West Ham United Vice-Chairman Karren Brady has written in The Sun today that she thinks it’s a very good match between world-class manager Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United – one of the best supported football clubs in the world.
And if you don’t believe that – how many other clubs would have a 97.5% of capacity average home attendance (51,106) in England’s second division?
Karen Brady – Vice-Chairman of West Ham
The winning of the Championship on Sunday caused great celebrations at St, James’ Park and it was followed up with a four meeting on Tuesday night between Rafa, Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley.
The meeting seemed to be very positive with Mike pledging to give Rafa all he had this summer so Benitez can build a side capable of challenging in the top half of the Premier League next season.
This is actually what Mike said:
“I’ve confirmed to Rafa and Lee that they can have every last penny that the club generates through promotion, player sales and other means in order to build for next season.”
This is the most positive we’ve ever been in the ten years we have run this blog, and in truth Newcastle have struggled as a club over the last ten years with two relegations and some terrible seasons.
It’s been very painful.
But with Rafa now leading the way everything and anything is is possible and this man has it all to become the greatest manager Newcastle have ever had.
We mean that quite sincerely.
Karen Brady is also positive about the match between Rafa and Newcastle United and she had this to say in her football diary in The Sun today:
“Championship champions Newcastle are lucky to have Rafa Benitez as manager and the 57-year-old is lucky to have Newcastle with their huge and deeply loyal following,”
“I sense Benitez is happy at a club with a similar working-class character to Liverpool where he is still regarded with much affection, not least for winning the Champions League.”
“In Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley, he has the best financial means to give the Premier League a real go next year.”
“Mike talked about ‘making your own luck’ but in football you also need a good manager and great players.”
“He has at least one of these ingredients. And in my experience the rest follows – as long as you have a big cheque book, which Mike certainly has.”
Newcastle now have an opportunity over the next few years to get back challenging the big boys at the top of the Premier League and this summer transfer window will be one of the most important we have seen for some time.
As Rafa says, we have to bring in the right players and also keep those who can do the job for Newcastle.
It’s going to be very exciting at Newcastle from now on for our fans – and that will be a nice change – with Rafa Benitez leading the club forward to much bigger and better things.
🙂 🙂 🙂