It took the man some time to get over the hurdle of too many of our players lacking confidence and having a losing mentality.
But Rafa Benitez has had his Newcastle side playing very well in the last three games and we have picked up 5 of the 6 points during those games after picking up just one point in the first four games.
Now the big hope among Newcastle fans is that out players can rise to the occasion this season in the last three games and play out of their skins to win all three games against Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Tottenham.
Rafa Benitez – we will play to win
If our players can do that as Rafa and the fans urge them on, then we will have made the great escape this season and the future will look bright indeed.
Very bright in fact now that we have a world-class manager on Tyneside – for a change.
Rafa is looking at each game pragmatically and simply trying to win each one of them.
He was asked how Newcastle will play:
“Similar whoever we play, I would say – we approach the game just thinking about to win it, that’s it,”
“It doesn’t matter where you are in the table, we know that we have to try and win.”
“You have to forget the table and concentrate just on the next game, on the performance of the team, and if we can keep this momentum going.”
The very best outcome is that Newcastle survive and get say three wins to finish off the season.
That would be great.
But if we do take the drop, as long as we keep Benitez we will have a future and Newcastle will soon be a top team under the guidance of the former Liverpool manager.
If we cannot keep Rafa things will remain dark and frustrating at Newcastle – especially if the incompetents are kept in charge of the club.
We need Wor Rafa to stay on Tyneside whatever happens.