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Rafa Benitez Oozes Confidence And The Right Mental Attitude

8:44 pm, Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 78 Comments

Rafa Benitez is a confident man who is sure about his abilities as a world-class manager and we saw the effect it had on the Newcastle players last season.

Moe than one of our players has said he gave them the confidence to go out and perform – and a number of our players like Jamaal Lascelles, Vurnon Anita, Karl Darlow, Paul Dummett, Jack Colback and Andros Townsend came to the fore under Rafa and looked very good players.

Rafa believes in himself and what Newcastle can do in the future and his task is to get everybody associated with Newcastle to believe in that again.

This is not another false dawn that we’ve had too many times before since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked in  August, 2004.

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Rafa Benitez – oozes confidence

There was some good news today that Rafa said Newcastle have four signings almost wrapped up and we should see players coming through the door shortly.

This is some of what Rafa Benitez has said in his interview with BBC Newcastle today:

“We have to trust in ourselves. The main thing is that we go into the season and try and do well from the first game,” 

“Everybody will be expecting ‘Oh Newcastle, they have to win.’    Well we will see what happens. But we have to be ready – that is the main thing. We do not fear and we are not worried about anyone, it is about ourselves.”

“We can be very, very strong and approach every game trying to win. It’s simple.”

“I have some experience of this when I was at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Liverpool. Everyone thinks ‘We must beat them, we have to beat them’.”

“I was talking with some of the players in the summer about what to expect and that some teams may sit deep. We have to have a game plan in case they play deep.”

“We saw Spain with problems against Croatia. They had one counter-attack and won the game.”

“It will happen but over the course of the season we have to have a style of play and do it that way.” “I’m not worried about the fixtures because you cannot change anything. We will analyse it and see.

“We’ve got Fulham on Friday. Will it be difficult? Yes. Every game will be difficult, but at the end it depends on us and what we can do.”

“It will depend on how can we progress now in the transfer market and change things around and to be ready for the first game.”

When you are a good team you have to expect other teams to play above themselves and want to beat you – but that’s one of the costs of being successful.

If you take that as a disadvantage then you’ll never be successful.

So Rafa is trying to teach the Newcastle players not only how they can become better players, but to have the attitude and confidence that it takes to become great players.

And apart from that he will want to bring in players like Alvaro Arbeloa, who have that attitude already and have been very successful in their football careers at the highest level.

We have every confidence that Rafa can do this and be successful at Newcastle – the only question is how long will it take him,.

Howay The Lads!!

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Transfer News and Rumours

78 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ShirebrookToon // Jun 23, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Rafa the proper gaffa in!

    EU out!

  • 2 martoon // Jun 23, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Evening lads on the subject of the referendum from people I speak to it seems to be a generation thing – generally older generation want to leave and the younger ones want to remain (I know this is a sweeping generalisation). Question is are there more older or younger voters?

  • 3 jazzyp // Jun 23, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Eu out

  • 4 ShirebrookToon // Jun 23, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Everyone I have spoken too and know have all voted too leave and that’s a variation of older and younger people.

  • 5 jazzyp // Jun 23, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Evening pal. They say we are an ageing population. So the consensus would be that the older generation may have an advantage ??

  • 6 Belfast // Jun 23, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    It’s like the Rafa Benitez appreciation society. Ed on the mic and Jail on the drums.

  • 7 jazzyp // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    Shire brook
    Is there any British left in Shirebrook to vote lol !!

  • 8 ShirebrookToon // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Jazzy yes but we are thought to be minority now in little Poland lol

  • 9 jimiley // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Rafa will take us up no problem.
    Oot! But London, Scotland and NI will keep us in. The rest of the country wants out but three areas will keep us in. Democracy???? Scotland and London working together. Crazy politics. The genie is out the bottle. Both Labour and Tories will be shafted in the coming years by UKIP as they are the only party giving the people a choice about Europe. The other “democratric” parties have all ganged together.

