Rafa Talks About His Desire To Win More Trophies


Rafa Benitez is a very ambitious manager and he’s already won many trophies in his 23 years as a manager and he has talked to the Chronicle today.

He has a great desire to win more trophies.

The game at Wigan was his 1,000th game in charge since he started out with the Real Madrid Castilla team back in 1993.

And on Thursday there were some reports in Spain acknowledging Rafa’s milestone and they compared the way he manages to the great Sir Alex Ferguson.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafa Benitez – back in the day

There was a rivalry with Ferguson when Rafa managed Liverpool for six years, but he has never really been back in the Premier League since then but for six months at Chelsea in 2013 when he won the Europa League for the Blues.

Rafa has never really received the credit for what he’s done in his career at so many clubs, but maybe that will end when he starts to win trophies at Newcastle?

Certainly he has made no bones about wanting to win more trophies in his career.

This is what he has said in the Chronicle today:

“I still have a lot of desire to win more things. I am really pleased because it’s been so many years and in so many different countries.”

“I’ve had different experiences, I am pleased about it. I remember when I started and you look at the things you did at the beginning and what you do now.”

“You are happy to have people around who you can advise and see how they progress. I like my job so I am happy with that.”

“You try to use your experience to manage around the place.”

“The atmosphere here is so great and the fans are so passionate that it’s important to keep everybody happy with the right mentality.”

“You need balance in terms of how you approach things.”  “At the same time you have to understand the best way to support the team is to be positive.”

“After when it’s finished it’s when you can then analyse things.”

“In the mean time, you have to support the players until the end. They are young people and they need support. The reaction of the fans this year has been good.”

“There is a relationship with the players and they appreciate that, and the players give everything in every game for them.”

“The players appreciate what the fans are doing and the fans appreciate what the players are doing. That is the main thing.”

“When I came here I was told the fans want to see the team giving 100% for the team.”

“They can see that so every player tries to do their best in every game.”  “It has to be like this if you want to be successful.”

Good words from Rafa there.

Benitez has quickly transformed Newcastle and given his players a winning mentality and we have 15 wins in 21 games in the league this season – just over a 71% win rate.

Rafa loves to win and in 1000 games  and counting he has a win rate of 51.3% and at Newcastle in all games since he joined us back in March he has a win rate of 60% in 35 games.

Not too bad at all.

Rafa and Newcastle United are certainly a match made in heaven and better things are ahead of us.

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60 comments so far

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Apparently when Rafa was 13 his dad bollocked him for trying to manage his team-mates rather than playing with them.

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  • Spoof

    Dec 17, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafa is only 56 so he has plenty of time to win more trophies, so why not with us, some people are destined to just win, Rafa seems to be one of the chosen few, I’m now in my fifties, too young to remember the fairs cup win but still young enough to go on a week long bender if I ever get the thrill of seeing a Newcastle United captain lift up a meaningful trophy, what a day that would be, come on Rafa, make a dream come true.

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  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Todays PL footy is dominated by the table-bottom dogfight.

    Palace vs Chelsea
    Sunlun vs Watford
    Boro vs Swansea
    West Ham vs Hull

    I hope West Ham give Hull a good scudding so all talk of binning Bilic is abandoned.

    The championship game to be televised in Europe at 3pm is Leeds v Brentford so it’s Radio Newcastle again
    🙁

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  • AncientC

    Dec 17, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4
  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Oh dear

    Just seen Zola making his excuses already on SSN .

    He has only had one day of preparation with his new squad so not a good time to be playing Brighton.

    Perhaps it’s Italian bluffology.

    😎

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  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    There’s loads of pro Fergy and anti Benitez/Liverpool stuff in the Grauniad.

    A hint could be – it was originally called
    ” the Manchester Guardian ”

    😀

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 17, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #7

    David Moyes has said he might have turned down the Sunderland manager’s job if he had known the true state of the club’s finances. (Daily Star)

    Wheels coming off that wagon then.
    Are they dumb enough to bring back Sam the Dealerman

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  • BarcelonaMag

    Dec 17, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Hi, everybody.

