Rafa – Without Doubt I’m A Better Coach Now – Having Done This At Newcastle

Rafa Benitez is the Newcastle manager and is known throughout the world of football, and he has given an extended interview in France Football.

The questions are mainly centered around him now managing Newcastle, which is a lesser club with less talented players than the clubs he has managed in the past – like Valencia, Liverpool, Inter-Milan, Napoli and Real Madrid.

But it doesn’t seem to faze Rafa, and he looks on his job in coaching as making the players he coaches better players – through his vast skill, man management and extensive experience in the game.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager – a better coach now

Rafa talks about why he joined Newcastle in the first place.

And then he talks about managing Newcastle last season in the Championship and how he is a better coach now (“for sure”) because of having the courage to do that.

This is just some of what Rafa has said in his interview in France Football:

“You have to look at the overall picture. Me, I saw the stature of this very important club, with great fervor, a passionate city – and a stadium like no other, a unique atmosphere.”

“I saw a rare link between the fans and the club and that’s fundamental to building something lasting. When making a choice, it is important to measure this energy, this craze, to know if we can create momentum.”

“OK, the club was not in a good position when I signed and we finally got relegated. But I understood that in Championship, we would have the means to rebuild, to start on a real project, which is more difficult sometimes than to fight for your immediate survival.”

“However, I felt that there was room to return to the Premier League very quickly, but also to play a real role in the long run.”

“In the Championship there is a major challenge around second balls, for example, and you have to be able to handle that.”

“It was also necessary to learn to control the tempo, not to get carried away in the match and allow them to bring you to their level.”

“It is also necessary to learn how to control blocking. When faced with ‘kick and rush’, we were sometimes caught out by long balls.”

“In other countries, the goalkeepers are protected relatively well, and even more than in the Premier League.”

“There will be challenges in the air and you must find solutions to protect yourself.”

“All of this is useful for the future.”

“Without a doubt, I am a better coach today.”

Rafa is the perfect coach for Newcastle, and he is a good man too, and we couldn’t do much better than having Mr.  Rafa Benitez as our manager.

That’s my opinion in any case.

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113 comments so far

  • Dingo†®

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #1

    And long may you practice your trade here Mr Benitez!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah so get your cheque book out Lard Arse!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #3

    I think Rafa’s statement is quite true
    A lot easier when you have a open cheque book and buy who you want, and have the best players, unlike at the Toon where he has had a limited budget and work with players who are not as talented.
    Last season we came up with the best squad in the Championship but the football was dire and I think Rafa was struggling with the lack of talent.
    This season I have enjoyed the football much more as the season has went on as he had adapted to the situation with the squad and he has moulded a team who are hard to beat and play as a team.
    I think he has learned a lot!!! -and not spat the dummy out – good on him!!!!

  • lochinvar

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Meanwhile at a club somewhere near the south coast

    Southampton have signed striker Guido Carrillo from Monaco on a deal until 2021.
    The 26-year-old Argentine made 22 appearances for the French side this season and joins Saints for a reported fee of £19m.

  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #5

    I would say the majority of posters on here
    don’t deserve Rafa.
    As that majority are in the main not really
    true Mags it doesn’t really matter.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #6

    WHERE’S OUR NEW FLIPPING STRIKER!!?? Everyday that goes by is less time we have to sort anything out before the window closes. We’re going at a snails pace again! Aarrggghhhh sooooo frustrating!

  • Singinginthecorner

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Jib ???????

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #9

    And you who have backed Ashley after everyone of his dastardly deeds does?
    The mind truly boggles.

  • Bigjim67

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #10

    We’re being linked with midfielders, goalies, wingers and fullbacks but we need a centre forward more than any other position. Spend the money on a goal scorer, ANY money available just get us some quality up front. FFS!

  • c-dog

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #11

    “Without a doubt, I am a better coach today”

    Reads like a come and get me plea. Sake…
    Be gone in the summer.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Ashleys tenure is nothing short of painful. Lots of players linked. Very little materializes. He is sitting on this club waiting to be offered far more than its currently worth. Nothing but huge profit will move him in my humble opinion. That’s why the new owner would need to have huge wealth, nothing to do with taking us forward. Sick of his Bull.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Bullshit baffles brains Jail.

