Rafa Benitez Issues Strong And Forceful Message To Newcastle Fans


We never like it when we see articles that are smashing a Newcastle player after they have given a poor performance.

What good does that do?

Not much, other than it brings the player further down – it certainly doesn’t help them.

Every player we have on the team gives 100% effort in every single game – sometimes they don’t play well sometimes they do – that’s the nature of football.

Newcastle are struggling at the moment with four successive defeats and we are not playing particularly well.

Rafa Benitez – forceful words from the gaffer

Rafa has given his press conference today for the game at the Hawthorns tomorrow night and he has talked forcefully about a number of things before the West Brom game.

He has talked about where we were after the transfer window closed in early September and that the major goal this season is to stay in the Premier League.

That’s job one.

Just like last season when the major goal was to be promoted – preferably in an automatic position – and we were able to do that.

And there were bumps – sometimes big bumps – along the way – like being beaten twice by Blackburn who were relegated.

And then stumbling near the end of the season when Brighton were 7 points above us with just 3 games to play.

If we stay in the Premier League the club will get all that big money again and Newcastle will at least be on a fairly level playing field with the rest of the Premier League clubs.

That was not true last summer.

Here’s some of what Rafa has said today:

“No-one should forget that on September 1 following the end of the transfer window)all of the fans were saying it was going to be a difficult season.”

“Nobody said it would be easy but we are 14th and in a good position.”

“I think the majority of fans know the reality. We have a good team but we also have injuries and our squad is not as big as some.”

“So we are doing well. Could it be better?” “Yes, 100% but everyone needs to understand our reality.”

“What is our target? “What do we want to achieve this season?”

“To stay in the Premier League.”

“We do not know what is going on (with the takeover) and what will happen.”

“Our fans need to know it could be even worse.” “If we don’t sign anyone, what can we do?”

“We have to stick together and keep working hard until the end of the season.”

“I think Joselu is doing a lot of things right.”

“He is doing a great job for the team and he is making the rest of our team feel more comfortable.”

“If you want to sign a striker who’ll score 20 goals, you must pay £40M.

“If you sign an average striker, it’s £15M, or £10M if they can kick it forward.”

“We didn’t do it. That’s the situation we’re in.” “We must stick together.”

“I still have full confidence in our team.”

“Yedlin didn’t have a bad game.” “He was up against two top quality players.”

“We have to win games as a team.”

“This group of players can manage if we stay calm and continue in the same way.”

“Our fans know where we are and why we are here.” “We have had a difficult month.”

“We knew that before.” “We have 14 points and are in a good position.”

“Are we happy? No, it could be better – but it could be worse.”

“If it gets worse, keep on going.”

Rafa is well aware that a lot of the fans are agitated and critical at the moment.

The manager and his players will be doing their utmost to get 3 points at West Brom tomorrow night.

Let’s hope we can so that – that would be absolutely terrific.

Howay The Lads!!

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140 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #1
  • catchy in norway

    Nov 27, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #2

    HE IS MISSING the point a little bit,, he is suggesting its the players at fault, i dont blame the players, right now i blame him, he picks the team, he has set up a 442 and is not picking players to fit that system. Joselu does not pick himself

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  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2017 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m actually quietly confident that
    we’ll give WBA a good scudding
    tomorrow evening

    3
  • catchy in norway

    Nov 27, 2017 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #4

    can i just say, i do not hold Yedlin responsible for the own goal, he did the right thing, but Elliott should have done a lot better with that one

    1
  • catchy in norway

    Nov 27, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #5

    im out now, 5 a side

    0
  • RUNAWAY777

    Nov 27, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Did i read that rite rafa saying joselu is doing a lot of good things for the team is he watching the same play as us think i better get a pair glasses cant belive what rafa saying but he did sign him

    3
  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #7

    as i said earlier Rafa knows exactly whats going on 100% in the loop !!!

    1
  • Yung Mitro

    Nov 27, 2017 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Re. Mitro swap for Tosun
    I’m still convinced that if Mitrovic had been given a run in the team as long as Joselu’s been given he’d have bagged some goals. No idea what Rafa sees in Joselu that Mitro doesn’t have. I think the reason Rafa ‘doesn’t trust’ Mitro is becasue when he does eventually get on the pitch (if at all), he’s too eager to prove his worth. He’s too young to just decide he’s no good.
    Got a feeling if we let him go, he’ll tear it up somewhere in Europe with actual game time, and come back to the Prem to be someones no.1 striker, meanwhile we’ll still have Joselu moping around up top.

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib,
    I don’t get it, is that James Clavell’s Shogun?

    0
  • RUNAWAY777

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #10

    I cant except what rafa said no way that player should be on the pitch very lucky to score against liverpool stoke must be rubbing there hands if he plays tomorrow night it will be a disgrace to the others he missed a sitter after 3 mins on sat then he went missing he cant hold play up for midfild to catch up ritchie has done nowt for 4 weeks he need resting to many of them know even if they dont play well they’ll be on the team sheet for next game .

