Rafa’s Uplifting Message To Fans And Players Alike


A win tomorrow against a good Arsenal side will give Newcastle safety from relegation with 41 points from our 33 games played.

Newcastle are in form, and our players are confident, and it will be another tremendous atmosphere created by the fans at another sold-out St. James’ Park.

It’s all set up for a win, and a celebration of safety could ensue when the final whistle blows.

But although the Gunners have had a miserable season let’s not fool ourselves – they are still an outstanding team with some world-class players.

They are also in the semi-finals of the Europa League – a miserable season indeed, but only at a club like Arsenal.

It will be a tough game for our lads who will again give everything for the cause.

Rafa Benitez – thumbs up from the manager

Newcastle are now starting to play like a real Rafa Benitez side – they are difficult to beat and never give up; it’s great to watch them play with the passion and commitment there for all to see.

Rafa will turn 58 on Monday, and he is well aware a win will give Newcastle safety after another long, tough season on Tyneside.

This is what the manager has said in the Chronicle today:

“We have to approach the game with that idea.” “It’s not ‘we are doing well and we can beat anyone’.”

“Yes, we can beat anyone IF we work as a team and IF we are together.”

“The fans can show their passion and intensity for us and we’ll need to show the commitment on the pitch.”

“It’s been there on the pitch and that commitment has also been in the stands.”

“Arsenal are also still one of the top sides.

“Even if they are not in a good position compared to what they are expecting they are still in the semi-final of the Europa League because they’ve done well.”

“They can win the Europa League and they have players who can win games for them single-handed on their day.”

“For us, this game represents a real challenge for us and an opportunity to show the confidence levels we have at the moment.”

“At the same time the reality is we are playing against one of the top sides in England.”

Arsene and Rafa are good friends and respect each other, and Rafa has always been supportive of Wenger during his recent difficult times at the Gunners.

But let’s be clear – Wenger is one of the best managers ever to manage in England – and that’s also true of Mr. Benitez.

It should be a good test tomorrow, and another win for the Magpies would be sensational.

It would be the first time we have beaten Arsenal since back on 7th November 2010 when Andy Carroll headed home the winner just before halftime.

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8 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2018 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #1

    So Soton now need to win four of their last five games while we lose six on the bounce. Mmmm

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  • G

    Apr 14, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Jail, I’m hoping Rafa has the lads looking up rather than down now.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Apr 14, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m finally breathing that sigh of relief. As Jail says above, just cannot see them winning 4 out of 5 and us losing all of ours. I know we’re Newcastle and if anyone could, it would be us, but that’s got to be it now.

    If they’re not already, the club better be setting up our transfers for the summer, takeover or not. Not doing the usual fannying about and wasting everyone’s time by compiling lists etc that they have no intention of even considering.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 14, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Teach me to pay attention! Posted this overleaf five minutes after Ed had moved on! 🙂

    Bobbybee

    Apr 14, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #58
    Regardless of where we do finish this season and who owns us next, who we sell and who we buy, this set of players will stay in my heart forever.
    I can’t remember a squad so damn proud to wear the shirts and who’ve given so much commitment and effort in the modern era.
    They’re far from being the most talented, but they’ve shown many of those who had greater talent what it means to play before our fans. They’re all Newcastle United through and through.
    We often give returning players stick when they play for another team – most fans do, it’s kinda traditional – but if any of these lads come back in any other colours, I will be disgusted if they get anything other than applause.
    Every one of these lads has worn the shirts with pride. I don’t think as fans we can ask anything more.
    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this season,thanks to Rafa and the effort of these players more than the results. Some will go in the summer and I’ll wish them nothing but the best of luck when they do. Thanks for the memories.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #5

    I think we were safe in theory after we beat ‘udders. We could have afforded defeats at Leicester and tomorrow and still been ok. A W Ham and Stoke draw will suit us nicely as well.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Bobby,
    And I called them this lot at the beginning of the season. 😮 oops!

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  • davetoon

    Apr 14, 2018 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Such an amazing season. To think we were on the bottom 3 before the man utd game we were expected to lose. Great accountability from every player lead by Rafa. So proud of the team as Bobby said above.

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  • TheJimBelow

    Apr 14, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Bobbybee

    Hear here dude, so well put!!!!!
    That should be the message given to every lazy and deluded plastic football observer (won’t call them fans) who blindly adhere to this stupid theory of Newcastle fans being deluded and demanding success!
    We do not demand a team that wins, we simply expect a team that tries..

    And by jingo does this team try 🙂

    RAFA FOR PRIME MINISTER HOORAH

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