In what could well be Rafa Benitez’ final game as the manager of Newcastle – the lads put on a stunning performance against second placed Tottenham Hotspur today and laid bare the folly of Lee Charnley and Graham Carr – and showed just how poorly Steve McClaren did with the players he had available for 28 matches when he got a paltry 24 points.
Newcastle literally took this Spurs side apart and ran out 5-1 winners – our biggest win of the season – and Spurs are the only side we did the double over in what was still a disastrous season.
Rafa Benitez had a bad start at Newcastle with one point from his first four games but then he got three wins and three draws in his final six games for 13 points form the 10 games he managed Newcastle for.
And Newcastle fans pleased with Rafa Benitez to stay with us when we go down next season – but maybe it’s Mike Ashley and the completely incompetent and arrogant Lee Charnley who need to get their acts together and sign up this guy before other clubs see what he did at Newcastle in the final 6 games and come after him.
Heads must roll soon.
Gini Wijnaldum after scoring his second from the penalty spot
We ended up in 18th place with 37 points – 2 points behind Sunderland who drew 2-2 at Watford and 3 points better off than we were last relegated in 2009.
Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice (19, 73 pen) and showed what an excellent player he is when in the mood – and it was Aleksandar Mitrovic (39), Rolando Aarons (85) and Daryl Janmaat(86) also scored in a game when we literally took Tottenham apart when we were down to 10 men.
Remember it was 2-1 when Aleksandar was sent off so we won 3-0 with 10 men – amazing, unbelievable and astonishing – but that’s what can happen when you have a world-class coach in charge.
Mitro was sent off for a daft foul on Kyle Walker after 67 minutes, and he will now miss the first 3 games of next season – silly boy.
And it was great to see one of our very good young defenders Jamie Sterry make his Premier League debut when he replaced Moussa Sissoko late in the game – and Moussa was applauded from the pitch – maybe his final appearance for the side – and he’s been reinvigorated by Rafa.
Moussa was outstanding today and how Moussa plays is how Newcastle play.
There was nothing important about this game for Newcastle but pride – and it shows you how Benitez can get players ready for the game – inspire his players for a game – just like the great Sir Bobby Robson used to do.
If Rafa does stay we can see him start coaching and improving some of our younger players – lads like Sterry, Aarons, Armstrong, Toney and others.
As promised at the end of the game Rafa and his players gathered in the center circle and they applauded the fans – who have had to put up with yet another nightmare season.
Rafa’s name was continually chanted throughout the game and he left the filed smiling away talking to local lad Paul Dummett.
Surely Mike Ashley will step in now and give Rafa what he wants to stay on at Tyneside – surely!
Mike’s not that stupid is he?
No he isn’t and we expect Mike to meet with Rafa forthwith on a one on one basis so they can talk.
Mike Ashley has to get the job done and sign Rafa up – we love him and he loves Newcastle.
Teams and stats:
Newcastle: Darlow; Janmaat, Taylor, Mbemba, Dummett; Colback, Tiote (Shelvey, 62); Townsend, Sissoko (Sterry, 84), Wijnaldum (Aarons, 76); Mitrovic. Subs not used: Woodman, de Jong, Perez, Cisse.
Tottenham: Lloris; Walker (Chadli, 71), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Mason; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; Kane. Subs not used: Vorm, Rose, Wimmer, Carroll, Onomah, Clinton.
Goals: Wijnaldum 19, 73 (pen), Mitrovic 39, Lamela 60, Aarons 85, Janmaat 86
Sent off: Mitrovic 67