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Rafa Upbeat As He Fights To Make Newcastle Successful – Exactly What Fans Want


One of the reasons Newcastle fans immediately took to Rafa Benitez when he arrived on Tyneside on that Friday afternoon – March 2011, 2016 – was that what he was saying was everything the fans want from their club.

Become successful – go after winning trophies – sign some really top players – make Newcastle a top team again.

Rafa since then has continually said everything is in place at Newcastle with our magnificent St. James’ Park Stadium, sold-out crowds and really massive support home an away from the renowned Newcastle fans.

The Newcastle City Council are also right behind the club.

In his press conference today for the game at Brighton tomorrow, Rafa seems fairly content about things and even upbeat.

Rafa again laid out what is possible for the Newcastle United Football Club if only he can get sufficient backing from the club.

Rafa Benitez – wants what fans want for Newcastle United

This is some of what Rafa said at his press conference today:

“You know what my answer, is we have to wait.” “For us, the main thing is to concentrate on the games.”

“If we have any news you will know.” “We have conversations, sometimes Lee Charnley comes with us to the games.”

“We can talk about serious things.” “If we have news we will let you know.”

 “If we can do the right things, we can compete. For what? If we can compete, and then try to at least be close to winning something.”

“But we have to do things right. You can bring in another manager, and then maybe he will be happy if they do well and they finish 15th.”

“I would like to do something more – if it’s possible.”

“It is (also) important to do business early.” “You can talk to different players in different leagues.”

“Sometimes you have to wait.” “We just have to make sure we do things we want to do.”

“If the club has an idea we have to make sure we have the same one.” “I can’t decide the idea.”

“I have my opinion but we have to find a point where we are close enough between both parties.”

“Our stats are the same and that is amazing.” “Last year I tried to explain the difference between each season.”

“Last year we were safe with five games to play, this year it has been three, that shows it has been a bit more difficult.”

“At the beginning, we lost games.” “A lot of pundits say we would be relegated for sure, but after – you could see we were consistent.”

“Credit to this group of players.” “They have fought for the shirt and the fans.”

Rafa brings out the very best in the players he has and builds a coherent team that can defend well and have become difficult to beat.

What he needs now from Ashley are assurances he can buy better players and be given more control over the transfers and which players he can bring in.

If Mike Ashley allows the manager to do that – then in two or three years time Newcastle will be worth a lot more than £300M or £400M on the open market.

Ashley can then make a huge profit selling the club, and everybody will be delighted.

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129 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 26, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #1

    “Credit to this group of players.” “They have fought for the shirt and the fans.”

    What a top, top man – humble, willing to give credit for his achievements to others and not take the plaudits himself. Can you imagine Mourinho saying anything like that? No, me neither.

    Rafa is literally the best thing to happen to this club in years. Long may he reign!

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 26, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Chris Waugh@ChrisDHWaugh

    Rafa on #bhafc: “We know Brighton really well. They were doing really well but they are in a difficult situation now. I expect them to attack & try to put us under pressure. That’s what they have to do. Our fans have been amazing & will be tomorrow as they always are” #nufc

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  • simon376

    Apr 26, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Jib
    From last thread, think you may have hit the nail on the head there, the smiles and way he looked on the press conference, thought that looked positive. Hope I’m not being too much glass half full and just hoping

    3
  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 26, 2019 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Funny how these journalists suddenly think they’re ‘body language reading experts’.

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  • swemag

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Nice podcast/interview to listen to from BBC about Rafas history and how he became the manager he is:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p077fzfd

    3
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #6
  • Tsunki

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Jib a point may be golden in the sense that it’s better than none. But Brighton need to put distance between them and Cardiff as the run in doesn’t bode well.

    2
  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Looks like Bolton Wanderers may be finished. The players have refused to play the last 2 matches and nobody has been paid for March with April’s payments due on the 30th and unlikely to be paid. What happens next? This owner fella, Laurence Buffooni seems are real tosser. Probably took lessons from Ashley.

    5
  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Seems a real tosser. There, that looks better now. So who do we know that could help Bolton and Buffooni out? Anybody got a few million pounds to spare? Tsunki? Ron Knee? Anybody?

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Tsunki
    Under ex magpie Scott Parker , Fulham have
    ceased to be a pushover.
    Cardiff will be very lucky to get a point at
    Craven Cottage tomorrow

    1
  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #11

    I too am a body language expert ronaldo. For example I can tell from that avatar of wor Ayoze that he has ear wax plugging both of his ears….

    2
  • jane

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #12

    “This owner fella, Laurence Buffooni seems are real tosser.”

    do you mean Ken Anderson? Laurence Bassini is the potential buyer.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48067603

    1
  • jane

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #13

    excellent compilation of Ayoze Perez’s goals.

