Benitez Stunned By Massive Support Shown By Newcastle Fans

It has been another terrible season for Newcastle United fans, even after the mismanaged club spent £82M in the two transfer windows and tonight we could be officially relegated if Sunderland beat a poor Everton side at the Stadium of Light.

A Sunderland win would relegate both Newcastle and Norwich City and we would go down with the already relegated Aston Villa.

And the general feeling has been that if Rafa Benitez couldn’t save us he would also leave the club and we would be looking around for yet another manager – the fifth manager in a short 18 months.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

Managing Director Lee Charnley would be doing the searching again (why?) and he seems to have already decided on trying to get Hull City manager Steve Bruce as our first choice.

He’s a Geordie and like John Carver and Steve McClaren before him he would be another easy choice for Charnley.

Bruce does have good knowledge of the Championship and could probably get us promoted next season, but after that he couldn’t do much more than have Newcastle in  a mid-table position in the Premier League.

But then the news broke late yesterday afternoon in an exclusive in the Mail that Rafa Benitez was thinking about staying on at Newcastle, even if we are relegated.

It seems the draw against Aston Villa on Saturday concentrated Rafa’s thoughts on the fact we probably could not now survive the drop – and Rafa started to have second thoughts about just walking away from the massive Tyneside club.

The Mirror is reporting today that Rafa has told friends he has been stunned by the massive level of support he has received from Newcastle fans over the last two months – and he is now seriously considering managing in the Championship and staying on Tyneside.

One advantage is personal in that he wants to manage in the Premier League and be close to his wife and two teenage daughters who live in The Wirral in Cheshire.

No decision has yet been made, but the reports are that he is leaning towards staying at Newcastle.

But as we pointed out yesterday he needs assurances from the Newcastle hierarchy that he would in be in charge of all transfers at the club and he wants a complete squad overhaul in the summer.

The news yesterday in the Mail was that he also wants work on the new and upgraded training facilities at Benton to start immediately, as he feels cramped by the lack of space at the training grounds.

Rafa will wait until after the last game of the season on Sunday to make his decision.

If he stays then that will give Newcastle fans some hope for the future and by this time next year we could even have more than a decent team to challenge for the Premier League – assuming we can get promoted straight back to England’s top division.

Offers will flood in for Benitez from other clubs soon – and Everton are said to be keen on him, but we cannot see Rafa accepting a job in Liverpool after being the Reds manager for six years and being so successful there.

A more likely candidate for Everton if they do sack Roberto Martinez is Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini – a real gentleman and a top manager who also managed Real Madrid in the past.

The Chilean got the cold shoulder from City fans after their last home game of the season on Sunday after the 2-2 draw with Arsenal.

The stands were basically empty after the game when the manager and players went out on the field to acknowledge their fans.

They had gone home.

That’s a lot different from the overwhelming support the fans will show for our manager  Rafa Benitez in our final home game on Sunday against Spurs.

The plans are to chant his name continuously in a last final effort by the Toon Army to keep the well liked world-class manager on Tyneside.

Keep Rafa Benitez at Newcastle and Geordie fans will have real hope for the future – even if we are in the second division.

There will be enormous hope that he can bring Newcastle United back to be a powerhouse in both the Premier League and in Europe – something we all want to see.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    May 11, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Woah there…
    Just seen an interview by Watford boss saying,open as you like,all his players are really tired after their efforts this season and now just want to get past these 2 games, then get on their holidays.
    Martinez not much better…telling the media his list of ready made excuses about how much of an uphill task it is playing the ‘mighty’ makems away.
    Howay man, you could at least keep up the illusion that you are gonna try a little bit?

  • Bobbybee

    May 11, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Can’t believe i’m so excited about a mackem match! 😉 Although it goes against the grain, i doubt i’m the only one. In a season of many twists and turns and downright surprises, one more tonight is far from out of the question. Come on you toffees!
    Just rewatched all 20 of Arma’s goals for Coventry, which is available on newsnowNUFC. Take a peek and enjoy.

  • JamesToon

    May 11, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Please Everton and Watford do us a favour and smash the mackems…

  • Jib

    May 11, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #4

    I can see it all falling into place.

    Rafa loves his academies and training complexes from la Paterna (training city) in Valencia to Ciudad Real Madrid.

    He would love to have an input to the new Benton.
    He has a ready made head coach for it in Ian Cathro.
    It would appeal to Ashley
    Come on !

  • Jib

    May 11, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Two options

    NUFC relegated but with Rafa staying on to bring us back up and lick the club into shape.


    Sunderland to survive and retain HippoHeid for two more seasons

    which would you prefer ?

  • jimmysmith

    May 11, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Yes, there is still much to like about Newcastle from Rafa’s perspective, even if we do go down, in the event of being promised the backing he wishes of course. The money and autonomy, the level of support, the facilities present and planned, it’s in England, close to home, and might just be the best job available here, and of course it is one of the great challenges in football, and at a truly iconic grand old club, that needs him.

  • NoahJ

    May 11, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s such a strange situation, but 90% of my pessimism for going down will be eradicated if Rafa stays on – let’s face it, he’s the first manager we fans have actually wanted since bobby robson (hughton did a good job, but was no-one’s ideal choice)… the hierarchy need to grasp this unique situation, and it will go so far in appeasing the fans.

    with previous relegations and tough times, I’ve always been petrified of us losing our best players, but I’ve never felt so fed up with our so-called ‘star’ players, that I’m not even worried about that aspect of relegation.

