Henri Saivet has given an interview in France Football today and he was not very happy during the eight months he had at Newcastle United.
It’s not nice, but if you really want to read what he said about Newcastle here it is – he was very frustrated on Tyneside.
That should come as no surprise to Newcastle fans, since Henri hardly ever played for Newcastle after his £5M move from Bordeaux.
Henri Saivet in pre-season
And after venting about his time at Newcastle he did talk a little about Rafa Benitez and he thinks Rafa is a great coach.
This is what he has said about the Newcastle manager:
“Benitez is a great coach. He talks a lot of tactics – a little too much at times, but he is a great coach.”
“When he was appointed the group (team) was lost, not confident and there remained ten matches to play.”
“It was complicated for him. The leaders had asked him to play the English way. It’s like that there.”
The suggestion there was that Rafa had been asked to play British players in the team because they knew what it was like to fight against relegation.
What Rafa actually did was to use the experienced players at Newcastle as much as he could and the youngsters didn’t get much playing time.
The new players – particularly like Henri who were not used to the English way of playing football, were also not used by Rafa.
But you get casualties when Newcastle got themselves into a complete and utter mess by early March …. and Henri was one of those casualties.
But so too were thousands and thousands of Newcastle fans who were basically screwed and let down completely by those running the club last season – and we are now a second division club.
But things have changed and they are now already a million miles better than last season – and that’s after Rafa has been here for only a short six months.
Things are improving quickly and we are very confident in the future of Newcastle United with Rafa Benitez in complete control of all football matters.
That’s the good news.