Report Rafa Is Falling In Love With Newcastle And The Fans

Yesterday’s fantastic and important win against Swansea City and the way the crowd were right behind the players was a really positive showing all around at St. James’ Park – for a change.

We did think after the game it may be difficult for Rafa Benitez to simply walk out on the club if we are relegated next month.

So we were interested when Lee Ryder of the Chronicle brought out a good article after the game yesterday which basically said the news is that Rafa is telling friends he is falling in love with the City and the fans.

Mark Douglas of the Chronicle also had a good article out yesterday which said Rafa was telling friends he could even stay at the club if we are relegated – so there may be some truth in this.

We hope there’s some truth in this.



Rafa Benitez – falling in love with the City?

We had said in an earlier article today t hat Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United are a match made in heaven.

Rafa seems like a football mad and successful manager who is a workaholic and who is very happy when he is coaching players and making them into better players and planning for the next game.

His wife Maria de Montserrat has said as much.

Yesterday must have looked like heaven to Rafa Benitez with a first win at Newcastle in front of nearly 50,000 mad screaming Geordies.

If we can somehow pull off a mini-miracle on Tuesday night and beat Manchester City at home the roof will surely come off at St. James’ Park.

Rafa seemed to be in his element at the end of the game congratulating players – and the way he walked off and was talking intently to Jonjo Shelvey – the man he had dropped for the game – we’ll never forget that scene.

Newcastle fans are renowned for being completely football daft and they love their football club and the whole City revolves around how the team are doing.

When the team is winning the people of Newcastle are happy and when we are losing the people of Newcastle are unhappy – often very depressed like over the last couple of years.

And it is even more so when you are away from home base in foreign places like the US.

There’s no doubt that Newcastle still have an awful lot to do to survive this season, but even if we don’t make it and can somehow keep Rafa Benitez at the club – there is still hope for the future.

If we cannot do that I don’t even want to think about what may happen – it would be that bad.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



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To show their support two of our readers in New Zealand Sean Gordon and his sister Hayley have cut off their hair which will be donated to the Little Princess Trust in the UK.

They will then transform the hair into beautiful wigs for children who have lost their own hair to cancer and all funds raised will go to Poppy-Mai’s family to create Poppy’s Field.

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14 comments so far

  • shaun83

    Apr 17, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    I hate to say it but I’d say Sunderland are favourites to stay up virtue of home games, I can’t see us getting anything from man city, might just hurt our goal diff. Then Liverpool, maybe the script is written but…tough ask

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 17, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Gutted I have to go to work on Tuesday. The crowd was very quiet for awhile yesterday but the result has given everyone fresh hope and I think the atmosphere will be electric if we start well against MCity. What a shame we couldn’t have had Rafas first game against Swansea or better still away at Stoke after 18 days training with them. What ever happens at the end of the season it would be good to make a fight of it.

  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 17, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    City game will be difficult but if we stick to our plan we might take a point. They need the win to cement their place in the top 3. Keeping quiet Aguero & De Bruyne will be some task, however their defence is less than solid and i fancy mitrovic over them. But its a Sky game so the players should be up for it :).

    Liverpool have the europa league game against villareal the following thursday so could rest players on saturday, The Europa league is the best chance for them to qualify for champs league. I fancy out chances to get something from the game.

  • ashleysmate

    Apr 17, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Happy birthday Rafa.. Well done

  • beermonkey

    Apr 17, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    city have us stoke and real madrid in 7 days
    the madrid game is huge for them i am sure there going to have one eye on that

    if they rotate a little and with one eye on next tues we could sneek a draw

  • Veltman

    Apr 17, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    He will stay whether we are relegated or not.He won’t get a better club than us to build and do what he wanted to do.Unless of course he gets better offer from bigger clubs.
    He is better in man management and handling tough hot headed players like Mitrovic & Shelvey but I don’t get such sky high praise from ED for him everyday and every hour.I have to say things went his way yesterday and get away with it, but still some of his team selection and players positional play is questionable..
    Whatever happens, if we can beat City on Tuesday by some miracle, we’ll definitely stay up.

  • shaun83

    Apr 17, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Beermonkey – I’d rather be playing them when Stoke are, not sure two games out will make much difference. If anything they maybe more motivated so they can rest players at Stoke

  • beermonkey

    Apr 17, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #8


    u are prob right but not 1 of them will wanna get injured so we should get at them and rough them up a bit
    and time for rafa to claim there divers and spend all the time rolling around on the floor if touched

  • scout

    Apr 17, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Im working aswell mate. Ill have a little radio

  • beermonkey

    Apr 17, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #10


    i will be in the pub i will have a beer for u

  • NoahJ

    Apr 17, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #11

    I have a gut feeling he will stay if we go down.

    And, I think he will announce it after the game that relegates us (to give us a lift/ dampen the blow).

    I will have utmost respect for him staying (and will have no qualms about him leaving either), and would genuinely think we’d come straight back up if he is given control to work his stuff next season

  • beermonkey

    Apr 17, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #12

    and u scout

    it will be a bit of a chore and all that but i am willing

  • lesh

    Apr 17, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Whether Rafa stays or not post-relegation depends to two Club officials – Ashley ultimately but primarily, Charnley.

    Charnley’s stupid enough to think that if Rafa’s keen to stay, he’s in a strong position to try to negotiate his and his staff salary costs down. Doing that would result probably in Rafa’s departure. It’s important therefore that Ashley gets involved early – again without trying to play clever buggers – and confirms that he wants Rafa to take on the massive task of repairing a seriously damaged football club.

    Time will tell but in any event,the sooner Ashley puts his former chief clerk back into a role that capitalises on his skills and vision.

    Everybody’s got some purpose in life and Ashley should be able to find a suitable role for him somewhere in SD – doing what though presents a problem.

  • chuck

    Apr 17, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #14

    A case of wishful thinking, he will be gone when the club gets relegated.


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