Rafa Benitez – Talks About The Future At Newcastle


We are hoping that Newcastle will win a number of their final 10 games of the season and get promoted back to the Premier League – where we belong.

And it’s not surprising that Rafa Benitez has been interviewed a lot over the last day or two, since it is now exactly a year ago today that he signed on at Newcastle as the manager.

Rafa would rather we had not been relegated last May. but he’s also  said it may have helped things at Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez in training

He is also complimentary in that some things at Newcastle did  not need changing much at all.

That could come as a huge shock to some Newcastle fans since we looked in complete disarray last March when the woeful Steve McClaren was finally fired.

Newcastle seemed like a demolition dump when Steve finally left the club after a disastrous 9 months in charge with the emphasis being on disastrous.

We are hoping the relationship between Rafa and Mike Ashley is a good one and that they will talk things through this summer in whatever level of detail is necessary.

Mike needs to give Rafa the assurances he needs to keep transforming Newcastle into a top club in Europe in the years ahead.

We hope that happens.

Rafa was asked if relegation was a good things and this is how he answered that – as reported in the Northern Echo today:

“Obviously, I would say no, but I understand why some fans would think so.”

“When you are in shock, you realise you have to change something.”  “Could we have done that without being in the Championship?”

“Maybe, but it could have been more difficult.”

“In the end, we are where we are. We are moving in the right direction, but we have to make sure we continue moving as fast as we can.”

“And if we have to change things, we will do that.”

“A lot of things are right here,” “We have good staff, but maybe in terms of the way we do things, we can improve a little bit.”

“It will always be very difficult to be right in every decision.”

“But sometimes you can do things in a different way that can maybe help with everything –  football and business.”

Those are good words from Rafa and he obviously knows what still needs to be done at Newcastle and  it’s good he wants to keep up the fast pace of transforming things.

We are hoping he will be given full assurances from Mike Ashley in the summer so that he can continue his transformation of the club – for many years to come.

That seems to be the hope of Newcastle fans everywhere.

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52 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 11, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    ”We have good staff, but maybe in terms of the way we do things, we can improve a little bit.”
    mmm

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Rafa “phenomenal” Benitez

    f??n?m?n(?)l/
    adjective
    adjective: phenomenal

    1.
    remarkable or exceptional, most commonly exceptionally good.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    That’s a lot of smoke!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Rafa is doing no more or no less than a professional job, which is light years away from where we were previously. I do agree he is not free from criticism and the adjective used would be more appropriate to a substantial points gap at the top of the Championship and a good Cup run.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Lindis
    Rafa can’t stop other teams picking up points tbf he can only add to our points tally which is very high so not sure how he can be judged on the points gap

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #7

    WWSBRD

    2.1 point rate is good, but 2.5 would be phenominal and would have us at 90 points.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Us to match Brighton’s 3-0 win and Huddersfield to draw 1-1 away to Brentford. Promotion a step close by this evening.

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  • Jib

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #9

    I think we’ll get 99 points.

    From the last 10 games 6 wins 18 points and the other 4 games the inevitable occasional draws giving 22 points . I don’t think we’ll lose again this season.

    The last five years the Champions points tally were :-
    15/16 Burnley 93
    14/15 Bournmouth 90
    13/14 Leicester 102 (Burnley were 2nd with 93)
    12/13 Cardiff 87
    11/12 Reading 89

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Has there ever been three teams on this many points in the history of the Championship.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    I think Brightons points tally last season would have seen them promoted in the majority of previous seasons.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Good job, yes. Really good? Probably. Phenomenal? Er, no.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Lindis
    Its one of the hardest championship seasons at the top and we have been there more often than not. Just need to look at Norwich and Villa to see how well Rafa is doing

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Jail, where are u going with psycho Pearce? No thanks!

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s an argument of semantics

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  • Jib

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #16

    I thought Wales win against the boys in green last night in Cardiff could be described as approaching phenomenal
    😀

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Rafa Bingo

    Darlow

    Anita Lascelles Clarke Dummett

    Colback Shelvey

    Ritchie Perez Gouffroun

    Gayle

    3-0 to us

    We need to do our own thing, not depend on other teams losing and no more daft draws that we should have won. We could have been home and dry by now!!

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Agree ww but also have to say that Huddersfield and Brighton have poss done proportionally better given lower spend, size of clubs etc. Jail the reason I had said to consider the previous Leicester Mgr was because they steamroller this league with 102 points and it looked like Rafa was leaving. Mad sense at the time but not since he got sacked at Derby. Certainly a horrible man and not a patch on Rafa as a bloke aswell

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  • Jib

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #19

    Actually Bill
    Rafa tends not to do daft draws we’ve only done five – whereas if our losses (seven) could have been turned into draws we’d be flying on 84 points !

