Rafa Benitez wants to manage Newcastle and wake what he calls the sleeping giant and put us on the path to greatness again – but he will only do that if he can save Newcastle from relegation this season – and if not he will leave the club and some other top club will become the beneficiary of Benitez’ undoubted football management and coaching skills.
We hope he keeps Newcastle up and stays at the club and if he can get Newcastle playing together after almost two weeks preparation for the game at Norwich then a win at Carrow Road could set us on the road to safety – but we needs wins – draws are not good enough given the terrible position we were left in by former head coach Steve McClaren
Rafa Benitez – at St. James’ Park on Sunday
Rafa has already made changes at Newcastle and has made the U-21 players and coaches train on their Academy pitch away from the first teamers – since Rafa needs more room to coach the players and doesn’t want to be distracted by the Development players.
He has also cancelled all days off for the squad, apart from the days to recover from actual matches – so this week and next should see a lot of work done by Benitez, his coaches and our players who are not away on International duty – and so most of the squad will be available.
Jonjo Shelvey seems excited to have such a top manager at Newcastle and he has said this today on BBC Newcastle:
“You’re always being watched – you feel like you’re on trial if you like.” “Everyone’s looking to impress and being a lot busier than normal.”
“But that’s part and parcel of football, you need to show what you’re about.” “When a new manager comes in, it’s like going to school again.”
“People are listening to what Benitez says. His record speaks for itself.” “The break will be a good chance to really knuckle down.
“We’ve not had much time since he’s come in because everything has been a bit rushed.” “Rafa will come up with a game-plan because that’s what he does.”
“I’m sure we’ll go to Norwich and give a very good account of ourselves.” “We’ve not had much time since he’s come in because everything has been a bit rushed.”
Newcastle can still avoid the drop with Rafa in charge and our next game at Carrow Road a week on Saturday is really vital.
But if we can win that game – it will give everybody associated with Newcastle a huge boost – so that has to be the aim and Rafa has time to fully prepare the lads for that game.
We need to start winning these games and as we said draws will not be enough – not with only 25 points from our 30 games this season.
Rafa is due a win too – here is his record so far from the two games he managed in his first 9 days at Newcastle.