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Benitez Demands This From His Players – Best Of Luck With That

7:27 am, Thursday, April 14th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

Rafa Benitez is trying his very best to rally his Newcastle players – if only he had some help from the players to rally themselves – but it´s almost looking like a lost cause these days with the passionless displays and seemingly couldn´t care less attitude from a number of our players.

Rafa wants what every Newcastle fan wants to see – “commitment and passion” from the players – which is a basic requirement if you want to play for Newcastle United.


Rafa Benitez – wants to see passion and commitment

Here´s what the former Valencia and Liverpool manager has had to say today  after our lads collapsed after about 8 seconds when the game kicked off at Southampton last Saturday:

“The commitment and passion has to be seen on the pitch from the first minute from everybody. It’s important everybody believes.”

“We made silly mistakes and we have to avoid repeating them. We have to start sooner rather than later or it will be impossible.”

“It’s still about every game. Away we are not doing well so we have to change and do something.”

“But at home we have the fans behind us and we need them with the team. So it is not the time to criticize every one.”

“We have to wait and at the end of the season we’ll see what happens. But every game is important. We have six games to play and we have to concentrate on the next one. We can’t do anything else.”

Rafa is absolutely right when he says the fans have to be behind the team – as hard as that is at the moment – we have to try to spur the players on to get that first win and then things could change.

I am told by people that miracles can and do happen in life – occasionally.

When Rafa gives his press conference – probably tomorrow – we usually get our hopes up, because what he says usually makes loads of sense.

But then we play the game and we are hopeless or are competitive in the game but then make stupid schoolboy mistakes to make sure we lose it.

We will not get our hopes up against Swansea too much, because in the last four fixtures at St. James Park they have drawn one and won the last three.

That should save us from even more disappointment and pain after the game – and who knows the players may shock us by playing somewhere near their best form.

Yes, that´s very low odds we know –  but it could happen – if the stars and the moon line up.

Thinking on the positive side, maybe it´s just the stars that have to line up?

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Apr 14, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    If we don’t beat Swansea it really is all over, personally I think it was against Norwich but there is still hope. If we do lose then Rafa has to let us know what his plans are, whether he is prepared to stay or whether he is going to pastures new. If he isn’t staying the crowd should make life very difficult for Mr Ashley and his merrymen. Unfortunately I dont think we’ll hear anything from the club and the crowd will be afraid to vent their anger in case Benitez decides to leave.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Apr 14, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    What is the defence going to be, no recognized LB or RB. Can you imagine if they’d spent the Thauvin, Saivet and Shelvey money on a top notch defense.

  • 3 SPRINGY // Apr 14, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    rafa wont say anything no matter what the result is till the end of the season,wanting passion and commitment out this lot?….might have to explain what that is to them first.

  • 4 SPRINGY // Apr 14, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    looks like janmaat,colo,mbabu and taylor and haidara all out,…so who ever’s left…plays.

  • 5 SPRINGY // Apr 14, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    although the chronicle reckon all but janmaat and taylor should be available,its ahrd to know who’s fit or not at the minute….anyone heard anything about janmaat punching someone at southampton,or is that just paper shite?

  • 6 martoon // Apr 14, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    JFA – I tend to agree but I still think our home games and away at Villa are the key games to seal our fate. It pains me to say it but we could probably do with the makems winning against Norwich – probably the best result for us!

  • 7 rush_nufc // Apr 14, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Will give my hope last run for money this Saturday.Come on Rafa. If this saturday we play to our full potential than i think there will definately be some worried teams above us.

  • 8 davis_toons // Apr 14, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    SPAM ALERT!!!!

    Sings Rafa Benitez name…guys..Sing his name to Spurs the players on..!!!! Get the Crowd Going !!!

    Sings Rafa Benitez name…
    …its the only hope to spurs the players the players.

    ….sings Rafa Benitez name…..

    Sings Rafa Benitez name…guys..Sing his name to Spurs the players on..!!!!

    Sing Rafa Benitez name…
    …its the only hope to spurs the players on…

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