Rafa Benitez slowly but surely is making Newcastle into a more efficiently run club and a better team at the same time.
Even though he has not been supported in the last three transfer windows by the owner Rafa has managed to create a side that can survive the drop this season.
And our current players will be a lot better next season from the experience they have gone through this season in the Premier League.
The other positive is that Rafa should be given significant funds to spend in the summer, even if Ashley is still the owner.
Rafa Benitez – seems to want to stay at Newcastle
And the manager will be able to sell three or four players, and that will give him more money to spend this summer.
Rafa seems to be upbeat about his and Newcastle’s future, as he said this yesterday as reported in the Chronicle today:
“I had six years there and won four trophies. We had three finals and semi-finals.”
“Hopefully if I can do similar things here the connection will be similar too.”
“At the moment it’s fine because the fans here appreciate the work we are doing here and the Liverpool fans appreciate the work we dis there. We won so many things there.”
“In the time I was around we enjoyed every minute and if you compare our fans they are very similar.”
“My family are still there so I go and have a lot of friends there.”
“Even when you go away, like Bournemouth, you have some Liverpool fans talking to you – obviously, the connection is there.”
“The main thing for me is to try to win.”
“This is a game you normally want to win but at the same time you wish them all the best.
“I always say the same in these situations and it’s ‘All the best’ after the game.”
From Rafa’s comments over the last few months, it seems he wants to stay at Newcastle long-term and beyond his current contract which runs out on June 30th next year.
It will be interesting to see if Ashley can persuade him to sign a new deal this summer to stay at Newcastle.
What do you think?