Rafa To Concentrate On Short-Term Only – Through End Of Season

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.

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42 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 3, 2017 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #1

    I think he will go in the summer

  • stan anderson

    Feb 3, 2017 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #2

    If only i had the cash,you fans would have no worries.

  • Belfast

    Feb 3, 2017 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #3

    A manager that can’t give any guarantees beyond the summer ? And him leaving in the summer is a long shot Ed ?? Hmmmmm.

  • stan anderson

    Feb 3, 2017 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #4

    So we are back to square one ASHLEY OOT.

  • Belfast

    Feb 3, 2017 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Basically if he doesn’t get the guarantees that he wants and needs in the summer he’ll be offski.

  • stan anderson

    Feb 3, 2017 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Seems we are doomed to be the best supported losers of all time.SAD

  • stan anderson

    Feb 3, 2017 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #7

    I have had 50 yrs of this shite in my life and its our own fault because we buy the tickets.

  • Harley

    Feb 3, 2017 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #8

    He’ll get the backing in the summer.

  • stan anderson

    Feb 3, 2017 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh well what will be will be,onless we gow some and fcuk the fat barsteward.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Feb 3, 2017 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #10

    fatty loves it when a plan comes together – get promoted sicken rafa he walks then prepare the throne for the return of a pardew esq

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 3, 2017 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s not a good window. Rafa has the players. First and foremost he needs to get us up, then it’s Ashley’s turn to back him again, and Rafa will then have the time to be entirely in control of reshaping the squad.

  • magicmac54

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Anyone who thinks Ashely will match Rafas ambition in the summer is either living in a fools paradice or is simply deluded.

  • one fine day

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #13

    rafa bingo bongo
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran|

    sammy/ mitro on the bench hopefully going well we see both get a 30 burst too strecth them not coming on for the last 5 .

    Perez i think could benefit with a stint with the kids to give him a(long over due) kick up his ar@e
    no score predictions from me .. don,t want to jinx us
    I do hope the ginger grinning loon gets the welcome back he deserves but that more time is spent letting rafa know we are on his side in all these latest shananigans.

  • stan anderson

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #14

    We should be gratwul we are not Mackems i suppose.

  • voodoo85

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #15

    No commitment in that interview beyond the summer and can’t blame Rafa really if he was promised XYZ in January window and got nothing.

    Hope Ashley gives Rafa what he wants come summer time or its adios amigo

  • stan anderson

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #16

    No way this is gonna be a happy outcome.
    Unless we show the fat man who the club is all about.

  • nufcalex

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #17

    Ashley is a business man, he’s probably looking at how well Brighton is doing and thinking that Rafa should be doing better for the money invested

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #18


    You can add Huddersfield as well, watched them the other night totally ripped Brighton apart.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Completely agree. No chance on earth Ashley will match rafa ambitions. Those who thinks otherwise are deluded.

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #20

    I think the question is whether they can settle into a working compromise and how long it can hold. But for sure it will fracture at some point looking at the histories of both men. My bet the season after next, with Newcastle around 8th.

  • TyneMouth

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #21

    After Saturday’s game at home to Derby, we will play only two home games out of the next seven.

    That is 2 home, 5 away. Normally this would be bad news, but at present SJP is a poisonous home venue for the team. Our away form is superior to our home efforts, in fact the best in the UK.

    SJP is certainly not a fortress, the so called ‘twelfth man’ has gone quiet. The toon fans that support the lads at the away games are phenomenal, and it fuels the team.

    On Saturday, please act as fans, you are supposed to be supporters, do your duty.


  • Offkey

    Feb 4, 2017 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #22

    Jib – still beleive it was all made up by the southern press?

  • Dingo†®

    Feb 4, 2017 at 3:55 AM

    Comment #23

    This is from The Times : thoiught it might be of interest to some.

    ‘Fresh from snapping up an 11 per cent stake in French Connection, Sports Direct is thought to be mulling a bid for Eastern Outfitters, of the United States.

    The retailer is reported to be in discussions to enter a bankruptcy auction of the group that owns Bob’s Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports. A Chapter 11 filing is expected soon, according to Reuters.

    Bob’s Stores was founded in 1954 and sells affordable clothes and shoes, while Eastern Mountain Sports, which sells paddle boards, above, is America’s second largest outdoor retailer.

    Sports Direct has expressed interest in US retailers before and could try to expand through a strategic acquisition.

    Eastern Outfitters is owned by Versa Capital Management, which bought the group out of a bankruptcy initiated by its previous owner, Vestis Retail.

    Eastern Outfitters said: “We are evaluating a number of strategic options. No decisions have been made.”’

