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Benitez To Increase Backroom Staff In Vital Area

9:15 am, Saturday, June 25th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

The Chronicle is reporting today that Rafa Benitez will appoint additional medical staff next week and that is part of the manger’s efforts to vastly improve the club’s injury record, which over the last 10 years has been little short of disastrous.

The club have continually topped the Premier League injury table every season and last season was no exception.

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Rafa Benitez – must improve injury record

The following table is made up of one point being given every time a senior player misses a Premier League game through injury last season – and we have a massive 397 points and well above second placed Liverpool on 284 points.

Swansea are at the bottom with only 49 points and notice Premier League Champions Leicester had only 77 points.

The new medical staff coming in will give additional medical care to the players and hopefully will help solve the problem that has dogged the Newcastle squad for over a decade now.

Apparently Rafa has been going through the injury records for the squad over the last few seasons trying to pinpoint what exactly is going on and making the necessary recommendations for change.

The major problems Newcastle have with their injuries are called soft tissue problems such as hamstring injuries and they are ones that should be able to be avoided.

It’s interesting that additional staff are coming in and that no non-playing staff have been laid off this summer – so Newcastle have to be complimented for that.

In 2009 when we were last relegated about 150 non-playing staff were laid off that summer, at the same time as  highly paid players – essentially responsible for the relegation – coudn’t get out of the back door quickly enough.

That wasn’t good.


Newcastle have handled the situation must better this time around – obviously due to the enormous influence of Rafa Benitez.

Now we must get promoted straight  back to the Premier League and having players not picking up injuries in training will help Rafa field stronger sides for next season.

That will all help in the massive push for promotion.

Rafa has already had new 4G pitches laid in the indoor training center and also at the Youth Academy in an attempt to reduce the number and extent of injuries for next season – and they have replaced the older and out of date 3G technology pitches.

This is all part of Rafa rebuilding the Newcastle United club from top to bottom and as expected – he’s not wasting any time in getting vital changes made.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Facilities · Injuries · Medical · Newcastle News · Other News

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lochinvar // Jun 25, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Is Eva heading north ?
    With the Doctors medical and physio experience of Premier league players and injuries that would be a bold appointment.
    Bonus is that with her Chelsea pay off she could help out and buy a player for us , which would be useful.

  • 2 giimps // Jun 25, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    I wonder if these medical staff are the four incomings?
    If they can keep Siem de Jong and the rest of the sickbed regulars fit all season then it will be worth it.
    I’m probably one of the very few who would like to see Siem be tried and utilised in this league to give him and us a chance of seeing his best before we hopefully get promoted.
    He’s the type of player that will keep the ball moving, pick out passes and orchestrate the attacks ,may not be the quickest but is intelligent,can read the game and could be captain given the chance,if he can be kept fit………he would be like a new signing ?

  • 3 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 25, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    I really think that part of the problem is that we had so many players in the last ten years who have been just as happy to take their weekly wedge whether they’re playing or not. At the head of the line of these malingerers is Fab the fairy course, but you could point the finger at many others.

  • 4 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 25, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    that should read “of course”, of course…

  • 5 lesh // Jun 25, 2016 at 9:33 AM


    If you think that Brexit’ll be forgotten in a month or so you’re assuming that no more lies and misrepresentations are uncovered. Farage’s admission that claiming that the £350m that went to the EU (outright lie) would go to the NHS, was ‘a mistake’.

    There’s two lies to start with. How many more to come before the public (who justify their votes by reciting the soundbites they’ve been fed) wake up to the fact that they’ve been well and truly conned.


  • 6 Jib // Jun 25, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    lochinvar //

    Is Eva heading north ? she would be useful.

    Plus she has nice chebs too !

  • 7 giimps // Jun 25, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    your assuming that people listened to farage and believed he would have any influence on any kind of spending, we all know he’s a mouth on a stick and any sound bites from him mean nothing, just because all of the 19billion a year won’t reach the nhs don’t mean none of it will, even if 10% of it goes to them ,it’s still 1.9 billion more than if we were paying the money to the Brussels beurocrats.
    Anyway, what’s done is done, imho we have made the right decision for the future of Britain ,with any luck this decision will go a long way to making it Great Britain instead of a sub country of Germany

  • 8 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 25, 2016 at 9:48 AM


    Just renewed my passport two years ago cost £160.00 for ten year renew for me and the wife.

    what happens now – no doubt within two years I am going to have to get a new passport (non- EU) so who’s going to pay! Farage and his gang -NO be poor old me forking out again.

  • 9 lesh // Jun 25, 2016 at 11:43 AM


    Of course they listened to Farage and the rest of the lying barstewards.

    You know how it goes – say it often enough and people believe it. And they did – they’re repeating the soundbites, almost verbatim!

  • 10 lesh // Jun 25, 2016 at 11:45 AM


    You’ll get your passport money back – after all, the country’s gonna be richer by zillions…. innit!

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