Benitez Has A Simple Plan To Save Newcastle

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 with p;layers training

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.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Mar 25, 2016 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Isn’t Janmaat injured? I’d bench Shelvey for Saivet who looked very good in his cameo. I’d throw Shelvey and Perez on if we are losing in the 60?. I’d also start Doumbia with Mitro – unless the original Cisse has come back. In back, Lasc, Mbemba, Sissoko. Saivet or Tiote can make it a back 4, only if we are getting slaughtered. Go all out at them. Show them we are the better team… Too much fear. If we are to go down (I think we are) go guns blazing.

    36cyprus // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    Not sure if Doumbia is 45 years old or whatever I’ve been reading. I don’t care. The rest are playing like 45 year olds. Start him. He too was good in his cameo, almost scoring but for a brilliant save.

  • Derek

    Mar 25, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #2

    cyprus, (from previous article)

    I didn’t know Janmaat is injured, any ideas of how long he will be out for?

    Agree with going all out. Considering we are scraping the bottom of the barrel for getting a back 4 together, I’d consider a back 3 instead and playing two DMs of Saivet and Tiote.

    Then we can have one DM moving forward when we attack and the other hanging back to give cover in defence.

  • cyprus

    Mar 25, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Agreed. Add some steel there.

    No, no idea re Janmaat, just heard he came off injured.

  • juan

    Mar 25, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #4

    You must be mad wanting to drop shelvey. Saviet looked lost in his pitch time and tiote is a bad egg in the bunch he doesn’t want to be here. No mention of any injury to him can’t make the bench?

  • Derek

    Mar 25, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s a very tough call who to play up front.

    Doumbia is mostly unproven and his lack of game time suggests he hasn’t been impressive in training.

    Mitro we have seen struggles with pace and turning half chances into goals.

    Cisse is our only striker who has been able to score a good amount of goals in the past, but his downtime could have had a huge affect on his ability to keep scoring goals.

    It’s a risk either way…

  • cyprus

    Mar 25, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Disagree. Shelvey hasn’t been playing well, bar his first game. Too many random passes and tripping over the ball. And you’ve dismissed Saivet way too quickly.

  • cyprus

    Mar 25, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #7

    I think Mitro needs company. He is also very good at controlling the ball, head and chest, he could be providing assists. Like Andy could do.

  • juan

    Mar 25, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Shelvey has probably been our best player this year. Take him out and you’ve got nobody who can create anything. Saviet is not very good at all. Mcclaren didn’t play him. At this stage of the season we can’t afford to take chances on playing him we need experience not a novice. He maybe ok next season but game is to quick for him and he hasn’t found his feet yet. Ps doumbia starting with mitrovic no chance. I’m 48 and I’m sure he was 3 years older than me at school

  • cyprus

    Mar 25, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Can you play?

    Disagree re Shelvey, massive disappointment for me, failed saviour. Hope he proves me completely wrong.

  • Derek

    Mar 25, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Tiote definitely offers more protection from attacks for our weakened back line than Shelvey does. So for that reason I’d start him over anyone else in DM.

    Also I don’t think after Shelvey’s recent performances that he should start over Saivet, who has hardly been given a chance.

    However, I would still consider using Shelvey as a sub.

  • juan

    Mar 25, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Can I play. ? 2 left feet ,dodgy knees, 4 hip replacements ,think I’d make the bench still with our current squad ?

  • cyprus

    Mar 25, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #12

    You’d fit right in 🙂

  • hibbitt

    Mar 25, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #13

    why dont you just let Rafa pick the team he know’s who’s fit who wants to play and who’s head is in the right place………RAFA’S THE GAFFER

  • toon kk

    Mar 25, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #14

    Great manager, two thirds of our squad lacks quality, so Rafa can only try.
    I said before the season kicked off we’d be relegated, I will stick by that but would love to be proven wrong.
    Hate to admit but we’re sh.t, Sunderland out played us in every aspect.


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