Rafa Benitez is a man who doesn’t waste time and Newcastle fans are starting to see just how much effort and work this man puts into his job – no wonder he’s had so much success already in the world of football.
But of course we are all hoping his best years are still ahead of him and they are at Newcastle and not only can he build a great side on Tyneside, but that he can start to win some trophies too.
Winning trophies at Newcastle is what his major goal is – and that sounds very good to us.
Rafa has already galvanized the Newcastle fans everywhere.
Rafa Benitez talks to new boy Matt Ritchie on Friday
The squad had their first training session on Friday and this will really get going on Monday when Rafa will start his double training sessions on the way to getting our lads fit and ready for the upcoming Championship season.
Rafa has talked about the two new coaches in his enhanced and larger team and the hard work coming up:
“We’ve changed it a bit and increased the number of people in the medical department.”
“We have a fitness coach Fernandez Martinez for the rehabilitation to try and make sure that the players come from the physios to the fitness coach to the training ground fine.”
“We have people with different skills, to give different options.”
“Fabbio Pecchia has left because he had an offer from Hellas Verona, and I’m really pleased for him because obviously he will be No 1 there, and it’s his country.”
“We signed Mikel Antia, who was my former player at Real Madrid.”
“He was in the Aspire Academy in Qatar for four years, he has experience in coaching the coaches and training the players, and also he’s played in Spain.”
“He’s a very good professional.”
“We started with fitness tests in different groups on Friday, normally the first day is about medical examinations to make sure everybody is fine.”
“Normally we will have some double training sessions, and we will probe the players’ fitness on the pitch.”
“So some will be with the ball, we will be on the pitch trying to get a technical feel for the ball and after that we will be doing tactical work.”
The lads will put some tough training in next week and then next Saturday the squad will leave for a week in County Kildare, Ireland for a fitness and bonding camp.
The first friendly game of pre-season will be in Dublin on 16th July against Bohemian.