In the interviews Rafa Benitez gave yesterday before Newcastle´s biggest game in many years tomorrow at home to Sunderland, he didn´t particularly think it would be a good idea to go onto the St. James’ Park pitch and be formally introduced to the fans before the game.
It will be Rafa´s first home game as the new Newcastle manager, but he seems to think a wave will have to be good enough.
Rafa Benitez – home debut tomorrow against Sunderland
This is what Rafa said when he was asked yesterday if he would go onto the pitch before the game and he kind of played that down a little:
“I don’t usually go onto the pitch. Maybe a wave before the game because the fans wave and they were really good at Leicester.”
“I like these things, but I’m not the type of manager that goes into the middle of the pitch.”
“If I can guarantee that it would make a difference then I would, but I don’t think our fans will need anything. They will, for sure, be supporting the team.”
It´s simply a massive game tomorrow for us and we really need a win and the start is going to be all important and our lads have to start like a steam train and hopefully get an early goal.
We had a couple of decent chances at Leicester in the early going through Perez and Sissoko before they scored what was a sloppy goal to concede – and really we should have taken one of them and that could have changed the game.
But it wasn´t to be and with only 9 games left this season we must start winning games to give ourselves a chance of surviving this season.
If we can do that then things will soon be (very) great under Rafa as the Newcastle supremo – but if we take the drop it´s going to be so difficult to take – it´s going to be impossible to take.