Rafa Benitez Prepares Fans For What Could Become A Tough Season


Rafa Benitez is still hoping Newcastle can sign a player before the Premier League kicks off for us on Sunday.

And every time Rafa talks nowadays you understand the manager is disappointed that he hasn’t got what was promised to him from owner Mike Ashley.

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But he’s not sulking away either and knows every Newcastle fan is right behind him and trusts him implicitly – that has to be a big boost for the manager.

Rafa is trying to level-set the fans that it will be an entirely different season from last season when we were usually better than the opposition and won 29 of the 46 games on our way to winning the Championship.

But he seems ready for the fight – the challenge –  and even implies he is still happy at Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez – trying season – another challenge

Let’s face it the Newcastle fans are massive to Rafa Benitez, and he knows he has the best support in the land if he can somehow persuade a certain Mike Ashley to spend money at the club.

The fans just love their manager, and Rafa knows it.

But more importantly, we look forward to when Ashley has somewhere near Rafa’s enormous ambitions for the club.

And we wonder a lot when, if ever, that will happen – probably not in my lifetime.

Rafa has been quoted in the Mail today, and this is what the world-class Newcastle United manager has said:

“This is a totally different challenge. Last year we were much better than the other teams in 70 per cent of the games and we had to manage expectations.”

“This year it could be the total opposite, so we have to make sure we are mentally strong when we are losing.”

“We have to be happy because we are back in the Premier League, but the only way we can have good aspirations is to improve the squad now.”

“It’s a long time ago.” “I didn’t have any problem because when I decided to stay with Extremadura I had the same idea that I have now.”

“I was happy in the village and I said that we could only do our best.”

“So I have been at teams before where it was difficult to win. You have to manage in a different way.”

“The main thing is to be sure that you have a strong mentality in the team.”

“The name of the manager doesn’t matter – it’s about the team.”

“If you have the right tools you can compete and do different things. When you have a very strong team then it doesn’t matter if the manager isn’t good enough because you can still win.”

“In my experience, I have seen a lot of managers win only because their players are so good.”

“People outside think the one who wins is a great manager, but sometimes it is only because of the team. The thing that matters most is the players.”

“The reality is that the best managers in the Premier League have been there a while and they have been able to spend some money on top-class players, so they have a better squad than we have.”

“So you can be a good manager but lose games because your team is not good enough.”

So things are going to be very different for Rafa at Newcastle next season when usually in his career he has been challenging for and winning trophies.

Shame on you Mike Ashley.

But – good news – there’s still time to bring in three good players this month – so a word (plea?) to Mike Ashley.

Please support the world-class manager you have at the club who still wants to stay at Newcastle despite all the difficulties.

That cannot be hard surely?

Comments welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Mornings lads!

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  • TudorCrisps

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Three things are for certain each morning

    Morning coffee

    Morning poo

    No players insight of being signed

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  • Jib

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Good interview with Simon Mullock in the Mirror
    No apologies for posting it (it’s a really difficult read with all the ads on their site)

    “The name of the manager doesn’t matter — it’s about the team. If you have the right tools, you can compete” says boss who knows how hard the next year could be for his promoted Magpies
    Benitez is one of only three current Premier League managers to have won the Champions League — but that’s where the comparisons with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho end.
    While the two Manchester clubs have invested heavily in a bid to win the title, promoted Newcastle’s net spend so far this window is less than £22million.
    Benitez knows the score.
    But he committed himself to the Tyneside cause by sticking with the Geordies in the Championship last season and is not about to wave the white flag.
    “The name of the manager doesn’t matter — it’s about the team,” he said. “If you have the right tools, you can compete. When you have a very strong team it doesn’t matter if the manager isn’t good enough, because you can still win.
    “The reality is that the best managers in the Premier League have been there a while and have been able to spend money on top-class players, so they have a better squad than we have.”

    “Football is special because in one game, anything can happen. But over a full season, the strongest team is at the top of the table.”

    “We have to be happy because we are back in the Premier League, but the only way we can have good aspirations is to improve the squad.”

    “Last year, we were much better than the other team in 70 per cent of the games. This is a totally different challenge.”

    “It could be the total opposite — so we have to make sure we are mentally strong when we are losing.”

    “We want to be ambitious, but every game will have a different approach.”

    Benitez’s reputation began to blossom when he took Extremadura into La Liga for only the second time in their history in 1998.

