Get your daily update and weekly newsletter by signing up today!


A classic from Rafa Benitez when asked about Mike Ashley after beating Burnley

2 years ago

Rafa Benitez was in great form on Tuesday night.

The Newcastle manager having watched his team win their fourth home game in a row.

A magnificent strike from Fabian Schar and a first senior NUFC goal from Sean Longstaff settling the result before the break.

However, just over 10 weeks until Rafa Benitez manages the final game of his current three year Newcastle United contract.

So no surprise when the excellent Jake Humphrey posed these questions in an entertaining exchange…

Jake Humphrey on BT Sport:

“If you were talking to the Newcastle board [Mike Ashley] right now, what would be your dream for the club?”

Rafa Benitez:

“To beat West Ham on Saturday!”

Jake Humphrey:

“A great night and everyone was in fantastic voice here but we have to talk about the elephant in the room Rafa.

“Which is the fact that you may have just a handful of games left to be manager here at St James Park.

“Now only 10 games until the end of the season, so when can these fans expect some news on your future?”

Rafa Benitez:

“Before the game I said I was focused on the game.

“After the game I’m focused on the West Ham game.

“So we have to try and concentrate on that.

“Obviously I know , that this is a situation that in time we have to manage, but the main thing is to ensure if we do something, that we have a project.

“To show some ambition and to show we really want to be a top side.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Burnley 0


Schar 24, Longstaff 38

Possession was Burnley 46% Newcastle 54%

Total shots were Burnley 12 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Burnley 2 Newcastle 3

Corners were Burnley 7 Newcastle 4

Referee: Craig Pawson

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie,  Hayden, Longstaff (Diame 85), Almiron (Dummett 80), Perez (Joselu 87), Rondon

Unused Subs:

Darlow,  Ki, Yedlin, Atsu

Crowd: 48,323 (Burnley 1,300)

(Match ratings for all NUFC players after the 2-0 win HERE)

(Must see video as Alan Shearer celebrates that Fabian Schar opening goal! Watch HERE)

(Instant reaction from NUFC fans/writers after the victory – read HERE)


If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]

Have your say

© 2021 The Mag. All Rights Reserved. Design & Build by Mediaworks