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.