We watched Rafa Benitez come onto the field at the end of the excellent 2-0 win against Burney on Tuesday night as he was applauded by the Newcastle fans.
You can see Rafa is in his element at these times – and he deserves the plaudits after another well-worked win by his players – who followed an expert game plan put in place by the Newcastle manager.
Rafa hasn’t always been held in esteem by fans at some of his former clubs like Inter-Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid.
But he is at Newcastle and has a free hand in training – he’s in complete control at Benton and he likes that.
Rafa now has all the fans behind him and his players as we try to push up the league table and maybe even manage a top 10 finish after a tough first 10 games of the season when we had 3 points, and no wins.
Rafa Benitez – with the adoring Newcastle fans
The team Rafa has built on Tyneside is without much money.
But he now has some excellent players in his team like Sean Longstaff and Miguel Almiron who can both become top players in football if Rafa is there to guide them.
We also have star players Rafa brought into the club like Martin Dubravka, Fabian Schar, Florian Lejeune, and Salomon Rondon playing some great football and enjoying it too.
The more wins we can get the better chance there is that Rafa will stay at Newcastle.
We start to wonder if Rafa can walk away from what he has already achieved on Tyneside, even though he has had difficulties with a lack of investment from Mike Ashley.
Mike Ashley knows there will be complete uproar at Newcastle if we do lose Rafa this summer – and that’s putting it mildly.
We expect Rafa wants to have a great run-in to the season by winning as many games as possible and then he will continue to take his time on whether to sign a new deal.
In that way, he should be able to squeeze many of his requests out of Mike Ashley that he needs to stay at Newcastle long-term.
Rafa wants to win trophies at Newcastle – precisely what the fans have wanted for the last 50 years since we won the Inter-City Fairs Cup back in May 1969.
It seems that Rafa holds all the cards in his negotiations with the owner.
We hope Ashley will yield to many of Rafa’s requests to stay on Tyneside and then everybody will be happy.