Rafa was questioned about his future on BT Sports after the great 3-1 win at home to Southampton today.
It means we have won six of our last seven games at home.
And Ayoze Perez gave his best display ever for Newcastle this afternoon with three excellent goals in his ever first hat-trick for Newcastle.
He now has 11 goals on the season with all but one of them scored in the Premier League.
The Spaniard was unbelievable today in what was another very good team display and a massive win for Newcastle.
Ayoze Perez celebrates a brilliant hat-trick with four minutes to play
Here’s what Rafa said to BT Sports after the game and he again the world-class manager has stressed how everything Newcastle is behind the team these days:
“I think the main thing was to win. I think we did quite well in the first-half.”
“Even the second-half we had two or three clear chances,”
“We have to give credit to them, they were pushing, doing really well so it is just a question of scoring the third goal and finish the game and we did it.”
“I have always been talking about him (Perez), he has to be consistent.”
“He is capable to do this kind of thing, he has the quality to do it now he has to be more consistent and he will always be scoring more goals.”
“It is nearly done but I am really proud for this group of players they have been working so hard.”
“Normally we credit our fans away but also at home so that was massive for everyone to enjoy another three points and almost stay up.”
“My plan is to give some days off (for the players) and then after we plan for the next game against Brighton.”
“Today is just enjoy and in the week we will see, but my focus is what I have to do with the players and we have to be competing until the end.”
“In an ideal world I want to compete for something, that is the main thing.”
“I don’t have any problem with that.”
“From the beginning, I can see the potential from the club I can see what the fans watching every single day, a full stadium, a city behind the team.”
“Now you see our position in terms of where it is with transfers fees. We are not competing and we have to compete.”