How Rafa Showed He’s A Top Professional Yesterday


Rafa showed he was in command of things yesterday at his press conference and it was a great example of how to defuse a potential very bad situation that could get out of control in the press.

And if we are not careful it can derail our promotion push – we cannot have any internal fighting – it does us no good at all.

And we have to remember it’s not a foregone conclusion that we will be promoted this season and certainly if we are not, Rafa will not be staying at Newcastle.

That’s how important it is to get promoted this season.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

Rafa concentrated in yesterday’s press conference on defusing the situation and that he would not talk about what may happen in the summer in other interviews he gave.

Most journalists took that as if he will have it out with Ashley about transfers then – and therefore he could still walk out.

But there’s another less sensational and more innocent interpretation of that, which shows his complete professionalism and single-minded approach.

In the same way in a press conference, Rafa always refuses to talk about any future game but the next one – he was also making the point that we all have to concentrate on this season, all pull together, all work together for promotion this season.

That’s the only thing that matters to the club right now.

Anything in the summer is therefore completely irrelevant right now – as we said it was another sign of Rafa’s single-minded approach to things.

So these are some of the things he said yesterday when he simply wants everybody to focus on getting promoted – everybody associated with Newcastle – Mike Ashley, the Managing Director, manager, fans young and old, players, journalists – and even blog writers.

“This club has made mistakes in the past.” “We can’t make them again.” “Fans want promotion, the club can’t make the same mistakes again.”

“I am talking about everyone making mistakes.” “If we want to be stronger, we have to stick together – fans, club, everyone.”

“I focus on the next game, rest of season and to get promoted. We can’t blame each other now.”

“We’ve had some bad games, but we are strong enough to compete, to win and to go up.”

“He’s not here. I was pleased with him last year. He can’t help now.”

The statement about “we can’t blame each now” is again an attempt to get everybody pushing in the same direction and not fighting each other.

Notice in that last line he didn’t even want to talk about Townsend because he’s not here through the end of the season so he can’t help us – Rafa again being very pragmatic.

That’s the best and probably most accurate interpretation of everything he talked about yesterday – getting everybody and everything behind Newcastle for our promotion push.

Sounds good to us.

We need to beat Derby today.

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51 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Cyprus

    When I first read your comment previous thread that AP and Wise were guests I thought you meant at St James Park. Now that would have been strange event! 🙂

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #3

    A lot of negativity in the result voting even allowing for the people who vote that way out of superstition.

    Bit sad!!!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Mautitoon

    That site is apparently being blocked by SKY. 🙁

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  • MAUTITOON

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #5

    RAFA will not go with MITRO upfront,so i hope goofy plays there with sammy AMEOBIII…. taking the latter’s place.As for LASCELLES ,just hope he has picked up.

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  • MAUTITOON

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Essex Geordie Bill
    so, there will be no link for the game then?

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  • Mag52

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Essex

    ? Realism ?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Just realised I didn’t have Sammy on the Bench, knew there was someone I’d missed, oh well it doesn’t mess up my bingo!!

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  • MAUTITOON

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #9

    i am pretty confident that we will win this game comfortably.The point is that we seem to do really well against teams placed in the better part of the table and then suddenly seem to lose our footballing nous when playing against team where we are expected to win easily.Could this be because of complacency????

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Mautitoon

    Dunno about that, hopefully one of the blog Geniuses will come up with alternatives.

    Mag52

    I reckon it’s more realistic to expect us to win, but I do see your point.

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  • dem

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #11

    We need to be weary down the left today imo. If Yedlin is picked, which i assume he will, the space he leaves behind him, when bombing forward, could be a danger with Tom Ince running directly at Lascelles.

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  • MAUTITOON

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Essex Geordie Bill
    haha,i noticed it too and seemed weird to me,then i thought maybe you don’t fancy him that much afterall,lol. Personally i fancy him to start,he adds another dimention to the team and i just wish he can score today so that we can ………………..

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  • SPRINGY

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Les hope everyone has had a rocket up there arse and give a display worthy of what mcwally deserves….closing down from everyone,speed and quality in the pass, give the supporters something to shout about….nee dodgy passes or miscontrols to put the shits up the supporters and cause nervousness and tension….team,staff and supporters together dominating the game and giving a big f**k you to all who want us to implode.

