Rafa Stays Calm But Positive – Clarifies Newcastle Now “In A Really Good Position”

Rafa Benitez seems to have got over the two close defeats which were very disappointing against teams we thought we could beat.

But we are still well positioned in the league table in 11th place with 14 points form our 11 league games and Rafa thinks we will get better as the season progresses.

But the last two games have been a little bit of a blimp and just before the International break.

But we cannot get ahead of ourselves and after beating Crystal Palace we thought it possible we could even win the next two games.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle’s world-class manager

Rafa seems upbeat and looks forward to Newcastle competing very soon against the top clubs in the Premier League.

This is what Rafa has told the Chronicle today:

“After some months this team will be stronger because they continue to work very hard.”

“Then we will stay in the Premier League, we’ll get money from the TV and we can compete against teams we couldn’t this year because of wages and transfers.”

“You can talk about players at Bournemouth or Burnley that we couldn’t sign because we couldn’t afford the fee or their wages.”

“We’re now in a really good position. We have to enjoy it and stay calm and support the team.”

“We’re not at the bottom of the table.” “It could be worse and could be better but we must stay calm.”

“Can you guarantee we’ll score goals?”  “No, you can’t because other teams set themselves up to defend.”

“We have to learn that we are a team working hard and giving everything for the fans and the club. Home and away they appreciate that.”

“We can’t control what they are saying on social media now because there’s a lot of people on there.”

“But the real fans were upset on September 1 because we didn’t have a massive transfer window.”

“The only way now for us to compete and stay in the Premier League this year is to stick together.”

Here’s where we are in the league – hopefully, we will be even higher by May?

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 8, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Not long now boys and girls 😉

  • lochinvar

    Nov 8, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Shirebrook – is it still on for the 17th ?
    Will there be Street parties ?

  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #3

    27th mate hopefully. Anytime after that we should start to see changes. End of Dec will be farewell to Ashley and his cronies.

  • lochinvar

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Shirebrook – 27th it is then. It’s in the diary.

  • Bambams

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #5

    I have some time on my hands here whilst on a little break.

    Searching everything on social media and I have attempted to find out a bit more from the source who stated definately going ahead and only two parties involved.

    Lads if you know anything please share so long as it doesn’t blow your source or cause anyone a problem because of some professional position.

    Ignore the ITK POLICE….

  • G

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Looking at that table makes me feel a lot better about our predicament in the league. After all, Watford were 4th a couple of weeks ago. 2 games in football can make a big difference. I don’t have high hopes for some of our upcoming fixtures, however, I feel confident that we will not be relegation fodder either.

  • beermonkey

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #7
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Rafa comment

    “But the real fans were upset on September 1 because we didn’t have a massive transfer window.”

    A dig at someone perhaps? 😉

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Here’s hoping we get a platinum owner then eh hibbit/shire!

    Or one that at least deals in it. Very expensive.

    Are you yanking our chain about metals?

    Not very excited now….

  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10

    I’ve not said owt about metals. You’ll have to ask Hibbit on that one 😉

  • beefman13

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Not long now lads n lasses, Amanda sipping her cocktails saying should i shouldn’t i?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Hibbit/Sparky…Trans-World Metals/The Reuben Brothers?

  • hibbit

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #13

    that’s the one

    could be a very big surprise !!

  • Mag52

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #14

    Happy photo of Rafa featured in this thread.
    Any ideas who the mask he’s wearing on his left arm might be of ?

  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #15

    Who’s saying Amanda’s gonna be the new owner?? 😉

    Hopefully the new owners will provide funds to get some steel upfront 😎

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Curiouser and curiouser! One saying it will happen but Amanda nowhere near it and another saying good to have a Geordie owner and now mention of metals! What have I have been missing here. Really hope it is Amanda as she seems to have the most financial muscle. cant think of too many Geordie billionaires.

  • Jib

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #17

    They are winding people up that it’s this guy
    There’s more chance of Mr Tuff buying NUFC

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #18

    Heavy Metals, a top Geordie rock group?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Sorry but someone was going to say it. 🙂

  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #20

    No it’s not him Jib 😉

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 8, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Rotonda…hibbit and sparky are probably teasing us a bit!

  • martoon

    Nov 8, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Jib – from previous – I must be going senile because I didn’t recognise Shola – looks so different with the bow tie & specs.

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 8, 2017 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #23


    Afternoon Jesper…….I thought you might find this amusing.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 8, 2017 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Is this a quiz on who the new owner is

  • NUFCadon

    Nov 8, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #25


    Do you’s know anything (regardless if you are willing to share), or is this a joke about the Geordie owners

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 8, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #26

    OP…I do think they are both sincere but they like the attention 🙂

  • hibbit

    Nov 8, 2017 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #27


    that’s a bit of a snidey remark !!
    if that’s what you think it’s time to keep my mouth shut

  • Our Toon

    Nov 8, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #28

    No news is good news on regards to takeover, I still struggle to see a mid season takeover but I’ll go with the lads / lasses that have inside info. Here’s hoping…..i’ll keep the faith!!

  • Oldgit1

    Nov 8, 2017 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Hibbet don’t take any notice of Jesper, if anyone seeks attention it’s him as his past posts illustrate.
    The guy is a prat. Keep the information coming mate. Please

  • Bambams

    Nov 8, 2017 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #30

    In a business sense if someone with an eye for development and finances to match. Buying Newcastle United warts and all then developing the rear of SJP with a hotel, Restaurants ….etc
    It’s prime land, any hotel would be advertised whenever SJP is on the box. It just makes logical business sense.

    In my opinion

  • Bambams

    Nov 8, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Maybe I am biased and just want the Gallowgate developed….

    Smiley Face

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 8, 2017 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Hibbit…how was that snidy?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 8, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #33

    Hibbit…if it means anything it wasn’t mean derogatory!

    …I just meant you and sparky had been playful earlier today in your correspondence about the take-over 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 8, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #34



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