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Rafa Benitez Continues His Complete Overhaul Of Newcastle

11:47 am, Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Leadership · Newcastle Academy · Newcastle News · Newcastle U18 · Newcastle U21 · Newcastle Youth

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Mar 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    he could do a lot worse than having a good long look at McKenzie Heaney whilst he’s there. Lad looks destined for the top.

  • 2 Average_Contents // Mar 23, 2016 at 12:15 PM


    From previous.

    Thanks for that.

    Anyway, ibizatoon seems to of saved me the bother of replying to your summarisation.

    What he says is infact correct.

    Until such time as any monies are withdrawn from NUFC by the owner, the monies shall remain part of NUFC.

    Therefore not his. Therefore club profit and shouldn’t that be invested?

    He put it clearer than me (not hard I know) but yeah,

    Oh and agreeing with anything master multiple says doesn’t make it right.

    I’d say it hampers the person trying to get their point across tbh.

    He’s a weasel (for future reference)

  • 3 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 23, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    I’ve seen a fair bit of Heaney. He looks like he’ll have a career in football. I wouldn’t go so far as to say he’s destined for the top. Good luck to the lad. He clearly loves his football.

  • 4 Average_Contents // Mar 23, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Anyway, this man of leisure is off.

    Cheese on toast with Worcester sauce awaits.

  • 5 Tsunki // Mar 23, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Hibbit – I don’t know of any major creditors, I assume it used to be the bank, but Ashley has taken that charge off. You’re right that HMRC is a time honoured creditor who usually turns up promptly 🙁 but there are prospective creditors in times of future distress, such as people owed payment, unpaid utilities, fees, etc.

    If Ashley simply invested his personal money in the company (club) and things went badly, all these prospective creditors would strip back his assets (usually being devalued drastically in the process) until he paid them. He would have what’s left, and that means liabilities as well.

    However, if he put on his own money as a loan from a private individual ( does anyone know how Mike put that in? ) then he could ask for a debenture to safeguard that money from being added to his risk, the original purchase of the club.
    For the sake of argument, if his wife bunged the loan in, she would get her money back from sale of assets, and they could do it before any hint of winding up, he could, as the club, simply default. Of course, handing over £100m in value of company vehicles, contracts, merchandising rights, property, leases etc, would probably be enough to place the club in a perilous position.

  • 6 Average_Contents // Mar 23, 2016 at 12:20 PM


    Heard anything about what’s happened to Roberts? Didn’t he go out on loan or was that the arse end of last season?

    I’ve read that tom heardman is handy too. Never seen him play so can’t comment but he’s meant to be a big lad, perhaps the next Carroll. Without the injuries I hope.

    I believe his younger brother plays for us too.

  • 7 Average_Contents // Mar 23, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Will check back later, it’s going cold.

  • 8 Tsunki // Mar 23, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    “And he will look to ban any first team player…” well, without going into whether this is true or not, there’s going to be a bit of banning to be had. 😐

  • 9 G // Mar 23, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    B+B, when you consider hes been in the under 18s playing since he was 13, and has made his mark on the under 21s now, I can deffo see a prem midfielder there. One to watch mate, not a flair player, but a good solid English midfielder with a good left foot.

  • 10 Mag52 // Mar 23, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Since his most recent venture into press interviews, our esteemed owner might be wary of making a habit of speaking to the press.However, should the worst happen, and NUFC finish this season in the bottom three in the premiership, I can imagine he might well permit himself a brief comment : “Nothing to do with me guv.”

  • 11 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 23, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Jib // Mar 23, 2016 at 8:43 AM
    Criticised for being mealy mouthed
    Slagged off for talking straight
    With the goons on here he’s on a lose / lose.

    As always Jeff a little information (in your hands) is a dangerous thing.
    Straight talking Mr Ashley, you have got to be kidding ?
    Not just the “goons” on here but he’s also on a loser with the financial authorities too. He issued the profits warning off the cuff to a journo – isntead of presenting it formally to the stock market. This is unlawful as it is what gives rise to insider trading – so he’s dropped another bo!!ox there too. You’d have thought an experienced and highly successful; businessman would know the rules he has to play by, by now.

    Unless you are on the payroll I really do not know why you defend this man so uncritically. The team rebuilding was stated as recruitment over THREE windows and not TWO as you have claimed. No wonder people are fed up. Even his servile defenders get their facts wrong.

    Statistically monkeys can write Shakespeare – if you give them long enough and a keyboard. The same is true of Ashley’s decision making at the Toon. He’ll get it right eventually and apparently almost by chance.

    Thank goodness we have Rafa – I’m pinning my hopes on his professionalism and experience – the rest really are goons. EPL survival will not be down to Ashley’s good judgement.

  • 12 Moonraker15 // Mar 23, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    If you mean Callim Roberts he’s a winger! And a good one at that! One for the future I think!

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