If Benitez Keeps Us Up – He Will Have A Free Rein


Rafa Benitez is nobody´s fool and he is a workaholic who simply lives and breathes football.

He had an eye on Newcastle for at least a couple of years with word coming out of Italy when he was at Naples that he could be interested in becoming the Newcastle manager.

We never believed those reports, but it now looks like they were true.

It turns out Rafa wanted to manage back in England and the Premier League,  so he was close to his wife and two daughters in the Wirral, just outside of Liverpool.

Rafa benitez confident

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

Newcastle is about a three hour car ride from his home to Newcastle – about 200 miles – but only 120 miles point to point – as the crow flies.

The fastest train ride from Lime Street to the Central takes two minutes over three hours.

So when the Newcastle job finally opened up after Steve McClaren was given far too much time to lose too many games – Rafa was interested and he confounded a number of people in football by finally taking the job on Friday March 11th.

Rafa saw Newcastle as another Liverpool – with the Geordies very much like Scousers in their passion for football and their club – and in one sense Newcastle was even a better club to take over than Liverpool.

Since 1970 Liverpool had won a ton of trophies with Bill Shankly and then Bob Paisley in charge, but at Newcastle we have won nowt since 1969.

And as Alan Shearer told him before he took the job – he would be an instant hero if he had Newcastle winning a trophy.

Maybe even a bronze statue in St. James’ Park longer term.

Rafa may have found it more difficult than he first thought when he first arrived,  with the club almost down and out with those running Newcastle being the most incompetent in the Premier League.

Lee Charnley couldn´t even fire Steve McClaren professionally without embarrassing the club with his ineptitude – and he had to issue an apology to Steve following his dismissal.

One point from four games wasn’t a good start as far as the points go for Rafa – and it looked like we were dead and buried with one point from the previous 7 games.

But Rafa´s magic in man-management coupled with his immense football know-how is now showing through and the man has not wavered in his belief he can save Newcastle.

5 points from the last 3 games is an excellent return for us.

That belief is now getting through to the players and to the fans too – although it’s still going to be difficult.

If Rafa does save us he will already be a hero at Newcastle – and he will continue to be given a free rein to run the club.

Rafa will be in  charge of all team personnel including the transfers.

If we stay up there will be meetings to thrash out the finer details and Rafa may ask for more control in other areas and he´s almost certain to ask for the new training facilities to be built as soon as possible.

So if we can get three wins in the last three games – which is not impossible – things could be looking very good for Newcastle´s future.

And that has to be a huge understatement.

Next up is Crystal Palace and we must win that game in front of a full house at St. James’ Park.

Here´s hoping.

Comments welcome.



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93 comments so far

  • BandB

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Now where do we start?
    And who with?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #2

    BandB

    Welcome back, that’s if you are staying of course.

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  • BandB

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Just having a nap my precious.
    Having a think.
    Hasn’t it been simply beastly round here recently/

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  • BandB

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Relegation fight and not a jot of “all in it together” to be seen.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #5

    You missed all the fun. Or…did you?

    😉

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s been a bloody madhouse if you ask me.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #7

    I think it’s more the raw nerves of the first time skydiver.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #8

    I think it will all be like a box of cornflakes come match time
    Contents may settle.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #9

    If all of us on this blog went to war together i would think the enemy would say screw it we don’t need to kill them, they will do it themselves to each other, that’s what it like on this blog.

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  • BandB

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #10

    First of all
    Didn’t it do the heart good to see a vindication for caged fans accused of being robbers and despoilers of the dead by the worst kinds of spoiling for a fight journalists and coppers vindicated after all these years.
    Idiots spoil for a fight.
    The world is full of Begbies, isn’t it?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Tsunki

    Did you read my comment on previous post, what album for you or your son to listen too.

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  • BandB

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Begbie, borg, I get mixed up with all these B’s.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #13

    BandB

    So how many people you are not happy with and you want word with them.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Welsh yes I’m interested in that genesis cover I’ll get back to you…

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #15

    BandB…… No finer woman. We missed you. Excuse me a moment whilst I telephone God and tell him we found his missing Angel.

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  • BandB

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Begbie?
    Sorry.
    It’s not that it was a lead balloon of a concept.
    Just that it was wasted on ya……

    Anyway, that’s enough of me being a one-man mob for tonight.

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  • BandB

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Welshgeordie,

    Not you.

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  • BandB

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Does anyone mind if I do this in readable one-liners?

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Welshie……. Stop chatting my bird up you heathen. You’ve got those thirty girlfriends to consider.

    Band B….. What’s a nice girl like you doing talking to a loser like him.

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  • BandB

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #20

    betty

    You have been a ray of wit recently.
    By comparison.

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Sergio Aguero building his own website just cracked me right up.

    It’s the simple things eh…

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Betty

    She’s my bird, told you earlier on, go and watch animal farm.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #23

    Band B…….. I thought perhaps you were waiting to see if we get relegated so you could come back and be proved right. Still a glimmer, but looks like you ll probably be right. Ay least we have Rafa who we didn’t have before you deserted us.

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  • BandB

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m all your birds.
    Always courted, but never Faced.

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  • Graeme

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Welcome back BandB – your wisdom and sage comments have been missed. Glad to see you managed to sort the access problems.

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  • BandB

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #26

    no betty,

    100 per cent behind a decent manager and the team (which turns out to be open to talented entreaty (to a degree) after all.)
    This isn’t like last season.
    Is being right on HERE a design for living?
    I don’t think so.

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  • Thump

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #27

    I can’t help but feel that we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Yes, Rafa’s doing a better job than Smiler ever could have, but free reign? A sudden change in policy? Rafa could be the greatest manager in the world and we’re still stuck with Fatman and Co. will change their ways? Oh no, this is the honeymoon period. They’ll do Rafa as they have the rest – we can only live in hope.

    On a happier note, however: damn glad to see you back, BandB! You’ve been missed like Ben Arfa in a black and white shirt!

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #28

    BandB….. That’s my girl x

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  • BandB

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Nice to see you still posting Graeme.
    There’s only one “side” that matters.

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  • BandB

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #30

    betty,

    I’m not your girl.
    You are a creep. Like magscar and Martoon.
    Always speak with forked tongue.
    I prefer Jib and Bobbybee.
    Tuff could lay off the sh*t-stirring too.
    No Tuff, no Bobby.
    And Bobs is winning, Tuffers.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #31

    BandB……… Right that’s the niceties out of the way. Off to bed now to rest up and prepare for the battles to come. Seriously nice to see you back on here . Good night.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Just to let you know me and BandB are getting married, everyone on the blog is invited, Betty you can come if you want to.

    Ha ha ha

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #33

    BandB….. I like a girl who plays hard to get.

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  • BandB

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #34

    You HAVE been funny betty.
    Only thing worth reading.
    But, do you expect me to be patronised?
    By YOU?

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Welshie….. She’s all yours. I’ve been blarn oot.

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  • BandB

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #36

    C’mon then Welsh.
    Lob it out.
    Admit it.
    You share one with Jib.
    You have it on Tuesdays.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #37

    BandB…… I forgot you don’t do chivalry. I ll try again tomorrow with a more controversial approach. You like a bit of controversy, that I do know.

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  • Graeme

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #38

    Still posting, but its a chore at times. Giving up would be far to easy lol. The team, the blog – far more important than the shenanigans of late!! Onwards and upwards.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Lob it out, what from here, it’s big but it’s not that big.

    Ha ha ha

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  • BandB

    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #40

    Are you into chivalry bets?

    Brave brave brave brave Sir Robin

    “Running away and buggering off”

    “I diddunt!!!!”

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