Rafa Benitez is a football fanatic and a perfectionist.
So at the moment, he’s pounding it into his players at Benton that we still have points to get to 40 and very likely safety from relegation.
We don’t know if Mike Ashley will again try to sell the club when we are safe from relegation but if he does the last few games will likely be under the hope of a new owner coming in.
That had some adverse effect from October last year on our results, but once we get to 40 points, Rafa will still be wanting to win every single remaining game.
Rafa Benitez – 9th place would give him the second-best season ever under Ashley
If we can end this season on a high by getting some good results that will give Newcastle momentum for next season and also in the transfer market.
And of course the higher we finish in the league, the more money we will get from the Premier League.
Last season Leicester finish where we are now – in 12th place – and they earned £120.7M – that’s a lot of money.
We have finished in the top 10 only twice in the Premier League under Mike Ashley in 11 years – 5th in 2012 and 10th in 2014.
So if we can finish 10th or higher, it would be the third-best finish under Ashley – when he didn’t support Rafa with much money at all this season.
|Premier Season||Position||Number of Points|
|2008-2009||18||34 - relegated|
|2009-2010||1 (Championship)||102 - promoted|
|2015-2016||18||37 - relegated|
|2016-2017||1 - (Championship)||94 - promoted|
Maybe the second best season since 2007 – let’s call it the Rafa effect – with little money to spend.
Think what Rafa could do if he gets some money form Mr. Ashley this summer.