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Shearer Has Coffee With Rafa – Manager’s Only Reasonably Happy

1:41 pm, Sunday, October 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

One thing you have to understand about Rafa Benitez is that he’s a perfectionist and if we win a game 7-1 he will be talking about how we could have done better in defending the goal we conceded.


So with that in mind Rafa has no limits on what Newcastle can do under his stewardship and he’s already said the main reason he wanted to stay on Tyneside was because of the fans and the fact he wants to win trophies at Newcastle.

🙂 🙂 🙂


Rafa Benitez with his coaching staff

Alan has been writing on the Coral web-site:

“There is a feel-good factor, the Newcastle fans are happy with the way the season is going.”

“It was a tough start with the first two league games, a baptism of fire, but Rafa has them going in the right direction.”

“I think what the early season has proved to everyone is that it’s not going to be a walk in the park for Newcastle, there are teams in the Championship that will push them and it is one hell of hard long slog.”

“I had a coffee with Rafa in the week and he is reasonably happy with the way things are going, he’s loving life in Newcastle and, hopefully, long may that continue.”

“He’s confident in his players.” “He, like everybody else, knows the aim is to get back in the Premier League, this season, not next season.”

“They’re on track to do that, he knows it’s a long, hard slog, but he’s confident in his players.” “He’s got a group of players he feels he can work with and improve and they will improve.”

“A lot of the players have not played in an atmosphere like St James Park before so once they realise and understand what it’s like then they’ll improve and get better from Christmas onwards.”

Both these men seem to respect each other and we think at some point Rafa would like to get Alan Shearer officially connected with the club.

If Rafa wants to do that we’re pretty sure Mike Ashley would not object in any way.

Let’s hope the owner knows he has the right man in charge at Newcastle and all he has to do is to keep giving Rafa free rein at the club and stay out of the way.

If that happens then Newcastle could become really successful – and possibly in the near future.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Alan Shearer · Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Other News

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Oct 16, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    So we’re still second!

  • 2 mindshaft // Oct 16, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Good win by Sheff over Huddersfield , think us and Norwich will start to pull away from the playoff pack soon enough – Norwich will falter if they get a few injuries as they have a lot less depth than us.
    Money is one thing but Villa spent 50 million and they are looking like relegation candidates already

  • 3 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 16, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Yeah I wouldn’t say we outclassed them
    Yes we were the better team the first half – should of been 3-0 up first half – anyone tell me why our ‘third’ goal was disallowed – from the Gallowgate end was someone offside or interfering with the goalkeepers vision i.e. Tiote’s ‘goal’ against Shitty.

    When we scored our third we were totally in control but from there on we lost the plot – shoddy passing lack of movement letting Brentford back into the game.

    Got to keep going for 90 minutes

    I don’t think we play with a higher enough tempo to outclass teams – but if we do we are going to murder someone.

    Saying that we are getting better when we play well but to many games of two halves at the minute

  • 4 Essex Geordie Bill // Oct 16, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Holloway apparently said in one of the threads that teams should be man marking Shelvey this is a repost of my comment regarding this, thought it was worth a repeat as most people were in bed by then.

    Man mark Shelvey, I’d hate to be the player nominated for that job, he’s so fit and mobile that they’d have to use all 3 subs to keep up with him. He’s like the Duracell bunny. 🙂

  • 5 iKeyaGaming // Oct 16, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    It hit his hand before it went in.

  • 6 Essex Geordie Bill // Oct 16, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Anyway the missus is now tidying up the garden so I’ll be flitting back and forth as she finds me little jobs, have so far managed to bang my finger and thumb with the hammer. 🙂

  • 7 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 16, 2016 at 2:08 PM


  • 8 Ron Knee // Oct 16, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Boro/Watford: not exactly a classic here!

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Oct 16, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    I wonder if the Huddersfield fans are jamming their blog sites saying how Wagner isn’t cut out for this league, moaning that he isn’t rotating the squad enough, crying they should be doing better or calling him Hermann or Yank in a disrepectful way,

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Oct 16, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    We’ve got the day off here as we finished yesterday, quite possibly the worst two games of football that Sky have ever shown on a Sunday, both games got a Monday night written all over them.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Oct 16, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Middlesborough vs Watford.
    ”To be honest, if you told me this was a game in the Championship, I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s at that level at the moment”

  • 12 Bobbybee // Oct 16, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Well that was a canny game all in all. At no time did I feel they threatened us and although we slacked off after going three up, we always had enough and some spare. What more can be said about Shelvey? Sublime range of passing that shines very bright in this league. Stood out a country mile today, so much better than anybody else on the pitch. Doesn’t matter what league he’s in, a 60 yard pass right onto the toe is as good in the PL as it is in the Championship. England call up must be on the cards. Darlow very comfortable again and likely to retain his place. Clark must have Villa fans pulling their hair out with yet another very good game. All in all – a great win.
    Sutty, fyi, Arma picked up a knock playing for England, which is why he sat out the last game. Nothing to do with not being able to get in Barnsley’s team. ? A lad with a massive future.

    Not much to add really. We did everything asked of us and to be fair, their goal was a well worked training exercise, with a flick on at the near post. Being critical we could have stopped it, but those flicks always cause problems to any defence. I thought our concentration levels were excellent in a game it would have been easy to let them slip.

  • 13 Munster Mag // Oct 16, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Just wanted to post that Anthony Foley the munster coach has died suddenly. Utter tragedy. Rip Axel.

  • 14 Ron Knee // Oct 16, 2016 at 2:31 PM


    Also from the BBC website:-

    “Don’t think I can stand much more of this.

    It can only get better in the second half. It can’t continue like this.”

  • 15 Bobbybee // Oct 16, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Ron, watching this, you have to wonder how well even our current side would do in the PL? That’s before Rafa recruits more PL quality in January or the summer. Not that sure what big a difference there is between lower PL and upper Championship.

  • 16 Moonraker15 // Oct 16, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Wednesday are a bigger threat than Huddersfield on this showing. Depends who spends money in January cos they will need bigger squads to stay with us I think. Once the confidence kicks in with us most teams will not live with us. What a great buy Gayle is proving to be for £10 million! We gave so many options all over the pitch; maybe we need another creator in case Jonjo gets injured and there is something not right with Diame. I thought he’d be a real force in midfield but very disappointing!

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