    If we go down, and keep rafa, we WILL come back up. If there’s a possibility he will stay, then Ashley and Charnley will be even stupider than we already know if they don’t get him to stay

  • Bobbybee

    May 11, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #8

    The only thing that bothers me about the Rafa story, is the source. The Mail hardly has a track record of getting exclusives right, does it? Naturally I’m hoping it’s right because it’s about time Ashley got it right. I don’t buy into the notion he’s happy to see us fail, i just think he’s repeatedly listened to crap advice – mainly from his so called board. Let’s hope the noises re Rafa convince that this truly is the way forward and success on the field leads to profits off it. It makes common sense to us, but we’re football fans. He has listened to some absolute crap from his ‘advisors’.
    Another story I’m struggling with is this Defoe for England crap. England already have a better version of Defoe in Vardy – and Sturridge for that matter. We need something different and the only different option imo is Carroll. Love him or hate him, he’s unique. 😉

  • ToonMatt

    May 11, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #9

    I could see Rafa wanting to manage us in the championship and it wouldn’t surprise me if he did want to stay but don’t forget it’s up to Charnley (the former club receptionist) who the next manager will be and judging by his past decisions he will make another wrong one and appoint another McClaren, God only knows how he still has a job here after losing Ashley over £200m? Ashley must be pi**ed off about it surely?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 11, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Couldn’t they both happen at the same time?

    I hope Everton beat Sunderland tonight, but I have little faith in Martinez, and the players and fans look like they feel the same way. Still, if Everton’s attacking players click, they would be too much for Sunderland. It would be a real shame for relegation to be confirmed on Jackie Milburn’s birthday, even if he was a boyhood Sunderland fan….

    I have seen people talking about Robertson and Redmond as signings if we go down, even if we stay up I’d have both of them in a heartbeat.

  • jimmysmith

    May 11, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Also, he has a group of players that he knows are far better than their league position would indicate, and one that he would feel confident would have faired much, much better had he been here all season.

  • jimmysmith

    May 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #12

    ,,,,,,,and he’s failed to keep us up, having assured Ashley he would, which makes it hard to walk away with integrity fully in tact. Wahey! I’m on a roll.

  • Jib

    May 11, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Of course they probably will – what I meant was who would be the happier fan in the long run.

  • hibbitt

    May 11, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #14

    if we go down and Rafa leaves any guesses what the attendance will be
    i think there will be a massive drop !!!

  • ToonMatt

    May 11, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Bobbybee, I had this discussion the other day about England’s striker options for the EURO’s and I agree I wouldn’t take Defoe but I also wouldn’t take Rooney? I think he’s holding the national team back and should be nowhere near the squad let alone be captain? I’d take Kane, Vardy, Sturridge and Carroll.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 11, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Ah, okay, from a Sunderland fans and Newcastle fans point of view. Fair enough.

    Probably on balance I’d expect us to be happier, although I think a lot of Sunderland fans would probably say them. I reckon most people’s vote would go with the team they support on that.

  • NezzaNUFC

    May 11, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Some fans honestly haven’t got a clue!

    Sunderland have Everton and Watford to play which could be an easy win for Sunderland since both teams are taking it easy.

    And we have Spurs to play which they need to win to stay above Arsenal and get 2nd place cash which they will be at their best against us on Sunday.

    I couldn’t care if Sunderland win or not tonight because our main focus should be to keep Rafa at Newcastle and build in the Championship like I said months ago.

    Newcastle have massive potential and this is why Rafa will stay.

  • stuart no9

    May 11, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #18

    strange to say tonights game is the biggest game in newcastles history. There will be more geordies watching that game , world wide , than mackems.
    As for the game itself , i’m not banking on everton to turn it on and play scum off the park, why ? their form is as bad as ours and if it was left to football alone then we will be down by 9-45 this evening , however ,sometimes games dont go as planned , maybe the ref might frustrate them a bit , the everton players might frustrate them ( remember palace at SJP a couple of weeks ago) some decisions may go against them that will wind them up, defoe has an offday ( yep it can happen )
    ” unfortunate” injury to their main man , ok , we wont want to see anyone getting hurt but these things do happen in football just when you least expect it. If everton can hold them for 70-80 mins , panic will set in as they will want to do the business tonight and not have to travel to do it on sunday. i still expect everton and watford to be professional regardless of reports about holidays etc, these sides wont throw a game, these sides dont NEED to win , sunderland do, the pressure is on them it all depends if they can handle it, if they cant we live to fight on sunday , if they do – at least well have raffa next year, so either way there is something to look forward to.

  • sickandtired

    May 11, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #19

    Dr Ed thinks Bruce would win us promotion? Why is that – he certainly hasn’t managed it with Hull! He’s another McClaren, minus any success whatsoever.

  • sickandtired

    May 11, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #20

    @Nezza – you say some fans don’t have a clue then write that we have massive potential.

    Maybe, under another owner, but 9 years of Ashley have proven how little potential we have while he remains here.

  • Moonraker15

    May 11, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Milburn a boyhood Sunderland fan? Where did that come from? His home was Ashington!

  • Moonraker15

    May 11, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Everyone assuming the Mackems will beat Everton, but this won’t be easy for them for 2 reasons; 1, they played a hard game on Saturday and 2, basically they’re crap and Everton have some very good players!


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