Local Lad Talks About The Enormous Impact Of Rafa Benitez

When Newcastle were relegated last May most pundits thought that Rafa Benitez would simply leave the club and those included former Magpie stars Alan Shearer and Rob Lee.

But Rafa shocked everybody by agreeing to stay on at Newcastle United in the second division, after he had started the season managing the most successful football club in the world – Real Madrid – his home town club.

That of course reflected very well on Newcastle United – a sleeping giant of a club that has been very poorly managed over too many years.

Paul Dummett No3 Rafa Benitez Newcastle United

Rafa Benitez talks to Paul Dummett last season

It also reflects very well on the famous Geordie fans who simply had a massive impact on the Spanish manager in his 10 games in charge of the club.

While Rafa couldn’t save us from the drop we did pick up 12 points in those last 6 games and took Spurs apart 5-1 in that last game.

We even started to look like a good team once Rafa had sorted one or two things out – and the five signings we have made so far this summer will only make the Newcastle squad even stronger.

Paul Dummett was away with the Welsh squad when the news was announced on May 25th that Rafa had surprisingly agreed to stay on at Newcastle.

This is what Paul has told the Chronicle today from the Magpies’ training camp in County Kildare, Ireland:

“For me as a player it is tough, as well as being a fan.” “I know how the other fans are feeling, the ones who went every week.”

“It’s tough when you are watching and the team aren’t winning and are at the bottom of the league.”

“When the manager came in we improved a lot and the fans seen that.”

“The way the fans backed us when the manager came in and the way they sang for him on the last day of the season was amazing.”

“Everybody is just delighted.”

“I was away with Wales when I got the news after overhearing some of the Welsh lads talking about how they couldn’t believe he was staying.”

“It just shows how much of a big club this is and the ambition they have shown to take the club forward.”

“It was obviously a massive thing that the manager wanted to see.” “He wanted the club to show him the commitment and for him to believe they want to go somewhere.”

“They have done that by signing new players so far.” “There’s been changes at the training ground so hopefully ……”

The mood in the camp is very positive and the lads seem to be really enjoying the week in Ireland and training under the world-class manager – although they all admit it’s been a tough work.

Even two of our wantaway stars Daryl Janmaat and Gini Wijnaldum have been enjoying it, as they have regularly been sighted walking around Carton House seemingly unable to stop smiling.

Yes – there’s no doubt Rafa Benitez has had an enormous impact on the players and everybody at the club including the fans since he joined Newcastle.

Rafa can certainly lead Newcastle back to greatness again and it all starts with getting everybody together on the same page and simply supporting the club.

Then Newcastle United can move forward as a team and a club – and quickly too!

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Jul 15, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Off subject but every time I listen to lascelles speak, He becomes more captain material as time goes on..
    Anyone know anything about this Anderlecht winger we are after ??

  • lesh

    Jul 15, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Jaanmat and Gini’s smiles may have something to do with the absence of Sissoko?

    Maybe not: Maybe it’s the positive vibes exuded by Rafa

  • nut meg

    Jul 15, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Never heard of him but here’s a link that shows a bit of what he’s capable of doing.

  • Jib

    Jul 15, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Frank Acheampong
    His transfer was reported in his home country in March !

  • Jib

    Jul 15, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #5

    You try to get an idea from signings and targets what the coaching team are plotting.
    I’ve felt for a while now that Rafa is going to try and mix it up in the Championship.
    While 4-2-3-1 is his got-to formation , I think we may be seeing a lot of his 2nd favourite formation – 3 across the back and 2 wing backs , which was seen in the Euros quite a bit with varying degrees of success.

  • G

    Jul 15, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Jib @ 5, surely you are not suggesting we finally have a manager with a Plan B? Unprecedented!


    Jul 15, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    hear we may sign some1 soon by monday


    Jul 15, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #8

    JAMSHA where did you saw that

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 15, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #9

    “Newcastle United have announced this morning that they have sold more than 33,000 season tickets already ahead of the new season.”

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 15, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Jib- Interesting post on tactics. I’ve always wanted us to play Total Football. The only problem was that it required players of superlative skill, telepathic understanding and maximum intelligence.

