It was a magnificent day for Newcastle fans everywhere yesterday, as everything came together and not only did we easily win our final game of the season 3-0 at home to Barnsley, but we managed to pip Brighton to the Championship after a late equalizer from Jack Grealish meant the game at Villa Park ended 1-1.
We also saw photos taken of a jovial Mike Ashley with the Championship trophy and also a great shot of Mike, Rafa and Lee Charnley all smiling and looking like they were together.
Hope that’s true.
Rafa Benitez – the Man of the Moment
Rafa is getting more and more confident that he can work with Mike Ashley to put together an overall joint blueprint for how Mr. Benitez will take the club forward over the next several years to (unlimited) success.
Yesterday was one of those times when you just have to experience it – suck it all in – and words cannot come close to describing how Newcastle fans felt – so proud and happy and overjoyed.
This is what Rafa said after the game:
“I don’t have the English words to describe what happened,”
“It’s difficult to say because I have been a manager for so many years but you appreciate it more when you get older and you feel the emotion around the city and the stadium and everywhere.”
“I would like to dedicate the title to everyone involved – the staff, the players, the fans, everyone.”
“Thank you to all of them. I said before that we had to come with a smile on our faces, and maybe go back home with an even bigger smile.”
“I am really proud of these players, everyone.” “You can see and feel that the fans were very emotional.”
“It was the same as the last game of the last season, but in a different way.” “It was much better.”
“I will meet Ashley next week, but it’s always important for him, for us, to feel the love of the fans and the passion in the stadium.”
“I already have an idea of what a successful club could look like. I think also he has an idea.” “I think we have to put both ideas together next week.”
“I think it is the right time to talk, if not it doesn’t matter.” “We will be in contact to be sure we share the same ambition about how to improve.”
“How to be competitive and to do the right things for everyone.”
What we’d like to see happen and we think it will – is that Rafa gets a (very) long term deal from Ashley.
Maybe a 10 year deal – so he has the security to know he’s at Newcastle for a long time and he can start building Newcastle United into a European Powerhouse.
This is the best outcome we could have hoped for this season, which could well be a very important milestone in Newcastle United’s long and glorious history.
What do you think?