Benitez’ Newcastle Vision – Wants To Build Structure For Success

We were extremely impressed the way Rafa explained yesterday what he is trying to get the leaders of Newcastle to back him on at the club.

It is generally thought there are four main areas that Rafa wants control of before he will sign on for at least the next three years,  with his ambitions being to take Newcastle to playing at the maximum level – we have to think he’s talking Champions League and even winning the thing.

If he was asked do you want to win the Champions League with Newcastle his response would probably be – “for sure – why not?”

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Rafa Benitez – has an ambitious vision for Newcastle

He didn’t say that yesterday but hey – he’s already done that with Liverpool in one of the most amazing ever finals of the Champions League (European Cup).

You have to remember that Rafa has been voted UEFA Manager of the Year twice already in his career.

To say he’s a big shot in football is an understatement.

I wont be around, but in maybe 10 or 20 years time there could well be a new statute erected at St, James Park and initials of the person who have been immortalized could by RB.

Rafa seems so keen to take on what would b a massive rebuilding job at Newcastle – to turn losers into winners is always difficult – it’s a big culture change necessary at the club.

This is some of what Rafa said yesterday’s in his very impressive press conference- he aas asked what he wants at Newcastle and surprisingly seemed anxious to talk about the potential Newcastle job he wants for the future:

“A strong team capable of being promoted quickly and able to compete at the maximum level.”

“It is not a question of money, it is a question of having a structure that can allow the club in the next year be stronger than in the next year be back in the Premier League hopefully.”

“I am happy to discuss all of these things.” “I don’t want people to say afterwards: ‘He said this then changed his mind’.”

“At the moment I am really pleased with the first conversation and I am really pleased with the people here.” “The staff,  the players and directors have been fantastic since I came. I can’t say anything else.”

“I just want to be sure that everything is fine for me, and also for the club and the fans.” “It is difficult to say if I will stay – it depends on the conversations.”

“But a couple of weeks could be a decent time for a decision.” “In the meantime we have a responsibility and we’ve been working on pre-season and getting everything ready for next year.”

“You can’t just leave things.”  “You have to do things in a professional way.” “We’re talking and in a couple of weeks we will have an idea.”

“I like the idea of being here next season and I’m really pleased to be here.” “We are working hard here so everything is fine as a professional and what you are looking for.”

“What you are looking for is respect and somebody who appreciates your job and here it has been fantastic.” 

“It’s a big challenge but at the same time we have to wait and see how the conversations get on.”

“And after that we will decide.”

Notice he has already been working on pre-season stuff – probably the friendly games.

If you have a subscription to nufcTV then you must see the video of yesterday’s press conference – it’ s a pity Newcastle don’t release it for general consumption for our fans on say YouTube.

You see Rafa explain what he wants at Newcastle – and it’s just exactly what the fans want – it’s amazing.

We must keep Rafa at Newcastle United – it’s imperative.

Comments welcome.

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.

13 comments so far

  • Slank

    May 15, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    On the Sunday Supp it was mentioned that the training ground (and presumably its facilities) were very poor and not up to Premiership standard or words to that effect.

    Anybody know anything about this as I thought the club had invested in the training ground ?

  • BandB

    May 15, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    What was in the original three-year contract….the one he could opt out of?
    A lot of us imagined the level of control he’s supposed to be negotiating now was already in that.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 15, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Transfer, and that’s the way it should be. There’s no need for blasting some either. Don’t follow what is expected, you don’t make the side. Simple.

    Again, a logical and common sense manager. He knows what he’s doing.

    Thanks for sharing that with us.

  • expatmag

    May 15, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4


    Two words mate


  • Dennis Twice

    May 15, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Attck Toon attack, attack!

  • expatmag

    May 15, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    And for yjose who keep dhouting Shearer from the rooftops….give us a fculing break

    Tje man is an imbecile

    Great player…srlfish bastsrd by all accounts and well suited to his current role which he is good at:

    Talking shite from the couch. I wouldnt wsnt this joker snywhere near our trainibg ground

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 15, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #7

    SA Toon, hopefully there will be many making a noise for Rafa, as well. I’m sure we all will contribute. Hopefully non-stop throughout the game. There’s not much else to sing for at the moment.

  • Ron Knee

    May 15, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8


    Is that some new code language you’re using there?

  • expatmag

    May 15, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Apilogies for the spellung mistakes

    Big fingers, small mobile…..two bottles of Barossa Valley shiraz cabernet…..”hic”

  • expatmag

    May 15, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10


    Cheers pal……very cryptic

  • posada

    May 15, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Like Slank I would like to know what the problem is with the training ground.
    It was only built during the SBR era at the club.
    Why is it now considered sub standard.
    I have to say it’s not a brilliant location.
    However, I’m not sure it is the cause of our present situation and should not be difficult to fix.

  • Munster Mag

    May 15, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Transfer, thats the first time i have heard that. But it sounds very credible and logical. Sadly, we could have stayed up if city hadnt got the offside goal and we had gone after the mackems at home. Sadly they were a better team that day than us as they had had better coaching for longer. I think rafa will be very keen to get a djibril cisse type striker, one with aerial ability but who can run the channels with pace and hold the ball up, allowing the team structure to move up as a unit. If he stays, his most important purchase will be a striker. If arma gets game time it will have to be as one of the 3 in the 4231. Come in bobby….will that suit arma?t

  • BarcelonaMag

    May 15, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13

    You can get the audio of the interview on the BBC website. here’ the link:


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