  • 10 j.tudor // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    You all know it’s rigged

  • 11 Bobbybee // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    The younger ones should use their heads then. We’ve been in it since the 70’s and want out. Surely that tells them something? Always hard to vote for change though – it frightens people for some reason.

  • 12 giimps // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    The younger generation aren’t as aware they are being lied to whenever a politician speaks, they still believe the govt intends to reduce immigration, still believe the money we get back from the EU can be spent to improve our circumstances and still believe staying as we are is better than being in control of our own destiny and country………i on the other hand have heard the politicianspeak and made up “facts and figures” to realise we’re better off with the 19billion in our own country and control of our own borders again

  • 13 ShirebrookToon // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    It’s all rigged anyway. That’s why the have pencils in the voting booths and not pens, they can change your vote without you knowing lol.

  • 14 jimiley // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Corbyn has always been against Europe for 40 years and suddenly this year as leader he is for it???? Joke politician

  • 15 jimiley // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Honest Dave Cameron is taking the lead on getting 80 million Turks into Europe but has denied it to millions on TV!!!!!!!!!! Even the Turkish foreign mimister has come out yesterday and said as much.He is amazed by Camerons speeches. Even Northumberland will fill up when millions of Turks roll up.

  • 16 ShirebrookToon // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Corbyn was forced to back the remain campaign by his labour counterparts. You can tell he doesn’t really want to stay in Europe by his whole attitude in interviews

  • 17 Bobbybee // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    JT, I was laughed at for even suggesting such a thing. Shows you how easy it is to fool some sheeple. 😉

  • 18 jimiley // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Honesty from a politician would be appreciated if they want my vote. You cannot say one thing but really mean another.

  • 19 ShirebrookToon // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Jimeley too true mate

  • 20 ShirebrookToon // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Farage is the only one that seems to speak out

  • 21 ShirebrookToon // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Spurs have signed Wanyama for Southampton

  • 22 Bobbybee // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Jim, all part of the plan of the NWO. Fill europe full of pissed of muslims who’ve had their homes and businesses bombed to bits. Simmer for a while and then wonder where civil war has come from. Result? Total chaos that requires a world govt to solve. We’re walking into it with our eyes wide open because some people prefer to believe anything they’re told instead of researching themselves. Our own worse enemy.

  • 23 cyprus // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Rafa this Rafa that 🙂

    I hope for his sake, yours Ed, but mainly mine, that this guy lives up to the lofty expectations all round.

  • 24 martoon // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    I don’t like Cameron but the pencil conspiracy is ridiculous. We’ve always used pencils in the polling booths for the simple reason they don’t run out and don’t smudge which would invalidate the ballot paper. Come on people get real – if there were armies of people rubbing out votes don’t you think someone would grass?

  • 25 Belfast // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Cyprus I was just about too say could you imagine eds reaction if it all went tits up?

  • 26 cyprus // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:25 PM


  • 27 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    I’d consider myself on the younger side of the young/old divide, but I’d certainly be voting to leave. I haven’t voted mind, as I don’t have any plans to head back to Blighty to live anytime soon and therefore don’t feel I should have a say in what will affect the immediate, mid and long term future.

    Just logged on to follow the results on the BBC, but completely forgot the hour time difference. Still, haven’t been on here for a bit, so will have a flick back to see what is going on.

  • 28 AncientC // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    The Founding Fathers of the EU were visionaries. As a globalist, I have been remain throughout. (I must be in a minority as far as this blog is concerned)

  • 29 cyprus // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Sorry, 🙂

  • 30 ShirebrookToon // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Martoon, the pencil comment was a joke mate

  • 31 cyprus // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Isolationism never works in the long run no matter who you are. What did Last Lennon sing?

  • 32 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Interesting that we are waiting for sign off on one deal before we can complete deals 2,3 and 4. Makes it sound almost like a player is off before the three come in. Will be interesting to see who it is, from Ed’s list of 8, I think Arbeloa and Oxford are probably the more likely. Can’t see the club going after most of the others. Maybe the young Spaniard, but I think that is just journos putting two and two together and getting 5.

