Where Was Rafa Yesterday – With UEFA’s Elite Coaches


Rafa traveled to Switzerland yesterday and was one of a number of Europe’s leading club coaches meeting in Nyon to openly discuss a number of key issues to do with their jobs and the modern game of football.

rafa benitez with top coaches yesterday

The UEFA Elite Club Coaches’ Forum includes Rafa Benitez

The UEFA Elite Club Coaches’ Forum was formed back in 1999, and it gives top coaches in modern day football to meet each other in a more relaxed and comfortable environment and away from the high-pressure jobs they are in.

They are encouraged to give UEFA their opinions, proposals and ideas to improve the game of football.

UEFA then takes that feedback and discusses the recommendations with various committees, expert panels and working groups.

The current Forum chairman and UEFA coaching Ambassador is Sir Alex Ferguson (who else?), and he had this to say after the meeting:

“It’s great to get all the coaches we have today to give up their time and make the contribution that they did,”

“It’s an enthralling meeting because the contradictions in people’s opinions were fantastic.” “The good opinions of experienced people in the game is invaluable.”

“The different coaches put forward different opinions, and I think that is really refreshing.”

Since 2013, UEFA has invited those coaches who have coached in more than 100 UEFA Champions League games, as well as coaches from the UEFA Europa League semi-finalists.

Some of the top coaches present yesterday in addition to Sir Alex were the following:

  • Carlo Ancelotti (FC Bayern Munchen)
  • Mircea Lucescu (FC Zenit)
  • Rafael Benítez (Newcastle United FC)
  • Jose Mourinho (Manchester United FC)
  • Arsene Wenger (Arsenal FC)
  • Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Luis Enrique (FC Barcelona)
  • Dieter Hecking (VfL Wolfsburg)
  • Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid CF)
  • Rui Vitoria (SL Benfica)
  • Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus)
  • Hein Vanhaezebrouck (KAA Gent)
  • Sergey Rebrov (FC Dynamo Kyiv)

It seems to us that Rafa needs to get his current club playing in Europe again rather quickly.

Comments welcome.



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207 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Sep 1, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Lilongwe

    Yep well spotted pal, More goods to be added to the pot.
    It has been some amazing bit of business by all concerned at Nufc that they could transform our club in such a way over one transfer window.

    Beggars belief what actually went on behind the scenes before the intervention of Rafa.
    Next summer providing we get out of the championship at the first hurdle, Could be a massive pivotal point in Newcastle’s premiership status because there is going to be a big gulf between us and the top half of the PL table.

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 1, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Pep?

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  • JamesToon

    Sep 1, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #3

    So weird isn’t it how before the window, people were discussing about how much of an overhaul there would be. Poeple saying like “oh i dont think there will be many signings” “he’ll keep most of our players”

    Bloody 22 outgoings and 12 players incoming! Crazy! but so pleased as we now have a settled squad of players who want to be here.

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  • jazzyp

    Sep 1, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Makes you see where the club could be headed with Rafa at the helm.
    Probably the best bit of transfer business we did at the club keeping him on board for the foreseeable future

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Plenty of pats on the back and high fives after the window. Let’s get promoted and then we will see if Ashley has changed, all we’ve done so far is trim the squad and bring in a load of revenue whilst saving on wages. Music to Ashley’s ears…..money money money

    When it comes to spend let’s see how ambitious we really are next season, because the squad as it stands will come straight back down if we go up

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Benitez must be on the cusp of controlling Newcastle much to the same degree that Ferguson came to at Man U.

    I suppose that once he demonstrates he can, Ashley will indeed give him free reign.

    Why not? I’m sure it’d be a blessed relief to him.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Our toon

    Yes it is fair to say that we have funded ourselves this window. But I don’t think the he fans appreciate being self sufficient enough.

    Sure it must be great having an owner wiling to plot millions in but I don’t think fans should expect it. They never used to in the old days and I think clubs should be regulated more on ensuring that they only spend what the club as a business can afford. It’s not just about fair play. It’s also about ensuring clubs can survive long term.

