Former Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez takes a dig at the owners

10.7.2019.  

It's a particularly bad summer to be a Newcastle United fan. Instead of building on the previous season which brought some sort of stability to the Magpies, Newcastle board finished their collaboration with Rafa Benitez. Soon after, the club's star player Ayoze Perez was sold to league rivals. And if that wasn't enough, Benitez himself put salt on the wounds of fans unwillingly, by bluntly explain what's the situation at St. James' Park.


He didn't do it directly, but through his personal blog following his appointment as the manager of a Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang.



"Since the moment of our arrival, we have really been touched by the kindness and respect that we have been shown. Our hosts have treated us with great consideration and are always keen to make us happy. As we all know from experience, in football, just as in everyday life, when people show you respect and affection and do everything they can to make things easier for you, life is much happier, even when you face difficult moments," started Rafa.


From then on now, he was less cautious about incriminating Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and other board members.


"I must say that I have had more meetings with the chairman, the president and the general manager this week, than I had in 3 years at Newcastle. They haven’t just been work meetings, rather signs of respect in which we have been able to appreciate the differences and similarities in our cultures."




A bleak read for Newcastle fans, as most know that players who go to the Chinese Super League aren't pleased to the professionalism shown. So for things to be worse in an English Premier League club, it's worrisome.


Newcastle has sold Ayoze Perez for €33,400,000, and Mohamed Diamé has left the club on a free, while no signings have come through the doors of the St. Jame's Park this summer. And a new manager still hasn't arrived even though most other teams are in full pre-season mode. Especially English ones as their transfer window end on August 8th.


The odds for Newcastle to get relegated this summer are around 3.75 (11/4), and it seems like it wouldn't be the worst bet to make considering the state of the club and the roster. But also the fact that Newcastle was relegated twice in the last 10 years.




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