We Will Fight And Be Together Like Never Before

It seems that 22 year-old Spanish U21 international Ayoze Perez is looking forward to the possibility of continuing to be coached by Rafa Benitez – a world-class Spanish coach and one of his compatriots.

Rafa came to Newcastle on March 11th with just 10 games to go, but couldn’t save us after Steve McClaren, backed obsessively by Lee Charnley, had been given far too much time and far too many opportunities to turn things around last season.

He didn’t.

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Rafa Benitez talks to Ayoze Perez
Listen – you can be world-class – just do what I say
Spain needs you

But the amazing thing is that while Rafa’s plan was to only stay on Tyneside if he could save us – it’s looking more and more possible every day he will stay – even though we have been relegated.

Perez seems extremely motivated now, after the tragedies of last season – and he was asked by local reporters about his future:

“I want to be a part of things.”

“All of us here at Newcastle – we are going to fight like never before to come back to the Premier League.” “That is our place. We are going to work really hard to make that happen.”

“Hopefully, the team will stay together.” “It has been really good in these last few games, and even though that wasn’t enough, it is something to build from.”

“Sunday just showed you what everyone thinks about Rafa Benitez,” “It was amazing – I couldn’t believe what happened.”

“After the relegation, it would have been normal for everyone to be very down. But what I saw from the fans was amazing.

“We have to use that. We have to be together and think about getting back as soon as possible, and keeping the manager would be a big part of that. We all want it to happen.”

“”What has happened is disappointing, but we just have to think about coming back now.”

“It was good to win on the final day, although it doesn’t change too much.” “At least we got a different feeling, and we can take that into the summer. Now, we have to be together like never before.”

“We’re going to enjoy our holidays, but then we have to work really hard to make sure we come back stronger and get back into the Premier League as soon as possible.”

Rafa has been given full control at the club and he will decide who is sold and who comes in during the summer, although he has already said he wants to keep the majority of the squad together for next season.

Rafa and his staff are already phoning agents looking for good players to come to Newcastle as the Rafa revolution is about to begin in earnest.

But first of all the 56 year-old has to sign along the dotted line of course.

Comments welcome.

43 comments so far

  • Derek

    May 18, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    One Fine Day @2 [Previous article]
    “knowing that your whole club , operation ,academy , medical scouting network is going to be given an almighty kick up the arse and the championship will be used to completely rebuild the club and then become a serious powerhouse in the top 6 minimum ?”

    How do you know this is what will happen?

    There’s nothing definite saying all these things will happen and there’s still a possibility we struggle as a Championship team for years to come.

  • Ron Knee

    May 18, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2


    According to the Chronic:-

    “A couple of names linked transfer wise but talks between club and Rafa have been about structure not so much recruitment so far #Nufc”

    So we should see some changes – if he signs, of course.

  • hibbitt

    May 18, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    one fine day

    where does it say Rafa has signed ??

  • one fine day

    May 18, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Derek ,
    Nothing is certain .
    But can you name a manager currently available who would offer us more hope of turning this around ?

  • expatmag

    May 18, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Agger snd Carrick

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 18, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6


    If your still around. I am fine thanks. Glad to read last night that your lads scan result came back good.

    Sorry it took me so long to reply, things got technical at work.

  • Derek

    May 18, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    One fine day,

    No I can’t,
    But can you name an owner who would offer us less hope of successfully running an ambitious, top 6 Premier League club where playing good football is the #1 priority?

  • one fine day

    May 18, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    It doesn’t say he has but it would be a massive turnaround if walked away in my opinion .

  • SA Toon

    May 18, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Jeez Derek, lighten up! Obviously there are no guarantees, but despite having just been relegated there is a sense of nervous optimism at the moment that has been absent for a long time. We need to keep it going as long as we can as it feeds into the team and breeds confidence.

  • one fine day

    May 18, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Tan would be one ,the guy at Leeds , Blackpool take your pick.
    Ashley has been abysmal .
    My only hope is he has finally realised that his model of buy cheap etc while it has built him a retail empire ,is fundamentally flawed when it comes to running a football club .
    He thought all he had to do every season was drop some cash in January if things looked bleak and hey presto another year on the gravy train.
    Maybe he has finally realised that if he gets the right people in who actually understand the game he will see his investment rise in value ( let me honest he is here for no other reason ) through success on the pitch generating commercial revenues,rather than getting in his yes men who are just happy to have a job.
    He will save on bishop for starters as he won’t need a spin doctor if he is letting things be done right and proper in the first place .

