Rafa Reveals What He Does With Time Off – When He’s Not Coaching

Rafa is pleased that Tim Krul is finally getting playing time at AZ Alkmaar and so far he’s played two games for the Dutch club who are now 4th top of the Eredivisie.

Tim had a terrible time of it at Ajax from last August when he never played once for the first team and as far as we know he was never even made the bench, so that must have been a little disheartening for the Dutch International goalkeeper.

But Tim is a great professional with a terrific attitude, so he will make the very best of it at Alkmaar and we hope he gets back to his best.

Tim Krul with Simon Smith last summer

Tim played for the Ajax U21 side  few times and Rafa Benitez has talked about Tim and the other loan players today in the Chronicle:

“He needed to play.” “He was with the U-21s, but that’s different.”

“He’s a good keeper so if he’s doing well, then it’s good for him and us.”

“I follow the players on loan.” “I have people sending me the information and I am in contact with some of the players.”

“I think it’s important to know if they are doing well or not.”

“I don’t watch every game, because I don’t have time, but sometimes I am watching the games of our players on loan and then send messages and keep the contact with them.”

“I think it’s important for us, as a club, to have players doing well on loan.” “We’re watching games every week.”

“Now with the technology, you have access to everything.” “The staff and the scouts are watching games.

“We are watching games all the time. and it’s not a big difference watching games live or via technology.”

“You have your scouts watching live games.” “It’s not important for me, especially as you don’t have time as you are travelling.”

Good words there from Rafa.

The manager must think he is in heaven – when he’s not coaching the team he watches games.


And there are a lot of games to watch in the Premier League, Championship and in Europe, never mind also watching the lads on loan.

But one of the great things about Rafa Benitez is that he just loves what he’s doing and it comes through big time – he’s a great manager for Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 17, 2017 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Saivet, DeJong, Krul and perhaps Armstrong are surely capable of contributing as part of an epl squad first season back under Benitez and will come under consideration and with a clean slate as we look to reshape the squad at the beginning of the next campaign. With those players back we will then have a squad of over 30 legitimate first team players of which we might move on up to ten and bring in around 5 of real quality. That’s quite a healthy situation.

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 17, 2017 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Simon Smith is looking awful wee and mighty wide nowadays. So much so he’s had to borrow Derek Wright’s ample shorts apparently.

  • Tim the toon

    Feb 17, 2017 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, really sorry to see the news about your latest set of tests. Fight the good fight, and hopefully your next set of tests are clear, and NUFC are back playing Premier League football.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2017 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #4

    We never seen enough of Saviet, Mclaren obviosky didn’t fancy him during his plight and Benitez didn’t think he had the PL experience for a relegation battle, but aye, he could turn out to be a useful squad member. There’s no presdure next season and no one expects too much from the team next year so it might be an ideal time to see how they get on. SDJ is a lost cause with injuries though I think.


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