The Chronicle are reporting that Rafa Benitez is now back in Newcastle after he had been given the go ahead from his doctors (and his family) to return to work.
Rafa traveled yesterday morning and he must have been really upbeat after the terrific display from his team on Sunday.
But Rafa doesn’t get carried away and he will impress on his players this week how good Stoke City are and it will likely be a tough and close game – much like it was at Swansea.
A smiling Rafa Benitez with Paco Moreno
Rafa traveled from Liverpool to Newcastle by train on Monday and hopefully had a restful trip.
It takes just over three hours from Liverpool’s Lime Street to the Central Station and there are 48 trains a day traveling from Liverpool to Newcastle.
That’s a lot!
Benitez’s assistant Paco Moreno was in charge in Rafa’s absence and did an excellent job along with the rest of Rafa’s impressive coaching staff.
Paco has said this to say after the win at Swansea:
“Rafa stayed at home and it’s what we wanted.”
“We don’t want to risk anything with him, with his help, and also to do the job and give to Newcastle three 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 with the performance.”
“He’s very happy as well and hopefully, he is joining us next week.”
You have to believe that Rafa was absolutely delighted with the win and with the way our lads played.
I know I was and there has been an extra spring in my step since 6pm on Saturday Newcastle time.
Maybe we can get a third win in a row against Stoke on Saturday – that would be something special.
Then we can talk about winning the Premier League.
Howay The Lads!!