  • Singinginthecorner

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #14

    ………waits for abuse from jib towards ShirebrookToon………

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Sucks the assets out of the club, sucks the joy and hope out of supporters; same old same old every transfer window. Interesting to see how Rafa looks in his next presser. My guess is he said to Wet Spam when they tapped him up: try again in the summer, so they got Moyes to cover until then. Ashley should put as much thought into running the club as he does PR.

  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #16


  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #17


    What are you insinuating 😎

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #18



  • Belfast

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib is drinking (Heavily) this evening and listening to “Yesterday” by the Beatles. (On repeat)

    He’s been putting on a brave face lately. But he’s got post traumatic takeover disorder.

    Chin up Jib. We all make mistakes!

  • Belfast

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Southampton splashing the Vin Dyk money Lochinvar

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Oh, so the true mag comments rear their ugly head again, what a shame.

  • Singinginthecorner

    Jan 25, 2018 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Jib/ShirebrookToon happy faces that’s better

  • hibbit

    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Essex Geordie Bill
    just bear in mind that only one man is making them !!!!!

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #24


    Is it true that Virgil van Dijk has the worst cockney accent ever heard?

  • Wayayman

    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #25

    The deadline is Wednesday, but seeing as we’re playing Burnley that night I think we’ll have our business concluded by Tuesday at the latest. That’s last Tuesday, when we signed Kenedy on loan for a few months.

  • Belfast

    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Not sure about cockney probably a bit Glaswegian/south coast haha

    Hector Belerin has a cracking cockney one though.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #27

    A Pain

    Have you heard him sing.


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Now that’s what you call a dirty sweeper!!

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Sorry Belfast. I suppose you have to be a certain age.

    Thanks EGB. Brings it all back.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #30


    Well said a few threads back, this is a place for differing opinions and all opinions are welcome mate. The only qualms I have are with branding ppl or name calling. It might be meant in jest but happy clappers isn’t nice and neither is it nice when you are told to leave etc.

    Hopefully we can all debate like adults without getting personal, you made some valid points though

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Ashley is a Shyster!!!

  • Belfast

    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Pain in the blog

    I’ve actually seen it many times haha
    I didn’t make the connection. I think I’m losing my touch. The post traumatic takeover disorder is spreading.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib may have been savaged again by that mystery bird with teeth he has seen in his garden.


  • Mitts

    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #34

    Sounds like a man who wants out..

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #35
  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #36

    We supposedly had money to spend in the summer which we didn’t, presumeably that plus whatever is set aside for jan should be available. Should be enough to lowball 5 or 6 signings.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #37

    Same as any top player that joined during the Ashley era, and pretty much any era except the Keegan years, and Robson years in my lifetime…..

    All the centre forwards we have been linked with are a gamble, Slimani is probably the best bet, but apparently a non starter. If Rafa was interested in Slimani (and Sakho, although I doubt this rumour), how do those who claimed Carr was unfit for purpose feel abut Rafa wanting a player high on Carr’s wishlist in his latter years, but was priced out….. I have seen very little of Jorgensen, his goalscoring record in Holland is about half Altidore’s, but given his ability to bring others into play, will likely give more than Gayle and Joselu. Personally, having seen a bit of Selke, and spoke to a few Germans, I’d like to see us pursue him over Jorgensen. He isn’t the finished article, but I think would still offer more than we have starting most games at the minute.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Jan 25, 2018 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #38
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 25, 2018 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #40


    Whats really depressing about that read is the fact ( which I must have said a million times with no exaggeration) is that nothing is owed to Mr Ashley by the club. He owns the club it’s his money he cannot owe himself money.

    I’m not going into the SD advertising aspect that’s also been said a billion times (with no exaggeration), it’s a money making machine for him and he just doesn’t have the sense to invest and make it more profitable, that’s also been said a billion times (with no exaggeration).


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