Rafa’s Big Test – To Keep Newcastle Up This Season

After Newcastle won their last two games we had hopes that we could make it three in a row against Watford yesterday – but we did not play well at all and Watford’s second eleven beat us 2-0.

It was not a good performance from the team and if we can get something out of the game at home to Manchester City on Tuesday night that may make up for what was a pathetic display yesterday.

We expect a much better performance on Tuesday night from a stronger Newcastle side.

Rafa Benitez – 15 important games still to play

Benitez was asked if it was too much for his (frail) squad to have a cup run and a survival test in the Premier League – and this is how he answered that as reported in the Chronicle today:

“Yes. The fans, they know, so it’s not that I have to explain every time the situation.”

“We put a team on the pitch that could win, we didn’t do it and that proved that we have to just concentrate on one competition.”“I will talk about the quality of the other team.”

“You can see the goals were something we could have avoided and the chances we created in the final third, the final pass, it’s something that we know and we need to keep working on that, that’s it.”

“I think this game, we could have won, doing a little bit more, we could have won this game.”

“We didn’t do it, but at the same time, proved that maybe we cannot make these 11 substitutions, so we have to try to maximize what we have.”

“Watford are a good team and we couldn’t create as many chances as we wanted too because they are a good team even changing players, so that is totally different to a Championship team.”

“We did what we had to do.” “We tried and we couldn’t, that’s it.”

“I understand the fans really well from the last two years or so.”

“We have 15 games now to play and we have to be sure everyone is focused and no distractions.”

When Matt Richie was substituted there was some booing from the crowd and the frustrated fans booed at the final whistle as our hopes of a lengthy FA Cup run were over very early – once again.

Now Rafa and the squad have to concentrate on trying to survive in the Premier League this season.

In the 15 games left we will probably need 19 points to survive to get us to 40 points – say six wins.

If we don’t survive then Rafa will be off at the end of his contract this summer.

If we do survive he could still be off then his contract expires –  such are his frustrations working under owner Mike Ashley.

That’s a real pity for our fans when the owner himself scares off world-class managers.

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10 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Jan 27, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #1

    ‘Benitez was shocked to see suggestions he will quit if he doesn’t get what he wants in the last throes of the winter trading period, but while he is frustrated with the club’s slow response time in the window, he is determined to see the job through.
    ‘The Toon boss stated he was “happy to talk” to the powers that be if things are “done right” at St James’ Park.
    ‘But those discussions will not reopen until the start of February when Mike Ashley will listen to what Benitez wants in more in-depth.
    ‘Although, some written assurances on some important matters – particularly recruitment – will be required.’

    What a load of cack. Benitez is in the twilight of his management with Nufc and has not received any assurances as of yet, So why now when it is clear Mashley will never give Rafa what he wants

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 27, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Newcastle United Football Club is the name.

    Newcastle Divided Football Club is what we are at the moment.

    We’re a fcuking shambles and instead of Uniting as one. We’d rather be at each other’s throats!

    Mike boy is laughing at us. We can’t even muster a decent protest against him ffs!

    #WEAREUNITED hahaha

    #WEAREDIVIDED more like

  • toonluvva

    Jan 27, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #3

    If Rafa can maintain our 17th place until the end of the season and then walks, I’ll not blame him at all.

    Meanwhile our beloved owner will be exposed as the mug he really is. £300m for NUFC?
    No chance and eventually the press and TV will come to realise that.

    I’m not renewing either of my season tickets. As a supposed businessman Mr Ashley must understand that if you don’t supply a satisfactory product you’ll lose custom.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 27, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Haven’t read this headline before

  • jazzyp

    Jan 27, 2019 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Lee Ryder
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    Rafa Benitez insists Newcastle United squad isn’t strong enough for FA Cup run and Premier League survival bid

    Say no more and just shows the state the club is in that we cannot muster a run at a cup yet again under Ashley because of the wafer thin squad due to lack of investement

  • crawfordm

    Jan 27, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Benitez can keep NUFC in the premier league with the current squad ( injuries permitting) Beyond that he will leave . He has a deceiving owner and an odious team of co-horts who do anything but back him, the team or the facilities. WHERE HAS ALL THE MONEY GONE ! It keeps getting asked
    time and time again but we never receive an answer. Hundreds of millions. The fat man is raping this club !!!!!!!!!

  • Reilly

    Jan 27, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Get French Football News
    Newcastle United have had a loan offer for PSG left-sided defender Stanley N’Soki rejected, according to RMC (link: http://bit.ly/NSokiMag) bit.ly/NSokiMag

  • Dondatta13

    Jan 27, 2019 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Some Billionaires want to become philanthropists…

    We get the one Billionaire who decides to take the f*****g p**s

  • Sav

    Jan 27, 2019 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Tuesday looms. So what are we going to do about it let Ashley bend Rafa and Newcastle fans over without a squawk?

  • beefman13

    Jan 27, 2019 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Rafa insists our squad is not strong enough for a FA cup run, maddening, he keeps telling his players you ain’t good enough, try playing your top striker for starters, thing is we know other teams don’t put their stronger teams out, if we did we could have had a real decent shot at it, wins equal confidence, and the owner has said many times he just wants to win something, in fact he said last year if we did win something he would fcuk straight off, of course we can’t believe that statement but our attitude to the Cups is horrendous and disingenuous to our world beating fans.


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