This Is Why You’ve Really Got To Admire Rafa Benitez


The Chronicle is reporting this afternoon that Rafa Benitez called in his entire coaching staff plus the Newcastle playing squad yesterday to have a training session and he let the players know he wasn’t satisfied with the performance at Carrow Road on Saturday, where a last minute goal from Norwich put us a full 6 points behind the Canaries and we are now very likely to face the drop.

That’s unless a number of our players can wake up and not go to sleep at the end of each half.

We conceded against Sunderland in stoppage time in the first half and we conceded on Saturday in each of the two stoppage times – and it looks like Rafa is fed up with Newcastle players going to sleep and lacking concentration waiting for the whistle to blow to end a half.

Tell us about it.

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Rafa Benitez – doing everything he possibly can
Great to see his dedication and determination


But you have to admire the no-nonsense approach of the new manager and his example alone will help wake up some of our players, because with only seven games to play we have to win four or five of those games to survive.

Rafa has been given very little time because the Board waited and waited for their second-rate appointment – Steve McClaren – to come good, but of course he didn’t and we simply wasted too much time – which is now of the essence if Rafa if to save us.

It looks like Rafa will only stay if we are a PL club in the summer and he’s doing all he can to try to make that happen.

If only some other people at Newcastle, including some of the players had the same work ethic as the former Liverpool manager.

But it’s still difficult to see how we can survive, but we are delighted that at least somebody at Newcastle is willing to work his socks off in the attempt.

That man’s name is Rafa Benitez – thank goodness he’s at the club and is unwilling to put up with the status quo of – well – just hoping for the best while doing nothing.

We love what Rafa is doing to try to save our club from dropping into oblivion.



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114 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Good for you Rafa. Tear a strip off them. I hope you’re enjoying the Manly Men Moustache Wax as well. Plenty more where that came from….

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #2

    By the way Rafa would you like to try my new product Manly Men Fabulous Fuzz Hair Renewal? Guaranteed to have you looking like a shaggy musk ox in no time.

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  • 9

    Apr 4, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Hello Rafa, goodbye Rafa, nice to have known you for (is it) 10 matches. I bet you’ll already be regretting your move. At least you’ll move on to another club in the summer – us suckers are stuck with the mess of potage NUFC has turned into. I wonder who is to blame for that?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Ah, I can explain that to you 9 mate. It was entirely accidental. Nobody is to blame. We actually have excellent executives led by that genius Lee Charnley. And then there’s that other genius Graham Carr. And at the top is the actual mastermind Mike I Know Me Football Ashley….

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Apparently it’s the same at Villa. Excellent executives and owner. The supporters love him as much as we do Ashley. Isn’t it grand at the bottom?

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  • 9

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Good lad, Geordie, ta for the explanation, I see all 3 relegated clubs have a log and proud history ( well, 2 of us have), what else to Sunderland, Villa and NUFC share?

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  • 9

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #7

    *long

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Get Wijnaldum out of there and start De Jong please Rafa. He wants to play and he can pass the ball effectively. Whenever he comes on we immediately pick up in attack. Works well with Perez. Get the ball to Townsend more often as well. Force Janmaat to stay in position instead of ending up 30 yards behind the play.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Somebody mentioned keeping Riviere on another blog. Oh God I’m going to be ill. I think he was just pulling my leg but still…… Horrible, just horrible….

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #10

    I think we should have Fong the Player You Hate Most Day at St. James after the last home match. Make it a family day. Executives can be included. Fong bats will be provided on a limited basis.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Guardian match analysis:
    ““We cannot wait for another reaction, we have to start the games in the right way,” said Benítez. “After the game heads were a little bit down and I was telling them we have to manage the momentum of the game much better when we were attacking and in the last minute we have to defend well. That is part of the work I have to do every week, give them some tips and be sure they know what to do when they are under pressure and maybe it is more difficult to think.”

    This was Newcastle’s eighth consecutive away defeat so Benítez can at least take heart from the knowledge that four of his team’s remaining matches are at St James’ Park – and one of the away ones is against the pitiful Aston Villa. On Saturday Newcastle host Southampton and Benítez is wary about making make radical changes for that game lest he put further mental strain on his players. “You cannot change everything in a week – the players would be thinking: ‘What is going on?’” he said. “So you have to analyse the games and see if they do something good, then try to stick with these things. If they are confident doing these things it will be easier to win games.””

