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Former Star Fears Rafa Benitez Could Leave This Summer

Nobby Solano tasted success at Newcastle where he spent his first spell at the club from 1998 through 2004 and played in the Sir Bobby Robson years – five magical years from 1999 through 2004 when Bobby was finally fired by Chairman Freddy Shepherd.


And Nobby in a long and interesting interview with the Chronicle has talked about Newcastle being close to that type of success again with Rafa Benitez in charge.

The 42 year-old Peruvian just hopes that Rafa is backed by owner Mike Ashley – in every way possible – because otherwise he make walk away form Newcastle.

Nobby Solano – in Peru’s colors during his playing career

Personally we think mike will back Rafa big time this summer – if we do get promoted back to the Premier league.

This is some of what Nobby said in the Chronicle’s exclusive interview:

“Under Sir Bobby, we always felt like we could get to the business end of the table and it can be the same again under Rafa.”

“The top six is where Rafa will want to be to begin with, if Newcastle get promoted, I have no doubt about that.”  “He won’t want to be fighting relegation – it’s just not his style.”

“I hope that Mike Ashley is going to be on the same wavelength as Rafa and I hope that the club sees having Rafa here as a major opportunity.”

“This is well and truly the chance to kick on and win something or get back into Europe.”  

“My fear is that Rafa does not get backed and might not stay.”

“Rafa is capable of taking Newcastle to places they could only dream of in recent years.” “He can win a cup and he can get them into the Champions League IF he gets the backing.”

“I just hope they give him that chance.”  “There are big clubs out there who will want him if Newcastle don’t – the Premier League is competitive now.”

“Teams from the Championship would struggle against the big guns and even against teams like Stoke, West Brom and Bournemouth – that’s why you need to spend.”

“There will be no panic now, but if Newcastle get that place, I hope to see Mike Ashley open his wallet and get spending.” “If you back Rafa Benitez now it will pay dividends.”

“You don’t just have Man United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea these days, you have Spurs and Man City too.”

“Everton are creeping up the table too under Ronald Koeman. It will be tough.” “The superstars of world football are queuing up to be part of it.”

Those are great comments from Nobby – so true.

One of my heroes in football is Sir Bobby Robson because he had class, was great with his players in that he could motivate them.

Bobby was also cool in difficult situations and fought against cancer and was successful in his fight against the disease for many years.

Those are some of the reasons I love Bobby.

Rafa Benitez has a lot of those same characteristics – he is very cool, calm and collected and great with his players – his man-management skills are simply top class.

And Rafa can talk for days about football – if you have the time – just like Bobby could do.


Two men who lived and breathed football – very appropriate for a manager of Newcastle United Football Club.

Comments welcome.

2 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 31, 2017 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Gotta love Nobby. here’s hoping the fat Man does what he said he would and back Rafa to the hilt.

    On a purely financial footing it’s worthwhile as the extra exposure in the Champions League etc. The prize money on offer and the latest TV payments all means that the value of the club will skyrocket too.

    Here’s hoping, I’d hate to think what will happen if he doesn’t and Rafa walks.

  • lesh

    Mar 31, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Given Ashley wants to run the Club as a self-sufficient business and the amount of money that’ll be needed to buy the players needed for life in the Prem, there’s every likelihood that he’ll say the money’s not there for Rafa to rebuild.

    The players we have were bought to do a job in the Championship and most won’t be up to playing in the Prem. That is a point that Ashley’ll likely pick up on saying that tbey were bad buys. Such is his football ignorance!

    If there’s not enough money to support major investment, Ashley won’t borrow money as an investment and that is where there’s the making of conflict between his and Rafa’s ambition for Newcastle United.

    We may of course be pleasantly surprised and see Ashley making enough available to support Rafa aiming at the very least to consolidate next season.

    Let’s hope he’s seen the light or that somebody’s drummed some sense into him.


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