Ahead of tomorrow’s pre-season friendly at St James’ Park, Rafa Benitez has hinted that Newcastle’s ‘clever’ fans already ‘know more or less what is going on’ behind the scenes at NUFC – however he has urged them to support the team and ‘help’ the players.
After his damning comments this week – seeing him admit that he has ‘no idea’ about transfers and is ‘really worried’ about our current situation ‘on and off the pitch’ – the mood around the club is at an all time low this summer.
With that in mind, tomorrow’s final pre-season friendly against Augsburg at St James’ Park could be a pretty hostile or flat affair.
Here’s what Rafa Benitez has had to say today to fans going to the game:
“Our fans are very clever, I think they know more or less what is going on.
“So I think they will try to support the team and help the players.
“They know they have to give everything every game so after we can be better or worse – but we have to compete and we have to be sure we have the same mentality that we had last year.”
As ever, Rafa is asking for support for the team and his players, but he takes another swipe at the board here, suggesting that everyone can now see exactly what is going on at the club.
Hopefully we see a much improved performance tomorrow – which is much needed after Wednesday’s 4-0 hammering in Portugal – however I can’t help but feel the atmosphere will be uncomfortable at best.