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.