Rafa Benitez changed his attitude significantly once the transfer window closed and he has now put that all behind him., and he will concentrate fully on improving the players he has in the squad and making Newcastle into a better team.
He will now concentrate fully on improving the players he has in the squad and making Newcastle into a better team.
The two successive wins we have had has raised the mood of the Newcastle fans significantly.
Wins have a tendency to do that whatever the state of the club is.
But Rafa seems as committed as ever to Newcastle and more wins before the end of the year will help Newcastle to be in a decent league position before the January transfer window comes around.
Rafa seems to have called a truce with owner Mike Ashley, and that has to be good.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
This is what Rafa told the Chronicle yesterday:
“I was the first one to fight until the transfer window was finished.”
“And now I will be the first one to fight and improve everything and be sure that the fans and team are together.”
“When I read the comments of fans a lot of them seem to see that this team cares.” “This group of players want to win, perform and do well.”
“We have to help them in every way we can.”
“As soon as the window closed we knew this was the group of players we have.”
“They know that they have to work hard because we can improve them individually or as a team.”
“That is the way to have more chances to win the game.” “I think you have to find the balance between enjoying results and being positive.”
“Then there’s the balance between confidence and overconfidence for the players.”
“That is always the key.” “It’s really important to understand the balance.”
“You can’t get carried away with the highs and you can’t get carried away with the lows.”
“If we can understand that we will be fine.”
“The fans have to enjoy the wins but as professionals, we must make sure that we aren’t affected by the positives too much or the negatives.”
“If everything is fine we will enjoy.”
“We will continue working hard and that is the best way to improve and continue winning.”
There were many negative comments made by Rafa towards the end of the transfer window, and it made Newcastle look disjointed internally.
But Rafa clearly thought he was let down by the owner, but that is now behind us.
All that matters now through the end of the year are the results, and hopefully, we can put another 3 points up on the board today against Stoke City at home.
If we can do that we will move further up the league table from our current 10th place.
And all will be rosy in the Newcastle garden.