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Rafa Benitez Comments On Historic Project With Passionate Fans



The Chronicle have a report with Rafa Benitez’s comments issued on his website after joining Dalian Yifang. With the exception of commitment from the top, it sounds very much like he is describing the club he just left.

Below are some of the comments if his that we find interesting and relevant:

“The challenge now is to create the foundations for success both now and for the future. We know it won’t be simple as there are some big rivals, but we are confident that there is huge potential and great commitment from the directors of the club to create something great at this club.”

This quote sounded like something Rafa would say when first joining Newcastle up until the part about “great commitment” from the directors.

As it was the absolute apathy for success from Mike Ashley that has led to Rafa accepting this position in China.

“What I have found at Dalian is an incredible project that has arrived at the perfect time and this has been a major factor in my decision. We’ve accepted the challenge of leading a superb project with the full backing and confidence of the club’s leadership team.”

It is interesting that Rafa references the “project” at Dalian Yifang twice in the preceding statement. He also used the adjectives “incredible” and “superb” in describing the Chinese club.

Rafa had mentioned to George Caulkin that he desired a project at Newcastle but that it was obvious those above him did not share the same vision.

He also again mentions the “full backing and confidence of the club’s leadership team”.

“Dalian Yifang is an historic club in one of the most football passionate cities in the country, so this is an added attraction. Everyone says how loyal the Dalian fans are and we’ve witnessed this passion for the club from the very first moment. Without doubt coming to a club with such great supporters was another key in making this commitment.“

Remove the words Dalian Yifang and replace it with Newcastle United and this again sounds similar to what he said three years ago.

We are sure the Dalian supporters will grow to love Rafa Benitez as he is a world class manager and a meticulous professional.

He will be supported by a crowd in a stadium with a capacity of 61,000. However, he will find that it will be nothing even remotely comparable to Newcastle United.

Dalian Yifang was founded in 2009 and China does have a growing league with a lot of well-known talent.

However, it is not the Premier League and it is not Newcastle United.

We think Rafa will miss Newcastle but he has been forced to make this decision. And we can’t blame him for it but these comments do make it hurt that much more.


107 comments so far

  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #81

    Foggy get yoursel’ down the training ground for the first picture of Fat Ash showing Midhat around the place.
    Make yourself an instant Twitter legend!!

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  • ChicoUSA

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #82

    Return of the Geordi
    Yep, that was my point….it has not gone thru for some other reason….hmmm. 😉

    7
  • Foggy Hall to Timbuktu

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #83

    Rob:

    “and this is the wall the that fat spanish waiter made us paint”

    10
  • NY Mag

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #84

    Rob,

    Donald maybe communicating with the mackems, but I suspect he is telling them what they want to hear – that doesn’t mean it’s the truth 🙂

    1
  • c-dog

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #85

    Peaceful pitch invasion
    Match abondoned
    TV outlets not wanting to pay for Newcastle games
    Possible points deduction

    Ashley would break

    10
  • Return of the Geordi

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #86

    ChicoUSA where are you based in the US

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #87

    lochinvar @71
    correction

    As reported in the Chronicle Woolsington Hall mysteriously caught fire a few years ago …to be the site of some 72 executive homes which planners will allow to be build to fund the restoration of some part of the Hall into a Hotel, despite 11,000 objections to the project.

    3
  • Foggy Hall to Timbuktu

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #88

    Captain

    I am at graft. I called wor lass who is at home but she couldn’t find the bazooka in time.

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  • ChicoUSA

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #89

    Return of the Geordi
    In Chico, California

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  • RobLeenio

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #90

    Now, then, NY Mag – you might have hit on something there.
    😉

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  • dig-n-dig22

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #91

    Rob 70

    Are there any Bins there that look like Arabs ?

    1
  • Tsunki

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #92

    The situation with Ashley’s tenure couldn’t be more different to previous encimbents. Those who supported NUFC through thick and thin through desperate years deserve admiration for their support, which most of the time propped up shy finances and lean years.

    But this is an entirely different situation. We have had a man patently able to make this club compete but who instead dabbled with relegation trying to strike the right balance of mediocrity and profit.

    In past times support was deserved through desperate days more down to lack of competence or money and not through lack of effort on the part of the playing side.

    Today that effort is not required or desirable. So to support it now means purely two things, to keep a social commitment and simultaneously keep the parasite that is doing this to your club in the driving seat. There is no aspiration, no fight for something better, no glory, just drudgery and pints with the lads.

