Newcastle have been on an excellent run of late with 8 wins in a row and that goes with our earlier run of 7 wins in a row earlier in the season, before we were surprisingly beaten at home 2-0 by Wolves.
Hopefully our players will have learned a lesson from that game that no team we play this season can be taken lightly – they must all be respected.
Rafa has an excellent coaching staff on Tyneside and one of the young start=s of that staff is Scott Ian Cathro, who was the assistant manager at Portuguese club Rio Ave and Valencia before joining Newcastle in the summer of last year.
Five of the Newcastle coaches with Ian Cathro on the left
Ian came very highly recommended and he must be learning an awful lot from Rafa over these last seven months or so.
Ian has given an interview in the Chronicle and this is how he first explained his role at Newcastle and then the expertise and experience of his boss:
“I am helping the players reach a point where they feel entirely clear and comfortable with what the manager is asking”
“The manager’s attention to detail is excellent.” “The best way to describe him is that his ability to see a game of football and immediately understand all of aspects of it is unique.”
“That’s why he’s so good. He has his own vision and convictions and a clear direction about where he wants to go but he can also process what is going on instantly.”
“So that means he can change things as they are happening”.
“It’s difficult to know exactly why someone is doing something when you’re not involved in it.”
“But he can immediately have a pretty strong idea of why one player has done something, why the back-line is playing as it is and so on.”
“He’s at that point of expertise and experience where his brain process is that ‘bang’. He understands it”.
The number one goal this season is to secure promotion and anything else we can pick up – like a couple of long cup runs – are a bonus.
We are hoping that Newcastle will go from strength to strength this season, but of course we cannot get too far ahead of ourselves.
And as Rafa keeps saying – the most important game is the next one – and that happens to be a very tough one at Elland Road against a rejuvenated Leeds United.
We need to win that game.