The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Banner created by Reilly - one of our readers
Howay The Lads!!

Star Player – Benitez Is A Fantastic Opportunity For Newcastle

11:49 pm, Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

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

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!!

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Sunderland?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League · Rob Elliot

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 17, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    More genuine respect from players. His C.V. Speaks volumes and places the onus on the players that if you’re not on board now, you never will be (if you want to push on to do good things in your career).

    Hopefully improvements are developed as fast as possible. There was definitely a better organisational structure after only three days, less erratic.

  • 2 manxpie // Mar 17, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    laurent aye just imagine if ashley had of listened to people who know football let alone this league and club 5 years ago!
    it actually shows how bad charnley is i’d actually like ayre here at least he’s a visionary!
    which is wat a person in charnleys job is supposed to be
    if we stay up the biggest job for this football club is to get a proper board in charge and then we can move forward

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Mar 17, 2016 at 12:23 AM

    If you’d have said to me that Benitez would be manager, I wouldn’t have laughrd at all. I’d have said about tome we got a proper manager after fivr years of lower league dross.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Mar 17, 2016 at 12:25 AM

    My old phone used to highlight errors with a red line underneath!

  • 5 toonincheek // Mar 17, 2016 at 12:33 AM

    Have to say – never really liked Rafa Benitez – BUT – his record speaks for itself and demands respect.

    His record seems to be more in cup competitions – which may tie in well with our remaining games being called “cup finals”.

    If he has a weakness, it isn’t tactical, IMO it’s longer-term man management.

    I’m as confident as I can be that Rafa will be the reason for our survivial this year and a marked improvement next season.

  • 6 Lindisfarne // Mar 17, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    Who’s your manager Borini?

  • 7 lesh // Mar 17, 2016 at 1:05 AM


    A wish too far as Ayre doesn’t leave Liverpool until 2017.

  • 8 manxpie // Mar 17, 2016 at 2:00 AM

    Aye lesh i seen that but a statement like that is only for one reason and that’s “I’m available and especially when my contract is up”
    and jail behave!! I know your answer if someone came on the blog a week ago and said Ashley would appoint one of the best managers in the world
    so don’t try and take any credit for your very very hopeful guess coz even you didn’t believe it! Lol

  • 9 Mister Tuff // Mar 17, 2016 at 2:12 AM


    It is up to you what you want to believe I really cannot change your opinion- when you choose to be entrenched in your viepoint.
    I say again my post was clearly a joke.
    Unless of course you want to believe that Ian Toon was in the Royal Green Jackets 22 years ago in Cyprus.
    I think Ian Toon is in his late 20’s – but for arguments sake -lets say he is 30 years old. 22 years ago would make him 8 years old.
    At 8 years of age he would be the youngest ever soldier in the British Army ever ever ever.
    And here’s me thinking there was an age limit for joining up.
    But hey don’t let me put you off what you want to believe.

  • 10 G // Mar 17, 2016 at 6:26 AM

    The average mental age in 1 RGJ at that time was about 8 if that helps?

  • 11 Harley // Mar 17, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    This is a once in a lifetime chance for some players to be coached by someone of benitez’s stature.

    There’s no way half of our squad would ever be signed by him. They should grasp the opportunity with both hands.

    Saivet obviously isn’t up to the job then, going off how much time he’s spent on the bench. Another Carr wonder signing.

  • 12 firebug666 // Mar 17, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    I hope we take the Makems to the cleaners especially that Borini.

  • 13 sing in the corner // Mar 17, 2016 at 7:43 AM

    Like Ando simply put it last night on Look North..we have to win one sometime.. And this one would be extra sweet given the circumstances. Breaking their undeserved run and sending them down, wow what a feeling that would be.
    They are too confident in the media. I think they will get a shock if we start the right way on Sunday. I’m sure Rafa is preparing the lads well and will give them the best chance to sort this out once and for all. I don’t see him letting The scum beat us for passion / effort this time.

previous post: How Benitez Is Wasting No Time In Sorting Out Newcastle

next post: How Benitez Has Changed Things At Newcastle