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?