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #14

    44Bobbybee // Feb 4, 2017 at 12:25 PM

    I find it really disappointing that away teams feel they can get the home fans to turn on our team. What a disgrace. What has happened to the loyalist supporters the world has ever seen? This was never the case in the past. Nor should it be now. The fans have their job to do and it’s time we stepped up. Booing after a very unlucky home draw is the pits. Shame on any of you who joined in. The fans should be behind the team every second of every game. I have no idea what has gone wrong.
    Our support was legendary, win lose or draw.
    We have no divine right to win any game, so booing when we don’t win is pathetic. Nobody likes to lose, but can’t people work it out that it makes our own players nervous, knowing if they make a few mistakes their own fans will turn on them? We’re in this together. Rafa came here because of the status of our fans, but he won’t be too impressed if we turn on our team. Think about it eh? Get behind the team. They need us

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  • reilly

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #15
  • dem

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #16

    If it’s being streamed like some articles have said, this site will have it.

    http://www.vipleague.is/sports/football.html
    or
    http://www.sportstream.tv
    or
    http://www.sportlemon.tv

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  • colwell

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Really hoping we go for it today, The 4231 tactic works well at away but at home is shite. With the players we have available today i’d go with –

    Darlow

    Yedlin Mbemba Clark Dummett

    Ameobi Shelvey Diame Ritchie

    Murphy Mitro/Gouff

    Lets see what we can do when we go at teams. Mbemba was by far our best defender last year Lascelles has been w@nk recently Rafa likes to rotate so take him. We could use Mbembas pace today.

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  • Legolas

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Well said bobbybee, don’t understand any who boo’s there own team, players or manager. I might not like a certain player or manager but wouldn’t boo them. I may vent after a game about how bad a player has played but get behind them at the game.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Essex

    There’s always something wrong with my team haha. At least I have you to point them out.

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #20

    As much as I’d love to see a change in formation, I think we just have to accept Rafa does it his way and is unlikely to change. Arma could have slipped in seamlessly to Gayle’s role but that’s water under the bridge. Wonder if he’ll let Mitro redeem himself today, or stick with Big Murph? Although I’m not sure either is best suited to the role. Can’t see Perez playing today. He’s just not suited to the rough n tumble of this division. His confidence needs a break anyway. Diame was starting to perform so I expect he’ll return.
    Well, being one of the lucky ones, I’m setting off now to the game. See if I can stir the fans around me into life :). Enjoy wherever you’re watching/listening and let’s hope for a confidence boosting win. 2-1 will do me.

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Before I shoot. Legolas, I think the reason we play better away is the players feel less under pressure. I wish fans would realise we count more than we’ll ever know. Lifting the team can produce better performances, but expressing anger at every little error simply can’t help. They’re human after all, despite the huge wages they earn. Anyway, got to go. Parking a nightmare :). Howay the lads!!!!!

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  • MAUTITOON

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Bobbybee
    RAFA and MITRO, It does not work. So RAFA WILL GO with MURPHY upfront as far as i could understand RAFA,but i hope he stuns me though.

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  • SPRINGY

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Bobbybee
    I hate to say it but with mitro,it looks to me like rafa really doesn’t like him….goofy was having a poor to average game the other nyt and he was pushed up front rather mitro…..i am assuming that mitro was on the bench as i didnt see the subs….unless mitro starts putting in performances and hitting the back of the net more..especially when comin on as sub,as he never looks interested…..his future here as of now doesn’t look good.

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  • booboo

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #24

    we gonna shi…on mclaren and them flunkys from derby hope big mitro start hes much better than murhpy no argument there !!!! and keep perez away ! from the team this kid getting worse cant stand him these days he cost us a clear victory against qpr anyways i hope we back to winning ways.

    ps rafa handling club situation good like always since the start but he need to get more out of these players exp perez some of lads could do much better in match perfomances. and got to add that mike ashley either got them balls or is the man more stupid than he look.havent he learned yet ? u got to stop gambling with our club damm u !! i dont always agree with rafas tactics but got to praise him for his commitment shame on ashley. but still i stand by this team to be the best in the league now back to winng ways hopefully
    HWTL

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  • MAUTITOON

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Spanish club confirm Newcastle United signing of Victor Fernandez.who is he?

