Former Newcastle coach Terry McDermott in what they are calling an exclusive in The Star has said in Rafa Benitez, Newcastle have the perfect manager for them.
And in Sunday’s white-hot derby against Sunderland Rafa will be Mr. Cool on the touchline.
Certainly Rafa was a presence on the touchline last Monday night at Leicester, but we didn’t get anything out of that game and we must try to get all 3 points on Sunday at Sunderland’s expense, as both north-east clubs once again fight desperately against relegation.
Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott while at Newcastle
Liverpool legend Terry McDermott thinks that yes – Rafa Benitez will also save Newcastle this season from relegation, in what is a very tough ask for the former Valencia and Liverpool manager.
This is what Terry has said in The Star about the derby game on Sunday:
“It will be loud, raucous and nervy,” “But the one man who’ll rise above the frenzy is Rafa.” “He’s Mr Cool in situations like this.”
“There hasn’t been a more important derby for years but Rafa won’t be fazed.”
“This is a man who’s been involved in Champions League finals, El Classico and title deciders.”
“He’ll use his vast experience from those matches to ensure Newcastle’s players handle the occasion.”
“Every manager brings something different to the table and what impresses me most about Rafa is how he tackles every game with surgical precision.”
“Everyone can remember his ‘Fact, fact, fact’ rant against Fergie during his Liverpool days but that was the exception rather than the rule.”
“Most of the time, he brings a sense of calm to potentially explosive situations and that’s just what’s required at Newcastle now.”
“He won’t panic after losing at Leicester. He’ll work out a way to get the team out of the mess they’re in right now.”
“He’s got the fans believing again and no disrespect to Steve McClaren, who isn’t entirely to blame for Newcastle being where they are, the players will hang on his every word because of what he’s done in the game.”
“I’ve a lot of time for Big Sam and it’s desperately sad it looks like one of either Newcastle or Sunderland will go down. The region deserves so much more.”
“But Newcastle along with Liverpool is my club and obviously I want them to survive.” “With Rafa in charge, I’m confident they will have just enough to stay up.”
“And I’m going for him to get the revival up and running with a long-awaited win over Sunderland this weekend.”
It certainly is sad that it looks like either Newcastle or Sunderland or even both will take the drop this season, but in retrospect both clubs have been poorly managed from the top for far too long.
Newcastle fans are fairly confident we can win the game on Sunday for the first tome since August, 2011 and after a massive six defeats in a row.
It would be a very very big 3 points if we can do that.