Whenever Rafa is asked about his future and whether that will be at Newcastle he always says what he is concentrating on is ensuring that everybody associated with the club are only thinking about being safe in the Premier League.
He doesn’t want his players to be thinking about whether he will be here next season or not – he wants them to concentrate 100% on winning the game at home to Everton On Saturday.
Some of our players were lax in their concentration in the first half at West Ham last Saturday afternoon.
And we paid the price for that with a 2-0 defeat after conceding two poor goals in the first half.
Rafa Benitez – on the training pitch
Rafa was again asked about his future today, and this is what he told the Chronicle:
“It’ll be easier to talk about that once the team is safe.” “I don’t want the players to lose focus on the games.”
“We have to try to get three points and be sure we are safe.”
“It could be sooner or later, but let’s not talk about that because we will lose energy.”
Yesterday we had compatriot Ayoze Perez plead with the powers that be to take care of Rafa, so he stays long-term at the club.
And today American international Yedlin is a big fan of Rafa’s and wants the Spaniard to stay on at Newcastle:
“I think it’s very important.” “I think everyone has seen how he has brought the city together.”
“Even though we may not have started the season the best, we’ve ended it very well so I think, yeah, it’s very important.”
“As we all know, all the fans love him, the players love him and it would be great if he stayed.”
Here’s how we stand today before the weekend’s games.