Rafa Benitez has told the fans and particularly Newcastle owner Mike Ashley that he cannot perform miracles every year.
In his first two full seasons in charge Rafa has managed to get Newcastle promoted in first place from the Championship and at the moment we are in 10th place in the Premier League table.
A top ten finish would be considered a real success for this season!
We have to remember he spent only £20M net last summer when he was not backed with money from the club to significantly improve the squad.
Newcastle play at Everton tonight and a win will take us to 44 points and in 8th joint place with Leicester but they have a better goal difference than Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez – two excellent seasons from the manager
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Northern Echo today:
“I cannot do miracles every year. You have to have the tools to make sure you can do your job.”
“I spend a lot of time coaching and improving players, so I do not have a problem with young players because they will grow and become much better players.”
“But you need to win, so you need players with experience.”
“When we had problems in the Championship, or even in the Premier League with this squad, we needed experience.”
“So it’s not just a case of, ‘Oh, the manager is calm, he has vast experience’ because you don’t play.”
“Players with experience can replicate that on the pitch, and give confidence to those around them.”
“Then, you will be a better, more competitive team, and you can try and win trophies.”
“I am not saying you have to win the league, because maybe you will need a lot of time to do that.”
“But to compete for the League Cup or FA Cup? You can do that, but you have to have a team you can change by rotating players and still have a good eleven.”
Ashley has not managed to sell Newcastle and we don’t currently know what his thinking is – whether he still wants to sell what will hopefully be a top ten club in the Premier League this summer.
Rafa’s p[erformance along with that of the players this season will have raised the price of the club: Ashley will benefit from that.