The situation at Newcastle United is never straightforward.

And that has never been more true than at present.

Years and years of underachieving, under-investment and constant high drama. It has become the norm at this basket case of a club.

And yet, things could be so different.

Let’s look at it this way.

One of the biggest club’s in England, with one of the biggest and most passionate fanbases is managed by one of the best managers in the world.

So far, so good.

So we must have a really class side and be finishing in the top six of the Premier League every season, right?


Having just spent a season touring the Championship thanks to yet another unnecessary relegation, we’re back where we belong.

So we must be spending big money buying the top quality players we need to compete in the Premier League again, right?

Wrong again!

As I said at the beginning, nothing at Newcastle United is ever straightforward.

The lack of investment in top quality players in the current transfer window has been a matter of some concern to United fans.

This has been well documented and chewed over all summer long by journalists and fans in the many other media outlets so I won’t go over it again here.

But it is an established fact.

The thing that hasn’t been totally clear so far is what our world class manager thinks of the situation.

Until now, that is.

Quotes from Rafa Benitez have begun to emerge – and they don’t make altogether pleasant or reassuring reading.

Rafa has hinted that the agreement he had with owner Mike Ashley at the end of last season, covering the investment which would be available for team strengthening, hasn’t actually played out the way he expected it to. And that’s putting it politely.

Again, this has been well documented in the media and is actually of no surprise whatsoever to any fans who have endured the Ashley years.

More recently, Rafa has said this:

“When I decided to stay it’s because for me it’s a challenge. For me, I’m not totally happy with what we did but I will try to do my best”

At the moment I am fully committed … The first thing is to try and be sure we don’t go back to the Championship … I’m very realistic. Let’s be sure we do very well every game and we’re out of the bottom three positions and then see where we go.”

Key words there are highlighted on purpose.

Rafa remains committed “at the moment”. But clearly if the situation doesn’t improve, he’ll be off. It’s just a question of when.

And given his record in management, he won’t be short of job offers.

I think there are only two things that are contributing to him still being here:

– loyalty to the fans

– the potential he can see in the club if it were ever to be managed properly at Board level

He’s committed “at the moment” and is hoping the owner sees sense and “speculates to accumulate”.

Sadly, the longer Ashley and his cronies continue to run our club like a clothes shop, the more likely that Rafa will lose faith, give up and just walk away.

And who would blame him?

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