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.
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.
Howay The Lads!!