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Rafa Sings The Praises Of The Fans

Rafa Benitez would have known all about the great fans of Newcastle from his time at Liverpool. But we think he has been absolutely blown away over the past three seasons by the loyalty of the fan base through trying times.

Rafa Benitez – on the training ground

This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today about the 4-0 win against Fulham on Saturday and the great Newcastle fans:

“Obviously I think in the end it was a very good season.”

“We have proved that this is a very difficult competition and I am really proud of this group of players, giving everything even after the games we were safe.”

“The fans were fantastic, you would never have expected that many fans when you are safe.”

“Everything was positive.”

“We needed to be solid, strong in defense and they would be dangerous in counter-attack.”

“We had practiced that corner, Jonjo scored a very good goal.” “It was then easier for us to manage after we scored the third.”

“The fans have been so good all season, I would say a surprise but no it isn’t.”

“They have been very good all season, since I have been here they have been fantastic and I am trying my best to give them something back.

“I am always emotional with the fans.” “I am proud to hear the fans singing your name.”

“They have been like this all season.”

“I am professional and if I can give them something back, like these four goals on the last day, a sunny day, it’s nice to know we did what we had to do.”

The relationship between the fans and Rafa is so special. From these comments, you can just see how much they mean to the manager.  He needs to continue as the manager of this great club and be supported by the board.

Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United are such a perfect match.  It is so frustrating that his future is in such doubt at the moment.

We also believe as Rafa says that this has been a very successful season in terms of the foundations for success. The squad has slowly taken shape. It just needs three to four first-team additions to really take off.

However, these additions need to be players that Rafa wants and the purse strings should be loosened significantly. Newcastle have been in the league for two straight seasons and the revenue is there.

Three more signings of the caliber of Miguel Almiron along with permanently signing Rondon should have this city buzzing this summer.  We hope Ashley gives Benitez at least a £50M transfer kitty, lets him add from any player sales, and lets him choose the players.

It’s not too much to ask. In fact, it’s grossly negligent not to.

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11 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    May 14, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #1

    martoon, and Micky, I would suggest that 50k page views per day is roughly 2k per hour (with peaks in the morning and evening, probably. That’s an average of 1,000 people checking the site every half hour, as an illustration. Or 2,000 checking every hour or any other combination, but you get my drift.

    I don’t think the site needs Ed to run ad bots, the traffic is easy to justify in those terms. I prefer to celebrate his achievement.

  • Jib

    May 14, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    (87) Kenedy for Atsu
    (90+1) Manquillo for Perez

    This is the team that beat a full strength Man City
    on 29th January after going a goal behind after 1 minute

    Rafa should be able to consolidate and strengthen it for £50M easily

  • RobLeenio

    May 14, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    You could say that during Rafa’s time at the Toon so far he’s had something of a free hit every season. Nobody expected that he would keep us up. Everyone expected that the Champo season would be tough and if we missed promotion, then so be it. With the lack of player investment in the last two seasons, nobody expected us to compete in the upper half of the table.

    If he does stay and is backed by the board, there will inevitably be more expectation on the team and the coaching staff. This will translate to pressure and that will lead to frustration if we don’t get off to a good start.

    Can Rafa handle that? Of course he can. But can the fans? We will see.

  • Ron Knee

    May 14, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    “First catch your rabbit.”

  • hibbit

    May 14, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    the boys got 3 this morning Ron !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ron Knee

    May 14, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Only 500 to go, hibbit!

  • RobLeenio

    May 14, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Jib, just upgrading the subs would make the squad stronger.

    Hayden will be gone and hopefully we’ll bring in someone even better and we may well swap out Atsu, Ritchie and Rondon before the start of next season, for various reasons.

    That’s nearly half of the 13 players used, which is good scope for upgrades, but also good scope for bringing in dross. This is why we need Rafa to be overseeing the remodelling process, not Charnley / some inferior manager.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 14, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Not if the sane people who over rule Rafa get their way.

  • geordietom

    May 14, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    jib …

    i dont want derby to come up mate …

    leeds easier for wor fans to get to …

    derby to many plastic fans …

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 14, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10


    If we could get quality replacements for say Lazaar , Elliot , Colback , Aarons , Saviet and Joselu of a similar standard to say Richie , Rondon etc we would be in great shape for next season!

    Will Ashley allow us to have 4 or 5 players maybe not in the squad on decent wages though? Against the top 6 this season we have been more than a match for most of them but subs have played a big part in games we have lost if we had similar quality to come on we may have won a few games that we lost against them.

  • Budge123

    May 14, 2019 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Jib @ 2 – sounds easy doesn’t it. Except thatwe will need to spend the think end of 30 m to stand still with Ron and Hayden needing replaced / signed.
    Hayden second half of season was a revelation and will cost more to replace than we get for him.

    That leaves say 20 to 30 m of the 50 to improve team.
    Not much room for purchasing potential that doesn’t deliver and not enough to buy established


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