The Chronicle has conducted an exclusive question and answer with Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez today where the journalists submitted questions to the manager.
Rafa has responded with written answers so in some cases he goes into some detail with his answers.
The Newcastle fans have been magnificent this season in support of the team and Rafa wants that to continue and even to improve – if that’s possible – in the final eight games of this vital season for the club.
The black and white of Newcastle’s great fans
Here’s one of the question asked by the Chronicle with Rafa’s subsequent answer.
How can the fans help in the final eight games?
“Our fans have been magnificent during the whole season, they are incredible.”
“Now we have reached the final stage of the season it is the time to be even better, if they can.”
“They can help with their support of our players.”
“Even if we make mistakes the key is to help the players to try again, to be sure they have the confidence and support to succeed in these final eight games.”
“We are together in this race, we are at our strongest when we are united.”
“The fans, the players, the staff – all of us helping to achieve our shared goal.”
When one of our players has had a poor game we never like to see him being pulled apart in the press and while that’s been rare, it has happened in the past.
It certainly doesn’t help the player – that’s for sure – and therefore it doesn’t help the team, so as Rafa says we all need to keep supporting the players even when they are off-form.
That’s especially true for those tried and trusted supporters who will be at the remaining games of the season.
If we can do that then we can soon enjoy that promotion straight back to the Premier League.
That would be something.