Rafa is a down to earth individual, and while we all know he thinks big mistakes were made by the hierarchy in the summer transfer window, he seems happy enough in the job he has at Newcastle.
It’s a big challenge to his management abilities to keep a team that lacks some class, in the Premier League this season.
We watched Rafa’s press conference yesterday, and he seemed as relaxed as ever, and he explained how he is teaching the players and what he and the team have to do in the weeks ahead.
Rafa seems completely unfazed by losing six of the last seven games, and he is keeping everything in perspective and concentrating on improving the team.
Rafa is hoping for some help in the January transfer window from owner Mike Ashley.
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And we don’t know if Ashley will give the manager much to spend, but if he doesn’t get the funds, Rafa will bring in loan players.
The manager seems to have a plan and just needs to know how much is available to him so the club can start going after their transfer targets.
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today as he talks about his Newcastle career so far:
“When I decided to stay here in the Championship, that was a big decision.”
“I was thinking this is a top side that can do well, just changing things. We had to change things.”
“Then we won the Championship, we were promoted and I was expecting everything would be right in one way.”
“So we made mistakes. It is obvious we made mistakes because with a couple of things done in another way, we could be in the middle of the table.”
“That is the reality, but we cannot change that.”
“Now I have to be realistic and manage what we have. If I start making mistakes and changing everything, maybe if we lose.”
“it might be that I change 10 players and change the formation and we lose, you will say: ‘Rafa has lost control, power or is cracking up.’”
It’s helpful to have a manager who is calm, cool and collected and with massive experience at the club.
Hopefully, Rafa and his coaching team can get us out of the lowly position we are in the league at the moment.
It would be great if we don’t have to suffer through yet another relegation fighting season.
If that happens, it would be the third time in succession in the Premier League that Newcastle are fighting for survival.
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