Rafa Benitez eats, sleeps and breathes football, so he is very well suited to be the manager of Newcastle United where the City is well known for its complete passion for football and everything revolves around its famous football club.
It’s been clear in the year Rafa has been at the club that he wants to improve everything about Newcastle – and there’s a lot of room for improvement – to be sure.
Rafa Benitez – happy when he’s on the training pitch
As just one example of his impact this season – Rafa has already reduced the number of injuries the club gets every year.
He had new 4G pitches installed for training at Benton last summer and with better and more thorough procedures to cope with injuries, he has dramatically reduced the number of injuries at the club.
Paul Dummett has succinctly talked today about what makes Rafa a world-class manager.
The Spanish manager has already won three European trophies and hopefully will be on his way to winning more trophies with Newcastle in the years ahead.
That’s the hope in any case and that needs to be done rather quickly – with time starting to run out for some of us.
This is how Paul Dummett talked about Rafa – who seems to talk and talk about football – as reported in the Chronicle today:
“He’s won a lot of trophies around the world.” “But he is a complete football man.” “Whenever you talk to him it is about football.”
“He wants us to improve and he wants the club to improve.”
“Whether that’s on the training ground, the tactics or just getting us ready properly for the next game he wants us to get better.”
“His experiences can help us as a squad this season.”
“If we win Rafa congratulates us on the game and tells us about what we did well and what we can do better.”
“Then we focus on the next game.”
Well you cannot accuse Rafa of wasting any time on the training pitch can you?