  • 33 cyprus // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Delete Last

  • 34 cyprus // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    That list of 8 players is exciting!

    Well not really.

  • 35 jimmysmith // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    You can’t blame Ed, or anyone, for being a little doe eyed and smitten with Rafa. After all, it’s such a complete f@cken miracle we’ve got him at all, in light of our current plight and the 8 long soul destroying years of being taken for granted and shined on.

  • 36 Bobbybee // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Unless they rubbed out the rubber outs martoon. 😉

  • 37 Mister Tuff // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Pencil conspiracy. Those who support this theory – where do you stand in respect of the David Icke lizard men theory and that Elvis now lives in Glasgow.

  • 38 Tsunki // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    I have to tell you, I wish I hadn’t asked. 🙂

  • 39 AncientC // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Fulham are a fairly unpredictable side, they would have been in the bottom half of the list of teams I would have wanted to face first… that is unless they lose McCormack and Dembele this summer, in which case… ‘fresh meat’.

  • 40 Tsunki // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    It started out as a simple query….

    And ended in Pencilgate.

    2b, or not 2b – that is the question…

  • 41 jimmysmith // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    It is a bit of a patchy list. Probably cos its made up. But I would happily take those 3 kids on loan, and Arbeloa, maybe also Caulker, but I’ll be more than disappointed if we are in for the likes of Tomlin and McCormack. There aren’t any better than what we have.

  • 42 Tsunki // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Aye, there’s the rub(ber) ha ha oh dear I’ll get me coat..

  • 43 Bobbybee // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Baaaa! Baaaa! 😉 Sheeple.

  • 44 Tsunki // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    I know what you’re all thinking – that Tsunki, he really should have thought it through before erased that question wow this is what it feels like in Welshie world!

  • 45 martoon // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    ShirebrookToon @30 – I know you were but there are a lot of people, especially on social media who believe it.

  • 46 ShirebrookToon // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    This is what the absence of football does lol

  • 47 martoon // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Tsunki that’s terrible – I hope you’re not here all week 🙂

  • 48 cyprus // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Tsunki, not bad at all

  • 49 Tsunki // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Don’t forget to tip your waitress and for the owner of the light blue chevette in the car park, could he go and put it out….

  • 50 Belfast // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Change it to crayon and colour in yer box.

    Problem solved.

  • 51 Tsunki // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Well I haven’t a clue how it will all go because the big problem both sides have is nobody has any idea what would happen if we leave. I know the farmers and fishing industry have had a hurtful of the EU but then the Scots Indies know they’ll never get in to Europe if they get independence after we’ve bugged out so they desperately need us to to to at least until that happens. And of course the folks in power love the European jollies so they get the media to put a Remain slant on everything, especially the Beeb. And the nail in the coffin is probably loveable buffoon BoJo the Clown in his funny ill fitting suit and twirly mop head coming up with Hollywood “independence day” soundbites.

    So… I still don’t know.

  • 52 Tsunki // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Do what Belfast says, he’s the expert on crayons.

  • 53 Tsunki // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    And I think voting either way is like voting for black with white stripes or for white with black stripes.

  • 54 Bobbybee // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Martoon, people are prepared to think anything is possible after 9/11. Look at building 7 and give me an explanation as to how that fell into its own footprint from office fires? It goes against every law of physics in the book. It was truly impossible. End of argument. Bush was elected on what is now acknowledged as fraudulant votes. Politics is a dirty nasty ruthless business and run by psychopaths. Dangerous psychopaths. More and more are realising that now and that’s why they question everything. It’s your duty to question authority anyway. Their default setting is ‘liar’. Weapons of mass destruction. Remember that whopper? Scary times marra. 😉

  • 55 Tsunki // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Here endeth the lesson…

  • 56 Belfast // Jun 23, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Rubbing out crayon would be a pain the arse. Excellent deterrent tsunki.

