Since Rafa Benitez came to the club, we have seen how ultra professional he is, and the man is always keen to get on and do his job, which is usually preparing for the next game.
And with all the rumors around about Newcastle potentially being sold before the end of the year, he is adamant (and correct) in that it changes nothing that he is doing.
Some of that professionalism and determination he displays every day is transmitted to his players who are asked to put everything into their training during every single session.
You cannot say Rafa has been lucky being so successful in football – with his character and terrifically high standards he would have been successful in whatever career he chose.
Rafa Benitez – will continue to do his job
We are just so lucky that it looks like he could be the manager at Newcastle United for the long term.
We hope he will be the Newcastle manager for the long term.
When Rafa walked into the press conference today and was asked what he thought of the “for sale” rumors, and he joked “it’s for sale?”
The Chronicle is reporting Rafa was very relaxed during the press conference.
Here’s some of what he had to say today:
“I decided to come here and stay here and always talked about the potential of the club, fans and city. If you do well it’s even easier.”
“Being up for sale changes nothing. We prepare for the game.”
“This game will be important for Crystal Palace. There is plenty of time to change things but they have to improve and win games.”
“Haïdara has been training but still we have Dummett out. Gayle has had a little problem with his calf and is not ready for this game.”
“I spoke to Lee Charnley and he told me he had no news on that (Newcastle sale).” “There is nothing I can do about that, so I will do my job”
As for injuries, Dwight Gayle is not available due to the calf injury he picked up at Southampton last Sunday, but left-back Massadio Haidara is finally back in training.
So we have only two injured players – Gayle and Paul Dummett, and the local lad is expected back at the end of November from his severe hamstring injury he picked up after only about 30 minutes of the season.
Gayle’s injury will probably mean that Aleksandar Mitrovic is on the bench tomorrow and the Serbian International striker can still do a job for us up front.