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Rafa Benitez A Role Model And Example To His Players

8:31 am, Monday, June 27th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

Rafa Benitez shocked Alan Shearer in May when the Spanish manager decided to stay on at Newcastle and manage in the second division of England, after he was manager of Real Madrid – one of the iconic clubs in world football – less than a year ago.

Alan didn’t think a manager of such esteem as Rafa would be willing to go down with the club – but he did – and the Newcastle manager did a good job of shrugging off questions about that from the media saying he simply wanted to coach – that’s what he liked doing.

rafa benitez v sign

Rafa Benitez – he wants to keep two players on Tyneside
Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko

And for a club with the massive untapped potential of a Newcastle United, he obviously thinks it was worth it – and there’s always the advantage he is only an hour via helicopter away from his wife and two teenage daughters who live in the Wirral, just outside of Liverpool.

So Rafa is willing to stay at the club and fight to get us back to the Premier League next May at the first attempt and he is now on moral high ground because of that.

He’s in a good position personally to convince players like Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum to also stay on Tyneside and help that cause.

Rafa’s a world-class manager based on his record and what he has won in the game – the Champions League, the Europa League twice – the FA Cup and the Spanish League – twice.

There are other trophies he’s won and other near misses – like losing the Champions League final to AC Milan in 2007 – but there’s a sampling of his big wins.

And this man is now at Newcastle?


Moussa and Gini would have a hard time claiming they are world-class players at the moment, although if they stay on at Newcastle under the tutelage of Rafa – they will certainly improve as players.

So Rafa has the ethics on his side – a world-class manager staying at a second division club a year after managing the most recognizable club in world football – Real Madrid – who have won the Champions League (European Cup) 11 times and twice in the last three seasons.

Moussa and Gini should think long and hard about staying at Newcastle next season and any other player Rafa wants to stay on board.

They can help us with the massive promotion drive that will start at Fulham on Friday 5th August at Craven Cottage. and maybe they shouldn’t just be thinking of themselves, as most players do these days – and yes – their agents don’t help things either.

We’d love to be a fly on the wall in Rafa’s office when he talks to each one of these players one-on-one on why they should stay at Newcastle.

Rafa can be quite persuasive when he needs to be.

We’d love to see both Moussa and Gini declare they will stay on board for next season.

Howay The Lads!!

Tags: Championship · Coaching · Georginio Wijnaldum · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 27, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    I wonder when Rafa talks about waiting on a club official coming back before the transfer business can begin is he talking about Roma and Wijnaldum?

    20 odd million for him could fund 2 or 3 players that actually want to play for us in the championship !

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Jun 27, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    ashley wouldn’t know what moral high ground was.

  • 3 ArtyH // Jun 27, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Moussa and Gini are the next Remy, Ba, Debuchy, et all the grass is very green at the toon, they should be grateful for the chance to play in front of 50k supporters and under a manager of Rafa’s quality.

  • 4 giimps // Jun 27, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Another slow news day so plenty of rehash and regurgitation ………
    A little off topic but does anyone else think that uefa and Fifa should start banning countries who bring fireworks and flares into football grounds, imho, the authorities will be delighted that Russia and Croatia have left the competition early so as to sweep under the carpet the shocking scenes from the first few games involving those teams….fining a countries Fa a few euros (which is nothing compared to the crimes committed) especially after they fined Nicholas bedntner more for flashing a non endorsed brand on his undies ,this just shows how corporate sponsorship is a higher priority than fans safety.
    The sooner we rid our game of the idiots bringing fireworks into grounds and destroying the seating in the grounds the better, fining the countries fa does not work, ban them from competitions and/or make them play all games behind closed doors in future……allow the opposition to have their fans there ,I really worry what’s going to happen in Russia for the wc, especially if the Russians are at their own grounds and can organise even more

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