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Rafa’s Interview On Newcastle Future – Potential Is There – A Great Club, Great Place, Great Fans


There’s an excellent piece in the Chronicle today on how Rafa spent time at the Barnstondale Centre near his home in the Wirral last week.

He does a lot of charity with his wife Montse in Liverpool and especially with children.

He was at the Center last week and was with seven children, and they took a ride around the facility in a trailer, as shown in the photograph.

Rafa Benitez taking a ride with seven delighted children last week in Liverpool

It looks like Ronaldo was also there?

How could that be?

The Chronicle interviewed the Center manager George Jones, who talks about what Rafa told him about Newcastle in this tense period of waiting for the boos to sign a new deal:

“Obviously, he can’t tell me what’s going on, but he’s very optimistic that something will happen and the team will be able to deliver”

“I think the fans trust him and they know he’s got the best intentions for the team and he wants to do great things with the team.”

“I think his ability as a top manager is not in question at all given what he’s done with Liverpool and now with Newcastle.”

“He’s just looking for the opportunity to take them right up there and do it with them.”

“He said to me, ‘The potential is there. It’s a great club. A great place, great fans.'”

“He would be very happy to continue there.”

“Every time he mentioned Newcastle, he was very optimistic about the possibilities, but it’s still got to happen for them with the developments in the club and everything.”

“He didn’t say what was happening or what wasn’t happening; he just mentioned something may come up and he hopes it will for the better of the club.”

“If he got the resources to carry on, I think he will be delighted to stay. That’s the impression he gave me – that he is still committed to it all.”

“He didn’t give me any indication at all about moving away from the club. All he talked about was, ‘We could do so well.’ Everything was positive for the club. He was unbelievably positive about the club.”

“I think he would like to take them to greater things. That’s the way he came across. He was quite relaxed in what he was saying. He loves being there, and he loves the club.”

“He gave his time up, and I know he is a busy man and has a lot of commitments. As he was going around, obviously, people recognized him, and he gave them the time to have photographs with them and have a chat with them.”

” Up here, he’s still extremely well regarded – unbelievably so – with his ties with Liverpool.”

“He’s done so well at Newcastle. I said to him, ‘You’ve got fantastic support up there,’ and he just praised the fans so much.”

“He said, ‘They’re very like the Liverpool fans. Down to earth and know their football. They really are committed to the team.'”

We wonder just how long this deadlock is going to continue at Newcastle?

It will take some leadership from Ashley to get things going – so that’s not good news.

Comments welcome.


81 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #41

    droppy
    Canny point
    At the time it was rumoured Ashley was hooking up with
    Cook because of his experience of gaming.
    Maybe together they are going to do a venture post NUFC

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #42

    Jib

    Just think it’s another possible angle.

    He has done it before in the league so it’s odd none of the hacks have him at the head of this deal.

    0
  • DAVE..TOON..9

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #43

    good luck to mike williamson at Gateshead ..howay the heed

    7
  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #44

    droppy, I think that was discounted – Garry Cook’s latest company is into e-sports, Ashley wants to put e-sports venues in his Sports Direct stores, so I think that’s where the link was on that one. Nothing (necessarily) to do with NUFC, though there’s a fair amount of supposition in there so nobody really knows what he was doing there that night.

    1
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #45

    Robleenio

    Ah makes sense then.

    I just remembered his name being passed around the papers and found it odd they hadn’t mentioned it this time.

    He did ok at Citeh too, way better than Lee who makes the tea anyway.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #46

    Lee who makes the tea – lol, that’ll go on his gravestone….

    1
  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #47

    Dave Toon – beat me to it, was just coming to post about Mike Williamson. I’ll be curious to see how he does with The Heed!

    https://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/more-sport/ex-newcastle-united-defender-mike-williamson-discusses-his-managerial-aims-after-landing-gateshead-role-1-9816192

    1
  • TyneMouth

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #48

    RobL..

    .. Lee, who makes the tea’

    It’s on his CV and his business card already!

    3
  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #49

    😀

    0
  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #50

    Mike Williamson is a Geordie.

    True gent a top bloke and professional, he’s been bitten by the North East bug and will live here for the rest of his life.

    Good luck lad, see you next season.

    6
  • ben.g

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #51

    Got to love Rafa and his charity work, class act!

    Fun fact…

    John Terrys favourite all time manager is Rafa

    4
  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #52

    Ben

    Poor Rafa

    2
  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #53

    You see all you Heed fans
    If it hadn’t been for McClaren you wouldn’t have MW

    0
  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #54

    My all time biggest charver shit footballer and all round Arsehole is John Terry

    3
  • ben.g

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #55

    Lol OO

    Hope JT has not got him in speed dial!

    It was on “play to the whistle” lampard said it when Terry was on.

    JT loved his tactical side.

