Assistant manager Moreno has been doing the press duties in the absence of Rafa Benitez, and even if Rafa does make the game and is on the touchline today for the game at Swansea, Moreno may continue to do the press interviews after the match.
Whether he does take the helicopter trip to Swansea from his home in the Wirral is Rafa’s decision, and we think he will make the trip if he’s had a relaxing two days since Friday morning.
It’s around 162 miles as the crow (helicopter?) flies from the Wirral to Swansea, so it’s not as short a trip as we first thought, just 30 miles less than the distance to Newcastle.
Moreno – relaxed at the press conference on Friday
This is what Moreno has been saying about the Newcastle manager and whether he thinks he will make the match today:
“It’s up to him, but yes, he is listening. Yesterday, he realized he was not in the condition that he thought.”
“Now I think he is calm, he is just analyzing things from behind and that’s it. He should be fine.”
“He wanted to come and the family obviously they said, ‘OK, it’s your health, you have to take care of yourself’ and we are trying to convince him.”
“The feedback we have from the surgeons and the medical staff is to take it easy and don’t take any risks.”
“I said to him, ‘Sometimes it is better to miss one game, if that has to happen, than three.'”
“Maybe he can join us and that would be great, and if it’s not the case, we will be fine for Swansea.”
“It will be Rafa’s decision, but also he is taking into consideration our feelings.”
“I think in this case even more because he hasn’t seen the players training and Rafa normally has this feeling for the momentum of everybody.”
“Because he doesn’t have this feeling before his eyes, he will, in this case, be more comfortable saying, ‘OK, what do you think?’ “
“And we will decide together.”
Whatever happens today hopefully Rafa will be back in business next week preparing the side for the home game against Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.
We may even hear from him on what he thought of that last day of the transfer window.
Howay The Lads!!