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.