Rafa Has United Newcastle – Now Has Complete Respect And Trust


Rafa Benitez didn’t take long to build up both the trust and adoration of the Newcastle fans.

He did that by coming in on March 11th last year and said all the right things and seemed to know just exactly what fans wanted – he seemed like a fan talking about what he wanted to do at the club.

His common sense and pragmatism were there for all to see, but he got off to a bad start and we had just one point from his first four games – a point at home to Sunderland that broke their six game winning streak.

Rafa Benitez – has United Newcastle across the board
Excuse the pun


But then after the embarrassment at Southampton he dropped Wijnaldum and some of our other stars and then in the last six games of the season we got 12 points, were unbeaten  but still were relegated.

Once Rafa agreed to stay on as a world-class manager managing Newcastle in England’s  second division that’s all fans need to know that Rafa was indeed dedicated to Newcastle United.

He has led Newcastle through hell and high water this season  in a league that is much more difficult than we ever thought last summer – it’s a very tough league.

In fact Rafa has labeled it the toughest football league in the world.

Throughout the season he represented Newcastle and the Championship with such dignity and honesty – and enthusiasm.

And even though it looked impossible with three games to go, when we were a full 7 points behind Brighton & Hove Albion we still won the league with three impressive wins in this last three games.

His former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher was right when he said there’s one thing about Rafa you should know – he simply never gives up.

So Rafa has the trust of the fans – they just love the man who was born to manage a club like Newcastle United.

It was also clear that he liked working with Managing Director Lee Charnley and they have worked famously together over the last 14 months with Lee thinking quite sincerely that Rafa is quite simply  the best manager in the world.

What Rafa seems to have done over the last few weeks is to gain the trust and respect of the owner Mike Ashley through his modest but hard-nosed and down to earth approach.

He knows lots and lots about the game of football and its different aspects – and Mike Ashley doesn’t.

So it seems Rafa has educated Mike on what goes on at top clubs and what everybody has to do to make Newcastle United into a great club again – a real powerhouse in Europe.

From the news today Mike Ashley seems to be backing Rafa full-bore this summer with every penny he can give his manager towards the transfer funds Rafa needs.

That includes every penny from players he can sell this summer.

It’s not quite nirvana at the club,  but this may be as close to Newcastle being UNITED on all levels than we’ve seen in a long time.

But of course we can still screw things up, so that has to keep us on our toes.

But let’s at least admit that Rafa Benitez has now truly united the Newcastle club and everybody is behind him.

And that now seems to include the owner Mike Ashley.

In Rafa we trust – in Rafa we really trust.

🙂 🙂 🙂

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82 comments so far

  • hibbit

    May 11, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #1

    RONALDO
    when George Caulkin at the times starts giving names that’s the time to start taking notice

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 11, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #2

    I think we’re all reading to much in to the finance side of things. Rafa has basically told us his demands were going to be realistic and they have been agreed with very quickly, apart from the announcement of a new four year deal I don’t know what more we could have asked for.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 11, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #3

    WWSBRD- is that patachute payment of £40m from promotion to the epl? Either way it is good news if Rafa is happy I am happy.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 11, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Jail,

    I new deal for Rafa would be the cherry on top of the icing on the cake 🙂

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #5

    As for the amount Rafa has to spend. They can keep guessing for me as no one will ever know.

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  • Budge123

    May 11, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Has ‘the over-rated frenchman’s’ Internet access broke do you think?
    Why else would he not be on being happy with the rest of us…….

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  • cyprus

    May 11, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #7

    So here we go.

    Mangala, not too sure about. I know our defense will be under constant attack this season and we will need reinforcement, for injuries and to improve a little.

    But, even 38 draws can get you relegated. We can expect, say, our current players to get half this year’s tally in the PL.

    Conclusion: we need firepower and some people who can unlock top competition, as this is the PL.

    Rafa must know we need a team upgrade, like 4-5 top new players. Not for the future, for now.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 11, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Hibbit
    George caulkin? He’s no soccer sauce 😉

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  • WWSBRD

    May 11, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #9

    JP
    Erm yes? Haha I think it’s around 40mill we get for getting relegated I think we only get 50p for winning the Champ

    Aye mate if Rafa is happy then he has enough to take the squad forward and he’s ambitious…should be a good summer

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 11, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Where’s this Benitez contact talk come from? I don’t think he needs an extension or anything, he’s only in the first year of a three year deal. Would leave contract stuff towards the end of this season.

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  • WWSBRD

    May 11, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #11

    If u read this blog u get the idea our squad isn’t good enough but neither is any player we could get haha tough job

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  • DubaiMicky

    May 11, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #12

    “every last penny that the club generates through promotion, player sales and other means in order”

    So nothing then.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 11, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #13

    I am pleased at the positive feeling from these meetings.

    It does still somewhat amaze me at how excited we all get at the idea that Ashley will allow the club to spend it’s money.

    It’s the blueprint of the club. Self sufficiency. It’s not exactly going the extra mile, it’s just not being a total d**k about it…which I guess is something to celebrate.

    Difference these days is a proper manager at the helm to make it work. Good luck Rafa.

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  • WWSBRD

    May 11, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #14

    Ibiza
    Baby steps it’s positive simply for Ashley not to make a mess of things straight away

    Tbf this club doesn’t need Ashleys money once the tv money kicks in…might even be able to start paying that loan back, then what can they hold over us

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  • WWSBRD

    May 11, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Or u know buy back our assets

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 11, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Yo…Aye, he’s been pawning off the assets whilst we stockpiled some cash 🙂 He’s going to go get ’em back.

