Rafa Benitez held several interviews with the press yesterday, and he was all about getting everybody involved at Newcastle to be pulling in the same direction – much like last season.
Last term was difficult, and we struggled in the first half of the season before coming away in the second half of the season thanks in lathe extent to loan signings Martin Dubravka and Kenedy.
Dubravka is now at the club permanently, and Kenedy is with us on loan for the full season.
Those two players alone mean we are a better side than we were a year ago at this time.
Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley
Rafa was also asked if he had some words for those that are planning a protest against owner Mike Ashley.
The newly formed Magpie group are planning to protest today after another terrible transfer window – at least in the way Ashley seemed to withhold (available) money from the manager.
This is what Rafa said as reported in the Chronicle:
“It is two different things. I am not the one to say whether I am happy or not happy.”
“It is my experience to focus on football,”
“The fans know that is crucial to us to stick together. The fans will be behind us is key – that is the key.”
“We want to perform at the same level as last year. Last year we didn’t have anyone scoring 25 goals and we finished 10th.”
“The wingers are scoring, Ayoze Perez is scoring, Dwight [Gayle] is scoring. Everyone has four, five or six goals.”
“The reason we were strong is because we had these goals and the defense was a real unit.”
“Hopefully, someone will score 25 goals this season, but we need the fans behind the team.”
The planned protest today will take place outside the Sports Direct store on Northumberland Street at 11:00am and has been organized by The Magpie Group.