    1
  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Buffooni has agreed to buy the club subject to league approval so technically he may jump ship on them. Especially considering the state they’re in now. Either way and whoever the owner is in the future they are as we say in the basketball business hooped.

    1
  • geordietom

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #15

    in the chronicle they say at Rafa’s presser today . 2 words sent shivers down their spines . Rafa said ( ANOTHER MANAGER )…

    anyone else hear it and whats your take on it ?…

    i never saw it myself so i cant comment …

    3
  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Ayoze has surprised me over the last few weeks (7 goals in his last 8 isn’t it?) but he is so inconsistent. He did almost nothing in the first half of the season. What to make of him? Is now the right time to sell him on given his finish to the season? I’m not sure but probably yes if we want to maximize profit towards a new striker.

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Tim sherwood thinks rafa wants Liverpool to lose out to city because rafa failed to win the league there. What a tool he is. Can u imagine having him as manager, the cockey cockney twat.

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  • Jib

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #18

    G2
    This owner fella, Laurence Buffooni seems are real tosser.
    Probably took lessons from Ashley.

    Whoops

    2
  • geordietom

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #19

    did’nt Buffooni work for Wringling Brothers …

    5
  • Munster Mag

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Didn’t rafa say 30th June? That’s a whole lot of time for jail to wet his pants with fear and stress.

    2
  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #21

    I think Ashley would like to sell Shelvey, Perez, Clark, Ki, Diame, Ritchie, Muto, Hayden, Fernandez, Joselu, Darlow, Colback, Aarons, Lazaar, Elliot, and Atsu for say 150M and send Kenedy and Rondon back to their clubs. Then buy a striker for say 25M and call up a few of the reserves and say that’s a nice piece of summer window business done.

    3
  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Yes, that’s right geordietom. That was when he was known as The Great Buffooni. One of the finest circus clowns of his day. Now he’s trying to go into the Football Owner Clown business along with Mikey.

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #23

    tom
    ibuffone is Italian for clown
    so you are nearly right

    1
  • geordietom

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #24

    GeordieTwo i thought he was the circus strong man meself lmao…

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Munster,
    And definitely enough time for you to figure out how to use the Blu Tack so you can put the bunting up when he goes!!

    9
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Or Blu Tack your Rafa doll to a new spot that’s not full of dart holes.

    10
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Electric Flag:

    “And when you saw me on the streets, woman / You looked at me like I was a Ringling Brothers clown…”

    3
  • cyprus

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #28

    So,
    Wrighty predicting his team to lose to Leicester. Will disagree.

    Also, Cardiff to beat Fulham. Think that’ll be a draw.

    Newcastle to beat Brighton 0-2. Wish it will happen, think it will be a draw.

    And City to draw while Liverpool win. Think they’ll both win.

    5
  • geordietom

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #29

    jib … #22…

    aaa telt you like us linka lads are quite edumacated ye knar…

    3
  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Fortunately the clip didn’t include the 150 matches or so in which Ayoze didn’t even look remotely like scoring.

    2
  • geordietom

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #31

    sh.t i better correct me self its ringling not wringling …

    wheres the blog police …

    4
  • Jib

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #32

    We used to sing
    Linka stinka
    troosers fulla klinka
    Technical school toff <<<<< me

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #33

    geordietom,
    There isn’t a blog police?

    1
  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Well said Ron Knee and geordietom. Sad to say The Great Buffooni had to move on when the circus shut down. Doesn’t wor Mikey have a great clown face though? A new career for him when his owner days are over?

    3
  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #35

    So who should we sell off this summer? If Rafa stays we’ll do some clever business no doubt…

    1
  • cyprus

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #36

    I think both Liverpool and City will drop points. We’ll see.

    Nice to be ‘observing’ the league without considering your own team’s games as life and death.

    E.g. wouldn’t it be ‘nice’ to take points off Liverpool and steal the limelight?

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #37

    The Tech used to be Jubilee school (before my time)
    Ye Olde 100 , the Queens Head and Christ Church on
    the other 3 corners

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Technical school now, grammar school, every posh school in the North East, University, Jeezus.H Christos, you must have been studying until you were about 35, then on to the oil tankers, fishing boats and satellites, hotels and the bar, you must be at least 96 Jibbers old bean, what!!!

    5
  • Jib

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #39

    cyprus
    take points off Liverpool and steal the limelight?

    I think Rafa must be on the horns of a dilemma
    over this fixture

    4
  • Oldgit1

    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Rafa quote: you can bring in another manager who then maybe, he will be happy if they do well and they finish 15th.

    Love it. Talk about throwing down the gauntlet. He would make a brilliant politician. That should put a stop to any other manager thinking of taking over from him.

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