When Rafa Talked About Winning Trophies He Didn’t Mean The Championship

You could see how the pundits would just have loved to see Newcastle labor in the Championship this season and if that wasn’t clear at the start of the season then it was after our first two games – two defeats.

They went crazy about those two losses – such fantastic joy.

And it seems we are finishing the season in the same way we started it – wobbling.

Of course after the two defeats in August we went on a 6 game winning streak and at the  half way stage we were in great shape.

Rafa Benitez – wants to win trophies at Newcastle – the big ones

But then these last 8 games with only two wins has lost us points to Brighton – they got  21 points versus our nine and we will not win the Championship.

Of course pundits are saying (and will say) it will be a complete failure if Newcastle go up in second place.

What have these people been smoking recently?

We were unlucky to go down last may but we did and Rafa’s first phase when he signed a three year deal was to get Newcastle back in the big money of the Premier League.

5 points in our last three games and less than that by the number of points Huddersfield drop in their last four games will see us finish in second place.

So if the Terriers lose at Fulham on saturday we need two points to be promoted from our last three games.

Yes it would have been better if we could have gone up as Champions – we expected to – and then we could boast to everybody who would listen.


But we’ll forgo that little bit of joy to get back to the Premier League at the first attempt and into around £140M a season in money from the league and it’s a lot higher than the £7M each Championship club receives from the Championship.

We want to be back in the big time and we will be back in the big time.

It may be good news for the pundits that we have not won the league – Brighton will be the Champions – but hey – its’ still a huge success – just ask Villa and Norwich fans – their clubs will not reach the playoffs.

The national journalists (certainly not our local journalists) will try to make this negative for Newcastle, but once we are promoted we’re back with the bog boys – so forget it.

We will be delighted if we can now finish second after a major wobble that followed the two fantastic successive away wins at Brighton and Huddersfield.

Once we nail promotion things will become really exciting.

And it’s hard to criticize Rafa – most managers of his caliber wouldn’t risk their good name in a lower division – he’s shown tremendous courage to do that at Newcastle and gets no credit for it.

That’s why it’s such an unusual thing having a manager of the caliber of Rafa in the lower divisions in England.

Roberto Di Matteo – another manager who has won a European trophy (with Chelsea)  did start the season at Aston Villa, but failed rather quickly and was replaced by Geordie Steve Bruce.

But we’ve said it before – the more successful you are in whatever field you are in  the more criticism you get and Rafa is therefore very used to it.

If you don’t want to be criticized make sure sure you are not too successful in your job.

And when Rafa talked about winning trophies at Newcastle United he wasn’t talking about the Championship.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 20, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Can’t wait til we’re back with “the bog boys”!

    We can take the flak Ed. Who really cares that much? We just want out of the Championship.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 20, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Tbf it would only be a failure if we lost the playoffs and didn’t get promoted. Any other route to the premier league can be counted as a success.

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 20, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Don’t think silly season will truly begin until teams know who is and isn’t promoted/relegated, regardless this is where we stand so far (since April 1st)


    Callum chambers – The Mirror
    Harry Maguire – The Chronicle
    Kevin Malcuit – France Football
    Gregory Van Der Wiel – HITC
    Ryan Shawcross – The Independent

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Croydon Advertiser
    Gylfi Sigurdsson – The Sun
    William carvalho – A Bola

    Marcus Coco – Sun on Sunday
    Bright Osayi-Samuel – HITC
    Frank Acheampong – HITC

    Willian Jose – Daily Star
    George Thomas – The Independent
    Andre Gray – The Chronicle
    Jamie Vardy – Ladbrokes News
    Jermaine Defoe – The Sun
    Tammy Abraham – Ladbrokes News

  • hibbit

    Apr 20, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #4

    it would count as a big success for any club to get straight back up to the prem
    but this is newcastle and if anyone of these so called pundits can have a dig they do
    any news around this club is big news

  • cyprus

    Apr 20, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #5

    For a club to move town is very rare in England although it has happened Ed.

    In the States it’s ridiculous, teams being franchises like burger restaurants. The raiders recent case is comitragic.

    Now the Neville idea is not that big of a crime. It’s thinking out of the box… A training centre in London or … France, owned and used by Nufc, or any big rich team, is creative thinking. Think having a house in Newcastle as well as somewhere else, if you can afford it. Ain’t no sin.

    That could make the club – job more attractive.

  • MadisonToon

    Apr 20, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Lewspi 2.0

    That’s a great list – did you keep tabs on all of that or is there a site that tallies all of the people we’ve been linked to. It will be interesting to see how many people get linked to us in just the first week after our final standing is decided – I’m guessing 20+, but look forward to seeing it all and just smiling.

    Rafa kept transfers quite close to the vest last summer so paper talk is just going to be talk as it was the last two windows.

  • JamesToon

    Apr 20, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #7


    Be decent if you could keep tabs on that throughout the summer, add Carl Jenkinson-the chronicle

    I do like a good transfer talk


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