It’s not very often that you see football fans calling for a player or a manager to turn down a contract that they’ve been offered. However, that’s exactly what the Magpies have doing today after the news broke in The Times that Mike Ashley has tabled Rafa Benitez with a one-year contract extension that will see him stay at the club until summer 2020.
Rafa Benitez has been offered a one-year extension to his contract at Newcastle in order to sort out the latest transfer window stand-off that is threatening his future at the club. https://t.co/qcwr8IoUYl #nufc
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) January 6, 2019
The Geordies all absolutely adore Rafa Benitez, and whilst they’re not shy of giving the Spaniard criticism when they think he deserves it, there isn’t a single manager around who they’d rather have over their coy tactician, especially considering the loyalty and brilliance that he’s shown them since he took over at St James Park back in 2016 following Steven McLaren’s sacking.
At the moment, it looks like Newcastle United are going to be caught up in a relegation dogfight, and with little to no funds to spend this month, that’s not where they want to be. The Magpies finished 10th last season and have gone backwards since then, so it would be no surprise if Benitez was to see out his final year on his deal and move on from the club, and now the fans are even calling for him to snub Ashley, as they hate the way that their club and Benitez has been treated under him.
You can read the Geordies’ verdict on the Benitez contract here:
— Chris Currie (@Wig82) January 6, 2019
Hope he tells them where to shove it,no chance he will sign another contact
— Anonymous (@anonymousChap9) January 6, 2019
If I was Rafa I'd tell them to spend the money first then I'll sign. I'm sure Rafa knows by now what he's dealing with here. No way would they back him even if he did sign new deal!
— Mark Wallace (@wallacemark2607) January 6, 2019
I don't blame him if he walks.
— Ad Hill (@A_J_Hill83) January 6, 2019
As much as I love him I hope he tells them to shove it, he’s been lied to, disrespected.
— Stephen (@dustyrerds) January 6, 2019
Goes against the best for #nufc but I hope rafa tells them where to stick it
— Ronnie Gordon (@ron1981rs) January 6, 2019
Don't sign it Rafa tell him money frist and I met think about it
— Steven Renforth (@RenforthSteven) January 6, 2019
The Magpies hate the idea of losing Rafa, but would rather see the Spaniard go out on his own accord than bow to Ashley’s regime.