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Benitez – I Am Very Confident Because Newcastle Fans Love Their Club

It must have been very difficult for Rafa Benitez to agree to stay on at Newcastle when we are in the second division, because it means a world-class manager will be out of the spotlight when managing the Tyneside club – well at least for next season.

It’s something that he is hardly used to since he took over Valencia in 2001 and took them to some great success.

But Rafa agreed to stay on at Newcastle and he has said to the Chronicle that he is very confident because he knows that  Newcastle fans just love their club and the fantastic season ticket sales are proof of that.

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It’s thumbs up from Rafa

The ticket sales have been the best they have been for several years and we are in the second division!

In the Chronicle question and answer with Rafa on Thursday, the manager was asked whether he was surprised with the good season ticket sales at Newcastle. where some sections are already sold out.


Season-ticket sales are booming despite relegation – has that surprised you? How important is it to have a full and vocal St James’ Park next season?

Rafa Benitez answer:

“It does not surprise me so much, because these are fans who love the club. It is hard when you love something to stay away.”

“But it is fantastic to hear that areas in the stadium have already sold out and that there have been queues for tickets at the stadium.”

“When I hear this, it makes me very confident in what we can achieve next season because as I have said, the fans make a really big difference, when the stadium is full and loud and positive, then we can achieve great things.”

“I have to thank them for showing their faith in me as the manager and already I look forward to seeing them in St James’ Park in August.”

There is really a very strong bond between Rafa and the Newcastle fans already – and the former Liverpool manager knows exactly where the fans are coming from.

Rafa has the same ambitions as the Newcastle fans and that is to make Newcastle into a top club again in the Premier League and to start to win some trophies like the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Premier League, the UEFA League and the Champions League – you name it.

We don’t think Rafa puts any limit at all on what is possible with Newcastle United when he is the manager.

That’s what is so exciting about having Rafa as the Newcastle manager – he has as much ambition as the fans.

🙂 🙂 🙂

Did we make it clear we love Rafa Benitez?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jun 10, 2016 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Looks like everyone’s nicely tucked up in bed.

    Nighty night all.

  • Toonces

    Jun 10, 2016 at 3:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Here is an article about artificial surfaces for anyone interested. It is a year out of date in the case there have been any new developments since it was published.


  • cyprus

    Jun 10, 2016 at 3:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Do you like love Rafa? ?

  • Jib

    Jun 10, 2016 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Napoli have been targeting Udinese’s young Polish midfielder Piotr Zieli?ski.
    However according to Sky Italia and other media they have moved their interest to Wijnaldum.(it’s unclear if Roma’s interest has cooled)


    Napoli play 4-3-1-2 with the one being the trequartista , the link twixt 3 and 2 which was GW’s role at PSV.

    While Rafa played that system sometimes in Italy , he seems committed to a return to the versatility of his favourite 4-2-3-1 at least while trying to gain promotion.

  • Jib

    Jun 10, 2016 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Coloccini is staying for now


    A couple of factoids

    He won a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics .

    His nickname in Argentina is “Peluca” –

  • Veltmann

    Jun 10, 2016 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #6

    I was shocked with the kind of players we have been linked so far.Gayle,McCormack, Abeid etc..
    Is that really kind of players Rafa is going to consider? Hope in God’s name not and hope it is just paper gossips and speculation.
    He was not that successful in spotting talents while at Liverpool as far as I can remember but I hope he is better than that!!!

  • Jib

    Jun 10, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Veltmann // Jun 10, 2016 at 6:48 AM
    Rafa was not that successful in spotting talents while at Liverpool as far as I can remember
    Fernando Torres
    Xabi Alonso
    Alvaro Arbeloa
    Luis Garcia
    Pepe Reina
    Daniel Agger
    Lucas Leiva
    Dirk Kuyt
    Daniel Ayala
    Glen Johnson
    Jonjo Shelvey
    Craig Bellamy

    Yeah a right load of rubbish !

  • Jib

    Jun 10, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #8

    whoops forgot Javier Mascherano another load of crap

  • martoon

    Jun 10, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Just back from my hols and I though there would have been a letter or Email about the ST price reduction – but nothing. Has anybody else heard anything this yet?

  • Veltmann

    Jun 10, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #10

    Jib – from that list,the only players I consider success are Torres,Xabi and probably Agger.The rest were not type of players that are suitable for Liverpool and are sub standards.

  • Jib

    Jun 10, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Mascherano and Reina

    I was going to list their accomplishments World cup medals CL medals Barcelona player of the season etc. etc.

    but hey it’s your opinion

    as valid as any on here

    let other bloggers judge

  • Jib

    Jun 10, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #12

    world club cups

  • martoon

    Jun 10, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Veltmann – I know you are trying to back up your argument and I would agree that Benitez did have some flops as all managers do. However you can’t just dismiss players like Kuyt (who Benitez moved to the right and he did well), Johnson (who was England’s first choice RB then), Pepe Reina who was an excellent goalkeeper then and still is and of course Bellamy. Shelvey was very young at Liverpool but had the raw talent and as for Mascherano well I don’t really have to comment do I?

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 10, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Has anyone trusted or felt it wasn’t a load of bollox when any other manager under fattys tenure bar kk and Houghton, spoke about anything football related and they weren’t on the bullshit parade because they hadn’t a clue and just went along with it.

    Probably very similar to how Tsunki described it earlier. Nothing to see here, just coach.

    Me neither.

    Like a breath of fresh air this rafa fella.

    I mean, who’d of thunked it eh, professional footballers who are basically finely tuned athletes playing on poor training pitches with other sub standard facilities.

    No wonder our injuries have been so diabolical for so long.

    I suppose that’s what happens when know nowts and yes men run a football club on the cheap.



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