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Why Rafa Benitez Called Up The Local Paper

8:39 am, Sunday, June 12th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

When Steve McClaren was introduced as the new head coach last June, only the preferred media were invited to his first press conference – Sky Sports and The Mirror – and that annoyed other local journalists – and rightly so.

And the comments on that were that McClaren did nothing to change that nonsense.

But did you notice last week when new manager Rafa Benitez wanted to get some communication out to the Newcastle fans – who he called?

rafa Benitez and fans

Rafa Benitez – bringing everything Newcastle together

It was who most people would expect would get the news first – the local paper – the Chronicle (with the Journal and Sunday Sun) and the journalists at the local paper were only too pleased to put the news out.

Not only did they put the Q&A out – which contained really good information for the fans – but they then revealed it was Rafa himself who contacted them, because there was not much news going out about what was going on behind the scenes at the club.

We had noticed that too.


So Rafa seems to have done the natural thing and called the local Newcastle paper when he wants news put out.

We can only assume that either Rafa brought up that preferred media nonsense during his long discussion and negotiations with Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley and told them the local paper in Newcastle should be the one he interfaces with.

It was either that or Rafa simply did what most managers would do and interfaced with the local  paper in Newcastle.

Rafa has made a point of saying he wants to being everything Newcastle brought together around the Newcastle United Football Club.

It just seems obvious the local paper would be part of that.

It is more evidence – be it on a smaller scale –  that Rafa Benitez is transforming Newcastle into a proper football club and also shows the power Rafa has to act as  a normal football manager.

We love it.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Journalism · Newcastle News · Other News

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // Jun 12, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    We like Rafa

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Jun 12, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    We do!

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jun 12, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Oh Rafa we like you!

  • 4 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 12, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    I think we all just hope that Rafa’s terms and conditions have effectively removed the dummox Charnley from any important decision making including media relations.

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Jun 12, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    It seems like Rafa has a bit of faith in him, there never should have been a situation where the likes of him and Llambias should be deciding the worth and suitability of players.

  • 6 giimps // Jun 12, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    That’s if u believe that they had the final say, it more than likely went something like this…..
    Mike, here is the list of players we have and their prices…
    Mike says, how come there are some with an extra zero on the end, have they an extra leg or something?
    Ha ha ha, no Mike they’re just better!
    But they’re all just footballers ,they just do the same thing, kick the round thing towards the rectangle. And run around a bit, if we get the cheaper ones from abroad, will they still be able to kick the ball?
    Yes Mike they will.
    So why are you asking stupid questions then?

  • 7 isleofmanman // Jun 12, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    McLaren Charley (apparently going nowhere FFS) and Moncur could have and should have sorted this either as a group or as individuals

    Lack of bottle to stand up to Ashley? Lack of character to stand up to criticisms? Stupidity? Wanting to hang onto their wages fees and expense accounts?

    Take your pick.

    In my opinion it was the sum of each of those parts

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