Newcastle Manager’s Promise To Fans For Next Season

Rafa Benitez had been consistent right from the start since he arrived on Tyneside on March 11th when he said that Newcastle United was a massive club – a sleeping giant – and the Tyneside club is very like his former club Liverpool.

The fans are passionate and the area is working-class and the club is at the center of all of what the City stands for.

Newcastle is a football mad city with just one football club – and that’s one difference with Liverpool.

But another difference with Liverpool FC over the last 46 years is that we have been starved of any success and we have won nothing – absolutely nothing – zilch.

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Rafa Benitez – thumbs up for Newcastle United

And since Rafa arrived the packed St. James’ Park and the atmosphere at the stadium has been like some of the good old times – when we did had a very good side under Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson – even if we didn’t win anything.

Rafa knows the fans are all important to the club = and he has talked today in the Chronicle about giving them something back:

“What I would like to do is give them something back. Then they can support the team and I can’t ask for any more from them.”

“You can’t just take 52,000 crowds for granted. We still need to do well in pre-season and have to work hard.” “They have to be sure the team will do that.”

“I have decided to come here because next season I am convinced we can be in the Premier League.”

“At the same time we have to be working hard and making the right decisions.”

As a contrast between the Liverpool and Newcastle, here’s what Liverpool have won since 1970.

  • First Division titles – 11 – 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90
  • FA Cup winners 6 – – 1973–74, 1985–86, 1988–89, 1991–92, 2000–01, 2005–06
  • League Cup winners – 8 – 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1994–95, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2011–12
  • European Cup / UEFA Champions League – 5 – 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1983–84, 2004–05
  • UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League – 3 – 1972–73, 1975–76, 2000–01
  • European Super Cup / UEFA Super Cup – 3 – 1977, 2001, 2005

There are 36 titles Liverpool have won since 1970.

Here’s what Newcastle have won in the same time-frame.

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