Rafa Benitez’ brilliance as a coach is starting to pay off at Newcastle with two successive wins – those have been deserved wins at home against relegation candidates – Southampton and Huddersfield – the proverbial 6 points.
Rafa is not daft and any teams close to us in the league table he has managed not to lose too many of those.
We have done the double over West Ham and Stoke, and taken 4 points out of Southampton, Swansea and Crystal Palace.
Brighton and Bournemouth have both taken 4 points out of Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez – is he now emotionally attached to Newcastle?
We reduced the score in the Manchester City and Liverpool games so that our current goal difference of -9 is the best in the bottom half of the table.
When we survive this season, Newcastle fans will again laud the manager for another great season of management.
Rafa’s almost done everything for Newcastle this season with minimal help from Ashley.
And yes – there will be some big clubs who will try to hire Rafa this summer, especially when he will have only one year left on his three-year deal at Newcastle.
But we also think there is a lot going for Rafa at Newcastle.
He has put together a hard-working and organized side that needs probably four new (top) players to transform them into a top team for next season.
His hard work this season on the training pitch has made several of our players a lot better, and they all will all have one season of Premier League experience too.
So even though Rafa has had very little support from Mike Ashley, we think he will still want to stay at the club.
A lot will depend on whether Ashley is still around this summer.
We would be surprised if Rafa signs an extension to his contract while the club is still up for sale.
So a lot may depend on whether we get new owners this summer.
But even if we don’t, we don’t think Rafa will be quick to leave Newcastle.
We have 52,000 sell-out home crowds (51,000 in the second division last year), and our passionate fans just adore Rafa and he has been given a lot of control of all football matters at the club.
Rafa is a football fanatic and he doesn’t find himself too much different from the Geordies on Tyneside.
One thing he hasn’t been given is decent transfer funds from the owner but he seems the perfect manager for Newcastle.
We are starting to think the chances are good that he will say at Newcastle past next year; he seems to have become emotionally attached to the club.
We hope he has become emotionally attached to the club.
What do you think?