Rafa Benitez has been a very successful manager in his career and he’s won three European titles with three different clubs and when he agreed to stay on last May at Newcastle the fans were more than ecstatic.
It must have been very difficult for a world-renowned manager to manage in the second division of England and take Newcastle to clubs like Rotherham and Burton – but Rafa took it in his stride.
He not only took it in his stride but there was never any feeling of superiority from the 57 year-old.
Our favorite photo of Rafa Benitez
When he first arrived on Friday, March 11th last year
He was only ever interested in how to win the next game – that’s his job whether it’s in the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga or the Championship.
Rafa and Newcastle United will be a huge loss to the English Championship next season, but we are back where we belong.
Rafa and his players got the job done in a division that was a lot more difficult than it was seven years ago.
It’s been a very tough and long season for everybody associated with Newcastle.
You also have to remember he risked his career and good name by staying with the Magpies, but he has complete faith in himself, with the result the fans love him even more than last summer.
It shows Rafa’s total commitment to Newcastle United Football Club.
Rafa has detailed what his transfer plans are for this summer, as reported in the Mirror today.
He is asking for about £100M from owner Mike Ashley in transfer funds and he will present his plans and the players he wants to sign to Mike at their one-on-one meeting at the end of the season.
We pointed out in an article this week that Rafa has probably added up to £200M in value to Newcastle over the next year and it’s obvious he wants to make the Magpies into a European powerhouse.
The only doubts are how Mike Ashley will react, because he’s never worked with such a top manager before, who knows exactly where he wants to take the club.
But all Mike has to do is to stand aside and support the manager, who is now like a God to the fans.
Mike should stand aside – much like he has done this season – then every year at the end of May work out how much additional value Rafa has brought financially to Newcastle United.
That value is in increased revenues, because we should be high up in the PL and in European competition too, if all goes according to plan
And it’s also the increase in the value of the Newcastle United club on the open market, as Rafa Benitez takes Newcastle into a very high profile club in England and Europe.
That’s the plan in ay case.
Mike will not screw this one up and now we were been promoted last Monday night, this is what’s in store for the very long-suffering Newcastle fans.
We love it!
Excuse me for being so upbeat and positive this morning, but that’s the way it is today.
Howay The Lads!!