Benitez Reveals His Biggest Worry If He Stays At Newcastle


It seems like it will be touch and go whether Rafa Benitez stays with Newcastle when we go down into the second division of English football next season.

This has been one of our worst-ever seasons in the Premier League, when after 32 games we had just 25 points – that was before Rafa staged a surge for survival and we were unbeaten in his final six games of the season, when we won three and drew three and two of the draws were at Liverpool and at home to Manchester City.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

This is what Rafa had to say today in his program notes for the game against Tottenham – when 10 man Newcastle demolished Spurs 5-1:

“We fought hard and everybody, at all levels at the club, have put in a lot of effort to try and turn our situation around. But we were unable to save ourselves from relegation.”

“There have been injuries, missed chances and some unlucky moments over the course of the season, but we cannot make excuses. We are talking about 10 months and 38 games where we should have got more points, but we didn’t.”

“We have made mistakes and if you are in the bottom three at the end of the season, that is where you deserve to be. The table does not lie.”  “We have already started thinking about the future.”

“I have had conversations with people at the top of the club and we have been talking about what we need to move forward, and we are working on that.”

“I will need some time for reflection, to think about the last two months and what lies ahead.”  “I am very happy here, but it is a difficult decision to make and one which I need time to consider.”

“It is not just about following your heart, but being sure that I can lead this club back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.”

“I do not want to take on this challenge without the conviction that I will do well for the club, the fans and everyone who will put their confidence and trust in me.”

“What I can guarantee to you is that I am considering the option to stay, because the potential of the club, the fans, the staff and the people of Newcastle who have been even more impressive than I ever imagined it would be.”

“I have enjoyed working here, and my time at St James’ Park has exceeded my expectations, even if we were ultimately unable to achieve what we set out to do over the final 10 games.”

Rafa is right to point out that he must be able to lead Newcastle back to the Premier League next May – and the 56 year-old  needs to know what’s available from the club to help him build a good squad that can do that.

It’s imperative that we get promoted in our first season down below, otherwise the finances become very difficult: we can survive in the second division  for one season, but that’s it.

Here is Benitez’ record at Newcastle – we hope it’s not the end of the games he manages for our great club.

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60 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    May 15, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #1

    9……. Your style of writing reminds me very much of another poster on here. I can’t just think of his name at the minute but it’ll come to me.

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  • scout

    May 15, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #2

    When Rafa talks Mike should listen.

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  • JackButler

    May 15, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Will Mike allow him the control he needs?

    Answers on a postcard

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  • 9

    May 15, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #4

    He’s staying lucky us. Don’t spread useless speculation. Due to the not-fit-for-purpose Windows 10, it has taken me 10 minutes to get this comment typed.Do not go Windows 10

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  • JackButler

    May 15, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #5

    “He’s staying lucky us. Don’t spread useless speculation”

    I’ll just leave that pearl of wisdom up there!!!

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  • stuart no9

    May 15, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #6

    stuart no9 // May 15, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    too many people on here with negative vibes about raffa staying. Everything about football and being successful comes from long term planning , building a team over a couple of seasons to kick on and gradually get a better finish in the league than the year before , then start looking at europe, Why do people think raffa is going to leave just coz we got relagated ?- i dont believe raffa has not thought about the ”long term” prospects and the advantages it could bring all for the sake of 1 year in the lower leagues, long term prospects totally outweigh the 1 year short term blip before making us great again , Raffa is an intelligent man , i’m sure hes thought that through, the problem is ashley and charnley , nothing else

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  • stuart no9

    May 15, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Jack from previous, —- exactly mate , thats what i’m saying . If Raffa leaves , it wont be because we got relagated , we can deal with that , the problem is ashley and charnley . If Raffa dosnt get the what he needs to turn us into a force – he will be off . simple as that

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  • 9

    May 15, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Betty, suit yourself I am 9 and only 9, if you want to live in a fantasy world where people pretend to be other people, I’m sorry for you. And you would not be

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  • JackButler

    May 15, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Stuart

    The best thing if he stays is that we know that Charnley and Carr are no longer calling the shots, which is the reason why we are we’re we are. My hope is that losing out on a massive amount of money will finally convince Ashley to change things and employ footballing people

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  • Thump

    May 15, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Today I learned that Windows 10 impedes typing performance. Hope Penfold isn’t on it – we’ll never get his resignation.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 15, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Lads who is the co-commentator? Davenport??

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  • 9

    May 15, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Can’t believe the incompetence of Windows 10. Never got to finish my

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  • stuart no9

    May 15, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Jack–i hope he does, coz if he dosant , he will lose the same amount of money next – and the next – and the next. I hope he puts his business head on . for once .

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  • stuart no9

    May 15, 2016 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #14

    * next year*

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  • 9

    May 15, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #15

    ………previous post. See what I mean?

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  • stuart no9

    May 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Munster—peter davenport ????

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  • 9

    May 16, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Jack@5

    I’m very happy to leave this, your point is….?

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  • 9

    May 16, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #18

    (ladies and) Gentlemen, please can I give you some advise: Windows 10 is not yet fit for purpose.

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  • Belfast

    May 16, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #19

    We would have been relegated on goal difference if we’d beat Villa.

    Wwsbrd and Bobbybee no more predictions from you two please.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 16, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Stuart i was thinking that. Can anyone advise who the co-commentator is?

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  • Belfast

    May 16, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #21

    Sunderland no chance of getting points in that run in….

