The Rafa Benitez Fulham Press Conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.

The United boss was predictably quizzed about Saturday marking one year in the job but our ruthless and driven Manager had the perfect response.

Rafa declaring ‘My intention is not to enjoy the anniversary, it is to win’.

What a man!

His year in charge has brought exactly 100 goals and many great memories that are helping us to get over Pardew, Carver and McClaren.

The usual message as well from the United boss, that there is ‘still a long way to go’, although he did acknowledge that ‘we have done well in a difficult week’ of away matches.

Aarons, Hayden and Yedlin are still not available and his message to Mitrovic is simply to keep on trying his best in training.

First quotes from the Rafa Benitez Reading Press Conference:

(When asked where he will be in another year’s time)

“I will be here tomorrow trying to win against Fulham, then after – we will see.

“We know we have ten games to play and we know we have to win games if we want to be in the Premier League next season.

“Mitrovic has to keep doing what he has been doing this week – training well. That’s the only thing he has to do.

“For us, it’s an interesting challenge. They play open football, and they attack.

“It will be a challenge for us. Fulham are an attacking team and they create a lot of chances.

“We have done well in a difficult week but we must continue and do the same –  still a long way to go.

“It (first year at Newcastle) has been a great experience but the main thing is seeing the club going in the right direction.

“My intention is not to enjoy the anniversary, it is to win.”

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  • Wor Monga

    It’s the type of game we want to see here…a test of 2 good sides in an open contest, and let the best side win…as long as it’s us,of course…2 – 0 Home win here, and we’ll all go home as happy…as Rafa!!!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      well said Minger

    • Wor Lass

      2-0 to the lads – you`ve been dipping in to my posts! Let`s hope we`re both right!!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    getting worried about Rafa,
    he once again ducked the question on his long term future, that can only be down to the carry on in January with Fatso

    • magpiefifer

      No major shock in that Moose – who (other than no-nos like Pardew,Carver and McClaren) in their right mind will suffer Ashley’s [email protected]!?

  • imrevaradi

    Will you be here next year? “we will see”
    doesn’t fill us with confidence does it..
    I hope im wrong but i think he will walk at end of the season.

    • magpiefifer

      Are you surprised Imre!? Rafa is no fool,and he knows that he doesn’t have to put up with Ashley’s nonsense – even though he appreciates his relationship with the fans.

      • imrevaradi

        not surprised at all mate…
        all down to the fat man’s ambition.

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  • Damon Horner

    regardless of what happened in January, he will only want to stay if we’re going places and not just making up the numbers in the Premier League to bag the TV Money.
    He’ll not focus as much on the politics side of his job now, he’ll wait until after the last game of the season and before the club shuts down for their summer break.
    Just wait and see, all we can do, I’d be amazed to see him commit to us longer term with the club the way it is.
    Never know though, he might be waiting for a good alternative offer.

  • Wor Lass

    “His year in charge has brought exactly 100 goals and many great memories that are helping us to get over Pardew, Carver and McClaren.”

    Some of us have got over it no problem.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      which 1 will be back next season, my dosh is on Pardspew

      • hetonmag

        MMM surely not the very thought of anybody but Rafa leading us is depressing to say the least.

        • Delashio

          But they love depressing….

      • Wor Lass

        Going to Norwich according to reports this morning! It`s a pity we`ve played them twice already, it could have been a real “Ryderfest” of stirring and non-stories.

    • Delashio

      Yeah, once they left they were forgotten in my book. Imagine what all these numpties are like about their ex girlfriends lol.

      • Wor Lass

        Most of them haven`t got girlfriends, m8 – they`re dedicated keyboard warriors and don`t have time for that sort of thing!

  • Delashio

    Cant wait to see him lead us in the prem next season.