When Rafa Benitez first arrived at Newcastle in March he stressed how it was important for everybody at the club to stay calm.
It didn’t help anything if people over-reacted too much – either on the positive side or the negative side – although we had a lot of over-reaction on the negative side last season simply because we were so utterly hopeless at times under Steve McClaren.
Young Newcastle fans at Open Day
And you cannot accuse Rafa Benitez of not being consistent and he is well aware now we are in the second division the 56 year-old has to manage the massive expectations the Geordie fans have for this season.
But after the first eight league games it’s clear this is going to be no parade to the Championship title as Rafa has pointed out earlier in the week.
Here’s some of what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today:
“We will have a lot of important games between now and the end of the season but obviously Aston Villa is a top side and they are a big club.”
“They have a good manager and good players. It will be an important game, especially as they did not start the season really well.”
“Maybe this is even more important for them? So hopefully we can do well and keep them in this position. We want 3 points and we will see what happens in the future.”
“But every game will be important because we have so many games to go.”
“I am still not happy with the three games we have lost. But to win five in a row is still not bad.”
“What it has showed is how difficult the Championship is and how difficult it can be to adapt.”
“You also have to manage the expectations and manage the feeling that everybody has. That can sometimes be you have to be there you have to win every game.”
“So I think it’s important for us to stay calm.” “And we have to continue to do things in a way where we are doing at the moment.”
“I know the rivalry between fans, and I would like to win every game.”
“But for us, it’s about getting 3 points and we continue at the top of the table. If we do it will keep them a little bit further away.”
“They are a top side and normally they’d be at the top of the table.”
Newcastle are fairly well positioned in 3rd place on 15 points and Aston Villa are in 18th place on 8 points before this game kicks off at 5:30 pm local time today.
We are obviously hoping for a win and maybe just a small over-reaction on the positive side?
Howay The Lads!!