Rafa Benitez has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he was asked if he would be willing to stay at Newcastle for a decade – and he said yes – if the conditions were right.
Rafa is putting it out there to any potential new owners that he would be willing to stay at Newcastle if the club were sold to ambitious new owners.
It would really be something if he did sign up for ten years – it would ensure Newcastle are almost certain to become a top club again in England.
But we all know that will not happen under Mike Ashley.
Rafa Benitez – could stay 10 years at Newcastle
Rafa has done a great job coaching this season, and he has made Newcastle look an excellent acquisition for new owners who will back him in his impressive blueprint for the club.
We are 10th in the league and could finish even higher than that come May 13th.
This is what he said when asked if he would be willing to stay at Newcastle for a decade:
“Yes. What I say is you need a project.”
“Coming from Spain – and I have been in different countries – a project is nice, it’s a good word for just getting some time.”
“But at the same time, you have to do something.” “I like to work with young players, I like to improve young players, but I like to win.”
“I want to be competitive and I want to win.”
“You have to have a mix of young players and players with experience – that means you have to spend some money because if not, you cannot compete now and win something.”
“But you have to invest in your Academy and your training facilities, everything to improve the club and improve the project.”
“I would like to stay a lot of years at any club, but if they want to be competitive and they want to progress, yes.”
“But it’s very easy to say that and after, you have to do it.”
“They talk about young managers, but I have seen a lot of managers talking about projects doing nothing.”
“So I want to talk about projects doing something, working every day in the way that we work here.”
“The Liverpool fans and the Newcastle United fans, you can see the similarities.”
We just have to hope that Mike Ashley can sell the club quickly in the summer and new owners can come in and work with Rafa and support him in the summer transfer window.
If that happens, we could have a top half team next season and do a lot better than this season.
That’s the hope, and it even seems possible given everything that has happened this year with Rafa in charge