Rafa Has An Unsettling Message For Newcastle Fans

Rafa Benitez has lots of Premier League experience with Liverpool where he was for six seasons from 2004, and he also took over at Chelsea in late 2012 and won the Europa League for them in the seven months he was there.

But Chelsea fans didn’t like Rafa too much and ensured he didn’t stay at Stamford Bridge.

So whatever Rafa says about the Premier League and football, in general, comes with massive experience.

After the game yesterday at Huddersfield when there was little to choose between the sides, but we lost our second successive game 1-0, Rafa says the team is on a steep learning curve.

In a way, we suppose that’s good because it means he expects Newcastle to get better – a lot better.

It also means we are a long way from competing in England’s top league.

Newcastle has to get a win in the league sooner rather than later, and maybe we can do that next Saturday at home to West Ham who’ve also lost their first two league games.

Rafa Benitez before the game yesterday

Rafa was asked if his concerns about the transfers this summer at Newcastle are now showing through and this is what he said as reported in the Chronicle:

“Maybe. It is a learning process, and we have to learn quickly.”

“Maybe it is too soon for us. It will take some time for sure.”

“We have three injuries, and it is not easy to manage when you have three injuries in defense.”

“That makes things more difficult, but it is the Premier League and we have to learn.”

“I could say we deserved to get something, but my experience in the Premier League is that you have to take your chances because if you make mistakes, you will pay for them.”

“It is a learning process for us, and hopefully we can learn quickly.”

“That is how it is at the moment.”

We were hoping Newcastle would have a reasonable season in mid-table this term.

It’s going to be very difficult if we are fighting relegation once again but we think Rafa can get the best out of whatever players we end up with in the squad at the end of the month.

We have enormous faith in Rafa’s management and coaching abilities.

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9 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 21, 2017 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Only in Newcastle there are deluded fans who thinks losing 2 games in a row, being absolutely toothless and yet bashing the team is over reaction.

    They are better off supporting the mackems who are used to this rubbish. Not us.
    Pathetic. No wonder Ashley is laughing at the fools.

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 21, 2017 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Most of what went wrong was down to Rafa yesterday, it was his selections that produced that result yesterday, he had better options.
    I think yesterday was more about a political message to Ashley, one backs out on a deal, and one shows what it could be like if he gets his normal manager type in.
    we will see movement this week

  • Tinman

    Aug 21, 2017 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #3

    I put most of the blame on Rafa for that. Don’t know what he was playing at. Ritchie in the LW still has me scratching my head. When will he realise his little amigo Perez is useless

  • toontaff2

    Aug 21, 2017 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Rafa was the main cause of our defeat, yesterday. Poor tactics and poor substitutions, always reactive, too late. Diame????????????

  • Reilly

    Aug 21, 2017 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #5

    What was the craic of playing long balls into atsu the smallest man on the pitch.

  • toonincheek

    Aug 21, 2017 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Reilly – Surprise tactic – that last thing the opposition would expect!

  • DoctorZelig

    Aug 21, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #7

    I voted that we would loose to Huddersfield not because I think we are a bad team, but I think that Huddersfield has a very good team and manager. Also they got some really good players in this window.

    They bought Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jorgensen who is a great defender for next to nothing. I wish we had been smart and gotten him. He is a leader on the pitch and great at organizing a defense.

  • robertsleftfoot

    Aug 21, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    I still cant get my head around when you are getting beat off a bottom half team that we decide to at no point put a 2nd striker on and have a go??

    Basically playing the same way McLaren did in terms of just going out for a draw every week

  • Phil K

    Aug 21, 2017 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #9

    ilovetoon – please take your pathetic fan-bashing and insert it where toilet paper normally pays a brief visit


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