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Many Positives For Rafa To Stay – It Will Be Difficult To Walk Away

Rafa Benitez has had to put up with a lot of frustration at Newcastle over three years, caused mainly by owner Mike Ashley and his unwillingness to invest Newcastle’s money into the playing squad.

So Rafa has had to do the best he can with the meager funds he has been given by the owner.

The display and result against Everton on Saturday showed that Rafa has not only brought in some good players for low fees, but every player he brings in is dedicated to the club and the Newcastle cause.

The players must also be willing to give 100% in training and in games for Rafa to sign them in the first place.

Compared to last year at this time we have Sean Longstaff (Academy graduate), Fabian Schar (£3M), Salomon Rondon (loan), Miguel Almiron (£20M eventually), Federico Fernandez (£6M), and Ki Sung-yueng (free agent).

It’s a better squad than last season.

Rafa Benitez  acknowledges the fans – after another win

And we have a decent chance of beating the 44 points we got last season – we have 34 points and still 8 games to play.

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So when Rafa looks back on his three years on Tyneside, he can rightly say that he has improved the squad each season without much help from the owner.

At the end of the game on Saturday Rafa had taken off his glasses – shook a few hands – and then reached inside his pocket for his eyeglasses case – a ritual he performs at the end of each game.

But for a win he has an air of accomplishment and satisfaction about him – he says it’s all inside –  but he’s proud after every Newcastle win.

The stadium was electric at the end of Saturday’s game, and he was on the pitch waving to his admiring fans and shaking hands with the players.

It was some scene and a fantastic home win for Newcastle – the first time since October 2003 that we had come back to win a PL game after being two goals down.

He will not get that atmosphere or appreciation for a job well done at many other clubs.

Yes, he needs some investment from Ashley to sign a new deal, and he will get some, but how much we don’t know.

But with young players coming through the ranks like Longstaff and Almiron, it’s got to be very difficult for the manager to walk away from Newcastle this summer.

And Ashley may be stubborn and difficult to work with, but he does leave Rafa alone to do what he does best – coach the team as he sees fit.

Rafa wants to turn Newcastle into a top-six club in England but even if Ashley doesn’t give him everything he wants Rafa – he may still sign a new deal to stay on Tyneside.

We’re hoping Rafa will stay and it’s an opportunity for Mike Ashley to be a lot more appreciative of the man he currently has as the Newcastle manager.

There are not many managers around who can bring together a football club, its fans, and a whole City through the power of his personality.

That’s what Rafa has done for three years – through both good times and bad on Tyneside.

Long may it continue.


8 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 12, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #1

    In Rafa we trust.

    It was true when he joined us, it’s never stopped being true and will continue to be true for as long as he remains with us.

    This is why I don’t understand ‘fans’ who criticise the players. If Rafa trusts them to do a job, then so should we.


  • cyprus

    Mar 12, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    On Perez
    Must admit I get the celebration. He’s often singled out for abuse, despite the fact that he gives his all and never hides.
    Perhaps he should add a variation and unplug one ear when everyone is celebrating.
    He’s our second highest scorer, without playing in the CF position. And he should be getting more foul calls, I think.
    Should we survive, and it’s looking more and more likely, he’ll have played a major part.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 12, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Perez takes a lot of flak for apparently going down too easy but there is so many games where he gets fouled and gets nothing so I think he tries to win the foul by being dramatic and there is a bit of a boy who cried wolf with him.

    He has been fouled for 2 or 3 penalties that we haven’t got this season and that elbow from Boly was shocking and he got nothing!

  • cyprus

    Mar 12, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Yes I was thinking he’s won a couple penalties too, not given. Had it been Salah… 😉

  • murvar

    Mar 12, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #5

    I blow hot and cold on Perez. In my opinion he spends too much time hustling back in midfield and defence. I know why – it’s Rafa’s way and he knows best. He’s the best manager we’ve had in the 44 years I’ve been a regular at SJP. I just hope that one day this season, when we are safe from relegation, Rafa will enable Perez to spend his time playing alongside Rondon. They have the capacity to terrorise many defences given more time together in the right part of the pitch.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 12, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #6

    We often talk of the pride and the passion needed to wear the toon shirt.
    Not just based on Saturdays performance Ayoze Perez has more than earned the right to do so and deserves the plaudits he’s receiving.
    Clearly having Rondon as his minder and Almeron as his Wingman has paid dividends in creating more space for him but it also looks like he’s been working hard in the gym and developed a more
    dynamic hairstyle.
    He’s turned his goal celebration from one of frustration to one of celebration.

  • Geordie-john

    Mar 12, 2019 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Well I’ve always liked Ayoze Perez from day one and had many arguments with friends and fellow supporters about his footballing talent. A lot of people slated him during his time at NUFC but he has always given his best. Sometimes he has looked like a headless chicken but I would put that down to the other teams tactics thus leaving him out of the play.
    I have watched many of his videos that he and his brother have put on line in his early days at Newcastle, Showing how they train away from the club and they were really intense.
    Now this lad has found his feet and the pace that he showed in the early days with us with the introduction of Almiron. In my opinion, They will learn off each other and get better in the coming weeks. Also securing Rondon will help .
    Well Done Ayoze ! You didn’t give up ,You deserve all the praise enjoy it !!

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 12, 2019 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #8

    As people know I’m a long term fan of perez. As for rafa allowing him to play close to rondon, not a prayer. I think I read once that rafa didn’t play a guy from the bench who was due to make a record appearance or something, even though the team was winning!! 🙂


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