The pundits are very annoyed that throughout one of our worst runs in the Premier League – one point in 9 games – the Newcastle fans stuck solidly behind their manager and the players.
Newcastle fans continued to shout out Rafa’s name during the games even though the results were (very) painful.
But fans know that given some support from the Newcastle hierarchy Rafa can build a top team at Newcastle.
That, however, will have to wait until Amanda Staveley finally buys the club – possibly in February – since it will never happen under the current miserly owner Mr. Mike Ashley.
Who else could have put a damper on the tremendous positivity around the club last May?
It was difficult, but Ashley achieved it by not investing in the summer transfer window which left Rafa livid.
The good news is that we finally won a game on Saturday at West Ham to break the unfortunate streak and after watching the game again yesterday – it was clear that Rafa out-coached David Moyes.
Our counter-attacking was excellent and led to our two superb second-half goals – both team efforts that gave us the 3-2 win.
Our players worked like crazy and were a credit to the club, and with some luck, we could have had more than the three goals we scored.
Rafa has talked to the Chronicle, and he reveals some of his principles and why he has a great relationship with our fans:
“I think that the fans, they appreciate first of all that I decided to come when they were in a bad position. Afterwards, we decided to stay when we were in a worse position.”
“Then we won the Championship, we were promoted and the fans, they have experience and they know how difficult it is to do that.”
“So this season, again they appreciate this every single game.”
“They know, they have experience in the way that Newcastle United as a football club has been doing things in the last few years.”
“And they know that you have to put everything together and these are the reasons why they still support the manager, the staff and players; because we try our best in every single game.”
“Yeah, I will not stay quiet when I know something needs to be done, but I think that I have to be realistic and pragmatic.”
“Sometimes you try to change things and then you cannot, so then you have to keep going.”
“But still it is important to tell the supporters what we are trying to do, and in the way that we think we have to do things.”
“If you cannot change everything, at least try – and then, after, give your best every single day.”
It will be interesting to see how Rafa sets up Newcastle for the enormous challenge against Manchester City tomorrow night at St. James’ Park.
We need to put in another good performance against the impressive league leaders.
We also have nothing to lose because not many think we can get anything at all out of the game.
The season before last under Rafa we did get a 1-1 draw in this fixture.
Hopefully, in the not too distant future, Amanda Staveley will buy the club, and a new era will begin with Rafa leading us forward with the full help and support of Ms. Staveley.
Nothing will be able to stop us then!