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.