Shelvey Reveals How “One Of The Greatest Managers Of This Current Era” Works With Players

Jonjo Shelvey did not make a good start to the season, and his lack of control on the field cost us points against Tottenham in our very first game.

But we know that Jonjo is trying his best not to be provoked by other players and to reign in his lack of discipline at times – which gets him into trouble.

Jonjo explained on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday how Rafa works with his players and said that if they don’t listen to Rafa, they don’t play for Rafa.

The manager demands 100% in training and on the field and as we’ve said before that’s one good reason why any acquisition of Ben Arfa for the second time at Newcastle seems remote at best.

Rafa Benitez – in training

This is some of what Jonjo said on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday:

“The manager is very detailed in the way he works and if something is not right, then you will be made to do it again and do it again.”

“That is beneficial for us because you are constantly learning.”

“And if you do not listen, then you are not going to play with Rafa.”

“You have to take it on board and learn very quickly. You can tell that in the way we have set up this year and how well-drilled and organized we are.”

“And this is a credit to Rafa and his coaching staff.”

“First and foremost he works on the work-rate side of the game – obviously to play in that way, you need to be able to work as hard as possible.”

“And I have done this over the past season and a bit.”

“Tactically, he has got me a lot better than what I used to be, but there is obviously still a lot of room for improvement.”

“It is just about taking in everything he says and learning off one of the greatest managers of this current era.”

“He just gives an aura when he comes into the room, everyone shuts up and listens to him. A manager needs that and he has that in abundance.”

Jonjo must control himself on the field this season because any more indiscretions and we think Rafa may lose confidence in the player and could even sell him in the summer.

Jonjo seems to understand how important it is for him to control his demons this term and is doing his very best for Newcastle.

He’s expected to start tonight at Burnley where hopefully we can get our second win in a row.

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19 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 30, 2017 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Stuck at home tonight, and seem to have a bit of a dilemma. Noticed the match kicks off at 8pm and the Walking Dead is on at 9pm?

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2017 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #2

    If Rafa has studied Burnley’s form (I’m sure he has)
    Their only home defeat was the second game of the
    season when WBA beat them 0 – 1 at Turf Moor.
    In that game the Baggies played 4 – 2 – 3 – 1 and
    Pulis’ team didn’t have meaningful effort on Burnley’s
    goal until halfway through the second half.
    Patience is the order of the day this evening.
    Dyche is now also being linked with the West Ham job
    which , him being a southern lad , may be more attractive
    than Everton – and more of a distraction (fingers crossed)

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Not sure where a dilemma even comes in to it?

  • G

    Oct 30, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Its a modern issue Jail. Wanting to watch both now.

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #5

    No dilemma at all
    Always plump for the live event
    Any drama/series can be recorded

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2017 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Maybe G thinks the Walking Dead is broadcast live from the States

  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #8

    G; you’ve got to be kidding. I’d rather watch Sunderland than the Walking Dead.Not that you can tell the difference.

  • sparky55

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #9

    No dilemma there…but actually if both teams cancel each other out they way I think they will, it’ll be just like watching 22 walking dead during the match.

    Got a feeling it will be a dreadful game to watch

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Or tape the live event for prosperity.

    G have you asked the same question on the WD forum, I think you will be better served there.

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Good quotes from Rafa there. Maybe he means ‘stfu and support the team’ but he’s more subtle than that?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Cheeky bid for a Silva swansong next summer??
    I wonder what Rafa thinks of Munster 😀

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Do you think he reads this blog or Twitter?

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #14

    If the match is predictably unpredictable we will be in for a 5 goal thriller, where each team momentarily forgets all the work they have done on the training field and chaos reigns….

    Burnley have been very regimented thus far and are unlikely to be troubled by our blunt attack, the majority of the chances that they concede are long range efforts. Hopefully Rafa has been putting on extra shooting practice and Shelvey / Hayden / Merino can notch a few.

  • expatmag

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #15


    was thinking that myself. Offer him a 2 year deal with an option of a third year.

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #16

    Well JfA it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that he at least dips in / samples fan opinion somehow, wether it’s blogs, online newspaper comments sections, phone ins or whatever. He certainly seems to have a decent handle on who gets the general fan criticism every week.

  • expatmag

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #17


    If Wood is out and Vokes struggling, this has a goal less draw written all over it.

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #18

    I think Rafa reads every word on the internet about NUFC

    Hola Rafa – besos

  • martoon

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #19

    I have to agree with expatmag & sparky55 – I don’t think it is going to be the best game to watch with both teams cancelling each other out. A draw does seem to be the most likeliest result – if there is a winner probably going to be 1 – 0 hopefully to NUFC!


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