Have you recovered yet, Newcastle fans? We know it won’t be easy to get over losing a manager of the ilk of Rafa Benitez, but eventually, the Spaniard will be a distant memory. Until then, it’s about dissecting the fallout, and this could be Mike Ashley’s biggest mistake since taking the reigns at St James Park.
A helpful article from The Daily Star has explained the situation and given the inside track on the goings on at St James Park with all things through from Rafa Benitez to Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley, although it won’t make great reading for the Geordies.
The warning signs should have been flashing for Mike Ashley way back in April. In a press conference ahead of a Premier League clash with Southampton, Rafa claimed he wants to manage in the Champions League again and wants to still be doing it when he’s 70-years-old (BBC).
To come out and say what he said, Benitez laid the foundations for what has now come to fruition. After a three year spell, he’s now left the club as there is no way that his expectations of Newcastle can be met by Mike Ashley, despite the fact that the famous old club have the 7th highest average attendance in the Premier League with 51,121 on average per game, via WorldFootball.net.
The fan base is certainly there for the Magpies to thrive but it looks a lot like the man at the helm just isn’t fit for the job, which almost every Newcastle fan will tell you, seeing as the Geordies have been relegated twice in Ashley’s reign without ever advancing past the 4th round of the FA Cup once.
That is all paltry in comparison to the fact that he’s now waved goodbye to Benitez. The Spaniard has galvanised all hopes on Tyneside in his three years, with his initial taking of the job seeing them bounce back to the Premier League after relegation in his first full season after being unable to save them from a woeful when taking over the March before.
Now the question is who will take the job and try and take the club forward, but it seems no one has an answer. Ashley certainly doesn’t at the moment and it should be just a matter of time before he realises how much of a mistake it was to part ways with the coy gaffer, as relegation looks much more likely.
That’s been backed up by the bookies too. PaddyPower have already paid out on the Toon Army to go down whilst Betway’s odds on Newcastle to stay up were 1/10 and have now changed to 10/3, which has been documented in this article by The Chronicle.
Newcastle fans, do you think this is Mike Ashley’s biggest mistake? Let us know!
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