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  • lesh

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Bobby

    Booing their own team is just bad in any event, not just following a very unlucky home draw!

    As you asked, what’s happened to our supporters, who are an asset when things are going well but a liability when things aren’t going our way – when the lads on the pitch really need vocal and loud support!

    Ed’s earlier thread pleaded for Ashley to rethink what he believes to be the right transfer policy for the club. Whilst recruiting younger players with a view to profiting on sales is fine in principle, what he must realise is that the players we look to sign should be bought in line with the needs of the squad. We’re al aware that giving Carr carte blanche to sign who he thinks will bring a profit has not worked when they’ve been bought over the heads of managers/ head coaches.

    Rather than continue loading debt onto the club to prop it up (eg £33m to support the payroll), Ashlet must be able to see that he had to do so because of his mistakes which include regarding Carr as his football advisor! Surely he must be made to realise that in Rafa, he has a highly successful manager whose knowledge of the game puts Carr’s into the shade. And referring to Carr for opinions about Rafa’s buys is nothing less than very bad managerial practice, causing problems between Rafa and Carr. Equally, Carr should not have offered criticism of Rafa’s buys. Assuming that has been the catalyst for Ashley to voice unhappiness with them, then Carr should feel ashamed of himself. Carr won’t be popular with Rafa and he would have every right to be upset at Carr’s reported conversations with Ashley. He has shown himself to be divisive and should be encouraged to retire gracefully. Doubtless Rafa will have his responsibilities and scope of authority defined clearly.

    But, that’s for the summer and Rafa’s hand’ll be strengthened if we’re promoted as champions and there’s big money to help Ashley revise his approach to running the football side of the club

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  • lesh

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #27

    MAUTITOON

    It’ll not be Fernandez it’s more likely Victor Meldrew!

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  • MAUTITOON

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #28

    lesh
    hahaha,hope not,lol

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  • lesh

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Victor Fernandez

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  • AncientC

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #30

    “Carr should not have offered criticism of Rafa’s buys”?

    What, when did this happen?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Found this, didn’t realise we’d bought in all of these youngsters other than Bartlett.

    It has been confirmed that Newcastle United have signed Victor Fernandez.

    UE Cornella released a statement confirming the move and released a photo of him signing on at St James Park.

    The 18 year old attacker is the latest in a growing line of players from overseas that Rafa Benitez is recruiting to improve the quality at Newcastle United moving forward.
    UE Cornella play in the third tier of Spanish football.

    Newcastle fans have already seen Otto Huuhtanen (Finland), Mo Sangare (Liberia), Elias Sorensen (Denmark) and Juanito (Spain) join Newcastle’s Under 23s/Academy this season, with Tyrique Bartlett (son of former South African international Shaun Bartlett, who was at Charlton for six years) also added a month ago.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #33

    AncientC

    Sounds like another spurious rumour.

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  • lesh

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #34

    AncientC

    Carr was at the Birmingham cup match with Ashley and that’s when the media picked up on Ashley wanting to get back to signing under 26es and increase Carr’s involvement in transfers.

    AncientC, it doesn’t take a genius to put two and two together.

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  • MAUTITOON

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Finally the signing has come,see we were being restless for nothing.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #36

    I have to say watching the way some of our players were strolling around and making so many un-pressured mistakes in the first half on Wednesday I might well have been tempted to boo or at least groan very loudly.

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  • MAUTITOON

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #37

    Essex Geordie Bill.
    And i commented enough of this dross following that night’s lacklustre display.By the way, apart from his own goal,how did you rate CIARAN?

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  • Legolas

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Bobbybee,

    I agree. Enjoy the match and sing your heart oot.

    Has anyone seen Hazards goal. I wish we had someone like that playing for us. You can only dream.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #39

    lesh, I don’t get it. How do you go from Carr sitting with Ashley, to Carr being critical of players signed in the summer.

    Surely Carr as chief scout would have been involved in the summer recruitment of players.

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  • Jib

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #40

    AncientC // Feb 4, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    “Carr should not have offered criticism of Rafa’s buys”?

    What, when did this happen?

    Lesh dreamt it last night just after a beach romp with Catherine Zeta Jones and before he won the Euromillions.
    😀

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