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Benitez Introduces Consistent New Procedures At Newcastle

6:52 pm, Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 100 Comments

Rafa Benitez keeps introducing new things at Newcastle as he works to transform both the club and the team into hopefully one of the best in England – and even beyond that.

Today there is news the 56 year-old invited the Academy coaches to observe the morning  training session at the club’s first team headquarters at Benton.

rafa benitez with academy coaches

Rafa Benitez with the Academy coaches today

Rafa outlined his coaching philosophy to the coaches, which will now be applied at Newcastle in  future years and at all levels of the club.

Hopefully that’s going to be a lot of years ….

Common coaching methods are done at a lot of the big clubs – the coaching from top to bottom is consistent and uses the same philosophy.

That helps young players to more easily move through the ranks of the club,  for one thing.

A club statement has been issued on this:

“The coaches were invited to watch the morning training session, with Benitez talking them through the various drills and explaining how he plans and executes his sessions.”

Rafa also spoke about his coaching theory and methods in the Club’s strategy room, and he wanted to share both his expertise and also ensure the training methods and sessions are consistent throughout the Club.

rafa benitez with Academy youngsters

This is what Rafa has said about this today:

“It’s important when you have a lot of experience as a coach and manager to pass on your knowledge and techniques to others, especially within the Club.”

“Joe Joyce, Peter Beardsley, Ben Dawson and myself have agreed it would be useful to give them my thoughts to help them develop and also to create a consistent approach to training throughout the club, from the Academy right through to the first team.”

“That is important for the development of our young players, to have this consistent approach in the way they are coached – something that runs throughout the players’ development at our Club.”

Academy manager Joe Joyce added this:

“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to take our coaches up to the first team Training Center to work with Rafa and his staff and we are very appreciative of the opportunity afforded to us.”

“It was a great learning experience for us, both in the sessions with the first team squad and then afterwards with Rafa explaining and outlining his coaching methods to the group.”

So this is how a world-class coach operates – it’s all very interesting and makes a load of sense of course.

Rafa is certainly transforming Newcastle United.

We love it.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle Academy · Newcastle News · Newcastle Youth · Procedures

100 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // Jul 6, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Could this be Rafa’s way of assessing the ability of the likes of Beardsley et al…. before a review of their positions at the Club?

  • 2 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 6, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Such a breath of fresh air.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Munster and Cyprus banging their Rafa snare drum this is the diplomatic way of bringing Beardsley and Watson on board or neutralising their methods, with his long standing at the club Beardsley may well be very popular with long term members of staff. Turning up and demanding he was sacked maybe isn’t the way forward. Although I wouldn’t have minded.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    I most definitely think it could.

  • 5 WWSBRD // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Tbf to Pedro what support has he had to do anything with our reserve set up?

    Not even Ashley’s fault this one he just knows no better, when he bought us our set up was terrible so he just kept it as is

    Rafa may well aim to improve it but right now the priority is sorting out our senior level squad and making the club act like a football club again

  • 6 Rafa Revolution // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Good to see Rafa taking the whole job seriously. He really is a breath of fresh air

  • 7 Jib // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Jesus Gámez at Bararajas (Madrid airport) on his way to the Toon

  • 8 Jib // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    I bet Welshie is wetting himself !!!

  • 9 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Isn’t Jesus a bit too old he is 31? 😀

  • 10 firebug666 // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    I don’t mind if Jesus comes we need all the help we can get!

  • 11 Bobbybee // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Insomnia training with the mackems has to make you laugh. He left us years ago to ‘find a bigger club’. Still looking then Charlie boy? Might’ve been better off staying at Wigan! 😉

  • 12 Jib // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    It’s the wondrous
    “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau”
    The pitiful
    “A Portuguesa”
    The battle of the anthems could be worth a goal start to Wales

  • 13 Bobbybee // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Gorgo, 31? He’s still got two years before they nail him to that cross! 😉

  • 14 Nufc-83 // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    wwsbrd I think your very harsh on De Jong and even Aarons. You say Ajax wanted to get rid of him as he was injury prone when he played 28 games the season before he moved and the season prior 47!! He has had what I would consider freak injuries with a collapsed lung and the eye issue so it’s not as if he keeps breaking down with the same injury such as hamstrings. I get it a little more with Aarons but again it’s different injuries and being rushed back quickly so not something re-occurring that you could say will be with him long term. I think both players will have big roles to play this year.

