There’s nothing quite as good as frequent communication in an organization and nothing quite as bad when no or stunted communication exists.
In a number of years under Mike Ashley Newcastle fans will know what it’s like when the club didn’t communicate much at all with the fans and there are stories made up to fill the vacuum created.
Rafa Benitez mingling with players during training
Rafa Benitez is a tremendous man-manager and he’s also a good communicator and he has revealed today how he talks to players a lot – and we see that when he’s on the training field.
He can be seen going around the players shaking hands with them and he often takes players to the side and talks to them.
When Rafa leaves a player out of the team he tells them why he’s left them out, so there is no mystery about that.
This is what he has said in the press today specifically about Ayoze Perez and Mo Diame when both were left out of the side recently:
“The players they did not need to knock on my door because I go and I talk with them when it is necessary.”
“Obviously you have some players who are not playing and they will say they want to play.”
“But it is always easier for a manager when you are top of the table.”
“I was talking with Ayoze when I left him out and he knew why, so does Mo Diame.”
“So do the others because I have done a lot of press conferences and I am repeating the same things.”
“So I don’t need to explain to them everything week.”
In the same way that Rafa seems to rotate Isaac Hayden and Jack Colback in the central midfield position alongside Jonjo Shelvey – he also seems to rotate Mo and Ayoze in the number 10 spot behind the striker.
Rafa ‘s press conference is due to start in a few minutes for the EFL Cup tie against Preston tomorrow night at St. James’ Park.
Preston will be a tough test for us since they have come into some very good form of late and have beaten Norwich and Huddersfield in their last two games.
Bit it’s a game we will go all out to win.