Some pundits are trying to create a crisis at Newcastle because of our poor start to the season.
And they will have more ammunition tomorrow if we lose again to Arsenal at home.
But Rafa Benitez has sent a message to Newcastle fans that there is no crisis behind the scenes at Newcastle.
Rafa, his coaching staff and players, are training hard to get better as the season progresses and pick up some wins.
Rafa Benitez in his element – on the training field
So don’t get pulled into the negativity being written by some pundits.
It’s in their own interests to create problems at Newcastle – then they will have something to write about.
This is what Rafa has told ChronicleLive:
“There are two different messages out there. One is our side of the story. The other is for people who find it interesting to create a debate.”
“Our side is for our fans. We know what we have because we have watched our team for one full season in the Premier League.”
“This team hasn’t changed too much, so what are we expecting from our team? Similar things. We were successful doing some things.”
“Would we like to do things in another way? Yes.”
“Maybe we can’t or maybe we can’t right now. So we have to wait to see how this team is progressing.”
“I like to coach players and I like to improve them.”
“Jamaal Lascelles is an example of a player who is growing in stature and everybody can see the difference.”
“To improve players you need time, and we are at the beginning of the season.”
“Some (new) players arrived late so now it’s a question of time so that we can improve.”
“Our fans can see our fixtures were beginning too, so we had to cope with that.”
“We have to be sure we improve defensively and in the transition from defense to attack and also to attack.”
“If we can we will have more chances in games against the big teams and against the other teams.”
“But we aren’t better than anybody on paper so we have to be better on the pitch. We have to have a game plan, follow it and be consistent.”
“If something was wrong we would change but we weren’t wrong last season. We made less mistakes than others and finished 10th.
“So we will try to do what is right for our team. If something isn’t right I will be the first one to be unhappy.”
Keep supporting the team through thick and thin this season.
That was a significant strength of Newcastle United last season although going 9 games with just one point before the end of last year was tough to take.
We are hoping things will be a little better this season.
Over two in five fans think we can beat Arsenal tomorrow.