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Benitez Talks About What He Has Every Day From The Fans

9:06 am, Monday, May 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Rafa Benitez is said to be an emotional man under that calm and professional exterior – and you can see at the end of the games the way he hugs and embraces his players and we see that lovely smile of his come out.

Yesterday was not what you would expect from a club that has just been relegated and has had one of its worst seasons in Premier League history – first of all we completely overwhelmed Spurs with a 5-1 scoreline and as Rafa says – it could have been even better.

St. James’ Park was packed to the rafters again and the atmosphere was unbelievable as the fans used to game to let Rafa know very clearly we want him to stay on Tyneside for a long time and that he will get all the support he needs from the fans.

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A smiling Rafa Benitez hugs Andros Townsend
Rafa is already bringing out the very best of Andros


Rafa said some emotional things after the final whistle last night – here’s some of what he said:

“I was expecting the fans to get behind the team and support me, but it has been amazing. I was open to talk, and now I am more open to talk.”

“It is not easy to leave a club like this, and I will talk and analyze and try to do the best for me and the best for Newcastle United. It has got to be the best for both.”

“We knew when we played without fear we could do this. Today we scored five goals and it could have been even better.”

“We are really disappointed because we couldn’t stay up, but really happy that we gave the fans something to enjoy today.”

“Since I’ve been here, in terms of effort and hard work you can say nothing negative about these players.”

“I have been in football all this time and you want to be sure people love you – that if you work hard that they recognize that you are trying your best and I have this here.”

“I know that every day when I walk in the streets.” “Everybody is so positive and the atmosphere today doesn’t surprise me too much.

“They were supporting for 90 minutes, I knew it would be like this and that is why I am so open to keep on talking.”

There’s soem nice poetry for Newcastle fans right there.

It was good that owner Mike Ashley was at the game for the first time for a long time and he met with Rafa  after the game.

We are waiting to hear how that meeting went but no word on that yet.

But it certainly looks liker Ashley knows he just has to get Rafa signed up for the next three years at least – and if he needed any proof Rafa is the perfect manager for Newcastle then he saw a stellar performance from this Newcastle team.

Our players wanted the win and wanted the ball a lot more than a Spurs team who have excelled greatly this season.

The Newcastle win and the Arsenal 4-0 win at home to Aston Villa ensured that other north London club – Arsenal FC –  stay above Tottenham in the Premier League for the 21st successive year.

So Arsene Wenger again only finished second in the Premier League and it was the 20th season in row he has had Arsenal finish in the top four –  how does this man keep his job?

🙂 🙂 🙂

Yesterday we saw with the performance of this Newcastle team what a world-class manager can do – and Rafa has had his new captain Moussa Sissoko giving some of the best performances ever in a Newcastle shirt.

Moussa was  sensational yesterday and he should have scored, but its difficult to remember a Newcastle player put in the work effort we saw from the captain yesterday.

The first (and only) line of business for the next week or two at Newcastle is to get Rafa signed up.

If we can do that then the hard part starts because this team will now have to be broken up and we expect the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat and maybe Andros Townsend to leave.

We expect Andros to make the England squad today when it’s announced by Roy Hodgson, which will only make it more difficult to keep him this summer.

If we could have avoided relegation then Rafa has already shown the players at the club are good enough with one or two additions to mount a top six challenge next season.

This all makes Steve McClaren look really bad as a coach and Lee Charnley look even worse as the guy who hired him and kept him at the club until early March, when our goose was already cooked.

There will be a massive clear-out of players this summer and hopefully a new executive brought in to run the club differently and successfully – in the way Rafa will lay out to owner Mike Ashley and company.

Then Newcastle will really be back in business as Rafa is allowed to build the next great team Newcastle fans will see – one that will undoubtedly be able to win a trophy if Rafa stays on Tyneside.

I’m absolutely certain of that – one reason is because Rafa himself says he wants to win trophies –  and the sooner the better for some of us older fans.

