Rafa Benitez showed yesterday how he can be both quick and decisive in making decisions, as he quickly replaced the departed Fabio Pecchia with new first team coach Mikel Antia, who used to play for Rafa for the Real Madrid B side back in the 1990s.
If the Newcastle Board had shown the same level decisiveness last season then Newcastle would not be a second division side now, but it’s happened and we have to move on – move forward.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
Rafa will completely overhaul the Newcastle squad this summer and get the team ready for an assault – if that’s the right word – on the Championship.
Hopefully we can be promoted at the very first attempt as we were when we were relegated back in 2009, but nothing is certain and yes – it’s a very tough league.
Newcastle icon Alan Shearer has talked about what Rafa will be hoping for next season:
“We hope that they get off to a good start and that they’re only down there for one season and get back where they belong.”
“The longer you’re down there, the harder it is to get back,” “Obviously, Rafa believes he can get back at the first attempt, he won’t to hang around in the Championship, not a guy with his CV.”
“I’m sure that he’s working very hard – one, to sell players, and two, to bring in players as we speak.”
“It will be an interesting time over the next few weeks to see what happens on that front.”
It will indeed be interesting to see who the five or six players are that Rafa will bring in over the summer months – and we still have a lot of deadwood that needs to be moved out this summer and who have been at the club far too long.
It would be good if Rafa can get one or maybe two new players in before next Friday when the Euro 2016 tournament kicks off in France.
Personal note: One of my sons Neil is in Newcastle this week and it’s the first time he’s been over there in 25 years.
He’s seen important parts of Newcastle already and will be on a tour of St. James’ Park on Sunday lunchtime with some of his aunts and uncles – he says he’s been surprised he stands out so much because of his accent – well it’s not a Newcastle one – that’s for sure.
The DNA is still Geordie however with two Newcastle born and bred parents.