Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has released a statement backing Rafael Benitez and promising funds for the Spaniard, but fans aren’t buying a word of it.
Newcastle ended their season on a high note on Sunday as a brace from Ayoze Perez wrapped up a 3-0 win over Chelsea, but fans are still concerned about the future.
Rafael Benitez has done an incredible job at Newcastle, backing up their title winning promotion with a tenth place finish, the highest of any of the three promoted clubs, despite spending less than both Huddersfield and Brighton.
Of course, the issue of spending is what’s on every Newcastle fans’ mind, and probably will be all summer.
Benitez is desperate for the backing he so clearly deserves, and there is a growing concern that the Spaniard will leave the club if owner Mike Ashley does not give him some cash to splash.
Ashley has tried his best to quash these concerns, as he released an official statement on the matter after the match.
“I would like to thank Rafa Benitez for his magnificent achievement this season,” Ashley said, in the statement that you can find here.
“Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him.
“I hope very much that Rafa will remain at Newcastle United.”
One has to wonder if the statement would have been released quite so quickly had the Magpies not won 3-0, but the owner certainly wants Benitez to stay.
That said, actions speak louder than words, and Newcastle fans are not buying any words that come from their infamous leader.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
year after year the same old story, believe it when i see it
— eazy (@GTEazyx) May 13, 2018
“On many occasions throughout the season they have been described as a Championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory.#. This is concerning. He has a distorted view. Setting up to keep the cash in his pocket.
— Solardaze Music (@solardazemusic) May 13, 2018
That’s nice! Now sell us!
— Laura Shieber (@anxiousmagpie) May 13, 2018
Get out of our club
— Kieran Will (@Kieran1919Will) May 13, 2018
Wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him, which to be fair is next to nowt!
— Mark500 (@MarkLawson500) May 13, 2018
Well done rafa for the extra money I'm getting is what it's translated!
— Jonny Hayes (@jonnyhayes72) May 13, 2018
As long as Ashley is still here NUFC goes no where. surely we all know this?
— Geeky Retro Nerds (@GeekyRetroNerds) May 13, 2018
Fix It* pic.twitter.com/0rFUMg3YyW
— JaackRT (@JaackRT) May 13, 2018