Midfielder – Benitez Eats, Sleeps And Breathes Football

Jack Colback has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and he says that  Rafa Benitez is meticulous in his planning, as he prepares the team for every game on the training pitch.

Jack says Rafa’s enthusiasm for the game comes through to the players every day and he says Rafa  eats, sleeps and breathes football.

He says Rafa must even talk to his wife about training ….

Let’s hope his wife Montse knows more about football than my wife Madeline – otherwise he’s going to be a very frustrated man.


Jack Colback shakes hands with Rafa Benitez

This is what Jack has said as reported in the Chronicle today:

“I think every manager has his different views, different thoughts,”

“For Rafa, he’s very thorough in everything he does. I can’t see him ever switching off about the game – I think he goes home and talks to his wife about training!”

“That’s the beauty of him, he just loves the game.” “For some managers it might be more of a job now and it’s a little mundane, it’s their living.”

“But for him he’s 100% football: he eats, sleeps and breathes it.” “He brings that on to the players and he never lets you switch off.”

“Tactically, he’s very smart at what he does.” “That benefits you.”

“It’s not uncommon that a manager will stop an XI v XI training session to sort out tactics.”

“Some players find that boring because they just want to play five-a-side, 100 miles an hour.”

“But it’s what needs to be done and he makes sure he does it.” “He repeats similar things because if you keep repeating things, you’ll improve.”

“In each game he changes it a little bit for the opposition. It’s not a case of: ‘This is my idea, we’ll do it no matter what.’”

“He changes small things for whoever we’re coming up against.”

That’s exactly the type of manager we need at Newcastle – one whose enthusiasm for the game matches that of the Geordie fans – and that’s only one reason why Rafa is so popular on Tyneside.

But we must get back to our winning ways tomorrow and anything less than a win at Brentford will be another disappointment for our fans.

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4 comments so far

  • G

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s nice to hear something about a manager apart from ‘what a nice guy’, or ‘what a good guy’ he is. There really isn’t another manager available anywhere I would rather have at our club right now, regardless of current form, I still believe Rafa is definitely the man for the job.

  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #2

    from Sky
    Aston Villa are eyeing up a bid for Fulham’s Tom Cairney, 25, valued at around £10m, and was sold by Villa manager Steve Bruce while at Hull three years ago.

    Newcastle are also reportedly keen on the midfielder.

  • one fine day

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    I think a lot of those having a chip at Rafa and compararing him to other top managers need a serious reality check.
    Look at the state the club was in for one reason or another .
    He had every right to have legged it once he saw things on the inside and could have picked up a better deal at some of Europes finest.
    He could have maybe brought in bigger players on huge wages but he is clearly looking at just getting out of this damn league as his first mission.
    And I am sure will have a good idea of the players he wants already once we are back in the prem.
    LILO made some very good points on the way we play recently as its all part of the way we will need to be approaching games in our first season back .
    I love to see us rip teams apart as much as the next fan but accept that bedding in a proper system and having all players knowing how to play in it will stand us in good stead for years to come.
    Two years ago I wanted frank de boer from Ajax ,if only because you saw how the whole club not just the first team played to the same style.
    This makes it far easier for our young talent to come up from the academy to the first team .
    Rafa is building something that is sustainable .
    Why the hell he got involved in the basket case I call my club I will never know but who honestly could have done a better job in bringing us together .?

  • magspuggy

    Jan 13, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    G. I agree its nice to get any decent info from the club tbh.

    The novelty ain’t wore off yet and long may it continue.

    Another sign that things’ are changing and I believe we have a 5-10 year plan in place with actual intent to carry it out.

    Lets be honest the club has bigger problems than just the first team squad and by all accounts we are making headway on many levels’.

    Injuries.. What are we doing different now that nobody else could see ?? I cant remember the last time we had so few on the list.

    You know what I’m kinda happy we went down if its given the club a kick up the hoop and we allow rafa to rebuild us..

    Haway the toon..


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