Rafa’s Quote Similar To That Of Liverpool Great – Bill Shankly


It’s no secret that Rafa Benitez is extremely ambitious and he wants to have Newcastle win the Championship this season in his first full season at the club so we are quickly back in the Premier League.

We are on track to do that if we can keep up the pace of the first 29 games when we have gained 62 points with  20 wins.

That’s on track to get 98 points for the 46 game season and certain promotion.

Two former Liverpool managers Bill Shankly and Rafa Benitez

This is what Rafa has said about the Championship as reported in the Chronicle:

“If you win the title it means you are there in the Premier League.”  “If you try to be first then you might be closer to being second.”

“If you try to just be second, then maybe you’ll end up being close, and being third. We just have to try to be first.”

“Brighton have lost games as you saw last week.”  “I still have confidence we can win the title, not just be promoted.”

“If I don’t have this confidence it will be a problem.”

That reminds us of the great Bill Shankly – the former Liverpool manager – who returned the Reds to the old first division back in 1962 as second division Champions.

In those days both Sunderland (3rd) and Newcastle (11th) were in the second division.

We remember that promotion well and it started Liverpool’s revival back to the big time and they became one of the most successful clubs in football history under Shankly and then under his former assistant Bob Paisley.

Maybe Rafa can do the same at Newcastle?

🙂

This is one of the many quotes Bill had back in those days:

“Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling.”  “Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.”

You have to reach really high if you want to have success of any kind in any line of work.

Something that owner Mike Ashley could maybe learn?

Comments welcome.



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19 comments so far

  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #1

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Pepe were a Carr recommendation, Ashley would bid for him to undermine Rafa’s authority.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 9, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Aim for Andros Townsend, you may get Nicola Pepe and end up with Sammy Ameobi.

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  • TyneMouth

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #3

    First things first, there is no concrete evidence that Ashley expressed an instruction for Carr to ‘get more involved’ with player recruitment.

    The supposed comment was part of the ‘non-news’ that appeared in The People following Ashley’s attendance at the Brentford game.

    If Ashley did make that comment it could be more easily interpreted as an order for Carr to get his finger out, after all he, Carr, has a long contract, and its been a long time since his success with Cabaye and Demba…

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  • cyprus

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed
    Where’d you get that Ashley was unwilling to fund Townsend and other transfer in the window? Or is it speculation?

    If it’s true, it’s terrible, but is it?

    Not defending him, but it’s good once in a while to base arguments on actual triangulated facts 🙂

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Cyprus

    There is no actual definite source, other than maybe Caulkin, but it appears to be established that the club were ONLY considering loan deals in the last window. Presumably as a safety net of not actually being promoted and the connected lower level of income.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    cyprus, Allardyce said on Townsend, “The only interest was a loan from Newcastle which was never going to happen.”

    That’s a fairly strong indicator that Ashley was unwilling to back Benitez in buying Townsend. It is patently clear that Townsend was not available for loan, and yet, Charnley was still attempting for a loan – so why did Benitez express confidence that something was going to happen on the final day of the window?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Fat Sam has tried to turn C.Palaces position of only wanting to sell (presumably because no money and no player is not good for them)to his own advantage. Declaring he would not let Townsend leave has endeared him to both the fans and player, possibly be responsible for Andros’ latest spike in performance.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #8

    I would have thought it apparent that (as per fat Sam) we wanted to loan Townsend and they would only entertain a sale.
    Clearly a loan is cheaper than the purchase of a player. So therefore I only see two potential options.
    1. Mr Tubbs would not sanction MORE money to buy Townsend.
    2. No-one at the club, including Rafa, wanted to buy him -just to get him on loan.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Allardyce has not endeared himself to the Crystal Palace fans; only results will do that.

    A loan deal for Townsend is useless to Palace, they are fighting relegation and need either the money (earlier in the window), or the player to stay.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Rafa was slightly left in the lurch and after previously declaring that he speaks to Charnley every day, was embarrassed by being lead to believe that a transfer would occur and indicating to the press himself that “something” would happen. It would appear Charnley was trying and failing to be the nice guy and Rafa has subsequently strengthened his hand regarding the summer. All the chat about Carr is as ever speculation.

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  • TyneMouth

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Allardyce was the problem!

    He is not to be believed regarding anything he says about NUFC and Benitez.

    Rafa was perhaps optimistic about reported ‘news’ coming out of Sellhurst Park, (as we all were).

    Fat Sam was simply playing us along, spiteful twaat…

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #12

    AC

    I use the term ‘endear’ loosely when pertaining to Alladicio.

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  • martoon

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Lindisfarne @7 – Getting thumped 4 – 0 by the makems is hardly a spike in performance or a way to endear himself to the fans 😀

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  • TyneMouth

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Final word on An’dross’ Townsend, let’s see in May if he contributes to Palace’s survival, and how many goals he scored. And more critically, how many assists he is accredited with!

    Townsend the team player, not…

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Mr Tuff

    If you were a hard/fat headed business man, you could potentially summarise the current season as an underwhelming success. The team are currently in a promotion place but are not dominating the league. Other than potentially Lascelles and Clarke no other players would demand a mediocre profit and the capital expenditure of the club is in deficit.

    Paying outright for a PL standard player with associate wages would further burden the club financially, with the risk of not being promoted a possibility. That risk is exasperated when associated with a hit’n’miss player such as Townsend.

    I myself would of definitely preferred to see a couple of PL players brought in and given the opportunity to bed in. Even foreign players with the same potential, but I fear a safety first approach was taken rather than consolidating our position. However, I presume that as those clubs that are close to relegation have to pay higher wages to secure the services of players, as would we in our current position.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Mr Tuff

    If you were a hard/fat headed business man, you could potentially summarise the current season as an underwhelming success. The team are currently in a promotion place but are not dominating the league. Other than potentially Lascelles and Clarke no other players would demand a mediocre profit and the capital expenditure of the club is in deficit.

    Paying outright for a PL standard player with associate wages would further burden the club financially, with the risk of not being promoted a possibility. That risk is exasperated when associated with a hit’n’miss player such as Townsend.

    I myself would of definitely preferred to see a couple of PL players brought in and given the opportunity to bed in. Even foreign players with the same potential, but I fear a safety first approach was taken rather than consolidating our position. However, I presume that as those clubs that are close to relegation have to pay higher wages to secure the services of players, as would we in our current position.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #17

    That last comment was not worth repeating.

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #18

    cyprus
    We didn’t make a monetary bid for any player and wouldn’t pay a loan fee couple that with every reporter going saying what’s going on at Newcastle isn’t quite right and Rafa being clearly furious

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #19

    martoon

    A remarkable event which caused myself a moment of endearment towards that other club. Thankfully, it soon passed.

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