  • 15 Jib // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Jesus was 32 when he was crucified
    I’ll get me coat

  • 16 Jib // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Bobby bingo

  • 17 Bobbybee // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Jib, not in my school he wasn’t! 😉

  • 18 Jib // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    I hope they don’t miss Aaron Ramsey too much

  • 19 Jib // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Sorry Bobby I’m a proddy dog we probably got it wrong

  • 20 Bobbybee // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Jib, sadly i was brought up catholic and had this shit rammed down my throuGht every day of the week. Imaginary friends in the sky! He was definitely 33 mate. About the same number of hands the frickin’ priests had whenever they got near! 😉

  • 21 Bobbybee // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Throat even!

  • 22 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Please stick to the rules as Ed has requested – no religion on the blog.
    Talking about non footballing matters could also upset some posters.

  • 23 Jib // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    We hated St Cuthberts
    How pitiful is that !

  • 24 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Wales do stand a chance tonight. Portugal have been quite lucky. Without Ramsey -very difficult.
    Toss up between Bales and Ronaldo – probably would like to see CR7 having a tantrum and hissy fit.

  • 25 Jib // Jul 6, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Ray “Rocky” Hudson who commentates on BeIn sport USA was a young cheeky sprog when I was at school.

  • 26 WWSBRD // Jul 6, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Nufc 83
    Curious as to why Ajax sold him cheap and no one else was interested mate? He’s a crock and they knew it

    He will do next to nothing for us this coming season of he stays because his knee cap will dislocate, his left nut will explode or his hair will start growing inwards whatever it is it’ll keep him out for half the season

    Get shot when we can, wasted wages just like Saylor

  • 27 Rafa Revolution // Jul 6, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Before the tournament, who genuinely thought the Taffys would get this far?

  • 28 bettyswallocks // Jul 6, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Breaking News…………. Jesus has just arrived at the Hilton in Gateshead. He chucked three nails on the counter and asked if they could put him up for the night.

  • 29 bettyswallocks // Jul 6, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    YMFB…… Are you ok? Are you watching the match.

  • 30 jimmysmith // Jul 6, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    If Janmmaat, Sissoko and Widjnaldum leave they’ll do well. The heavy criticism they get I assume is quite isolated, they are good players. Not elite CL level you’d imagine, ala Bayern, Real, Barca, but I’m confident each one of them would slot in well at a club like Liverpool for example. We need to be a similarly well run club if we want to see the best of our better players, and now with Rafa running the show, we have the chance. I don’t see selling them as in any concrete sense a positive step for us, just an unhappy consequence of being relegated.

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // Jul 6, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    They might well do, but if they thought their little plan of getting us relegated to get an easy move away was going to work then their brain power matches their attitude.

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Jul 6, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    I honestly thought they had relegation get out clauses and that was why they seemed determined to take us down.

  • 33 Nufc-83 // Jul 6, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Totally don’t agree with you on that one wwsbrd as 244 app in 7 seasons says your wrong.

  • 34 WWSBRD // Jul 6, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    He was brought in to be the gem in our midfield, the star man he’s managed 20 odd in a town shirt

    He was Ajax captain and we got him for 6 mill, why didn’t they want him mate?

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Jul 6, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Ryan Giggs is wooden!

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Jul 6, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Wijnaldum 15M Depay 25M SDJ 6M ???

  • 37 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 6, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Betty, I’m good thanks… How are you?

    Yeah I’m watching the game but I’m thinking about turning it off, very little quality on show right now. Really doesn’t seem like a semi-final match, by the looks of things it’s going to penalties. The Germany/France game is going to look amazing compared to this.

    Robson-kanu looks quite a good player out there like.

  • 38 Nufc-83 // Jul 6, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Not sure but with that appearance rate they can’t call him a crock. His injuries have been freak with not many footballers experiencing them. He has never been able to get fit but I think he will and he will be that gem. We can only wait and see I suppose.

  • 39 jimmysmith // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Jail, we got relegated because of the shortsightedness and incompetence of those running the club, not because three players got together and hatched a plot, although I’m assuming that was a joke. Our sorry current demise began about 3 seasons ago with the policy of zilch activity in the transfer market, and was followed by a succession of equally duff decisions, Carver, McC, and the lack of a top CB, LB, CF, and DM paramount among them. You argue this yourself, yet somehow still want to slate the players, as if they should somehow have been above it all, instead of where they are, right in the midst of it, having to contend with it. It’s a bit like Ashley’s attitude of buying too few good players and relying on them to keep us up.

