keeping him at the club – as would new ownership to allow those signings to happen far more freely.
Would Rafa go if a big name came calling? We’ve not been tested on that front just yet, with Benitez seeming fully committed to the cause, but any more antics from Ashley could push him over the edge. His hands can only be tied for so long.
Let us know what you make of Ginola’s comments and Rafa’s situation at the club ahead of the January window.