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 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.