This Is What Makes Rafa Benitez Both Savvy And Smart


Rafa Benitez is not only a very smart coach and obviously simply world-class, but he is also very experienced and knows when not to comment about thorny issues.

We suppose that’s what 30 years in coaching and 23 years in management get you.

The way he played down Sam Allardyce’s comments during his news conference for the Crystal Palace game last Friday was smart.

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Rafa Benitez thanks Andros Townsend on Saturday

Rafa was told Sam Allardyce said the Palace players would not be trying too hard on Saturday and the Spaniard brushed aside that (stupid) comment and wouldn’t get involved in the childish mind-games that sometimes go on between managers.

And on Sky Sport  he was asked if Steve McClaren had been sacked earlier would Newcastle be in a better position in the league table at the moment.

He sidestepped that little minefield by saying the following:

”I think it’s not fair if I say something about that. Always time is important for any manager.”

“We are where we are and we enjoy this challenge right now and we will try to enjoy it until the end of the season.”

“When we came we had a lot of injuries, we lost Rob Elliot and Massadio Haidaria who could have been an option.”

“We were playing with Vurnon Anita at left-back at the beginning, now we have him at right-back.”

“There were too many problems but the reaction of the players and the way they work every day in training is making a difference.”

“I can give a message but they have to go out on the pitch and perform.”

Aston Villa are next up and they are truly dead and buried in the Premier League with just 16 points from their 36 games.

But that doesn’t mean Saturday’s game will be easy and it will be anything but – as we expect the Villa players to try to get one last win for their fans.

Somehow Newcastle have to win this game for only our third away win of the season in our very last road game.

This season has again turned out to be a disastrous campaign for a club that has been run by incompetent people for far too long.

Hopefully that will all change this summer if we can avoid relegation in our final two games.

Comments welcome.



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164 comments so far

  • hibbitt

    May 2, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #1

    mr tuff

    its not the fact he thinks we will go down or the constant reminders of how bad our squad is but the fact he wants to gloat at about it

    lets have the inquest after the spurs game when we know were we are

    i am sure he will remind us he told us so IF we go down

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 2, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Hibbitt well if he does gloat – give him an earbashing then.
    He may well gloat – but equally he may not.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 2, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Sorry, can’t resist for the sake of humour. Nothing personal as it happens , just too good to pass by.

    “True gag specialist”

    Example. Bobby blobby, mr blobby”

    It would’ve been a crime against comedic efforts to let that go. Bit if fun, nothing more sinister. 😉

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 2, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #4

    BandB I sometimes have a bit of difficulty understanding what you mean – sometimes it is too oblique to get my old brain around – oblique -is that the right word.
    Anyway I’m aware that as a person who writes -you would not be onboard to suggest what others can and cannot say. Goes without saying. Just think that some folk might want to say things now -when they might feel a real urge to do so and not bottle it up. I would not deny them their choice of moment/timing.
    Food analogy?????????????????????/

    You need to force feed your nippers with their five a day fruit and veg otherwise as wise folk tell us health problems will occur in the future.
    Put your foot down.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 2, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #5

    In the interests of blog equilibrium and the relief of discord might I suggest that a vote be taken as to who is the funniest contributor to the blog.

    To be fair to everyone else I will opt out of the vote.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 2, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #6

    i really hope defoe’s 94th minute dive isn’t what ultimately sinks us. such a beautiful day up till that point. It seems cameron was desperate to give the game away one way or the other.

    The rewards of having rafa as boss again in the PL next season is so tantalising and agonising at the same time.

    Winning the next 2 games doesn’t guarantee anything Ed if Sunderland and Norwich match it and overtake us with the game in hand. I’ve not been to church in a while but may just pay a little visit.

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  • BandB

    May 2, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Tuff

    The moral of the Parable of the Celery is this.
    (And of course, parables are deliberately oblique)
    We’ll ALL eat celery, peppers, courgettes, carrots, in just the same way we all support this club.
    But if you force feed them something done in a way they don’t like the LOOK of, they’ll object to eating something they actually don’t mind.

    Now shut up and eat your carrots.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 2, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Essex

    I think you should have a range of different categories like:-

    1) Funniest
    2) Most informed and knowledgeable
    3) Stupidest and most annoying

    etc, etc

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 2, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #9

    That’s spooky, I had celery, peppers, courgettes, carrots in a vegetable lasagne last night

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 2, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #10

    On the matter of humour, the least funny comedians for me are the one liners, I think that Milton Whosit who often appears on Mock The Week is hopeless, the funniest thing about him is his hair.

    Just my opinion though!