  • lesh

    May 18, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11


    You’ve brought some reality to the speculation. The media are basically recycling and fantasising on the Chron’s story of a couple of days ago.

    It’s early days yet and we can only believe that Rafa’s fully committed when we hear it from the man himself.

    Let’s be patient.

  • Derek

    May 18, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #12

    SA Toon,

    Too many times I have heard the phrase “nervous optimism” regarding this club in the last couple of years. And every time without fail there is a group of fans who get all excited and positive about a decision just to be bitterly let down. It’s like watching people on a roller-coaster.

    I’m not saying it’s bad to hope. But I prefer waiting until seeing consistently good results and performances before getting over-optimistic and assuming a huge change is just around the corner.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 18, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Does the acronym SMB stand for Steve McClaren Bar stewards?

    I hope the current squad does NOT stay together, as a lot have already shown how gutless they are and I don’t fancy them changing going away to Brighton, Derby or even Burton.

  • Ron Knee

    May 18, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #14


    The lawyers have yet to move in – we all know what they’re like!

  • Munster Mag

    May 18, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Talk is cheap. I would get rid of a lot of those players. Deffo get decent bucks for sissoko janmaat wiji and go from there.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 18, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Looks like it is big decision time for Mr Tubbs – will he relinquish the control that Benitez wants.
    I suppose Tubbs will have more confidence hearing things from Benitez rather than Wally Brolly or the King.
    As expected time/date now looks like pops Carr will be the only casualty.
    Any other business Penfold would be out the door.

  • one fine day

    May 18, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #17

    Don’t remember having much nervous optimism for the lat 9 years Derek to be honest .When we just dodged dropping to the old third I don’t recall then wanting to be beating Barcelona but we did .
    Just have a good feeling this feels different to any of the false dawns of late and may gather momentum and snowball from here .
    We both know it doesn’t take much for the whole place to catch fire if the right guy has the matches .
    Pretty sure Leicester would look back to a year ago and shudder to think what has happened .
    Positive thinking can actually work .

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 18, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #18

    From NUFC.com
    ”Charnley travelled to Sports Direct HQ in Derbyshire, with The Telegraph claiming that funding for future transfers could come in the form of an overdraft – echoing Ashley’s “cupboard is bare” comments from earlier this year.”
    Yay, Mikey is going to lend us more money!

  • Rotonda heights

    May 18, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #19


    from last thread, i thought I was a miserable so and so, but your post is slitting wrists time.
    I bet you’re a real livewire at parties, Cheer up. Yes it could all go t-ts up, but equally it could be the start of something fantastic.

    Quite amusing how in every thread ed explains what carte blanche means, just slightly differently each time!

  • Rotonda heights

    May 18, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #20

    surely the parachute payments numb the impact somewhat

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 18, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #21

    I can’t get excited until I see the right actions on and off the field. That includes a state of the art academy and a big move on seating to take the atmosphere at SJP to new heights. I can’t help thinking it is all highly unlikely; just wishful thinking and baseless optimism for so long as we have an arse of an owner.

  • Derek

    May 18, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #22

    Blackley and Brownlie,

    I am thinking much the same. For now it is impossible to tell for sure if all the right actions will be taken or whether it’s just that the intensity of smoke and mirrors has multiplied.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 18, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #23

    derek and B&B

    i know as NUFC fans we are programmed for serial disappointment and failure, but for now let’s just hang on to that hope, however tested we have been in the past.

    Yes ash is an a–e of the highest order, but i think he’s met his match in rafa in a way AP, JC (the best coach in the league) or SM never could.

  • hibbitt

    May 18, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #24

    just hope they don’t drag this that long another club moves in for Rafa services

    the truth is i just don’t trust them to get the job done

  • Ron Knee

    May 18, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #25

    It’s been a while since we wanted a NUFC manager to stay!
    Hughton would be the last, I suppose.

