Get Rafa to stay on and we can get better and better
GAYLE DELIVERS DRESSING-ROOM PLEA TO ASHLEY AND CHARNLEY OVER FUTURE OF MAGPIES MANAGER BENITEZ
DWIGHT Gayle has pleaded with Newcastle United’s hierarchy to strike a deal to get Rafa Benitez to stay on as manager at St James’ Park.
Almost three weeks have gone by since the final game of the season and despite Mike Ashley tasking managing director Lee Charnley to secure Benitez’s future, his contract is yet to be extended.
Gayle has stated the whole dressing room want to see Benitez tied down to a newl deal, and believes that each individual will only get better if he remains on Tyneside.
Gayle said: “All the players want the boss to stay.
“They are so thankful for what he has done for the team.
“A lot of the players here have had their careers changed for the better. He is a great tactical manager – he has brought in these players for a reason. They all get on so well.
“We haven’t had any people disrupt the group and that’s the reason we have performed so well.”
And discussing the merits of Benitez on a day-to-day basis, Gayle, speaking in the Daily Express, said: “The boss is out on the pitch every day trying to improve every player.
“He is very approachable. If you want to speak to him about any problems, anything you want to improve on, what you need to do to get into the team.
“He sees the things I am good at and tries to get players to help me.
“We have players like Jonjo Shelvey, Mo Diame and Ayoze Perez who like to play balls in behind, and we work on that and he improves my game that way.
“He reminds me of where I need to be. He wants me to do a lot of defensive work for the team as well.”
Gayle feels that the current Newcastle team are growing together and that Benitez is the perfect man to help them progress.
He continued: “The fact that the players are so young and looking to progress works perfectly for us.
“The fans love Rafa. Every week you see they have a different banner for him.
“They have supported him throughout, even when we had a bad run. They were right behind him.
“He is thankful for that and I am sure he will repay them for it.
“Obviously the first half of last season wasn’t the best but we finished really well and it was a good end.”
And it would appear that players are in full agreement with Benitez that he must improve the squad in the coming months.
The club’s number nine said: “We have to be careful.
“The teams that struggled last season – Everton, Leicester, Southampton – they are all big clubs and they all spent big money. “You need too be focused otherwise you could find yourself struggling. “We need to strengthen. “It is vital you look to improve, but also that you bring in players that are not going to affect the squad mentality and break the team up.” Dwight Gayle was supporting the finals of the biggest grassroots football competition in this country, the PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival. Watch the school highlights at www. playstation schools cup. com