Newcastle Star – Rafa Benitez Is A Great Organizer Of Teams

One of the many advantages Rafa Benitez has as a manager is that he´s a top tactician and can put in place a game plan that stops the other team from playing and exploits their weaknesses.

That should give Newcastle an advantage in our remaining eight games of the season, where maybe five wins will see us safe on May 15th – the final day of another horrific season when we host Tottenham.

We saw that in action in the second half of both his two games as Newcastle manager.

jonjo shelvey leads newcastel out on MOnday

Jonjo Shelvey leads Newcastle out at Leicester

Newcastle were much better against both Leicester City and Sunderland in the final 45 minutes, but we had already conceded in the first half and that cost us points.

We have only one point from the first two games that Rafa has been in charge.

We need a win at Norwich City a week on Saturday and Jonjo Shelvey thinks the manager can put a game-plan together that can provide Newcastle with a great chance of winning that game against another club fighting against relegation.

A win at Norwich would be huge for our survival chances.

This is what Jonjo has said today:

“We got to Norwich after the international break and I think that’s our chance to really go and show what we’re about, and get three points.”

“I’m sure Rafa will come up with a game plan because that’s what he does.” “He comes up with game plans and he’s a great organizer of teams.”

“He got us going at half-time against Sunderland which is what we needed.” “I’m sure we will go to Norwich and give a good account of ourselves.”

“There will be a few double sessions coming up,” “It’s a good chance to really knuckle down.”

“We’ve not had much time since he came in because everything has been a bit rushed, so it will be nice to have a few weeks with him to get his ideas across properly.”

Benitez has had very little time with the players with the first two games coming in the first nine days he was at the club – one at league leaders Leicester City after he was at the club 72 hours and the derby game on Sunday against an in-form Sunderland side – two very tough fixtures.

But Rafa and his staff now have a couple of weeks to really get their points across to the players and he will continue double training sessions to get the team better organized for the eight game run-in.

That´s good.

We just have to hope he can get us winning games soon so we have a decent chance of survival.

If Rafa does save us he´s done it all on his own and those running the club have been so incompetent over the last 15 months that the situation we are in may have become so bad, that  even Rafa cannot save us.

That´s the disaster scenario.

Rafa should be allowed full control in transfers and anything else he wants to do, because he has vast experience at some top clubs and knows exactly what he´s doing – and Newcastle needs an overhaul from top to bottom.

That will be a huge and positive change at Newcastle over what´s happened over the last couple of years where the people in charge have been successful,  but only in proving they don´t know what they are doing.

It really has been that bad.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #1

    We seem to offer a refugee service to strikers from behind the old iron curtain every season.
    Last season it was Shaktar’s Facundo Ferreyra this one it’s Doumbia.
    Seydou’s agents are Universal Management SA who seem to specialise in Francophone Africans , so it looks tme like another Graham Carr back scratching scenario – or am I being too cynical ?

  • Tsunki

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #2

    No not this time jeff you’re spot on doumbia is hopefully a nail in the coffin of Carr and Charnleys backroom deals. Another mysteriously worthless temporary deal, incredible after the Chucky fiasco.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Lilo, yeah, it’s not great to see although like you say, loads of them do half hearted stretches and basically stand and watch, so it’s not that outrageous of the physical action of sitting instead of standing, but the signal given off isn’t great.

    If he hadn’t warmed up at all it would be disgraceful, but if he’d warmed up for 15 mins and was genuinely interested in the game, quickly sat down with a view to going back to the bench to do that anyway, it’s not as quite to the extremes of doing nothing and taking a seat.

    Still, he may just be far too casual and that being additional evidence to compound it. I trust in Rafa, so if he doesn’t think someone of Doumbia’s pace or goal scoring record should be involved or even on the bench, as strange as it is, I’m willing to go with it.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #4

    In fairness to Carr and Charnley, there were plenty of very happy fans when Doumbia arrived. I’m not convinced it’s anything to do with backscratching, more just sheer desperation at having failed to do the necessary required to get in an additional striker in the summer or January.

    He was available on loan, has a good past record, and we had zero other options. Simple as that.

    Anyway, heading off now. Catch up later.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #5

    I went to the first reserve game Doumbia played in and wasn’t exactly busting a gut to impress and close defenders down, but then again it would be daft to push things to the absolute limit for the U21s.

    He still looked pacey though, and often was looking for through balls being played to him but the young lads either didn’t play the pass, didn’t see the run, or weren’t playing accurate passes.

    To be fair on him, he wasn’t on long against Stoke and took a great chance and almost scored.

    I’d still like to see him on the bench instead of Rivierre though.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Last one, I’d rather see those defenders Mitro and his coach have been playing against on the bench ahead of Riviere.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #7


  • toon kk

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #8

    The Norwich game is not just about game plan it’s about our players giving 110% and producing quality unfortunately they haven’t got.

  • hibbitt

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #9

    toon kk

    8 games to go we all know the problems but now’s the time to get behind Rafa and the team got to agree the quality of the squad is a major problem but for the next 8 games Rafea the the team will get my full support ……………plenty time in the summer for the postmortem

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 24, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Too kk
    Giving 110% is not necessarily good without a game plan. Headless chickens give 110% but don’t win matches. We need that game plan AND 110%


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