Rafa – We’ll Improve Things In January – But Disappointed At Poor Run

Rafa Benitez has given his press conference for the tough game at Arsenal tomorrow and he has said the transfer meeting with Managing Director Lee Charnley has taken place.

It seems the meeting was a decent one- even positive – and Rafa believes things can be improved in January if we can get the right players in – he didn’t say anything about what funds will be available.

But Rafa is upbeat as usual, but he warns that we must all remain united so we can get out of the poor position Newcastle are getting into in the league table.

A win at some point soon can lift the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere and lift the (dark) clouds over Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez – stay calm and united

This is some of what Rafa said this afternoon:

“Yesterday, I had a conversation with Lee Charnley about what we want to do, the players we’d like to bring here and the players who might go for whatever reason.”

“It’s obvious that we can improve things and we want to do it. It depends on the players we can sign – how many you like and who will be available.”

“We are progressing and looking at players. We will talk again over the next few days.”

“I’m not happy with the run we are on at the moment. We are still talking about a long race. We have to go back to the pace that we had before. We don’t give up, we carry on.”

“Every game is a challenge, an opportunity to get three points. If you have a couple of chances and you score a goal, you never know. The main thing is to try to keep the team competitive.”

“These last two games, you have to be disappointed when you are so close, doing things right and have 52,000 fans behind you. The main things is to analyze what is going on and find solutions.”

“It’s very clear that when you are in a bad run, you doubt what you are doing. We change the approach but sometimes it isn’t enough. You have to be sure that you take your chances, get a bit of luck and improve what you haven’t been doing well.”

“We have to stay united. I use those words all the time and so do our fans. We have to be united if we want to go through this and start winning games.”

“With the players we have, the people we have, we stay calm and keep working harder and better. That is the only way.”

So the word is to stay calm and united.

Where are those blood pressure pills?

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6 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Dec 15, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Our Toon @14 what makes you so sure of that ???

    if the window had closed i could possibly see your point but before it’s even opened with things still up in the air its very hard to agree with your thinking

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 15, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #2

    The ground
    Leave it where it is centre of town easy connections by road and rail plenty of pubs shops.
    Sure if want to increase size they could extend the Gallowgate extra pilling foundations
    Also could add seats on the popular side – redesign the stand maybe in glass so the house scbehind can be seen
    New burn business park would be a nightmare place to get to and out of without major upgrade of transport connections and local ammeanities

  • magscar

    Dec 15, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Posada and hibbit posted on last thread haven’t time to go back and copy paste etc. On to remaining jobs

  • magscar

    Dec 15, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #4


    Way back re you classing yourself as “average” poster i would hazard a guess that in fact you are being coy and bashful in your assessment.

    I think youre intelligent – your views not always so much too much sarcasm and wrongly placed humour (posting funny comments as many were hurting afyer game as McClarens continued incompetence took us closer and closer to relegation) it is all taste and fancy anyway.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Charlie – regarding the ground , it’s not going anywhere and the extension to the Gallowgate is still particularly viable even if it requires some major engineering work but that’s all possible and we have the expertise to do it. After all the Monument Metro build underpinning the Earl Grey Monument was regarded as a significant engineering feat in its day and thirty years later engineering competency has moved on further especially when you look at the London Cross rail links as an example.
    The East Stand may be more problematic but possible and if we build it they will come.
    Newburn was I recall one of a number of ambitious pie in the sky ideas mooted years ago as I said I think by SJH. Middlesbough and Sunderland followed that thinking and have their own “out of town” vacant lots now.
    What we don’t know is how the City Council think – they have ambition plans for the Science City / University expansion in and around SJP and whether or not they are quietly touting ideas that suit their agenda we don’t know, somebody should ask them – Jib seems to have plenty of time on his hands, maybe he could check out the position. Might keep him out of mischief.

  • true toon

    Dec 15, 2017 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #6

    I wont be turning out for this match, 3 nil to the gooners. RAFA OUT!


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