Report – Rafa Benitez Keen To Become A Legend At Newcastle


There was a good piece in the Chronicle yesterday about why fans still adore him.

But when you understand what he did for them, that’s hardly a surprise, and the Newcastle manager can expect another great welcome from the Scouser fans at Anfield tomorrow afternoon.

Rafa is a legend at Liverpool, and rightly so as he brought Liverpool back to greatness and in his first season there, he won the Champions League in May 2005.

That was the Istanbul miracle when Liverpool came back to beat AC Milan on penalties after being 3-0 down at halftime.

A miracle indeed.

Rafa Benitez – arriving at Newcastle on March 11th, 2016

And it was the 5th, and last time Liverpool have done that – formerly known as the European Cup.

The thing that has surprised us with Rafa is that he’s such a good man – very calm and talks patiently to the press and actually answers their questions.

Rafa is also big on Charity and has helped rejuvenate the Newcastle United Foundation.

He is slowly transforming the Newcastle club although he has not been given an awful lot of support from Mike Ashley

Rafa sees Newcastle as very much like Liverpool, but we have won nothing since way back in 1969.

That’s when cell phones, PC’s, Facebook, and Twitter were nonexistent – but as for technology – we had sliced bread!

🙂

Rory Smith is the soccer correspondent for The New York Times, and he has said this as reported in the Chronicle yesterday:

“If he wins a cup at Newcastle, then he goes down in history – just like he has at Liverpool,”

“If you can turn Newcastle into what it should be, you will become a legend.”

“Rafa is driven by the idea that if he turns Newcastle into what it should be, he has a place in history.”

We think (hope) Rafa is now emotionally attached to Newcastle and the City and the fans of course – who just love him to death.

We hope Rory Smith is right and Rafa will want to stay at Newcastle for the long term.

If he does that Newcastle will be great again, and surely we’ll win at least one trophy under the world-class manager.

If he does that there will be another statue built at St. James’ Park.

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8 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 2, 2018 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #1

    The Rafalution will be digitized, the pace of change is dependent on the owner and keeping the players that can develop with the team.

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  • VanToonMan

    Mar 2, 2018 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m still devastated that we threw away that 2 goal lead. A 31 points tally at this stage would have been more than expected (no one would have expected a full 6 from the Man Utd and Bournemouth fixtures) – however, it is not to be.

    But 4 points in those last 2 fixtures are still a good return and more than a lot of us would have expected. I am sure I am right in saying that most of us expected a draw or a loss against Man U and away to Bournemouth – so effectively anything from – 0 to 2 points.

    I still believe we can stay up but do NOT want us to leave it to the last day of the season. We are on 29 points. It’s pretty simple – we HAVE to win our home games against Southampton, Huddersfield and WBA.

    We do that – we are on 38 – with 2 points to get from another 5 games to get to the safe 40 point mark (I am not even counting our games away to liverpool and tottenham as I see them as write offs).

    So win our 3 home games and then it’s about finding 2 points from: away to leicester/watford/everton or home to arsenal/chelsea.

    Does nobody believe we can do that?

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Mar 2, 2018 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #3

    This just is not going to happen with Mike Ashley as the owner ! If he goes then it will be possible, nice piece but a lot has to happen before this can come to pass !

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  • VanToonMan

    Mar 2, 2018 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Apologies guys – re-post as this new article just came up.

    I’m still devastated that we threw away that 2 goal lead. A 31 points tally at this stage would have been more than expected (no one would have expected a full 6 from the Man Utd and Bournemouth fixtures) – however, it is not to be.

    But 4 points in those last 2 fixtures are still a good return and more than a lot of us would have expected. I am sure I am right in saying that most of us expected a draw or a loss against Man U and away to Bournemouth – so effectively anything from – 0 to 2 points.

    I still believe we can stay up but do NOT want us to leave it to the last day of the season. We are on 29 points. It’s pretty simple – we HAVE to win our home games against Southampton, Huddersfield and WBA.

    We do that – we are on 38 – with 2 points to get from another 5 games to get to the safe 40 point mark (I am not even counting our games away to liverpool and tottenham as I see them as write offs).

    So win our 3 home games and then it’s about finding 2 points from: away to leicester/watford/everton or home to arsenal/chelsea.

    Does nobody believe we can do that?

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  • Jib

    Mar 2, 2018 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #5

    NEWEXPATMAGPIE
    This just is not going to happen with Mike Ashley as the owner

    In your opinion

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 2, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #6

    I think we will go down, sadly greed has won at the TOON – We don’t want £50m pound centre backs and £100m strikers.
    Just a small investment in real signings in this window would have kept up with room to spare.
    Not making one real signing in the last window was beyond belief and it is the worst Ashley decision by a mile and he has made many.

    The Slimani deal is an absolute insult – loaning a crocked sick note when we need goals NOW really gets me ANGRY.
    Rant Over.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 2, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #7

    I have never been slow to criticise rafa if I thought it fair, but he’s a top top man and deserves a decent budget. I keep saying it but I want us to be the Leicester of the ( proper) north – a team that can compress abd be compact and burst out into attack quickly – much faster than we currently do. A team of pace and power. And I think he can do that without spending crazy money by getting the right players abroad and coaching them in his ways. Buying English will continue to be a problem for us.

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  • ArtyH

    Mar 2, 2018 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #8

    IMHO there’s no way we will be free of the owner any time soon, a bit like the e.u really, both untrustworthy and full of B.S. We will only prosper when we are free of both.

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