This Is An Amazing Claim Made By Rafa Benitez


There are not many world-class managers who would have stayed at Newcastle last May after we had been relegated, but the very fact that Rafa Benitez stayed showed us that he is the right man to lead Newcastle back to the big time.

Not everybody realizes just how much Rafa has put his career on the line by managing a second division side and there’s not much upside for Rafa this season.

If he gets Newcastle promoted those pundits will say he should because he’s world-class – but if he doesn’t well – it would not look good.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle’s great manager – a class act

Of course he would still be in big demand and some Premier League clubs – like West Ham as one example – would be only too happy to take him as their new manager.

What it does tell us about Rafa is that he has confidence in his own ability and loves to be challenged.

Rafa seems to have enjoyed what has been and is a challenge this season in the Championship – and he says rightly that it’s the toughest football league in the world.

It’s not the best, but certainly playing in it is very difficult with so many games and every team can give Newcastle a game.

And Rafa even thinks this season has made him into a better manager.

This is what Rafa, who  has won the Champions League with Liverpool and the Europa League with both Valencia and Chelsea has said about this season at Newcastle United:

“For sure, I am now a better coach than at the start of the season.”

“If you are learning, trying to adapt and modify things, it improves you”

“I am learning every day.”  “One thing that improves you as a manager is different experiences.

“If you are learning, trying to adapt and modify things, it improves you.”

“I am learning so much – tactics, PR, man-managment, everything because it is so different.”

“Tactics obviously have to change and with so many games, I have not had this situation for years.”

“We are up against direct teams, passing teams, those that play three at the back, five at the back, even eight at the back!”

“Every week, twice a week, you have to adapt and change and you have to do that without having the time you want to prepare.”

“I have not really changed the way I work, but the difference is it is now more squeezed with so many games.”

“The target was always promotion,.” “At the moment, I just want us to go up.”

“In two weeks, I may tell you different but right now I just want three points against Burton.”

One thing about Rafa is that he’s been a class act this season for the Championship and he keeps praising the league and the different teams we play.

If we do get promoted then the Championship is going to miss Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United.

This season has clearly shown us what a class act Rafa Benitez is.

What do you think?

Comment welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • SuperShearer

    Apr 5, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #1

    RP: So bored of people talking about playing “attractive football” – I’ve seen many brands of footbally played at Newcastle over the years and I’ll take winning football over aesthetically pleasing football any day of the week. I had Fat Sam but we would never have been relegated under him. NEVER. Ask many Arsenal fans how they feel about their “attractive football”… they’d take winning football over it right now. We’re in the Championship, not the Champions League. In this league you have to win by any means necessary, the pitches are not the best in the world, it’s aggressive and we’re the biggest fish in the pond meaning opposition players want a piece of us. I’ll take promotion over any of this “attractive football” thanks very much.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 5, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #2

    SuperShearer
    been saying the same for weeks.
    100% agree with you
    one goal this season promotion nothing else matters

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  • mindshaft

    Apr 5, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    And do say all of us

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  • mindshaft

    Apr 5, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #4

    And so say all of us

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  • magpie6699

    Apr 5, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #5

    I can remember us playing attractive football and using local lads under Ossie Ardiles – as we gaily slid towards the old 3rd division. In this league and with so many games it isn’t possible to always play attractive football all game every game. We do it in fits and starts. But we’ve still managed to score more goals than any other team. 4 more wins please – and the sooner the better!

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  • Blofal

    Apr 5, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #6

    SuperShearer – Agreed 100%.

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  • SA Toon

    Apr 5, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t care what the football looks like;
    I don’t care whether or not we win the league;
    I don’t even care whether Sunderland manage to stay up (OK, maybe that’s not entirely true);
    ALL THAT MATTERS IS PROMOTION ????????????

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  • SA Toon

    Apr 5, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    I don’t care what the football looks like;
    I don’t care whether or not we win the league;
    I don’t even care whether Sunderland manage to stay up (OK, maybe that’s not entirely true);
    ALL THAT MATTERS IS PROMOTION ????????????

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  • Big Archie

    Apr 5, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9

    You make him sound such a hero, staying with us in the championship, putting so much on the line, but you have completely ignored the fact that he’s still the 9th highest paid football manager in the world. This wasn’t done out of the goodness of his heart. He’s the ultimate mercenary
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  • giimps

    Apr 5, 2017 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Yreah Archie, your right, the ultimate mercenary who could have gone to china for 10m a season, instead he chose to come here in the first place to try and create a project, we went down ,not so much down to him as the situation we were in due to mis management for years ,e ven though we were relegated and everyone in the know said he should leave and not further tarnish his reputation (even though he was only partially to blame) he stayed for less money than he was being offered from abroad China) ……yeah, a total mercenary

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