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.