In his press conference today Rafa Benitez was very calm as expected and he seems to have recovered from the surgery he had recently which kept him at home watching the TV for our game at Swansea which we won 1-0.
Rafa doesn’t know Chris Hughton very well, but it was obvious last season he has great respect for the former Newcastle manager who was the one who got us promoted back in the 2019-2010 season at the first attempt.
Both managers seem to have great respect for each other, and they are both loved by the Newcastle fans.
Rafa Benitez and Chris Hughton at St. James’ Park last season
This is some of what Rafa said in his press conference today:
“All the staff tell me how good he is as a person. I have a good relationship with him.”
“At the moment I am only thinking about getting three points at Brighton and that’s it.”
“It is important to have confidence but approach the game the same way as the last three games.”
“We have been talking about how players should react to being dropped. Players need to prove they should play”
“Lascelles is an example to the others – to work hard and get back into the team. Prove to the manager they deserve to play”
“Those in the stands need to prove to me they can play”
Jamaal Lascelles has proved himself an example to other Newcastle players in many different ways, and those are some of the reasons Rafa made him captain last year.
Jamaal’s also in terrific form at the moment and could even get an England call-up soon.