We like Rafa Benitez a lot, not just because he talks a whole load of sense and seems to know coaching inside out, but that he has come to Newcastle of his own accord, because he wanted to come and seems willing to work around the clock to awaken the sleeping giant and save Newcastle from relegation.
Yes, it helps that he’s on a £2M bonus to save us from relegation, but guys as successful as Benitez are driven by accomplishment and the challenge of it all.
Money is not their driving force – they usually have plenty of money – and don’t forget he had over two years to run on his Real Madrid contract, so he would have probably received at least £5M from Real in compensation when he was fired.
Rafa is not short of money.
Rafa Benitez in a lighter moment yesterday
It was a really disappointing result yesterday when we only drew 1-1 with rivals Sunderland, in maybe the most important Tyne-Wear derby game ever – but after being 1-0 down with only 7 minutes to play we were really happy at getting the point.
This is some of what Rafa has said today:
“Now we have an international break to keep working with the rest of the players that will be here.”
“We have eight games to play, and we know it will be difficult. It will be difficult, for sure. What we have to do is prepare the next game, try and analyse what was bad and try and change things.”
“We are creating chances and attacking and we can be there. We have to improve this part of the game.”
“If we have to fight until the last game and the last minute then we have to do it.”
Well there’s the rallying cry from the manager right there – in that last line – they will fight on and do whatever is necessary so we can survive a relegation this season.