Team Effort – Rafa’s Communication With Coaching Staff During Swansea Game Worked Perfectly

Newcastle fitness coach Francisco de Miguel Moreno (Paco Moreno) was in charge of Newcastle in the absence of Rafa Benitez yesterday and gave the post-match Press conference.

He explained how the communication with Rafa worked with assistant manager Antonio Gomes Perez in constant contact with Rafa on the phone in the Director’s box and he passed on the information to the other coaches.

Paco Moreno said it all worked perfectly and of course with a world-class manager you also get a world-class coaching team and we have that at Newcastle.

It was a typical Rafa Benitez win – built on solid defending, an excellent game plan and our players executing almost to perfection in what was still a very close game in south Wales.

Mikel Antia on the touchline yesterday

But in these close games, we often seem to have the edge and mental strength to be able to carve out the win.

We hope we can continue that this season because wins are what will keep us above the relegation zone.

Here’s some of what Paco Moreno said after the game:

“Definitely that is what we wanted to deliver to Rafa. We are very glad because we planned the game in a way to try and win the three points, and we did it,”

“Rafa stayed at home and it’s what we wanted. We don’t want to risk anything with him, yet we could still win with his help, and also to do the job and give to Newcastle 3 points.

“After the game he rang and he has congratulated everybody, especially the players because they have done a massive job and we are very happy for the performance.”

“He’s very happy as well and hopefully he is joining us next week.”

“Rafa was talking with us throughout. Antonio (Gomes Perez) was talking to Mikel (Antia), who was on the touchline, and Antonio was communicating with Rafa,”

“So between the four of us we were making a plan of communication and it worked perfectly.”

“Yes (my 100% win record for one game), that is nice. Hopefully it will be my record for my whole life, so I am happy for that!”

Rafa seemed really pleased after the game, and so he should be.

That should give him a lift in getting over the pain of the surgery and hopefully he will be back happy and smiling tomorrow at the Benton Training grounds.

It’s team work from Newcastle with the players and the coaching staff alike.

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7 comments so far

  • Ozzy

    Sep 11, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Good to see that our current CBs have some goal scoring potential, unlike Colo and Willo back in the days.
    Stoke has shown some good football against ManU, it’s going to be a tough game

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 11, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Maybe one Perez is insisting the other gets picked? Are they related by any chance? 🙂 (Not serious by the way).
    Got to fancy Joselu to score next week against the team that dumped him now. 🙂 Usually happens to us so about time we returned the favour onto someone else.

  • martoon

    Sep 11, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Ozzy – Agreed Stoke are going to be a tougher test than the last 2 but I still consider them to be in our sub-league so a team we should be taking points from – a repeat of the 2013 boxing day game would be nice 🙂

  • Ozzy

    Sep 11, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #4

    One thing that surprised me about Merino in the last game is that he not only has vision and good passer of the ball, but also can run with the ball, can drive team forward, not unlike Sissoko, but much better, of course.
    He is also great at interception, pressing and winning tacked.
    Voted him as MoM.
    Maybe he can become our Xabi Alonso 🙂

  • toontaff2

    Sep 11, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Great team effort. Had to go for Lascalles, but Merino was brilliant. Joselu nearly scored, again, looks good.
    Shelvey, Mitro through stupidity, Mbemba, Lejeune, Yedlin, Gayle through injuries, finding it will not be so easy to get back in the team, once they lose their place.
    Well done to Jesus and Manquillo, too.

  • toontaff2

    Sep 11, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Another 3 points from 1 of the next 2 games+ a draw = 10 points, from 6 games, would be extremely happy with that!

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 11, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    I know I’m often the harbinger of doom but I must say that I was mightily impressed with that performance at the weekend. Defended excellently for the most part and Merino was a cut above the rest in the centre of the park. Joselu, while limited, will definitely chip in with a few goals this season – he’s a beast in the air. Lascelles is a real leader and showed that leadership at both ends of the pitch.

    Murphy didn’t impact the game, Perez was awful and Manquillo is prone to switching off once or twice a game which will cost us if he doesn’t wake up.

    All in all, a very positive win and an unexpected 3 points!


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