    The way we have done our business this summer means we should have money in January and next summer to properly keep the club moving forward.

    Whether that happens is the acid test for Mike Ashley. I would hope that what happens is he will finally see/learn from Rafa how a club should be run in order to keep moving forward without crippling itself in the process financially.

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  • martoon

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Although this sounds negative I was pleased we didn’t sign McManaman. I think his signing would have upset the fans and some of the players.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #9

    OT,
    How can you possibly predict that. Is our squad any worse than Watford or Bournemouths last year who stayed up. We are just finding our groove. Teams will soon be facing a team who are so used to winning their heads will be gone before they step out in to one of the biggest stadiums in the country managed by a UEFA elite.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Martoon

    Yeah i agree. There is no suggestion he had changed his ways. The haidara challenge was not the first or last time he has committed rediculous fouls.

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  • Toon_Barmy

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Doesn’t bare thinking about but where would we be if we didn’t have Rafa? Stuck with McClaren or some other mug and a handful of players in from the continent that are not suited to this league. Wonder if we will terminate Tiote’s contract now? Shame we didn’t get a fee for him mind.

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  • nut meg

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #12

    From news now…spurs are paying Sissoko 80k a week, that doesn’t sound much at all for a 30m player.

    Revealed: How much Tottenham are paying for Moussa Sissoko London Evening Standard 17:57

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Jail

    No our squad wasn’t worse than Bournemouth, Watford bought in 14 players and a new manager, more importantly both sides played attacking football and went for the points, the ones that didn’t got relegated.

    You think the current squad is good enough for the premier league? With all the investment by clubs this summer, far from it mate.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #14

    nut meg

    What was he paid at Newcastle?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Toon_Barmy,
    It doesn’t bare thinking about. Stuart Pearce in charge being dictated to by Carr and Churnley. We’d have kept sinking. I honestly think Ashley would have sold every saleable asset, took the parachute payments and folded us in about three years.

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  • expatmag

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #16

    I bet Pardew is well p***** off he wasnt invited…..lol

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Don’t forget rafa went 5 unbeaten with the same squad mcclaren struggled with. We got relegated because we didn’t bring rafa in sooner. This current crop is good for the championship but premier league….not a chance.

    Lgfuad, being self sufficient is good but when everyone else isn’t then it’s a hindrance rather than a positive

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #18

    OT,
    You’re going on that assumption based on two very poor performances at the start of the season. This same squad with a season together gaining a winning mentality would imo would survive in the PL. With the careful additions that will of course have to be bought we will comfortably finish in the top ten.

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  • martoon

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Toon_Barmy if he doesn’t want to play for us then cancelling his contract would seem logical. We wouldn’t get a transfer fee but we would save on his wages and he could find a new club x

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Expat – you’re right I’ve checked and Alan didn’t make it to the photo shoot, maybe he was still eating Wengers’ dinner? Sam Allardyce obviously had other engagements too.

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  • Kebabacus

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #21

    What’s the team going to be at Derby then?

    I’m not even sure who plays or us anymore 🙂

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Hey Ian, thanks for taking the time to read my posts carefully enough keep track of the thread of my arguments. That’s rare and maybe even undeserved.

    For my part, I enjoy your posts a great deal, not just for the football content, which is always well considered and well written, but also for the drama and humour that swirls around them. Good fun. Keep ’em coming, even if I don’t mind if you leave me out of them pal. haha!

    I’m happy for people to make whatever they want from my posts. Happy for them to be making anything at all out of them in truth. Happy if anyone bothers to read them at all. Like most I write out of pure devotion to the club, to get it off my chest, and I think they’re a mixed bag to be honest, often rattled off, but I can look after myself, as I know you can too.

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  • santon3

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #23

    where is pardew?

