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Benitez To Manage At Least 10 More Years – Reveals Problems At Newcastle

Rafa has given a lengthy interview to Spanish newspaper AS, and he talks about his almost three years as the Newcastle manager.

After Rafa successfully got us promoted from the Championship in May 2017, the idea was to put together a team that could then challenge for the top ten in the Premier League.

But we have fought against relegation these last two seasons.

Rafa puts the reason for that down to a lack of investment in the playing squad, and he’s right about that.

The manager says he wants to stay in management for at least another 10 years.

But unless Mike Ashley changes his ways or the club is eventually sold to more ambitious owners Rafa could well choose to join a more ambitious club in the future.

That may even be this summer, but that would come as a real shock to Newcastle fans.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

This is some of what Rafa has told AS when asked how long he wanted to stay in management:

“For another 10 years at least.” “And mostly in England, where you can work as a manager.”

“The main thing is to have energy and enthusiasm, and I have both.”

“I’m talking about an ambitious project for the future with the possibility, at the level that you are at, of competing and winning.”

“When you have won titles you want to carry on fighting for that goal.”

“I enjoy my job, my people take care of the technology very well and we want to get back to competing for titles if possible.”

“It depends mainly on those in the boardroom, on how those that make the decisions allow the professionals to do their job.”

“In that respect, every club is different.”

“All the teams that are successful have a stamp of identity or a way of doing things.”

“Almost without exception success comes from hard work, but sometimes luck plays its part or the skill of individual players makes the difference.”

“But when someone wins in three different countries, with different cultures and standpoints, it means that they’re doing something right.” (well done Rafa).

“I don’t want the fans or the players to waste any time thinking about that (my future).”

“The main thing is to make sure we stay up and then we’ll talk about projects.”

“After winning the Championship and getting promoted, the level of investment in the squad wasn’t what I had hoped it would be.”

“And that’s why we haven’t been able to close the gap on those teams above us.”

“We couldn’t keep the team up. But we took a risk, which was to stay and take Newcastle back up from the Championship.”

“And then to put together a competitive side to challenge for the top eight – that was the idea.”

“I’m concentrating on what’s ahead of me, not on what is in the past.”

Those are good and truthful comments from the Newcastle manager.

We’d like to see owner Mike Ashley turn up at our games and if the lads can keep winning, then our safety could be assured quickly.

We probably need only three more wins, and then we’ll be on 40 points.

Then Ashley must give Rafa what he wants and sign him to a new long-term contract and invest in the playing squad this summer.

That should do it.

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9 comments so far

  • c-dog

    Feb 27, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1


    Indeed I meant Rafa is a genius
    I shan’t ever praise Mike Ashley’s business pedigree until he gives us what we’re owed

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 27, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2


    Here’s a link to a video of the Longstaff goal. I wondered where his marker was, but Hayden put him on his backside when he won the ball, which gave Longstaff the space he needed.


    There’s also a moment when Ben Mee gets off the deck to whinge at the ref and Almiron body checks him. Hilarious, makes me like this guy even more. It’s deliberate, for sure – check it out.

  • geordietom

    Feb 27, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #3

    rob …

    i noticed you did’nt say if you had paid your student loan back yet lmao again…

    what i liked about Longstaff’s goal is the way he struck it in to the ground class strike as was schar’s goal …

  • geordietom

    Feb 27, 2019 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4

    jib …

    question for you is Longstaff from the RIDGES ? only asking as i know the RIDGES Longstaff’s

  • geordietom

    Feb 27, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    # thats if you know …

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 27, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

    tom, lol, student loans thankfully long gone.

    We also lived at the top of the Ashbourne Mile, I reckon you’ll know a few of those pubs pretty well too. We used to live opposite one of them, I think it was the Coach and Horses, which has closed, just down from the deaf school next to some old allotments also now gone. All crap pubs down there. It was an old house, stood all on its own. There was an Asian corner shop down the road used to sell home made samosas, best ones ever.

    I’m talking 20 years ago here, mind.

  • geordietom

    Feb 27, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #7

    rob …

    the Mile nobody does it now mate … we done some gigs in the swan and salmon on the mile ring a bell with you ?

    at lot of the pubs on the mile have shut down now mate ..

  • geordietom

    Feb 27, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    rob …

    i live two mins from the where the Baseball ground was its all flats there now …

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #9

    ah, Tom, sorry mate – thought you meant you lived 5 minutes from Mickleover, I got you wrong.

    South Derby’s great – you can get out towards Shardlow and round there nice and easy but close to the shops too.

    I was always a big fan of the Clock Warehouse at Shardlow.


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