Maybe I’m just completely biased, but I couldn’t help thinking during the game on Sunday against Liverpool how Rafa Benitez could take the players Jurgen Klopp hs and make them into a side challenging for the Premier League.
And this season too.
Given what he’s done at Newcastle in a short 18 months with players much cheaper and of lesser ability than at Liverpool it really shows what a great coach we have on Tyneside. – possibly the best manager we have had in our long 125 years.
If Rafa stays long term he’s likely to become the best manager we have had in our long 125-year history.
They may even have to build two statues for him at St. James’ Park.
And there must have been other people thinking that Rafa could rejuvenate that Liverpool team too – given his work this season with Newcastle United.
Of course, he returned Liverpool to be one the top teams in Europe when he joined them in 2004 and we saw on Sunday how revered he is at both Liverpool and Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
It’s not a coincidence that Newcastle have been on TV so much this season – people watch a game if Rafa is on the touchline.
But we also have seen pundits start changing their minds about Newcastle this season.
A number of them are coming out and saying we will do quite well and avoid the drop because we have Rafa Benitez at the helm.
When you look at the 14 teams in the league and take out the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool – we should be able to win those game home and away.
We could get a decent points total doing that – so that’s our big hope this season.
Unfortunately, we have already lost at Brighton and Huddersfield, but we still have 31 games to go.
In the five games we have played against the bottom 14 teams we have taken 9 points so far, but the next four games are all against some of those 14 teams.
Date Opposition Venue KO
Sun 15th Oct Southampton A 16:00 Sat 21st Oct Crystal Palace H 15:00 Mon 30th Oct Burnley A 20:00 Sat 4th Nov Bournemouth H 15:00
We could shock ourselves this season and do very well.