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Newcastle Manager’s Promise To Fans For Next Season

8:19 am, Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

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.

rafa benitez thumbs up

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.


Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Europa League · European Champions League · European Competition · European Super Cup · Management · Newcastle News

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 thejokethatisnufc // May 31, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    We won the championship a few years back doesn’t that count ?

  • 2 Jib // May 31, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    FA Youth cup 1985
    UEFA Inter-toto cup 2006
    Kirin cup 1983
    Texaco cup 1974 1975
    Anglo Italian cup 1973
    Teresa Herrera cup 2010
    Guadiana Trophy 2012

  • 3 Jib // May 31, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    Ginola back home from hospital
    Make a good recovery Daveeed

  • 4 Slank // May 31, 2016 at 8:50 AM


    You forgot the Northumberland Cup.

  • 5 Jib // May 31, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    I have thought of a solution for the Wijnaldum/Roma conundrum.
    Let GW go to the Serie A side on a seasons loan (Luciano Spalletti is a big fan ) and in exchange we will take Kevin Strootman whose return to full fitness would be less stressful in the Championship than the Italian top flight.
    After a season we could do a straight swap or return to the status quo.

  • 6 The Ghost of St.James // May 31, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Don’t forget the Intertoto Cup

  • 7 WLtoon // May 31, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Lets hope Rafa can win us a REAL trophy while he is here then eh !

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