Rafa Benitez has issued a plea to Newcastle fans that whatever happens today in the transfer window – probably very little – everybody needs to stick together and support the team.
If we can somehow survive this season in the Premier League, then Newcastle will have big money to spend this summer – whoever the owner is then.
Rafa wants the fans to out their transfer frustrations behind them and just support the team – whatever happens.
Newcastle have a crucial game tonight at home to Burnley, and we really need a win to lift the spirits of the Newcastle fans.
Rafa Benitez – we must all stick together
Rafa wants to see unity at Newcastle, not just with the fans but with everybody associated with the club – including the owner – we assume.
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“If everyone understands, all the people around, the same message – ‘stick together’,”
“You can criticise the team selection or tactics or shape. But, in the end, the group of players will be this group and the passionate fans will be the same and they want to see the team winning.”
“I’m the manager, and my priority is to concentrate on the football issues. I want to concentrate on the game.”
“If we bring more players in, we’re going to be stronger. If we can’t do that, I have to be sure that we go into every game believing we can win.”
“We’ll try to do that against Burnley.”
“We were talking about different options (Rafa and Ashley), and that’s it,” “Similar to before.”
“We have to do something before the end, and then that’s it.”
“Obviously, everybody would like to see players early, but they’re not here, so we’ll try to do something in one day.”
“If we start with a high tempo, then maybe we can lift the fans,”
“I understand everything, because I have been here for a while,” “But, at the same tine, I know my responsibilities.”
“That’s to be sure the team’s in the best condition to approach any game.”
Most fans think we will lose the game tonight.