Rafa Benitez has been quizzed on what celebrations he wants if Newcastle United are promoted.

The United boss replied by saying that he will ‘enjoy’ the moment and then start planning for the Premier League!

Asked whether a ‘big celebration’ is planned, Rafa Benitez has ruled out a civic reception or open top bus parade if Newcastle complete the job.

The City Council having approached the club but the Manager politely making clear he just wants to get on with the job in hand, according to the club’s official media partner, The Mirror.

He clearly will be celebrating the moment if/when it happens and no doubt the fans will be taking full advantage of a full Sunday of celebrations on the final day of the season, with the EFL’s excellent idea of 12 noon kick-offs for all Championship clubs.

The best bit about Rafa Benitez is that I think it is pretty transparent that he doesn’t say these things just to play to the crowd, to just say things that people want to hear.

His approach is just very pragmatic and shows the benefit of somebody who has done everything from winning the Champions League and La Liga, to getting promoted from the Spanish second tier a couple of times.

Having been there, seen it, done it, he just wants to focus on the next step of the journey, which is almost certainly going to be more difficult than the first stage of getting out of this tricky Championship (see the stats HERE!).

It is fitting that in a week when Newcastle should finally clinch promotion, a derby also takes place between easily the two worst teams in the Premier League.

Middlesbrough meeting Sunderland on Wednesday in what must be one of the most miserable derby occasions ever, the pair of them cut off from safety and going through the final death throes of relegation.

Maybe the ‘winner’ can take advantage of the open top bus option and parade as this season’s north east top dog…

Rafa Benitez speaking to The Mirror:

“I don’t know what we mean by a big celebration?

“I am sure everyone will be so pleased and so happy because in the last five or six years, there are not many teams who have gone down and straight back up.

“We have to be pleased if we can achieve that. The main thing will be to enjoy, I don’t know how much, but to enjoy.

“Then after that, plan for the future.

“You have to celebrate but maybe you don’t need to do a parade in the city.

“You can celebrate though and then look to the future.

“I was promoted with Extremadura, and I was fine before.

“But when I was promoted with Tenerife, it went to the last game of the season.

“You have to be calm and do the right things – so I have experience of these situations.”



  • East Durham Mag

    Calm and authorative, never gets excited and says the right things. Hope Mike gives this man the tools to do the job and doesn’t pull the rug from under our feet …. again.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      More likely it`ll be the Trigger he`ll pull

      • Alex

        No. Mike will make the situation so impossible, that Rafa will take the gun and pull the trigger himself.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          thats a plan

    • Leazes Ender

      He’s got Charnley… he’s a tool.

  • Leazes Ender

    It never occurred to me that anyone would consider an open top bus parade for second place in the third tier of football…. its a thing you want to keep quiet not shout about….

    • Wor Lass

      Go on – I`ll take the bait. Why is it the third tier?

      • Alex

        I presume that the Mackems and Smoggies are considered to be in a second tier of their own.

        • Albert Stubbins

          plenty tears there at the end of the season!!

      • Leazes Ender

        There is a break away elite group at the top of the premiership…. its a fixture… they take the European places and get the sponsorship…. it isn’t new but its now ery distinct.

        • Wor Lass

          True. You`re a natural “click-baiter” – get your cv off to Ryder Towers.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Do you think he could handle Harry Potter & toontillidie
            it`s a pity he`s left the chron

          • Wor Lass

            You wouldn`t want to be “handling” Harry Potter – not without gloves, anyway!

        • Geordiegiants

          What’s ery?

          • Leazes Ender

            ndeed

        • Jimblag23

          Did Leicester have to make a blood sacrifice to enter the chamber of the elite?

          • Leazes Ender

            I think its called ‘gatecrashing’….. normal service is resumed Jim

        • Albert Stubbins

          4th tier then- Chelski and Totteringham being at he top- in fact you could argue 5?

    • hetonmag

      Good grief I’m finding myself in full agreement with you that’s a good positive start to the week let’s hope it continues tonight.

  • Vince Humble

    It’s the second tier

    • Leazes Ender

      Third

  • Andy Mac

    This idea is almost as crackpot as flying banners over Le Stafe du Merd ? Leave this sort of thing to small clubs.

    • HappyToons

      Or clubs like us who never win anything.

  • HappyToons

    A bus parade would do the players good as it will be the first time most of them have actually been on a bus ride, so an exciting journey! Then seeing 100k fans turning out in the rain to cheer them on, might waken them up to see what ‘football’ is really all about. The idea is crackpot, but when was the last time that there was such a celebration and when do you think there will be a ‘next time’ you’ll see our players on a bus?

    BTW I remember the ’74 FA Cup and ’76 League Cup defeats and the open top bus with a packed St James Park and the streets lined with tens’s of thousands all the way to Northumberland Street. Incredible scenes and memories and some of the old players still get emotional when they recall it. THAT IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT!

    • Leazes Ender

      That’s what makes us Geordies different…. we’re bloody idiots!