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Jib I won money on Wales beating us. Could see it coming a mile off unlike all the so called experts in the media here. Cardiff is some experience as a ground.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #21

    Opinions are good

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #22

    Banana skin today I fear. Hope Rafa has given the lads some time to rest

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Munster
    Both teams have a lot less pressure on them, less expectation and aren’t every teams biggest event of the season they also have more experience of the league

    Neither have had to deal with games like Forrest away either

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Jib

    There was a point in the season where we weren’t doing draws at all but most if not all of them we should have won and be at least 6 points better off. But you’re right we shouldn’t have lost so many, I actually predicted 5 losses for this season, bit too optimistic there!!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #25

    More bananas, just hope the other teams are getting their delivery’s of them and that ours are fair trade ones.

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #26

    need a professional performance today,nee spineless jelly legs coz we are at home,just dominating the ball, control the game and no stupid mistakes to put ourselves under unnecessary pressure or all the good work in them away games was for nowt and we will be under pressure brighton and huddersfield.

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  • hibbit

    Mar 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #27

    Ron this one’s for you

    But it was on this night 50 years ago that the Club A’Gogo witnessed the outrageous and electrifying talent that was Jimi Hendrix.

    The American guitarist, in fact, played two sets at the venue – one at 8pm in the under-18s room, the second in the Jazz Lounge at 2am.
    i was there were you ?????????

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 11, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #28

    rafa bingo
    ——————————-darlow——————————–
    anita———-lascelles————–clark————dummet
    —————–shelvey—————colback——————-
    ritchie———————–diame————————goofy
    ——————————-murphy——————————

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  • jimmysmith

    Mar 11, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #29

    Darlow
    Gamez Lascelles Clark Dummet
    Shelvey Diame
    Ritchie Perez Atsu
    Murph

    Solid defence and lots of quality attack ahead or it.

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  • AncientC

    Mar 11, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #30

    I never bet on Fulham games, they are too difficult to predict. One of those sides that can turn a game on its head, for better or worse.

    Fulham are top of the championship form table for the last 6 games. We are currently 4th. I wouldn’t accept a draw now, but if Fulham maintain their form today, it’s going to be a rocky ride.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #31

    Moanster,
    Why are you constantlly looking for little digs at the team/club/manager, why are Brighton and Huddersfield doing proportionally better, have you taken in to account that neither club was a complete shambles and almost broken to a point of no repair, that neither club lost over 80M worth of players, that for five years that the entire playing staff and coaches had been deliberately fed a losing mentality, what is so difficult anout giving us a bit of credit.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #32

    I was sitting in the Leazes a few years back when Damian Duff came to take a corner. I shouted “Duffy” when he looked I shouted even louder “potato” which got more than a few laughs and peed him right off.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 11, 2017 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #33

    Jail, i’m not taking from the credit due. We sold guys who were never going to play in this league and spent far more . We have two teams we can play and 52000 fans to scare them at home. 5 of our p!ayers, and more, wud stroll into nearly all teams in this division. Rafa is a top mgr, but phenomenal job? Nope.

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  • hibbit

    Mar 11, 2017 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #34

    Jail for Ashley

    its easy for victor moanster he’s fishing just looking for bites
    sad bugger has nowt to be happy about and he wants the rest of us to join him in the gloom
    that’s me off to the the toon be good and enjoy the game

    good luck toon army

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  • toontaff2

    Mar 11, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #35

    RAFA BINGO::
    Darlow
    Anita Lascelles Clark Dummet
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Diame Atsu
    Gayle

    5-1 Tooon win!

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  • toontaff2

    Mar 11, 2017 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #36

    Bench : Elliott Hanley Lazaar
    any of these could be starting:
    Jesus
    Murph
    Gouff
    Perez

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  • toontaff2

    Mar 11, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #37

    What happened to Sameobi?
    Looks like curtains for Mitro and Mbemba.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 11, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #38

    Rafa Bingo
    Darlow
    Gamez Lascelles Clark Dummet
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Diame Atsu
    Gayle

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  • toontaff2

    Mar 11, 2017 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #39

    Welcome back JIB.
    Beat the ‘potatoes’ at Cardiff!
    George of the North!
    Must be raining in Moanster again!
    Off to warm up ready to make some noise in the Gallowgate. Was avoiding beer, but been driven to it after reading certain miserable posts!! My excuse anyway!!!

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  • cyprus

    Mar 11, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #40

    I believe only one team, Sunderland, has ever not been automatically promoted, so a good milestone is 90+.

    Surely Huddersfield, the only real chaser, is going to wobble – a bit. If not, hats off. Brighton is not a concern, they won’t falter twice. Last year they failed with 89 I think.

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