For the last few days when I´ve woken up I´ve had to pinch myself to ensure that Rafa Benitez is indeed the new manager at Newcastle – just to make sure I haven´t died and gone to heaven.
But it´s an awful lot better than it was under Steve McClaren when I had to pinch myself just to make sure I hadn´t died and ended up in hell.
Such is the transformation Rafa has already brought to the club in a short three days – and we are hoping he can save us this season and stay at the club for years to come.
Rafa Benitez taking training on Saturday
If that happens it will ignite the City and the fans of Newcastle and we will be buzzing again and we expect him to build a great side on Tyneside.
That´s now the significant hope among Newcastle fans after twelve years in the painful wilderness, since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked in August of 2004 for only finishing 5th top of the Premier League.
We have to survive relegation for that to become a reality and Rafa has explained what he now has to do with the team to help us stay in the Premier League this season:
“If you have a team that is really good in possession and you are much better than the opposition, you have to think in terms of attacking,”
“If you have a team that has problems in defense, then you have to improve the defense. That much is obvious.”
“In this case, we have to improve both parts of our game in attack and also in defense. In terms of the team and the next games, it is always easier to improve in defense. Why? Because it is very simple.”
“The goal is 7.32m x 2.44m, which is quite small. Your goal has to be small for them so you can clear the ball and you are a great defender. You have to score in a small goal.”
“That is the reason Alan Shearer was so good to score there. It is easier in terms of your work, but you cannot just concentrate on that.”
“We also have to score goals. We have to do both things at the same time.” “I am someone that analyses things in a certain way. I would have said, ‘why not?'”
“The teams in the Premier League are so big and they will be even bigger. So when you see a team like Newcastle, with all the potential, you say, ‘We can improve things, we can be very big’.”
“So I can do it, and I am convinced that I can do it. But, to do that, I need to concentrate on these 10 games.”
It´s not going to be easy and there will be disappointments along the way before May 15th comes around – our last game of the season at home to Spurs.
We may not be able to get anything out of the game tonight at the King Power Stadium, since Rafa and the coaches have had only three training sessions with the players to prepare for this game.
But we expect things to get better the longer that Rafa is in charge – so we have to be positive and fully support the lads and Rafa for these vital 10 games to Newcastle´s future.
We can do it.
Howay The Lads!!