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Rafa Benitez Tries To Put The Record Straight

12:54 pm, Saturday, October 8th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

Rafa Benitez is a teetotaler – doesn’t drink alcohol – and has been talking today about what he talks about when he sees the managers after the games in the Championship and he admits they ask him about his time at Real Madrid.

Rafa was Real’s manager last season from June through early January when his three year contract at his home town club was terminated.

In fact to be exact he was fired on January 4th and the word put out at the time was that he was fired because of a number of things – allegations of unpopularity with supporters, displeasure with players and a failure to get good results against top sides.

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Rafa Benitez and Chris Hughton this season

However the stories usually come from what the President wants the stories to be – and most of those originated with Real Madrid President Florentino Perez, who used to attend training sessions to keep an eye on things.

At away games when possible Rafa spends time with the Championship managers and he says he did have some time to talk to Chris Hughton after our 2-0 home win over Brighton.

This is what Benitez said when asked if he had a drink with the Championship managers:

“I have spent time with some of them after games.” “Normally when you go away, you do that if you have time which is not always the case.”

“Chris Hughton was here at St James’ Park and we were talking.” “It’s fine and I enjoy it.”

“You share information and then you talk about this player or that, or what happened in Madrid.”

“They think what they have heard is true, but it is not true.”

We have been very surprised – on the upside – at how well Rafa treats the players and the close relationship he has with them.

Only yesterday Andros Townsend came out with how “fantastic” Rafa had been with him when he was at the club last season.

When Benitez was at Liverpool there were stories about how he never praised players like Steven Gerrard for example, after he had a good game.

Rafa is hard to please because he’s a perfectionist, so if we won 6-1 he would talk about how we could have defended their goal a lot better.

And maybe he’s mellowed with age and experience and we’re sure he wants to become a better manager as time goes on – just like he wants Newcastle United to become a better team as time goes on.

One thing’s for sure – he’s got our 100% backing – he’s been unbelievable for Newcastle over  a very short seven months at the club.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Coaching · Management · Newcastle News

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bobbybee // Oct 8, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Really pleased that Madrid wanted rid of Rafa. Did he lose a game or two? Shame on him. Still, their loss is definitely our gain in this case. Looking at what he’s doing at Newcastle might be the new blueprint for owners to follow – if their ego allows it. Not every manager could do this job though, you need a man with the right attitude and skills – a man like Rafa. Maybe the curse has been lifted at long last and we look to be right on track to being a proper football club. A long time coming, but the wait might turn out to be worthwhile. In Rafa we trust!

  • 2 expatmag // Oct 8, 2016 at 1:09 PM


    I think the fact RM lost 4-0 at home to Barcalona may gave influenced the decision to sack him

  • 3 Bobbybee // Oct 8, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Mmm, one bad game eh. Says so much about the current game and the must win at all costs attitude of some fans of ‘big clubs’. I suppose Barcelona have never beaten anybody else by that score in the past though… Still, not complaining one bit. He’s now at a club where the overwhelming majority of fans love the guy, win lose or draw. There are of course the odd ones who’ll never be happy, but that’s why they’re described as ‘the odd ones’. 🙂 Love to see him stay until he retires myself.

  • 4 bettyswallocks // Oct 8, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Regarding BandB’s attempt on an earlier thread to post a football related comment without any form of apology or explanation as to her dispicable behaviour the other night. This confirms that she is either a horrible,cold, calculating manipulative person or completely deranged.

    I must confess that during International breaks and between matches, I find it quite amusing to provoke a bit of controversy and banter on the blog once every drop of analysis and discussion has been wrung from the match itself. I could see what BandB was trying to instigate the other night and it did stir up the blog sufficiently to increase the number of posts. However to threaten police action and disclose private email exchanges is just taking below the belt behaviour to a new level.

    As has been pointed out several times already, it seems strange that Mr. Tuff in his quest to rid the blog of anti social behaviour failed to comment on her activities particularly her attempts to poke fun at Bobby’s disability. As mocking disability was on the list of unacceptable behaviour then surely this reeks of double standards.

  • 5 Moonraker15 // Oct 8, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Rafa is a truly world class coach/manager and we are lucky to have him. Please Ashley, don’t blow it as we have a real opportunity to become a force again! That’s Rafa’s ambition cos he sees huge potential; he wouldn’t be bothering otherwise.

  • 6 nufconceandfuturekings // Oct 8, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Thanks for clarifying what teetotal means, Ed! We grunts do need that kind of guidance, heh, heh.

    As for our wonderful Rafa, it’s natural he’d have a good chat with Chris Hughton – two decent guys, there. I love how he put in the aside about Real. Let’s face it, everyone gets sacked from Real!

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