Diame Reveals What Happens When World-Class Manager Speaks

Mo Diame has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and he has talked about Monday’s tough opponents Sheffield Wednesday, who were beaten 1-0 in the play-off final last May which saw Hull get promoted under then manager Steve Bruce.

And Mo scored that wonderful goal that took Hull immediately back to the Premier League.

Mo has also talked about the influence Rafa Benitez has already had on him at Newcastle and he says he’s a better player for training under Rafa for six months.

Mo Diame after scoring winner at Wigan

And Mo says when Rafa is talking on the training ground all players listen to him when he’s talking.


Here’s what Mo said:

“Sheffield Wednesday is a big club. Unfortunately for them they played against us (Hull City) in the final last year but they are a good team.”

“They manage the ball very well, they’re a good passing team who get a lot of possession and they’ve got players who are very good in possession.”

“It will be a tough game, but it’s a game when we’re at home, we can show that we are a good side and we can win it.”

“It’s great to work with Rafa Benitez.” 

“In every single session you can feel his experience. He’s a great manager and you feel from what he achieves that he’s got a lot of experience and when he talks to you, you listen.”

“I like working with him. I feel that he has taught me a lot already. You train every day and every week and you feel you can learn something every day.”

“You’re more focused and you listen a lot.”

“When you work with someone like this, you have to take everything you can from him.”

Rafa came with a huge reputation to Newcastle and most fans wanted him to come in above all others, when sanity reigned and McClaren was finally fired.

And by staying on at second division Newcastle he took a huge risk in his career.

Bu he also showed he doesn’t have a huge ego and he is managing Newcastle (hopefully) straight back to the Premier League and winning at places like Burton Albion and Rotherham.

It shows you how committed this man is to the club and if anything he is even better than some of us thought  when he first arrived at the club in March.

He has completely transformed Newcastle United at all levels of the club in a short nine months.

Long may it all continue.

63 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Mag52 must have forgotten about these stats when defending his hero’s time at Palace.
    *A points per game tally of 0.72 was the second worst in a calendar year in their history (beaten only by 0.71 in 1973, when teams received two points for a win)

    *Their form for the year is the worst of all 92 Premier League and EFL clubs

    *A total of six Premier League wins is the second worst total over one calendar year in the competition’s history

    *Palace conceded 67 goals (1.86 per game) in 2016, the third worst total over one year in Premier League history

    However he did get them to a cup final in which his silly dance so infuriated the opposition it inspired them to a fightback.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh, and he finished tenth once.


    Dec 23, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Am glad Ben Arfa still loves Newcastle it’s nice when ex players have fond memories of the club but coming back? No thanks

    On this Rafa is cracking best thing to happen to NUFC in years and it’s nice to see Diame getting to grips with his new role though with Shelvey being banned I can see him stepping into the void left for a few games anyway

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Had you have known who the Pardew out crew/rabble/mob were would have been sending dog shite through their letter boxes.

  • hibbit

    Dec 23, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Laurent Robert 32//tuttlebom
    what does he bring to the team for you to be so keen to get him back
    i see a lazy disruptive individual that brings nothing to the team a player who’s pet lip appears at the drop of a hat a huffy little school boy who thinks he knows best
    no doubt he has talent but for the best part of his career he’s wasted it

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    We might as well have a bring back Andy Carroll debate while we’re on.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 23, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Mag 52

    You unfortunately mis-judge a lot of fans as idiots.
    The majority are not that stupid and can tell the difference between a very good and extremely poor Z lister manager.

    The likes of SBR and Rafa who you keep denigrating are admired by almost everyone, whereas the c–p ones like AP, Souness etc are soon found wanting.

    Pardew, despite his laughable ”I’m a winner” quote is in reality the polar opposite, ie a serial failure with no plan B, as has been demonstrated time and again.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 23, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Hibbit, his skill is something which not many players in the world have. He was cantering past people in the Premier League, so Championship would be even easier.

    He seemed to genuinely like it here – even was going to have that signing session with the fans at the Back Page shop before he left. I was going to go along, but it was cancelled by the club. He was disgustingly scapegoated by Pardew, played on plastic pitch in sub-zero conditions etc.

    I think he just generally likes the flair and creativity of playing football. You see him playing his best, when the team is playing decent football as this gives us, and him, more touches of the ball.

    Under Pinocchio, the team was off the cuff and players weren’t making the proper runs for him, the team didn’t move like a competent team with players on the move around the edge of the box etc. We do that now under Rafa, though.

    He didn’t want to leave first time round and his agent even said Pardew may even leave first. Puel had him playing fantastic football at Nice. You get the best out of him when he is enjoying playing and relied upon as an important member of the team. I’d genuinely like to see how Rafa would handle him. If not, I’m fine with that as well because I trust Rafa.

