Newcastle Finally Getting The Plaudits – It’s The Rafa Benitez Show

One of the things we admire about Rafa Benitez as a man is how he stayed with us and agreed to manage in the English second division.

We’ve said before and we’ ll say it again – not many world-class managers would have done that – but it shows just how committed he is to Newcastle United and especially to our fans.

Just think if we hadn’t been promoted and how that would have been a negative on his CV (resume).

Newcastle had some ups and downs last season but Rafa was always up – and was determined to make Newcastle a better side.

After our poor summer transfer window, we were thought to have a season ahead of us where we would be struggling with relegation because we just didn’t have the players.

Fast forward a couple of months and we have 11 points from 8 games and with a bit of luck it could have been more and we are in 9th place in the table.

Those so-called “expert” pundits are starting to realize why Rafa has won three European Championship with three different clubs and he is doing what good coaches do – get the very best out of the players he has available.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle United manager

Newcastle were excellent yesterday in long stretches and but for a couple of defensive lapses, we would have beaten the Saints – our bogey side down south.

And as Alan Shearer pointed out yesterday – a point at Southampton is a very good point.

But the pundits are realizing just how good Rafa is and the team seems to be getting better and better as Rafa has the full week to coach his players and prepare them for the next game.

That’s different to last season in the Championship.

It’s almost like the Rafa Benitez show and he’s getting his fair share of the kudos now after being out of the limelight for a full season down below.

While we were disappointed we didn’t win the game yesterday (we’ll get over it don’t worry) our lads made us proud with a gutsy and good performance.

And even if we lose games and play with this kind of pride for the shirt – it will be much easier to take for the fans.

Rafa is now showing what being world-class means when you are a football coach.

Long may it continue.

And at Newcastle – of course.

Finally, any consortium or Billionaire looking at buying Newcastle United must be impressed with Newcastle’s play of late.

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8 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 16, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Afternoon, jesper

    It’s hot here (26°C)!

  • JohnJ

    Oct 16, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Rafa is my HERO – Well done Mr Benitez for what you’ve achieved in such a short time as Newcastle Manager! At least we can now bank on a team that always gives 100% effort! If the team has done it’s best & lost at least we’ve given our best shot!!!

  • sparky55

    Oct 16, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #3

    methinks it’s time to bring Mitro back in from the dark side

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 16, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Extended highlights:

  • Toonces

    Oct 16, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Jay @ 55 last thread

    Agree with much of what you say but I don’t know why you would pick Long over anyone. Long is at his best a barely average professional. He is a 1 in 4 striker, poor on the ball. He puts in some graft, has a turn of pace – but has lost most of it, and he only looks good in the rare fortunate poacher’s moment. He was lucky to get the penalty call, had already lost control of the ball in the penalty area. If not for winning the penalty he would be slagged by their fans for a poor showing. I don’t know why many on here wanted to sign him in the past few windows. Poor footballer at this level. Perez out played him yesterday, and he should be your comparison for Long, not Joselu. And a poor Joselu was still better than Long.

  • sparky55

    Oct 16, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #6

    wud rather see Mitro up top with Merino as a no 10 and uncle fester and Hayden in the middle. Merino can drop deeper when needed when defending but he can see a defence splitting pass much better than Perez…perez is a striker who wears blinkersand goes for goal as default reaction to getting the ball…merino and Shelvey see passes

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 16, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #7

    I agree that Mitro should now be given his shot. Joselu hasn’t done quite enough and Mitrovic has served his penance. He has to succeed of course, but both Mitrovic and Josolu competing for the shirt is healthy, while having Mitro on the outer isn’t. I’d start with Mitro, Joselu on the bench, with the out of sorts Gayle to miss out, and soon to be moved on, with a fast breaking, Bellamy type player to replace him.

    Also think Merino can compete with Perez at 10. That gives us 4 quality players in the 3 midfield positions, and Diame as backup.

    The problem would be Merino then covering three positions, which of course is hard, because he will have 3 different instructions to play to and get his head around, at twenty and in a very technical and competitive league. But Perez can’t play all the games, and he’d be better there than Diame you’d think.

    We have 4 very good midfield players in Merino, Shelvey, Perez and Hayden. We will need only two more in the next few windows to join them to be very well served in that part of the pitch.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Oct 18, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Uncle Fester?
    You are asking to be stamped on.


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