Rafa Benitez Doing What He Loves To Do At Newcastle

Rafa Benitez is very calm and doesn’t get carried away with things good or bad (like some of us), and his mantra is to improve every player and the team as he goes through the season.

Very simple when said like that.

Rafa loves being on the training pitch with his players, as he improves the team and he will have had a full week doing just that.

Newcastle have not been encumbered by the League Cup this week having surprisingly lost 3-2 to Nottingham Forest at home. in the last round


And Forest were hammered 5-1 at Chelsea in midweek, and that would have also been a tough game for us if he had managed to beat Forest.

Rafa indicated there were a few things he saw in the Stoke City game that need to be improved.

Rafa Benitez – in his element on the training field

One of those is our finishing, and while we are creating a lot of chances in our matches, we are still not taking enough of them.

That’s why Rafa knows he needs another striker in January and could even sell Dwight Gayle.

That will be surprising to Newcastle fans after Dwight did so brilliantly for us last season in the Championship scoring 23 goals.

Rafa will be giving his press conference this afternoon for the Brighton game, and hopefully, he will have fully recovered from his hernia surgery.

He seems to have had no trouble this week taking the training.

Rafa will be down to earth as ever, but he also knows we have an excellent chance to get another win on the board if he can get the lads playing at Brighton as well as we have done over the last three games.

But all games are tough in the Premier League, and Brighton away will be no exception.

However, Newcastle fans seem quite confident of a victory on Sunday.

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Not sure if that’s good or bad.


Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Shot Bru

    Sep 22, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    I do agree with you in some aspects of what you are saying.
    You could play games closer to home in Dublin or Oslo too.
    I am a Geordie , but have lived most of my life away from Newcastle. I still travel back to watch games when I can, and probably spend more money than most watching Nufc.
    As an expat, like a few on here, it would be magic to see the club in our neck of the woods play a home game every now and then.
    Nevermind Sky etc promoting the game overseas, us expats are the greatest ambassadors for NUFC and other EPL clubs overseas, and have been for decades.

  • jazzyp

    Sep 22, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    For what ever reason Dwight’s career has turned on its head at Newcastle. And Looks like Rafa is willing to sell.
    Would we be prepared to sell both Mitro and Gayle for around the 30 mill mark and bring in more accomplished forwards?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 22, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    If you can find a target man who is a clinical finisher then you have a £100m player. It will be interesting to see who comes out top Mitro or Joselu.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 22, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Jazzyp…if we were to get a better forward then of course I would sell 🙂

    …but not if we are getting the likes of Hoosy Loo!

    I want goals…any maybe this time someone who isn’t either prone to hamstrings or red cards ;D

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    *any = and

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 22, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    On moving games to America, it’s only viable with the NFL because a 90K people are willing to pay a minimum of £165, I’m not sure if it would be the same for them watching PL football.

  • lesh

    Sep 22, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #7


    Sigmund Freud? Lol 🙂

    He’d have that many consultations he’d need to bring some help in.

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 22, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Morning, jesper!

  • Markaccus

    Sep 22, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Joselu shouldn’t be being written off by people already. He missed a couple of sitters last game, yes, but tell me a striker who doesn’t. But for a great save in the swans game, and giid keeping v stoke, Joselu would have had 3 goals in 3 starts. If he keeps playing the way he is, he will get goals for us.

  • Markaccus

    Sep 22, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #10

    *good. Why does my phone keep wanting to type ‘i’ instead of ‘o’!?

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 22, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #11

    it’s quite sad seeing all these young kids supporting man u, chelsea, City, Liverpool. and nufc not getting any of the kids as new supporters. we have a load of supporters from the keegan era, some from the SBR era.
    we need a good run in the prem pushing in the top half with a couple of ” star players” to see start picking up the kids again.
    what was good in the summer, NUFC had a team of coaches over here teaching a group of kids, and it went very well.

  • Markaccus

    Sep 22, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Luckily, raca is not the type to give up on a player who is doing things right but not getting the rub of the green. He’ll give Joselu the chance he deserves

  • expatmag

    Sep 22, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13


    My apologies for not replying to you sooner. It is “wine o’clock” here in Melbourne.

    Firstly, I am sick to the back teeth of discussing the bloke. His last post was nothing short of mental and to be frank, I , along with many others, can see right through the numptie. Anyone coming on a blog like this should understand that people have opinions which are invsriably different to other posters. The trick is to learn from other people and select the posters who are knowledgeable in preference to the ones who are just here to stir.

    I will be totally honest with you. I treat this blog as a kind of fun source where I can let loose my sense of humour on others and a source of decent sensible discussion on the club.

    What I cannot stand is the number if posters who come on here just to stir and do not participate in humour and sensible discussion.

    Bobby is someone whose life apoears to revilve around tnis blog where he thrives on posters agreeing with him and woe be tide anyone who has a different opinion to his.

    The post accusing Tsunki of stalking was quite frankly laughable and to be bluntly honest, if he believes all that horseshit, he would be better off sraying well away from this blog and seek psychiatric help.

    Apologies for any spelling mistakes but friday night in Melbourne is too good to stay sober…..lol

  • Budge123

    Sep 22, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m always concerned when confidence is high and we get these ‘ we’ll keep our feet on the ground ‘ quotes from players.
    Pretty much every time last season we had those quotes we didn’t turn up next match and got turned over!
    Hopefully this week won’t repeat that!

    Be great going into Liverpool on a run.

    If we can get to 10 games on 16 points then top half should be realistic finish which would be a great achievement.

    So exciting going to the games at present with hope rather than dread!

    Thank you Rafa!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 22, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Morning Ron my good man…how have you been the last few days?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 22, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Mark…is it an (I)Phone? ;D

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 22, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Catchy…I have en putting my kids in a Newcastle shirt all their lives…at some point they’ll make up their own minds and they’ll probably look somewhere else…Newcastle – at least – from at foreigner’s point of view, isn’t what is was back in the Keegan/Shearer era…

    But I suppose those born and bred in Newcastle will still support the team regardless?…or their father will disown them 😉 lol

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 22, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #18

    *en = been

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 22, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #19


    i think it’s quite sad when i go back home and walk around eldon square or the metro centre and the amour of kids in other teams shirts. you never got that 20 years ago or even 10 years ago when i left newcastle.
    i think NUFC are missing something in the community to make sure the locals stay with them.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 22, 2017 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Catchy…I think the answer to that is ambition and pride.

    Rafa is doing a lot of work in both of those departments, which is why I think he’s adored as much as he is.

    Times move on and just being from the area isn’t the same pull as it once was.

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 22, 2017 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #21

    in a paralell universe the table would look about right. It’s only in this freaky deaky one we’ve been shit.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 22, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s every one of the top clubs of Europe’s aim to globalise their brand, and staging high-profile matches is the natural next level of that. It’s inevitable at some point, however i think it’s far more likely to be tried out on Champions league or even a cross-continent super league rather than any domestic match. So it will be the likes of real Madrid, Barca, psg, man utd not the likes of us any time soon.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 22, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Catchy…what about your kids are they interested in NUFC?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 22, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Santa stops coming if the bairns decide to support another club. Simples.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 22, 2017 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail… 🙂


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