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.
What do you think?