Benitez – Why Can’t Newcastle Win The Premier League?


This is is the third part in covering the excellent interview Rafa has given in the Mail today, which is actually his first interview since the first week after we won the Championship back on May 7th and he’s been off working hard on transfers with Managing Director Lee Charnley.

We also assume he has been reacquainting himself with his wife and two teenage daughters, after spending  an awful lot of time away from them last season as he engineered Newcastle’s immediate return to the Premier League in first place in the Championship.

Rafa makes it clear in this part of the interview that he’s not saying Newcastle will win the Premier League next season but knowing Rafa’s ambition  he wants to win something soon – the FA Cup and League Cup being the most likely trophies we can win next season.

Rafa Benitez – want to win trophies at Newcastle

That’s one reason Rafa will want a sizable squad again next season in the Premier League.

But since one of the trophies Rafa was unable to win at Liverpool FC was the Premier League title, we are sure further down the road he will want to have a crack at winning the Premier League with Newcastle.

And with  Rafa’s level of ambition – that’s probably sooner rather than later.

This is some of what Rafa has said in the Mail today:

“When I start something I put all my passion into it.” “I will try to do my best and hopefully everything will be fine.”

“The things will be done in the right way and we can build what we want to build, a strong team and a strong club that can compete in the Premier League for everything.”

“When I say everything, I don’t say the title, but why not?

“Everything means we have to be consistent.” “If you have the FA Cup, you can be there.” “It is not Rafa saying he wants to win the league, no.”

“I want to be competitive and after we can win a trophy or you can win the league.” “You never know.”

“It will be more difficult with every year, but for sure, you have to try.”

It reminds us of the great Liverpool manager Bill Shankly and one of his famous quotes:

“Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.”

The point is you have to aim really high if you want to be successful.

So if your aim is to be in the top half of the Premier League, which seems to be what we were trying to do before Rafa came on board,  you get relegated twice in seven years.

Comments welcome.



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41 comments so far

  • ToonFanAbroad

    Jun 8, 2017 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Love Rafa, smart man and knows exactly what to say.

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Jun 8, 2017 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #2

    “When I start something I put all my passion into it.” “I will try to do my best and hopefully everything will be fine.”
    that’s more than enough rafa

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  • ToonFanAbroad

    Jun 8, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #3

    What do you guys think about Delph for 12 mil?

    Bit much for me I think, but he has got PL experience.

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  • Son of a Geordie

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Rafa seems to focus on the process, knowing that it will take care of the outcome, which is better than the opposite of focusing on the outcome and not the process.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #5

    TFA

    Hasn’t Delph had a few injury problems?

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  • Son of a Geordie

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Stevo tended to use this mantra as an excuse though, offering a glimmer of holy that things would turn around. The pure class of Rafa leaves other managers in his shadow.

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  • Son of a Geordie

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Hope not holy

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  • Shot Bru

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Solanke at last is showing some form in this under 20 tournament.

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  • Son of a Geordie

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #9

    A lot of mates ask me if I am happy Newcastle are back in the premiership. The answer is undoubtedly yes, but at the same time the championship made for interesting blog reading given we had two games a week more often than not.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Delph would be a good signing slot straight into our side

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  • ToonFanAbroad

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Ron

    He has had a couple problems these past 2 years, last one was Sept last year, out for about 4 months.

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  • Son of a Geordie

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Strengthen the spine, then the full backs imho

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  • Ron Knee

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #13

    TFA

    Think he’d be a good signing for us – provided he stays fit!

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  • ToonFanAbroad

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Haven’t there been quite a few ManC players released?
    Any of them worth looking at, we could somewhat “match” their wages since we are saving on a transfer fee

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  • Son of a Geordie

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Rafa will have a tight budget this first year back. The season after next, provided we stay up, we will have a considerable tfer budget. Means no marquee players. Can’t go wrong with players like Ritchie, class all round.
    Taking a punt on Delph for a short term contract, weighing up injury history, bit of a risk?

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  • ToonFanAbroad

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Ron

    Exactly what I was thinking, just thought the 12 mil price tag might be a bit much, but given the experience he has it (and the fact he’s English) could justify it.

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  • nut meg

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #17

    England 1-1

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  • Shot Bru

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #18

    nut meg

    England are running riot this half, should have finished it off by now.

