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Benitez Being Helped To Fully Transform Newcastle

8:24 am, Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

Rafa Benitez has been given full powers at Newcastle to come in and do what’s necessary to save Newcastle from relegation this season, and it looks he’s getting whatever help he asks for, but it seems that Rafa is very busy on the training ground and hard at work with the first team players as he tries to get his ideas across quickly.

Rafa has already cancelled some days off for the players  and he sometimes runs double training session when it’s appropriate.

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Rafa Benitez – when asked how things are going?

Rafa has already moved Peter Beardsley and the U-21 squad across to their training pitches and dressing room at Benton so he only has the senior players to work with – those that can save us from relegation – and he has more room on the training pitches to do that.

Notice that when Newcastle go ahead with their restructure at Benton to make the training facilities world-class then Rafa will no doubt have some input into that too.

The former Valencia and Liverpool manager has been asked whether he has been given all the support he has asked for from both the players and the Newcastle  hierarchy such as Lee Charnley since he arrived just over two weeks ago.

This is how he answered that:

“No, the support from the club, from the staff, from the players, from the fans – everyone – has been fantastic.”

“I think that my staff, Antonio (Gomez Perez) was with me at Liverpool and Paco (Fabio Pecchia), but then Francisco (de Miguel Moreno) he’s from Italy and he’s come from Italian football – he played for Juventus, Napoli, Bologna – and he was my assistant in Italy and also in Madrid.”

“Pecchia’s surprised because everybody is helping here, because you are in charge of all the issues.” “So if I have to do something, I can do it.”

“I don’t need to talk with Lee Charnley every day, it’s fine,” “I don’t need to ask for anything because they give me everything if I need something.”

“So at the moment everybody is here to help,  because we know how important it is to stay up.”

It seems that at least Fabio Pecchia is surprised they have been given so much control at Newcastle, but that’s only because it’s been a complete mess at the club for at least the last two years now – and it seems the Board have finally realized that – they are in over their heads in other words.

What exactly Mike Ashley will do with the Board in the summer is a good question, but Rafa is on the Board and in control of all the transfers and we may yet see Chief Scout Graham Carr leave the club in the summer.

But that’s not important at the moment – what is important is that we start quickly to pick up the wins that can still save us from relegation.

A good place to start would be at fellow strugglers Norwich City this Saturday.

A win in that game would simply be fantastic and would energize the Newcastle fans everywhere.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Facilities · Fans · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League · Training Ground

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 magicmac // Mar 29, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Lets hope Rafa can do the business and save our great club, then what needs to happen is we need to give that old fart Graham Carr his bus pass, and let him enjoy his retirement, and let him enjoy the sites, i think he has done enough damage at the club, in an ideal world it would be amazing if if Ashely, Charnley, Moncur, and old man Carr, were all on thier bike, and were all history, but for now all Newcastle fans will be very delighted if Rafa can save us, then perhaps he can get rid of all the deadwood not just in the squad, but also on those jokers on the so called football board. Howay the lads.

  • 2 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 29, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    I think Carr is history whatever happens. He’s been so thoroughly discredited he can’t possibly survive. If the Thauvin debacle wasn’t the final nail in his coffin then Saivet certainly was.

  • 3 ArtyH // Mar 29, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Its quite astute of the board to hand over complete control now, just wait and see what happens if we go down and where the blame will be shifted to. Anyway I am sure Rafa can handle everything that comes his way and we will grow from now on. Looking at the Palace fixtures I can see them getting sucked into the relegation mix with the rest of us. Is the match on T.V this weekend? I know its not top billing but its crucial to the relegation battle and I could see $&y reveling in the fixture if we lose.

  • 4 toonincheek // Mar 29, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Arty –

    How cynical.

    How true.

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