Rafa Talks About What Newcastle Must Do Next Season

Rafa Benitez has tried to set (reset) expectations for next season and it could be a difficult season  because we were down below for a season and we are now way behind the top six or seven clubs in the Premier League.

Rafa has talked about what Newcastle must do to compete well next term in the most popular sports league in the world where the games are seen live around the world.

A lot of that has to do with some good recruitment this summer by Rafa and Managing Director Lee Charnley working together in the transfer window.

Rafa Benitez holds up Championship trophy last Sunday

This is what Rafa has said about next season as reported in the Mirror:

“The big boys they are quite far ahead at the moment. Then you see Crystal Palace, West Brom, Southampton and Stoke that are quite strong.”

“They have an advantage because they have been in the Premier League for a few years and have all the money that is involved with that.”

“We have to make sure we make the right decisions.” “If we sign the players they must be the right ones. We must also keep the right players.”

“Then we must create a team spirit that will sometimes allow you to compensate when it comes to the difference between some of the sides.”

“We will try to create the best team possible and compete. After that, we will see how far we can go.”

“Maybe we will go to the Premier League and people think the team is weak, but the team spirit is so good you can beat anyone.”

The great news this week was that owner Mike Ashley seems fully behind Rafa, as the manager tries to bring a trophy  to Newcastle United for the first time since 1969 and increase the club’s value on the open market way past £1B.

That’s one reason we were always confident Mike would not screw this thing up this summer.


Howay The Lads!!

16 comments so far

  • Jib

    May 12, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Those close to the team in season 2009/10 reckon the senior players had as much to do with promotion as Chris Hughton.
    Harper Nolan Barton Smith Jonas Coloccini Simpson Guthrie Lovenkrands Taylor Butt
    There’s some big characters and a hell of a lot of experience there !

    Rafa came in pretty cold and had to start from scratch

  • firebug666

    May 12, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s spot on, a good team spirit with the lads all playing and working for each other can go a long way to winning a game.

    My only concern is we seem to start slow in games and work our way in to it, if we do that in the premiership we could end up with a mountain to climb by the time we get up to speed in the game.

    Still let’s see who comes and goes, and how that will change our philosophy for the big league.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 12, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Aye, you can’t underestimate team spirit. When he took over it was non existent, too many big names knowing no matter what that they would be away anyway, unfortunately the two crunch games came too soon and had the first game in charge been Swansea or Palace i stead of Leicester away it may well have given us more belief going into the Norwich and mackem games, but we’re back and if we could take the form of those ten games over the whole season it’s going to be half decent.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 12, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Tyson vs Ali or Marciano vs Ali, ifs and buts. Different reasons why both had it harder or easier, it doesn’t matter, both went up as Champions.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 12, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Do you think we’ll get a chance to start slow next season.

  • Budge123

    May 12, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Firebug – I thought we started fast in a lot of games scored early and then sat back.
    We must have had a few goals in first 5 mins?

    But next season is another story and one Rafa will love the challenge of.

    Those quotes don’t sound like him at all though – big boys can’t see him phrasing something like that!

  • catchy in norway

    May 12, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #7

    it’s not so much the teams they both had, more about the experience the coaches have or had at that time.

    Hoots had some big personalities, for sure, but a lot of very big names went that summer, and he was brand new out of the box in his first full job as a manager, he had to pick them up and get the players and the fans to believe in him.

    We all know about Rafa, even before the players took to him, us the fans already believed he would do it. his record is up there with the best

  • firebug666

    May 12, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #8


    It’s a concern, we seem to feel our way into games, soaking up pressure etc, Teams in the premiership will not miss so many chances.

    Like I say the philosophy may change with new players coming in, and we may start on the front foot, pressing the opposition more instead of just allowing them possession.

    Of cause until we see what team we will have at the start of the season, and how Rafa plans to assault the premiership we can only guess.

    Just saying we started slow in a lot of games, The Prem teams will be less forgiving.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 12, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Sorry, what’s your point again, I can’t be bothered to read back.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 12, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Like Budge said mind, we scored 19 times in the first twenty minutes, less so in the second half of the season as well when teams were maybe parking the bus more. Teams will not be parking the bus much next season.

  • catchy in norway

    May 12, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #11


    i’m not so sure, we played some very good footballing teams home and away, and i think it doesn’t matter how good the players are, if the team is going through a rough patch, nothing goes in.

    to my thinking the prem is 2 leagues, those involved in the top 7 and those wanting to hit 40 points, managers like sam pulis pardew bruce are all 40 point managers and not interested in cups, where as Rafa is looking at winning something and pushing as high as he can.

    i think he will set a target of at least 50 points, which is a big ask in his first season back, but he will use it as a bench mark for the seasons after

  • Jib

    May 12, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Hardly brand new out the box
    Wise had appointed him defensive coach under Keegan when he soon became first team coach then asst manager
    He was acting manager when Keegan left and again when Joe had his chest-clutcher and again when Shearer walked.

    That NUFC squad had a lot of player power and was a knocking bet to bounce back .

    I think throughout Chris’ time at NUFC his input was less than a normal manager and some of the dressing room personalities had a big say in team affairs.
    That could have been a contributory factor in his shock sacking.

  • carl

    May 12, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Yee hev the reet to remain silent, but yee don’t hev the ability , dyah?
    ” The Road Not Taken” by Jail for Ashley.

  • carl

    May 12, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Don’t know about bully. He’s the keind of a fellow tha ye could use as a blueprint te build an eejit.

  • giimps

    May 12, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Was hoots not assistant manager or coach or something with those players?
    If so , he would know them all and more omportantly, he would have had a bond with them.
    IMHO ,
    The league was not as difficult to get promoted from back then, the money wasnt being risked by many owners to get teams up as it is now.
    The quality of managers prepared to manage in the 2nd tier wasnt so high and the quality of some of the international players plying their trade there wasnt the same.
    The massive increase in tv money has changed a lot of teams perceptions of the golden goose, the money for the premier league has probably trebled in the 8 years or so, this means the amount championship teams are prepared to risk is going up too, therefore better players coming in, better managers being recruited from abroad…….im not saying Hoots had it easy then , just that with the players he had, the bond he had with them and the lack of quality opposition (managers, players and financial) he was on a good footing from the beginning.
    Rafa has come in, used his own ability and experience (as well as the players he recruited and kept) and transformrd a bedraggled ,confidenceless, rudderless hamsham of a group of players into a team /squad of intelligent, hard working technical obedient cogs of his machine, granted it started as soon as he came, it took him a few games to get the players here to adhere to his ideas but given time, he would have kept us up……but he came too late so had to rip up what hed started and go again….i bet theres not many managers anywhere in the world who have had to assemble and gel a different team 3 seasons running while still at the same employer.
    Anyway, as always ,this is just my opinion and like i said, i loved Hoots as a manager here, i love Rafa as a manager here but i think they have both done an extraordinary job for differing reasons to get us back to the place we belong, i just think it was slightly harder for Rafa than Hoots….IMHO, HWTL, HWTF, HWRB

  • Moonraker15

    May 12, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #16

    Simple question; if they gave us the choice of manager for next season, Hoots or Rafa who would we choose? I would love to know if ANYONE would vote for Hoots! I doubt it cos the squad he had to get us up was full of quality and experience. Rafa put that team together last summer and it was him that pushed it over the line! Just brilliant!


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