It will be interesting to hear what Rafa Benitez has to say about the devastating injury Rob Elliot suffered last night playing for Ireland – and the coaches will now have to prepare Karl Darlow for the game on Saturday at Norwich with young 19 year-old Freddie Woodman on the bench.
That’s after Rob has been great for us this season, but it looks like he will also miss out on the Euro 2016 finals in France with what looks like serious knee ligament damage to his knee.
Rafa Benitez – two or three small changes necessary
Putting that aside for the moment Rafa was confident yesterday that with two or three changes at the club he could make big improvements:
“Why is the club where we are at the moment?” “From outside you will have plenty of reasons why, from inside? You can see that we have to change little things.”
“But the positive thing for me is – it’s not difficult.” “You know two or three things will improve everything, and it is not difficult.”
“I am sure that if we do this we will be fine.” “The training ground, they have the preparations for the new building so we can improve things but you can do you job still, it is not a problem.”
“I was at the Academy the other day, and it’s fine. But people say: ‘But we don’t produce players.’”
“Yet the methodology, the way the Academy coaches are working is fine; so obviously to produce players we have to bring the best players in the area or in the country, though sometimes you cannot because you don’t pay as much.”
“But the way that they work, I could see that the ideas are good.” “Now you have to obviously to know more in detail what they are doing but the ideas were good.”
“Here, the staff, the people that are working here, they are doing the right things.”
“So we have to change maybe two or three things that I will not say now, but I am sure that the club as a club and the team as a team will improve a lot.”
“I was not surprised because I was expecting a big club,” “And the main thing is you see the fans, you see the passion, you see the atmosphere, so that is massive.”
“Coming here, the staff are fine.” “They are all professionals and they are doing their jobs, so it is all fine.”
Maybe the training grounds will be the first thing that will be modernized via the current plans in place, but they will not be carried out if we take the drop to the Championship.
If that happens in May, Newcastle will have to cut costs again rather dramatically and some of the non-playing staff will lose their jobs as they did back in 2009 – the last time we were relegated.
It will be a disastrous end to what has been another disastrous season at Newcastle.