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Benitez Positive He Can Still Save Newcastle

7:08 am, Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Rafa Benitez has been linked with the Spain manager job when Vincent del Bosque retires after the Euro 2016 Championships in the summer and since he said when he was at Liverpool it was the dream of every Spanish manager to manage Spain one day – then we expect that if he is offered the job he would take it.

That’s whether Newcastle survive the drop to the Championship or not, but since we conceded that last minute goal to give up all 3 points to Norwich on Saturday afternoon at Carrow Road it’s now going to be very difficult for Newcastle to survive – especially when we continue to make defensive mistakes.

rafa benitez with p;layers training

Rafa Benitez with the Newcastle players at Benton

It it seems that after Rafa had the players in on Sunday for a training session he has continued to work very hard this week on trying to eradicate the problems the Newcastle side have had all season.

Defense is a huge weakness and the 58 goals conceded in 31 games is a testament to that, but we suppose if anybody can fix that it is Rafa Benitez.

Benitez remains upbeat about Newcastle’s chances and seems as positive as ever:

“No, I knew before that it would be very difficult but I had the confidence that we could win.”

“After the game we have lost and we are where we are, so we have to concentrate now on the next seven games.”

“My idea is one game at a time and I’m sure that if we play at the level that we played in the second half we can win against a lot of teams in the Premier League, but we have to be more consistent and do this for 90 minutes and not just the second half.”

“Now we have a difficult situation but we knew it might be difficult, so we have to concentrate on our jobs and as a manager I have to make sure I don’t make mistakes, too.”

We have been really impressed with the determination, spirit and class with which Rafa is going about the job of trying to save Newcastle.

But the big black cloud is if he fails then not only will we go down in May but we will also lose the best manager we have had since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked back in 2004 for only finishing in 5th place.

That double whammy is going to be very difficult to take for a lot of fans.

Not many fans think we can beat Southampton at St. Mary’s on Saturday.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sing in the corner // Apr 6, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    Rafa’s last sentence there…referring to making selection mistakes in the Norwich game?

  • 2 Lindisfarne // Apr 6, 2016 at 7:39 AM

    000’s of NUFC fans at St Mary’s Stadium singing “There is only one Alan Pardew!”

    #Love it.

  • 3 mindshaft // Apr 6, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    Sadly we lost and drew our must win games , if we can’t beat Norwich and Sunderland then I’m not sure how people think we’re going to suddenly start beating Southampton away
    The reality is that we have half a team of no hopers who have probably got thier agents scouting out clubs
    we needed to sack McC before Jan
    hopefully this whole Carr thing will be over and done with , how on earth they thought that would work , it’s been a disaster

  • 4 Thump // Apr 6, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    @sing: I think so. He bottled the selection and, honestly, I can’t blame him. Why Mitro and SDJ didn’t start is beyond me. A tactical shake up in the front line would have baffled Norwich, and potentially made our early pressure count. I think he just wanted to keep up the status quo, either for the sake of the players, or that he had (misguided) confidence in the previous home performance.

  • 5 Ron Knee // Apr 6, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    ” … but we have to be more consistent and do this for 90 minutes … ”

    How many times have we heard that refrain over the years?

  • 6 sing in the corner // Apr 6, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    If so its a good sign. He’ll therefore be thinking of ringing the changes and approach for the Saints. It’s a tough ask though, given our poor record there. But HWTL.

  • 7 Moonraker15 // Apr 6, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    We all know we are poor but we must not give up until it’s a mathematical certainty! 7 games to go! Potential 21 points! C’moooon HWTL.

  • 8 Moonraker15 // Apr 6, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    The forwards selection worked last week! Mitro scored 2 when he came on! It was the defence that let us down!

  • 9 Sav // Apr 6, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Looking at Danny Simpson, odds on to win Premiership title and James Tavernier promoted with Rangers after scoring 13 goals in 43 games! What is wrong at the Toon?

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