Rafa Benitez would have known all about the great fans of Newcastle from his time at Liverpool. But we think he has been absolutely blown away over the past three seasons by the loyalty of the fan base through trying times.
Rafa Benitez – on the training ground
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today about the 4-0 win against Fulham on Saturday and the great Newcastle fans:
“Obviously I think in the end it was a very good season.”
“We have proved that this is a very difficult competition and I am really proud of this group of players, giving everything even after the games we were safe.”
“The fans were fantastic, you would never have expected that many fans when you are safe.”
“Everything was positive.”
“We needed to be solid, strong in defense and they would be dangerous in counter-attack.”
“We had practiced that corner, Jonjo scored a very good goal.” “It was then easier for us to manage after we scored the third.”
“The fans have been so good all season, I would say a surprise but no it isn’t.”
“They have been very good all season, since I have been here they have been fantastic and I am trying my best to give them something back.
“I am always emotional with the fans.” “I am proud to hear the fans singing your name.”
“They have been like this all season.”
“I am professional and if I can give them something back, like these four goals on the last day, a sunny day, it’s nice to know we did what we had to do.”
The relationship between the fans and Rafa is so special. From these comments, you can just see how much they mean to the manager. He needs to continue as the manager of this great club and be supported by the board.
Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United are such a perfect match. It is so frustrating that his future is in such doubt at the moment.
We also believe as Rafa says that this has been a very successful season in terms of the foundations for success. The squad has slowly taken shape. It just needs three to four first-team additions to really take off.
However, these additions need to be players that Rafa wants and the purse strings should be loosened significantly. Newcastle have been in the league for two straight seasons and the revenue is there.
Three more signings of the caliber of Miguel Almiron along with permanently signing Rondon should have this city buzzing this summer. We hope Ashley gives Benitez at least a £50M transfer kitty, lets him add from any player sales, and lets him choose the players.
It’s not too much to ask. In fact, it’s grossly negligent not to.