Benitez – I Like To Win Trophies – Not To Finish 10th

Rafa has put in a little dig about it being a real success for Newcastle if we can finish 10th in the Premier League this season.

Of course for Rafa Benitez, who has won three European trophies with three different clubs, his ambitions are much higher than that for Newcastle United.

That’s even though 10th place ties the second best we have done in the Premier League in the 11 years Mike Ashley has owned the club.


The manager only wants to stay at the club if the club can match his huge ambitions and that is to win trophies at Newcastle and do well in the Premier League.

He said that when he first came two years ago and now he has Newcastle in the upper half of the table he will want to be fully backed this summer in the transfer market by owner Mike Ashley.

Rafa Benitez – four smiling Spaniards arrive at St. James’ Park last Saturday

This is what Rafa has said about possibly finishing 10th in the Premier League:

“I said before, that for me to finish 8th or 15th doesn’t change my life.” “It means a lot if you can finish higher in the table, fine.”

“But I like to win trophies – not to finish 10th.”

“This time we can finish ninth, it is better that you finish ninth (than 10th).”

“But we have to improve, we cannot play again at the level we did against West Brom.”

“It doesn’t change too much for me, it is just to be sure that we play like we have to play.”

“It is like that for everyone but the difference is that they (Manchester City) have players with a lot of quality.”

“They usually keep the ball and so they have to be sure that they keep passing the ball well.”

“However, for us, it is to be sure we keep the intensity – that is the key for us to succeed.”

Rafa is simply reminding people that he has put in two tough years at Newcastle – one in the second division and one fighting to keep Newcastle in the Premier League with little or no help from the owner.

Both seasons have been successful, but now the manager wants to push on and have a (very) good team for next season so we can challenge for the top six and try to win a Cup.

That’s what Rafa wants, and that’s what the fans want.

We will hear shortly from owner Mike Ashley about what he wants – other than to get as high a price as possible whenever he sells the club.

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5 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s obvious what he wants and has the knowledge and experience to understand our limitations and expectations. To quote him him, He is not asking for crazy things, just to be run like a normal football club, he’s doing his bit, it’s up to the fat man to either do his or ship out.

  • jazzyp

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Do ya see Rafa putting up with false promises yet again mate like previous seasons gone by.
    I do believe this time unless assurances are met he’s gone and who can blame the guy.

  • magicmac54

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    In my view Ashley needs to sell Newcastle as soon as possible otherwise Rafa will leave for a more ambitious club, we all know Ashleys only ambition is for Newcastle to finish in the premier league, he is happy if we finish in 17th position, there is no way Rafa can work with Ashley as he wants Newcastle to push on and be able to compete as high as possible every year, and be able to be in a position to win cups and get into Europe, its never going to happen as long as Ashley is the owner of Newcastle, if Ashley remains at Newcastle then Rafa will leave as Ashley will simply never match Rafas ambition. HWTL.

  • martoon

    Apr 30, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Although Ashley seems to be asking a high price when you think about it how many other businesses can you buy where there is a guaranteed income of at least £100m per year (as long as you stay in the Premiership) which is about a quarter of the value of the club. Any other business you would have to try to get sales etc. every year. This is not an apology for Ashley – I’m just looking at it from purely a business point of view!

  • nufc 11

    May 2, 2018 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Its always been a shoestring policy, buy low sell high to mike Ashley lavish is a 2 pound pair of socks, Rafa is wadting his time with this vampire.


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