Rafael Benitez and Mike Ashley’s strained relationship currently seems to be more stable than it has been for quite some time, with the controversial owner finally granting the Newcastle boss appropriate funds in the January window.
The result of Ashley doing so was the high-profile arrival of Miguel Almiron, who signed for a club-record £20m and will add a different dimension to a Magpies attack that was becoming frustratingly predictable.
Benitez has found a system that works and the club finally seem to be entering a place where they won’t be certain relegation strugglers season after season, although, if he doesn’t sign new terms at the end of the season, they will be back to square one.
Wolves Fan TV give us their outsiders take on the turbulent situation behind the scenes at Newcastle in the video below…
The Toon Army certainly aren’t convinced that the Newcastle camp is completely settled just yet, with many of the belief that Benitez will be clearing out his office regardless of whether he guides the Tyneside outfit to another season of Premier League football.
Here’s what they had to say on Twitter…
He’s given up basically. Gonna see out the rest of his career fighting relegation
— Sean (@sehol) February 21, 2019
Gotta thank the fans for convincing Rafa to stay. But Ashley is so twisted so maniacal that it almost makes me think that Rafa will wake up and decide that this isn’t worth it anymore
— ZacSaleski (@saleski12) February 21, 2019
He has 100,000 excuses per week to stay. The money is the only reason he’s here ?
— JamboMalumbo (@JamboMalumbo) February 21, 2019
I really do hope he stays but I will understand if he doesn’t ?
— Sandra Farn (@hockeymom41) February 21, 2019
if rafa’s got any sense at all, he’ll walk…
— ed_bell (@edjbell) February 21, 2019
Like a dodgy marriage staying together for “the kids” ie Us ?????
— Hawaay61 (@Hawaay61) February 21, 2019
The issue I’d see is that he would probably only want a short term, rolling contract to guard against being dragged through another 3 years – whereas Ashley obviously loves a long commitment.
— Chutney (@andy_emmers) February 21, 2019