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  • john tudor

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #19

    make do and mend

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  • north east lincs toon

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #20

    No but we can get top 4 if Rafa gets his own signings not Charnley’s or mashleys

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  • kc2012

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #21

    We’ve been linked to Sheyi Ojo a good few times. Based on this England U20’s game, he would be a brilliant signing. I hope Rafa is watching this game

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  • expatmag

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #22

    2-1 England…..Lookman

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  • expatmag

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #23

    3-1 England….Solamke

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  • Ron Knee

    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #24

    So England v Venezuela in the final.

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  • giimps

    Jun 8, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Great result for England u20, through to a world cup final for the first time for a few weeks, Solanke looks like a man amongst boys, Italy were clueless once they got the early goal ,just need the reds to win the other big competition today

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  • cyprus

    Jun 8, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Rafa my man

    We’ve downgraded our expectations… Most of us would be ‘thrilled’ to survive the drop.

    Now you ask why can’t we win the league??

    So if I say why can’t we finish top ten would that be defeatist and resemble some hated individuals’ goals?

    So should I aim for cl then?

    Please explain 😉

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 8, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Why cant we win the lge? Its pretty simple why not. We cant compete with the big boys at the top. Rafa is a good manager but he can only do so much.
    We are,nt just being left behind by the guys at the top but at the minute we cant even secure the signings of loan players ffs.
    Every day i come on here in hope that we have secured the signing of a player that we have been chasing, but i read just the opposite.
    The Abraham saga is starting to ring alarm bells for me. And what happened to the Lejuene deal.,? not sure if ive spelt his name right.
    Its true that not a lot has happened in the market so far with any club, but too many times over the years we have pussy footed around and ended up with panic buys, if any at all..
    We were told that Benitez would have all his recruitment sorted long before the pre season got under way, yet the only deal we have got OVER THE LIVE, remember that one? is the Atsu deal.
    Are any bloggers on here concerned about the lack of activity like me ?

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #28

    WL
    No

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  • hibbit

    Jun 8, 2017 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #29

    WLtoon
    players don’t report back for pre season till the 3rd of july
    the transfer window opens on saturday
    why should we be worried ????

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  • corkypants

    Jun 8, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Why is everyone in panic, people are acting like doing a multi million pound deal is just like going to the shop for a packet of smarties, be patient!!!

    I’m sure Rafa isn’t just sat around twiddling his thumbs. We were obviously in for Semedo so it shows we are active. All the players are on holiday still. The wheels will start to turn for every team in the next week or so.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 8, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #31

    corky
    Tbf I’ve not seen many people panicked. Most seem pretty relaxed I’d say a few obviously a touch up in arms but minority is say

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 8, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m not worried about the lack of activity in the transfer market. Hate to think what the Big fours teams fans are like with their lack of activity too!!

    Chill your boots people 🙂

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 8, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Son of a Geordie
    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    A lot of mates ask me if I am happy Newcastle are back in the premiership. The answer is undoubtedly yes, but at the same time the championship made for interesting blog reading given we had two games a week more often than not.

    Don’t fret, we will be playing in Europe next (2018/19) season.

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  • cjtoon

    Jun 8, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #34

    Anyone think we should have a look at Santi Cazorla who’s contract is up this summer. He’s had a rough couple of seasons with injuries but he would be an absolute tank for us in a creative sense.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 8, 2017 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #35

    Great result and a World Cup Final appearance – I hope the U21 players can keep their feet on the ground.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40202212

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  • hibbit

    Jun 8, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #36

    cjtoon
    not sure how many injury prone players one club can take.
    but we seem to be looking at more than our fair share at the moment

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 8, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #37

    I hope we are closely monitoring the situation with Patrick Roberts, anywhere between £5-12m would be a really good deal. Staying at Celtic would get him into Europe but playing for Rafa would be a better option.

    https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/sport/football/1112196/celtic-patrick-roberts-permanent-deal-manchester-city-transfer-saga/

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 8, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #38

    I know Rafa has pointed out the targets he wants and will be working hard to press Charnley to get the deals done, lets see what happens from Saturday onwards in that case

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  • Sir Eric

    Jun 8, 2017 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #39

    @cjtoon

    I would be interested in Cazorla, but I read a few days ago he’s had another injury setback that’ll most likely keep him out till almost December…

    Would be a massive risk for us.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 8, 2017 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #40

    There seems to be a good core of bloggers who are panicking before the event at things that might not happen. A bit like wondering if the Pizza delivery is actually going to be on time when you haven’t even ordered it yet. Nothings started yet. Step away from the big red button…..

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