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Benitez Passion And Belief Is Infectious To Geordie Fans

11:52 pm, Sunday, May 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

What better manager to have on Tyneside than one who is a workaholic and just loves football and if you have a day or two to spare Rafa Benitez will probably be willing to share his views and expertise on whatever part of football you are interested in.

What could be better than that?

In short, Rafa Benitez is the perfect manager for Newcastle United – especially at this time when incompetents have been running the club for far too long and is the reason we have been in a complete mess this season.

It was a tough game for Newcastle on Saturday but it showed the guts and spirit our players are now showing under the new manager, after they looked less than interested under Steve McClaren.

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Rafa Benitez with hero Karl Darlow after the game

And when things got tough in games they were most definitely not interested which led to too many scenes of Steve McClaren looking shocked and puzzled on the sideline holding his head in his hands.

But a manager is judged by what he can get out of the players available to him – and Rafa is now starting to show his management prowess and expertise.

Unfortunately he may still have been brought in too late, but he’s doing everything possible to save Newcastle from the drop.

This is what the 56 year-old dais after the game on Saturday:

“It’s not 100% in our hands,” “But we’re going in the right direction, we’re doing the right things, we’re enjoying this challenge and we’ll try and enjoy it until the end.”

“It wasn’t an easy game,”  “When you see the size of Crystal Palace’s players you realize that, physically, they’re stronger than us so we couldn’t win by just fighting.”

“We had to play football and when we started to move the ball on the floor you could see the difference.”

One reason Newcastle fans like Benitez so much already is that he’s not only a great coach who talks loads of football sense, but we hardly ever hear him complaining about his lot.

When that Manchester City goal by Sergio Aguero was clearly a yard offside he said after the game when being interviewed that there was nothing he could do about it and wanted to move on to the next question.

That’s different to some other managers who lose games because they are simply unlucky and everything is against them, or a goalkeeper makes a world-class save in stoppage time – or whatever.

But when you are a winner like Benitez is, you don’t need excuses and you are motivated by becoming successful – really successful where the sky’s the limit.

If Rafa stays with us there’s not too many Geordie fans who think he will not become a very successful manager.

These final two games of the season are so  important for fans now – because the Rafa Benitez era at Newcastle United may be just starting is we can stay up.

Howay The Lads!!

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // May 1, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Tsunki // May 1, 2016 at 11:56 PM

    Good observational, Ed.

  • 3 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    That’s the spirit Ed, never out until we’re out mathematically. Not quite what you were saying a few weeks ago, but glad to hear you too are realising Rafa’s great escape is on. Positive thinking works you know lads? Not always, granted, but enough to make it worthwhile having a go. 😉

  • 4 bettyswallocks // May 2, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Bobby…… Stay young and frivolous and enjoy the moment. Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.

  • 5 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    Nailed Betty! 😉 I left growing up for those who chose it. I love my life – possibly because of my situation, rather than despite it – and if that means staying young then suits me down to the ground. I’ve made bad decisions in my life and won’t deny it, but who hasn’t? Still here and still loving my football like i did as a bairn. Who cares? 😉

  • 6 ToonToon // May 2, 2016 at 6:22 AM

    Only if the people above the gaffer have some common sense we won’t be in this predicament

  • 7 SA Toon // May 2, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    It’s at times like this that you think back on the chances missed, the refereeing errors that cost us points, and generally what could’ve been. We’re still in it though, and if Chelsea and Man U can do their thing on Saturday, it will be advantage the Toon going into the last two games. The lads just need to keep believing and fighting and the great escape will be on ????????

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