The swell of optimism surrounding Newcastle United since Rafa came into the club has been all too obvious and since he agreed to stay on after we were relegated, the positivity has even reached new heights.
On Monday, one of Rafa’s great new ideas to raise spirits and to get the club and the community working more closely together was a huge success.
Rafa Benitez and Joe Joyce enjoying the tournament last Monday
It was the Newcastle United Foundation 1892 Cup where eight schools and 128 boys and girls took part in the inaugural event last Monday afternoon.
The five-a-side games with teams wearing the new Newcastle home strips took place at the Youth Academy with Academy manager Joe Joyce and manager Rafa Benitez in attendance, along with a number of our senior players.
Rafa is very popular on Tyneside is a huge understatement, but the Newcastle manager is also widely experienced and sage.
He knows that results – make that wins – are what will continue to drive the enthusiasm on Tyneside.
Paul Dummett and Rafa Benitez with one of the young stars of the tournament
Here’s what Rafa has said in the Chronicle after the successful event on Monday:
“I want to think about the future. What I have seen since I’ve been here is the fans behind the team, supporting the team.”
“I would like to keep the relationship like this and the only way to do this is to do the right things. I’m not stupid, I know we have to win! We can do all the right things but we have to win.”
Rafa is busy strengthening the squad in preseason and three good players have already been brought in with the expectation that 31 year-old Atletico Madrid full-back Jesus Gamez will sign within the next 24 hours.
Gamez is very experienced and will be a great addition to the Newcastle squad; if we get him it’s another surprise because some Premier League clubs – including Everton and West Ham – have been after him over the last week.
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