It would be terrific if we can stay in the Premier League and then Rafa Benitez can start to build a powerhouse of a side on Tyneside next season.
But if we go down the only thing that matters then is that Rafa stays with us – if he does that then the rebuilding of Newcastle as both a team and a club can begin – or should we say – it can continue
We have no doubt that Rafa can get us back to the Premier League at the very first attempt and some of our top players would even want to stay at the club to stay with Benitez.
Harry Redknapp – while at QPR
Former Tottenham and QPR manager Harry Redknapp, who turned down the Newcastle job back in January of 2008 after Sam Allardyce has been sacked, thinks that Sunderland will stay up.
But Harry also thinks that Rafa will stay at Newcastle if we do take the drop.
This is what Harry has said today on the talkSPORT Alan Brazil Breakfast show:
“Sunderland are playing quite well,” “When you have Defoe in your team they always have a chance of scoring, but one of the big boys is going to go.”
“I think Newcastle have still got it all on, but Sunderland look like the in-form team to me.”
“With Rafa I think he’d stay,” “I’d be surprised if he left. Newcastle is a special club.”
”I know their results don’t tell you that, but when you get 50,000 people every week – it’s an incredible stadium.”
“I’m sure he’d stay on and would want to bring them back up next year.”
”They would be a powerhouse in the Championship.”
So there you have it – Harry has always talked well of Newcastle United, which he has always called a massive club.
Rafa came to Newcastle because he though the club is a sleeping (comatose?) giant and he knew the fan base was similar to that of Liverpool in their complete passion for their team.
That will only have been reinforced in the short time he has been here and two more sell-out crowds at St. James’ Park and who knows – Rafa may not even have that decision to make – because we can still survive the drop.