Rafa To Decide His Future In Summer – We Could Be Better With A Bit Of Help


Rafa has been very diplomatic since last September and has hardly criticized owner Mike Ashley even though it looks like has been let down in the previous three transfer windows.

Rafa will have been at Newcastle two years tomorrow, and he has been asked about the experience.

And about his future, he says he wants to finish the season first and keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

Then he will decide if he stays on board and even sign a new contract.

Rafa Benitez – will decide future in the summer

This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle when asked about the last two years:

“It is difficult to sum up just two years.”

“The disappointment of the first season, when we thought we could stay up.”

“But then we were really pleased with the second season when we won the Championship and did really well.”

“This year could be worse. Some games that you were winning could be a draw, maybe draws could be a loss.”

“It is fine. It depends on a couple of games which could be better.”

“Obviously we wanted to do things in another way, in a better way.”

“But if you think about when we just arrive, I will not say names. But the list of players we had was 33 in total.”

“The year after and where we are now – we are working really hard to fix things, while at the same time do well.”

“The point is that I like to coach and train, and if you have a job when you can compete then it’s fine.”

“Is it ideal to go in some games and you know it’s very, very difficult to win? No. I’m used to approaching any game with the idea that we can win.”

“Now, some of the games, it depends on a lot of things as to whether we’ll have a chance or not.”

“But I still enjoy preparing for the games and doing everything I can.

“Could it be better? Yes.”

“But when you think of what we had and where we are now, we are doing a lot of things but still we could be better with a bit of help.”

“But one step at a time. Let me finish this season, let me do well, let us stay in the Premier League and then we can talk about the future.”

“Everyone must keep working the way we work now and we will have more chances to win, or at least not lose.”

“If we keep the team solid, we can be winning and not losing. With bit of luck, we can get what we need.”

A little dig at Mike Ashley there – if only he was given a bit of help we could be better.

I think Rafa can be the best manager Newcastle have ever had if only the owner will offer him some help and give him a fair crack of the whip.

If Rafa does leave, then it’s 100% down to his poor treatment by Mike Ashley.

Newcastle will have completely blown a massive opportunity to become great again.

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3 comments so far

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Mar 10, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    I would still like to see 3 man midfield of Diame, Shelvey, Merino. With Merino being the more advanced. Not quite number 10 but definitely with a mandate to press and harry like Perez. He’s faster and more agile than Perez, can pick a nice pass and playing further up the pitch, he wouldn’t be so prone to turning into cul de sacs like he does in the middle.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 10, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #2

    bag of nerves this morning – not looking forward to the game – Think we will struggle – taken a draw.

    Rafa caught between a rock and a hard place today –
    plays two up front and attacks – loses the game got tactics wrong
    plays the usual pragmatic RAFA game – one up front scores first then sits back – Southampton equalize – nick a point then knives will be out.

    I think we lost our way earlier in the season when RAFA found it hard to change the set up when we went 1 behind away at Brighton Huddersfield and Burnley – he persisted with like for like substitutions still playing one up front instead of going with two up front and having a go to get something out of the game.

    Plus the games against Bournemouth, Brighton, Burnley, Everton and Swansea at home where we looked frightened to lose – only picking up 3 points out of 15

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  • ArtyH

    Mar 10, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #3

    With a view to the season so far its not surprising we are where we are with respect to available players and tactics. However just looking at Fulham’s upsurge since Mitro’s addition its difficult to accept that we could not have used their kind of game plan to accommodate his strengths. IMHO there is not much difference in the top half of the championship and the bottom half of the Premiership and following this kind of logic, its only a case of being the best of the rest not counting the elite at the top. Now I am not saying Rafa is wrong, he is to me the best we have had since SBR and we will not get anyone better, but maybe things could have been handled a bit more sympathetically particularly Mitro’s case. I mean comparing him and Joselu is a bad joke and it should never have come to this. I sincerely hope we have a new owner next season, or we will suffer even more agony as supporters, and I fear Rafa will leave in this case. I hope we stay up and get what we and every club deserves, a dedicated and caring owner, but I will not hold my breath on that one. Also I hope Mitro continues to excel at Fulham and gets them promoted, it will be good for all concerned, but most of all I hope he comes back to us for next season and tears up the premiership. Before all that though we need to destroy Southampton and by at least 3 clear goals for good measure, here’s hoping….

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