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 2, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Always interesting to hear people like a joke and to acually say they like having a laugh.
    Is it their jokes or other peoples joke they like to laugh at.
    Just an opinion on the humour topic and purely posted as an opinion an nothing else in order to demonstrate two sides of the penny.
    Not posted to incur the wrath of others or to invite a ruck by any over exitablable types.
    A light hearted posted not designed to offend, a post submitted innocently during this period of the run in love in. I love you all.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 2, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #12

    The lot of them should be horse whipped then put in gibbet cages on the banks of the Tyne if we go down. Jail’s too good for ’em!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 2, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Rotonda,
    I don’t go to church but I might just sacrifice a chicken with my local coven.

    BandB
    Carrots are supposed to be good for eyesight, perhaps we should club together and send the refs. association several thousand Kgs worth.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 2, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #14

    BandB – nip their noses – when the trapdoor opens get a spoonful in. Been done for generations.

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  • BandB

    May 2, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Tuff

    It was done to me as a baby, especially at bedtimes.
    Must be why I still hate the taste of brandy.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 2, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #16

    BandB – if that fails – try the liquidiser, funnel and length of garden hose method.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 2, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #17

    BandB I can recall the nose nip for horrible tasting medicines as they were in yesteryear. Now a lot are vfruit flavoured so the old methods are now redundant.

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  • Bambams

    May 2, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #18

    I will put my neck on the line here….

    We will play very well at Villa and will win by two goals.

    I will have Sunderland and Norwich losing at the weekend.

    Hopefully

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 2, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Two best comedians currently are both Yanks and ginger – Bill Burr and Louis CK.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 2, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Carrots being good for eyesight was an old war propaganda move due to the sugar rationing wasn’t it? Though eat enough and you will get an orange glow to your skin.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 2, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Lol, awesome football talk. I’m intrigued.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 2, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #22

    The carrots thing comes from WW2 and revolves around our radar quality. The germans were concerned we’d developed a weapon to see in the dark and to put them off trail, we let a spy hear that the reason for our night time successes was the pilots had started eating carrott to increase their night vision. Germans bought it allegedly.

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  • BandB

    May 2, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #23

    It was always Ginger who bought it in the war films I watched.
    Not sure whether it was Ginger Bill or Ginger Louis.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 2, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Anyway, half time burnley match. 0-0. What a rock Barton is in their midfield. If they go up, a lot of it is Barton’s influence on and off the pitch. Great player imo.

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  • Our Toon

    May 2, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #25

    The first thing to do in the summer window whether we stay up or go down is get rid of Janmaat and colo. At RB Anita has produced some quality crosses and had montero in his pocket, the same montero who ripped Janmaat apart in 30mins before he bottled it and got himself sent off.

    We need fighters not bottlers

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  • Our Toon

    May 2, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Someone was telling me that Armstrong hasn’t scored for 10 games, do any posters know if that’s true?

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  • Tsunki

    May 2, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Rotonda @8 – ahhh well..one out of three isn’t bad. 😐

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  • Tsunki

    May 2, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Oh and Rob – shut it.

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  • Sir Braveheart

    May 2, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #29

    So, predictions for next weekend guys and girls? I’m going with

    Villa 1 – 3 Newcastle
    Sunderland 0 – 1 Chelsea
    Norwich 2 – 2 Man Utd

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 2, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #30

    OT,
    100% agreed, they can take Sisoko with them as well, three players who have had themselves deliberately sent off over the last two season. Apart from spitting, probably one of the most cowardly things to do in football!

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 2, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Milton Whatsit –

    Grandad was very ill and having tried everything we tried the old fashioned remedy of outing Duck Fat on his back…..He went downhill very fast after that.

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #32

    # outing = putting

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #33

    SBH,
    Villa 0-Rafa 4
    mackems 0-Chelsea 2

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 2, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Between Tsunki, Jib and me for the funniest. But if I was forced to chose, I’d have to say old Blackas.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 2, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Choose

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  • Belfast

    May 2, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #36

    There’s a lot more football talk on here than there is on the nufc digest site 🙂

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  • Our Toon

    May 2, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail

    Agreed mate.

    We needs spurs to get a point tonight and hopefully they win next week and Arsenal lose. Means spurs will have 2nd spot sawn up when we play them so players will hopefully be thinking of euros rather than winning the game.

    Think Chelsea will turn over Mackems hopefully by a 2 goals or more, let’s get that goal difference back.

    Villa was the scene of our last relegation I hope lighting doesn’t strike twice.

    Norwich are already down in my eyes, think Manchester Utd will turn them over

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  • Our Toon

    May 2, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Lightening not lighting

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  • Belfast

    May 2, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #39

    Sorry couldn’t resist.

    I loved nufc digest really.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 2, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #40

    I left a comment on .co.uk one September I wated till Christmas till Kimbo replied so I replied to her the following Easter.

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