Rafa Know Everything About Football – So We Listen

Ayoze Perez was speaking earlier this week at the club’s Foundation Awards dinner and the Spaniard has only recently became a Patron of the Foundation.

Rafa wants his players to be more fully involved with the great work being done by the Newcastle United Foundation and the 23 year-old considers it an honor to be a Patron.

At the dinner Ayoze was asked what it’s like for the players when Rafa Benitez speaks to them, given he has had a monumental career so far – managed some big clubs and won major trophies in Europe.


Ayoze Perez scores for Newcastle

This is how Ayoze answered that question:

“It’s 100% focus when he speaks.”  “We know what he has done in his career – it has been a big career, he knows everything about football so you have to learn from him.”

“That’s what we are doing – we are enjoying the Championship, we’re top of the table and we can stay there.”

“Everything is going really well. The team is doing well, playing well, playing good football and we have good confidence.”

“There’s still a long way to go, but we’re doing well and we are happy to be top of the table.”

Rafa was UEFA Manager of the Year in 2003–2004 when he was at Valencia and then again the next year in 2004–2005, when he was in his first season at Liverpool.

He has won three European trophies – the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 and two Europa League titles with Valencia in 2004 (known then as the UEFA Cup) and with Chelsea in 2013, when he was officially only their interim manager.

Newcastle will likely be the next club he wins a European trophy with.

That’s true isn’t it?


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18 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 4, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Miles Starforth of the Shields Gazette asked THE question on everyones lips.

    Rafa Benitez has NOT ruled out playing Aleksandar Mitrovic AND Dwight Gayle together. Up to now, Benitez has started one or the other up front for Newcastle United this season.

    Rafa said when asked :-

    “We will see if they can play together, or one at a time. But I’m happy they are scoring each game.”

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 4, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    David Moyes: “We’re trying to build a team not just for now but for the future, but we also need to pick up results.”

    What future, David?

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 4, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Ron…To be fair to the guy, they do appear to have built a team for the future, it’s just that future looks rather bleak.

  • Jib

    Nov 4, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    What a harsh unforgiving place the modern PL is if you are not set up right as a club.

  • Jib

    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    It is definitely the hardest league in the world.
    You can argue about the quality of the football but there are just no gimme games as in other leagues.
    Apart from Sunlun that is 😀

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Jib…Surely that’s expected from what many perceive to be the Worlds elite football league and certainly the richest league.

    We know all too well the consequences of not trying to set oneself up properly. It’s not sustainable.

  • Jib

    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #8

    The fervent hope of all Toon fans is that the former encarnation of Michael James Wallace Ashley a.k.a. Mr Arrogant has learned some humility.
    The sacking of certain unsavoury characters at Shirebrook , the return of his wayward wife and the appointment of Rafael Benitez all seem to augur so.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib…I am aware and share said hope. I’m not sure it’s a case of humility, however, that doesn’t mean we can’t benefit from the situation. I do wonder about the situations sustainability, but then again, there are never any assurances with anyone.

    Anyway, my point wasn’t about Ashley, I was agreeing with you that it is a harsh league, just adding that it’s to be expected given the leagues financial growth. I suppose for some clubs, they’re still willing to gamble that there will hopefully be 3 less prepared teams.

  • davetoon

    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m sure the Fatman has much bigger things on his mind and is glad that the club is a positive distraction now and not another thorn in his side.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #11

    dave…I’m sure he’s always had much bigger things on his mind than NUFC, this was generally used as one of the reasons for why we were so poorly run. If only someone had warned the poor bloke to hire proper people sooner.

  • Jib

    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12

    The pressure must seem unrelenting to Sunlun.
    Bournemouth away on Saturday
    Never an easy game for anyone.
    They lie 10th at the moment but the mad scramble by every team for the magic 40 points continues unabated.

  • davetoon

    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Sports Direct is still a mess

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 4, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Jib@2………….. Shola, Remy, Debuchy etc. are no longer at the club so how can we play the same team?

  • Jib

    Nov 4, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #15

    Sports Direct is still a mess but getting there – unlike Betty for whom there is no hope

  • Jib

    Nov 4, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Jamie Redknapp’s PL forecast on SSN
    Bournemouth 2 Sunlun 0

  • Jib

    Nov 4, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #17

    H’s doing the Championship now

  • AncientC

    Nov 4, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #18


    Some interesting numbers when you compare Sunderland to Newcastle last season. When it comes to Wages as a proportion of turnover, Sunderland were the 3rd highest in the league, whereas we were 19th out of the 20 clubs.

    The Newcastle wage bill was 17th in the league – it’s fair to say that was skating on thin ice. Hopefully if promoted, a more ambitious outlay is invested.


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