It’s obvious the Newcastle fans are not the only ones who have been enthralled and riveted with the way Rafa Benitez is changing the mood at the club both on and off the field over the last nine weeks or so.
The players also seem to be very keen that Rafa stay at Newcastle on a long term basis.
And in case there are any Spurs fans reading this we wont even mention how we took then apart 5-1 on Sunday with only 10 men for the last 20 minutes when we had been reduced to 10 men after Mitrovic again acted rather stupidly.
Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez on Sunday
Andros Townsend was selected in the England squad of 26 by manager Roy Hodgson yesterday, but the 24 year-old has no intention of leaving Newcastle.
The former Tottenham winger has responded to the news that Rafa may stay long term at Newcastle:
“It would be massive for Newcastle to keep Rafa as manager.” “He is one of the best managers in the world.”
“If we can keep a manager of that caliber and keep doing the right things we will build.”
“We will not cut corners and we’ll build for the future and come straight back in the Premier League, and not just in the top flight, but up there challenging because that is what the manager wants to do.”
“For me as a 24-year-old to be able to work with one of the best coaches in the world, who has coached the best wingers in the world – is fantastic.”
“You have seen my performances improve since he came in.”
It seems that Rafa wants to keep most of the Newcastle squad for next season and it will be interesting to see which top players we can afford to keep – but two of our signings in January – Townsend and Shelvey will be going nowhere.
Whether that will be the same for Gini Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko and Daryl Janmaat remains to be seen.
But in the summer the Rafa train to greatness for Newcastle United will be leaving the station.
Howay The Lads!!