Upbeat Star On What It’s All About – Being Managed By Rafa

Rafa Benitez and his players have created a massive turnaround this year after the first half of the season when we struggled against relegation and took one point from 9 games just before the turn of the year.

Rafa believes in hard work on the training field and hard work during games, and he has worked on his players to harden them mentally, so the never give up in games.

Newcastle have a knack even against the top sides of staying in the game, and therefore we always have a chance of winning.

We did that against both Manchester United and Arsenal and almost snatched a point at home to Champions Manchester City.

Matt Ritchie – after scoring for Newcastle

Matt Ritchie dropped down a division from Bournemouth to join Newcastle.

And he says what’s happening now is what he had hoped for when joining the Magpies in England’s second division.

We are flying at the moment, and Rafa will want to win all five games, so we go into the summer and next season with significant momentum and confidence.

There – I’ve said it!

This is what an upbeat Matt Ritchie has said today as reported in the Northern Echo:

“I always hoped I would be a part of something like this at Newcastle,”

“When I left Bournemouth, I left with a heavy heart because it was a fantastic spell in my career and I absolutely loved it down there.”

“But this was an opportunity to come to a massive football club with great potential, and I wanted to be a part of that.”

“I don’t want to get carried away because by no means have we achieved anything yet. We know that.”

“We’ve had a good run, but it’s only about a month ago that we were playing Manchester United and staring at the bottom three.”

“Had we not won that game, we might have been in a different fight.”

“But we did win that game and we’ve kicked on since then. We’ve had some good results and it feels like things are moving the right way.”

“We have to keep our feet on the ground though. We’ve achieved nothing yet, and we have to keep going with the mentality and philosophy that we’ve had all season.”

“If we do that, then yes, there’s a great opportunity to build and hopefully push on in the right direction.”

“But as you’ve seen, we’ve been on the right side of a lot of one-goal margins this season and that can quite easily turn. You see in the Premier League, it’s so tight every week.”

“It’s all about mentality,” “We give ourselves the opportunity to win games or take points from games.” That’s down to our work ethic I think.”

“On and off the ball, everyone is working so hard. That’s the difference between being on the right side and the wrong side of the result in a really tight game.”

Rafa Benitez has done a superb coaching job this season, and he has got the maximum out of the players he has, and we could well finish in the top ten and as high as 8th position.

That would be incredible, and it points to a much more successful season next term.

It will be even more certain if he’s backed this summer in the transfer market with some significant transfer funds from owner Mike Ashley.

We think he will be.

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24 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Apr 20, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Rafa going nowhere even if Wenger is

    Who’s next for Arsenal ?

    Former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has already been linked with the job, while Wenger himself said former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira “has the potential” to succeed him.
    Tuchel is the favourite with the bookies at the moment, ahead of Germany boss Joachim Low and former Real Madrid, AC Milan and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti.

  • Jib

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #2

    I personally believe that Arsenal will
    appoint someone who has been at
    the club at some time in their career.

  • one fine day

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Personally hope they get pardew and carver.
    We are called dillusional.?
    They moan about the style of football ?
    Er George graham ?
    One nil to the arsenal…
    Offside to the arsenal..
    They’d be Leeds now if it wasn’t for Wenger

  • ben.g

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #4

    One fine day

    Cheers will have to go look it up. Thought he’d see the season out. Athletico Madrid go tanked 3-0 last night. I was thinking that would be good for arsenal.

  • ben.g

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #5

    I see it is at the end of the season

  • Jib

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    He is seeing the season out
    he goes in June

  • one fine day

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #7

    From previous
    one fine day
    Apr 20, 2018 at 10:57 AM
    Comment #14
    3 fa cups here and Rafa would be watching his cows grave on the town moor

  • one fine day

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Grave ..graze it’s not an abortoir lol

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Thomas Tuchel is a good shout. I’d love to see Joachim Low in the Prem. Can’t see Ancelotti being appointed. They need someone like Rafa who can unify a dressing room and coach the players to become better as they have never been a club like Citeh and Chelsea who just throw money at a problem.

    I used to really enjoy watching the invincibles team with Viera, Peres, Henry, Sol Campbell and Bergkamp – great mix of steel and sparkle, even with Ray Parlour in the squad….

  • Jib

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10

    I hope that comment isn’t gingeriest

  • Jib

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #11

    gingerist even

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Brendan Rogers is getting some heavy support in the betting. Looks like he’ll be going to the Arse . He has developed since his last spell in England and will play the type of football they expect now.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #13

    From an Arsenal fan on Twitter:

    “If the club want to compete at the highest level they must be prepared to pay to bring top players into the squad.”

    So, Lacazette, PEA, Ozil, Mkhitaryan – these presumably don’t count, then.

  • one fine day

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Yes rob a side built by Wenger…
    Hounded out by the new plastic crew that were never anywhere near the clock end at any point

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Jib, yes it’s gingerist, obviously. I’ve only ever judged the quality of a footballer by the colour of their hair, nothing else. Isn’t this what everyone does? Isn’t that why we shipped Colback out?


  • one fine day

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Are we getting into ginger footballing gems?
    Alan Ball
    Next !

  • Tsunki

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Rank gingerism rears its ugly head once again. Yay!

  • ben.g

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #18

    I tell you what. Arsenal fans don’t deserve a top manager or players. What an greatfull bunch.
    They are mostly glory seekers.
    Won’t turn up to games. Won’t renew season tickets. Unbelievable Jeff!

    Don’t think Rafa would want to manage a club like that!

  • one fine day

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #19

    No it’s a celebration of ranga
    David fairclough …anyone the original copper topped super sub

  • Tsunki

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #20

    I genuinely hope Wenger gets the last cup Arsenal see for a couple of decades and they slide to the bottom half for years under a succession of tripe managers. Then in ten years time we can enjoy their fans and the media talking about the golden years under Arsenal and how fickle fans forced him out etc etc.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #21

    One fine day Dont get me wrong I’m all for it! Hound them out I say!


  • Tsunki

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #22

    I think after his Chelsea stint Rafa would think very carefully about going down the Smoke. They wouldn’t take too kindly to his methodical approach when they are expecting to win the champions league next year.

  • one fine day

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Hound them out ?
    Hounds ? Ginger ?
    Ahhh the Hungarian Visla is what you ar referring to??

  • one fine day

    Apr 20, 2018 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #24

    Imagine an exhibition match?
    Newcastle or world eleven v a ginger X11 sadly coached by maclaren or Gordon Strahan..


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