Former Everton player Alan Stubbs was appointed manager of Rotherham United in June after he had two seasons managing Hibernian north of the border.
And he is looking forward to managing against Rafa Benitez on Saturday afternoon and will have his Rotherham team ready for the test.
We cannot afford a let-down after our other famous win this season when we hammered QPR 6-0 at their place and then we were very poor as we lost the next game 2-0 at home to Wolves.
Alan Stubbs – looking forward to the test
Alan played for Everton 171 times with 6 goals from 2001-2005 so he was playing on Merseyside during Rafa’s first season in charge of Liverpool when he won the Champions League final against Milan.
It was the dramatic game in Istanbul when they were 3-0 down at half-time, but came back to win it on penalties.
This is what Stubbs has said before the game against Newcastle on Saturday:
“It’s me pitting my wits against a Champions League winner.”
“There’s the Liverpool and Everton rivalry as well. I’ve come across Rafa on a few occasions and he’s a really nice guy; very humble, very intelligent.”
“You only have to listen to some of his ex-players talk to know that, tactically, he’s a fantastic manager. I’m hoping on Saturday he doesn’t get his tactics right and I get mine right.”
“It’s great. This is what it’s all about,”
“I don’t think anyone could have envisaged the likes of a Newcastle coming to New York Stadium this season, because everybody would have thought they’d be a Premier League club.”
“When a team’s spent over £50M on players just this season, I think that tells you what their aspirations are. They’ll be there or thereabouts.”
“I think they’re everybody’s favorites to go up this season. I can see why.”
Rafa Benitez will not want another let-down on Saturday and we started really well last night against Norwich, but missed maybe five great chances to score in that first half.
In one of these games those chances will be converted into goals and we’ll have another big win.
But if our players think it will be an easy game on Saturday at Rotherham it could be another shock defeat.
That’s the last thing we need before the two week International break.
We must go all out for the win and maybe make this a game we can fully control without too much drama?
That would be good.