Following Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Southampton, The Sun’s Paul Jiggins has claimed that Rafa Benitez “is just a very average boss” – saying the Spaniard needs to ‘quit’ for the sake of NUFC and his own reputation.
It’s amazing how fickle the world of football is. The man has won the Champions League, two UEFA Cups and two La Liga titles – but it seems that is all forgotten when he’s struggling to get a club performing after a net spend of £100,000 since we came up from the second tier.
Here’s what The Sun’s Paul Jiggins has had to say about Rafa after the game at St Mary’s on Saturday:
“Rafael Benitez looked as resplendent as ever in his Newcastle club suit and tie. But after this scoreless draw, maybe the Emperor’s New Clothes would have been a more appropriate attire.
“Toon have no wins from ten Premier League matches this season and yet in the eyes of their fans and many others, boss Benitez can do no wrong. It is all that nasty Mike Ashley’s fault, so they would have us believe.”
“But after his team’s poor showing left the rest of us contemplating the meaning of life, you could not help but conclude he is not the messiah, he is just a very average boss.”
“But as an outsider you cannot help but wonder if the reason why Benitez is so popular is because Ashley is so unpopular. Rafa has proved in the past he is a top gaffer — now he has to show it, or quit for his sake and maybe Newcastle’s.
“At the moment he is on course to take Newcastle down and his reputation with them.”
Now, don’t get me wrong, there comes a point where you must judge a manager on how he is performing right now, but he’s been doubted over the last two seasons after poor runs of form and always found a way to turn it around.
The season before last he earned immediate promotion back to the Premier League (winning the title on his way) and last season he not only kept us up, but he got us a top half finish. We had major wobbles in both those seasons, but we pulled through.
Why? Because Rafa Benitez was our manager. There can be no other explanation when our owner didn’t back him and our players were of such limited ability as a result.