We have to admit we have been surprised at just how good Rafa is as a manager, since he seems to have all the bases covered (so to speak) and he is simply transforming the club day by day and week by week.
If we are promoted this season then things will be looking up big time for Newcastle supporters as Rafa accelerates the progress at Newcastle by significantly enhancing the quality of the squad.
DeAndre Yedlin in action for Newcastle
Rafa is a lot more personable and charismatic than we thought and he’s very good at his press conferences – confident but he also talks football and actually answers the questions posed by the local reporters.
After the games, whether we win, lose or (very rarely) draw, he always analyzes the game and what we did and didn’t do and never looks for excuses.
23 year-old American DeAndre Yedlin was keen to move to Newcastle from Tottenham Hotspur and jumped at the chance to join Rafa’s revolution on Tyneside.
DeAndre has talked exclusively to FourFourTwo USA about Rafa Benitez, Newcastle and the local weather (oh!) and on just how personable Rafa is with his players,
This is what DeAndre has said:
“When I first got to Newcastle, Benitez worked with me one-on-one, which is something I’d never really had before with any manager.”
“He’s achieved so much but is the most personable manager I have worked under. I’m learning all the time.”
“One of the big similarities of the Championship and MLS is the physicality of the two leagues,”
“The Championship is a bit better. It’s overall a bit more technical, and the Premier League is a couple of steps ahead.”
“The biggest difference is the atmosphere at English games. They’re second-to-none. Newcastle fans are especially amazing. There were 6,000 at on away game on a Tuesday night, which is unbelievable.”
“The weather, unfortunately, is one of many things that reminds me of home.”
“It’s smaller than London and really friendly, just like Seattle, which is my favourite place, so Newcastle feels like home.”
“Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time in London, because it’s a fantastic place. But living-wise. I’m more comfortable in this kind of environment.”
Seattle, Washington is well known for its rainfall with an average of 38 inches a year it’s much less in Newcastle – just less than 26 inches a year.
DeAndre could well start the game tonight against Nottingham Forest and we really need that win.