    The mackems are gloating now but they’ll be in for another dog fight next year.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 16, 2016 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #22

    Lesh – your query re pops Carr.
    It was suggested in Mark Douglas’ article 2 days ago that the club were haggling over valuations and it was sometimes Carrs’ third or fourth choice that was selected – clearly therefore Penfold must have been pulling rank on Carr. So perhaps some of the complaints anbout Carr might be unwarranted.
    Link:-
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/inside-story-newcastle-uniteds-dismal-11330852

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 16, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #23

    Belfast………. I think we should play big Rob as a number9 next season. He’s more level headed than Mitrovic.

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  • lesh

    May 16, 2016 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #24

    C’mon Ed man, you’re wearing a very negative hat when talking about Rafa’s presence oot other at the Club.

    You and everyone else know that Rafa’s seeking assurances from Ashley before he commits to stay and we can but wait for Rafa to say he’s staying….. hopefully.

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  • lesh

    May 16, 2016 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #25

    * oot = or

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  • lesh

    May 16, 2016 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #26

    Thump

    Charmless on Windows 10?

    Don’t be daft, he’s kept his Amstrad – in the interests of economy!

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  • lesh

    May 16, 2016 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #27

    Mr Tuff

    Thanks for the Chron link. Appreciated.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 16, 2016 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #28

    I dont think rafa’s demeanour looks good for us. I was sure he wud stay before the game. Now i doubt it.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 16, 2016 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #29

    Who’s being negative, there are quite a few who are wondering if he will stay but that’s not a negative response more of a worried one.

    His use of the word ‘We’ so many times suggests he is looking towards staying as manager.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 16, 2016 at 2:48 AM

    Comment #30

    9

    Are you sure it’s windows 10 causing the problem, I’ve had no bother with it.

    You’re not being messed about by ads slowing the performance down perchance. They used to be a right menace till I installed AdBlocker and Ghostery.

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  • Our Toon

    May 16, 2016 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #31

    Darlow isn’t cut out at the club he’s not a good shot stopper

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    May 16, 2016 at 3:39 AM

    Comment #32

    I’m pretty sure that sunderland will relegated next season only reason is because we won’t be there to gift them those 6 points to survive

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  • nut meg

    May 16, 2016 at 3:43 AM

    Comment #33

    Munster Mag
    The co-commentator was Gary Birtles.

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  • Carr Toon

    May 16, 2016 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #34

    Was looking at the final league table and thinking about:

    1. Late Winner for Norwich
    2. Aguero’s Offside Goal
    3. Injury Time Penalty for Mackems at Stoke
    4. Colback’s miss at Villa

    Wondering what we could have achieved in Rafa’s full EPLseason had these four things gone our way…… way………………..

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  • nut meg

    May 16, 2016 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #35

    Wouldn’t it be good to have a “real” professional football man at our club….c’mon Rafa, rebuild us from top to bottom.
    Ashley & Charnley…make it happen!

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  • rush_nufc

    May 16, 2016 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #36

    A pointless stat..but worth a mention
    In Rafas 10 games, if we consider only 2nd half performance, than we are unbeaten under him
    Leicester-0-0-1pt
    sunderland -0-0-3-pt
    norwich-2-2-1pt
    Southampton-1-1-1pt
    swansea-2-0-3-pt
    man city-0-0-1pt
    Liverpool-2-0-3pt
    Crystal palace-1-0-3pt
    Aston Villa-0-0-1pt
    Tottenham-3-1-3pt

    Thats 20 pts. Against Tottenham we played with freedom from the 1st half and you can see the result.

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  • rush_nufc

    May 16, 2016 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #37

    A pointless stat..but worth a mention
    In Rafas 10 games, if we consider only 2nd half performance, than we are unbeaten under him
    Leicester-0-0-1pt
    sunderland -1-0-3-pt
    norwich-2-2-1pt
    Southampton-1-1-1pt
    swansea-2-0-3-pt
    man city-0-0-1pt
    Liverpool-2-0-3pt
    Crystal palace-1-0-3pt
    Aston Villa-0-0-1pt
    Tottenham-3-1-3pt

    Thats 20 pts. Against Tottenham we played with freedom from the 1st half and you can see the result (Corrected)

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 16, 2016 at 6:01 AM

    Comment #38

    If this is media spin then the club are losing it badly, Benitez has all but said in public bar the exact demands he wants that he is willing to stay, wants to stay and loves it here, it sounds as though he has it all mapped out what we need for success. If he walks away then we all know it’s because Mashers wants to carry on with his reinvention of the square wheel determined it will work. The consequences will be dire. I believe Rafa will stay but even after terms are agreed both sets of legal teams will have to pore over the contracts to ensure that Rafa cannot be stitched up KK style.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 16, 2016 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #39

    It is pointless to keep torturing yourself about it as what’s done is done but it’s obvious to every man and his dog that Rafa’s results point to the fact that had he been brought in earlier that we’d be safe now and us sending the mackems down. That Stoke was so winnable even with McCardew in charge, had Rafa have been at the helm with 18 days with the squad and the new manager bounce he would have got off to a winning start and the rest they say would have been history.

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  • jimmysmith

    May 16, 2016 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #40

    Best quote about Newcastle. “Nobody knows what they are doing down there” Jurgen Klopp. The best Rafa could come up with was he doesn’t think they are a confident group of players. I like the Pardew expression, “It’s a heavy shirt”. Of course Ashley wouldn’t hear of it.

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