Whilst Newcastle United continue their protests against Mike Ashley off the pitch and continue to be woeful on it, a lot of the time Rafa Benitez gets off without much criticism after a defeat. However, after Brighton on Saturday, the fans have been slating the Spaniard for the way the game went and can’t believe they lost the game given the stats.
Here’s what Rafa Benítez had to say following today’s game.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) 20 October 2018
It’s beginning to look like The Geordies couldn’t buy three points at the moment, and even if they could there’s no way Mike Ashley would shell out money for them. The club is looking like favourites for the drop at the moment and if they do go down they’ll have both Ashley and Benitez to blame. It’s all good putting it all on Ashley for the lack of financial backing, but Rafa came 10th with this squad last season, leaving no excuses for their current form.
Against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, The Magpies had 68% possession and 27 shots. In comparison, Brighton’s 32% possession and eight shots look meagre and it seems ludicrous that the Magpies lost the game given the way it went. Although, you won’t find many surprised Newcastle fans, who will just be hoping this season can be over quickly. Benitez is starting to come in for criticism and if he gets axed, there will be very few questions.
You can read The Geordies’ verdict on Rafa here:
Love how everyone blames Ashley when it’s Rafa who picks the team
— Adam Fairley (@AdamFairley98) 20 October 2018
Rafa biggest fraud in footy
— Will Beedham (@beedy92) October 20, 2018
MA is to blame but Rafa is stubborn and won’t change it up 70+ minutes before a sub has cost us time and time again, change is needed and hopefully Rafa can see that and try something different
— gallowgate (@gallowgate3) October 20, 2018
Give the youngsters a chance! Can’t be any worse
— Ryan Marcum (@real_ryanmarcum) October 20, 2018
Just seen a removal lorry outside Benitez's mansion!
— glen (@ghostrider2304) October 21, 2018
Thank you Rafa for all your brilliant work but now is the time to move on.. shocking
— Mark Leighton (@MarkyLeighton84) 20 October 2018
— Norman Douglas (@NormanD34206092) October 20, 2018
Rafa Finished Benitez
— Carlos Pi (@jcharlie79) October 20, 2018
He's give up
— Anthony Dolphin (@anthonydolphin9) October 21, 2018
The fans are getting bored of protecting Rafa Benitez and won;t be too fussed if Ashley decides to sack him given the team’s current form.