Benitez Expects Newcastle To Be Strong Next Season


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.

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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:

“You can see Newcastle, Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton spending money and having strong teams.”

“It’s not easy to be in the top four and be contenders, but because we have a young squad we can try again.”

“Clearly it’s more difficult here than in Spain because the top sides spend big, big money.”

“This year we have improved a lot. We signed two or three really good players, and also players who’ve been good for the squad.”

“But 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.

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82 comments so far

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 26, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #1

    rafa always has good things to say about us, he dont mention the dirty rotten spuds does he??

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  • toonoholic

    May 26, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #2

    The Daily Star Sunday says Liverpool have had a players-plus-cash offer for Milner rejected by Newcastle.

    Gerard + torres for milner ?

    BTW ed , he says it every season.

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  • ELFER

    May 26, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Well, that must have been crouch/kuyt and I’m glad we did not accept and hopefully will never!!

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  • toonoholic

    May 26, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #4

    and i just read in tribal that real will swap ronaldo with diarra , robinho , ramos and cash

    TRIBALFOOTBALL is worse than THE SUN.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 26, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #5

    its 100 times worse than the sun

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  • The Entertainers

    May 26, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #6

    With all the uncertainty at Pool, Rafa is doing what he does best and playing mind games with his board. By stating this season will be harder for the top 4, he is basically stating he wants funds. I dont think anyone truely believes Newcastle or anyone else will challenge top 4. As much as it hurts to say so, i believe a top 8 finish for us would be an achievement, after watching so much rubbish the last 3-4 years. As KK has already mentioned, this time the revoultionary wheel at Newcastle will turn slower.

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  • michaelknowin

    May 26, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #7

    we can play well enough in a few games to appear like a top 4 side, no doubt. but we lack the depth that everton have, let alone liverpool, man utd etc… i agree with the entertainer , top eight would be fantastic.

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  • NUFCFAN

    May 26, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #8

    When you compare the liverpool team to ours although I don’t think its great. Its still way better than ours,

    Which like I said yesterday we need to spend the same amount they do this summer and anothe 40 million for the catch up so not far off 100 mill this summer to be a real challenge

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  • Bill F

    May 26, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Well I would have Crouch and Kuyt for Milner, no problemo.

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  • Stami

    May 26, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #10

    yeah i would take Crouch an Kuyt for Milner. Provided we could get SWP in to cover the right wing! Crouch would be an amazing addition to our team! Kuyt, well he can run…and, uh, thats about it!!!lol!

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  • geordie in taipei

    May 26, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Tribal football and the sun eh , which is worst???? Its like saying shite is worse than shite !

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  • Bobby Ollox

    May 26, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Well, I cant see where he thinks we are going to get strength from – we havent bought anyone yet, and anyone half decent is waiting to see if anyone else asks them to the prom first.

    You know your right about SBR – it wa a crying shame what we did to that man – he deserved better, but there is absolutely no point in going on about it – he have had to stand down soon anyway – he got very sick very quickly. Good luck to him- he gave everything for this club

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  • Ross

    May 26, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #13

    quite a few papers reporting today that chelsea are looking to take torres from them in a 50 million pound deal, ridiculous.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 26, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #14

    not ridiculous i dont think, torres is amaising

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  • toonoholic

    May 26, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #15

    we cld swap deal ameobi + smith + cacapa for torres ?

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  • toonbully

    May 26, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #16

    aye apparently chelski are going to buy Ronaldinho , Ronaldo , Torres ,Rooney and Messi , for £200 million

    theyr’e going to get to the final of the champions league play Barcelona , and they’ll use a centre back to take their penalties someone like . oh I know John Terry and lose because this time he hits the bleeding bar , and Newcastle win the last game of the season to get into the inter toto…, same as ever eh !,…..

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  • lfc4ever

    May 26, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Dont even try and compare Newcastle to Liverpool.
    You have got no chance of ever catching up to the “Big 4”. even if you spend £200 million ye still wouldnt win anything. great support but crap club.

