Rafa’s has completed his rather short press conference after being confirmed as the Newcastle United manager for at least the next three years.
The manager again pointed to the fans as the main reason for wanting to stay at the club and he has complimented Lee Charnley for giving him everything he asked for and again said his relationship with Lee is a very good one.
Well that’s saved Lee.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez at his press conference tonight
Here are some of the initial comments Rafa made tonight and notice he’s straight to work tonight after the press conference:
“The fans, stature of club and the future made my decision”
“I needed a new challenge and new project. I can see the size of the club. It’s massive.” “I am convinced we can win trophies – that’s why I am sitting here”
“I have had a lot of advice from a lot of people. With the fans behind the team and the press behind the team and the staff and everyone behind me and my family saying I have to stay.”
“After talking to Lee I think I can work with him.” “From day one, my relationship with Lee Charnley has been really good. I’m very pleased to be working with him.”
“I have seen no problem working with Lee Charnley. He’s given me everything I’ve wanted. I am a football man, it’s important.”
“Football business, I will have responsibility. But main thing for me is that I will have a strong team and a winning team.””We can be where we belong but we must work hard”
“The Championship is one of the strongest leagues. It’s a challenge. There are good teams. We need experience and your support.”
“If I am here again, I would say it’s because I am convinced we can go up next season.”
“We can keep the players we want to keep.” If i don’t want to sell any players, I don’t need to sell any players”
“Thank you to the fans and the press because you have been very supportive. My family is in England and I wanted to stay here.”
“We have to start working – when I finish this press conference, I will start working.”
It seems that Newcastle’s financial state is still strong and they have probably already talked to Rafa about the players he wants to keep – and those he doesn’t need – and Newcastle will support that – and can support that financially.
That’s really good news, because it means we don’t have to weaken the side because of any financial considerations.
I guess we’ll hear more of Rafa’s full coaching squad soon – or should we say his full staff – because he also has scouting responsibilities.
This is a massive coup for Newcastle United Football Club to hire a world-class manager.