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #12

    I think we’ll finish in 15th place this season. Marveaux and Doumbia will save us. If we would’ve kept Santon and Ben Arfa we’d be in the top 10 now.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #13

    HWA,
    How do you think my positivity is going? We are about to be relegated in sux weeks time so what a ridiculous and spitefully petty question. I have complained over the last seven years as we have broken every unwanted PL record in our history while you have changed your moniker in honour of the buffoon that has caused it all. You have done nothing but whine since we signed one of the best managers around and then you question my positivity. You ball sack !

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Can not agree with this conclusion more:

    “”For the first 15 minutes or so at Carrow Road, Newcastle were like a team trying to relearn how to play. They passed the ball around competently but with no obvious purpose beyond that. “We have to play simple and then have more confidence,” Rafael Benítez explained later. If such an approach is needed, then the Spaniard’s appointment has probably come too late, because the tail end of a relegation fight is no place to start elementary team building. Newcastle found urgency and took more risks in the second half and also went more direct after the introduction of Alexksandar Mitrovic, whose aerial power gave Benítez a strong pointer to the strategy he should prioritise for the run-in. This Newcastle team do not currently have the nerve, balance or concentration for any other style.””
    by Paul Doyle

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Nice one Ketsy. Way to cheer us up. The Happy Pills are working then……

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #16

    We’re lacking flair players. Santon and Ben Arfa had flair. Wijnaldum is overrated and doesn’t do enough in matches. He’s like a ghost. He was like it against England. Sissoko is our best player. Townsend looks good. Janmaat is good going forward but awful in defence. Colback and Dummett are useless and they’re not even good enough for the Championship.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Abeid and Marveaux are better than Wijnaldum. Abeid shouldn’t have been sold. Siem De jong must be used in the next game.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #18

    Marveaux and Doumbia. Ahahahahahahaha! Yes, they’ve been brilliant for us so far Ketsy.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Santon was completely overrated. He could only use his right foot. How many LB’s can’t cross with their left foot? Hopeless. Caught out of position time and time again. That’s why he’s no longer with us.

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  • magicmac

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #20

    We have a great manager in Rafa, we have the most amazing and loyal supporters in the business, but in all honesty we deserve to go down, and every Newcastle fans knows we are going from bad to worse under that scumbag Ashely, the man has no class, he is just like a leach or a vampire sucking the life out of Newcastle, he has no interest or no love for our club, he is only at Newcastle to promote sports dirrect, and cream of all the profits, dont be fooled by him spending money in the last 2 transfare windows, it was just panic, as he did not want to lose all the tv money on offer, plus he knows the championship wont promote his sports dirrect all over the world like the premiership, he has gambled with our premier league status from the moment he bought our great club, so his luck is coming to an end, also his gamble with appointing a bunch of yes men who know nothing about football and are not fit for purpose in charge of the club, well its not rocket science to know it was always going to end in tears, his luck has run out, i feel sorry for only the Newcastle fans who are the best in the business, and I also feel sorry for Rafa, the only 2 things that are class about our club are the fans and Rafa, Ashely and the so called board are just scumbags and clowns, the players well dont even start me on them, the least said about them the better, most of them are not fit to wear those famous Newcastle jerseys, and should never been anywhere near our great club, if you run a football club like a circus, and you leave the clowns in charge of the circus, then its always going to be a disaster and end in tears, but if it wipes that sick smile of that scumbag Ashelys face then that will make me very very happy, get out of our club ashely, and take your clowns with you Ashely, Howay the lads.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #21

    There may be bad blood between Rafa and Fat Sam, but we need to take a lesson from the same page. Play the probabilities, dominate territory, break the game up and pursue set pieces.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Santon has only 11 appearances with Inter this season. Marveaux was hopeless in most of his few appearances with us. And a sick note. Ben Arfa is long gone as well. As is Abeid. Time to wake up and smell the coffee Ketsy. We’re in 19th place and nobody is giving away points to us.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Santon was our best ever left back. He had everything. Our current left backs are terrible in possession and can’t get forward and put crosses in. I’m the one who knows. Look at Ben Arfa now.

