Rafa Benitez knows exactly what needs to be done to turn Newcastle United into a massive club with a team that can compete with the best of them in both England and Europe.
But he has not been backed in doing that by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley who doesn’t seem to want to invest too much of the club’s money in new players or upgrades to the club’s facilities.
Rafa’s vision and Ashley’s vision of a future Newcastle United are a million miles apart.
Ashley would like to go along spending as little money as possible while trying to keep Newcastle as a Premier League club.
Rafa shares the vision of the fans and wants to build a top team on Tyneside that is not fighting relegation almost every season but fighting in Europe to win trophies every season.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle can become a massive club
Rafa was asked yesterday if he shared the frustrations of the Newcastle fans and this is what he said as reported in the Chronicle today:
“We are here, we know what is going on, and we have known that for two-and-a-half years,”
“The fans, they have been here for a lot of years – and sometimes you analyse things with the heart, but a lot of them they are analyzing things with their brain.”
“We don’t need to carry on and carry on doing that.”
“When I was in Liverpool, they were talking about: ‘Oh, you have to compete.’ But I was doing the analysis, and to compete with London and Manchester was difficult.”
“Now they say: ‘In the North East, they cannot attract players.’ Yes, we can. We can because here you have all the potential and everything to be a massive club.”
“So we can do it, but we have to do things right. That’s it. Everybody knows that.”
“But I don’t want to waste time talking about that all the time because we have to play against Chelsea, which is a massive game, and a very difficult game for us.”
“I have been talking for two months about what we have to do, and why we have to do this.”
“And also which is the way to do it based on my experience as a manager for years and years,”
“I said after we finished the transfer window finished, we have to concentrate on that.”
“But I have a lot of sympathy for our fans because they are really good.”
“They know the city, they know club, they know the North East, and how well you can live here. They know all these things.”
“They would like to see the club doing things in one way.”
“What I would say is just be sure that when you go to the stadium, you support the team because it’s the only way for us to be stronger.”
“The other things, I have to respect them and I have to concentrate on my job.”
There will be another demonstration by the fans on Northumberland Street before the game on Sunday.
But we hope these demonstrations are not going to be staged at every home game this season.
Fans have to get behind the team and Rafa has made it clear he wants fans to fully support the team once they enter St. James’ Park.
We need to stay United – with or without Mike Ashley.