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  • nut meg

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Ron
    Not sure what he was on but I’m pretty sure 80k is not that much of a pay rise considering we paid him decent money when he first signed for 1.8m I think he got a increase shortly after also while showing some good form but all those players costing that kind of money seem to be getting a lot more than 80k a week,at least the one’s I’v read about over the years.

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail

    And what have you based that assumption on that this current squad can finish mid table in the prem? The last 2 performances?

    Brighton was good they still had chances which they didn’t take, Bristol again missed quite a few chances. Good results for us but be realistic mate.

    All clubs that get promoted say the big difference between the championship and PL is you get punished for making mistakes.

    Be interesting to see how many others think the current squad which lacks in creativity would be good enough to finish mid table in the prem

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  • Budge123

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Let’s just concentrate on getting up before we worry about staying up!

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  • toon22

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #27

    The problem we have had over the last god knows how many years is we havent had an actual team,its been a group of people who rely on individual skill to gain resluts.
    Weve not had a team effort for as long as i can rememmber,Rafa is obviously building that team.
    Once we get out of this league we will need that extra spice to add to an already solid team.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #28

    This is worrying ;

    “…the payments means Newcastle would receive the full fee — in five instalments of £6m — only if he stays for the duration of his five-year contract.”

    Then does that mean to say if Spurs sell Sissoko within a year or two we only get half of the money?!? If that is true we end up losing money and only selling him for a fraction of the £30m.

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  • nut meg

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #29

    toon22
    I 100% agree with that

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #30

    It on here at the top of the article;

    http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/revealed-how-much-tottenham-are-paying-for-moussa-sissoko-and-why-mauricio-pochettino-wanted-the-a3334451.html

    Hope us fans can get a clarification to this from Rafa in a fans forum meeting or something.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #31

    nut meg

    Let’s hope he gets a London Weighting Allowance like the nurses. He’ll find it a struggle to make ends meet on a measly 80K!

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  • Pat On The Heed

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Sissoko is overpriced at 30m, but the bravado on here about what a bad character he is for not going to Everton (diddums) or how much better off we are without him – and wini, etc – is denial central. The squad has taken a hit of around 40% in quality, going from a lavishly assembled bunch of talented misfits (that did all our heads in) to an attritional rump with bells on it, akin to QPR or Fulham.

    The fact our manager is vastly superior to others at this level probably means we’d be in promotion contention with either squad come May. Sissoko drove the team from midfield on a good day, especially on the counter. No love lost, but can’t see any current player fulfilling that role.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #33

    OT,
    I never said finish mid table, it would definitely need three or four quality players for that. This current squad with a season together would not get relegated. All just opinion of course.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #34

    JP,
    Does it really matter how Spurs are paying us. We did not get a chance to spend the money last night, so unless it really affects our January spending I don’t really care what they’ve done.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Realistic Rafa:-

    “We know we couldn’t get some names that we wanted but we brought players in the positions and with the experience required for this division.”

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  • Wayayman

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Don’t forget poor Moussa would have gotten the rest of his contract here paid in full as he didn’t hand in a transfer request. Them’s the rules nowadays, not the old style ‘waiving’ the signing on fee.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #37

    JP – I can’t imagine that means anything more than if they sell him before the five years instalment plan term they have to cough up the balance.

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  • Sliema

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #38

    Pat

    I don’t want us to need a single player who can drive the team all on his own. Too long we have ended off deliberately or not relying on one player to do such tasks, I’d much prefer a team, and the team is more of a team without Sissoko imho.

    There was more to moan about than to rave about with Moussa, we need the right characters at our club who want to work hard.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #39

    They obviously didn’t want him that much if they only bought him with minutes to spare. I think they had a list of midfield players and he was probably the last name on it to be honest. Failed to sign Zaha and a couple of others which left Sissoko or nobody.

    And like the article states Levy very rarely signs anyone over 25 – So it looks like there was an element of desperation at Spurs to get one player on that list.

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  • nut meg

    Sep 1, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #40

    RON
    I agree,it would be a struggle for me too…but…cut the coat according to the cloth.Stay in on a Monday night!

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