Why Former Player So Upbeat About Newcastle Under Rafa

Steve Watson was born in North Shields 42 years ago and played for Newcastle United from 1990 for eight years, before he left to join Aston Villa.

So Watson played through those golden years when Kevin Keegan was managing the Entertainers at Newcastle.

Steve was a defender and occasional midfield player and he made 262 total appearances for Newcastle with 14 goals.

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Steve Watson while at Newcastle

Steve has been really impressed with the way Rafa has already transformed the club since he joined us in March and agreed to stay on in May, even though we were relegated.

As well as being great for Newcastle and our long-suffering fans, that’s also turning out to be good for Rafa – as he gets the chance to revitalize a club that has been the proverbial sleeping giant for far too long.

Evidence of that is the sold-out home gates at St. James’ Park and on the road where Newcastle seem to be playing in front of record crowds – and long may it continue.

And we are currently in the second division.

This is what Steve has said in the Journal today:

“I really feel there is a little bit of a connect coming back between the club and the city again, at least I certainly hope so.”

“When you retire from football you go back to being a fan of your first team; I’m a Newcastle fan and this is my club.”

“I was as happy as any other fan over the summer when the club managed to keep hold of Rafa, and some of his signings like Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle were big, big signings for this league.”

“I am pretty confident that he can take the club back to the Premier League.”

“It’s about building something and making sure the joy is brought back into the club.” “He seems to understand what fans want and I do see similarities with Kevin Keegan in that.”

“Look, there’s a long way to go even in terms of promotion this season, but I really do believe the club could not have done any better than keep Rafa.”

“As a fan myself, I’m excited right now and I really hope that continues.”

These are really exciting times for Newcastle fans everywhere and it comes after years of agony culminating in the living nightmare that was last season under the woeful Steve McClaren.

In early July Steve was appointed as the assistant manager at National League side Macclesfield Town to work alongside manager John Askey.

Comments welcome.

2 comments so far

  • lesh

    Nov 2, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1


    Good morning sir and of course I appreciate your generosity in offering your understanding over my rather indiscreet suggestion that you wore red and stripes.

    Although you only alluded to the possibility of a slap with a frozen kipper, I nevertheless feel as though I have received such a reminder of the need for courtesy and etiquette at all times.

    Being a mere mortal, I bow to your kindness.

  • toonincheek

    Nov 2, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Just wondering –
    What is the (financial) prize for winning the Championship?


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