Last season Newcastle had a losing mentality and they got that from losing so many games under head coach Steve McClaren.
When Steve was finally fired in March of last year after managing 28 PL games, we had lost 16 of those games and won only 6 – a 57% loss rate and a 21% win rate.
So when we went behind in a game last season, too many of our players expected to be beaten in that game – that’s what a losing mentality is.
Peter Beardsley and Rafa Benitez
Since Rafa Benitez arrived at the club he has changed all that and with 24 wins in 37 Championship games the first team is used to winning and now we go into games expecting to win.
In the Championship this season Rafa has a 65% win rate.
With a winning mentality there can be some complacency creep in if it’s not handled right – and we have seen some shock defeats this season too – 8 in 37 games for a 22% loss rate..
But it’s not only with the first team that Rafa is demanding teams win at Newcastle – it’s at all the levels of the club from U23 to U18.
And manager Rafa Benitez has talked about a winning mentality today as reported in the Chronicle:
“I am always in contact with Peter Beardsley and Ben Dawson.”
“When they lose one game you can see how upset they are.” “That for me is very good, it’s very positive.”
“If you get used to winning games for the U23s or U18s this mentality gives you confidence for the future.”
“That has to be positive for players and the future of the first team.” “You always try to improve players both technically and tactically.”
“But the one thing that is difficult to improve is the winning mentality.” “If they are used to winning and competing that helps.”
“If they are feeling really bad after a defeat that is the beginning of a good experience for them in terms of how to perform and how to compete at another level.”
And here’s a good game for the fans to watch early tomorrow afternoon at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle take on West Ham in the quarter finals of the Reserve League Cup with the East Stand will be open for the cup clash with admission free for season ticket holders.
General admission is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions and the game kicks off at 1:00 pm.