Rafa Benitez is in charge of Newcastle now, so we are likely to see some real rapid decision making and not the snail’s pace we have been used under the likes of Lee Charnley over the last two years or more.
Rafa knows all about Newcastle’s recent history under Ashley and he is prepared to shake things up and start to get things moving quickly, as it’s just over four weeks before our players return.
Rafa will release the retained list of players this coming week and we fully expect Steve Taylor to be released – and we don’t think there’s even a small chance he will be retained.
Rafa Benitez – in training
There’s not expected to be too many shocks on that list, but we’ll have to wait and see.
And according to the Chronicle it looks like Rafa wants five or six players brought in quickly to augment the squad and he’s looking for a better mentality among those players.
Translated, that means he’s seen too many wimps in the squad, who when the going got tough looked for cover – but in truth Rafa fixed a lot of that in his nine weeks in charge – and the players he had playing for him in the those last six games didn’t give up.
If you were not willing to fight then you didn’t make the team and that message will be resonating with the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and others this summer – and we expect a lot of the players to return fully re-energized for the tough Championship season ahead of us.
We may even may see some initial signings next week and we are hoping we can sign 31 year-old free agent Daniel Agger who played for Rafa at Liverpool – the experienced defender would be a fine addition to our squad.
Daniel has the right mental attitude and plenty of experience which is what Rafa’s looking for in new recruits.
The former Liverpool defender is only one of a number of experienced players who Rafa could bring in to improve the overall mentality of the squad.
It needs to be a lot tougher than the squad we had last season, when we gave up the ghost in far too many of our games once we went behind.
There is a sea change happening at Newcastle – caused by Mr. Rafa Benitez.
It’s great to see.
Howay The Lads!!