It’s very clear we have a world-class manager in place at Newcastle and to have won three European Championships with three different clubs takes some doing.
And that’s just some of the success Rafa Benitez has had in his very successful career so far.
But that career can get even better as manager of Newcastle United, and he seems to have everything in place to be successful, assuming we get new owners soon.
The players listen to everything Rafa says, and the home fans do the same thing and then do what’s necessary to help the team during the games.
The fans were rewarded on Saturday with that late goal from Mikel Merino to get the win.
But yes – it was a mediocre game at best to watch with Newcastle nowhere near their best form against a very well organized and spirited Crystal Place side.
Rafa Benitez – we must all stick together
Rafa is convinced the team can keep improving and he has said this today – as reported in the Chronicle – when he was asked if he thought the times ahead for the club could be exciting:
“Yes, I feel like it’s important to realize where we were and where we are.”
“We were relegated, we have come back from the Championship and to be where we are in the Premier League.”
“Every fan, every player and every member of staff needs to remember that the way we have done this is by working hard and sticking together.”
“We are where we are and we are happy with what we have got. We have to make sure these players continue to believe and we can improve and do better.”
“I know we won, but it was not a great game or an easy game.” (you can say that again)
“It’s a young team and we can improve a lot of things and we can improve a lot of players, we must believe we can get results.”
“I think the players always believed they did have the quality for the Premier League, they had that confidence after the first game.”
“Even though we lost to Tottenham, we played with 10 men, but you could see this was a very good team.”
“We could see the level, we could see how hard we worked and how organized we were.”
“If you can do that, you will have chances to be successful.”
“The main thing is the players are working hard, you can say what you want, but if they are not willing to do it, the team will not improve.”
“They want to work hard and they want to learn – the players listen to you, that’s the main thing.”
“After that, young players, it is easier when they see a manager with experience.”
“You put everything together and we have a team that still has plenty of games to go, but my message to everybody is that we have achieved nothing.”
“We have to keep going.”
“If we lose three games in a row, everybody will be panicking, but we are in a really good position.”
“We have to keep doing the same things and stick together and take it one game at a time.”
“We can be stronger if we keep this idea. If we think we have done a great job, we will not.”
“I’m always demanding, that is the way. You cannot think you have achieved anything because in my experience if you do, that, you will not achieve anything.”
“Everyone was expecting this would be an easy game, but it wasn’t. I have this experience, I can say: ‘Don’t do this, don’t do that.’”
“We have to realize that we have to focus on every single game.”
Great words there form Rafa.
We are reminded of the axiom that once any player believes their own headlines it’s downhill from there.
It’s true in any profession – to believe you can become better and that you are always learning – however old you are.
And as many readers will testify – I am still trying to improve on how to write decent articles – after over 10 years of trying.
Newcastle are in a really good place right now – we just need to keep Rafa Benitez on board for as long as we possibly can – and success will be assured.
Rafa Benitez was born to manage Newcastle United.