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.
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.
Howay The Lads