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.