Benitez Has a Project at Newcastle United – He is Happy at St James’ Park

Newcastle United manager, Rafael Benitez has once again been linked with the West Ham United job. However Benitez is happy at Newcastle United, very happy in fact. With the calibre of manager Benitez is, he will always be linked to other clubs. The Newcastle United manager has already held two transfer meetings, with Newcastle United ready to back the Spaniard in the transfer window should the club gain promotion.

The report in the Daily Mirror should be taken with a pinch of salt, they are claiming Benitez is unsettled because of the lack of transfer business in January. Benitez may have been disappointed not to get any fresh faces in January, however reports that the club refused to back the manager are far from true. Benitez wanted Andros Townsend in January, Newcastle lodged a fair offer – It was Crystal Palace who halted the deal with their ridiculous demands. It frustrates me when a newspaper comes out with stories like this, it has little to no substance.

You would also have to question why Benitez would want go to West Ham, Newcastle look set to be in the Premier League next season and with two promising transfer meetings already taken place, Benitez is planning for the future at Newcastle. The Spaniard loves the Geordie faithful and the feeling is certainly mutual, with Benitez’s name ringing around St James’ Park constantly. Benitez is not shy of a challenge and managing Newcastle United with an unpredictable owner is certainly a challenge. However, you get the sense that Mike Ashley is like me and my fellow Newcastle fans, he can’t quite believe Benitez is our manager. Ashley will give Benitez anything he wants because he knows the Spaniard can bring success to this sleeping giant of a club.

The Newcastle manager, will not look beyond the next game – Rightly so too, with promotion yet to be secured the team cannot become complacent, Rafa will not allow it. When Benitez was appointed manager in March last year, I had to rub my eyes at least three times to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. His smile has lit up the corridors of which were once darkened by previous managers. Benitez knows that he is adored by the fans, it was one of the main reasons he chose to stay with club after relegation. If he can bring a trophy to the club, he will be adored forever. Many have tried and failed, but you get the sense that Benitez will not give up until he has achieved that task.

Papers and other media will always try and unsettle Newcastle United because of past soap operas, it is important that the fans and everyone involved with club do not let that happen. Benitez is here to stay and he is the man to bring the good times back to Tyneside. Many doubted his ability to get Newcastle out of the Championship, he is quickly proving those doubters wrong – Something he has done his whole career. The last few results may have been disappointing, and no more so to Benitez. The Spaniard’s attention to detail is astonishing, he will make sure Newcastle’s promotion hopes do not go down to the wire.

With two home games coming up against Wigan and Burton Albion, Newcastle will want to secure their place in the Premier League as quickly as possible. There are eight games left of the Championship season, Newcastle have five of those games at St James’ Park. Newcastle have it in their hands, one point clear of Brighton and seven clear of Huddersfield. Win the next two home games and Newcastle will be very close to gaining promotion at the first time of asking. Benitez must be applauded for the job he has done at Newcastle, the Championship is a very tough league – One that for some reason is constantly underestimated. It could have been very easy to go the way of Aston Villa and Norwich, both teams were among the favourites for automatic promotion this season but are a long way from that now.

It is rare that I look forward to the end of a season, the last few years have been fighting relegation under some poor managers. However, this time around is different, I have every faith in Benitez, a man who has united the fans and made the city and club smile again. I look forward to a strong end to what so far has been a successful season.

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