If Newcastle can secure our Premier League status for another season then we should be a lot better off come next season.
A major reason for that is that Rafa will have money to spend this summer.
The money will come from the Premier League and also he will be able to sell some players who will bring good money into Newcastle – such as Mitrovic, Colback, Gayle, and Mbemba.
Rafa Benitez – a happy looking manager in training (last season)
This is what Rafa has said about Newcastle’s future – assuming we can stay up – as reported in the Chronicle today:
“It would be a very good achievement for any promoted team,”
“This club is a massive club, I’ve talked before about its stature, it’s bigger than Huddersfield and Brighton.”
“But we are coming new into the Premier League and other teams have two or three years’ worth of TV money.”
“They also have players with experience in the Premier League for the last two or three years.”
“We have some players with experience of the Premier League but we also have a lot of young players.”
“Sometimes our team is the youngest team in the Premier League.”
“You need experience, we are making mistakes because of lack of experience. “
“When we were making the same mistakes in the Championship, they don’t punish you for that.”
“We are in a learning process, people say ‘you have to learn quicker’, yes we have to learn quickly and we are improving but the priority for any promoted team is to stay up.”
“Next year, you have more experience, more money and maybe you can pick better players up .”
“If you want to compete against Premier League teams you have to stay there with them.”
“The 52,000 crowds, this city, everything we say about the club that is massive, will have more effect because we will be established in the Premier League.”
“I was quite lucky in the majority of the teams because at Liverpool, then even Real Madrid at the beginning, and at Napoli, I have had very good relationships with the fans.”
“The same at Tenerife and Extremadura. When you are successful normally the fans – they love you,”
“The fans here are fantastic but what I’m saying is always telling them: ‘It’s not just me, be sure our young players, the ones without experience, feel the support.’”
“They are doing really well and the atmosphere the other day against Burnley was quite good.”
Rafa talks there as though he will be around at Newcastle for some time to come.
And indeed if he can save us from relegation there’s no reason Rafa will not want to stay on Tyneside, other than for Mike Ashley.
If Ashley remains the owner and takes the club off the market, then we wonder if Rafa will want to put up with more nonsense from the owner?
Ashley taking the club off the market now seems like a distinct possibility.
What do you think?