Before the game on Monday night at Leicester City their manager Claudio Ranieri was interviewed before the game and he was specifically asked if he was surprised that Newcastle were second bottom of the league table.
Claudio said he couldn’t believe how Newcastle were in such a lowly position given both the immense stature of the club and the many good players that were on Tyneside.
And to emphasize that he looked down at the floor and started shaking his head from side to side.
Claudio Ranieri and Rafa Benitez before the game at Leicester
Since the job of a head coach is to get the very best out of the players available to you, that was nothing less than a damning statement of Steve McClaren, our former head coach, who had only just been fired.
Rafa Benitez has taken over and it was obvious Ranieri and Benitez were good friends from their time together managing Italian clubs.
They were both seen walking down the tunnel before the start of the game arm in arm and laughing away before the start of what was a crucial game for both of them.
How´s that for being cool?
The latest Newcastle disaster has done nothing for Steve McClaren´s standing in the game and while we feel sorry for the (very) crass way he was handled by Lee Charnley and company last week, he should have been sacked long before last Friday.
Lee Charnley didn´t seem to know the dignified way you fire a person, but Steve´s record of 24 points from 28 games is there for all to see.
Steve is a good guy, but he was never up to being the head coach of a club as big as Newcastle United and his record shows that.
Rafa Benitez is up to the job, because of his vast experience and great success in his 23 years of management.
We are hoping he can get our players organized and motivated quickly enough to save us from relegation and it was a good start on Monday night.
Rafa had been at the club only a short three days, but we also have to start picking up the points.
We hope he can do that.
It´s simply great to have Rafa Benitez leading Newcastle United and it´s about time we had a world-class manager in charge.
He has electrified the Newcastle fan base since joining the club and telling everybody who would listen it´s one of the legendary clubs in England and has massive potential.