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.
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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.