    1
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #11

    I know Rafa has his hands tied with the signings he makes

    They must be his 3rd 4th or even 5th choices at times

    Managing Ronaldo , Modric , Marcelo to
    …….Manquillo, Joselu , Clark , Colback , Elliot etc must be soul destroying

    Don’t get me wrong I don’t agree with all the team selections but that’s the same for every supporter in every division.

    We’ve had Pardew, Kinnear, Carver, Fat SAM …so I will never complain about Rafa

    He is one of the best in the game , even if the football is the most attractive

    2
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #12

    *Isn’t the most attractive

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #13

    RUNAWAY777,
    He has to say that, the bloke’s nerves are shattered. I think it’s the opposite and far from making his team mates comfortable he’s infecting the whole team.

    2
  • jazzyp

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #14

    I think we can most definitely say that if this takeover doesn’t materialise, Then Rafa is a gonna. And I think he has made it perfectly clear who he holds responsible

    7
  • RUNAWAY777

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Well said jail surly he has to change for tomorrows game joselu i realy think we will lose if he start mitro deserve a game from the start if he did i think he will be up for it but coming on with what evers left dose not give you conference.

    1
  • jazzyp

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #16

    These quotes from Benitez sound like a parting shot…. could this be a message to us all that the takeover is all but done and he’s getting in a few digs before Ashley leaves?
    Or is a message to us fans that Rafa has had enough of the situation and he has been handed a thankless task, And the final straw would be to lose the support of the fans

    3
  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #17

    I think if Mitro doesn’t
    travel then the Tosun
    stories are right

    Jail Sorry
    That was just a joke

    Someone was referring
    to stalwarts falling on their
    swords if the sale fails

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  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #18

    jazzyp
    I think we can most definitely say that if this takeover doesn’t materialise, Then Rafa is a gonna

    with all due respect that’s bollix

    Rafa when asked about the sale
    falling through said he’ll still be here.

    0
  • jazzyp

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib

    And your entitled to your opinion as always

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #20

    I’ll be really disappointed if he doesn’t start Mitro tomorrow. Joselu is spent, he stuck with Sels just a little bit longer than he should have but eventually done the right thing. He’s got nothing to lose by chucking him in, if he does the business he can say he’s made him hungry enough in his absence. If it doesn’t work and he ambled about or gets sent off he can say I told you so. He has to start him.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Jib,
    I think Rafa will demand talks if it doesn’t go through and won’t be so trusting this time round.

    2
  • jazzyp

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Rafa held talks in the summer and was fed broken promises to keep him here, He wont be made a fool of again.
    I think you can clearly see in the interview how p@ssed he is with the current situation.. Hence the swipe at Ashley for no backing in the summer.

    3
  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Jazzy
    Put your bottom lip away
    That’s what Rafa said
    It aint opinion it’s a matter of record

    0
  • Mag52

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Rafa has said it and we all need to pay heed. It’s important we stick together at this time in support of the team and our players.
    Every manager, even the super successful ones, will have their critics who know better than the guy in charge who should play where in the set up. Rafa is no exception. He makes and will make decisions which might seem, frankly, bonkers, at times, but he is, without any doubt, the best manager we have seen since Ashley rolled up, and for us the fans, for all who love our club, he’s our only hope. Keep the faith.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Jib,
    I don’t think he’d state that he’ll leave if it falls through. It would become a media frenzy and affect the team in a negative way. He’s not going to hang around though with a team more likely than not to get a 0-3 humping off the likes of Watford

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 27, 2017 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Right I’ll change my name to someone!!

    I was actually referring to the stalwarts like Sparky, Hibbit and Shire who said they’d leave if the deal wasn’t done (which would be a pity if they did) but if others wish to commit seppuku!

    I’d recommend not doing so as the team will continue with or without Ashley.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Mag52,
    That’s what baffles me, the fact that these people questioning his every decision think that there’s better managers out there that will come in to manage this team on a shoestring and have their every decision questioned by experts like catchy.

    1
  • jazzyp

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Another empty headed view from the blog pest

    0
  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Ashley’s lawyers
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Dentons
    are using partner Andrew Henderson to
    broker the sale.
    I think if it falls through Henderson will become
    NUFC ‘s new CEO
    The club worked best when Ashley stayed away
    and Chris Mort ran the show
    Ashley’ll probably try to repeat that scenario

    0
  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #30

    LOL

    2
  • YoungMag :P

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Catchy: the guy who hailed mcclaren but constantly nit-picks Rafa? Hahahahahahah

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Sorry jazzy
    I just gave another empty headed view
    @29

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Blimey, they sound like a bunch of cowboys!! 🙂

    0
  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #34

    I’m watching Atalanta vs Benevenuto on BT 3
    I don’t think Achraf Lazaar has even made
    Benevenutos subs bench !

    0
  • jazzyp

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #35

    At least your consistent

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Could have been Wolf, Ram and Hart.

    I expect not many will get that reference.

    0
  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #37

    at least YOU’RE consistent ffs

    0
  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Bill
    (formerly known as someone)
    I think the firm is usually called Dentons

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Jib,
    It was only for eleven months and he scarpered, did Ashley really stay away.

    0
  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Bill
    (formerly known as someone)

    lives in the buffyverse

    0

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