Poll asks NUFC fans if they still back Rafa Benitez – 10,000 votes – VERY interesting results

Following Saturday’s devastating 1-0 defeat to Brighton at St James’ Park, The Chronicle ran a poll asking Newcastle fans “Do you still back Rafa?” after 9 games without a win this season – an a stunning 86% said yes.

The poll gained just shy of 10,000 votes, with the answer being emphatic despite some sections of supporters claiming he must go after our worst start to the season since 1898.

Here are the results:

This poll from fans account NUFC Online also got over 4,000 votes, with the results being even more in Rafa’s favour, with 89% voting for ‘Rafa In’ and just 11% voting ‘Rafa Out’.

Now, I do accept that any other NUFC manager over the last 10 years would’ve been given the sack if they’d started the season this badly, however I think it’s far to say it’s a different ball game when it comes to Rafa Benitez and the situation he finds himself in.

We’ve had a net spend of just £100,000 since promotion in 2017 – with Brighton’s being £86m and even Huddersfield’s at £74m. He has not been backed and, if anything, our 10th place finish last season was a huge overachievement which perhaps set him up to fail this year.

We know what Ashley’s like, if he sees any sign of surviving on the cheap then he will do it – but Rafa is not a miracle worker.

If you honestly think Benitez is the biggest problem in all of this then you’ve not been paying attention. There’s only one man to blame for the mess we’re in and only one man who can save us.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

5 thoughts on “Poll asks NUFC fans if they still back Rafa Benitez – 10,000 votes – VERY interesting results

  1. I was starting to worry our fans had lost the plot, but these polls are reassuring. You can’t expect anybody to compete without money in the PL and it’s no like we don’t have it.
    Just who those fans that want him out think could do a better job I have no idea. The truth is we lack good PL players and only money can solve that problem. Until then, we won’t be in better hands than a world class manager like Rafa.


  2. It’s simple at least 2 of the midfielders have a very bad first touch. Only one midfielder can take a player one on one (Pace or dribling). Below average left back lacking pace or crossing ability or boths.
    There is no way we can compete in this league without investment.


  3. Its that minority that seem to be heard loudest at the moment. Quite possibly many of them are the same lot who wanted Sir Bobby out too.
    What do people expect Rafa to do when the rug is pulled out from beneath him every time he finds a player who can do a job for the club – we either make a lowball offer or try for a loan.
    Guaranteed if he keeps us up he will walk away and we’ll end up with some has-been that will do a job for the fat man on the cheap.


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