    He’s obviously no saint, but a lot of flair players blow hot and cold, it kind of comes with the territory sometimes. There’s been world class players who have been on the bench a lot at PSG so not as much game time there isn’t the worst thing. Hatem got the assist for the goal against Arsenal in the Champions League fairly recently.

    Sir Bobby had players like Romario (wanted to go to clubs night before game and would actually feign injury to get out of training sessions) Robert (who he has said was the most difficult to handle) and Bellamy etc.

    But mainly, I want to enjoy seeing skills that are mouthwatering to watch and have productivity at the end of it. I showed a comparison chart of Hatem against Ginola and Robert, before. His stats are good. If you put him in those Keegan and Bobby sides (not in a Percy one) his stats would be more than doubled – I have no doubts.

  • Bambams

    Dec 23, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Would I take Ben Arfa back for six month loan. Yes

    Would I sign him permanent. No

    If there was a chance for him to come in January I would look into it, if Rafa thought he could do a job….I am sold.

    In Rafa I trust.

    Won’t happen though


    Dec 23, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #10

    On HBA Rafa demands work rate and that is not something Benny offers and tbh he doesn’t listen to his manager

  • hibbit

    Dec 23, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Laurent Robert 32

    sorry mate but thats the excuse at every club its always the manager or the the team never him
    he’s just not a team player it would be a waste of a shirt to bring him back even on loan

  • cyprus

    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Well this one went on for years… ? So, we’ll hear it all again ad nauseum.

    So here’s mine.

    Easily our best footballer since the entertainers. Our teams should have been built around him. Ahhh, my man, AP, this guy saved your axx but you didn’t know it….

    Can split any defense, top top player. And those goals… And is fit these days. Under Rafa he’d excel.

    OK, dream over

  • Jib

    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #13

    Again the irrationality of the Pardew haters.

    AP was not very good we all know that.

    However he hadn’t anything to do with the HbA failure.He actually got the most out of him of any manager that worked with him.

    From Gerrard Houllier to Unai Emery he has crossed swords with managers and coaches.

    Steve Bruce , Didier Deschamps (he gave him 2 chances and fell out with him twice) Lauren Blanc, Aimee Jacquet , Alain Perrin , Eric Gerets , Jose Anigo.
    That’s quite an impressive range of managers and coaches of all levels and they all binned HbA.

    Too much to be coincidence methinks.

    Everyone loves bonny footballers with skills others can just dream about , but to make it in a top class football club , you have to have the right headpiece and that’s where Hatem fails every time

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Apparently Jonjo said something about Saiss’s mum’s cameltoe and he got the ‘ump! The other 2 players had already seen it and disagreed with Jonjo’s version!
    The thought of those 3 wise wolves men riding in on their dromedaries at Christmas swayed the decision not to appeal!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Don’t go tarring all the Pardew dislikers with the same brush.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Percy has more chance of a return than Ben Arfa.
    HBA may lookgood on highlights or youtube but live for 90 minutes – rubbish! Not to be mentioned in the same sentence with Ginola or Robert!!

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #17

    Mindshaft’s nan would bea better signing than HBA.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Tarring people is no longer PC, JIB!!

  • Jib

    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #19

    I’ve heard Mindshaft’s granny has no problems with managers

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #20

    He was quality for Nice. Scored about 18 or 19 goals and was up for Player of the Year along with the likes of Di Maria and Zlatan.

    When he’s playing well in a decently performing side, you can get the most out of him.

    Work rate is very subjective. Zlatan and Messi dawdle a lot, but they are surrounded by a team that is doing a lot of the leg work well by being in a good tactical shape and organised. Under Pardew it was a joke. Running full length of pitch and back because we sat back.

    I’d take him on loan in Jan and do a rolling contract depending on how he’s getting on.

  • Bambams

    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #21

    You lot seen the Chronicle about a £810 million Chinese take over.

    Secret Footballer has posted it.

    Just sharing. ….

  • hibbit

    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #22

    could be something in it the Secret Footballer is on the money more often than not
    got to say i wouldnt be surprised especially at that amount of money Ashley will be foaming at the mouth !!

  • Spoof

    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #23

    Nice words from Diame, but they have got to be false, after all Diame is not a certain starter, so why be so happy, false false and false.


    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Mate we have a good squad with a great team spirit and adding HBA to that would be a disaster imo

    He should go back to Nice, he shouldn’t of left imo

  • Bambams

    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #25


    I don’t know much about the Secret Footballer so we will just have to wait and see.

    Time will tell

  • Spoof

    Dec 23, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #26


    Just came on for a brief cameo, health probs have kept me up till now, should be sound asleep now but anyway, without reading the previous posts and threads I dare guess that you are glorifying in AP’s dismissal, would Rafa have accepted the job under AP’s restrictions, would KK have succeeded under them, well he thought not so he quit, AP done as well as and far better than most could have done under Ashley, AP left and Mikey got some compen from Palace, rubbing his hands was wor Mikey, but we went down because of that, and then the penny finally dropped, Mikey boy realised that in football as in mosts businesses you have to speculate to accumilate, if you don’t you fail,

    Pardew fell foul due to this attitude, but so did KK, but due to continued failure and relegation we hope that Mikey has changed his ways, but Pardew is as guilty as KK was because in all honesty they were as innocent as they could be, Mikey was the tyrant.

