Rafa Benitez has already come in for some criticism from the national press in England, this time it’s because he has no experience in managing in England’s lower leagues, as he takes on the challenge of getting Newcastle United promoted straight back to the Premier League next season.
But those people – the supposed experts – forget this guy has been in coaching for 30 years and 20 years of that has been as a manager – so he has massive experience in the game at all levels.
Rafa Benitez before signing on permanently at Newcastle on May 25th
This is what Rafa has said about next season:
“I know that some people will say I lack experience there, but I started in the second division in Spain.”
“My teams have played teams in the FA Cup, the Capital One Cup, so we know the league. We have seen a lot of games and we have some players who have played in the Championship before.”
“So we have information, but obviously we have to perform, and then you pundits will say, ‘Hmm…. maybe.'”
“If we win the first game then you will say we have a good team, if we lose you will say it’s because I have no experience in the Championship. But that is football.”
“I think we have enough information, enough people with experience – we will talk with them, and maybe we will bring in players with experience in the Championship.”
“The main thing is to do the right things and to work hard every single week.”
“I could say Newcastle is massive, but we have to remember that we are in the Championship and I am not stupid.”
“I could say, ‘We are this stature’ or ‘We are that’, but that will not change anything. We are where we are, and we want to be sure that next year we will be where we belong.”
“I am a football man; I am a coach and I like to coach. I have seen the evolution, the progression of our players during these weeks.”
“I am quite confident that they will do an even better job during a whole season.” “I am quite excited to see how they will do across a whole season after we have spent more time working together.”
“And I hope we will go up, of course!”
Those are really good words from Rafa and we have noticed how he always has respect for the club he is playing and for the league he is playing in.
This man takes nothing for granted and the preparation for next season should be one of the most thorough at Newcastle for some time – with Rafa keen on the detail and a good old workaholic if ever we saw one.
Hopefully, we will see Newcastle doing well from the very first game, just like we did the exact opposite last season under Steve McClaren with just 3 draws and five defeats in the first eight games.
Certainly Rafa will get 100% support from the Geordie nation who are right behind him and for the first time in a long time everybody is pulling in the same direction for Newcastle.
To get us straight back up to the Premier league.
Howay The Lads!!