    1
  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #56

    I’m getting fed up of checking up every 10 mins to find out if the takeover has been completed yet.

    2 weeks solid I’ve checked up like 20 or 30 times a day and find there’s still no news.

    This is killing me, can’t we just get this one thing over the line without any delays for once

    2
  • Toon44

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #57

    SKY SPORTS BREAKING NEWS

    I’ve dumped Toon22

    More to follow………………………….

    0
  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #58

    Terry isn’t the nicest human being

    However he certainly wasn’t a shit footballer

    7
  • chicousa

    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #59

    It sure is a good thing that Ashley has Keith Bishop and Associates around to promote a positive and professional image around the world of the club! Just a few of the good images that are being connected with the club during these past few weeks of negotiating a new contract with Rafa and a possible club sale to the BZG:

    A Shambles
    Club on the edge of an abyss
    Chaotic mess
    Highly unprofessional
    A joke of an owner

    Thanks Keith! Heck-of-a job!

    8
  • ben.g

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #60

    Chicousa,

    Think it’s because we are all working here!

    No time for the press

    0
  • Return of the Geordi

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #61

    Following an increase in the insurance premium, the real reason Lee Charnley was at Benton, to explain to Rafa Mike’s improvement plans for the training facilities and give the Sky reporter the latest update.

    https://giphy.com/gifs/news-fox-moment-MWYiqqGyCOcUM

    0
  • chicousa

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #62

    ben.g
    No comment! 😉

    1
  • ben.g

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #63

    Lol, dam forgot!

    No comment to the no comment

    0
  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #64

    Opinions are like arseholes, they all stink and everyone has one, Jib has 3 or 4 depending on his guise.

    Jib

    Terry is and was a shit footballer who made a career out of professional fouls, my dog has more technique and talent.

    3
  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #65

    Very little difference between S Taylor and J Terry, one is a good actor the other isn’t and neither can play football.

    Kicking a ball doesnt make you a player.

    2
  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #66

    Chelsea’s first title in 50 years, is still a Premier League record. Just as remarkably, they conceded only 15 goals and kept 25 clean sheets. The tallies of 15 away wins and only nine goals conceded on their travels also remain records.
    “For me, hands down this team is by far the best Chelsea that there has probably ever been,” Gary Neville said. “It was probably one of the hardest teams I’ve ever played against. Fifteen goals conceded? That is an incredible statistic.”So mean were Chelsea that season that their top league scorer was Frank Lampard with 13 goals – a record low for a Premier League title-winning team. The success was built on Jose Mourinho’s brilliant defence and the newly-arrived coach was clearly the catalyst for it all.
    However, the team’s key player was their captain.
    John Terry won the PFA Player of the Year award for his performances that season and was also named as the UEFA Club Defender of the Year. It should not be surprising given that he was the outstanding player in arguably the strongest Premier League team ever assembled

    3
  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #67

    Well there you go
    Some plank on a blog or Gary Neville
    let me think for a nanosecond

    3
  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #68

    Haha

    Did you miss the opinions bit jiblets?

    That’s the same Neville who FAILED quite spectacularly as a manager….

    Ask Jane her opinion, it holds more water than yours!

    4
  • GeordieinOhio

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #69

    ?? ?????

    0
  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #70

    Jib

    Red rum won the national a few times, should I ask his opinion on jockeys?

    Boil your head you cluess clown

    2
  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #71

    OOO
    Optimistic Oryx Owned
    ha ha ha

    3
  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #72

    Jib

    I’d be surprised if you owned anything, isn’t it all on chucky, including your opinions.

    2
  • Void of Vision

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #73

    I agree Terry is a Tw@t but to be fair he was a good player. His morals are atrocious though.

    2
  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #74

    Boris Johnson would look like a player in a Abramovich side…

    Jiblets

    Weren’t you the guy saying Perez would look better around better players?

    Terry was fab at Villa wasnt he?

    Oh no, is someone questioning your BS?

    1
  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #75

    John Terry is a player who’s passion outshone his ability and most cant tell the difference between the two.

    1
  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #76

    Optimistic Oryx
    Oh no, is someone questioning your BS?

    You seem to be questioning my financial circumstances
    to try and win a footy argument
    Quite childish really

    2
  • lesh

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #77

    Chicousa

    Jib will have noted your comments on the sterling work carried out by KBA in presenting the club’s image.

    You can expect a response in the next two working days.

    2
  • jon

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #78

    Back in the pub, having pre sale celebratory drink or two.

    😀

    2
  • jon

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #79

    This can keep going for a while for me, more pre sale drinks, for me.

    😉

    😀

    2
  • DaveD1000

    Jun 11, 2019 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #80

    Didn’t rate Terry as a bloke but he bossed his area and chucked in a few decent goals too

    4

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