Tuesday saw the latest round in the blame game between Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United, with the Chronicle reporting the former manager has again hit back at claims he left the club in the summer for money.

But the latest comments must put an end to the back and forth between the Spaniard and the football club.

It is time to draw a line in the sand.

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Rafa obviously feels the need to put his side of events to a national audience, because he certainly does not need to do so to the Newcastle fans.

If there is a debate between his version of events and Mike Ashley’s, the fans on Tyneside are only ever going to believe their former manager.

And with Benitez being such an upstanding person, with a huge reputation for honesty and integrity within the game, it is likely that the vast majority of knowledgeable people around football would believe him too.

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So, frankly, Rafa has nothing to prove to anyone, either in Newcastle, or elsewhere.

The longer the tit-for-tat goes on, the less helpful it is.


Rafa Benitez has nothing to prove to Newcastle fans

The atmosphere is already toxic enough between the club and its fans. It does not need any further fuel added to the fire.

Rafa sent a message to his successor Steve Bruce, the players and the fans ahead of the new season, wishing them luck for the campaign ahead.

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It was testament to the class of the man, and yet another reason why he would always be likely to have people on his side.

But if he truly means that good luck wish, then he must let the summer Newcastle debacle go. Be the bigger person, and leave it be.

Fans know who is at fault. They know who to point the finger at.

But as long as Rafa’s shadow remains large over St James’ Park, the worse the atmosphere will get, and the harder it will be for the players to get results.

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