This is the first press conference since Newcastle have gained that automatic promotion spot – our major goal for this season.
Next season’s goal is top four in the Premier League and the season after that the goal will be to win the Champions League outright.
What the heck’s in my coffee this morning?
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Rafa Benitez – gave press conference for Cardiff City game tomorrow night
Excuse me I got carried away again – back to reality.
The major news coming out of the press conference this afternoon is that Mike Ashley has already called Rafa, talked to him and congratulated him on the promotion and a job well done – so that story in the Times was not accurate today.
This is good news for Newcastle fans.
Rafa has already talked to Mike about what he wants to do this summer and has been in constant communication with Lee Charnley, including yesterday.
The HMRC investigation is related to something that happened over four or five years ago.
Mr. Benitez will have his one-on-one meeting with Mike Ashley and talk about everything – including himself – he seems to be looking forward to it.
It doesn’t seem to us there is a big rift between Mike And Rafa from the manager’s comments today, but the manager is very very ambitious because he wants to make Newcastle United great again.
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Here’s some of what Rafa said:
“What we have achieved has been really important for everyone here.”
“It is a great achievement, and the players deserve credit for that.”
“We had to create a new team competing in this division but they did really well. If we win, we will break the away record”
“If we win our games and Brighton make mistakes, we will be champions. We will try to do it.”
“Cardiff are very competitive. It will be a difficult game.”
“We will challenge Brighton and see what happens. We have two games, and we have to do our best.”
“Lascelles, Ritchie, Hanley and Anita are not in the squad. They need to rest injuries. We hope to have them for the last one”
“With all these things going on (HMRC) we’re trying to do business as usual.”
“It happened in the past, four or five years ago. I have to concentrate on football and do my job”
“I spoke to Lee Charnley yesterday evening and today about pre-season. We just concentrate on football and training”
“We are trying to do things as usual. We trained as normal. Preseason will start on July 3, but we still have to decide where”
“I have held conversations with Mike Ashley about what is going on and what they will do.”
“I’m confident. I’m happy. I will meet with Mike Ashley to discuss everything, including myself”.
Howay The Lads!!