Rafa Can Turn Things Around – But Team Currently Worse Off Than Two Years Ago

We lost 1-0 on Saturday at the Emirates and while we didn’t expect to win it was still Arsenal’s first win in 3 games.

But Newcastle played well, and we are slowly getting back to the form of early in the season.

What we are hoping for is when we meet the lower placed teams in the league we can get some wins – with wins being what we need to climb the league table and get away from the relegation zone.

Rafa will keep the players upbeat, so their heads will not drop, and our fans will support the team, and that should be a big boost as we go forward.

Our fans can again make the difference both home and away this season.

Rafa Benitez – at the Emirates

Here’s what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle:

“I wanted to get to 20 points.”

“I think it will be difficult if we do not start winning games, but still I have confidence that we can do it.”

“If we cannot do that, I am still sure that if the team continue working, there will be games that we can win and that will give us a lift in terms of confidence.”

“That will make it is easier to approach games, but we have to keep the same team spirit.”

“Every game for us in important.” “When I came nearly two years ago, the team was at the bottom and everything was negative.

“You could see no confidence or belief.”

“Now, you have a team that might be in the bottom three, but still it is a team with a lot of fight.”

“There are a lot of young players and they are learning and pushing every game, putting in an effort on the pitch.”

“There are a lot of positives if you compare this team to that one (of two years ago).”

“The other team had players with more experience that were established in the Premier League, but this team has more young players.”

We cannot get 20 points after 19 games and halfway through the season because we only have 15 points from 18 games.

But Rafa still wants to get to 20 points in the next few games – that would be excellent if we can do that because we would need to win at least one game.

We need a win!

Here’s how we compare to Steve McClaren’s team after 18 games played.


But McClaren won only two more league games (of 10) and drew another two before he was replaced by Rafa on 11th March of last year.

We believe Rafa can save us again this season, but he will need help in January from the owner.

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7 comments so far

  • magscar

    Dec 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1



    Dec 18, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #26
    I take the amount of the January budget with some scepticism. Who goes into buy saying what they have to spend. Even trying to work out what club has after previous spending is of no use in this unique window. PCP can call the tune on figure , Ashley can stump up as in previous January windows when deemed necessary – all sorts of possibilities affecting the real sum. Just as long as it is enough to keep us up ?

  • Jib

    Dec 18, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #2

    That’s better news
    Hiscash at bank
    has suddenly shot up !

  • Kebabacus

    Dec 18, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    PCP are in for the long term. They don’t choose targets randomly, they are pros and have spent a lot of time and money choosing NUFC. That means they are committed to a long-term investment of many years.

    Ashley thinks he is playing his usual game of hardball that has served him well in his business life. However, he is negotiating from a very weak position. He wants to sell ASAP to get top dollar and apparently he wants Brixton Market. PCP are in no rush because if we are relegated the asking price will halve.

    PCP may actually consider relegation an acceptable situation. It will knock a fortune off the price of the club, and as we have a Championship-winning squad already we could expect to be promoted with little investment, meaning a huge kitty when we get back to the Premiership.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 18, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Is that as of today Jib??

  • Jib

    Dec 18, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #5

    I can’t remember when I last checked it
    but it’s gone up this month.

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 18, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Shire – why Bollox ??

    No announcement today or worse ?

  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 18, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #7


    (love the name)

    Very true on that comment, Mike will be sweating as the ball is in PCP half, Mike will be throwing everything at them as he knows Newcastle can make a profit and can become a massive club, I just hope PCP have a limit of how many NO they can say to him before just waiting until Newcastle get relegated again for the price to drop massively?


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