By Neil Langer
The bookies are currently offering odds of as little as 5/1 for Rafa to be the first Premier League manager to leave their ahead of the new 2018/19 season – with Leicester’s Claude Puel the only other top flight boss now tipped to go before him.
A sad reality, but place your bets now before he becomes ‘odds-on’. Have you ever seen a more dependant Benitez in his interview after the Braga game? For the first time both he and the team looked deflated. Just look at how dejected he looks here..
Rafa Benitez speaking to Sky after last night's 4-0 hammering vs Braga..
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The whole situation at Newcastle is not devastating. It is looking increasing difficult to sell the club to new signings.
We harp on about 52,000 fanatical Geordies inside the magnificent ‘Toon Temple’ St James’s Park and yet this in the past has been a massive attraction, but at the moment it’s the only attraction.
On the 11th August, live on TV, St. James Park will still be ‘sold out’ to watch the opener against Spurs.
The faithful will once again be lining the pockets of a man who is treating them with contempt. The transfer window will be closed
and we will be facing an ever affluent Premier League. Mr Ashley would appear to be a little unhappy that Rafa has refused to sign extensions to his contract. This will be a new experience to him, with previous managers clambering to sign on the dotted line.
Unfortunately Rafa, the business man will remain defiant, meagre funding that may have been made available will continue to be withheld and we will all suffer. Hold your ground Rafa, whilst your future may lie elsewhere – your expectations and those of the supporters will never be met with this owner.