Rafa Benitez has done a lot of interviews over the last couple of days and he knows exactly what it means for Newcastle to stay in the Premier League this season.
To be relegated would be tragic for the city, the club, the long-suffering fans and for Rafa and his coaches – who will presumably leave Newcastle if that happens.
This is what fans have felt like for most of the season
In an interview with the Chronicle Rafa was asked if we needed a specific number of wins to stay up:
“No – it’s not just depending on what we can do, it’s what the others do too.”
“You could say we have to win five. But then we are a team that could win six, you don’t know. I think the best way to approach it is one game at a time because you can’t look at games and say we will play this way or that way in a game.”
“The next game is Norwich.”
“We are just looking at which players are available and what we can do in the training session.”
“You can’t work out a game-plan for all eight games at once. You have to adapt little things depending on your team, who you have and the other team you are playing, week by week.”
“I will not think about how many points we need, I will think about the next three points available.”
“Look at Norwich at West Brom, nobody expected them to get three points at West Brom, but they did it. So you have to think we have an opportunity to get three points against Norwich and that’s what we will try to do.”
“I can see how important it is to stay up because we can improve things. It will be massive for the city and the club and massive for us.”
Just how Newcastle got into this terrible state is a very good question, especially since we have spent £82M on new players this season, the most of any club in the Premier League.
But right now the most important thing is to support the lads and hope that Rafa can save us from what looks like a terrible situation at the bottom of the league table.
We just have to hope that Rafa Benitez can weave some of his magic quickly enough before the end of the season.