Rafa Benitez seems to have big plans for Newcastle if he can keep us in the Premier League and it was kind of good news today that he speaks regularly with both Lee Charnley and Graham Carr.
They could already be planning which players could come in this summer.
It may be premature to talk too much about that until we know for certain which league we will be playing in, although we must say that Benitez seems certain he can save Newcastle this season, but to do that we need to start putting a string of wins together.
Rafa Benitez arriving at St. James’ Park
And planning must go ahead now for the summer transfer window – that’s also very true.
Benitez came to Newcastle because of the club’s massive potential, but he has already made clear he only wants to concentrate on saving the club from relegation and that’s his major priority now.
Rafa was asked if he had changed his opinion on Newcastle since he first arrived at the club a short nine days ago:
“No I have the same idea – I decided to come because I knew how big this clubs was; the fans, the stadium, everything.” “You can see that it’s a sleeping giant.”
“Then you think maybe with your experience, and talking with everyone at the club, I can see that if we stay up, we can achieve things because the potential is here.”
Rafa was then asked rather pointedly if he would consider staying at the club even if we took the drop down to the Championship in May.
This is what he said:
“No I haven’t thought that far ahead – I think at the moment my job is to give players confidence, to win games, and to stay in the Premier League,”
“I think that we can do it; still I think that we can do it.”
“Obviously if we win this game against Sunderland it will be easier for everyone because it will give them more confidence and help them to work hard and do really well.
“So then we will have more confidence and believe that we can do it in these games and the next games, because we were a bit unlucky to play against Leicester, Sunderland and Norwich too soon as if we had more time maybe it would be easier.”
It looks like he may not have ruled out staying on if the disaster scenario happens, but Rafa’s right to only concentrate on keeping Newcastle up and of course he’s also on at least a £2M bonus to do that – we shouldn’t forget about that.
You don’t want to think too much or give too much attention to the negatives – like going down – and certainly not to the players.
The goal is to stay up and start putting those wins together, hopefully starting today against Sunderland.
What do you think?