Rafael Benitez wants Newcastle to establish themselves as top-half club

14 May, 2018, 13:22 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Michael Keane of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park

Chelsea's loss means they finish this campaign in fifth place, which is a remarkable fall from grace for a side that won the Premier League title at a canter last season.

Instead of doing the right thing, Mike Ashley has refused to meet his manager's needs/demands and so we now go into the close season with no idea of what to expect, very much hope for the best and fear the worst.

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles is paying little attention to speculation suggesting that he could be a summer transfer target for Chelsea and Everton.

"I would like to thank Rafa Benitez for his magnificent achievement this season".

"This group of players have done so well, so it would be easy to say, "Okay, well you are already in the top ten". Prior to the Huddersfield game [a 1-1 draw in midweek] we were in good form but that's not an excuse. "We have to have confidence in this team".

"Give him (Rafa Benitez) some money to spend".


One ray of sunshine though has threatened to banish the rainy days that surrounded us under Ashley and even with the danger of storm clouds looming in the distance, these have been kept at bay by the growing proof that Rafa Benitez's project does look like it has the potential to bear fruit.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is expected to leave Tyneside on a permanent basis after tearing it up on loan at Fulham while hapless duo Dwight Gayle and Joselu have shown that they are nowhere near the level required at St James' Park. "If he can do that with that squad, can you imagine what he'd do with some backing and some finance?" There is one other thing that has been important too, and that we have had this year.

There were similar scenes yesterday, with the Spaniard being serenaded from all four corners of the ground as he led his squad on a post-match lap of honour.

"It is exactly the same as past year".

"I was really proud of that, but you can not sing the name of the manager if the team is doing badly", he said. "The fans have ambitions, we have ambitions and if everyone has the same the potential is there".

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