It’s always surprising what a win can do and what two wins in a row can do for any club.
When we lost the first two games of the season that did not help with the mood of the fans, especially when Rafa had made it known he was not happy with the way the club handled business during the summer transfer window.
Rumors that he may leave the club surfaced again in the national press, but things have calmed down in the last few weeks especially after two great wins and two very good performances from the side.
Rafa has got the players in at Newcastle, and his attitude is to get the very best out of the players he has – and he’s starting to do that rather quickly.
Rafa is again showing what an excellent coach and manager he is.
A smiling Rafa Benitez after the West Ham win
Another win at home against a good Stoke City side on Saturday afternoon and things will be even better – three wins in a row for the first time in the Premier League for almost four years.
With Rafa being sick last week it would only show him how much he is loved at Newcastle and heaven knows how many get-well messages he received from Newcastle fans.
He was at home all week in the Wirral, and we suspect his wife and two daughters would have been reminding him of all the positives there are at Newcastle.
The negative at the moment seems to be one man – owner Mike Ashley – and Mile even deserves credit last Thursday for stepping in quickly and sorting out the bonus payments for the players.
Rafa was said to be pleased Mike did that and let’s at least give Mike some credit for doing something that was needed.
So we have an upbeat feeling that when Rafa looks at the Newcastle project – yes there are some negatives – but there are also many positives.
He will see one of them on Saturday afternoon when St. James’ Park will again be sold out, and his name will be chanted continuously by the Newcastle fans.
They know how important Rafa Benitez is to Newcastle.
Rafa is Newcastle United at the moment.
Long may he remain our manager for many years to come.