When Rafa Benitez took the last two training sessions, he has quickly realized that with so many injuries in the squad that may his biggest problem at the club, as he tries to do what´s looking an increasingly difficult task.
To save Newcastle from the drop.
Norwich picked up a good point at home to Manchester City yesterday and Bournemouth got to 38 points by beating Swansea 3-2 at home – their third win in four games since February 27th that has seen them pick up 10 points and that was their second game in a row of scoring 3 goals.
Rafa Benitez – he can do it
That´s the kind of run Newcastle need to go on if we are to have any chance of survival.
Here´s some of what Rafa said yesterday to the press:
“The main thing for me is that I know that we have a very good group of players. I know that we have quality in the squad, so we need to give them confidence.”
“From them, I expect 100% every game. They have to give everything, because the fans will be behind us and they will help. We need everything from everyone now.”
“I believe that these players are good enough to stay in the Premier League. Now, I have seen the quality of some of them, and little things that we have to change.”
“We have a good team – we have some injuries, and this may be the main problem – but if everything is fine in a few days, I think a little later they’ll understand what we want and we’ll be growing.”
Injuries have been a huge problem at Newcastle for over a decade but we never seem to do anything about it and even now we have 11 injuries on Physioroom.com – the most of any Premier League club, with Arsenal second with only 8 injuries.
If anybody can save us it´s Rafa – and you can see from his manner and aura why he is so successful – he knows what he´s talking about – he is a student of the game – and he has the record and stature to back it all up.
In short he is perfect for Newcastle.
But when you look at the table you wonder why the incompetents running Newcastle waited so long to get rid of Steve McClaren who has been hopeless all season long and was their choice of head coach last summer.
Some people down south are saying appointing Rafa is a panic move.
It´s not a panic move it´s a sensational move to save ourselves – and shows you the good name Newcastle United still has – mainly due to their fans – but we could have waited too long.
Any other club in the Premier League McClaren would have been fired a long time ago and we would have had a much better chance.
Steve´s claim he would have saved us is an empty self-serving statement that is embarrassing – and he shouldn’t have said it.
He got us 24 points in 28 games and one of the worst goal differences in the league and we won only 6 league games – that record is worse than a terrible one.
But it is what it is – and we do have a chance of saving ourselves.
But it looks slim, and now the fans and everybody associated with the club will get behind Rafa and the players – if any club can do it – it´s Newcastle United with Rafa as the manager.
Howay The Lads!!