Rafa Benitez says that wherever the club finish in the table now, isn’t important to him.

The Newcastle boss stating that obviously it is ‘better’ if they could finish as high as possible but that it is performances now that are most important.

Pep Guardiola has said how happy he is with his team after they haven’t downed tools following their title win.

Rafa Benitez says it is the same for any club once they have achieved their main objective, which in Newcastle’s case is being sure they are staying up.

Rafa says that for Man City it is a case of their players having to continue with their ‘quality’ and ‘passing the ball well’, whereas for Newcastle’s players they have ‘to be sure we keep the intensity.’

The United Manager obviously feeling that this ‘intensity’ was missing on Saturday, as Newcastle followed four wins at home with a tame defeat to bottom of the table West Brom.

Rafa Benitez saying ‘we cannot play again at the level we did against West Brom.’

Whilst Newcastle fans have talked about whether the team can finish top half and possibly still as high as eighth, Rafa declares: ‘I said before, that for me to finish 8th or 15th doesn’t change my life…I like to win trophies – not to finish 10th.’

The Newcastle boss has made comments recently about things having to change at the club in the transfer market especially, that they have to match his ambitions, which is trying to win trophies and realistically aiming for top eight and then top six regularly.

Rafa Benitez:

“I said before, that for me to finish 8th or 15th doesn’t change my life…

“It means a lot if you can finish higher in the table, fine.

“But I like to win trophies – not to finish 10th.

“This time we can finish ninth, it is better that you finish ninth [than lower in the table].

“But we have to improve, we cannot play [again] at the level we did against West Brom.

“It [defeat to West Brom] doesn’t change too much for me, it is just to be sure that we play [in the remaining games] like we have to play.”

“It is like that for everyone but the difference is that they [Manchester City – Guardiola saying he was pleased with how team have kept on playing after winning the league] have players with a lot of quality, they usually keep the ball and so they have to be sure that they keep passing the ball well.

“However, for us, it is to be sure we keep the intensity – that is the key for us to succeed.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 West Brom 1


West Brom: Phillips 29

Possession was West Brom 36% Newcastle 64%

Total shots were West Brom 9 Newcastle 17

Shots on target were West Brom 2 Newcastle 2

Corners were West Brom 1 Newcastle 5

Referee: David Coote

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett (Murphy 58) Ritchie, Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez (Joselu 78), Gayle (Slimani 65)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Hayden

Crowd: 52,283 (1,000 West Brom approx)

(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to today’s game – Go HERE)

(Darren Moore thought Newcastle got off lightly – Read it HERE)

(Brutal honesty from Rafa Benitez after the game – Read it HERE)

(Alan Shearer reaction to Newcastle defeat – Read it HERE)

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    No chance of winning trophies here Rafael, no chance at all

    • gold coast mag

      such negativity- the current owner is as transient as a long line of managers that have passed through SJP. While there is life there is hope and the beating heart of our team- we supporters will ensure we always are alive

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        There is no life under Ashley 11 yrs of purgatory & more to come.
        Unbelievable !

      • Leazes.

        What are you are going to ensure from the gold coast…. long distance correspondence?

        • gold coast mag

          is being a mag exclusively for those living close to the Tyne? I see lots of passionate support coming for us from all over the world -clubs like Leicester, City and Chelsea did well from overseas backing. Maybe a sheikh with a few billion to spare will be our (Black and) White Knight

  • Leazes.

    He’s certainly got a winners mentality but I don’t see any evidence of a winners squad of players…. and I don’t think Rafa will see that while the club is run for Charnley’s bonus scheme….. what we’ve seen is Joselu, Slimani and Manquillo.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      we`re a team of journeymen with maybe 6 or 7 decent players,
      2 of whom are on loan.

    • thewildchimp

      If we are talking about mentality purely, then we have Lascelles, Lejeune, Shelvey and Dubravka, possibly Diame (I never know what he’s thinking) from the first choice, Murphy on the bench, Mitro, Colback and Armstrong on the loan. Not enough for a single lineup. And that’s without taking the actual ability into consideration.

