Jamie Carragher’s’ Fascinating Insights Into Rafa Benitez

Jamie Carragher has talked today about what he learned from Rafa Benitez and about Rafa Benitez in the famous six years Rafa was the manager at Liverpool.

As we have all found out over the last year,  the fans still love him at Liverpool for what he did for that great club.

And it will be fabulous that we will start playing Liverpool again twice in the Premier League starting in August.

Maybe can do the double over them next year?


It’s always been a much anticipated game following that famous 4-3 defeat we suffered at Liverpool back in April, 1996 – considered the best Premier League games of all time.

Rafa Benitez and Jamie Carragher – circa 2005

Jamie has been witnessing the goings-on at Newcastle since we brilliantly won promotion by winning 4-1 ar home to Preston on Monday night.

We followed that up with a great 2-0 win at Cardiff City last night with two fabulous goals from outside the penalty area coming from Christian Atsu after 55 minutes (give him a permanent deal) and the ever improving Isaac Hayden after 65 minutes.

Here’s what Jamie Carragher has said in his Mail column as reported in the Chronicle today and of course this is a man who played for Rafa for six years from 2004-2010 at Liverpool:

“He won’t quit. He never quits. That is something Newcastle United fans should remember as another storm starts to blow around Rafa Benitez.”

“It should have been a week of celebration on Tyneside, the club having secured an immediate return to the Premier League.”

“But instead a group of supporters who have so often had to endure disappointment find themselves confused by the uncertainty that has followed.”

“Benitez has indicated he will only stay on at St James’ Park next season if he feels that Mike Ashley, Newcastle’s owner, shares his vision for what is needed to be successful back in the top flight.”

“But he is confident that ‘everything will be fine’.”

“Watching the episode unfold brought some memories flooding back.” “Everything I’ve seen and read in the last few days had me thinking of many things, from our time together at Liverpool.”

“He had three different sets of people to answer to at Anfield and fell out with them all.”

“Rafa is an excellent manager and one of the biggest influences on my career — perhaps the biggest in terms of actually being on a pitch.”

“I played my best football under him and many of the things he taught me I still bring into practice, whether it is on these pages or with Sky.”

“But he is, without doubt, the most political figure I’ve come across in football.” “I saw what is going on at Newcastle happen at Liverpool.”

“It happened at Valencia, too, where he famously said he ‘asked for a sofa and they gave me a table leg’ during a row over transfers.”

“This posturing has a purpose.”  “Benitez wants the maximum amount of money he can get ahead of the transfer window in order to keep Newcastle competitive.”

“If he doesn’t get the funding that he feels is necessary and next season goes badly, he can turn around and say: ‘I told you so.’”

“He raised the prospect of leaving Liverpool many times, suggesting he could go to Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich and even England!”

“He seems almost as popular in Newcastle as he was at Anfield. (more popular).” “He aligns himself with the fans and they are hard people to walk out on.”

“I’m sure the sound-bites will continue and the sense of drama will heighten. but this is part of the Benitez package.” (OK – we’ll take it)

“People talk about managers having certain styles and philosophies… well, Benitez manages by conflict.”  “Look right through his career and you will see it everywhere.”

“From his time coaching the youth team at Real Madrid, where he clashed with director Jorge Valdano over the selection of certain players, conflict has followed him.”

“At Liverpool and Valencia, that method brought him great success.”

We’re absolutely sure Newcastle fans are OK with everything that Jamie says about Mr. Benitez.

That’s because what we all want to see Rafa produce is a Newcastle team we can be proud of and that can start winning trophies again for the first time in 1969.

And for some of us older folks – the sooner the better.

This is a zenith at Newcastle over the last many years and we expect owner Mike Ashley to back Rafa all the way and give him as much money for transfers as he possibly can.

We also believe Rafa Benitez has grown as both a manager and a person since he started managing Liverpool 13 years ago and Newcastle will be that much better for that.

Love it!


Howay The Bonnie Lads!!

12 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Good words….

    On another note we have put pressure on Brighton but just watch them get a suspect penalty in the early stages of the game ‘TO CALM THEIR NERVES…

    The Championship would be gutted if we won the title…

    It’s easier now but the refereeing against us this season has been terrible, al.ost at farcical and bordering a conspiracy!

    But we beat them !

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Do you know what was great about the free kick, simplicity, he didn’t try and burst the ball with power, he picked a spot and cooley put it there. Well done Atsu.

    i like him and i would sign him. ok i know it’ was about getting out of the league, but players like Goofy, diame, Lascelles got more football than there abilities should have allowed.