  • posada

    May 18, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #26

    I have the feeling that WB will be getting a lot of blame at these meetings.
    Relegation will be worth it if it brings about change and a proper structure.
    Reclusive types like MA tend to only interact with the world through a small group of people.
    What have they been telling him these last few years.
    Hopefully one of the folks he now trusts is RB.

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    May 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #27

    gmorning all,

    if there was ever one we NEEd to ‘get over the line”.. its rafa by a mile…


    ‘El Dios – Rafa is the new messiah.
    Rafa – the son
    Kev – the father
    Bobby – the ghost’

    brilliant, blasphemous, but brilliant…

  • jimmysmith

    May 18, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Two notable things spring directly to mind regarding the seemingly imminent decision by Rafa to stay. First of all, it’s come 9 years too late, and none of us are getting them back, thanks so much Mike. And secondly, it ends the long standing philosophical debate over the existence or otherwise “free will”. Because had the planets not lined up in such an extraordinarily unlikely way, Ashley wouldn’t have had a bar of it.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 18, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #29


    it’s very hard to imagine charnley getting anything done and if he blows this he really has nowhere to hide.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 18, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #30

    but jimmy they did and it is what it is. What a paradox. after 9 years finally a world class manager, but possibly coaching in the championship. it could only happen to us.

    maybe it just finally tumbled to ash that perenially hiring 3rd raters, z listers and cronies ultimately costs far more than hiring qualified people in the first place.

  • martoon

    May 18, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #31

    posada @26 – I’m probably being thick but I can’t work out who WB is?

  • Back Door Man

    May 18, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Wally Brolly maybe????

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 18, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #33


    Ashley has been told to testify or go to jail.

    Don’t know if that will have an effect on whats happening.

  • Back Door Man

    May 18, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #34

    These cascades of sialagogue many here are experiencing at the thought of Manuel astride our bucking bronco, may induce floods of pleasure and hope in the blog’s third-class carriage.  However, those few of us up front in the Pullman car know that dirty tricks can often unseat a star turn rodeo rider;  a nobbled nag, a loose cinch or even a thorn under the saddle.

    For too long we’ve had the shit-shovelling stable lad Charnley riding dobbin during the frenzied culture of impunity and unaccountability recently.  Let’s hope the Hopalong Fatman permanently gelds his stable lad and ensures he only mucks-out the donkey stalls, leaving Manuel free to break-in the piebald beast.

  • Kamikaze Koala

    May 18, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Enjoy your holidays! you overrated imbecile, anyone not on international duty should be back in training June 1St, no if or buts.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 18, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #36


    Oh and by the way I’m still sulking at getting a rating 3 points lower than I expected.

    Obviously need to be more pithy.

  • jimmysmith

    May 18, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Doesn’t matter. This grudge has been years in the making. I’m not about to let it go easily. Plus we’re relegated. I’m not sure we’ve entirely come to terms with that either, amid the excitement. Could be a match made in heaven, well worth the wait. Could end in the mother of fallings out.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 18, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #38

    From Finance Go Ahead
    ”Politicians have been chasing Ashley for months, and he has previously refused to speak to them, calling them a “joke” in an interview with Sky News in March. That snub prompted a “formal summons that could result in the Sports Direct founder facing jail if he fails to appear,” reported the FT.

    Imagine if he got sent to prison, the headlines might be something like :

    Be bloody typical if he did after securing a top manager, be good if Rafa stayed though while he had to listen to games on a smuggled radio in the mess room 😀

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 18, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #39

    I did post an earlier thought that as Rafa seems to like Taylor whether he might get an extension on his contract.

    I still think he’s not good enough for the EPL but could be a good benchman for the Championship and cup comps.

    We surely should do better than we have been doing in these.

  • Spoof

    May 18, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #40

    If Ashley fell in the Tyne he would probably come out with a salmon in his gob, if Rafa does stay which needs ow seems very likely then Ashley must be the luckiest man alive, he certainly doesn’t deserve him but he could just about be on the verge of striking gold as Rafa for the first season would have the house full signs up and if promoted then after that God only knows, he’s a lucky lucky man, but who cares, All I know is that for the first time in Ashley’s tenure we have hope and I am lucking forward to the future with hope and optimism which is almost an alien feeling, but a lovely feeling, isn’t it great to have hope again !


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