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Rafa Meets Fans For 4 Hours – Gives Tactical Talk – He Gets It!

11:33 am, Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

Rafa Benitez often quotes what Newcastle fans want and when he brought in Chelsea winger Christian Atsu on the final day of the transfer window he said:

“I agreed with our fans that we needed to bring in another winger, so I am very happy to welcome Christian to the club.”

It seems that Rafa wants exactly what the fans want and what fans want is a very good team that can challenge for the top four in the Premier League and start to win some trophies – for a change.

Taylor Payne is a member of the Fans Forum and it seems Rafa invited a bunch of them to the Benton Training grounds yesterday and he spent a full four hours with them and it included a tactical talk on how to defend set plays.

He also showed them the improvements made last summer – at his direction – and Taylor has divulged what happened on his popular Twitter account – @TaylorandBesty.

rafa benitez training

Rafa Benitez – in his training gear

That’s just amazing, but Rafa knows what Newcastle is all about and it’s the fans.

There’s not much to add to what Taylor has said – other than – yes – Rafa gets it – he gets Newcastle United big time.

Rafa’s the greatest thing that’s happened to the club for years and years.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Other News

44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon // Sep 7, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    A far cry from Pardew boarding up the training ground as someone was leaking his genius tactics.

    If it all wasn’t so costly to the club, it would be amusing.

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Sep 7, 2016 at 11:40 AM


    My moves are legendary.

  • 3 Average_Contents // Sep 7, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    Let’s hope jizz doesn’t have any prominent social media accounts pretending to support NUFC otherwise as a fanbase we’ll all be fcuked if rafa ever met “the stain”

    Do you jizz?

  • 4 JamesToon // Sep 7, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Ed, the fans don’t want a team that can challenge top 4 and win trophies.

    What the fans want, is a team to be proud of, a team that is behind the manager and puts in 100% every single week and wears their heart on their sleeve.

    Absolutely love Rafa man, still can’t believe we’ve got him

  • 5 cyprus // Sep 7, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Excellent. But are you allowed to defend set pieces using a chair?

  • 6 Tsunki // Sep 7, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Yes Cyprus in fact you can use TLC.

  • 7 Tsunki // Sep 7, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Tables, Ladders and Chairs 🙂

  • 8 Tsunki // Sep 7, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    I’m not sure I’d want Rafa reading this blog mind.


  • 9 cyprus // Sep 7, 2016 at 12:04 PM


  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Sep 7, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    I thought I’d heard it all until Jibberish said it was only the cups we avoided trying to win. I must have completely missed the bit where Churnley said winning the league was priority.
    Ffs what else was there for us to win if not a league or FA cup.

  • 11 Jib // Sep 7, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    Tsunki // Sep 7, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    I’m not sure I’d want Rafa reading this blog mind.

    Amen to that !

  • 12 bettyswallocks // Sep 7, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Jib…. I bet you have some interesting stories you could tell us from your postman days. Please could you recall some of your amusing experiences, it will lighten the mood on here.

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Sep 7, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Come on then Jib, What was it we were trying to win while avoiding the cups

  • 14 Jib // Sep 7, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    firebug666 // Sep 7, 2016 at 11:11 AM


    As usual you bring up the 5th place finish.

    Of course I do – it happened – as did Europe.

    You say what did Ashley ever do for us – are you the Judean People’s Front … or the People’s Front of Judea ?

  • 15 jimmysmith // Sep 7, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see if Rafa can get it to work anyway. I do think there are elements of the Ashley approach that are very strong in principle. Frankly if we’d spent the same amount of money on players, but had Rafa to run the rule over them before signing them, and to dictate when they came in, and in what positions, things would surely have been far far better, and that’s exactly what we’ve now got.

    The plan lacked a quality manager allowed greater authority, although granted it was never part of the plan to have one until Rafa was poured out of a packet of lucky charms into Charnley’s morning cereal bowl, just as Ashley was reduced to throwing money at us as a last resort, or whatever mysterious set of circumstances it was that fell into place allowing us to end up nabbing him.

  • 16 BandB // Sep 7, 2016 at 12:54 PM


    Well done Tsunki.
    Not surprised Jib has jumped on it.
    Whoops, you did it again 🙂

  • 17 jimmysmith // Sep 7, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    The reasoning behind not competing in the cups as far as I recall was to consolidate our league position and build a financial platform from which to gradually strengthen. Admittedly that didn’t actually happen, but that isn’t evidence of insincerity, just incompetence.

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    There was actually research carried out to show that winning a cup could get you relegated. When asked if we’d go for cups if we were safe in the league. He replied with the same answer as the one he was asked before it was mentioned about being safe.
    Rule number one. Mikey’s always right.
    Rule number two
    When Mikeys wrong see rule number one

  • 19 Tsunki // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    For once I’m enjoying the spectacle rather than participating in the sport. Carry on.

  • 20 BandB // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    And as a disconsolate Jib trudges to the pavilion, out plumb LBW, Tsunki and Jail sportingly call him back to the crease, knowing, as they do, that it what the punters have paid to see.

