Rafa was interviewed further after his press conference by the local press today and he reiterated much of what he had said in his press conference.
The priority this season is to get Newcastle promoted and everybody associated with the club must be pulling in the same direction.
Rafa will concentrate on the short time and said there was plenty of time to sort out the transfer situation in the summer, once we are a Premier League club again – that’s his goal.
Rafa Benitez in the sun and smiling in training
Here’s what he told the local journalists as reported in the Telegraph tonight:
“The experience of fans, the owner, the players and the staff here has been quite complicated in the past,” “We must make sure we don’t make the same mistakes.”
“But at the moment I am not interested in ifs, I can only worry about the short-term.”
“My future now is the next game and try to get promoted.” “It makes no sense for me to talk about what happens in the future.”
“So what I want to say, is that I am concentrating and focused and I want to win every single game I can until the end of the season.”
“We will have plenty of time to talk about what is going on and how to do things, or whatever, but I am not worrying about that and the fans have to understand this.”
“The priority is to get the results we need to get promotion.” “I have so much experience that I have seen lots of situations in different clubs.”
“What you have to do now is concentrate on what you can change – your team selection, your fitness. The transfer window is gone.”
“The other things, we have plenty of time to analyse and see what will happen.” “At the moment, we need the fans behind the team and the players focused.”
There is a chance Rafa could still leave us in the summer, but we think that’s a real long shot.
Rafa will have a hard job walking out on fans who simply adore the man and believe he was born to manage Newcastle United and take us back to greatness.
Rafa has a lot going for him at Newcastle and surely owner Mike Ashley is not that stupid not to support Rafa full bore in the summer.
OK – maybe he is.
But we will also have lots of money available for the transfer window if we do achieve promotion and there should be lots in the kitty to spend, especially since we spent not one penny last month.
What do you think?