Last night Newcastle played Braga in a pre-season friendly match in Portugal. The Magpies were thumped 4-0 by their Portuguese opponents and a lot of fans are starting to lose hope in the season already. After the game, Rafa Benitez spoke to the media and it’s clear that he’s gutted at the lacking of backing he’s received as the season draws ever closer.
Gutwrenching quotes from Rafa. He’s obviously hugely disappointed by the lack of backing (work against him). At this moment, I’m not seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. Makes my stomach turn. Anyone believing in miracles, start praying. #nufc
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) August 1, 2018
It’s not hard to understand that Mike Ashley is a plague on Newcastle United. His financial backing, or lack of it, at the club has starved The Magpies of going on to fulfil their potential as a top club over the last few years. After winning the Championship before securing a 10th placed Premier League finish in the last two seasons, you’d have thought it would be a good time to make a statement and sign some players, however, that hasn’t happened.
We’re now reaching a pivotal moment in the club’s history. If Mike Ashley either sells up or decides to properly invest and back Rafa Benitez then the club could seriously move up and start challenging for a spot in the top eight. Although if they carry on the way they’re going with protests against Ashley and boycotting of buying club merchandise then the club will suffer and Ashley will tighten his stranglehold.
You can read the heart-wrenched Geordies’ verdict on their current situation here:
I literally feel physically nauseous about all of this.
— Ian McCabe (@ianmmccabe) August 1, 2018
This is our last season with Rafa, if we even get that far
— Ben Mancebo-Thomas (@BenMancebo) August 1, 2018
I wish the fans could have a meeting with rafa and his staff and come up with a plan!
— NUFC Jeff (@NUFCJeff7) August 1, 2018
Hope I’m wrong but it feels like we’re going down this season and losing Rafa. An uncomfortable feeling throughout the club, including the current players, and premier league teams will sense this during games and kill us off. Again, I hope I am wrong.
— Matt Dayman (@mattdayman) August 1, 2018
Genuinely breaks my heart when he talks like this
— Jonny (@jonnywylde30) August 1, 2018
No point praying. Not even God save us
— Keegan Carr (@keegancarr30) August 2, 2018
I personally think he will walk before the season starts
— Dan Mann (@dannymann02) August 1, 2018
Just from a handful of tweets, it’s clear to see that the fans are destroyed by the ongoings at the club and will be desperate for some sort of solution.