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!!