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.
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!!