Official – Benitez Has Produced His First Miracle On Tyneside

Simon Bird in the Mirror is the journalist who withstood that foul-mouthed onslaught from a former Newcastle manager – Joe Kinnear – in Joe´s very first press conference after he had been appointed interim manager in late September of 2008.

Simon didn´t have to put up with any of that nonsense yesterday as the very impressive and professional Rafa Benitez laid out what is necessary for Newcastle in the future, but that the next 10 games are really all that matters right now.

After that he thinks the future will be brilliant for Newcastle – his words not ours.

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Rafa Benitez – has already produced his first miracle on Tyneside

And Simon has hit the nail on the head today when he has reported that Benitez has already worked his first miracle on Tyneside.

Rafa revealed yesterday that players who had been injured on Friday were suddenly cured and in training on Saturday.

Well would you believe it – we knew Rafa was good but this is ridiculous.


Here´s some of what the manager said yesterday in his many interviews with the press:

“One or two players were not training the day before – they were with the doctor, they had knocks and little problems and they were training today without saying anything. I didn’t know until after the game – that is positive.”

“When you’re going for trophies, you don’t want to make mistakes and when you’re fighting against relegation, it’s the same. In terms of the approach it has to be similar.”

We have a good group of players, we have a quality squad. From them, I expect 100%.”

“If I’m here, it’s because I believe these players are good enough to stay up. I’ve seen them and I’ve seen their qualities and little things that we have to change.”

“Steve McClaren put in a lot of effort here and we have a good team.”

We remember when Alan Shearer took over on April Fools Day back in 2009 when he was determined to clear the almost full treatment room at Newcastle.

One player in particular was Australian striker Mark Viduka, who  made a rather miraculous recovery and was suddenly available to play for Alan once Shearer was appointed.

Mark had been hiding out all season in the treatment room – whoops sorry we should rephrase that – Mark had been receiving treatment for several minor injuries throughout that season – that´s the official way of saying it.

The Newcastle players have to produce now.

We have no doubt that Rafa and his coaches will do the job and the fans will famously do their job once again.

Now we need those highly paid players to do their jobs – and it´s a good sign that some of them have made miraculous recoveries since Rafa was appointed.

The bottom line is if Rafa, the coaches, the fans and the players all do their jobs – we will survive.

12 comments so far

  • archaeomag

    Mar 13, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #1

    @ Ed – I know you have not slept for a week – please could you update the HEAD COACH picture in the blog side bar.
    Rafa Benitez Press conference 14 mins

  • firebug666

    Mar 13, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #2

    It is amazing how some of our walking wounded managed to throw away their crutches and head for the training ground, after bathing in the light of Benitez as he walked past. 😀

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 13, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #3


    A lot of us would probably agree with you. If he got the team playing much better – though relegated – perhaps he’d be tempted to stay on!

  • hibbitt

    Mar 13, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #4

    its up to the fans to make rafa want to stay no matter what………….whats this luck thing people are talking about don’t think we have seen any of that for years

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #5

    From previous. I had resigned myself to the fact we were going down under Mclaren, I didn’t want it obviously but wouldn’t have been to bothered as it would have just been more of the same next season, Mclaren might have lasted maybe ten games but then another season would have been written off as the new manager got to grips with the mess we’re in.

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Mar 13, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #6


    That just shows how unprofessional these players are…..A new manager comes in all of a sudden they are ok…

    Damn….footballers are truly vile individuals. Try that in the professional corporate world.

  • firebug666

    Mar 13, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #7


    Maybe it’s just their version of man flu! 🙂

  • hibbitt

    Mar 13, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #8

    more likely so SICK of the fool that was running them

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #9

    What has changed basically over night is the losing mentality, we have swapped a sacked and failed Championship manager with arguably the worst form of any guy in Europes top two divisions of non relegated clubs with a guy who has won everything. Not only did Mclaren bring a Championship mentality with him he brought his Championship grade backroom staff with him. Had we have prised him from a Derby that had ran away with the league then it would be understandable but he had done nothing to suggest he was capable of managing a too flight club and certainly not one that had form to rival his own diabolical record.

  • expatmag

    Mar 13, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Lets be honest here……We are still in a mess. We still have a totally unbalanced squad and new manager or not, confidence is still down and will only be reinstated with wins.

    A good result on monday would be a start. A point at Leicester would be a start. A win would set us up perfectly for what us two MUST wins against Sunderland and Norwich.

    If we can achieve the above, then I will start to believe. A manager can only do so much. The rest is up to the players.

    In my opinion, the club has left it far too late to make this change. It should have been done before Xmas. Whilst I think our current squad has the ability to overcome an increasingly desperate Sunderland and Norwich, I am not sure they have the bottle.

    Hope I am wrong like……good luck Rafa

  • lochinvar

    Mar 13, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Benitez Has Already Produced His First Miracle On Tyneside

    He turned milk into Brown Ale ?
    Impressive stuff

  • goommy

    Mar 13, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Damn!! can’t wait to see our next games. XD


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