web analytics




Rafa – How The Atmosphere Has Changed During His Three-Year Tenure


Rafa Benitez has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and it’s just before our final league game of the season at Fulham this afternoon, which starts in about 90 minutes.

Rafa has said about how he has seen the atmosphere at Newcastle change for the better in the last three years since he has been the Newcastle manager.

There’s a chance Rafa Benitez will leave the club when his contract ends at the end of June – but we hope that’s not the case.

We pray that’s not the case.

Rafa Benitez – arrives at Craven Cottage today

This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today – and he believes he can take Newcastle to a much higher position in the league table if he gets the support he needs:

“When I came here it was a bad time because everything was in a bad position.”

“Football is about emotion and the fans – everything depends on that. But the mood changed, and everyone had more confidence we could stay up.”

“The mood changed, and you could see that even in the last game against Tottenham when we won 5-1.”

“What’s changed in terms of the club (gestures around the press room at the training ground) – maybe not too much.”

“In terms of the atmosphere though, yes, it’s been positive and gives us hope that we could do better.”

“Maybe we were expecting to go one step further and further, and we didn’t do it, but that is the frustration sometimes.”

”We had 33 players when we first came and maybe half of them they were maybe thinking about wanting to leave so we had to manage that.”

“And now we have reduced that to 27 or 26 here – I don’t talk about players on loan, but those who are here.”

“So, in terms of the atmosphere, the people who are here now are quite focused.”

Let’s hope we can win this game at Fulham today – but we think it’s going to be tough to win it.

How Will Newcastle Fare At Fulham?

View Results
Loading ... Loading ...

Comments welcome.


19 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 12, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Don’t worry Rafa, step aside and let Uncle Ashley show you how to unravel it.

    0
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 12, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Is this a blog ff league? Who’s top?

    0
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 12, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #3

    I made a blog bet if any of you remember back around Christmas.

    I said I’ll change my name to online guys b*itch if a takeover materialises before the final game of the season.

    Never in doubt 😉

    2
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 12, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #4

    The * was supposed to replace the i but whatever lol.

    2
  • Ron Knee

    May 12, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #5

    “Heading into Sunday’s clash with Fulham, Newcastle are in 14th place – and can only move either one place up or down on the final day of the campaign.

    “That represents a £3.8m difference in merit money – £11.4m is awarded to the 15th-placed side, £13.3m to 14th, and £15.2m to 13th…”

    Not even a Joselusworth.

    2
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 12, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Kell Watts and Lewis Cass in the squad today.

    Thumbs up emoji

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #7

    No Hayden!

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Sorry he’s in defence

    0
  • one fine day

    May 12, 2019 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Telecast watching here has live cross to Brighton and now three times has had shay given giving his thoughts on “his” team man city
    Shay given 450 pl games 131 clean sheets bla bla
    Not one mention the vast majority of those were while being paid by us ?
    No mention either of course he bailed out in Jan leaving us to go down .
    But hey don’t left the facts get in the way shay

    3
  • Ron Knee

    May 12, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Manquillo injured?

    0
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 12, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #11

    #nufc XI vs #ffc: Dubravka; Hayden, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Perez, Atsu, Rondon

    #nufc subs vs #ffc: Darlow, Cass, Fernandez, Clark, Watts, Kenedy, Muto

    0
  • West Lancs Geordie

    May 12, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Hi Everyone,

    Anyone got a decent stream for today’s match at Fulham please?

    0
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 12, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Ron
    Think so and yedlin just recently had groin surgery.

    0
  • AncientC

    May 12, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #14

    One last waltz for the Diame & Shelvey combo. Diame will not need much encouragement to put a performance in.

    0
  • Ron Knee

    May 12, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Thanks, ronaldo.

    0
  • AncientC

    May 12, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #16

    https://www.soccerstreams100.com/
    There should be a good list of streams on this link, closer to kickoff.

    0
  • jazzyp

    May 12, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Not to mention how much charity work Shay took up while at the club and was endorsed as one of the best ambassadors the club has ever had.
    And the reason he left was because of the way Ashley was running the club.No wonder players have no appetite when we have fans nailing the best keeper we have had at the club

    3
  • geordie157

    May 12, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #18

    No Manquillo, shame as he’s been playing quite well.

    Good to see Watts involved, heard some good things about him. Don’t know much about Cass.

    Will Muto ever start haha

    0
  • Jib

    May 12, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #19

    EU rules do not prohibit the public ownership of utilities or companies. But they do mean that all enterprises must behave competitively, including state owned enterprises. This means that subsidies to prevent failure, or a tax regime that discourages new entrants into a market would be illegal under EU rules.

    2

You must log in to post a comment.