    On the opening day of the 1998-99 campaign, the tiny club from the town of Almendraljo were pitted against mighty Barcelona — in the Nou Camp.
    Unsurprisingly they lost, but just 1-0 (Rivaldo scoring the winner with a shot that Benitez still insists went in off the Brazilian’s shin). Eventually, they were relegated after an end-of-season play-off.

    While Benitez moved on to manage Tenerife, Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli and Real Madrid, the club he left behind went bust in 2006.

    But the 57-year-old believes that experience of trying to beat the drop will be vital over the next 10 months.
    He said: “The last time it was like this was with Extremadura, so it’s a long time ago.”

    “After we won promotion, I was happy in the village so I stayed with the club. I said that we could only do our best. I had the same idea that I have now with Newcastle.”

    “So I have been at teams before where it was difficult to win. You have to manage in a different way. The main thing is to be sure that you have a strong mentality in the team.”

    Benitez added: “I have seen a lot of managers win only because their players are so good.
    People outside the game think that the one who wins is a great manager, but sometimes it is only because of the team. You can also be a good manager but lose games because you’re team is not good enough.”

    “For me, the main thing in football is to approach every game with the feeling that you can win. You know that there will be some games that are very difficult, but you can still win.”

    “We have seen some teams win the Champions League by just putting 11 players behind the ball. As a manager you have to be sure that you have a gameplan and that the players follow that gameplan.”

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #4

    MARTOON
    Don’t forget to check fro the people/mackems/WUMs!
    Their predictions will start with

    ‘MY NAME’

    👿

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #5

    TC @ 2 : Poo,Coffee, more Poo ~ coffee seems to expand my bowels 😆

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  • Jib

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Jamie Langfield?Verified account @jamlang22 Aug 7

    Steve MaClaren in for the hearts job. Would love him to get it and do his first interview in a Sean Connery accent ??

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  • TudorCrisps

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Tooontaff

    I hear ya brother ?

    Would be nice one morning while sitting on the carzie to see we have signed some one tho

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #8

    I think it’ll be a keeper, with Woodman out on loan.
    A striker, with Rivierelinho promoted to cellar manager.
    And, unless any ‘bargains’ suddenly appear, nowt else.
    Assuming RAFA has identified 23 squad players, that’s 25 and job done.

    NEW, Elliott, Darlow
    Yedlin Manquillo Jesus Dummett
    Lascalles Lejeune Mbemba Clark
    Hayden Merino Colback Shelvey Diame
    Ritchie Murphy Aarons Atsu
    De Jong Perez
    Gayle Mitro NEW

    Not ideal but Clark, Mbemba, Colback can all play full back.

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has been told to offload players before he considers adding to his £30m summer spending. (The Times)

    Well there you have it – handcuffed by Carr and Chanleys poor decisions and deals for Rivière and co.

    How about buying the players we need such as Perez now ….and in the meantime keep trying to move on those who are not part of the plans and leave them out of the named squad . Down at Southampton Van Djik has been told to naff off and will be left on the sidelines after stamping his foot and demanding a move to Liverpool who say they don’t want him ( that’ll be right Klopp ? )

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  • Grafton83

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #10

    When writing a reference for someone you are not allowed to say anything negative, probably through fear of some kind of legal recourse. Therefore when you read a reference it’s more about what is not said that is most important.

    Here’s my reference for MA: He hired Rafa, the end.

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  • Slank

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #11

    Rafa is in a classic Catch 22 situation in that in order to attract really good talent a club, especially one that hasn’t won any trophies for decades and has languished in the bottom half of the Premiership in recent seasons, has to pay competitive wages but when these players don’t make the grade it becomes difficult offloading them as they are unlikely to get anything like the same wages elsewhere and so they sit tight which is their legal right to do so.

    Some of the players Rafa wishes to offload were not signed by him but he is not immune to buying players that don’t make the grade ie Sels and Lazaar.

    I read a comment from Lesh (I think it was him, apologies if not) that Rafa was promised all the money from gaining promotion, sales of players and possibly ticket receipts but not, by implication, an injection of fresh cash. This he accepted so he just has to get on with it.

    I believe that buying a couple of highly priced players would satisfy the fans but wouldn’t necessarily guarantee the current team being markedly better than it is today. Our recent history has shown this is often the case with expensive buys.

    Rafa is doing a great job in molding a team that will compete and there appears to be a strong collective will by the players to succeed. I don’t think we will be relegated but it may be a tough and turbulent first season back in the big time.

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  • widowmagandapoke

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #12

    It would appear, unfortunately that Mike Ashley has very little interest in football. If he had he would have released the money for Perez and have Charnley go all out to sell the surplus that has been created by the useless past regimes.

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