Why My Hat Is Off To Rafa Benitez

Phil Brown has given some significant praise to Rafa Benitez today for staying on at Newcastle after we were relegated – and that he has not deserted a sunken ship – so to speak.

Phil has pointed out that Rafa has stayed on board for the significant challenge he has taken up of steering Newcastle United back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Rafa does seem to have owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Lee Charnley right behind him in what is a united club at the moment; the most united and together Newcastle have been since the great Sir Bobby Robson was manager from 1999-2004.

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Phil Brown – Southend manager – Rafa Benitez didn’t just walk away

And he thinks it’s Rafa’s strong character that has seen him stay on at Newcastle.

This is how Phil Brown responded when asked if he was surprised that Benitez had agreed to stay on at St James’ Park for the next three years:

“Yes and no.” “Having locked horns with him as assistant-manager at Bolton Wanderers it’s nice to know that he’s actually stayed with Newcastle.”

“Us managers like a challenge and there’s no better a challenge than when Stevie Bruce got relegated at Hull City and he got promoted.”

“That challenge of Sean Dyche getting relegated at Burnley and then staying and getting promoted again.”

“That is a challenge that nobody can question you as a man because you haven’t walked away from a ship that’s going down.”

“You’ve not walked away from a crisis, you’ve actually taken it on the chin, you’ve accepted that you’ve got relegated.”

“And you accept the chance of getting promoted again with backing from Mike Ashley, with backing from the Board of Directors.”

“And that’s what you need; you need money because everybody wants to go up as you have to because there’s a £150M-£200M pot at the end of it so the pressure’s on Newcastle to finish as Champions.”

“It doesn’t matter, the main thing is to get promoted and get back into the Premier League and start fighting again.”

“It’s testimony to the man that he stayed on and hats off to him as far as I’m concerned and I’m looking forward to Newcastle doing well this year.”

Rafa’s strong character and loyalty is not particularly shared by a number of our high profile stars – and we could yet see Florian Thauvin, Moussa Sissoko and even Daryl Janmaat leave the club before September.

Andros Townsend and Gini Wijnaldum have already left for Premier League clubs.

But strong characters in the dressing room was not a strength at Newcastle last season and it’s just one of the things Rafa is trying to fix this summer and he’s already made what look like six very good signings.

Matz Sels, Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden, Jesus Gamez and Grant Hanley have all joined the club over the last month or so.

They all seem to be delighted to have joined a club as big and as famous as Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #1

    I bet you the hapless tuft would have delighted in the challenge of taking us back up after relegating us with a club record low points.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #2

    I wonder how the decision to fire tufty actually came about, I’d love to have been a fly on the wall while they went about it.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 27, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #3


    There’s so many aliases that he used but carl/pushy fiasco where he was caught out messaging himself was a stand out that I still find hilarious. Could never take him seriously ever since. For prominent NUST members we never had any correspondence from him when I was on the board of NUST so somehow I reckon he’s full of it. Laugh it off though, we all know he’s an idiot. I hope you’re well mate.


    Yeah I’m sure he will be but he could spend the next decade on his best behaviour, the man will never be forgiven in my eyes and he’s being shown up for the sweatshop running charlatan that he is and I for one don’t want any association with him at our club but we’re still stuck with him.

    I’m sure we’ll win the Championship easily, but building a squad for the future should also be high on the agenda right now so it’s promising to see good young players being brought in.

  • Harley

    Jul 27, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Honestly, who gives a flying flock what that orange monkey Phil brown has got to say?!!!!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #5

    I am well, cheers, glad to be back in love with the club again and just trying to forget that we have one of the top five odious owners in the world. Maybe Rafa will bring him down to the top ten by next May.Maybe he realised that with him becoming such a loathsome figure in everything he’said done despite all his yachts and planes that he wanted to do something right for a change or maybe he’s just waiting for Rafa to get us back up before getting Llambeze to fire him and install the next sacked manager of the month winner!

  • Belfast

    Jul 27, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Leave the editor of the daily planet alone. I really enjoyed the Colback exclusive. 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Ha ha ha lol, pmsl, ha ha you rascal. Sling yer hook !


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