Rafa Benitez took some time out yesterday lunchtime to talk to nufcTV when he was asked a number of questions on different topics on the fourth day of the Ireland training camp in County Kildare.
As usual Rafa was calm and assured as well as being upbeat.
As we reported yesterday he did talk about Moussa Sissoko and said there was no price tag on the French midfielder, because Newcastle did not want to sell him this summer.
Rafa said Moussa was still an integral part of Newcastle’s plans for this season and for the future.
Rafa Benitez – doing everything right
The lads have been training hard with two sessions a day, but yesterday afternoon Rafa changed things around in the afternoon and split the squad into various teams and gave them some problem solving exercises to solve.
Exercises that would have got the lads talking and communicating with each other and building up that all important team spirit.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Rafa and his coaching staff formed a team and did the exercises too.
This is how Rafa explained it all to nufcTV:
“We know that the players are working hard so the idea was two training sessions a day but now we will have some activities and then try to improve the team spirit a little bit.”
“It’s good when they have something to do together and then they will help each other, they will compete between themselves.”
“I think it’s good for the team spirit.” “If it’s possible we try to encourage this because we know that when you have not done well on the pitch, sometimes the team spirit is more difficult to keep.”
“The players are trying to do their best so hopefully they will enjoy this and they will be a little bit more compact after that and be ready for the next training session.”
This type of thing is done on executive corporate retreats to force people to get to know each other a lot better and it’s lighthearted and fun.
It does cause bonding of people as they get to know each other beneath the surface.
Rafa is also keeping things very light and enjoyable, although the lads seem to be getting through an awful lot of work as Paul Dummett mentioned in his nufcTV interview on Monday.
The manager seems to be doing everything right at Newcastle and it’s just terrific and even inspiring to see a man who is the very best at what he does.
It all bodes very well for the future of Newcastle United.
Howay The Lads!!