Benitez Asked If He Would Stay On If Newcastle Relegated


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 smiling st james

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?

Comments welcome.



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60 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 20, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Be nice if we thrashed em 8-0 just like we did Sheffield weds in Bobby robsons first home game.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 20, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #2

    I wonder if the “if we had more time” statement is Rafa saying he should have been brought in earlier. I know we as fans think he should have.

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  • anthc

    Mar 20, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t think I expect to win but rather we need to win. This will be a tough game no doubt about it. I’ve watched sunderland on tv a few times and they are organised, willing to fight. Saying that, they’ve also been sh*te too. We need to get at them from the off and get an early goal as the longer it’s goes on all square the more dangerous they will be become.
    We’ve saved them the last three seasons so let’s send them down this season.
    Butterflies already and I’m not even at the pub yet!

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  • G

    Mar 20, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Shirebrook, I would settle for 5 goals so I can walk round work shouting ‘what time is it?’ to all the mackems fans.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 20, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Someone said yesterday Optimistic Prime I think, that Shearer was seen going into SJP, and I noticed he was not on MOTD.

    So maybe Shearer has come in to sort out the strikers.

    Thoughts anyone?

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  • fresh sarnie

    Mar 20, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Just wanting to know if it’s just me but does anyone else get ad pop ups that take you off site? If so is there a way to stop them?
    On a more important topic, HOWAY TOON!! nothing less than a win will do for me today, can see wijnaldum getting a couple

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  • G

    Mar 20, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Fresh sarnie, try using a different browser. Chrome or Firefox, along with adblock addon.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 20, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #8

    fresh sarnie

    I use Chrome with adblock plus and Ghostery (to block trackers) and my browser loads really fast.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Well,i suppose that isn’t a “NO” so hopefully it means he hasn’t ruled out staying, even if we do drop. Lets just hope for a few wins and not have to worry about it.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Shearer coaching mitrovic…… Yes please

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Do you really think Shearer has charmed his way into the back rooms of nufc? 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #12

    I thought Lee looked a bit peaky back there. A bit thin. He needs a sandwich.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Tsunki

    I don’t know on Shearer, but he was seen there yesterday, and was not on MOTD, It may be putting two and tow together and getting five, but I just wonder if Benitez has brought him in to motivate Mitrovic who will all know wants to be like his hero.

    It could be a good move by Benitez (if true) and we could see Mitrovic looking more like a striker and less like a big holding player up front.

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  • one fine day

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #14

    4 hours til we can get at them .
    1230am kick off here in aus.
    Don’t care how it happens as long as we get three points .
    #viva Rafa
    # hwtf

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #15

    Firebug yes it would be good. It would have been great a few months ago. What is it with these idiots?

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #16

    Getting the sofa positioned so I can get a decent lookout from behind it this afternoon. Dreading it. Will still be dreading it if we are winning 2-0 with 20 minutes to go.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #17

    The hippopotamus headed numbskull will set up his neanderthals to bully and dig in with defoe and the odious boringini lurking for scraps.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #18

    Quiet morning on the blog. Jeff bulling up on his insults and getting a page of hyperlinks together for this afternoon no doubt. The rest of us getting our breakfast and observing derby rituals like normal folk.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Maybe shearer is going to the game? Im all stressed about the game and fear a 2-2 draw. They have about 5 decent players and one of them is a lethal striker. Late nite last nite and crap sleep. Mildly hungover and quite worried. I might go to mass and pray for the Mags.

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  • martoon

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #20

    Tuff – this is my last word on the subject. I don’t consider myself part of the blog police whereas you seem to be the chief constable. Yet when you fell foul of your own rules with a sick post instead of living up to your name and manning up and apologise and then move on you pathetically try and deflect attention on to Jib claiming sand dancer is a racist slur. You then spend days trying to prove your point – absolutely pathetic!
    Now I’m going to move on and concentrate on the derby.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #21

    Tsunki

    Aye it’s maybe the calm before the storm. It will be tough today but victory will be ours, the 52000 fans will need to be full on for 90 odd minutes, as they have the ability to give our lads a lift and create a hostile atmosphere for the makems.

    Oh and lock up you daughters while the makems are in Toon, and as the cheating Defoe is with them lock up your wives too.

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  • Viduka

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #22

    I’ve got mobdro but I’ve got no idea what channel to select. I’m in oz any help?

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #23

    Tsunki i really do hate the hippo. He’s actually a witty character on panels etc but i hate the sod

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #24

    I posted a link yesterday regarding Mitrovic receiving extra training from a company called superior striker.

    It’s run by some ex footballer and based in Scotland (I think)

    Can’t remember the specifics but they help on and off the pitch.

    Wouldn’t it be great if Shearer was helping too. Again, too little too late I fear.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #25

    Average where did u hear that?

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  • Viduka

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #26

    I’m also stupid

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #27

    Viduka

    Sky sports one in the sports section.

    Sometimes the links for it go down/lag quite bad so I’d recommend that once your in the sports section actually typing in sky sports one and it’ll have all the available links to that channel.

    This will save you time searching for others if a specific link you’ve chosen plays up.

    Sometimes if you scroll down you can find NBCSN which is the American version. Again if it’s their I’d recommend searching that too for more links.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #28

    Odd question but are there any makems on geordie shore? Also the Durham family on gogglebox…are they makems….i heard durham is more makem than geordie?

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #29

    I’ll try to find the link munster

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #30

    Viduka

    Actually I’m not sure whether your mobdro would have the same content as a UK one. If it hasn’t I’m not clued up on what to search for or what aussie channels show footy mate.

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  • Viduka

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #31

    Cheers mate!

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  • firebug666

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #32

    I have been using Ace player with links from the sopcast channel list, and have had few if any problems.

    Just putting it out there as an alternative.

    I have used mobi with robocop, but it’s a bit of a bugger sometimes, so I reverted back to Ace Player.

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  • Viduka

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #33

    Nah should work, it doesn’t have any Aussie channels.

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  • Black and white armpit

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #34

    Munster
    Durham Is about 50/50

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #35

    Munster

    Average_Contents
    March 19, 2016
    Superior striker training.

    Let’s hope it helps although I don’t think it’s just him but a combination of things like not enough support from midfield and always having his back to goal when he does receive it.

    http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/A/2/821848239?-11058:809

    Wish they had a defensive one lol

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  • lesh

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #36

    Whilst Rafa hasn’t ruled out staying if we’re relegated, he hasn’t ruled it in. His response as quoted says nothing about anything other than he sees himself staying if we’re in the Prem.

    Whether he stays or not post-relegation would depend on whether or not Ashley assures Rafa that he really is intent on great things for the Club.

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #37

    Viduka

    It shows sky sports channels though?

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #38

    Just out of curiosity like lol.

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  • lesh

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #39

    Firebug

    It’s because Rsfa should have been brought in earlier that Charnley and Carr should be replaced for next season.

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  • Viduka

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #40

    Yeah mate, just sussed it out,sky is there and a heap of American channels. Thanx again

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