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Rafa – We Reached Our Target – But I’m Not Happy


Benitez during his press conference today said Newcastle have had a good season, even though the best we can finish is in 13th position compared to last seasons’ finish in 10th place.

But a win against Fulham will get us to 45 points – one more than last season.

It’s been a good season because we avoided relegation, but Rafa wants more from Ashley – starting next season – otherwise he will likely walk this summer.

Rafa Benitez – I wanted to finish higher in the league table

This is what Rafa has said to the Chronicle today when asked about the season:

“The target was to stay in the Premier League – we knew how difficult it could be.”

“We needed to be focused and concentrated and now after being safe, then you are more relaxed.”

“You have to prepare for the games in the same way, but you know it is not the same as if you are at the bottom of the table and every point can make a difference.”

“We didn’t realize that to finish 10th last year was a miracle.”

“This year we were thinking maybe we can finish seventh, but it was impossible.”

“To be consistent you have to have everything in place.”

“When you have Fulham and Wolves promoted and they are spending £100m it is totally different.”

“To be where we are is a great achievement.”

“You could ask the same question after eight games and I would have been over the moon.”

“At the beginning, you never know. The teams that were promoted were spending so much money. It is fair enough.”

“I am still not happy because I would like to be higher.”

The Newcastle hierarchy really need to settle on Rafa’s future at Newcastle this week.

There is a meeting planned with Lee Charnley next week – whether Mike Ashley will bother to show up – we have no idea.

It’s incompetent they have waited this long.

Readers think we have a decent chance of winning the game on Sunday afternoon at Craven Cottage.

We need to finish off the season on a high.

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5 comments so far

  • Moonraker15

    May 10, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #1

    One man and his team working his socks off for our club whilst the owner scratches his arse and yawns!
    Bloody pathetic man!

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  • JohnJ

    May 10, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Ashley is a chancer!

    He’ll wait ’till the final hours to get “his deal” on “his terms”

    Sadly I would not be at all surprised if Rafa decided to call it a day before Asley’s “Deal” appears on the horizon

    What a useless pill0ck Ashley is!!!!!

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  • toon22

    May 10, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #3

    MA won’t bother even talking too him
    They both want different things from the club

    MA is getting everything he wants as it is

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  • Mindshaft

    May 10, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #4

    I think it’s unlikely that Ashley will speak to Rafa, Charnley will be given the task if telling him there’s no cash and then out a press release out saying he was offered 100 million over two years , club can’t afford anything more etc etc , tried their best to keep him blah blah – whole thing is an absolute disgrace
    If this isn’t sorted out I’m done with toon until Ashley goes

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  • Geordie-john

    May 10, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Moonraker15
    May 10, 2019 at 4:04 PM
    Comment #1
    You forgot to add the bit about counting all of the money that he has swindled from NUFC. That’s why he has just been identified as the richest twat in the North East.

    Ashley has humiliated this professional man enough and I feel as he will just listen to the crap that Penfold will try to brainwash him with then just get up and go. It’ll be all bollocks dressed up to make it look good.
    Ashley you’re a turd and it doesn’t matter how much money you have or how polished you are you’re still a TURD !
    Maybe you get away with employing and bullying youngens or people that are desperate for work but Rafa is a different kettle of fish. He has probably listened to this many times elsewhere never mind the amount of verbal shite you get your minions to deliver to him. You are dealing with fire now and you need Rafa on board or I think you will have a mutiny on your hands.

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