Even though Rafael Benitez could not save the Magpies from the dreaded drop into Championship football, this week, the Spanish manager (against his family’s wishes to escape from Tyne-side) has decided to stay on as Newcastle United manager.
The former Liverpool manager had signed a 3-year contract with Newcastle United with a clause to opt out should the team get relegated. So this comes as a pleasant surprise for Newcastle United supporters who may have thought the Spaniard would, like anyone with common sense, have run for the hills after their team got demoted, their stock in footballing terms had been diminished, and they had to subject themselves to watching the Geordie Shore on prime tv every weekday.
“I am extremely pleased to be staying at Newcastle United,” Benítez said in a statement on the NUFC.com
“The love I could feel from the fans was a big influence for me in my decision to stay, as was my relationship with [the managing director] Lee Charnley and all the staff. This is a huge club and I wanted to be part of the great future I can see for Newcastle United.”
Rafael Benitez isn’t a Championship manager he is a Champions League manager (okay, Europa League) and when I heard he was joining Newcastle first thing I thought to myself was, how is he going to hear anybody at St James Park with their thick Geordie accents?? and then I thought, what in G’s name is he thinking?!
Only time will tell if the Rafael Benitez and Mike Ashely relationship will last. The owner has given written guarantees regarding the budget and issues including recruitment. This means Benitez will have control over most football matters around the club.
Article by: Thabang Kgeledi @Chiz_Zoboblog