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Rafa Has Big Ideas If He Does Stay At Newcastle


We have 9 games remaining for this season and we have 31 points so if we can get 14 points from those 9 games we will beat last season’s total of 44 points.

We’re sure that is one of Rafa’s goals for this season.

But he has also talked about how long term he wants to compete against the top six clubs in England – the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal.

Chelsea are 6th of those clubs in the current Premier League table and they are 13 points above 7th placed Wolves.

The goal differences of the top six clubs are also way above the rest – for example, Chelsea’s is +19 and Wolves is +2.

And the other five clubs have better goal differences that Chelsea’s.

No club below Wolves has a better goal difference than +2.

Rafa Benitez – wants to compete for a top six place

So they are a step above the other clubs in the Premier League based mainly on their continuous high investments in their playing squads.

Here’s what Rafa has said in the Chronicle about potentially competing with those top six clubs:

“Hopefully on Saturday we can compete with them (Everton).”

“The bigger picture, yeah, I think we have the potential to be at this level.”

“What is clear is that the top six are a little bit far away from the others.”

“I don’t think it’s impossible to compete against some of them – the top six; I don’t say that, not in the long term.”

“But these positions from seventh to 10th, I think there are four or five big clubs who can be there, depending on whether you do things right.

“As soon as someone [from the top six] makes a mistake, then you can catch them. “

“Everything has to be fine to be sure that you can compete against them.”

That’s one of the things (to compete for a top six position) he will let Mike Ashley know during the upcoming negotiations.

We hope Ashley doesn’t just faint or choke on his corn flakes when Rafa tells him that.

You can never accuse Mike Ashley of being ambitious in the way he runs Newcastle United

That’s one of the major problems Rafa has about staying on Tyneside – the frugal owner.

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25 comments so far

  • one fine day

    Mar 9, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #1

    We have massive potential.always have .always will.rafa knows this could be his greatest ever achievement deep down .
    Just wish someone could make el Gordo see the benefits of backing this guy and the huge opportunities of being the owner of a mega successful premier league club .
    If you aren’t willing to be the owner this club wants deserves then sell up do one and let someone ,anyone have a go you absolute f@cking lech .

    14
  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    I hate them lechs like

    1
  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    There was a lech once started a solidarity movement off in Gdansk
    Don’t know if he owned a footy club

    3
  • one fine day

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    lech walesa Would be a great owner jib
    Could very much resonate with the north east .
    Breximay f@ck him jp a bit mind ?

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    NYC Mag,
    A full house pretty much today so should be a half decent atmosphere, it really depends what you’re looking for after the game, apparently the young uns don’t go out till late these days but all the bars around the ground will be packed for a couple of hours after the match at least.

    6
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Another famous electrician ofd!!

    2
  • DaveD1000

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Twitter saying Pep to Juve next season

    0
  • one fine day

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8

    JFa
    Aye and I bet he woûld rewire me noise for half what you’d charge ??:)

    6
  • one fine day

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Noise ..hoose ..Geordie auto correct strikes again lol

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10

    DaveD,
    He’s got all the tools needed to be a multiple CL winner at City I can’t see that yet.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    ofd,
    A lot quicker as well as he wouldn’t be on here talking shite everyday 😀

    6
  • one fine day

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Dave
    If so think city will go for simione

    1
  • one fine day

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Classic come back JFA 🙂 give you that

    2
  • sing in the corner

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #14

    NYCmag
    The Goose is a 2 minute sprint from the Gallowgate end exit, it’s on Percy St.
    Go to the bar there 5pm onwards on home game days and you’ll experience he closest thing to what it was like in the Gallowgate end before the all seater days.
    🙂

    7
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #15

    sitc,
    Lovely pint of Heineken in the Goose but a right chew getting served.

    1
  • one fine day

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Sitc
    Will mark that down for my next trip home .

    0
  • sing in the corner

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Percy arms upstairs used to do a quite mad ‘Toon army disco’ straight after home games years ago. Some characters in there let me tell ya. I assume it’s no longer on since it was mainly punk / rock music 🙂

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    sitc,
    The five Swans is a great place for a pint for a little extra walk, nice looking boozer, cheap beer and not too busy as it’s just outside the match day radius.

    1
  • one fine day

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #19

    SITC
    Getting bladded I the old olive grove Haymarket from midday then Rosie’s I think was always my fav pre match
    Dodgy Keegans burger en route happy days and salmonella

    3
  • NYCmag

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Thanks Jfa and Sitc
    I’ll be sure to check out those pubs, hopefully a good atmosphere after we handle Everton

    5
  • JohnJ

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #21

    REPOST!

    Just thought I should mention that the Metros are off between Wallsend & Monkseaton just in case anyone was thinking of using that part of the system.

    You can go the other way and get off/on at The Monument but it’s a longer journey for some.

    There’s a bus replacement between Monkseaton and Wallsed in both directions.

    The bridge base at the Park Hotel is being replaced so no traffic at all over the line there.

    1
  • Sav

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #22

    Rafa staying is not, of itself, the aim. Using his extraordinary material skills so Mashley can continue to underinvest and we scrape survival is no use. The hope is Mashley has a sudden realisation and backs Rafa with a written agreement which includes guarantees of investment or else he may as well walk. If that happens, let’s hope a swiftly disastrous season (or two) finally rids us of the FCB.

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  • Sav

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #23

    Rafa staying is not, of itself, the aim. Using his extraordinary managerial skills so Mashley can continue to underinvest and we scrape survival is no use. The hope is Mashley has a sudden realisation and backs Rafa with a written agreement which includes guarantees of investment or else he may as well walk. If that happens, let’s hope a swiftly disastrous season (or two) finally rids us of the FCB.

    0
  • geordietom

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #24

    question for the AMERICAN Newcastle fans on here …

    my cousin is moving to Michigan next month with his family lock stock and barrel with the company he works for is there a Newcastle fan base over there … will he be able to pick up the match when we are playing …

    cheers in advance …

    1
  • NYCmag

    Mar 9, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Georidetom
    Not a whole lot of Newcastle supporters in America can be pretty challenging to find them. I hope your cousin finds a few to watch the matches with

    1

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