Rafa Supports This Player – Shows Man-Management Brilliance

There have been many rumors surrounding Aleksandar Mitrovic leaving Newcastle this summer and Rafa Benitez addressed that in his press conference yesterday.

He suggested the reason for that was that his agents were interested in doing business in the summer.

Of course that would also mean they can make some money for themselves if Mitro moves and gets a new (big) deal at some other club.

Rafa Benitez and Aleksandar Mitrovic

Mitro has never had an inkling of leaving Newcastle and he even said this week that he feels responsible for relegation last season and that he would make up for it and even die on the pitch for Newcastle.

Not surprisingly that went down well with the fans.


When Mitro has needed support, Rafa has always given him it.

This is what Rafa said yesterday during his press conference about his 22 year-old striker who will start for the team this afternoon against Bristol City:

“I can read news about him all the time, that means someone close to him was interested to do business.”

“But I said straight away that he would stay, and his reaction when he was not playing was brilliant.”

“He fought for his position and I am happy with these kind of problems.”

“If we do well in the next four games, we will have a great advantage.”

“If we do not do well, we will still have seven games in April and one in May.”

“We have to carry on. If we do well, much better. If we cannot do what we want, we will still be in a great position.”

If you are Mitro reading those first four lines from Rafa, you have to feel very good about things and be ready to go out there and bust a gut (so to speak) for Rafa and the team.

That’s brilliant man-management coming from the Newcastle manager.

We hope Mitro has a good game today against Bristol City and it wouldn’t surprise us if he scores too.

Howay The Lads!!

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3 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 25, 2017 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #1

    For me Mitro must start making anticipatory moves in the penalty areas order to get on the end of things more. Too static for me, and one thing he isn’t blessed with is pace so he needs to get a start on his marker..
    His effort was better last game though, which is more encouraging..

  • giimps

    Feb 25, 2017 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #2

    He can learn a lot from Shearer in his pomp, not great pace but could read the game better than most, he anticipated things and got a lot of goals he had no right to….this is what Mitro needs to do, and if we can get the fromt 3-4 to press the ball higher up the pitch we could steamroller Bristol.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 25, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #3

    sing in the corner

    yesterday I floated the idea of playing Ritchie up front –
    He is full of movement – never still – bit like Gayle and seems to be a natural goalscorer. He would also close down the opposition defenders as at the moment with Mitro/Perez and Murphy don’t seem to have the energy to close defenders down.

    I think he would be a pain in the arse to opposition defenders.


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