Newcastle are heading into a vitally important few days. With no players brought in by the club so far, the Magpies are in a tough spot. If we fail to bring in any fresh faces, we could genuinely be looking at relegation come the end of the season, and that’s the last thing that we want.
However, the club could have even more pressing concerns, at least if Rafael Benitez’s latest comments are to be believed.
Benitez has recently, as per the Telegraph, refused to rule out the prospect of a departure ahead of the expiration of his contract at Newcastle this summer, with the Spaniard stating: “I cannot guarantee anything”.
Whether this is a case of Benitez trying to force Mike Ashley into transfer action or a genuine admission from the manager remains to be seen, but the manager clearly isn’t very happy.
Newcastle currently sit just five points above the relegation spots. They’ve been down in that area of the table for much of the season.
The only thing more worrying than relegation is the prospect of doing it without Rafael Benitez. Not only will it become a much more likely prospect with Benitez out of the fold, but if it does happen, it would make getting out of the second-tier even more difficult.
Clearly, the manager isn’t happy, and it’s easy to see why. The club just has no direction at present. And a win against Man City does little to change that, in the grand scheme of things.
If a few new faces aren’t brought in over the coming days, we’re going to start really fearing for the future of our team.