There’s been an interview with development manager Peter Beardsley on his views about his boss, who also happens to be the Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.
It’s fair to say that Peter likes Rafa a lot.
But Beardsley has also talked about the youngsters who come into the first team training now and again – and get a taste of what life is like training and working with a world-class manager and the Newcastle stars.
Peter Beardsley – Development manager
This is what Peter has told the Chronicle:
“It’s great for the kids. But it’s great for us because he’s also took an interest from the day he walked in.”
“He has always taken an interest in what me and Ben Dawson do and he’s been outstanding.”
“You’ve heard people around the city talking about him, but nobody can say anything nicer than me because he’s been immense.”
“If we lose a game and everybody is flapping I see him saying: ‘Move on, start again’.”
“He just has that and it’s something we are lucky to have because he’s a brilliant manager and he’s proved that around the world, so for him to be the way he is around is, it’s just fantastic.”
“There are kids going up there to train with the first team everyday.”
“To be fair he always gives us a report on how they are doing, what he thinks, and what he needs.”
“They love him and they would like to train at the first team every day because of what they see.”
“The club is in a great place at the moment.”
“In an ideal world we’d be in the Premier League but we can only get there in four months.”
“But when I look at what he does I’m not worried.”
There’s no mistaking that Rafa is a huge influence at the club and if we lose him it will be a huge vacuum very difficult, if not impossible, to replace.
What do you think?