Rafa Commits! The Rafalution Continues

After positive talks with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, Rafael Benitez has committed his future to the club.  Mike Ashley said: “I’ve confirmed to Rafa and Lee that they can have every last penny that the club generates through promotion, player sales and other means in order to build for next season.”

Despite the opinions of some pundits, Benitez’s decision to stay was never really in doubt. Mike Ashley was always going to give the Spaniard what he wanted. not only to survive in the Premier League, but also to thrive. The statement by Ashley and Benitez, puts an end to the constant speculation surrounding Benitez’s position. The statement also eases any worries the Newcastle fans had regarding the Spaniards position. The club and fans can now fully concentrate on next season.

It is an exciting time to be a Newcastle United fan at the moment. With Rafael Benitez in charge and Mike Ashley finally seeing what a special club he has on his hands, the future looks bright for the club. It is important not to get too carried away, next season will be a tough one, the rebuilding job this summer will be just as rigorous as last. Benitez is ruthless, which is exactly what is needed this summer, there can be no loyalties shown to the players that helped the club back to the big time. Players such as Daryl Murphy and Grant Hanley will surely be moved on. Both of whom have played an important role for the club this season, however Benitez knows he needs a squad capable staying clear of the relegation places next season. The players of the calibre of Murphy and Hanley have shown they can do a job in the Championship, the Premier League on the other hand may just be a step too far.

The club will be linked to hundreds of players in the coming weeks and months, as is the norm during silly season. Benitez will already have targets in mind and will want to act quickly to bring them to the club. We can expect the incoming transfers to be concluded quickly and efficiently as is the Benitez way. The feeling around the club is fantastic, which is all down to Benitez and the way he conducts himself. The Newcastle manager has vast knowledge and a burning passion for the game, Benitez understands what this club means to the fans and what it symbolises. That is far more than could be said of his predecessors, namely Pardew and McClaren.

Newcastle have been crying out for a manager of Benitez’s calibre for a long time. Now they have him, the club are doing exactly the thing that’s needed to kick on, backing him to the hilt. Mike Ashley realises the power of Benitez, the likes of McClaren, Pardew and Hughton would never challenge the owner on things, Benitez will. The Spaniard has the talent and knowledge to help Newcastle United succeed. The scenes witnessed on Sunday would be nothing in comparison if Benitez won the FA or League Cup. Benitez is determined to be the man to bring Newcastle a long awaited trophy. It will take time to achieve, Benitez has a clear plan and provided he is given everything he needs, he will continue to be a success on Tyneside.

Newcastle are finally united, a fan base previously divided due to managerial appointments and bizarre decisions from the owner. Benitez has pulled everyone together, focusing on the same goal. Newcastle have not had a manager to this much of an impact on supporters since the days of Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan.

Newcastle fans can reflect on a fantastic season and look forward to playing Premier League football once more. The Rafalution is gathering pace, new kit, new sponsor, new era. There is a lot to look forward to in the near future.

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