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #24

    santon might of made a decent rb or right mid field,cant have a go at his attitude and seemed like a team player, but really didnt like him at left back at all

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Santon was hopeless at left back. They tried him a few times at RB but gave up on it. All of our left backs are injured so hard to judge them. I don’t think Dummett will make it there in the Prem but probably ok for the Championsip. Haidara has been blighted with injuries. We’re not going to get somebody brilliant if we go down so it’s probably Dummett, Haidara, and Mbabu going forward. We have much bigger problems than that. Ben Arfa is in a different league now Ketsy. That’s why he’s doing so well. You may not have noticed. He’s better in a much less physically demanding league.

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #27

    by the time the game finishes at st marys on sat we could be averaging 2 goals conceeded in every game,that is an absolutely shocking stat….its nearly that now.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #28

    The shambles we’re in as far as players are concerned is beyond belief. After just spending 80M pounds! That points straight at the scouting. And the owner who is a fool who thinks every French midfielder is going to be Cabaye and loves the idea of selling them on. A fool is born every minute. We have several of them in charge.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Who have we got that can defend against Graziano Pellè and Sadio Mane?

    Which midfielder can out play Dusan Tadic?

    I actually fancy Mitrovic to wind up Virgil van Dijk.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Clutching at straws to say Mitro is in a scoring streak:

    https://www.whoscored.com/Articles/o3lzwxiwp0ajc-uuln5f1g/Show/Mighty-Mitrovic-Shoulders-Newcastles-Hopes-of-Top-Flight-Survival

    However he is the only one scoring!

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 4, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #31

    G2
    i remember santon moving to right back/wing back against wigan after haidara was assaulted he did score that day…im not saying just coz he scored he would make a good rb but he did seem a lot more comfortable there…might be personal preference but as i prefer my fullbacks able to whip ball in to dangerous positions without having to cut inside and change feet to cross…i feel the attacking players lose the advantage when that happens.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 4, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Leave you with this to entertain you:

    https://youtu.be/p3l7fgvrEKM

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 4, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #33

    pelle will have a field day if he gets the chance to get on any crosses…so they’ve got to graft there arses off to close them down quick to stop the crosses….but our lot cant do it….either cant b arsed or to thick to remember that for a full match

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #34

    Good thoughts Springy mate. I just feel he didn’t fit the league, like many who come from the continent. They just can’t handle the physical side well enough. His knee was always a problem as well. For now I think we’re stuck with what we’ve got. Good questions Lindisfarne mate. It’s going to be very difficult for us but we must get started getting points and Southampton aren’t as good as they were. Throw the gauntlet down Rafa?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #35

    I don’t think too many would support you in your theory Santon was our best ever LB Ketsy. Maybe one other person who’s too young to have actually seen a good LB playing for us?

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 4, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #36

    7 cup finals lads..

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #37

    If we keep Rafa and give him full control we could get back to a cup final. But it would take several years and the owner growing a pair.

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  • geordielad880

    Apr 4, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Janmaat is so overated, never liked him before we signed him, unfortunately we dont have many other options, we should never have let danny simpson go, solid defensively, and rarely injured.

    ————————-Darlow

    mbemba–collocini———-lacelles—dummett

    ————–sissoko——-colback
    ———————-de jong
    —–townsend————————-doumbia
    ———————-mitrovic

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 4, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #39

    cant see rafa changing his mind but i would like to see 2 upfront someone pacy with mitro,try and worry there back line then if were defending like i expecct we will be at when we clear it the pace thats up front can chase and harrass there back line and not allow them to look up and pick passes….defend from the front,chase absolutely everything down.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 4, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Just whilst I am contemplating the next match:

    ____________________Mitro
    ___Wijnaldum___Shelvey___de Jong___Sissoko
    Townsend___________________________Janmaat
    __________Lascelles___Taylor___Memba
    ____________________Darlow

    Coloccini does not do a lot of jumping, heading and lacks pace.
    Janmaat can not be relied on to defend.
    Townsend has to play on the left and both wing backs need to provide plenty of crosses.
    Gini / Socks need to be both attacking and defensive.
    Shelvey / de Jong need to control the ball and help each other get forward.
    Mitro needs to work harder than ever.

    The right hand side have performed well together on a number of occasions creating scoring opportunities, without getting the result and is highly rated as strong part of our team.
    The left hand has always been an issue but has provided Wijnaldum with the best platform to perform from and should benefit from a capable left footer going beyond him.

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