After the game Rafa and Steve McClaren said they would have a glass of wine together and have a talk – maybe they even shared a full (large) bottle?
We’d love to have been a fly on the wall to hear what McClaren had to say.
And also what Rafa had to say for that matter, about what really happened last month in the transfer window and what had been promised to him.
Rafa Benitez and Steve McClaren after the game
The topic of conversation of course being owner Mike Ashley and both men seem to like each other, so they would have freely shared their stories.
Rafa will have heard direct from the former manager what he thought his trials and tribulations were at Newcastle – apart from losing far too many games.
So Steve losing again at St. James’ Park would be nothing knew to him after his disastrous spell on Tyneside which lasted a short eight months.
And that was far too long for most Geordie fans.
This is what Steve said he would do after the game on Saturday:
“I’ll have a glass of wine and a good conversation, and it will be very interesting, but it’s private – very private,”
“But please don’t take me back – my focus is not on Newcastle, or on Rafa’s problems, only on ours.”
Newcastle’s attendance of 52,271 – out best of the season – was apparently the biggest crowd in all of British football on Saturday, according to the Northern Echo.
Newcastle United are receiving magnificent support from their fans this season – it’s just great to see – and in the English second division too.
Note – talking about the second division most readers picked up on my deliberate mistake in the Hanley article yesterday when I wrote he had last started for Newcastle in the first Premier League game of the season at Fulham.
Tell you the truth I had even forgotten I had put that little test in there.