  • 21 Tsunki // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:12 PM


  • 22 jukitsu // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Two chairs instead of useless Coloccini and Taylor last season would have saved us from relegation..

  • 23 Lindisfarne // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Do they practice zonal marking with a game of musical chairs?!

  • 24 Tsunki // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Go back to mid 2014 fans forum for this club statement-

    “The board outlined research into Premier League clubs in relation to domestic cup competition in the last five years, with Swansea the only club outside the traditional six to win a domestic cup and not be relegated in the same season (Wigan and Birmingham were both relegated).”

    The board was then asked if a more concerted effort to win a cup could be made if the team was higher up the league. They said: “The club’s priority is the Premier League.”

  • 25 bettyswallocks // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    MR. Tuff wasn’t happy with Jib’s performance on the cricket field.

  • 26 Lindisfarne // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Colback loves a playing Ring-o-roses, he lets the opposition run rings around him and falls down himself.

  • 27 Tsunki // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    I’m not sure anyone at the club is qualified to manage defensive seating- it’s been known that for some time Mr Carr has had a problem with his stools

  • 28 Tsunki // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Anyway, given the clubs priority was the PL, what the…. happened there?

    I think the big problem with our version of the Arsenal Model and why it failed is because we didn’t actually do it. We did something .

  • 29 Lindisfarne // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    I imagine Shelvey has an eye for skittles, he certainly has a head like one.

  • 30 Tsunki // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    And anyway Ikea do a tidy Corner Suite for about £900 that would have saved us a fortune on Jak Alnwick.

  • 31 Lindisfarne // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Using a single chair just doesn’t stack up.

  • 32 Tsunki // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Are we spending the next transfer window hanging round the Bargain Corner then? 🙂

  • 33 Lindisfarne // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    It has been reported that Carr was at the Friends Arena to watch the Swedish U21s, he was actually relaxing having scouted out the new look front row at Ikea.

  • 34 Mister Tuff // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    betty – too bloody quick there – you’ve thwarted my next gag for Jib.

    Based on the fact he knows nowt about football it would not have been amiss to think he knew nothing about BandBs’ cricketing references.

    Jib old bean – save you some Google searches with reference to BandB’s previous post.

    pavilion ………………Cinema chain
    plumb………………….type of fruit
    LBW………………..little bit of wee.
    crease……………..fold or wrinkle in paper/cloth

    Ref for LBW

    Jib no need for thanks consider it a friendly gesture.

  • 35 LGFUAD21 // Sep 7, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    I really hope we can push on with Rafa.

    In terms of having a manager that knows the game and the business side as well as he does. He is up there with Wenger.

    There are great coaches and great managers. Very few are both AND have a handle on the Busines Side which Rafa seems to.

    We can’t place all the pressure at Rafa’s door as you do need the players to come through for the manager but the signs are good so far. I’ve been extremely impressed with how he has navigated the transfer window. I dont think anyone saw any of these signings coming but they all appear to make sense on paper.

  • 36 Jib // Sep 7, 2016 at 2:01 PM


    Are you trying to ruin today’s blog ?

    That was a perfectly sensible football related post ffs!

  • 37 ron burgundy // Sep 7, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Don’t you have some curtains to wash ………. ?????

  • 38 bettyswallocks // Sep 7, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    I was just wondering how Sissoko is acclimatising to life in the south?
    We have heard nothing from the media as to how he is adapting from the obvious cultural differences between Newcastle and Landern.

    I know he will miss his Stottie cake with saveloy and pease pudding for one thing and there has been no mention as to whether he likes jellied eels or pie and mash with the green liquor.

    Apparently he prefers to stay home and be miserable with his family as oppose to going out wining and dining and partying. Maybe living in London will tempt him to venture out more to sample the wide and varied choice of nightlife the capital has to offer.

    I’m sure we will get an update fairly soon.

  • 39 Munster Mag // Sep 7, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Remarkable stuff out of rafa. There were 20mins in the Brighton game that were just a joy to watch

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Sep 7, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    How very typical of jibberish, talks absolute borlox then sticks his head in the sand. He’ll come back later claiming he’s been drinking with Serbian journos all afternnoon talking footy.

  • 41 Wayayman // Sep 7, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Betty, it will be interesting to see how he handles going from being a big fish in a very small pond to a tiny minnow in a massive ocean. I moved down to London from Byker 20 odd years ago and there’s way more difference than just the food.

    On Rafa getting the fans in yesterday. The bloke just seems to be doing exactly as we want our team to do; try to understand what the club means to the area and fans, and be relentless in effort. He’s so impressive.

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Sep 7, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    What a shame it has taken two relegations and nine years of ill feeling to get this far.

  • 43 hibbit // Sep 7, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Munster Mag

    and 20 hours reflecting on the win !

  • 44 El Sleeve // Sep 7, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Apart from the 4G pitch, what are the improvements at the training ground?

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