Rafa Reveals What It Takes To Become A Successful World-Class Manager


Rafa Benitez spent a few hours with the local journalist last week – after all, it is the International break – and he gave them a free-roaming interview and told them how he prepared for games and how he prepared for training.

Rafa showed them pages taken from his Apple MacBook that showed various training regimes.

At one point there was even a list of potential transfer targets that he whizzed over – it’s a pity he didn’t have trouble at that point so the local journalist could see who we were after.

But there again that may have counted against us as Rafa likes to keep his targets secret.

Rafa Benitez – detailed planning goes into the training

Rafa has continued to say the team can get better and it seems he’s right because our lads look a very well-drilled side and we have 10 points form the first 7 games which is quite good.

Here’s some of what Rafa told the journalists as reported in the Chronicle:

“I can still see plenty of room for improvement.” “When I say that phrase in the press conference it is not because I have to say this. It is because I can see this.”

“Here you see the micro cycles during the week,”  There’s a training schedule at the top of the page with what comes later in the week and month.”

“Below that, a green football pitch rectangle with dots representing the players. There are four rectangles: even the warm-up is detailed on it.”

“There are exercises with times next to them – and the conditions in which each football exercise should be carried out.”

“The way you train is important and with this methodology, you have less injuries. Before we came, there were a lot of injuries. Not anymore.”

“At the beginning I told Wendy I needed to know everyone,”  Are the journalists’ characteristics marked up in pink?”

“It’s only negatives with the journalists!”

That last line was a reference to information he had on the local journalists, and when he first came to Newcastle, he asked Wendy Taylor – Head of Media and Communications – for details on each of the local journalists.

But it seems clear the local journalists, and Rafa get along very well – they are pulling in the same direction as are the fans.

But what Rafa has on his MacBook shows the level of detail and thinking that goes into everything he does at Newcastle United.

There has to be an awful lot of time spent by Rafa and his (expert) coaching staff on what to do in training – never mind the match plans he puts together for every single fixture.

This is the level of detail you go into if you want to win European titles – Rafa has won three of them with three different clubs – and become a world-class manager.

We are privileged to have Rafa at Newcastle.

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61 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 8, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa Benitez
    Rafa Benitez
    La-la-la-la Benitez
    Chancel Mbemba, f*#k off Wijnaldum, Shelvey & Perez,
    Repeat!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 8, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #2

    lesh,
    Well the Benitez in Klopp out has obviously split opinion as none of the Scousers I’ve spoken to want rid of Klopp, however the Everton fans on here are split on Koeman.

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 8, 2017 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d guess we are the best football fans worldwide, if your agenda is to make money from football based click bait. Which means we are always going to suffer from sensationalist opinion based journalism, designed to tempt our little mousies.
    This is the reason why “true geordie” has become a successful ‘youtuber’, and no one has heard of “true mackem”, who is still signing on.

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 8, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Let’s just hope that we are purchased by starbucks, google or some such like. Then paying no taxes will not be an issue.

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 8, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #5

    I strongly suspect football has long been a crook’s business. In the old cash on turnstyles day’s, I imagine it was a tax avoiders wet dream. The football ‘agent’ is the ideal funnel for dodgy payments and is why, I suspect, agent fees are so extortionately high. They are the distributors, the payers of Harry’s dog. It seems in our case, that some of the redistribution came back to the player, who should therefore have declared it as earnings and the HMRC believe the club were complicit in this. This probably goes on in all of football, but unfortunately it seems we are the club to punish or maybe just the least competent at covering it up.

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  • Our Toon

    Oct 8, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #6

    The sky commentators were saying that Amanda is a Liverpool fan. Not sure she is interested in us but apparently it seems as though others are.

    Either way it’s not s good distraction at the minute and we are playing well, the sooner it’s all sorted the better!!

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 8, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ve not watched England intentionally since McClaren and I won’t watch them tonight, but here is what I guess is our line-up (as it has been for almost two decades). 2 full backs who are fast and can run about a lot ,2 centre-backs who are big and strong, 2 deep midfielders who are strong and can run about a lot, 2 wingers who are fast, an attacking midfielder who can run about a lot and take long shots, a striker who is either big and strong or super fast. not a single player with any flair or creativity or a footballing brain. we will attempt to play good possession football like other big nations but as we only have athletes our passing is limited to safety sideways passing. if we play a rubbish team we’ll outmuscle them and grind out a win, if we play a good team, they’ll out-think, out-play, and out-pass us and we’ll get beat.

    For some reason we are only producing three types of players 1) big & strong 2) fast & strong 3) strong & can run about loads. We must have young creative intelligent passing players out there, I remember coming up against them often enough at a young level but they never seemed to progress. I imagine the English versions of Iniesta, Pirlo or Ronaldo would have been overlooked for being too weak or short in favour of some 13 year old giant like Heskey who would have been to dominate at that age.

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  • Jib

    Oct 8, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #8

    The first modern era top level football club tax case was in 1993

    “Scotland Yard has confirmed it has been asked by the French authorities to investigate the transfer of Chris Waddle, the Sheffield Wednesday and former England international, from his former club Tottenham Hotspur to Marseille, following allegations of tax irregularities.”