It’s a very low ebb for the club at the moment, but it could also be the beginning of something really  great if Rafa signs.

The fans already know that.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shearer.Milburn // May 16, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Feels like a transfer window now waiting on whether or not rafa will stay…

  • 2 giimps // May 16, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Come on Mikey, give him the things he wants, keep Rafa and you keep us in the news with your big SD signs everywhere…..you get advertisement, we get a good manager and team…we all win……even you can see that working

  • 3 Rotonda heights // May 16, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Jimmy smith.

    I think this is a unique situation where Rafa should be gven the keys to the castle, purely because everyone else is apparently clueless and has failed so badly and so consistently.

    rafa wants to address transfers in and out, oversee scouting, the training facilities, the youth academy etc, etc, all of which have been marked failures under Ash’s regular stooges.

    Rafa is not a bruce, pardew, warnock, pulis type figure. Rafa has credibility where the others = continued ongoing mediocrity.

    Ash isn’t hands on and doesn’t want to be, charnley has been an unmitigated disaster, carr has bought a string of duds, beardo and watson are not fit for purpose, etc, etc. Make rafa king.

  • 4 SPRINGY // May 16, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    having watched the game back, i think janmaat deserves a mention,normally gets abuse,and more often then not its deserved, but yesterday i thought he had good game most of the chances were created from his crossing and in fact he had something to do with all the the goals….so to give credit were its deserved,well done…..theres a lot of rumours he’s off to inter, so that might have been his swan song.

  • 5 lesh // May 16, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    If what Lee Ryder said in his article about what went wrong really showed Charmless as being at the bottom of a disastrous season.

    It reads as though he’s the little man given the MD role and it’s gone to his head. He appears to be the dictating megalomaniac who’s been throwing his weight about, undermining McLaren, ignoring Carr’s recommendations and being concerned more about money rather than getting the best value for it.

    If it’s true, then he really should be removed from his MD role.

  • 6 Oldgit1 // May 16, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Since when does Ashley does what the fans want, he will never bow down to us. He will stick with the formula of charnley and Carr and treat the so called head Coach with contemp and as an employee.

    Ashley has this model the sports direct model and by employing Rafa is going (in his eyes) to be expensive so he will stick to his principles by running the club as cheaply as possible. And maintain the power of the board room.
    I have no trust in the man and even less with Charnly.

  • 7 jimmysmith // May 16, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Ashley is obviously good with finance and strategy and Rafa equally good with football. Two “formidable” individuals, who in tandem would potentially have an immense amount to offer Newcastle.

    Rafa calling the shots, and Ashley writing the cheques doesn’t seem likely to have great mileage. I’d be much more optimistic if the two could develop a sort of coalition, but sure, with Rafa essentially running the football side of the club, and influencing, persuading and involving the owner. The two essentially keeping each other on track, and on board.

    If Rafa does indeed have a six year plan, then it would surely be better if he directly had the owners ear, and Ashley really should be more involved and also be devoloping more knowledge of the game. Having a bit more personal skin in the game, can only be good for the club, and he clearly respects Benitez, as he should.

    I don’t think he’ll hand over authority without checks and balances in place, and I’d far prefer Ashley provide them directly than Charnley by proxy.

  • 8 robertsleftfoot // May 16, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Dont know why we are all sitting hoping. Simply wont happen.

    Rafas statements in the last few days have basically said so!!! He wants to stay but he needs assurances which both he and club know he wont get.

    I do feel if he had of kept us up we would have seen changes at the club as MA would see what a real manager can do.

    He didnt and so MA thinks why dont I get a Chris Hughton type figure to do the job again on 10% of what Rafa is on (reported £4mill a year)

  • 9 stephen1971 // May 16, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    can you really see penfold giving rafa so much power at the club ? i doubt it tbh as he,ll not be able to justify his own job then even though he,s made a pure mess of it




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