Leaders take responsibility when things are going wrong and can also take the credit when things are going well.
Beware of those so-called leaders who only take credit when things go well – they are not leaders at all – they are opportunists.
Rafa Benitez is a born leader, and he is now in one of the most significant management tests of his career – to keep Newcastle in the Premier League this season.
And if we were to pick a manager to do that for us – it has to be Mr. Benitez.
Only one point in the eight league games makes us the worst performing team in Europe at the moment – but that is hardly surprising
The good news is that things can only get better – and what we need is a win = even a shock win – although beating Arsenal on Saturday will be very tough.
Newcastle’s current Leaders – the most important is the man in the middle
Chris Hughton is the only Newcastle manager who has ever won at the Emirates, and he was fired weeks after the accomplishment in late 2010.
It was a mistake by Darlow that ended up losing us the points last night but this is a team game, and Rafa has always refused to blame individual players.
We also hit the woodwork twice in the first half, so we are also not having any luck at all.
Here’s what Rafa said when asked about Karl Darlow’s mistake last night that allowed Wayne Rooney to score the winner:
“One day it is one thing, one day it is another one.”
“Still we are making individual errors which are costing us.”
“We have changed the team, changed the shape, changed the players – but still we are losing.”
“We have to all take responsibility, all of us, including me.”