Garry Monk was fired by Swansea last December, when his record was better than Steve McClaren’s at Newcastle, yet Newcastle waited another four months before McClaren was finally sacked and that turned out to be far too late to save us from relegation.
After starting off well and getting 8 points from the first four games Garry Monk then went 11 games with only 6 points and he was duly fired.
That was after he had led Swansea to 8th place and 56 points in the Premier League the season before – the highest position ever for the Swans.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez – well he looks happy enough
Garry handled himself well as the Swansea manager and it was good to see he got a good job in early June when he became the new manager of Leeds United – once a real powerhouse in English football.
Maybe Garry can lead Leeds United back to where they belong – in the Premier League again.
Garry was asked about Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez on BBC Radio 5 and this is what he has said about the former Valencia, Liverpool and Naples manager:
“They have in Rafa one of the most experienced coaches in Europe.” “He knows the culture of British football.”
“I think he sees this as a project, he sees the challenge of getting Newcastle United back in the Premier League, and being a real force in the Premier League.”
“That’s probably his attitude and focus in what he is trying to do there.”
With the likely announcement today of two more signings in Mo Diame from Hull and Ciaran Clark from Aston Villa, Rafa will have brought in 8 new players this summer and allowed 8 senior players to leave the club as he overhauls the squad.
Let’s just say it needed it and should have been done long before now.
We are hoping we can get promoted immediately back to the Premier League next May, but with the nonsense that has gone on at the club over the last two seasons, we will not take anything for granted.
But certainly Rafa has made a huge difference at Newcastle in the short four months he’s been on Tyneside.
If anybody can do it – then it’s Rafa Benitez.
But we have to respect every single opponent in this coming season and then we have a really good chance of getting straight back to the Premier League.
Howay The Lads!!