Rafa Benitez turned the ripe old age of 58 yesterday and he received birthday wished from all over Europe and many from Newcastle fans.
We are all hoping that Rafa will sign a new deal to stay at Newcastle long term – even if Mike Ashley – is still currently the owner.
And it seems like he really appreciates the support and adoration he gets from the Newcastle fans.
We all know now that Rafa has done another fabulous job for the club this season and we have every chance of finishing in the top half of the Premier League.
Given where we were after we had taken only one point in nine games in mid-December – that’s amazing.
Rafa Benitez – doing what he loves best – coaching players
Rafa gave a lengthy interview yesterday with Spanish station Radio Marca to celebrate his 58th birthday.
This is what he said about the Newcastle fans:
“They are spectacular.”
“A fan sent me a cup, the same as my first cup as Newcastle manager. It’s a cup made out of chocolate in the shape of the Championship Trophy.”
“The person who sent me it is one of the fans who’s been a permanent fixture at home games for a long time and told me: ‘You’ve restored our belief and our pride. We’re together.’”
“They’re really proud of what’s happening with the team at the minute.”
“The fans of Newcastle United value above anything else that those in the black-and-white shirt are committed and give everything.”
“That’s what they’ve got with these players and that’s why they value them so much.”
Newcastle are well placed at the moment, and we are hoping some exciting things will happen this summer.
The club could be sold, and Rafa could get an extended contract and significant transfer money to put a squad together for next season that can challenge for a top-six finish in the Premier League.
That’s what we are hoping for, and it could happen too.
What do you think?