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  • toonbully

    May 26, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Anyway what do I care what a portuguese manager thinks of toons chances . Tell him to keep his eye on his own game and stop looking over the wall at our players ! …

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  • toonoholic

    May 26, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #19

    rafa benitez is portuguese ??

    -THE SUN or Tribal stuff

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 26, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #20

    i hope torres does go to chelsea, he deserves to be at a good club

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  • toonoholic

    May 26, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #21

    wow a scouser with an internet connection .

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  • toonbully

    May 26, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Okay he’s maybe spanish but really they are all from the same language area really , and he tries and tells us how to run our league as usual we lack any english managers of substance , and end up listening to garlic breaths at the end of each match , que passo amigo ?

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 26, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #23

    must be robbing some poor old ladys house, who just out of luck had her internet turned on.

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  • lfc4ever

    May 26, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #24

    shoch number 2.
    I HAVEA JOB AS WELL
    put ye bellies away!!!

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  • toonoholic

    May 26, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #25

    No Hablo Espanyol !

    if kk had the money benitez gets season in season out alon g with gerard , kk wld have won us the champions league by now !

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  • Hadrian

    May 26, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #26

    quick lads , nail down anything of value .

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  • tommyy

    May 26, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #27

    I wonder where he stole a computer from?

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  • lfc4ever

    May 26, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #28

    very funny Geordie Gerrard
    i havent heard that one before
    your sense of humour tickles me

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 26, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #29

    dont go given your adressed away, he will have all his smackhead mates down your house to nick our plasma’s, and by the way you scouse fool. Community service doesnt count as a job

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  • toonoholic

    May 26, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #30

    and how about a life ?

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  • toonoholic

    May 26, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Hadrian , he must be worth some quids now .

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  • lfc4ever

    May 26, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #32

    (if kk had the money benitez gets season in season out alon g with gerard , kk wld have won us the champions league by now !)

    you have won nothing in 50 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!
    like i said before. ye still wouldn’t win anything with £200 million. At leaest Middlesbrough have won a trophy

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  • toonbully

    May 26, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Toonoholic you talk some sense , but not totally , money is important , but cohesion , passion , a youth squad and continuity are important . HOW stupid are Chelsea , they are like TOON but with real money , and so they discard managers like shedding their summer plumage . Its ridiculous , what continental manager wants to come to chelsea , if 2nd in the premiership and finalists in the euro cup is not good enough what do I do ? I’ll take the fat payoff Abramovitch and move on to Barc cheers !! See money is NOT everything , loyalty and dedication , we should have stuck with sir Bobby …

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  • 9 Shearer

    May 26, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #34

    He is scared

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  • toonoholic

    May 26, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #35

    atleast we try and end up above boro and sunderland every season.

    remember that season when everton finished above you ? and ull scrapped in for champions league ?

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 26, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Write to benitez lfc4never!..

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 26, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #37

    scouse are getting f*cked by the yanks. hows your little petition for your fans to run your club going? you debt riddled ba*stards. oh i wonder if liverpool fans did buy the club, how much money would be legitimate and actually legal?

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  • Hadrian

    May 26, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #38

    back to article , i think benitez is shitting bricks myself .
    liverpool are just top 4 worthy , and look the easiest to catch up out of all the champions league teams . without some major aquisitions liverpool are vulnerable to villa and everton .
    pool need to do enough this summer tobe able to contend with arsenal , and that all depends on how well arsenal add’s to their squad .

    with a bit of luck i think teams could break the top 4 this year , with liverpool and arsenal the teams having to watch over their shoulders the most .
    beyond torres and gerrard i dont rate them .

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  • toonbully

    May 26, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #39

    who is lfc anyway ??

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  • toonoholic

    May 26, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #40

    i never argued toonbully. Money is definitely not it . I dont stay in newcastle , infact i am on a different continent and i have been supporting nufc for 7 years now . Reason being passion.

    The continental managers , bring in more flair in their play but thats my personal opinion . And Avram would have been sacked anyways , even if they wld have won the cups and the league .
    Abram had Avram as Plan B.
    We were lucky KK was ready to manage us when sam was sacked , coz our Plan B was ARRY REDKNAPP!

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