    Wing backs do seem to be making a resurgence. I prefer the marauding attacking outlet which a Frank Acheampong or Moussa Sissoko could offer. The latter played in the role at times for France in a right sided role. This would be preferable to the Ashley Young type role we saw operating at ManU on occasion.

    Unfortunately it has often become the ultimate tactical fad for so called smart coaches. It often became more of a 4-5-1 which left teams over resourced / overstaffed in defence and understaffed everywhere else. It seemed many of the boring Euro games I watched fell into that category.

    On the Rafa system to be employed why not 4-4-2? He has made it clear ( well to me) that he wants young players to be multi- functional. He ideally favours a striker that can move, who can cross and can do it in a 4-4-2 or in a 4-3-3 or in a 3-5-2. Klopp’s gegenpress requires high levels of fitness. A fad ? Well Rafa is undertaking double training. Sessions 3 times a week at present. Or maybe it’s a Big man ( Mitrovic) little man ( Gayle) strike partnership in a 4-4-2 with two holding midfielders.

  • geordie157

    Jul 15, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11


    I’ve been thinking the same, Lascelles is quietly becoming one of my favourite players at the club and I like listening to his views on things. Future captain for sure!

  • hibbitt

    Jul 15, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Ron Knee
    by the start of the season the club are hoping to have 40000 season ticket holders this is massive boost for the club and a massive thumbs up for Rafa

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 15, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    I’ve always liked 4-4-2. Maybe showing my age. The lone striker just seems to me to toil without reward so often if he isn’t up front of a top notch team. A strong hold up/target man and someone sharp alongside him. Mitrovic and Gayle. The creative players out wide. You don’t need the “no.10” position. You do need central mids who can pass the ball. eg Shelvey. And maybe Anita or this new bloke from Arsenal alongside. No room for a Colback-type, which is a bonus in itself.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 15, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder
    Siem De Jong missing from Ireland training camp due to a hamstring injury. #nufc

    Here we go with injuries to players, how many is it going to be this season.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 15, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #15

    That’s one the thing Benitez have got to sort out.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 15, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #16


    In Rafa we trust!

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 15, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #17


    To be fair, SDJ dislocates his haw when he sneezes. I will be more worried if out seemingly fitter players start dropping like flies.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 15, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18


    In the cricket, Woakes, having just taken a five-fer off a poor ball, has just gone and anihalited the stumps. What a ball.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 15, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #19


  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 15, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #20

    Broad just done the same thing. One more to go quickly and we’ll have them mopped up for less than 330.

  • tonynufc

    Jul 15, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #21

    Anyone know of the game on sat will b televised anywhere. Such as foreign channel’s

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 15, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #22


    Doubtful i reckon. Maybe a local Irish chanel might have it but i wouldnt know how to get it anywhere.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 15, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Ok, that’s enough of SDJ. If he can get back training before the window closes, get rid. Only problem is suitors may be hard to come by given his injury record. Can only really see Ajax coming back in for him. Be lucky to get £5m now. Wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes one of those early retirees.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 15, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #24


    Dutch kieron dyer, he’s just a dutch kieron dyer, dutch kieron dyyyyer….et.c

  • tonynufc

    Jul 15, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #25

    You couldn’t make it up. That’s what I was thinking. POS on kodi. Just have to wait and see

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 15, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #26


    Nufc.com might have some idea. They often list foriegn tv that have our games.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 15, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #27


    He’s worse, least with Dyer we saw the best moments of his career whilst here. Big fan of SDJ when he arrived, but he has appeared in 22 games, less than a quarter of the total contested since he’s been here.

    I think the reluctance to give him more time even when he was supposedly fit is now becoming apparent, extreme caution due to knowing his body isn’t anywhere near the condition it needed to be. Obviously trying for the first time in a long time to go 100% in pre-season and his hamstring gave out.

    Lesson: Do not buy injury prone players, particularly when we are well known for having the most injuries, for reasons nobody seems to have probed or addressed for 10+ years. Not a good recipe. Hopefully Rafa gets a handle on the situation.


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