Guillem Balague is the Sky Sports journalist in Spain who knows all about Rafa Benitez and he knows an awful lot about Newcastle United too.
Guillem has written an exclusive article for Yahoo Sports on Rafa’s future and he thinks Rafa could well stay at Newcastle and one of the major reasons will be the Newcastle United fans and the bond he has already formed with them over the last nine weeks.
Guillem Balague – chanting his name will impact Rafa Benitez
This is some of what Guillem wrote for Yahoo Sports:
“Rafa Benitez will decide over the next few days whether or not to pledge his immediate future to getting Newcastle straight back into the Premier League – and it’s magnificent army of fans will certainly be one of the major factors influencing his decision.”
“I was told on social media recently that he could expect his name to be chanted for 90 minutes non-stop during the club’s final match of the season against Tottenham at the weekend as the crowd tries to play its part in persuading the Spaniard to stay at the club.”
:If that happens, knowing him as I do, I am absolutely convinced that it will have a major bearing on his decision.”
Balague has come up with at least five reasons why he thinks Rafa is seriously considering staying on Tyneside (we are using mostly Guillem’s words from his article for this list we created):
- Newcastle United are at an all time low – Rafa will know better than most that, for him, the club and its fans, the only way is up.
- Newcastle United is a huge club, unquestionably one of the biggest in England, possibly Europe with one of the largest and most loyal fan bases in the world; a club for which the phrase ‘sleeping giant’ could have been invented.
- Rafa has seen enough in his short tenure to know just how much potential he has in his squad and he has already identified what changes need to made both tactically, technically and generally around the club’s whole structure.
- It’s also worth mentioning at this point that apart from trophies for the Championship that brought them back into the Premier League in 2010 this is a club that – despite a number of close calls – has won sweet diddly-squat since lifting the Inter Cities Fairs Cup way back in 1969.
- From the point of view of his home life it also suits him to remain in England where he has always had the family home back from his Liverpool days.
From what Guillem says it seems the chants and hopefully the banners on display at the Tottenham game on Sunday afternoon could well do the job and fully convince Rafa that his home should be Newcastle United for the next few years where he can build a great side that we haven’t had for far too long.
The Chronicle are doing a great job in bringing the fans together in an effort to convince Rafa to stay – and they have wisely asked that there are no demonstrations against the owner and the Board on Sunday afternoon.
Rather use the game to try to persuade the world-class manager to stay on Tyneside and give the Geordie fans some real hope for the future – for the first time in a long time.
It would be good to have a really good attendance at the game, but there will still be depression mixed with anger over the relegation.
But just think if Rafa pledges his future to Newcastle United this summer things could be really exciting – for a change!
The Chronicle have an open letter to Rafa and a petition for fans to sign – here’s where you can read the letter and sign the petition.
If you want to send a message to Rafa asking him to stay, here’s all the contact information for Newcastle United – here.