One decent measure of the confidence of a person – man or woman – is the way and the manner in which they react to criticism – and it seems like in today’s world of social media, there’s plenty of instant criticism to go around.
And Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has had plenty of criticism in his 30 years as a coach and 20 years as a manager.
And like anybody else, some of that will have been fair and some (most?) of it unfair.
Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez – two men running Newcastle
From top to bottom
Rafa as usual has been working hard over the International break and he did have a meeting with Lee Charnley last Wednesday where they discussed many things.
The two of them are essentially running the club, with Rafa making the key decisions on football-related matters, but it does seem like the two of them respect each other personally and have quickly formed an excellent working relationship.
That can only be good for the club.
And Rafa is looking beyond just this season and what the club will have to do it if we do meet our goal this season and get straight back to the Premier League.
This is some of what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today:
“As well as the present, we are also having half an eye on the future.”
“The present is the next game – Brentford – and we are already looking at their team and trying to analyse what we think they will do.”
“But at the same time, we’re also thinking about January, and even the season after that, at the same time though, we can’t lose our focus and that focus has to be the next game.”
“We have a lot of good staff working and they are all doing their jobs.”
“I try to be professional and make the right decisions but you cannot keep everybody happy in football.”
“If I pick one player, some fans will ask why I didn’t pick a different one instead, that’s normal and I can accept that.”
“But I am also happy if they want to criticize the manager for the way he picks the team.”
Rafa doesn’t seem to be affected much at all by criticism and he seems like a man who loves to do his job – and there he is almost inviting criticism of his rotation policy from the fans.
Rafa must have had a lot of practice dealing with criticism of his rotation policy at Liverpool where he hardly ever picked the same side for two successive games.
But the man seems confident in his own ability and we’ve always thought there’s something really special about a person when they are doing the job they love and were meant to do.
Sir Bobby Robson was one of those people in football – and Rafa is another.
Sir Bobby was simply great at Newcastle in his short tenure from 1999-2004, and we are hoping Rafa has the same level of success.
And maybe even win a trophy (trophies) at Newcastle?
That’s something nobody has done since Joe Harvey with Bob Moncur as his captain won the Inter-City Fairs Cup way back in May of 1969 – which now seems like way back in the dark ages.
But that’s the hope of Newcastle fans everywhere – with the great Rafa Benitez in charge.