This Is What Rafa Is Building With The Newcastle Owner


Rafa Benitez is a special football manager who just loves what he does and is always keen to improve himself  as a manager.

He has already said he improved last season in leading Newcastle United to the Championship with 94 points as we just pipped Brighton to the title and how many world-class managers would stay with a club and drop down a division with them?

Not many and that’s why Newcastle fans know there’s something very special about Rafa Benitez.

And Rafa knows a lot about all kinds of coaching and it was interesting how he surprised goalkeeping coach Simon Smith last year when he knew all kinds of details about goalkeepers and goalkeeping techniques.

Rafa Benitez – win-win situation for Mike Ashley and the manager

Benitez is also thought to be one of the best tacticians in the game and his game plan at Huddersfield Town earlier this year was a joy to watch as the Terriers had lots of possession, but hardly got a chance against us and we ran out 3-1 winners at the John Smith’s Stadium.

70% possession doesn’t mean you will win the game these days.

Rafa is also a pillar of strength when things go wrong as they did a few times (too many times?) last season.

When for instance we lost our first two games and then in the second half of April when our young players showed nerves when we were so close to getting that automatic promotion spot.

Rafa is also a savvy business man and is one of the few managers who truly understands the finances of football clubs and that money doesn’t grow on trees – unlike some other managers we could name – but won’t.

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So in his meeting with owner Mike Ashley last night he was trying to build trust between the two as much as anything else, which is why he went over so many different facets of how a club needs to be well run.

Mark Douglas had a good article out today in ChronicleLive where he points that out – and he is so right.

Rafa wants Mike Ashley to know he’s learned a lot in the 30 years he’s been in coaching and that Mike can trust him with running the club along with Managing Director Lee Charnley – with whom he gets on so well.

So one way to put it is that Rafa Benitez wants Mike to think what our fans already know – In Rafa We Trust.

And Mike’s been burned a few times these last 10 years by people like Dennis Wise who let him down, but the owner has also made his fair share of daft mistakes – too many in fact.

We hope like Rafa that Mike Ashley learns from his mistakes.

If Mr. Benitez can get Mike Ashley trusting him with running the club – and we think he can – then there’s no limit to what Rafa and his team, with the help of Lee Charnley can achieve in the years ahead.

We really mean that!

Comments welcome.



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248 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    May 10, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost re hibbit and his reply to Tiki Taka –

    Ha ha well done Hibbit beat me to it there’s nothing like a jaundiced memory to get yourself into trouble lol. Bit of perspective there especially on the net spend and achievements level. Not many players on that list we wouldn’t have welcomed here in their prime. Look at the sea of duds we’ve paraded through the revolving doors at SJP these last ten years! ? Some of them couldn’t even stand upright ha ha

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  • Tsunki

    May 10, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Mike has had these watershed moments before and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Lets see if the bell has rung in his head finally and that he can now join the dots between competition on the field equating to competition in the football business.

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  • Jib

    May 10, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Tsunki
    Hibbit clearly possesses superior editing skills.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 10, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Ancient
    No I’m not using the daily mail, wouldn’t ask my worst enemy to read that. But you’re right there is no definite quote saying ‘we rejected £15/16 million from newcastle’. However, if you desperately need to see the conference look at the dates and you can work out which conference it is and listen to 20 mins of him talking and answering questions. It’s in response to a question about rejecting the bid for McCarthy he explains he’s staying as he’s in long term plans etc.

    I do wonder why you’re so hell bent on finding quotes and then take it as proof. It’s football, people are going to say things to get what they want. Do you think McCarthy is in koemans long term plans or is he just trying to get a higher fee? Make your own mind up. Not sure why you need quotes etc as proof of interest in a player or that a bid was submitted.

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  • magspuggy

    May 10, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Tsunki @ 2
    We can but hope.
    We have rafa who has gave fattie what he wanted this season.
    Now its down to what he wants for next year and onwards.

    Hopefully rafa signs a new deal that for me would be a massive statement ..

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  • hibbit

    May 10, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #6

    i think not !!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 10, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Still don’t get why Ritchie is being preferred to Shelvey in the POS Poll but WTF is going on re. Diame getting votes.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 10, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Essex…I’m surprised at the difference between Shelvey and Ritchie too. Would have thought it would be much more even between the two.

    Diame votes are surely a joke?

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  • WWSBRD

    May 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Essex
    Because more people prefer Ritchie to Shelvey? Haha I’d have Ritchie ahead of Jonjo tbh

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 10, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #10

    WW I get that but why?

    As someone else said the team is so much worse without Shelvey than it was without Richie.

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  • JackBall

    May 10, 2017 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #11

    I understand the impulse to vote for Ritchie. Reading reporters choices, they too chose him . People like his fire: Mitro with more goals. (a bit of a joke). But I do think the goals had a greater impact than they should have. Just look at the MOM choices. Almost always it was who scored a goal. Shelvey’s job was so much more than putting it in the net. Without him, the ball never travelled smoothly from end to end. I stand by my Shelvey vote, but this is all about fun, it makes no difference and both and more will be needed next years.

