If Rafa Benitez does save us from relegation and stays on at Newcastle, then it’s clear there will be huge changes made at the club and those changes will be directed by the manager himself, who only agreed to come to the club if he could be fully in control of things – including the transfers.
And certainly it shows what a big club Newcastle still is, that somebody of Benitez’ standing in football was willing to come to Tyneside when we are in such a terrible position in the league table and still odds-on favorites to be relegated this season.
What other club would have 52,000 sell-out crowds at their home games when we are second bottom of the league table?
Andros Townsend – in action against Sunderland
The Newcastle Board haven’t done much to be proud of this season, but getting Rafa in was a huge coup and it seems they have simply put their trust in Benitez that he can somehow extricate us from the terrible situation we are in at the moment.
Rafa seems to relish the challenge and today our new signing from Tottenham, Andros Townsend, talks about how the next eight games will be the biggest games of the careers of our players.
This is what the 24 year-old has said in the Chronicle today:
“Getting Rafa Benitez to come to Newcastle just shows how big the club is..” “He’s won everything around the world and managed the best players, so it can only be a positive for us..”
“We can stay up this season and we can keep one of the best managers at Newcastle.” “It’s been fantastic with Rafa coming in, but it’s no secret I was disappointed when McClaren left.”
“They paid a lot of money to get me here and it was Steve who put his faith in me to get me here.” “This is football, and you need to move on.”
“You could have said the derby was the biggest one of all time.” “Now, it’s Norwich and that’s the biggest game of our careers. Then it’ll be the game after that.”
“We have eight cup finals to come and we need to treat them like that.” “We need to start picking up points sooner rather than later.”
Norwich will be the biggest game of the players’ careers – maybe that’s some of what Rafa has been telling them to motivate the players to start playing well – as though their lives depended on it.
We don’t know if Benitez – if he stays – will want to sign more English players for Newcastle, but we have been impressed with the mentality of the two English players we signed in January – Jonjo Shelvey and Andros.
They have been more than willing to roll up their sleeves and immediately fight for the cause and they have both had an immediate impact.
Those are the only two of the four we signed in January that Rafa seems to want to use through the end of the season, with striker Seydou Doumbia and central midfield player Henri Saivet not being used too much – yet.
We just hope it’s not too late for Benitez to work his magic at the club and save us and sooner rather than later.
But we must keep the faith.
Howay The Lads!!