Rafa Benitez has decided at this time that Newcastle will not go away to get some warm-weather training in sunnier and warmer climes.
Rafa loves nothing but to be on the training ground with his players going through moves and talking to the players as he tries to make them better.
And he believes he can do that at Benton over the two-week break, and then the players can spend more time with their families before the game at Bournemouth a week come Saturday.
Rafa Benitez – will get the work done at Benton
This is what has said in the Chronicle today:
“Our idea is to train and keep the players happy with their families.”
“Some people prefer to go away at this time of year.”
“But when you are traveling away throughout the season in the Premier League and the cups and you are also training most days I don’t think players get the time to spend with their family.”
“So if you can give them that time back it is much better for them.”
“If you go abroad there will be good facilities and maybe it will be sunny.” “But then you can go there and it will be raining.”
“The families may then get upset that the husband is away for one week.” “It’s about creating the right atmosphere for players and families.”
“I think that is much better than just getting a couple of days in the sunshine.”
“When you are on the grass in short sleeves and shorts and a pair of boots players don’t want to stop training and don’t want to stop playing football.”
“In fact we have to stop them. That is what you get when you get out in the right climate.”
Newcastle’s last trip abroad was ridiculous when we had just been hammered by Chelsea 5-1 at Stamford Bridge, and it was almost the opposite of what the lads did on Sunday against Manchester United.
At Stamford Bridge, the players meekly submitted and we were 3-0 down after 17 minutes, and the players just wanted the game to end – and Townsend scored the consolation goal in stoppage time.
It was a disgraceful display.
But McClaren convinced everybody all was well and that he could solve the problems in sunny Spain.
But it was a lost opportunity because we had 18 days before the next game – and Mr. Rafa Benitez was available for hire.
When the team returned the talk was over and we lost at Stoke 1-0 and then 3-1 to Bournemouth at home and McClaren was fired.
But it was far too late, and even Rafa couldn’t save us from the drop.
When Rafa came in on March 11th we had 24 points from 28 games, so we are little better off now with 28 points from 27 games.
But the difference this season is we have a team who tries in every single game for every single minute.
And it’s always difficult to convince hard-working fans that trips to sunny climes are necessary and it’s really R&R – rest and relaxation – which the players can get by being with their families.