Rafa Benitez has taken a leaf (a good leaf) out of Steve McClaren’s book and sent out an email to Newcastle fans before the really important derby game against Sunderland on Sunday afternoon – as the Spaniard tries everything to try to save us from a second relegation in seven years.
That would be almost impossible to bear.
Rafa Benitez – calls for wall of sound on Sunday
This is the email that Rafa has sent out:
“As you know, work began with intensity from the moment my coaching staff and I arrived. Our first job is to make sure we remain a Premier League club and this week we have committed everything we have to making that happen.”
“Whilst the result on Monday at Leicester wasn’t what we wanted, I was pleased with parts of what I saw. We have worked intensively on the areas that need improvement and I am confident we go into Sunday’s game well-prepared.”
A Black & White Army…
“I have been in the opposing dug-out at St. James’ Park and I know that when I take my place on the home side, I will be backed by some of the most passionate fans in the world. In fact, the strength of your famous support is one of the many things that drew me to this club.”
“On Sunday, Sunderland’s team will face not only the 11 players on the pitch, but a 50,000-strong army. I hope you will not underestimate the importance of the role you will play on Sunday; you can make the crucial difference for us.”
“Let’s create a wall of sound and a tide of black and white. I am sure there will be respect on both sides, that’s important, but I have no doubt that the atmosphere you will create will be electrifying and imposing.”
You cannot accuse Rafa Benitez of not believing the fans are the life-blood of Newcastle United – and it’s one huge reason he joined Newcastle and shocked us all exactly a week ago.
We need to get those black and white scarves out and we’re a little surprised the club haven’t made some effort to ask fans to bring their scarves along to the game.
But hey – Rafa’s asking for a tide of black and white so those going to the game on Sunday – bring your scarf along or anything else black and white – including those painted faces that should help scare the life out of the Sunderland players.
Always a good move.
Rafa’s basically doing everything he possibly can for his home debut to win the game.
That includes a plea to the great Geordie fans to help him and the team in trying to get the win we desperately need, so we can hopefully get a string of wins together that can yet save us from relegation.
What a manager!
Howay The Lads!!