    I get the baby steps bit and wasn’t expecting anything more. Never had a problem with being self sufficient, just not sure if that’s the model why there’s a song and dance over the idea that Ashley will allow that to continue.

    A song and dance about Rafa being happy? Of course, I mean who doesn’t like to see a smile on that man’s face.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 11, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Didn’t mean to upset the party, just a passing opinion.

    A bit like a fart, it’ll no doubt clear soon.

    *Waves arms about trying to waft the air about*

    See, smelling better already.

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  • WWSBRD

    May 11, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Ibiza
    Aye strategy hasn’t changed throughout but Rafa heading it up could work out well fingers crossed

    I think it’s just everyone can relax now until atleast Jan anyway

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 11, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Yo…Ha ha, best one I’ve read in a while.

    Everyone relaxed? Until January?

    Good stuff mate.

    It is nice going into a summer window with excitement and optimism. Be good to see how our team shapes up by the start of the season.

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  • WWSBRD

    May 11, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Ibiza
    Haha well relaxed about Rafa staying anyway

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  • lochinvar

    May 11, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #21

    West Ham have offered defender Pablo Zabaleta, 32, a two-year deal worth £100,000 a week to join them when his Manchester City contract expires this summer. (Sport360 via Sun)

    Good to know that taxpayers money is going to such a good cause.

    Level playing field – ha ! The Accrington Stanley Chairman has a point.

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  • optimistic prime

    May 11, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Is there a fantasy Rafa bingo for first line up of next season?

    Kets does one every year so maybe everyone else’s fancies joining in.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 11, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #23

    When does pre-season start? Anybody know?

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 11, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #24

    lochinvar…Be fair, they did pay £15m upfront and a whopping £2.5m a year as rent!

    OP…See Barcelona’s starting line up, just with Dummett at LB and Colback at CM.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 11, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #25

    What’s been the craic with fans forums this season?

    I don’t appear to have seen anything on it, not that I can recall at least.

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  • Tsunki

    May 11, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #26

    There are a few stalwart “contributors” taking garden leave ATM as they brace themselves for a tediously boring year in the Premier League. No doubt they will come rushing back to dispense sage wisdom as soon as we suffer an inevitable defeat.

    I also suspect that many “reporters” are crouched in the shadows now, willing a fracture in relations at the club. I suppose they think that Mike and his buddies are great suppliers of ammunition and it’s only a waiting game before controversy comes knocking. I’m hoping that the hard knocks they’ve taken in the medua and from the fans these past few years has rounded those edges off and we can start being known for our football rather than our “daft Geordie” horse-punching antics.

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  • optimistic prime

    May 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #27

    Ibiza

    What happens if Real sign Colback in the summer? Hope Rafa has a plan b

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #28

    Wave your arms Tsunki. Works a treat.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 11, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #29

    OP…Funnily enough, that wasn’t a great concern before.

    Now I’m worried mind. Always thought Colback was basically like Modric.

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  • magpie6699

    May 11, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #30

    When do we start getting money for being in the PL next season? TV etc? I saw something 2 years ago that estimated an average of 80million per club with foreign TV and sponsorship over and above that. That would be a decent starting point!

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 11, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #31

    magpie…Fairly sure you get paid at the end of the season. So will see the benefit of that in the 2018/19 season.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 11, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #32

    Reading the Journal this morning RAFA is after bringing in seven new ready first team players – centre back, left winger, central midfielder and two strikers to start with. do we trust Carr or has RAFA got his own scouts – wouldn’t surprise me especially in Spain and South Aerica

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  • Budge123

    May 11, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #33

    Really can’t get my head around the serenity surrounding our club at the moment. It’s just too unusual to accept!
    Only a week or 2 ago the taxman had our MD in cuffs!

    I go from thinking avoiding relegation will be a success to thinking being best of the rest (8th ) is realistic!

    Not to wish ones life away but I wish it was August.

    Would it were day!
    Alas poor Golem of Blunderland he longs not for the dawning as we do.
    (Sic Henry V)

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  • lesh

    May 11, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #34

    It’s an awful station I know, but Freddy Shepherd due to be interviewed soon (as at 10.35am).

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  • Ben Afri

    May 11, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #35

    optimistic prime @27

    Haaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahaha…Love it!

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  • lesh

    May 11, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #36

    Repost with correction….

    It’s an awful station I know, but Freddy Shepherd due to be interviewed by TalkSport radio soon (as at 10.35am).

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  • cyprus

    May 11, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #37

    Ww
    Good point about what we have not being good enough and players bandied also not good enough 😉

    Charlie
    On needs, agree, we must sign a few.

    Rafa
    Sign at least one exciting player who can get people off their seats. Even if he’s generally lazy 🙂

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  • Ben Afri

    May 11, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #38

    Lesh @ 36

    I live in South Africa…Do they have a live internet stream for that interview?

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  • jayphoto

    May 11, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #39

    Fairly sure media and pundits have zero football knowledge in this country…
    Doesn’t matter how much Rafa has to spend, we won’t be signing players like Mangala, his wage is near double our highest earner…
    It’s possible we’re talking to man city about players, they have a fantastic reserve side, but no way are we taking players that are on north of 100k…

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 11, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #40

    ronaldo,
    With two years left he doesn’t need an extension you’re right but like Shirebrook said it would have been the cherry on the icing on the cake. After all they gave Pardew an eight year deal and threatened us with giving Wally one if he’d managed to keep us 17th for eight years. Not saying we should give Rafa an eight year deal but another two years to show that everyone that all parties are totally committed would have been very nice. Maybe they’ll do it later on this year.

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