Noel Whelan was born in Leeds and is a former Leeds United striker who is now a Matchday commentator for all Leeds games on BBC Radio Leeds.
So you cannot get much more Leeds than that and Noel before the game had said he thought that Garry Monk should have won the October Manager of the Month award rather than Rafa.
That was simply because Monk didn’t have the quality of players that Newcastle and Rafa Benitez have.
Rafa Benitez arriving at Elland Road yesterday
Noel also thought the current Leeds United side, who had won their last three league games, could give Newcastle a game yesterday.
But in his report in the Yorkshire Evening Post today, Noel didn’t think Leeds were at their best yesterday and that in truth Newcastle are a quality side.
Here’s a small extract from what Noel wrote today:
“We were a little bit sloppy with our passing and our final ball into the box.”
“But you know you are up against a quality side in Newcastle when you see the strength in depth they have and the players that are in the starting XI.”
“On days like these at Elland Road, with the full crowd behind you, you want to come away with something, but it wasn’t to be and this is why the Magpies are sitting top of the league.”
The way Newcastle handled this game shows the lads are growing into a very competitive and resilient side who have a winning attitude – and that’s a million miles away from last season under Steve McClaren.
Last season we had a losing attitude and found multiple different ways to lose our Premier League games and we lost half of our 38 games.
That’s the difference between what you get with a mediocre coach and a world-class manager.
Rafa Benitez has the skills, experience, temperament, drive and personality to be a top manager.
That’s why he is one and he’s demonstrated that very clearly over the short eight months he’s been the manager of Newcastle United.
Long may it continue.