Newcastle are doing quite well at the moment after our shock 2-0 defeat at home to Wolves almost two weeks ago which was the end of a six game win streak.
Since then we beat Wolves in the 3rd round of the EFL Cup and are now at home to Preston North End in the next round.
And after the disappointment of the 1-1 draw last Saturday afternoon at Villa Park Newcastle came though with that little bit of magic (is that what it was?) in the last couple of minutes of stoppage time against Norwich to get two goals and (magically) turn a defeat into a win.
Rafa Benitez with his second LMA Performance of the Week award
And through all of this Rafa Benitez has stayed cool, calm and collected unlike most of the Newcastle fans.
In his pre-match and post-match interviews he always talks highly of and respects the opposition and is not allowing the players to get carried away.
He’s also trying to manage the expectations of the Geordie – a very difficult task – because those expectations are always massive.
Here’s what Rotherham manager Alan Stubbs said about the manager in the build up to the game tomorrow:
“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.”
Rafa also won the LMA Performance of the week award for the 4-3 win over Norwich on Wednesday night and he won the same award for the 6-0 trouncing of QPR.
Here’s some of what the LMA said about that win:
“The five-man panel has determined that the LG Performance of the Week Award should go to Newcastle United following their last gasp 4-3 victory against Norwich City in the Championship on Wednesday 28th September 2016.”
“Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez will receive his second celebratory bottle of champagne of the season, courtesy of Tanners Wines, and another LG Performance of the Week trophy in a presentation to commemorate the result.’”
Rafa Benitez is the new face of the new Newcastle United and while he hasn’t achieved anything yet, he is slowly but surely bringing back the good times to Newcastle United.
He seems the perfect manager for Newcastle and it’s an honor to have him at the club.
Howay The Lads!!