Rafael Benitez was signed on as the Newcastle manager only last Friday, so it’s still only five days he’s been in charge, but the former Valencia, Liverpool and Real Madrid manager is already making big changes with both the team and at the club on Tyneside.
His major and only priority though the end of the season is to put together enough wins so we can stay in the Premier League next season – and things will then begin in earnest in the summer in the new Benitez era at the Newcastle United Football Club.
Rob Elliot – Benitez as manager – I would have laughed
Most players and certainly the fans were really shocked when Newcastle were able to get Rafa in.
And the club finally fired the woeful Steve McClaren, but not until he had been allowed to put us in such a dire situation where it will now be hard even for Rafa Benitez to avoid a relegation this season
This is what Rob Elliot has told the Chronicle.
“If you had said to me a couple of weeks ago that Rafa would be our manager, I’d have probably laughed,”
“But it’s a fantastic opportunity for the players and this football club to move forward with Rafa in charge.”
“We just need to make sure that, one we stay in the division, and two he’s our manager for the next few years to build and take us to where we want to be.”
“It’s been great to have Rafa on board,” “We haven’t had too much time to work with him yet because he’s just arrived, but his experience speaks for himself.”
“It’s been exciting and motivating for the players to have someone like the gaffer to come in.” “He’s just left Real Madrid – all you have to do is talk about his caliber.”
“We need to make sure that we work hard and listen to what he asks us to do so we can climb up the table as quickly as possible.”
Elliot hits the nail on the head about Rafa and obviously the players are listening closely to what the new manager is telling them and carrying out his instructions.
Rafa’s reputation has preceded him at Newcastle with both the players and the fans – who still cannot believe he’s the new Newcastle manager.
Rafa’s man-management skills are also obviously so much superior to those of the previous coach, it’s almost ridiculous.
And the 55 year-old Spaniard also knows it’s a big challenge for him in these last eight weeks of the season and he will be going all out to fix the problems – specifically with the team.
It helps that Rafa is a known workaholic and he will leave no stone unturned as he attempts to ensure Newcastle are a Premier League club next season.
Howay The Lads!!