Rafa Benitez pulled no punches yesterday in his praise for Alan Shearer as his new statue at St. James’ Park was unveiled in what was a really memorable day for both Alan and the club.
Rafa was full of praise for the Newcastle number 9 – one of the greatest players ever to wear the famous black and white stripes of Newcastle.
Alan Shearer in front of his statue yesterday
This is what Rafa said about Alan yesterday:
“Alan was an incredible player – the perfect number 9 – and he had a fantastic career representing this great club.”
“The statue is a perfect tribute to a true club legend.” “I send Alan my very best wishes for a memorable day.”
During his press conference yesterday Rafa was asked about the Alan Shearer statue and this is how he addressed the subject:
“What I said about Alan Shearer was that I would like to see my players scoring as many goals as him.” (said with a smile).
“Yes, you want to do well and be remembered as an important figure in the history of the club.” “In this case, it is very simple how to do that – to get promoted.”
“If we are promoted, everybody will say: ‘Fantastic.’” “And after that, we want to achieve something more.”
“It doesn’t matter the team that you coach, you want to do these things.” “When you are competitive and have a winning mentality, you want to win.”
“But, because I have been in so many clubs now, when you have the feeling of getting something back from the fans, you want to do even more and achieve something.”
“That is the situation I had in Liverpool and I have it here.” “I would like to do really well because it is my nature, but also because the fans are so good.”
“I want to give them something back.”
Rafa has already said it’s important for him to be loved at a club, and maybe that was after some difficult times at huge clubs like Real Madrid and Inter-Milan.
Rafa Benitez gives thumbs up to the fans
He did great at both Valencia and Liverpool – two clubs who have dedicated and working class fans – very much like at Newcastle.
He is already much-loved on Tyneside and he seems to relish in that.
We know he’s a workaholic who will be working so hard in the next few years to make Newcastle great again.
And he will be getting the support of the Geordie fans every single step of the way.
If Rafa can get us a trophy in the next few years – and that’s possible, then Newcastle could be building a statue for Rafa Benitez too.
Howay The Lads!!