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We'd be where Villa or West Ham if he had stayed imo. If he or another manager that'd excite people came in when the takeover should've happened in the summer a la Pochettino, Allegri, Naglesmann or even someone like Marco Rose then we'd be catching up to if not already beyond Leicester.

 

A lot of things are required to make NUFC successful: an ambitious owner, an intelligent manager in the dugout who conducts himself with honour that the fans can relate to and whom possesses a vision for Newcastle United and the ability to communicate that to a squad that is talented and has a bit of nous and flair. Rafa ticked one of those boxes and allowing him to go for daring to challenge the petulant cunt of an owner on what the club needs/needed to do to become successful was and still is so ridiculous, childish and rancid it’s untrue. He’s the biggest tick we've had in the Ashley era in any of those criteria, much more so than the squad we had between 2011 and 2014. He’s, arguably, the only thing the club has had going for it since Sir Bobby Robson left. A PIF takeover or any sort of takeover that leads to a bit of substantial and sustained investment will lead to an injection of quality and just overall improvement in the playing staff. A takeover sets everything up like dominoes tbh, one required event for success at NUFC is inextricably linked to the next event. Obviously in football there are no guarantees and it may all go to shit but any of the bell ends amongst the media and in our fanbase that have tried to justify replacing Benitez with Steve fucking Bruce want shooting with shit, to put it lightly.

 

Under Ashley results and performances from the team 80% of the time have been and will be poor, shite decisions have been and always will be made regarding managerial appointments, transfers, starting XIs and tactics but all in all its all moot given the due to the glass ceiling imposed and all of it leads back to one man. It’s Ashley who needs to fuck off, it’s Ashley oversaw such a massive scale of regression in standing and expectation at this club, it’s Ashley who has neglected to invest in the squad and it’s Ashley who has run this club to suit him and only him. He’s the cancer, the ball and chain, the millstone. Ashley out, for the love of god allow this arbitration to work in some way. As soon as is humanely fucking possible.

 

I think we were primed to reach the current level of Vila Wham, last season.

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The timing on that. :weep:

 

Still think he'll wait to see what happens with this takeover bollocks and if we stay up before making a decision as I think he'll jump at the chance to come back to an Ashley-less NUFC. Can see him at Spurs though.

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I'm actually happy we won the Championship under Rafa on that epic final day than just getting promoted. At least we have the image of Rafa holding a trophy in our colours whenever there is a need for articles such as the above to show he wins trophies everywhere he's been including Newcastle.

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Hindsight is a wonderful thing but, on reflection, Benitez coming here was a complete waste of time for everyone except Ashley. All it did was extended Ashley's tenure for at least 5 years longer and put a delay on the events that are happening now. If we'd been stuck with a no-mark manager at the start of the 16/17 season and had a few years in the wilderness then Ashley might have departed by now.

 

 

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31 minutes ago, Wandy said:

Hindsight is a wonderful thing but, on reflection, Benitez coming here was a complete waste of time for everyone except Ashley. All it did was extended Ashley's tenure for at least 5 years longer and put a delay on the events that are happening now. If we'd been stuck with a no-mark manager at the start of the 16/17 season and had a few years in the wilderness then Ashley might have departed by now.

Unless it was Rafa that helped set up the Amanda Staveley interest, we don't know what's going to happen just yet.

 

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31 minutes ago, Wandy said:

Hindsight is a wonderful thing but, on reflection, Benitez coming here was a complete waste of time for everyone except Ashley. All it did was extended Ashley's tenure for at least 5 years longer and put a delay on the events that are happening now. If we'd been stuck with a no-mark manager at the start of the 16/17 season and had a few years in the wilderness then Ashley might have departed by now.

I said throughout, it was a nice distraction but there was always the feeling it was a temporary sticking plaster on the disastrous club. I was enjoying it, but not completely because I was always waiting for it to collapse.

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The Rafa years were an opportunity - I get the point it only in the end rewarded Ashley, but if we got sold while Rafa was here it could have been brilliant. Would rather have a top world class manager like Rafa here and hope of something changing during that time then more Bruce's leading us to more misery.

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Rafa just proved the Ashley model will never work - he simply will not back a manager's vision for progression as he wants to sell the club - and the responsibility and consequences shift to the eventual buyer/s -  and doesn't want to fund it. It's why he's happy for managers like Bruce who won't complain and rewards that personal loyalty, rather than making public his grievances over broken promises. "Nothing more we could do" embodies this inability to care 

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Bruce can only dream.of support like that. When we get fans back into SJP in May, hope it can be as dreadful and toxic as possible for Bruce as I'm sure we'll still be down there fighting relegation at that time.

That clip needs to tag players like Lascelles, Dubravka, Schar, Ritchie etc who were there on that day. Let them be reminded of how good it was compared to what they are going through now.

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3 hours ago, Armchair Pundit said:

Unless it was Rafa that helped set up the Amanda Staveley interest, we don't know what's going to happen just yet.

 

Just about to say this.

If he brought Staveley to us then it was not a waste of time and could be our saving grace.

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