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Rafa Wants Ashley To Give Him A Chance To Make Newcastle Great

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has said a lot of things over the past week following the team’s capitulation at Sporting Braga last Wednesday night when we went down 4-0 – conceding all four goals in the second half.

Rafa has not been supported in this transfer window as we all know, and it’s the fourth window in succession he’s been disappointed at the funding provided by owner Mike Ashley.

Rafa should not have to work so hard to get Ashley to sign good players, but he does.

And he has pointed to his past record in management as one of the world’s best managers.

It’s only at Newcastle that he has had his hands tied behind his back and has still done wonders over these past two seasons.

The 58-year-old has talked to the press as reported today in the Chronicle, and he wants to be given a chance on Tyneside:

“When they trust our people normally we deliver. We did in Napoli, we did in Valencia, we did in Liverpool.”

“So you think about Liverpool, they were competing against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal and we won trophies.”

“And we did with Napoli against Juventus and we won trophies in Valencia against Madrid and Barcelona.”

“We even did at Milan where they didn’t give me any money, not one signing, yes we did Coutinho but he was a young player, but we won a trophy.

“If they trust us, if they give us the tools – we deliver.”

“In this case I was thinking we could deliver something especially after one year, finishing 10th in the league and now we will try and stay in the Premier League – our main target.”

“And see what happens but that will be our main target because you see the potential of other teams.”

“We have been working really hard. My idea of how to do things, was at this stage of pre-season, everything will be completed and the team will be ready and you will be working with your players for one month.”

“It’s not the case but at the same time I think we are trying to improve the squad – is it enough?”

“No, I don’t think so. It’s enough to compete and trying to win games but we will do it so… with this team we finished 10th but the margin was very narrow.”

“So we were not ahead of a lot of teams, it was so close you could finish 10th or 15th, so that was my point.”

“We were ready, we were working hard in the summer to do things the right way and we are where we are and we will try to do our best until the 9th.”

“Bring in the best players we can get and improve the competition and after that, we will be working as hard as we did in the past.

“Will it be more difficult than last year? I think so because Fulham, Wolves, and Cardiff – especially the first two – are spending money.”

“They are not like Huddersfield and Brighton, and were promoted with us and then have the potential that these two clubs are showing in the market.”

“Then Crystal Palace, West Ham, everybody has spent some money and it will be more difficult.”

“But at the same time, we have to be sure we approach with confidence to get results doing the things we did last season – staying together and working really hard.”

There’s been no net money spent in this summer’s transfer window, but we still have managed to get in five good players – Dubravka, Kenedy (loan), Sung-yueng, Schar and Muto for a gross outlay of £16M.

We are expecting to sign Salomon Rondon on loan today from West Brom with Dwight Gayle going the other way.

Rafa, in addition, is hoping for two or three more players to come through the door before the window closes on Thursday night at 5:00pm.

Let’s hope we get them.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • kilcline

    Aug 6, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Until Ashley goes then this club is always going to be a joke and lucky to be in the premier league.

    I genuinely hope that everyone in the business world sees how Ashley conducts himself and openly lies in public, heaven forbid what he is like in a boardroom, hope sports direct goes under and someone buys them for eff all and saves all the jobs.

  • jayphoto

    Aug 6, 2018 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Fulham is either going to be an absolute flyer, or they’re going to get a kicking. Taking big risks on a few transfers for me which will either come off spectacularly or blow up equally spectacularly. Schurlle didn’t really set the PL alight and is a couple yards slower now, Mitrovic could be the signing of the summer or the flop of the summer. Similarly Seri could struggle with the speed and physicality of the league. Him and Cairney won’t get the same space they both got last season in france and the championship. Similarly it’ll be interesting to see if Sessegnon maintains his form at a higher level. They are putting together a side that sounds exciting but has very little in the line of of proven performers in the Premier League. Also promoted sides that are super attacking tend to struggle. No surprise last season, us, brighton and huddersfield all stayed up but were all sides focused on shape and defence first.
    My bet is fulham have some great games, but there will be a couple of teams that put 5,6 or 7 past them

  • martoon

    Aug 6, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Hi guys – it’s the time of the season you’ve all been waiting for – Predictions! I’ve decided to keep it the same as last year despite some suggestions on when will Rafa leave!!
    So the categories are:

    Final League Position
    Final Number of Points
    League Cup Round (2 – Entry, 7 – Final)
    FA Cup Round (3 – Entry, 8 – Final)
    Player of the Season (Blog)
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup)
    Number of Goals for TGS (League & Cup)

    Could you please put my name in your predictions so I can find them easily – I’ll run this until Saturday Morning so if you want to wait until the Window closes – no problem 🙂

  • jayphoto

    Aug 6, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Similarly, a big thing with Fulham is their squad players are pretty average, and there isn’t that many of them, its a small squad! If they lose one or 2 they’ll be in trouble. For me they are counting on 2 many players adapting fast and hitting the ground running

  • jayphoto

    Aug 6, 2018 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Final League Position 9th
    Final Number of Points 52
    League Cup Quarter Final
    FA Cup Round 3rd round
    Player of the Season JonJo Shelvey
    Top Goal Scorer Ayoze Perez
    Number of Goals for TGS 14

  • lesh

    Aug 6, 2018 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Rafa’s wisely chosen words speak volumes.

    ‘In this case I was thinking we could deliver something especially after one year, finishing 10th in the league and now we will try and stay in the Premier League – our main target.” And after finishing 10th, this season’s main target is to stay in the Premier League. Our main target? Other clubs and successful businesses build on success but not where Ashley’s concerned.

    Yes, Rafa’s sailing close to the wind with his criticism of Ashley’s ways but it’s unlikely Rafa’ll be sacked – that would vindicate his stance and draw a lot of unwanted attention from the media which is now openly questioning Ashley’s approach to NUFC, Rafa, the fans and greed – money at any price. Ashley’s receiving a lot of negative media attention whereas Rafa and his crusade seems to be receiving media support. Maybe the media’s seen Bishop’s pro Ashley campaign for what it is – lies and anti-Rafa spin.

    Rafa’s preparer to withstand the pressure Ashley’s nelson on to him and will, if allowed to, continue until the end of the season. He’s fighting for NUFC to deliver the success that its fans crave for. He’s fighting our battle – get and stay behind him; anything less and he’ll have been betrayed by the very fans he’s fighting for.

  • Geordie-john

    Aug 6, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #7

    At the end of the day we are owned by a penny pinching greedy fat twat who just wants to make as much money as possible from his business ( NUFC ) which is a really big football club with MASSIVE potential and he doesn’t give a shit until the day it doesn’t make a profit in which case he will strip and sell it.
    So we might as well just get it over and done with now instead of it dragging on and on for years

  • JohnJ

    Aug 6, 2018 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #8


    Here’s my prediction but I’m always optimistic!

    Final League Position 12th
    Final Number of Points 45
    League Cup Round – Really don’t know!
    FA Cup Round 5th round
    Player of the Season – The Goalie!
    Top Goal Scorer Rondom
    Number of Goals for TGS 12

  • supermac69

    Aug 6, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #9

    league pos 8th
    points 51
    league cup qtrs
    fa cup 4th round
    player of season dubravka
    top scorer muto
    number of goals for tgs 11
    thanks for doing it fella

  • mfw13

    Aug 6, 2018 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #10

    The problem is that Ca$hley isn’t a Geordie….he’s a London businessman. And he couldn’t care less about making Newcastle great. All he cares about is making a profit.

    And spending 50-100 million pounds in the hope that you MIGHT be able to compete with the big six is not something any reasonably intelligent businessman is ever going to do.


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