Rafa Stresses What’s So Important For This Season


One big reason Rafa Benitez decided to stay on at second division Newcastle this season was the fans – and he has asked a number of times that everybody associated with the club sticks together through the good and the bad – the thick and the thin.

Over the last several years it’s been mainly thin.

It wasn’t great at Fulham but there was also no overreaction as most fans have total confidence in  Rafa and believe he will fix things as he gets the game with his new team under his belt – so to speak.

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Rafa Benitez on the training field

In his press conference today, Rafa has again said the fans are so important to Newcastle.

It will be  a sell-out tomorrow for the visit of Huddersfield Town for our first home game and Rafa has said the tremendous fan support enabled the club to make some really good signings in the summer.

This is what Rafa said and his message to the Newcastle fans and everybody associated with Newcastle United:

“To see 52,000 fans shows how important the Club is for them, and we want to be sure that we give them as much as we can,”

“Sometimes you can win, sometimes you draw and sometimes you lose, but the main thing to be sure is that the players and everyone give everything to make sure we are where we want to be at the end of the season.”

“When I was talking with some of the players to bring them here, they were telling me about the stadium, the fans and playing in front of so many people.”   “That is a situation that we want to be an advantage for us.”

“This initiative of the fans has to be crucial. They are key for us because we are together until the end.”

“Even if we make mistakes, if they support the team it is easier for us to play better, it is easier for the players to have more confidence and quality to win more games.”

“It is for the benefit of everyone that we stick together from the first day to the last day. We have to give everything, the fans will give us everything, and that is good for the future.”

“Because of the fans, because of the stature of our Club, we know that every game will be more difficult.”

“But if you want to go up, you have to adapt to these situations.” “We know that Huddersfield will give everything, so we have to do the same and hope that we are better than them.”

“We know that we have to improve from Fulham and the main thing is make sure that every time we are improving a little bit and that we are much better.”

“Then, we can approach games with the confidence that we can win.”

Huddersfield won their first league game last Saturday against Brentford 2-1 at home, but then went down 2-1 at the hands of Shrewsbury Town in the EFL Cup during the week.

Rafa expects these games at home to be tough, and the lads have to be up for each game and we’re sure the fans will be in good voice tomorrow – so we can get our first win of the season.

That’s the goal for tomorrow and for every game this season come to think of it.

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Howay The Lads!!



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96 comments so far

  • NUFCPaul

    Aug 12, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa understands what we want – we don’t necessarily expect to win every single game, but we do expect to see each and every player making an effort for the full ninety minutes. That’s what they get paid for. Nobody wants to see someone shying away from challenges or not tracking back.

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  • NUFCPaul

    Aug 12, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Mr Ash Tray is getting sued I see. Splendid!

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-37058224

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 12, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Nearly

    So why does Ronaldo get paid more than Bale?

    Why does Pelle in china get more than most premier league player if not all?

    They were daft enough to pay it and his agent good enough to negotiate it. Shelvey cost less than gini yet on more money!!

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 12, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Knockaert scores

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 12, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Knockaert 1-0

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 12, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Has he? Howay rafa make a bid for the lad

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 12, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Looks a good player doesn’t he? Burke from Forest looks like a likely type, though still very raw.

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 12, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Offer brighton 12m and put 10g on his wages. Job done.

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  • nearly

    Aug 12, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #9

    our toon

    ronaldo maybe because he is probs the best player in the world
    pelle in china probs because their mega rich and barking mad
    shelvey vs gini love how you know what wages they are getting ,reminds me of a story about a players wage a while ago ,the rumour was he was getting this huge wage because somebody had cleaned his car out and the player had left his contract in the boot ,any way im getting bored now maybe another day

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 12, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Getting Knockaert is a double win and such a no brainer. Strengthen us and take the heart out of one of our serious contenders. I’d break the 12m record, or equal it, and boost his wages. He’s expressed a desire to come up here, so surely it wouldn’t take that much?

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  • Harley

    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Win games.

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  • stephen1971

    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #12

    our toon, the price the club pays for a player has nothing to do with wages, look at shearer for eg, did he not have a contract with us that statedhe got paid 10k more than next highest player ? a big jump when they signed owen

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  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Diamé would appear to be wearing number 27 – which is Jesus Gamez’ number.
    The plot thickens
    😎

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Stephen

    His agent negotiated the deal for implemented because we really wanted him. Did Owen cost more than shearer? Can’t remember that!!

