Rafa Benitez invited a few of the local reporters to watch the first team training yesterday at Benton – and they seemed to come away impressed with the attitude of the players and the high intensity of the training sessions.
Rafa is trying to quickly change the mentality of the squad and improve things quickly, but he is also aware he cannot change too many things too quickly – that just wouldn´t work in the short time he has to save Newcastle from relegation.
Rafa Benitez and players in training earlier this month
So he says he is changing just a few things that will help improve things through the end of the season.
This is what Rafa has told the local press:
“We don’t want to change everything, it’s just three or four things that are important to change now.” “And the main one is the mentality of the team.”
“The belief that we can do it, and we try to do this every day.”
“So when you try to change everything this season then you will make more mistakes.”“So we will try two or three things to change now to give a very clear message, so we don’t give them 20 ideas.”
“They don’t have time to learn and understand everything, so it’s just to concentrate on three or four things that will for us be really important, and then try to keep on pushing in this direction.”
“If we want to for example to switch the play, we cannot say: ‘Switch, short, long back passes, blah, blah, blah.’
“That is too much, we don’t want to change everything now.”
Newcastle are now relying on Rafa´s vast experience in the game and the fact he is one of the top managers in the world to save us, but even Rafa may not be able to do that before the end of the season.
If he does and keeps Newcastle up things promise to be so much better in the future with Rafa in charge.
But if he cannot save us then we will be a Championship club next season – and will need to hire a new manager and the short-term future of the club will be uncertain at best.
The final eight games of the season are therefore very crucial for Newcastle United – and it´s good we have Rafa and his coaching team dedicated and working around the clock to try to save us.
If he does that he will be a hero on Tyneside and deserve to be too.