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2 Things To Expect From Rafa Benitez And Newcastle This Summer

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Two Things To Expect From Rafael Benitez And Newcastle This Summer

Now that Newcastle’s immediate return to the Premier League has been confirmed, it’ll be a busy summer on Tyneside. Sensational news (whether good or bad) is never far away and more will be coming our way from Benton and St James’ Park over the next few months.

Here we look at two things we can expect to come out of Newcastle United during the close season:

Rumours Of Benitez’ Departure

Newspapers and social media’s doom and gloom merchants simply cannot leave Newcastle alone in all honesty.

Any claims about the Spaniard’s future are far from the truth. Benitez was allowed to commute between his long time home on Merseyside and his working base in Newcastle by Lee Charnley and the board. He chose to stay at Newcastle following a conversation with his daughter who had walked past the Newcastle away following singing passionately about him at Anfield last season, convincing him that he could “not leave these people”.

Rafa and his backroom staff took a tour around Newcastle, Northumberland, and Durham a few months ago to familiarise themselves more with the surrounding area and with the people who support the club. He declared that he wanted to achieve success similar to that he did at Liverpool, where he won the Champions League.

He is clearly happy where he is as long as the board back his ambitions in the transfer market and there is little chance of him going anywhere else in England just now. This will not stop those with a negative agenda and rumours will no doubt circulate until Newcastle make some big signings.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez
Rafael Benitez

Surprising Signings

For now, the days of breaking the world transfer record as they did, to bring in Alan Shearer in the 90’s, or signing Michael Owen and almost landing Wayne Rooney may have gone. However, if people are expecting bottom-half Premier League nobodies and another bunch of anonymous players from France to come in, they may be surprised.

Newcastle is consistently listed as one of the best cities in Europe and a ‘hidden gem’ for those travelling to the place for the first time. So getting good players to the area, playing in front of 52,000 fans and working for one of the very best coaches on the planet will not be too much of a challenge. Expect a couple of big names to arrive before September.