  • 40 clinath@ed // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Jail…I think they thought we’d have to sell to get their wages off the books. Rafa and MA beat them the punch on that one…

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Are those ITV presenters actually sitting outside or is it superimposed, they done it on the beach last time in Rio and they blatantly weren’t sitting on the beach.

  • 42 ShirebrookToon // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Oh dear not looking good for Wales now

  • 43 WWSBRD // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Or their medical team said get what u can because going forward he’s crocked, so they did

    How many freak injuries has he had mate? 3 with us so far

  • 44 clinath@ed // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Game over

  • 45 WWSBRD // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Also how can u be confident he will get fit? He’s never been fit in a town shirt

  • 46 Jail for Ashley // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    As you well know my stance on how the club has been run, I just feel that those three seemed determined to do their bit toward our demise. They’ve probably done us a favour if anything.

  • 47 ShirebrookToon // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Their heads have dropped now

  • 48 bettyswallocks // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    YMFB…… It’s an uphill struggle for Wales now. They’re missing Ramsey big time. Great leap for the header from the greaseball. Nani struck it well too.

  • 49 WWSBRD // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    For all the Bale hype Ronaldo looks the King maker (still)

  • 50 NUFCPaul // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Get in there Portugal!!!! 2-0. I would have supported Wales if they hadn’t celebrated England getting knocked out. Shocking reaction. Plus a defeat will finally shut Robbie Savage up. What an annoying prat he is.

    Don’t get me wrong, I hate Portugal more than I hate Wales, but it’ll be nicer to see Ronaldo’s twisty face when he loses in the final and gets a major pet lip on.

  • 51 ShirebrookToon // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Bale putting himself about now. May be a bit late now son!

  • 52 manxpie // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    haha the 1 time an official behind the goal makes a decision and it was wrong!!

  • 53 ShirebrookToon // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    I noticed that aswell Manx. Waste of a ticket if you ask me

  • 54 Yo-yo // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    NUFC Paul

    what a miserable shite you are and with the most stupid logic for supporting a side you hate that I have ever seen

  • 55 manxpie // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    totally im sure i seen him mouth “i’ll get me coat” afterwards

  • 56 AncientC // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Vaughan sitting on the bench for Wales, one of the few players in that squad that can score from outside the box. Wasted.

  • 57 NUFCPaul // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Come on Ronaldo, get a second yellow card here please. It’ll be even funnier if he has to sit out of the final. Less chance of Portugal winning without him and the joy of seeing him in a huff on the sidelines.

  • 58 Jail for Ashley // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Manx pie,
    Are Welsh and Manx similar?

  • 59 NUFCPaul // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Yo-yo – cheers! It’s good to know that you care 😀

  • 60 manxpie // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    in wat way jail?

  • 61 martoon // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    I really can’t see Wales coming back from this – I don’t know how but somehow Portugal have fluked their way to the Final because they haven’t been that good!
    Once again Andy Murray is the last Brit standing.

  • 62 ShirebrookToon // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Bales shooting from anywhere on pitch lol. Be nice if they get one now and turn it into a tense final 10 mins

  • 63 Jail for Ashley // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    The language.

  • 64 manxpie // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    oh i was waiting for a joke lol
    nah i dont think so our language is far more coherent we dont waste as many letters saying that i can only count to 3 and say good morning

  • 65 manxpie // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    here’s a funny vid to explain

  • 66 WWSBRD // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    How can u not want to see one of the best ever footballers in the final?

  • 67 manxpie // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:44 PM

  • 68 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Please no need for the gutter insults if you do not agree with another poster.

  • 69 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Please please – lets not give links to non footballing videos.
    If it is a non footballing matter it might upset other posters who are known not to like this sort of post (that is unless they do it themselves).

  • 70 NUFCPaul // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    WWSBRD – what are you talking about? There’s still a chance that Sissoko will make the final.

  • 71 NUFCPaul // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Wales oot. Crying shame that, crying shame. Looking forward to seeing the video they record of themselves crying on the flight back home. And the captain of their team is English! What was he doing gloating at England getting knocked out?

