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Former Coach Confident Of Survival Under Brilliant Benitez

2:25 pm, Sunday, March 27th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

John Carver had a disastrous time of it as the head coach last season, when we lost nine of the last eleven games and only just survived relegation.

It could be even more difficult for us to survive this season, but we do have the great Rafa Benitez at the club, who keeps telling anybody who will listen – that he will save Newcastle from the drop.

It’s no exaggeration to say if Rafa can do that he will be the complete hero on Tyneside – and that the future of Newcastle United under the 55 year-old will be extremely exciting – to say the very least.

john carver last night

John Carver – former interim Newcastle head coach

Rafa is a football man through and through who seems to just love it at the football mad city of Newcastle upon Tyne.

John has been talking on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday today – and the local man talks a lot of sense:

“Rafa Benitez is a brilliant appointment, and one of the best we’ve had in all honesty since Bobby Robson.”

“It is a great coup for Lee Charnley and he’s been under massive amounts of pressure, so he had to go and get somebody with the CV that Rafa has.”

“I will be interested to see how he deals with this different type of pressure, because as we all know in the North East, it’s a huge pressure.

But I’m sure he can deal with it. When you have gone to a club like Real Madrid, you can deal with anything.”

“If we do stay up, I’m sure Rafa is going to stay and build up something within the club. Last week, he was down at the training ground talking to the young players and staff down there.”

“It’s why we need to stay in the Premier League because we need Rafa to take this club onto another level.”

“I have still got hope that we can get out of this. I think that from the last eight games, we have four winnable matches.”

“I think the game against Norwich is bigger than the derby game last week and we have to go there thinking we can win it.”

We have also got Swansea at home, Aston Villa away and Crystal Palace at home so they are four games that Rafa will certainly target as games that we can win.”

“I think the points total this year is going to be really low, about 35/36 points. We can target those four games and get four wins – I think we have only got six all season so it is going to be tough.”

“My outlook is that the more people that are positive about it around the place – and there is that feeling because Rafa has come into the club – then it generates this good vibe around the place and I am keeping everything crossed.”

“This club has got to stay in the Premier League.”

John’s speaking as a fan there and he’s just like the rest of us – he’s desperate that Newcastle stay up this season.

Well if anybody can do it it’s Rafa Benitez.

That’s something positive in our favor – we’ll take it.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League · Press

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Grantosuk // Mar 27, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Well, if John Carver (the best coach in the league) says we’ll be fine, I’m now a believer.

  • 2 toon kk // Mar 27, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    It’s not all about Rafa, it’s mainly all about our players giving a performance good enough to beat other premier league teams, something I’m not so sure we’re capable of.

  • 3 jimiley // Mar 27, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Rafa is no goalie and cannot score goals. Lets wait and see before we get all excited about the comments of the best manager in the league. Why was he sacked?

  • 4 lesh // Mar 27, 2016 at 3:02 PM


    Yes, WHU have Karen Bradey as MD and we’re stuck with Charnley. Says it all about the owners.

    And Carver’s still putting himself up for a job in top-level football? He’d have had more chance of success had he not put himself up to near-relegate us last season AND kept his trap shut in the meantime.

  • 5 Mag52 // Mar 27, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Toon kk,

    I get your point, but as I see it, in the few short weeks that he has Rafa can only do a certain amount with the players on the footballing side.
    What I’m hoping is that with the vast experience he’s had as a coach, he will probably have acquired some different ways of getting into player’s heads, getting them to raise their game, which the likes of Carver and McClaren never had.
    If each player ups his performance a notch or two, even the players of less ability in the team, it could be enough to squeeze out the points we need.

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