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.