    IMO Perez,Atsu, Mbemba are much better options.

    hope Brighton don’t win today, so it will be a great competition next weekend, us at home to Barnsley where we have been crap ? vs poor teams, and them vs Villa away, and how ironic would it be for those villa fans who seem to hate us, there team could help us win the title. well my fingers are crossed for it to happen that way, you know what they say, you have to speak things into existence.

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Great insight into Benitez in these quotes from Squeaky.
    I like it! If Rafa is such a fighter behind the media cool dude image, all the better!
    Let’s face it, even if it all blows up in the end Rafa is an adopted Geordie and he won’t put up with any rubbish from the hoods that run this club. I’d rather that than what we’ve seen from the last 3 talking heads we’ve had whose job it was to just bend over and take whatever the bosses dished out.

  • firebug666

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #4

    What a fantastic Manager Rafa is, if he managers by conflict so be it, he is in the right place for that here. I like the idea that he will fight for every penny to get a competitive squad, so much better that the journeymen we’ve had to put up with, with their sickly whining yes Mr Ashley Sir attitudes.

    Last night was a great win, being promoted was all that mattered last week, but the lads did what they had to do last night, now come on Bristol take the points of Brighton and lets make Sunday Crunchday.

  • firebug666

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #5



  • sing in the corner

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #6

    On the Brighton game..
    All I ask is that it goes to the last game.
    There’s loads of talk about how Brighton have deserved it more than us over the season, all considered..etc
    I think pound for pound we deserve to have an even chance on the last day of the season. Then if Brighton win and we don’t, or vice versa, that would be a fitting end, no complaints.

  • firebug666

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #7


    You could almost think that Brighton were given every decision while Newcastle were held back by the referees to keep it close at the top of the table and increase viewing figures for this league.

    If it sounds like the FA conspired against us then they probably did.

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Weird mate! 🙂

  • Premiership Manager

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Atusu has scored in the last two games and now we want him as a permanent signing? What about his all round game, the passes and mistakes where he’s lost possession. What about the runs he should have made but didn’t?

    I’m not convinced he’s good enough but like many young players he needs first team football.

    Next year I’d settle for staying up, that’s how positive I am about both the team and commitment from the club.

    Currently we have possibly 4-5 premiership players, 3-4 potential premiership players given the development and training and that leaves massive gaps.

    Shelvey couldn’t cut it at Swansea. He’s one of the best passers of the ball I’ve seen but his work rate, attitude and commitment are often lacking and when he goes missing in a game he’s a player we can’t afford to carry. I also get the impression he’s a disruptive influence in the dressing room but time will tell, he’ll get his chance but he needs to step it up.

    Hayden could end up being a class player, he’s one to watch.

    Perez I really rate but we don’t play to suit his style and he desperately needs first team starts as does Mitro.

    Will Gayle cut it in the PL? I hope so but his injuries are worrying.

    Lacelles, Mbemba and Clark are all superb prospects but none are the finished article. They make odd mistakes and coping with premiership attackers will be difficult. Anita should get a new contract and Yedlin is a good squad player but far better going forward than tracking back. Dummet has been solid but his pace will be found wanting by PL attackers. Haidara had loads of potential but with injuries has become the forgotten man.

    Colback gets loads of stick but does a job in breaking up play. It’s probably one of the most important aspects of the game, for me he’s a good squad player.

    Goufran is a good squad player but depending on wages we may let him go.

    Ritchie is one of those players no, pace, not a player to dribble and go past players but he has superb ball control, can pick a pass and has an eye for goal. For me he is our best player.

    Keeeper wise we are sound.

    Now for the not so good, Diame, Murphy, Lazaar, Hanley, Gamez, Ameobi, Good and Vukic all need to go. Some are too old, some are too slow and the others just aren’t good enough.

    Has anybody seen a premiership team with a bare bones quad and at least 1/2 dozen new players do well? It’s normally a recipe for relegation.

    Benitez is a good manager and assuming he stays he’s got his work cut out. I hate to cat doom and gloom but we need to be realistic. Mid table would be a luxury however it’s going to take four or five years to rebuild and that’s what we need to consider. Staying up and not getting in a relegation battle will be a realistic aspiration. I’ll take anywhere outside the bottom 5.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #10

    @Premiership Manager

    Who was it who said, “You can’t win anything with kids”, that was 22 years ago pretty much to the day.
    And Ferguson went and did exactly that.

  • Sav

    Apr 29, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #11

    I’d say PMs squad assessment is pretty accurate. Rafa has his work cut out. Murphy has been a solid good lad and probably a senior figure in the changing room. If he leaves now the season is over, I’m getting in my ‘thanks for everything’ now.

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 29, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    I said in a recent post that Rafa wouldn’t quit, he never does and now Carra who knows him well confirms it !


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