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Rafa – We Know We Have To Do Better – We Have Ambition

Rafa Benitez, as usual, was upbeat at his press conference today and said some positive things.

He made the point that you have to have ambition but we have to be realistic too – probably a nod to the fact that we don’t have the money to spend like some other big clubs do

The other way of saying that is Mike Ashley will not give Rafa every last penny the club generates – as he promised 15 months ago.

But that’s the way it is, so at least for the moment we just have to get on with it.

Rafa Benitez – we want him doing this again – very soon

But Rafa is clear that he is proud of the way his players are coping with things:

“You want competitive professionals and we have competitive professionals. I think that’s very positive.”

“We will try to manage our squad, get a good result and that’s it. It’s 11 v 11, so anything can happen, and that’s football.”

“We have to approach every game trying to get a result, trying to win. If we can’t, we have to continue doing things in a similar way.”

“I’ll not say exactly the same, but similar – because we were successful last year and very close to getting something off Spurs and Chelsea.”

“When you lose a game in a cup against a team in the division below, then you have to analyze why.”

“We know we have to do better.”

“Nobody knows our players better than us. I have a lot of confidence in them and I’m very proud of them.”

“You have to have ambition, but you have to be realistic. If we want to stay in the PL we have to manage expectations”

It looks like we may be starting the season going through a bad spell like we had during the last two months of last year.

That was 9 games with only one point – so we came through that and still finished in 10th place – and we can do that again – and perhaps even better this season.

Howay The Lads!!

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23 comments so far

  • Rob1971

    Aug 31, 2018 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #1

    For once a bit of sense from Michael Owen “Newcastle. United were roundly criticised for their ultra-cautious approach at home to Chelsea on Sunday, but they did only lose out to a contentious penalty and a late own goal.
    “Would we be having the same debate if United had nicked a point against a very good Chelsea side? Very small margins.”

    The answer is of course we wouldn’t, if we had got a point the vast majority on here would have been happy with that.

  • Graeme

    Aug 31, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #2

    The problem seems to be “Time & Money”
    Rafa has the “Time” and the ability to deliver what we all want – A club that tries, can compete, avoids relegation battles and progresses, season upon season!!
    Ashley, on the other hand, doesn’t have the time, but he does have control of the Money that NUFC generate through TV, Support, Player Sales etc.

    Ashley has promised, on numerous occasions, that Rafa can have “Every penny that the Club generates” which has been proved to be nothing more than blowing smoke out of his backside. There hasn’t been a net spend of any substantial money in many years – either on Players or the Club, in general.
    Ashley needs to understand that his actions simply breed contempt for himself and his ownership – and there is absolutely NO need for it.

    He could have a Club, making Headlines, for all the right reasons, with very little effort to himself and at no further cost, to himself. Simply deliver what you have promised to deliver – it doesn’t even need to be “Every Penny” just a significant sum to enable a World Class Manager to deliver the potential the club has.
    The biggest winner from that, would actually be Ashley, – The Squad would increase in Value, The Club would increas in Value.
    Every aspect of the Football Club would improve, increase in value.

  • Jib

    Aug 31, 2018 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Hey well done bonny lad !
    Nobodies said that for at least 45 minutes


  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 31, 2018 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #4

    So the “hashtag” thing is replacing “ha ha ha” Jib? You are moving up from being a six year old to a sixteen year old – no stopping you now. Next thing will be an adult discussion, but let’s not rush things..

  • Jib

    Aug 31, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Has it ever occurred to you that talking
    about footy is better than talking about
    tats or the age of posters on here
    I know your missus is brown bread
    but it wasn’t my fault – honest

  • Toon fm Exeter

    Aug 31, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Must be the last Friday of the month, white lightning kicked in early

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 31, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Well here’s the thing Jib, my fine fellow. Graeme has done his best to make a point about football but in return has received your sarcasm and scorn. So in such a situation, I feel it’s more appropriate for me to belittle you in his defence than talk football. If I want to talk about football properly, I’ll do so with someone like Lillo Geordie. I see you as a sort of buffoon and I’m quite happy for us to exchange trash talk where I undoubtedly the intellectual hegemony.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 31, 2018 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #8

    [insert “hold” the intellectual hegemony]

  • Graeme

    Aug 31, 2018 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib, @3

    In the words of the Prophet, peace be upon him

    Go play with the traffic!!

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 31, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Rob we didn’t deserve anything off Chelsea really.

  • Jib

    Aug 31, 2018 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Miles Starforth
    2 hours ago
    Jamaal Lascelles is fit, but Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie are
    out of tomorrow’s game against Man City

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 31, 2018 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Graeme the puerile hashtag thing is new, but traditionally Jib’s lines of defence when he’s clearly losing an argument is “ha ha ha”, “your’e a mackem wum” or “your wife is dead”. It never gets any more profound than that so it’s not worth your time to even respond.

  • Toon&oot

    Aug 31, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Some bloggers just seem to put disrespectful comments on here to collect responses. Our situation is repetitive through the actions of our owner, simple as.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 31, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #14

    94 people voted for a win wtf!

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 31, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #15

    A manager sets the side up. What he can’t do is play for them.
    I was at the game on Sunday. Not sure we strung three passes together more than two or three times. How do you set up a team to attack when they constantly give the ball away? You can’t, because like it or not, it comes straight back at you.
    You can’t blame Rafa for their inability to pass. That’s why out possession stats were so poor, because as soon as we got it, we gave it away.
    We know they can pass. We’ve seen it many times, but on Sunday they couldn’t. Try getting from A to B with the ball if you can’t pass.
    Sometimes a team is just not good enough to compete with the best and you have no choice but to manage as, best you can.
    When all you’re allowed to bring in is relegated players and free transfers, it’ difficult to compete against a team that cost half a billion quid. You get what you pay for.
    Guardiola inherited a great team but couldn’t win the league with it. He went out and spent more mega millions.
    Unless you’re incredibly stupid or naive, you must be able to work out that unless you’re rather lucky, beating top teams that buy all the best players only happens rarely.
    We have a bang average side at best. Only having a top manager kept us up last season. This season, compared to clubs around us, we’ve basically stood still – or put more realistically, gone backwards.
    This is not Rafa’s fault. When things get bad you get behind the players and managers as best you can, you don’t desert them.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 31, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Jib- referring to someones dead family member as “brown bread” is really offensive and not appropriate even for a clot like you. Base standards.

  • Jib

    Aug 31, 2018 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Mister Tuff
    Jib- referring to someones dead family member as “brown bread”
    is really offensive
    Similar to inferring someone is gay by posting pics of sailors

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 31, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #18

    “Implying”, surely?

  • Jib

    Aug 31, 2018 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #19


  • toon22

    Aug 31, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Its a shame MA is making sure the club wont ever compete in this league
    To blame anyone one else is idiotic
    Yes its repetative but so are the lies over the last 11years
    So ill stop repeting myself when MA stops lieing

  • Bladey

    Aug 31, 2018 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #21

    So there are posters who agree with me that
    JIB is a baffoon

  • toon22

    Aug 31, 2018 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Yeh cause Rafa is to blame for the last 11 years

    Think about it….

  • nufc 11

    Aug 31, 2018 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #23

    MA wants to come to training? Give me a fcuking break,maybe the penny dropped after our bad start that maybe he shouldn’t have raided the nufc accounts to buy HOF, maybe he might well have smelled the coffee and can see the real threat of relegation coming? I for one hope we get relegated and it bankrupts him in the process.


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