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 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.
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.