Newcastle fans are waiting rather anxiously to see if Rafa Benitez will commit long-term to Newcastle United and come in and manage the club in the Championship next season, with a plan to turn the club into a powerhouse in Europe just as quickly as he can.
His impact at Newcastle has already been immense, not just with the fans but with the players too.
We have all seen how a world-class manager goes about the business of sorting out the team – he dropped some of our best players – and what needs to be done to sort out the club – which has languished in the doldrums for far too long.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle United manager
Remember Rafa has twice been the UEFA Manager of the Year (2003-2004, 2004-2005) and voted the World’s Best Coach (La Gazzetta dello Sport’) in 2009.
The Benton training facilities are simply not good enough and our Youth Academy has failed badly since Mike Ashley bought the club back in 2007.
Those are just two of the areas that Rafa quickly identified as needing to have improvements carried out quickly, if he is to take the job at Newcastle.
It’s really hard to over-estimate what an impact this man can have at the club if he does sign on this week.
What he has already given to Newcastle fans is hope – which we haven’t had a for a long time.
And the pride has taken a hit over the last few years.
The Geordie Pride – and even though we were relegated last season in those last six games – three wins (yes – wins) and three draws – especially the 5-1 humbling of Tottenham on the final day gave Newcastle fans their pride back.
Notice that we got one third of our 9 wins for the season in the final six games under Rafa!!
So make no mistake about it, if Rafa Benitez does sign – it will be simply monumental for the club.
It will give the Newcastle fans fresh hope when we need it the most – and that Geordie Pride will be back in full force – again.
Howay The Lads!