There’s an awful lot of evidence that the Newcastle fans are in love with Rafa Benitez for what he has done already for the Newcastle side over the last nine weeks, and how he has handled himself in such a professional manner in that time.
And now there is mounting evidence that that love is being reciprocated – and the reason Rafa is even thinking about managing in the Championship next season is the incredible support he has received from the Newcastle fans since he arrived.
Rafa Benitez – I am flattered by the fans
Rafa has given his press conference today for the Spurs game tomorrow and has held some interviews.
The 56 year-old has hinted he wants to stay at Newcastle if Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley will only give him the control he wants, so he can ensure he can be extremely successful at the club in future years.
This is some of what Rafa has said about the Geordie fans:
“I am really flattered with the fans, they have been amazing but at the moment we have to make sure we prepare properly for tomorrow’s game and try to do the best for everyone.”
“I am a professional and what you hope for as a professional is respect and people to appreciate your job and here it has been fantastic.”
“The fans are the reason why I am sat here and why I am positive and keeping an open mind about the future.”
“As I said, I’m really happy and impressed by the fans and I think that tomorrow they will still show appreciation and we will try to do well for them.”
Message to Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley – give this man what he wants – after all it’s for the good of the club – and sign him up for (at least) the next three years.
Then we will have some real hope for the future – at the moment, after being relegated due to incompetence and arrogance, we have none.