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  • Bambams

    May 10, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #12

    The three main players for me were Clark Shelvey and Ritchie …

    I think we struggled more when we did not have Clark or shelvey than Ritchie.

    But Ritchie came into his own when it really mattered. Scored some very important goals.

    These three just stood out with Lascelles and Hayden very close behind

    Imo

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  • Jib

    May 10, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #13

    The Spanish media seems to take it as a given that Brazilian midfielder Gabriel Pires (Juventus on loan to Leganes in La Liga) is to join Rafa this Summer.

    He scores the 3rd goal against Betis last Monday evening
    https://youtu.be/_cN7p1vDKBU

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  • hibbit

    May 10, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #14

    folk on here were voting on a radio commentary that says it all for me
    so in there mind the goal scorer was alway going to be favourite

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 10, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Quiet on here. In the words of Delia Smith

    “WHERE ARE YOU”

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  • Jib

    May 10, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #16

    I think it was:-
    “Let’s be having you”

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  • JackBall

    May 10, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Hibbit,

    Funny. I actually grew up listening to a lot of sports on the radio, and thought I could get a good picture in my head what was going on when the commentators actually spent sometime describing the action. I almost tossed my computer to the ground during all those long pauses from our announcers screaming to the wall, What the F is going on?. Say something. ” The two blokes seemed like good guys, but are there no professional Radio commentators in the Northeast? Thank go we are on TV next year.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 10, 2017 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Jib

    Yep that aswell 🙂

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  • posada

    May 10, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Jail
    What were you wanting to know about money being taken out of the club under the previous regime.

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  • WWSBRD

    May 10, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Essex
    Much of a muchness tbh both had good seasons but I think Ritchie dragged us through a fair few games and replaced Gayles goals when he got injured without that we’d of been in trouble

    I didn’t vote either as player of the season though haha I went Clark

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  • WWSBRD

    May 10, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Atsu is back with Chelsea wonder if that’s decision made on him then?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 10, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #22

    I voted for Ritchie. Cos he’s fcuking magic and he’s got a magic fcuking hat 😀

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  • posada

    May 10, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Jack
    Nobody does a good radio commentary now.
    Way back when. Say the 30’s before my time, folks would sit at home with a colour coded grid and the commentator would tell you what was happening. It was kind of an art form.
    Smith has it wide in the green that sort of thing.
    Now they simply talk while the game is on.
    If you listen to the crowd in the background you know something has happened but it takes forever for them to tell you. Infuriating to the point where I won’t listen to it.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 10, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #24

    And he could have signed for West Ham, but said no “fcuk that”

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 10, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #25

    Atsu back a Chelsea??

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  • hibbit

    May 10, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #26

    JackBall
    that would be the picture the commentator painted
    was that picture enough to pick a MoM I don’t think so

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  • WWSBRD

    May 10, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #27

    Shire
    Aye with that LB who was at Schalke apparently. He posted a pic with him in Chelsea gear going through medical earlier, we can still sign him before next month apparently but not a great sign surely?

    Apparently that Sandro Ramirez has sacked off Sevilla aswell and is aiming for a PL destination instead

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  • hibbit

    May 10, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Atsu back a Chelsea
    let’s hope Rafa has better lined up if we aren’t signing him

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  • Jib

    May 10, 2017 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #29

    posada
    In the 30’s the Radio Times would have a grid on their sports page.
    That’s where the expression “Back to square one” comes from.
    Ed remembers it
    😀

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 10, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Looks like we won’t be signing Atsu then. Sandro Ramirez needs to come to Newcastle. It’s closer to Spain than London 😀

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  • JackBall

    May 10, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #31

    That being said, I guess having a magic hat is a s good a reason as any. And hay, it is probably the best song of the year. Although going up is pretty good too. We could have a better argument discussing this choice because we heard them more than the announcers.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 10, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #32

    Wasn’t Ed in the street lining for the crucifixions 😀

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  • WWSBRD

    May 10, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #33

    Maybe Sandro instead of Atsu?

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  • Budge123

    May 10, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #34

    I’m surprised that people are surprised at Ritchie walking the player of the season vote.
    Was pretty much full on every game he played and it was Ritchie that stood up to be counted while Gayle was out.
    Shelvey had a good season but went awol in a few games.
    There was also that unfortunate ‘I’m a racist bellend’ incident that many seem happy to airbrush from history

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  • reilly

    May 10, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #35

    BREAKING: Rafa Benitez has committed his future to Newcastle United following talks with Mike Ashley yesterday

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 10, 2017 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #36

    Reilly

    Seriously?

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  • Jib

    May 10, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #39

    snap Reilly

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  • reilly

    May 10, 2017 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #40

    1st 😆

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