Dwight Gayle has today in the Express explained how the Newcastle players love being coached by Rafa Benitez.
For the second successive season, Rafa has improved the players he has had in his squad, and this time they will be better prepared for the Premier League next season than they were last season.
Dwight Gayle is one of those players who have improved this year in his overall play although he only managed to score 6 goals in 35 Premier League appearances.
That compares with 23 goals in 32 appearances in the Championship the season before.
Dwight Gayle – players want Rafa to stay long-term
This is some of what Dwight has said in the Express, and the players want Rafa to stay at the club on a long-term deal
“All the players want the boss to stay. They are so thankful for what he has done for the team.”
“A lot of the players here have had their careers changed for the better.”
“He is a great tactical manager – he has brought in these players for a reason.”
“Obviously the first half of last season wasn’t the best but we finished really well and it was a good end.”
“We have to be careful.”
“The teams that struggled last season – Everton, Leicester, Southampton, they are all big clubs and they all spent big money.”
“You need to be focused otherwise you could find yourself struggling.” “We need to strengthen.”
“It is vital you look to improve, but also that you bring in players that are not going to affect the squad mentality and break the team up.”
It would only be Newcastle who would drag their feet when a world-class manager is happy on Tyneside and says he wants to stay long term.
Other clubs would have snapped up Rafa very quickly but not Newcastle – or should we say not Mike Ashley.
And the irony is that Rafa could increase the value of the Newcastle club is he is only backed by the owner in the next few years.
Why Ashley is hesitating to do the long-term deal with Rafa, we have no idea,
So what if he has to give up some control of the club to Rafa – Ashley never knew what he was doing, in any case, these last eleven years.
That’s why it’s so puzzling and so frustrating for Newcastle fans.
What do you think?