    I live in Spain. Does anybody know how you can get Radio Newcastle outside of the UK? It always says that it’s “not available in your area”. Is there some way you can get round it?

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  • AncientC

    Dec 17, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Moyes should have enquired about Sunderland’s finances before accepting a multi-million pound wage.

    Sunderland should do themselves a favour and get rid. Who will be the next club to take on a sour-puss manager like that – his next post isn’t likely to have much in the way of resources, so I guess the game is up.

    Moyes’ joke about getting a job at the Nissan plant was just that.

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  • mallorcamag

    Dec 17, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Barcelona
    https://www.nufc.co.uk/
    Try this
    Membership is free and you can join thru facebook and they have radio newcastle matchdays

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 17, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    barcelona mag
    if u check in about kick off or an half hr before there is usually good links and info about radio sources mate….cant remember them now,but closer to kick off u’ll be sorted.

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 17, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Barcelona Mag
    You can’t get even get Radio Newcastle outside of Newcastle so even moving to Carlisle or Durham wouldn’t help with that !

    Don’t know if there’s another way via the internet but dare say others will let you know – good luck anyway.
    Doubt there are any streams for the Burton game but there might be a periscope link if very lucky .
    Enjoy the sunshine

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  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #13

    The Radio Newcastle broadcast is available worldwide on the NUFC site.

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  • BarcelonaMag

    Dec 17, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #14

    Thanks a bunch, fellas! When there’s no TV coverage I usually follow the live text on the BBC, which is good but you want a bit more immediacy. I’ll give them all a try. Muchas gracias, amigos!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 17, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Barcelona Mag,
    https://www.nufc.co.uk
    I am very surprised lochinvar didn’t know this, I didn’t realise we had readers who lived on Mars.

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  • dem

    Dec 17, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #16

    Rafa Bingo

    Darlow
    Anita Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Atsu Diame Gouffran
    Gayle

    After predicting the Wigan score, I’m confidently going to go for another 2-0 win.

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  • lesh

    Dec 17, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #17

    Rafa’s words (*The atmosphere here is so great and the fans are so passionate that it’s important to keep everybody happy with the right mentality.”) speak volumes. To me, they read that he’s more than happy to try to meet his aspirations, and those of the fans, by bringing success to the Club and building on it.

    But, to achieve that success, Rafa needs to be assured that those at the top of the Club – Ashley and his leg man, Charnley – share his desires and back him with sufficient funds to achieve them. Rafa’s probably a lot more aware of the reality of football finances and clubs’ responsibilities in regard to FFP, than he was in his time at Liverpool where he was able to spend whatever he wanted to spend. His transfer dealings have so far been very astute and tailored to the needs of the Championship.

    So, it’s up to Ashley to ensure that Rafa’s given whatever support is practicable to gain promotion and from there, begin another squad overhaul to ensure Prem mid-table at the very least, Rafa signed up for three years and I take that as his window to measure progress and decide whether he’ll be allowed to take the Club to the next level of becoming established as a top six club.

    Achieve all of that and we might even see Ashley back and feeling welcomed at SJP. That may take some time but if that is a personal aim for Ashley, then he must realise that if Rafa wins, he wins.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 17, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #18

    lesh,
    Mike Ashley would have to be tye owner while we win the treble with eleven Geordies in the team before his name was sang without the words fat bar steward mingled in at SJP.

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  • lesh

    Dec 17, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #19

    The Guardian ran an article earlier this week about the FA board being unable to counter the pressure of the Prem clubs. Since then, they’ve carried one article about non-Perm football. And, they refer to ManU as ‘United’ and that really narks me.

