Rafa Benitez said when he signed on at Newcastle last May that he wanted to win trophies at Newcastle and just in case fans had thought Rafa had lost any of that huge ambition, he has said once again that he wants to take Newcastle to the top – “to the very top.”
But he has cautioned it’s got to be in steps – one step at a time – and we are progressing quite well as he tries to build a squad at Newcastle in the next season or two that can actually win some trophies – and let’s not rule out the Premier League as one of those potential trophies.
Rafa Benitez – wants to take Newcastle to the very top
If Leicester City can do it then so can Newcastle United.
And Rafa has said it is easier to become great (again) if you are at a big club like Newcastle because a lot of things necessary to be great are already there – such as a great stadium and terrific fans.
Rafa was asked by the local media today if he wanted to win trophies at Newcastle and this is how he answered that question, as reported in the Chronicle:
“It’s a tricky question because we are in the FA Cup and we have to get further.” “Obviously I want to win trophies.” “I want to be promoted and I want to win as many games as we can.”
“It is a question of time. It’s not that I want to do it so I can do it now.” “No, we need some time.” “The reason why I’m here is because you can think big.” “It’s not that we’re thinking small.”
“Obviously for me it is important, because if you go to a small team which has little history and no expectation it is not the same.” “But if you go to a top side then you know it’s a big club.”
“But to go where we want to be, you must go one step at a time.” “So I want to go from where we are to the very top.” “Big clubs can have problems thinking about where they want to be too soon.”
“No, we must think about where we are now and then try to get back to our level – but one step at a time.”
“We don’t know where we are in terms of the steps. We have a massive stadium, with a huge number of fans.” “So we are not on the first step, but we are not where we were.”
“We can get there just by doing the right things.”
Rafa will be trying to win the game at Birmingham City tomorrow but by his own admission he has to give some of the fringe players a game and he’s like to rest Dwight Gayle who he says has been playing too many games.
The number one target of course this season is to get promoted – so we simply must accomplish that this season.
Then we’ll be on track for whatever we can achieve next season back in the Premier League among the big boys.
What do you think?