      • Leazes.

        That is an important consideration, nobody doubts Mitro or Colbacks desire to win.

  • Wor Lass

    It`s not a criticism of Rafa because the players had earned their places but maybe they were beginnig to think they were all shoe-ins. Any team needs to have some hunger and competition for places can give that. Our problem, of course, is that as soon as you move out of that first 11/12 then the quality drops. As a contrast, look at Manure on sunday – Rashford struggling to get a start, Fellaini a bit part player and Mata not even getting off the bench

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Ha ha, Pay your taxes wor lass
      we know you`re a tax exile in France

      • Wor Lass

        Absolutely NOBODY comes to France expecting to pay less tax. Still, you get it back on the wine!

        • Rich Lawson

          My former sister in law has retired to France now,(comes home for 3 months in the winter) We went to stay a few times,I liked the way that even tho’ it’s only a small place the Mayor pretty much runs it and if you have a problem you can just go and have a chat. (My ex brother in law discovered he had a fondness for whisky !) I also found the locals very friendly,particularly if you tried to talk to them in even basic French (and mine is) I envy you.

          • Wor Lass

            Access to the mayor is great. The last place I lived in the UK the Planning department charged £50 to answer a written question and £100 for a face-to-face meeting. Most French have a fondness for whiskey – they love it.

        • Rich Lawson

          The local bakery sells very acceptable wine for less than 2 euros a bottle.(footnote to lower post)

        • Leazes.

          Pour toi je suis tellement content.

          • Wor Lass


    • mentalman

      i thought exactly the same during that game, they know they will play the remaining games however they play.

      If it was me i’d still be giving everything to increase my bonus

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Bonus, expect Fatso to pull a stroke on that 1

      • Rich Lawson

        Or even just professional pride ?

  • Tweed Mag

    Saturday was abysmal. If a capacity crowd and the knowledge that the team is safe from relegation is not enough motivation, then the need for proper investment has well and truly been made. The difference between some of the individual performances from previous games was huge. None of them put a full shift in and Rafa will no doubt make that clear.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      There`s not much he can do once they cross that white line

  • Guest 2

    ‘I said before, that for me to finish 8th or 15th doesn’t change my life…I like to win trophies – not to finish 10th.’

    Aye, bonny lad, but the owner does back-flips at the thought of finishing 15th or better.

  • Paul Patterson

    There has been a shockingly noticeable drop off in quality of play since the players left the field against Arsenal.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      They can`t sustain it because they lack the quality to do so

      • Guest 2

        No desire to sustain it. That has been obvious in the last two games. They are safe and have switched off.

  • Leazes.

    Ryder is going down the positive spin channel again with the headline….

    …..’Why Rafa Benitez will have learned so much from defeat against West Brom’…..

    He seems quite obsessed that ‘defeats’ are in fact ‘victories in disguise!’ and Rafa can do no wrong.

    What an absolute lunatic!

    If you added up all of the Five things he learned throughout the campagne it would be the equivalent to his IQ….. 90….. educationally sub-normal.

    • Virsino

      “campagne” + “educationally sub-normal” = lol ;-)

      • Leazes.

        Sorry…I didn’t tell you I’m French.

  • ghostrider

    Rafa stating the obvious.
    All managers would like to win trophies rather than finish 10th or 15th or whatever.The problem is, only so many can actually achieve that and generally it goes to the elite clubs managers 99% of the time….but still….it doesn’t stop all managers wanting the same thing.

  • kingfisher

    Rafa says “he likes to win trophys”.It makes you wonder why he came to Newcastle? Was it just a stop gap job until something more appealing came along, or did he really think that he could win something with us?

    A Manager of his standing and reputation could more or less walk into any Managers job so he must really think that he could eventually make us successful. (Obviously that would take an honest and caring owner. Over to you Amanda) 👧

  • Daniel Taylor

    Rafa is just fully aware the higher we finish, the more cash will end up in Cashley’s pocket. He’s not interested in lining it for him. Like us, Rafa knows it’ll make no difference to the transfer budget.