Loads of Newcastle fans have been reacting to the latest news on Rafael Benitez’s future, and they have every reason to be worried.
According to The Northern Echo, Benitez is ready to quit if the club do not meet his demands.
The report states that suggestions that the Spaniard loves the club too much to leave are false, and that he will indeed walk if the impasse over his contract continues.
The 59 year-old is attracting interest from China and the Middle East, which would of course mean huge financial compensation, while a handful of La Liga clubs are also linked.
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And the boss himself may have unwillingly added fuel to the fire on Thursday, denying reports that Matt Ritchie has been told he can leave this summer: “If I don’t know if I have a contract how can I tell him?”
The report from The Evening Chronicle includes more quotes from the boss on Ritchie and his future, but fans are already putting two and two together and suspecting he will leave.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
If rafa goes I am done ,#nufc
— toon travel 2 (@RuzMark) April 18, 2019
Course he is, and so he should. The clowns owning our football club should’ve sorted this out months ago so there was a contract ready for when we did assure survival
— The Ipswich Magpie (@IpswichMagpie) April 18, 2019
But does Rafa fall under the correct age category for Ashley ? He’s 59 you know
— Paul Davison (@dubtoon) April 18, 2019
— Jacob Appleby (@Jacob69318259) April 18, 2019
Its a case of they are testing his integrity. Seeing if they can get away with not backing him again properly and he still signs. He will walk if they don’t back him. The ronnie should have a daily headline saying ‘total disgrace’ with a picture of Ashley with count down of days.
— Simon (@LittleHenryD) April 18, 2019
This man has been fantastic with the resources given to him. If they don’t give him the backing, wouldn’t blame him for walking away. However if this does happen , god help the owner!
— Tyneside Mag (@MagTyneside) April 18, 2019
The modus operendi of Ashley and his muppets will never change. Just as they sprout the club is for sale They think Benitez is about money. 100% wrong on both accounts. Ashley is a brilliant accountant but a poor excuse for a human being. He has ZERO man management abilities
— paz (@ianparry9) April 18, 2019
If he was staying it would have been sorted already he’s gone unfortunately
— hutchy (@Hutchylegend) April 18, 2019