There have been lots of reports about what Rafa said at his press conference yesterday about the report linking him with the Arsenal manager job should Arsene Wenger decide not to take the two year option that’s on the table for him and finally leave the Gunners.
A number of fans want him out of there and maybe he will finally decide to leave Arsenal after he joined them in 1996 – and has had them in the top four in the Premier League in every single season since then – not too bad.
Rafa was asked about the report and he simply brushed it aside and in fact didn’t say much at all – either towards him wanting to join Arsenal or that he wanted to stay on Tyneside.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
There are supposed to be a short list of four managers – according to the Mirror’s Neil Moxley – with Thomas Tuchel of Borussia Dortmund the favorite.
Hans-Joachim Watzke is the CEO of the German club has today said in the Mirror the interest in his manager is stuff of fiction.
Maybe the original Mirror report was stuff of fiction?
Here’s what Rafa said yesterday about the Arsenal link:
“I’m the manager for playing against Norwich and then the next games.”
“That’s it, so I’m just focused on that.”
“As a manager you are used to have of clubs talking and the media talking so what you have to do is just concentrate on your job.”
Rafa often refuses to answer questions unrelated to the next game during his press conferences – and that was another example yesterday.
What he really thinks we don’t know, but it’s hard to believe he would get any more support from fans than he’s been getting at Newcastle over the last 11 months – and he’s said he likes it when the fans love him at a club – like at Liverpool for example.
Well – that’s true at Newcastle United now.
Personal note – I am having some additional medical tests done today in hospital and may not make it back before the team is announced for the game tonight – just a heads-up.