Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has been very consistent since he arrived at Newcastle two weeks ago by saying one big reason he accepted the job at Newcastle was because of the legendary fans.
Rafa is now trying to make it very clear to the fans that they are absolutely crucial in the relegation struggle.
Rafa has said the fight-back in the second half when Mitrovic scored that extremely vital goal for us with just 7 minutes to go and prevented Sunderland gaining 3 points on us – was because of the fans.
Newcastle fans at Sunderland game
If the fans believe then the players will believe so the fans must never give up hope in any one of our remaining eight games.
This is what Rafa said yesterday about just how important the Newcastle fans are to survival:
“We have to stay calm. We all realise how important this is going to be for everybody in the city. They have to be calm but at the same time keep pushing and helping the team.
“The reaction of the players against Sunderland was actually because of the fans. If the fans think we can’t do it, the players may give up, so everybody has to keep pushing.”
“We must concentrate and give everything for the team and the club.” “At the end of the season we will then look at the analysis. But I still think we can do it.”
“We have to keep preparing them, giving them good training sessions and giving them confidence. We have to adjust and do things in every game that are possible.”
“If I make a substitution I have to be sure it is fine. Sometimes it can be fine, but not enough.” “So everybody has to stick together and we’ll have more chances to stay up.”
Benitez has wisely banned any talk about relegation at the club’s Benton training ground and any talk about what happens if Newcastle go down.
That’s a good move by Rafa – our players must believe they can do it – that’s the first step to achieving safety and keeps everybody positive.
We expect Rafa has already talked to Daryl Janmaat, who is injured but told his Dutch manager earlier this week he wants to leave Newcastle in the summer.
There’s nothing particularly wrong with Daryl wanting to leave, but he should not publicize it – although we suppose it was Blind who leaked that news.
Do you think Daryl will want to leave if we are safe and Benitez is the manager for the next three seasons on Tyneside?
And the fans can help save us big time – by always believing and helping Rafa achieve his second miracle as a football manager.
Howay The Lads!!