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extent, given how he has been far more successful than the club ever has but supporters must remember even he has made mistakes during his career. But no matter how many small flaws he may have, Benitez being in the dugout gives United a huge advantage going into the new campaign. I’m sure the gaffer is just as clueless as us when it comes to predicting where the club will end up next year but I’m sure he won’t be worried. After all, he knows this job is a project. A project he has craved for a number of years. I’m sure he is under no illusions as to where this club should be aiming for this season. And I sure he won’t be having a meltdown if things don’t go exactly to plan from the off… Something which some fans should take heed of. At the same time, I’m sure he will want to claim a few scalps this year. Is a manager

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who could be managing in the Champions League going to settle for a year of consolidation? I very much doubt it. Hard to call The way I see it, Newcastle’s situation is similar to Donald Trump’s presidency. And I don’t mean because he and Mike Ashley share personality traits. Just hear me out… When pundits try to predict and analyse what is going to happen in the United States, they can’t. That’s because the country is in unchartered waters. There is no rule book. These things have never been said or done before. Newcastle find themselves in a similarly unprecedented climate. Never before have promoted Championship clubs had the ability to compete with sides remaining in the top flight until now, due to the money being thrown around these days. Usually,

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newly-promoted sides to settle for Premier League survival upon their return. But again, a Championshipwinning club has never had a Champions Leaguewinning manager at the helm. The reason Newcastle’s situation is so hard to call is because the game has changed. There is no prior example to compare against. For these reasons it’s almost impossible to call just where Newcastle will be sitting come May 2018. Benitez’s signings may flop and his return may be shortlived. We may be looking for a new manager come Christmas. On the contrary, Benitez may channel his inner Alan Pardew and lead us to a 5th place finish with the help of a French N’Golo Kante type player who hasn’t even signed yet. But one thing is for certain - We’re all hoping Benitez can Make Newcastle Great Again.

At the same time, I’m sure he will want to claim a few scalps this year. Is a manager who could be managing in the Champions League going to settle for a year of consolidation? I very much doubt it.

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Newcastle United back in the Premier League with Rafa Benitez serenely assembling his squad for the new challenges and receiving every possi...

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Newcastle United back in the Premier League with Rafa Benitez serenely assembling his squad for the new challenges and receiving every possi...