  • expatmag

    Dec 23, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #27


    Doubt it. That amount of money seems unrealistically high.

  • hibbit

    Dec 23, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #28

    Spoof so what’s Pardues excuse at Palace
    from the outside Palace look like they backed him 100%

  • hibbit

    Dec 23, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #29


    the stories from the Secret Footballer and even he points out the numbers are unrealistic

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 23, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #30

    Spoof, Pinocchio also had far better players at his disposal than some managers would get. Still, he created those long, long, long, poor runs, just like at Palace and his other clubs where Ashley wasn’t there. He’s had his own players in, spent millions, still crap.

    No matter who would have been in charge here, he’s still crap and the same result would have happened. In fact he’s have been sacked about 2 years prior – he was a very lucky con man to be kept as long as he was.

    It’s night and day with Rafa in charge compared to ol’ rubber lips. In all aspects of the club. It’s so refreshing to have a competent manager in charge now.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 23, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #31

    I fail to see the logic of some who state that those who disliked Percy/Wally/Carver/KK etc etc did not dislike Mr Tubbs at the same time.
    Tubbs was the architect of the crap policies and the likes of Percy/Wally went along with it – they were complicit.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 23, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #32

    Secret Footballer ?
    Aren’t you getting muddled up with Secret Santa ?

    However the scary thing is that the Chinese are ploughing money into the UK and football is top of their list ? Why ? Well betting has a large part to play and wanting to be the new capitalists and getting money out of China . There’s the lure of FIFA ( that highly reputable organisation ) trying to create a World Club League with matches touted around the globe in much the same way as F1 does with motor racing. Ashley’s no fool he’s waiting for the biggest pay day of his life and it may be closer than we think.

  • expatmag

    Dec 23, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #33

    Hibbitt….just checked around the net and the last mention of the EC and chinese takeover was back in October when Ryder wrote a piece about the club being approached by intermediateries on behalf of a chinese consortium looking to buy NUFC on the cheap due to relefation.

    Apparently Ashley instructed Charnley to advise any interested parties that the club was NOT for sale under any circumsrances as he was happy with the way Rafa and Charnley were running things

  • Jib

    Dec 23, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #34

    Laurent Robert 32
    18 goals in 37 matches for Nice were Ben Arfa’s best career figures in a season yet Nice wouldn’t renew his contract – why do you think that was He signed for PSG on a free the next season and so far has scored 1 in 15 and they want shot of him , they regret giving him a 2 year contract.
    He’s 30 next March.
    He’s not going to get any better – in fact au contraire.

  • Spoof

    Dec 23, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #36


    different jobs have different expectations, and nowadays different requirements, for what Pardew was expected to do for us he succeeded, not for us the fans but for what was asked of him from Mikey, however going to Palace was perceived by most to be a backward step, yes I can get that but from AP’s point of view I can see why he went, my team, my budget, my neck on the line, hey look he has failed, but so what, does that mean he failed with us, KK failed with England, does that mean he failed with us, Sir Bobby got sacked from Barca, is Sir Bobby a failure, we could have had worse than Pardew, a lot worse, McClaren for a start.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 23, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #37

    Conte sold to China for £60miilion !The player, who has won the Premier League, Europa League and League Cup during his four-and-a-half-year spell at Stamford Bridge, will earn a reported £400,000 a week and the transfer fee will rank as the seventh-highest transfer of all time.

    So how much is a club – a whole club with the tradition of Newcastle worth now ?

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Dec 23, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #38

    That figure does seem astonishingly high, but it’s hard to know what Newcastle is worth to Ashley. Perhaps it would take that sort of money to prise it away considering it keeps his and SD’s name in the public consciousness. Also, it’s not at all out of the question that a Chinese consortium would have that sort of money to diversify in an offshore investment, considering the shear size of the Chinese economy and the scope of new Chinese money. Newcastle is a special club, the epl is awash with cash, and so are the Chinese.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 23, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #39

    Bring back Ben Arfa and let the newly revitalised Toon Army cheer him on to fly at heights never before reached.

    Most naturally talented Toon player possibly ever. A joy to watch and if there’s a smidgen of a chance and Rafa fancies it then I’d love it to happen. Maybe on loan initially like the first time.

    Ben Arfa

    Would be an amazing window.

    Those talking of team spirit, HBA never had a problem here until Pardupe scapegoated him and excluded him from the squad.

  • expatmag

    Dec 23, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #40


    We are not in the EPL


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