Rafa has given his press conference for the FA Cup tie against Blackburn Rovers tomorrow at home – it’s a game we should win so let’s hope we can get through.
Rafa refused to be drawn on transfers again – but fans are hoping at the very least he can bring some good players in on loan from the continent.
It’s not known if Rafa will be supported financially by the owner – but there were some noises a couple of months ago that he would be.
That’s the uncertain way Ashley runs the club and it’s a terrible way to treat a world-class manager like Rafa Benitez.
But Rafa got a chance this afternoon to talk again about what his ambitions were (and are?) for Newcastle United.
Rafa Benitez – has (had?) ambitions for Newcastle United
This is some of what he had to say today:
“When I decided to come it was because of the potential of the club and everything. I like to have a project, be ambitious, and first of all get into the top 10.”
“I understand how they (fans) feel, but now I have to do my job to keep us up.”
“The problem here is that the expectation is big because of how massive the club is. But we are in a situation we do not deserve to be in because we are such a big club with massive potential, but we have to make sure we stay up.”
“What the fans are trying to say (with the statement issued yesterday) is they want to compete, stay in the PL.”
“They have been fantastic for us all season. I can understand what they think, they have the ambition to get better.”
“I think we deserved more from Man United, but we made a mistake. At least we know working hard we can complete and get more from these games.”
“I was thinking about us playing against Man United who spent £400M, then Man City and Liverpool have spent hundreds of millions.”
“The intensity of the game is completely different because they have quality players.”
“I have a clear idea that the main thing for us is to try to win in the FA Cup tomorrow. We know how difficult it can be to win because we could draw the top 6.”
“We will play the best team possible we can, but with players who need game time and who want a chance.”
Time is starting to run out for some of us older fans who are now long in the tooth, but if the following three things happen – we will be in raptures:
- Rafa keeps us in the Premier League
- A new ambitious owner buys the club before the summer
- Mr. Benitez signs a new long-term deal at Newcastle and is given funds to spend
That’s all we are asking for – that’s not much is it?
Note: you might want to have a read of a new Newcastle blog that is starting to get some traction – here it is “A Toon A Day.”