  • 72 manxpie // Jul 6, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    ah well at least it will be even more funny when portugal lose and ronaldo is seen crying his eyes out

  • 73 manxpie // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    paul england would have done the same well if they had a personality in the team that is

  • 74 ShirebrookToon // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Ronaldo crying in the final Manx…….? Wouldn’t be the first time he’s done that lol

  • 75 Jail for Ashley // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Is Ryan Giggs made out of Botox, he’s a worse pundit than Micheal Owen and that’s scraping the barrel.

  • 76 NUFCPaul // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    manxpie – I doubt any of the English squad are smart enough to record a video and then post it on the internet. Anyway, they’re never going to make it past the knock-out round in my lifetime, so nowt to worry about.

  • 77 ShirebrookToon // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    He’s very mono tone JFA, just like Owen

  • 78 SUTTY1978 // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    So I see that Jesus Gamez and Alvaro Arbeloa have the same agent – Manuel Garcia Quilon, have a guess which is the only Manager he represents? Our very own Rafa!
    I hoped we’d got rid of these Mondial type shenanigans but seems not.
    Here’s a link to everyone he represents, expect to see a few more of them linked to us

  • 79 bettyswallocks // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Jail…… Who from the blog do you think would make the best pundit/ commentator?

  • 80 manxpie // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    jail did ya not see the woodpecker on the side of his head?
    who was the other commentator?
    he’d make a point then explain the point for about 5 mins
    yeah true paul but atleast the welsh team looked together and had a bit of fun

  • 81 NUFCPaul // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    And for the record, it was an unbelievable achievement for such a small nation to get to the semis, fair play to them. Hey, they got way further than some other ‘bigger’ countries. They just showed a real lack of class gloating the way they did. I would have liked to have cheered them on today. Oh well.

  • 82 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Interesting seeing Craig Bellamy on the ITV Panel. Surprised he could attend especially after being operated on by those useless quacks in the US. (Steadman Clinic)
    Same useless lot that operated on Shola, Shearer, Michael Owen.
    Alright alright maybe not useless as he sorted out their injuries.

  • 83 manxpie // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    fat sam seems to be the favourite aswell so that should guarentee no tournament football for a while

  • 84 Jail for Ashley // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Probably Ian Toon/(c)arl/ Jack Root/sack llambias/ Pushy Pardew etc,
    You get all those different views for the price of one 😀

  • 85 bettyswallocks // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Jail……. Good concept. Rotating pundit.

  • 86 manxpie // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    nah the rest of the panel will have hanged themselves before the games kicked off

  • 87 Jail for Ashley // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    There’s only one person on it!

  • 88 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    I’m not going to use the “M” word anymore.
    Rotators is more blog friendly and should not upset anyone.

  • 89 manxpie // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    haha yeah in fairness still probably better than adrian chiles tho

  • 90 manxpie // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    wats got your knickers in a twist tuff i thought ya would have liked the vid

  • 91 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    manx – I refuse to comment on the video as it was a non footballing matter – and it may upset other people.
    I can no longer laugh publicly about other peoples joke videos as it may not be funny to other posters. They may be upset – and I do not want to upset anyone.

  • 92 manxpie // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    ok have you had a warning from ed or somthing?
    totally lost here

  • 93 welshgeordie9 // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Good effort from the players in this tournament, done the country proud, shame we didn’t win because overall Portugal have been pants, the frustrating thing about tonight is that they not going to beat France or Germany in the final, we would have had a better chance.

  • 94 welshgeordie9 // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Anyway hopefully we will sign some players before jetting off to Ireland this weekend.

  • 95 bettyswallocks // Jul 6, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    welshie…….. Hard luck tonight mate. I think you missed Ramsey but your lads did you proud.

  • 96 welshgeordie9 // Jul 6, 2016 at 11:14 PM


    Cheers mate, i know it’s only banter between us, pretty gutted tonight to be honest, 1st half we had half chances but second half it was all them, nevermind roll on next the next qualifiers.

  • 97 welshgeordie9 // Jul 6, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Of all the players it had to be Ronaldo who scored, his goal celebration pissed me off with his little pause as if to say he’s been awesome this tournament but he’s been quite the opposite.

  • 98 Jail for Ashley // Jul 7, 2016 at 9:12 AM

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