Neil Moxley in the Mirror has written an excellent piece today about how Rafa Benitez has almost instantly transformed Newcastle into a club – wait for it – a club that is very well run.
Neil says Newcastle are no longer a laughing stock in football and there now no guaranteed stories like screw-ups that are gifts to journalists to write regularly about the trials and tribulations of Newcastle United – the joke club.
And it’s all Rafa’s fault.
Rafa has transformed the club and transformed the team and we have now won 15 of our last 17 games with just one defeat – Rafa Benitez has instantly made Newcastle into winners.
The report says that Mike Ashley has done something good – something maybe even magical coming from the unpopular owner.
Rafa Benitez – it’s thumbs up at Newcastle
He has appointed a manager who is quickly showing why he’s won thee European Championships and not only that, he seems quite literally to be the perfect manager for Newcastle United.
Fans love him, the players love him, I love him, my son loves him, my wife loves him – and he’s already formed what looks like an excellent working relationship with Managing Director Lee Charnley.
Lee even came out in May and said he thought Newcastle had just signed one of the best managers in the world.
Here’s what Lee said about Rafa on May 25th after the club persuaded him to stay for three years:
“He’s been everything I expected and truth be told – more.” “When he was first identified as an individual that we would like to try and bring in, it was very clear from the outset that this was a manager of the absolute highest caliber.”
“One of the best managers in the world.”
“And everything that I’ve seen from him, from his backroom staff – who have also been absolutely fantastic – what the other staff members who have worked with him, the views of the players.”
“It’s absolutely clear that we have here one of the best managers in the world.”
We are top of the Championship and looking forward to our next league game in front of a sold-out Elland Road crowd – the first time that’s happened for six years – and we are drawing 52,000 crowds at home.
And yes we are in the Championship – and yes that’s England’s second division.
Gone are the days – like Sundays – when the latest crisis was being reported with blazing headlines in the papers about dysfunctional Newcastle.
What’s happening today is there are reports that we are after some top players in January.
And also a report in the Mirror about what an excellently run club Newcastle United now are under manager Rafa Benitez.
Well – would you believe it!
Howay The Lads!!