Benitez – Sometimes Stability At A Club Is The Most Important Thing

As we mentioned this morning, it’s going to be interesting to see if some of the would-be buyers come in with new offers for the club to try to tempt Mike Ashley to sell.

We expect that to happen once it’s clear Newcastle will not be relegated – maybe when we are technically safe.

The only would-be buyer we know about is Amanda Staveley and from what Ms.Staveley has said she would seem to be an excellent owner for Newcastle and she shares the same ambitions as Rafa Benitez has for the club.

Rafa Benitez – at Arsenal on 18th December

We did really well on Saturday to get our third win in a row at Leicester, and now we face Arsenal next Sunday at home and a win then should guarantee safety.

But it’s been another long, hard grind for Newcastle fans and we remember the gloom back in mid-December after losing 1-0 at Arsenal when we were 3rd bottom and it looked like the fight against relegation could down to the last game of the season.

Thankfully that hasn’t happened.

Rafa has talked about those bleak days in mid-December to the Chronicle today:

“There was a time at Newcastle when some people were saying: ‘Change the manager – that’s the solution!’”

“If you remember, though, this season they have changed the managers at the bottom all of the time. But sometimes stability is the key.”

“If you are doing the right things it is about being patient.” “In the end you can get the benefits.”

“For us, it has been crucial to have the fans behind the team and the players are working really hard.”

“Everything has been done in a football way. It has been right but we still have to carry on.”

With our players giving their all every single week and being fully supported by Newcastle fans – that’s hard to beat.

It’s a really powerful combination, especially with Rafa leading the way.

Newcastle are now within 3 points of 9th place and Everton.

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

We play the Toffees on Monday night April 23rd, so we need a win in that game – which is possible.

It seems like the highest we can finish is in 9th place – but you never know.

Comments welcome.

Note: April 23rd is also exactly eleven years ago since I started the blog.

11 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 9, 2018 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #2

    I want to see us end the season with a positive goal difference, 1-0 wins against against Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs plus 2 to 3 goal wins against the other three teams would do it.

  • G

    Apr 9, 2018 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #3

    EGB, if we could put 7 past Spurs again, then that would be marvellous for the Goal Difference!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 9, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #4


    Aye. 🙂

  • lochinvar

    Apr 9, 2018 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Rafa might just start with Slimani on Sunday so he can get amongst the Arsenal defence and give them something to think about and soften them up. That allows Gayle to come on later when there’s more room for him to pull their defence about with his runs and in both scenarios that creates space for other players such as Ritchie, Perez and Kennedy to capitalise on.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 9, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #6

    G, excellent article mate, well worth a read lads.
    There were a few on here demanding we get rid of Rafa as I recall. 🙂 I said they were crackers at the time and those who wanted him to stay, regardless of our position at the time have been completely vindicated. Short term fixes might work, as Tbf they did for Sunderland repeatedly, but as time has shown it only papered over the cracks. The inevitable finally happened and they went down… and down and down.
    I’ve followed football and particularly Newcastle all my life and I’m in complete awe to the transformation he’s achieved in such a short time with zero backing from above.
    Those saying he should be able to coach them into better players simply weren’t realising it takes time to do that. Especially when you’re talking about so many players who needed to improve. Nobody can do that overnight, patience was required.
    I knew Rafa was good at his job, but only now am I truly realising just how good he is. Keegan was at least back by SJH in the market, Rafa’s had no help at all.
    If he stays, I predict with confidence we will win a trophy under him. Lascelles would be mental to leave now. Rafa is building something he can be a huge part of, not just a bit part player elsewhere.
    If Ashley stays and doesn’t back him, we have to start a go fund me page to hire a hit man. He cannot be allowed to mess this up.

  • hellodjo

    Apr 9, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Very intrigued to see what happens if we achieve a top 10 prem finish this season and subsequently invest £65-70 million, imagine if we’d have that double digits striker we’d have a positive GD and likely be 10pts better off.

    If we keep Benitez and get a good investment whilst keeping our better players I think next season we could realistically get 55-60pts, players I’d take that could help us achieve this are say Lemina from Southampton, he’s struggled lately but definitely a good player and Benitez can get the best from him I feel, but most importantly £40-50 mil on a attacking midfielder and striker that’s the difference for us, our defence is already good enough to make that next step

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 9, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #8

    April 23rd is Ed’s anniversary. It’s also St George’s day as it happens. Maybe time to change it to Saint Ed’s Day,becauae I don’t believe Georgie boy ever slayed a dragon, but this blog is 100% real – even if some of the posters aren’t!! 🙂

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 9, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Because. Tut!

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 9, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #10

    hellodjo, 55-60 points would probably bring us in around 7th or 8th, I think with what you stated we would get another few points and be 6th.

  • 9

    Apr 9, 2018 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Just a bit early to be predicting next season’s points. This season, however, 50+ and 8th.


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