Rafa Benitez Travels By Train – Now Back In Newcastle

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!!

42 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 12, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #41

    Mmmm, the bicycle kick. Straight red if the opponent quite rightly challenges the ball in the same instant with their head.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 12, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #42

    According to FIFA, serious foul play, which Mané was sent off for, is defined as: a player is guilty of serious foul play if he uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when challenging for the ball when it is in play. Any player who lunges at an opponent when challenging for the ball from the front, from the side or from behind using one or both legs, with excessive force and endangering the safety of an opponent, is guilty of serious foul play.

    The above came from this article:


    It even mentions the Mbemba incident!

    So it seems it’s the lunging at a player with one or both legs bit. So it could be argued the Mane, Ritchie and Mbemba incidents were all reds. I’m not sure how the idea of excessive force applies when a player is just looking to control a ball as in these cases (no so much with Mbemba). But going by this law, Harry Kane was a definite red; he’s gone in frustrated, lunged with one leg and followed through with the trailing leg ‘scissor fashion’ (another referee no no). As pointed out my Gary Neville, it doesn’t matter if you win the ball or miss the player in these dangerous foul play incidents.
    With an overhead kick, maybe because it’s not lunging at an oponent; maybe because you get kicked with the top of the boot, it’s not considered dangerous foul play. Just like a kick in the nuts from behind seems not to be considered dangerous foul play. But I bet if you gave the ref a choice of a kick in the shoulder or a kick in the nuts, I know which one he’d choose. I think everyone with nuts would agree, a kick there is pretty brutal and so by definition is serious foul play.


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