    Deirdre Hipwell, Retail Editor

    February 4 2017, 12:01am, The Times

  • expatmag

    Feb 4, 2017 at 4:06 AM

    Comment #24

    This is typical Ashley.

    When there is a oeriod of harmony, he always phucks things up by getting involed.

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 4, 2017 at 4:29 AM

    Comment #25

    As football fans we of course respect Rafa far more, but there really is little comparison between the men in terms of wealth and power. The only real leverage Rafa has is if he manages to win points and maintains the support of the crowd, and specifically doesn’t waste money, otherwise he’s got no hope.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 4, 2017 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #26

    So, just a quick check..
    All this furore because we didn’t pay inflated prices for a couple of signings in the notoriously rubbish January window?
    We are in the automatic promotion slots. Take a breath lads, get a grip if you prefer.
    I agree with ‘support the team,’ and I will certainly be doing that. Those from further away please support us to do that, even if it is keyboard stylee.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 4, 2017 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #27

    Let’s not let that fat fcuking slug win this time. Show him how much we support Rafa and the team. Might make him think twice about fcuking is about this time.

    Mike I know where you work and I know where you live sunshine so fcuking behave!

  • nut meg

    Feb 4, 2017 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #28

    I’ll be kicking every ball, it’s a long way from Thailand to SJP mind but i’ll try my very best to bend on in the top corner….keep ya eyes peeled !! HWTL

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 4, 2017 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #29

    I wanna see Wallys island blown off his head by the crowd today


  • sing in the corner

    Feb 4, 2017 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #30

    Nutmeg and Shire
    Ha ha that’s the spirit!
    There will be some venom towards the grinning fool I’m sure. We like to welcome back failed ex managers!
    I call on the rest of the ground to catch on to the efforts made in the East corner. Could be a forlorn hope they will be vocal in the prawn sarnie areas but no excuse in the Leazes end!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 4, 2017 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #31


    Do you sit in Leazes corner mate?

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 4, 2017 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #32

    No I’m in the Gallowgate east, right next to the East Corner.
    I see it as my personal responsibility to link the Strawberry lot to the more sedate rest of Gallowgate end 🙂
    It can be done, don’t leave it to the few hundred radgies!!
    My voice croaks down a couple of octaves after every game, love getting into the atmosphere. It could easily be so much better.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 4, 2017 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #33

    My teenage lad was threatened with losing pocket money if he didn’t assist me. It worked!
    So come on the Leazes, it’s a massive stand,sing or I’ll dock ya pocket money!!

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 4, 2017 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #34

    And in the posh seats… Chew the sarnie 5 times and swallow,in between chants, and tap those seat cushions in unison. Every little helps! 🙂

  • Mag52

    Feb 4, 2017 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #35

    One or two on here are still attempting to make out there was no difference of opinion between Rafa and the hierarchy over the transfer window. If a manager comes to a presser and states “I will not quit, I will not leave” something must have gone on.
    Team for today:
    Yedlin, Lascelles, Clarke, Dummett,
    Shelvey, Hayden,
    Ritchie, Diame, Gouffran,


  • sing in the corner

    Feb 4, 2017 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #36

    Christ it’s as quiet as the Milburn in here. Do some coffee and get up!!

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 4, 2017 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #37

    There are always differences between managers and owners about transfer wants! Let’s not make any bigger drama than others already have.
    Most people said we have a squad capable of auto promotion and they are right in my opinion.

  • Jib

    Feb 4, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #38

    sing in the corner

    So, just a quick check..
    All this furore because we didn’t pay inflated prices for a couple of signings in the notoriously rubbish January window?

    Excellent summary.

    One unfortunate side effct is the usually reliable George Caulkin couldn’t curb his journalistic instincts and ran with the rumour mongers and has now lost a big chunk of credibility.
    Annoying .
    Apparently Rafa is very approachable and George could have cleared it all up with a 3p fone call but chose instead to believe the Thompson House morons and the closet mackem Luke Edwards at the Telegraph.
    Yes I do believe the whole thing was driven by people who have no love for Newcastle and an agenda against NUFC.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 4, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #39

    Wish I was there today. 🙁

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 4, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #40

    Has Rafa been on a CBT course?

    Short term targets, focus on the now and keep things real. The desire to add a PL quality player would of potentially helped refocus the squad and aid promotion. But the intended player was the wrong position, price and personality.

    The squad as it stands needs re-energising from within, Rafa needs to put the politics to one side, evaluate how balanced the team is and find an alternative solution to scoring, other than originating from Shelvey. That way lies success.


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