    Even then it was between England and France

    With so many French players involved with NUFC
    we were always going to be a prime target

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 8, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Suspected before that it was a factor and feel pretty certain now, that this HMRC issue is the reason we are selling. It is interesting that the whole selling situation has accellerated at the same time as the court deemed the evidence seizure as legal. Mike Ashley, who is normally so reclusive, has been wheeled out over the last couple of years saying he takes nothing out of the club, and that he has nothing to do with the day to day running. I think he’ll be free from any prosecution in this instance and if he sells will buffer himself from the bad publicity which may effect his other business dealings.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 8, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Just being English and playing in the PL pretty much puts you in contention for an England spit these days. Why the FA, the richest in the world btw can’t get advice from the British Olympic Association and ask them how they made the Olympic team one of the best in the world by going back to grass roots only they know. If the best they can come up with is putting that dork Southgate in charge then we are in for another summer of disappointment.

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  • Jib

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #11

    The next Mike Williamson

    Never heard of Dele Ali then ?

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  • jane

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #12

    The next Mike Williamson today’s England team doesn’t fit all those stereotypes today.

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Amanda Stavely opens preliminary talks with Stoke City.

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  • lesh

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail

    I’ve no doubt you’re right about Liverpool fans’ varying opinions about Klopp. It’s the old story, when a number of fans share an opinion, then as far as they’re concerned everyone has that opinion.
    There’s not so queer as folk.

    Everton fans’ frustrations are understandable given the money Koeman’s spent but it’s early days yet.

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  • Jib

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Theres an England flag in the crowd in Vilnius
    Stocksfield Mags NUFC

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  • jane

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #16

    there again it’s only a training game

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #17

    The next Mike Williamson @7

    Technical players get weeded out of the Academy structure at 9 years old for the exact reasons you describe. If kids do not get into an Academy they will never be a professional footballer and how many British Academy players now play in the PL, let alone CL. The England team is a product of a very narrow and flawed system that has limited vision and limited ability to reflect upon itself.

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  • lesh

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Jesper

    Queen Victoria didn’t drown – she’s said to have died of Typhoid in 1901. Whether eggs, chickens or chicken-like birds had anything to do with it is not clear.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Jib @11

    Your assertion directly supports the argument conveyed by TNMikeW

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Jiblets,
    Why are you being moderated, it’s been awhile now, a record stint even for you on the naughty step.

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  • hibbit

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #22

    lesh /Jesper
    Queen Victoria hated Newcastle as the story goes she would have the blinds pulled on the royal train on leaving Durham and would not have them opened again till she had passed Morpeth

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  • Jib

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Anybody got a clue what Jail for Ashley is on about?

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Alli is brilliant, but is still all about stamina and strength. I wouldn’t say he’s got a football brain at all nor particularly great technique. We haven’t had a player like that since Gazza which was also the last time England played well. Lallana is the closest we’ve got.

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  • lesh

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Hibbit

    By the looks if its web page, The Liverpool Echo’s part of the Trinity Mirror Group like the Chronic and it’ll be running with the take over story to sell papers.

    We can expect to see similar stories in local rags covering other clubs she’s reported to be looking at.

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  • hibbit

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #26

    lesh

    same story just rehashed and its been like that all last week

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #27

    @Jane
    Yeah it’s a different formation but we still have a team of long distance runners, sprinters, and possesion recyclers. Hopefully the likes of Winks will offer a bit more in the middle than we’ve had for decades. But I suspect we’re still producing the same old boring players. Guillem Balague said today that at u16 level, England’s coaches just choose whoverer is the tallest and that football intelligence isn’t considered at all, and that sounds about right. It would also explain why English managers seem thick as pig’s **** compared to foreign bosses.

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 8, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #28

    That’s being unfair to pig’s ****!

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  • jane

    Oct 8, 2017 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #29

    i understand what you mean players comfortable with the ball.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 8, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #30

    My idea is for the richest FA in the world to fund the salaries of ten of the best young coaches in the country and send them to the worlds best teams and meet every few months to share their ideas.

    1
  • martoon

    Oct 8, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Re the chicken and the egg – I’ve just ordered both from Amazon so I’ll let you know ?

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 8, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #32

    It doesn’t help that we’ve spent years trying to play like Italians with Sven & Capello, and now think we are playing like Barcelona if our two centre backs can string a tonne of sideways passes between themselves. With the players we’ve got we should be looking to play like Leicester did or like Newcastle are now.

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  • martoon

    Oct 8, 2017 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #33

    😉

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 8, 2017 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #34

    I think the England side have hit on a cure for insomniacs.

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  • Jib

    Oct 8, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #35

    I think this blog has hit on a cure for insomniacs.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 8, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Ron,
    You could well be right there, it is absolute torture watching them, hop we don’t get paired with Iceland in Russia.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 8, 2017 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Oh well. looked like it was a bit much for Scotland in the end, a shame as I would have liked to have seen Ritchie at the WC.

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  • lesh

    Oct 8, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Hibbit

    If Queen Victoria hated Newcastle she never knew what she misses. Just think, if NUFC had been around when she was alive, she could’ve been in the Leazes end with the fans!

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 8, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #39

    lesh

    I’m surprised she didn’t like Newcastle. I thought it was a Royalist city.

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 8, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #40

    jail

    nothing like a good world cup to help you sell players

    hang on we might not be that type of club when the wc comes round

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