John Barnes has been speaking to the Chronicle and a week or so ago he thought Rafa would not leave the club because he couldn’t get a job with any of the top six clubs in England and what better club to manage than a sleeping giant called Newcastle United.
Newcastle are very like Liverpool in almost every way, with the only difference being that we haven’t won over 40 trophies since 1970 as Liverpool have.
John Barnes at Newcastle from 1997-1999
John has again been interviewed in the Chronicle and he explains how Rafa Benitez can make Newcastle into a top six club again with the help of the massive fan support that Newcastle are so famous for.
John played for Liverpool for 10 years before joining Newcastle under Kenny Dalglish in 1997 and he stayed until early 1999 when he joined newly promoted Charlton where he played only 12 games of what was an illustrious career.
This is what John has said in the Chronicle:
“They have the potential to be a top six or seven club. There is a potential to push for European places but there is no point talking about that yet.”
“United need to win promotion first, but moving forward, with investment, they have the potential.”
“They’ve been doing fantastically well and Rafa Benitez has shown loyalty by staying and the fans by supporting him.” “I think they will get promoted.”
“He’s got no reason to go anywhere else. Unless he goes to Arsenal or Manchester United – which isn’t going to happen, there is not a better footballing club or city than Newcastle.”
“Being sold out every week is very important for keeping Rafa, he has seen it fills out every week and they can do that in the Premier League.”
“The fans will always show their loyalty and are always going to be there and that helps win matches because home form is very important.”
“Newcastle are top of the league, they don’t need to score more goals from midfield. They way they play they don’t necessarily need more people to score.”
“With Dwight Gayle and the way Newcastle United play – with everything for the center forward to score – it’s not necessary for more goals.”
“Newcastle have always had a No 9 and it’s not necessarily up to the midfield to score the goals – it’s about winning matches, which they are doing and they’re top of the league.”
Rafa with the help of the Newcastle fans really can make Newcastle great again.