Author’s note


STILL catching my breath – and clearing my head – after the final day against Barnsley. I’m also trying to do justice to how magical the closing stages of that game were for Rafa’s Way, which is just about finished now.

I can’t tell you how grateful I am for your support with Touching Distance and Tunnel of Love. It’s an incredible show of faith to buy the books and it means so much. It’s topped off when people say how much they enjoyed them and that they bring back memories of some of the happiest (and not so happy!) times of people’s lives.

Rafa’s Way was born in the embers of the 5-1 victory against Spurs at St James’ Park. It didn’t feel like a relegated club, it felt like one coming back to life and I was thrilled and delighted when I spoke to Rafa a couple of months later and he agreed to work with me through the season, on one proviso, Newcastle had to be promoted!

The man could not have plotted the season much better for someone writing a book about it!

I’ve spoken to him at length, spent time with his friends, watched coaching sessions and been inside the dressing room to talk in-depth with those who have done so well this season; Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Jamaal Lascelles and many more.

Rafa’s Way is out soon. I hope you enjoy it as much as the first two, although this time, thankfully, I’ve been able to write about a glorious end to finish my book.

All the best, Martin