    Don’t disguise it as fanatic loyalty because theres nothing left here to deserve it just a greedy businessman, the zombie club he is exploiting, and the dutiful punters he is ripping off for nothing more than 90 minutes a week or so of sitting in all weathers and emptying out their pockets

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  • RobLeenio

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #93

    “she couldn’t find the bazooka in time”

    Damn women, man! If it had been the remote control ahead of Love Island, she’d have been there instinctively!

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #94

    Just a quick follow up on the Mackems. They are screwed. I think the TV money is less than a million. Then there is a limit on payroll at 60% of revenue. If you break this there is a transfer embargo. Even a new owner with money will find it hard to help them. And if they stay in League 1 another season you can bet their crowds will dwindle. Plus you don’t make any money on giveaway tickets.

    5
  • Foggy Hall to Timbuktu

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #95

    Correction – It landed at newcastle airport I think.

    Right that’s my chopper spotting done for the day.

    twitter claims that a private emirates flight landed not long ago.

    2
  • RobLeenio

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #96

    apologies to jane, carltoon and the other 50% of the World’s population, btw

    😉

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #97

    And before you start telling me to f off and you do what you want with your money etc, I’m not giving an opinion, just stating a fact. If it isn’t a fact then let’s know what bit isn’t true.

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  • Foggy Hall to Timbuktu

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #98

    Rob

    You’re not wrong there mate.

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #99

    I couldn’t be arsed to read through all of last night’s posts so maybe this has been mentioned already, but maybe the reason Joselu hasn’t joined Alaves is Rafa had a cunning plan to take him to China.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #100

    Madmag @ 32

    Couldn’t agree with you more, and not just because it included parts of my post.

    One of the things all forms of social media has proven is just how small minded many people are and who express that small mindedness in sensationalist language that is often totally out of touch with common sense or rationality.

    It’s the equivalent of the type of guy who tells his mates in the pub how he told his boss straight (he didn’t), what’s wrong with his company and how he could put it right (he couldn’t) and how he’s currently got three birds on the go with two more gagging (he can’t get it up with one).

    toon22 is a perfect example.

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  • Wayayman

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #101

    Wow Tsunki you read my mind.

    Bobby, you’re welcome to play the toon fanatic martyr card but I’m very sorry to tell you that it’s exactly the attitude that keeps Ashley at our club. You know the facts, you know Ashley is gaining enormous wealth from just having free advertising alone beamed globally and mckeag & Seymour et al just didn’t get that massive amount of benefit from being in charge way back then.
    That’s just one reason why Ashley is by far the worst ever owner we’ve had.

    If you keep going to the game that is entirely your decision, but you can’t hide from the fact that without people in the stadium there would be no ashley at our club. People like Hibitt whonis considering his position carefully and the countless others here have made a massive sacrifice in stopping doing something they love just as much as you do are the sort of fans who will help us get our club back one day.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #102

    Bobby

    I think when you say ”you couldn’t care less” is exactly the whole point. You don’t care about making a stand and are quite happy to keep promoting Ashley’s circus and stick 2 fingers up at fans who are saying ENOUGH is finally ENOUGH.

    Just some times in life you have to make sacrifices. I’ve been supporting for 50 years but this isn’t supporting my club any more, it’s witnessing it in it’s death throes under a despicable despot. No soul any more, just an empty appallingly unprofessionally run shell and can the last person leaving please turn the lights out.

    Bill

    Maybe that’s why we have never won anything because you keep going, accepting c–p no matter what. At what point does a light bulb moment actually occur for you guys and you start to question the status quo, or are you so steeped in the mediocre yes sir, no sir, whatever you say Mr Ashley mentality that you just continue to accept this nonsense for the foreseeable.

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  • c-dog

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #103

    Bills Son

    I don’t believe you’re the type of fan this club needs right now

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  • Return of the Geordi

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #104

    I think Rafa’s comments in the Times alludes to there being more than one group trying to buy us. It’s possible one group wanted Rafa, but BZG didn’t. In typical Ashley fashion, Rafa was kept in the dark on who was in the lead and started considering the offer from China, his comments on the club not being fussed on keeping him suggests to me BZG are close to completion of the sale and that’s why he’s off to Darjeeling

    2
  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 2, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #105

    John Hall is doing a helluva lot of interviews. Do you think he secretly regrets selling to Ashley after 12 years?

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  • geordietom

    Jul 2, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #106

    00 …

    you wanna meet up for a wont be a talk in my book dont give a shite if you were in the army …

    f…ing tossa…

    1
  • roblee7

    Jul 2, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #107

    Not accusing you of being a mackem by the way Alan! Just a word of caution for others who are lead along by rumours…I fully understand you may of just read it on Twitter and decided to repost it on here

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