Newcastle’s manager Rafa Benitez has given a long and interesting interview with Premier League World, and he talks about his long career in management and what he’s now doing at St. James’ Park.
Rafa’s mantra is to merely to prepare as best he can for the next game and try to win it, and we will be doing that for the game on Sunday at Southampton.
Rafa was also asked about whether he will extend his contract at Newcastle but he says there have been no discussions about it.
And he seems quite happy at the moment in using his coaching powers to get the very best out of the Newcastle side.
That’s what he likes to do most of all – coach his players on the training pitch.
Rafa Benitez – has another 15 years left as a manager
Here’s some of what he has said to Premier League World:
“Overall, we are in a good position, but at the same time, we are a little disappointed because the games we have lost we could have done better so we maybe should have more points.”
“But you cannot change what happened before.” “For a lot of our players it is a learning process, in terms of what you can expect from your squad.”
“The main thing for me is that the team is improving, that every single player is improving a little bit.”
“If we can get 5% more from each player, we will be stronger and then we can make an effort in each training session. We will be happy with that.”
“I’m 57 now and I’m still a young manager.”
“I was quite young when I started and I was winning trophies so it feels like I have been there all my life.”
“I am getting older but I feel like, as a manager, I have another 15 years that I can enjoy.”
“Sometimes you like to switch off but I like to feel the pressure and it brings the best out of me.”
“We have a good staff and I’m not worried about the pressure. You can feel the pressure but normally I’m fine with this.”
“I know people are talking about it (his future at Newcastle) but we haven’t had any conversation.”
“I talk with Lee Charnley every day and we talk about the issues we have to deal with during the week.” “This will not change anything in terms of my approach.”
“I have a contract so it is not an issue. The issue for me is that I prepare the team properly, then we will have plenty of time to discuss the future.”
“My idea is always to think about the next game, but in terms of can we improve the squad, the club, the team in terms of football?”
“And I think so, so we will do one thing at a time and make sure the team settles down in the Premier League then after we can improve things.”
It’s interesting he is looking long-term at his career and thinks he can manage for another 15 years.
So when he is offered a new contract by Newcastle, by Mike Ashley or the new owners (if we are lucky), then maybe that should be for 15 years rather than the 10 years we had initially suggested?