It’s not surprising that when Rafa is ever seen in public in Newcastle he will be mobbed by Newcastle fans who literally see him as the new messiah at Newcastle.
We have to admit we have been very pleasantly surprised at how charismatic and warm Rafa is – and his love of football seems to shine through and is simply infectious – he’s in the right job alright.
And Newcastle United – that sleeping giant of a football club that has been comatose for a few years – seems to be a perfect match for Rafa who seems genuinely delighted to be at the club.
But he will only stay if he can save Newcastle and he’s made it clear he cannot do miracles – although what was that back in 2005 in Istanbul?
Rafa Benitez – I don’t do miracles
Rafa was asked about the welcome he has retrieved from the fans since he arrived a short two weeks ago:
“I can’t walk around too much but on Wednesday the fans were good with me.” “Normally I am in my hotel and they come and they say: ‘Oh here’s Rafa, good luck.’”
“And after dinner then in the restaurant they were asking for pictures, and outside three or four people said: ‘Great reaction in the second half against Sunderland, and it was impossible to stay up before but now it isn’t.’”
“I don’t want to disrespect Steve’s McClaren’s team because he was doing a good job, but the fans they have this hope, this belief, that now you can change things.”
“I cannot do miracles, but I want to work hard; I want to make sure that everybody is working hard because that is the only way that we can do it.”
When Jermaine Jenas left us for Spurs back in 2005 he talked about it being like a goldfish bowl, but we suspect a person who loves football as much as Rafa only sees that as a huge advantage to managing Newcastle.
As we’ve said before we are very like the Liverpool fans – the only small difference between the two clubs is The Reds have won 32 trophies (11 League One titles, 6 FA Cups, 8 League Cups, 1 Champions League, 3 UEFA Cups and 3 UEFA Super Cups) since 1970 and we have won nothing.
That’s the only difference.
Just let’s assume Rafa can save us and stays at the club and then in a couple of years were are challenging for a top four place – he’ll be like a God on Tyneside.
Alan Shearer told him as much before he agreed to join us a couple of weeks ago.
The fans already love him – simply because he may be able to save us from relegation and the 55 year-old Spaniard seems to have instantly taken to Newcastle and is working his socks off for the club.
So it will be just terrific if he can keep us up and Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez are a match made in heaven.
But on the other hand it will be an absolute tragedy if he cannot save us and he leaves us in the summer.
Not sure what happens to Newcastle then – but it will not be good.