First Hayden Interview – Rafa The Only Manager I Want To Play For

It looks like it didn’t take too long for Rafa Benitez to persuade Isaac Hayden that his future lay at Newcastle United under the tutelage of the famous former Valencia and Liverpool manager.

It turns out that Rafa was in London in mid-June and talked at length to Isaac about his game, about tactics and at the end of the two hour long meeting Isaac only wanted to join Rafa at Newcastle.

isaac hayden a benton

Isaac Hayden photographed at Benton

Benitez’ persuasive powers with players is very well known and Rafa seems to just love talking to players about football, their skills, about tactics and areas they can improve in.

This is what Hayden told nufcTV today about the meeting with Rafa in London in mid-June:

“I met him in London in the middle of June and we had a good, two-hour long conversation.” “He explained a few things to me, what to improve and what I’m good at.”

“It was good to know he’s obviously been watching my games and things like that. For me, as soon as that meeting was done, I knew that this was the only place for me to come.”

“He is the only manager I want to play under and learn from.”

“It was brilliant. He was talking to me about tactical things, things that he’d learnt in the past – everything.”

“So for me to have that initially was massive, and as soon as I left that meeting I knew that this was the right place for me to come.”

“To meet him like that was fantastic and to work under him now is going to be even better and I think that the main thing I got from that meeting is I’m 100% going to be a better player.”

“I’m going to learn a lot from him while he’s my manager so it was a no-brainer to come here.” “It’s not just Benitez who Hayden is looking forward to playing for, either.”

“All of the stories I’ve heard about the fans have been fantastic,” “They come out in their thousands which is what you want to see, and to get the opportunity to play in front of them and show them what I’m capable of and play with the passion that I know they like.”

“I think we’ll get on great.”

You know we think Issac must have been fairly impressed with Rafa at that meeting – just a wild guess.


Certainly the former Arsenal player comes across really well in that interview and all he wants to do at Newcastle is to improve as a player.

Sounds good to us and he looks another excellent signing for Newcastle.

Howay The Lads!!

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