    Nearly – Yes I know shelvey was on more than Gini, believe it or not he had to have contracts drawn up for his pad in Ponteland, they have to disclose the amount they are on…..nothing like cleaning out the car story.

    The fee dictates how much in wages someone gets, interesting

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Stephen

    Contracts clauses and transfer fees are complete separate entities!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #16

    wish we had paid the money for knockaert instead of hanley and clark

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  • Sir Eric

    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #17

    @ Our Toon.

    Owen is our record signing at 17mil pounds, Shearer was 15mil.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Thank you Sir Eric, makes me wonder why shearer was on more wages because he cost less!!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Why do people say do you know what i mean every couple of seconds in a conversation, as if you are thick, yes i know what you mean but you don’t have to say do you know what i mean all the time, ffs.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Rotonda

    Think Bobby bee had been championing knockaert since the beginning of the summer. Got to agree though he should have been a priority along with forresteri.

    I’d be made up with them 2 players

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #21

    Rotonda heights

    Can’t really put him up against Hanley and Clarke.

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #22

    I suppose the wage reflects the stature of the player, while the transfer fee is dependent not only on the stature of the player, but also heavily on how far he is into his contract and to a degree his age.

    Hopefully Sissoko plays and has a stormer. I’m one of the minority that want him to stay, but the success of that would hinge entirely on whether Rafa can get the necessary commitment from him. That’s part and parcel of Benitez’s job though, and I’d expect him to be capable of it, or at least recognise if he can, before making the decision to keep him or sell him.
    It is looking increasingly like he’ll stay, if only because he won’t want to lose such an influential player late in the window, with little or no time to replace him.

    .

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #23

    ……and how good a negotiator your agent is, and the need and financial state of the club. Pogba to money bags Man U for example, so desperate to regain their lost place at the highest echelon of the game, for all that money, and that wage, and 20 million to his agent. That adds up to way more than Villa went for. Amazing.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #24

    After listening to Hughton being interviewed after the match, no way does he want to sell Knockaert. He rates him as their best player by the sound of it.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #25

    Welshie………. I’m really expecting a good performance and a convincing win tomorrow. Do you know what I mean?

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  • geordie157

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Brighton will be a contender, good solid performance tonight. Expected a bit more from forest but aside from lansbury, Assombolonga and burke I don’t see much quality in that side.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Those words are so frigging annoying.

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  • Sir Eric

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #28

    @jimmysmith

    Crazy for as much money as the agent made on the Pogba deal, he’s also the same agent for a lot of the other players that Man Utd bought this summer…

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  • Rafa Revolution

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Has Diame got a number yet?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Welshie @19, don’t worry mate we know what you mean….

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #31

    I mean, who wouldn’t know what you mean welshie. For gosh darn’s sake. We really do!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Rafa mate, it’s going to be a very large number. Seven hundred and something I’ve heard. I think he’s just showing off……

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #33

    I mean, who needs a number in the seven hundreds? It’s just ridiculous. And I won’t ask if you know what I mean because I know you do mate……

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #34

    I just hope we’ve cleared that all up now welshie and you can move on. Just start fresh lad. I think we had to talk about it though. That’s always best if you……. oh, I was going to say again there…..

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Sorry, I’ve had a few today. I hope it’s not affecting my penmanship……… I’m glad I could help welshie out though. Sort of payback for all those bad puns (hee, hee).

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #36

    If we bring in Knockeart, Galloway and Castagnos and keep Sissoko, I think we’ll be in for a good season. Possible FA cup winners.

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  • Fostino

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #37

    A convincing win to restore our favourites for the title tag and knockeart might find us irresistible if we come knocking. Hughton is an honourable man and strikes me as someone who won’t stand in the way of a player if he wants to go. Get this waddle St and Galloway and we are set to go with a few going the other way.

    Also start sissoko tomorrow. ..There’s mutual respect between himself and toon. We are not the bad guys after all. No team has stomped up the cash yet.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #38

    But we’re not going to do that ketsy mate. Nope, not a chance…..

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #39

    If we sell Sissoko, we’ll need a playmaker. I’m happy playing Janmaat on the right wing. The next 3 signings have to be quality. Knockeart wants to come and it’s worth paying £10m for him.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #40

    But you just said we have to keep Sissoko to have a good season ketsy.

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