Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference for the Championship game against Derby County at St. James’ Park tomorrow afternoon – and if we can win that game the mood on Tyneside will be raised significantly.
There were more cameras than usual at the Benton training ground this afternoon since there is national interest in Rafa’s situation at Newcastle, after news broke last night he was unhappy with the January transfer window.
On the real important issue Rafa said he will not be leaving Newcastle and will fight on to get Newcastle promoted – that’s good!
We were unlucky on Wednesday night not to win the game 2-1 against QPR but a last minute own goal robbed us of all 3 points.
But leaders Brighton were hammered 3-1 at Huddersfield last night and are just one point above us in the league table.
If we can win the game we will go top again – at least until Brighton play at Brentford on Sunday – in fact if we draw we will go top on goal difference – but we need wins to get promoted.
Rafa Benitez at his press conference
Some of Rafa’s comments are now being reported on the Newcastle United Twitter account and on Chronicle Live.
Here are some of Rafa’s comments in no particular order:
“This club has made mistakes in the past.” “We can’t make them again.” “Fans want promotion, the club can’t make the same mistakes again.”
“I will not quit, I will not leave. I am ready to fight. It’s so simple, so clear.”
“I am talking about everyone making mistakes.” “If we want to be stronger, we have to stick together – fans, club, everyone.”
“We were expecting something to happen. It didn’t happen.”
“He (Andros Townsend) is not here. I was pleased with him last year but he can’t help us now.”
“Derby are doing well, Steve McClaren knows our players, and it will be a tough game for us.”
“We’ve had some bad games, but we are strong enough to compete, to win and to go up.”
“Mbemba is back but will not be available, Colback is improving and Gayle is improving, but he won’t be ready yet.”
“Derby are a team that has to be in the top six – they are there now because they have enough quality and an experienced manager.”
Good sensible comments from Rafa there – we did expect him to be calm and call for unity – which is exactly what he’s done and that’s very good.
We hope it’s a sell-out tomorrow at St. James’ Park and those at the game can roar on the lads to a win – we need the 3 points with the next game being a week later at Wolves in a late 5:30 pm kickoff to be televised on Sky Sports in the UK.
At least Rafa will know he has 100% backing from the Newcastle fans – he’s the perfect manager for us.
Howay The Lads!!