  • 57 ShirebrookToon // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Wax on wax off

  • 58 Bobbybee // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Anyway, the polls are now closed and destiny awaits. Drum roll…. “Fix!!! 😉

  • 59 ShirebrookToon // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    First results to come out are from Sunderland lol

  • 60 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Is the result of the referendum legally binding? If leave wins by a small margin, is it set that they have to leave, or do parliament/lords have the power to overturn the result and decide to stay anyway?

  • 61 Bobbybee // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Ali is on bbc4, his parkinson interview. If yous ain’t seen this, i think you should. 😉

  • 62 welshgeordie9 // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:11 PM


    You should visit welshies world, very interesting place.

    Ha ha ha

  • 63 Tsunki // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    The mackems are exempt because there wasn’t enough time to explain what the EU was or that we were already in it.

  • 64 Bobbybee // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    What a legend. Such a funny man. 😉

  • 65 welshgeordie9 // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Hopefully we will know tomorrow that one of the players we are close to signing is Charlie Austin.

  • 66 ShirebrookToon // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    The Mackems thought the polling card was a game of noughts and crosses

  • 67 Tsunki // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    They are also exempt as they are unfamiliar with all forms of writing implement. Except crayons.

  • 68 lesh // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    When I was a kid at junior school, we were given ink and pens instead of pencils when we could write reasonably well and trusted enough not to make a mess. If we did make a mess, the pens and ink were taken off us and replaced by pencils.

    That folks, is why the voting British public are given pencils to cast their votes!

  • 69 Tsunki // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Ha ha it looks like everyone on this nufc blog is watching s***erland on the telly.

  • 70 Tsunki // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Picture Caption –

    Rafa says…” ees eemportan’ that you stay in Oorop!”

  • 71 Tsunki // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    It’ll be a massive landslide we remain. People are too scared of change. It was the same before we went in ha ha.

  • 72 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    That is just what I was wondering. Are the ‘Remain’ voters voting to stay in because they believe that the EU is an effective democratic institution that has put in place successful and effective fiscal and social policies, and that the discriminatory immigration policy is better than an equal and well managed means and skills tested policy?

    Or is it purely that people are wary of change, and so go for what they know.

  • 73 Yo-yo // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    The only accurate political point on this thread is that politics is controlled by psychopaths – or more accurately their near neighbour the sociopath. There is evidence that although 1:100 in the general population has psychopathic tendencies, this rises to 3% in some occupations – including politics.

    It’s a shame that so many lies that have been spread about Europe, the economy, immigration etc., by the referendum campaigners on both sides are repeated on here as true.
    One of the most stupid, in the utter shite we have been fed, is that a UK that had left the EU could be in the single market and still have control of its borders.
    The other biggest lie is the £350m a week one.

  • 74 Bobbybee // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    So lesh, is that you saying you’re as careless as you were in junior school? 😉 Personally i can write an X, once, without getting covered in ink! 😉 I did scrawl NUFC in the booth though. 😉

  • 75 BandB // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    Bobby Bee’s prediction that a Remain victory tonight (ie the one he didn’t vote for) would be a fix is a brilliant prediction of what we are in store for.
    Who would ever have had Bobby Bee down as a Ukipper, eh?

  • 76 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 23, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    I’m very much detached from what the campaigns have been saying, but the few bits I have heard on the World Service make it seem like both campaigns were using scaremongering tactics rather than making effective representations on their ideas of how the UK moves forwards once the result is decided.

  • 77 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 23, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Did you vote? Were you leave or remain?

    This is without doubt the most interesting political vote of my life time. I think I’m more interested partly because I’ve not had to put up with the campaigning being in my face.

    There are definitely strong arguments to be made on both sides, however from the bits I’ve seen on social media a lot of leave voters are voting on more racial views than actually what will be best overall for the country.

  • 78 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 23, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Not that Social media is a great measure, the more forcefully vocal on there are often those that have extreme views.

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