There’s absolutely no doubting that Rafa Benitez is doing all he can in the final couple of months to save Newcastle from the drop and also to make changes for the better at the club wherever he sees fit.
Rafa seems to be getting a free hand to do that, which is (very) good to see.
Newcastle at the moment needs all the help we can get and it seems our only hope right now is Rafael Benitez – occupation – football manager.
Joe Joyce with Rafael Benitez yesterday
He’s had the U-21 squad leave the first team training facilities and go over to their own training pitches to give more room for the first team squad to train.
And Rafa will look to ban any first team player who doesn’t show the necessary will, determination and fight to save Newcastle.
He doesn’t want any negativity at the training ground.
And yesterday the 55 year-old was taken on a tour of the youth facilities by Joe Joyce the manager of the Newcastle Youth Academy, as Rafa wanted to know more about the Youth set-up at the club.
This week he is reported to be holding meetings with key members of many of the staff at Newcastle, according to the Chronicle.
Rafa is well aware how important the Youth Academy is to any club and the meetings yesterday were with Joyce, Neil Winskill and Liam Bramley.
Rafa then had his meeting posted on his official web-site and this is what was said:
Rafa Benitez visited the Newcastle United Academy this afternoon to see at first hand the training facilities, meet the staff, including Academy Manager. Joe Joyce, and to see the scholars working out on a typical afternoon at Little Benton.
Rafa and his back room team had a full tour of the Academy, viewing all the internal areas including the class rooms, where the all important education takes place, the fitness and treatment rooms and then the analysis and sports science department where player performance is closely monitored.
It was then outside to the pitches where Academy Coaches Neil Winskill and Liam Bramley were taking a training session with the Under 15s who were on day release programme from school.
Rafa met all the admin staff and also other coaching staff plus the recruitment and education/welfare officers who play such a key role behind the scenes at the Academy.
Joe Joyce commented that all his staff were delighted to meet Rafa and how appreciative they all were that he and his staff had taken the time to come and visit them.
Here’s Rafa’s web-site and it’s always worth checking it out as he obviously puts things on there related to Newcastle now – and not Real Madrid – his former club this season.
Rafa means business at Newcastle – we just hope he can save us from relegation this season.
Here’s hoping and praying.