    But, in fairness, they ran an article criticising the Neville sisters for having a very anti Liverpool bias.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Dec 17, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #20

    Benitez will almost certainly get the money to buy the players he wants. Continuing to get money will require him to to buy and sell well though, and that’s easier said than done. Ashley isn’t the type to throw good money after bad. Rafa of course will have to deliver.

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 17, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #21

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo line-up:-

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Lazaar
    Shelvey Hayden
    Ritchie Diamé Gouffran
    Gayle

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 17, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Rafa (all hail him) bingo

    Darlow
    Anita Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Atsu Diame Gouffran
    Gayle

    Can’t see him making too many changes at the moment, I reckon the rotation system will start to kick in more after the turn of the year. Especially if we are well clear of the 3rd placed team, also AFCON and possible injuries/suspensions may well come into play.

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  • lesh

    Dec 17, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #23

    Jail

    Next time you see Ashley, you could remind him that he needs to be redefine his objectives to win the treble with 11 Geordies…… And meet them in five years!

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 17, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #24

    Hopefully we can grab another good win today. Looking forward to it.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 17, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #25

    LR any kind of win will do
    3 points and a clean sheet yes please

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 17, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #26

    My confirmed Rafa Bingo

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Atsu Diame Gouffran
    Gayle

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 17, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #27

    lesh,
    Not having a yacht, private jet or access to very wealthy people I’m not likely to meet him soon.

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  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #28

    Scouring the Dutch media
    1
    Tim Krul should be getting more first team action while their first choice goalie André Onana is playing in the AfCoN for Cameroon
    2
    Now that Siem d Jong is starting to look like his old self , Ajax fans are asking why he picked PSV over them (he was captain of Ajax).
    His response is – he talked to Ajax first but Marc Overmars knocked him back and he didn’t really want to leave NE England anyway.
    He’s glad he did now , realises it was the right move and is relishing returning to NUFC in the PL next season
    http://www.soccernews.nl/news/376634/De_Jong_legt_uit_waarom_Ajax_hem_niet_wilde_hebben

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  • jane

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Newcastle have only scored more than 2 goals once in 11 away matches (6 at QPR). Burton have only conceded 7 goals in 10 home matches and only conceded more than 1 goal once (2 against Bristol City in first home match).

    so you know where to put your money 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #30

    jane,
    Do you live with Jib?

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  • Legolas

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #31

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo

    Darlow

    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett

    Ritchie Shelvey Hayden Atsu

    Diame

    Gayle

    HWTL

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  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Goal less draw ?
    🙁

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  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Should have said
    Jane
    Goal less draw ?
    ?
    but I was gob smacked by the stupidity of Jails remark from a grown man.

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  • jane

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Newcastle have scored in every away game apart from the first at Fulham so they’ll probably get 1 or 2. 6 of Newcastle’s 11 away games have been 0-1 or 0-2.

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  • jane

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #35

    no Jail i don’t live with Jib do you want to?

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  • Bambams

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Rafa Bingo
    Darlow
    Anita Lascelles Clark Dummet
    Ritchie Hayden Shelvey Atsu
    Diame
    Mitro
    3-1 Toon
    Think Rafa will rest Gayle today but I can see him coming off the bench if Mitro is not playing well

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  • Menorca mag

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #37

    Hi barcelona mag, I lived in Menorca for 15 years, I had no problem getting radio newcastle. I used a free program called hide my IP address, and chose an IP from england. it works every time.

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  • toonincheek

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Menorca –

    I asked my son to do that for me.

    He works in IT – mid-30s – experienced and fairly senior.

    He told me that it’s hassle to set up and creates other problems.

    So – can be done – but need to be aware of the problems.

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  • Legolas

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Jail,

    I have made a mistake with my Rafa Bingo. Can I change it ?

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Jail@15
    Not Mars but way out in the Wannies – just sometimes feels like Mars.
    I either go to SJP every time or use the wind up radio or text for away games.
    Good that the Barcelona lad is connected.
    HWTL

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