Rafa Benitez has once again reiterated that ‘The potential of this club is massive.’
As for his position at Newcastle United, the NUFC boss confirms that talks are going on regarding extending his contract ‘…and we will see where we are.’
Rafa says that Newcastle United has: ‘To be sure that the strength of the team and the club is enough to compete, to maybe achieve what we want to achieve.’
Challenging for trophies and Europe is where the manager and fans want to be and whilst he modestly leaves himself out, Rafa Benitez says this season’s relative success has been built on ‘very good togetherness between players, fans, and the city.’
Newcastle fans are waiting for decisive news, that Rafa Benitez has agreed a new deal, as that will then give supporters confidence that the manager will be backed, either by ike Ashley or hopefully new owners.
Rafa points to the arrival of Kenedy and Dubravka ‘galvanising’ the team and sparking them into that run of form to safety, the very fact that the manager wasn’t allowed to buy players and had to rely on loan deals, points to just how precarious this season has been, and how the transfer policy desperately needs to change.
Rafa Benitez talking to the BBC:
“I have one year left on my contract and we are already talking…we will see where we are.
“My position is clear and simple – I am happy here.
“Hopefully, we can do everything that we have to do, to be sure that the strength of the team and the club is enough to compete, to maybe achieve what we want to achieve.
“To challenge for a trophy, or go to Europe, would be even better.
“The potential of this club is massive.
“So it is just doing things in the right way and then you can improve and improve.
“Nobody was expecting that with five games to go, that we could be safe and thinking about the future.
“So I think it has been a great achievement for a group of players from the Championship, to finish in the top 12…a massive achievement.
“At the beginning, everybody was a little bit worried, as we didn’t have a group of players with too much experience in the Premier League.
“But after a bad run, the reaction of the team after January has been fantastic.
“The players were playing better – more confidence, winning games and that gives you even more confidence.
“Everything has been so positive, the fans behind the team all the time, there has been a very good togetherness between players, fans, and the city.
“The loan signings of winger Kenedy and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka galvanised the team in January, signing Dubravka and Kenedy was important.
“Maybe that game against Manchester United at home, the way that we won this game, everybody believed then that we could do it.”