Local lad Paul Dummett is just one of the players who have improved their game under Rafa Benitez this season and so going into the summer our squad will be better than it was at the beginning of the season.
And with Rafa Benitez likely to get big money from owner Mike Ashley to improve the squad, we should have a much stronger squad by August.
But this all depends on Newcastle being promoted back to the Premier League and while it’s good to have players like Paul talk about what can happen this summer and next season – we still have to nail down that promotion spot.
Rafa Benitez giving instructions to Paul Dummett
Paul has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and this is what the Denton lad has said about his world-class manager:
“Even this season there were players that dropped down from the Premier League because they knew what a massive club Newcastle was.”
“And with the manager we had they have seen the positive stuff that was said to take the club forward.”
“The players want to be part of that.” “Then hopefully going forward if we achieve promotion this club can attract big names and big players.”
“Hopefully we can do that if we get promoted.”
“Since Rafa has come in we have a great record and the fans have really taken to him.”
“We were six unbeaten in the Premier League before just going down.”
“In the Championship the form is good because we are right up there.” “The way the players have responded to Rafa has been fantastic.”
“You look at his methods and what that enables us to do and it’s worked well so far.” “Hopefully that can continue until the end of the season.”
“And beyond that, the manager is here and whatever players we bring in can take us to another level again.”
That’s certainly the plan and every single thing we have done this season is predicated on Newcastle being a Premier League club next season.
But with Huddersfield doing so well, this thing could well turn into a three club race for the two automatic promotion places.
As we saw over the last couple of games, a lot can change on every single match-day and there’s still a good chance we can pull away and win promotion in these next 9 games of what’s been a very tough season.
The Championship is a lot better and more competitive than it was seven years ago and one reason for that is the massive amounts of money to be made in England’s top division because of the TV rights – and that was not the case back in 2010.
That’s one reason we are seeing so many good experienced managers in the Championship.
Here’s how we stand today and we are still at the top of the league – but only just.