Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has said today he expects a bigger challenge for a top-four position next season, and thinks Newcastle could be one of the contenders.
Rafa Benitez – expects Newcastle to have strong team next year
Benitez spoke today of the challenges that lie ahead next season in the Premier League:
â€œYou can see Newcastle, Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton spending money and having strong teams.”
â€œItâ€™s not easy to be in the top four and be contenders, but because we have a young squad we can try again.”
â€œClearly itâ€™s more difficult here than in Spain because the top sides spend big, big money.”
â€œThis year we have improved a lot. We signed two or three really good players, and also players whoâ€™ve been good for the squad.”
â€œBut every year you must improve a lot because the other teams are doing the same”
Newcastle have slipped back badly since Bobby Robson left the club, and our managers since then in Souness, Roeder and Allardyce have been unable to halt the decline.
Indeed, in three of the last four seasons, we have achieved our lowest-ever points totals in the Premier League, so Newcastle fans are hopeful, once again, that next season is the season we can break back to the top.
To say sacking Bobby Robson was a huge mistake in 2004 by Freddy Shepherd and Douglas Hall, would be a huge understatement.
But that just about sums up their ability at managing the club, they didn’t have a clue.
We have as good a chance as ever now we have a great manager in charge again in Kevin Keegan, but we know it will not be easy with many more teams also rebuilding to challenge for the top four next season.