Benitez Switches Things Around – Keeps Doing Everything Right

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.

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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!!

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far


    Jul 13, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Jul 13, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #2

    that didnt work,some good pics on news now of team building exercises and hthe lads having a laugh
    pic special scaling new heights is the title.


    Jul 13, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #3

    that didnt work,some good pics on news now of team building exercises and the lads having a laugh
    pic special scaling new heights is the title.


    Jul 13, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #4

    its all went pete tong…so early in the day as well!lol

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 13, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Start as ya mean to carry on springy… 😉

  • martoon

    Jul 13, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Springy – some canny pictures there.
    Reminds me of aptitude tests that some companies used to give when you went for a job – I seem to remember Dunlop had you running around the woods solving log puzzles etc. – anybody remember them?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 13, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    The Ronnie Gill

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    Jul 13, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #8

    crap …i hope not mate..or today could be a stinker!lol
    how’s tricks mate?

  • BenbulbenMag

    Jul 13, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Jul 13, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #10

    cant say i ever knew anything about the dunlop trials if i can call them that…i did go to alston as a bairn to high plains lodge,for a week of outdoor activities which was similar….rock climbing,gorge walking,canoeing all good team building stuff…great fu though!lol.


    Jul 13, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #11

    great fun#…..damn these daft fingers this morning!!

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 13, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Things is fine cheers springy, I trust you too are in fine fettle? Really bored with the sissoko thing though. Keeps sending me to sleep lol.


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