Rafa And Newcastle Continue To Get The Accolades

54-year-old BBC pundit Pat Nevin has showered accolades on Newcastle and Rafa Benitez for the performance this year when we have the 5th highest points total of any Premier League team.

Rafa has done another excellent job in his second full season as manager as we stand in 10th place in the league table with the possibility we could even move up to 8th place in the final five games of the season.

Newcastle have a young team but our players are now better and more experienced than they were last August and it’s a good foundation on which Rafa can build and further improve the side.

Pat Nevin – Rafa has done a brilliant job

Newcastle are 13 points clear of the relegation zone with 15 points to still to play for.

This is what Nevin has said about Newcastle to  Off The Ball.com:

“Certainly since the turn of the year they’ve been absolutely brilliant,”

“They’re a dangerous team, they’re a well-organized team, they’re a phenomenally structured team, they’re a sensibly built team as well.”

“It’s actually not that complicated when you look at it, but a team that’s winning the way they’re winning now.”

“They’ve got a spirit, they’ve got a core of a team that never seems to change as well and he’s kept them all quite fit.”

“He’s got a little bit lucky there now and again, but he’s done that with limited resources and find themselves arguably in the top half of the league.”

“Considering where they were, he’s not going to get manager of the season, but he kind of should be in the running.”

“Rafa has done a brilliant job here.”

We would be surprised if Rafa wins Manager of the Season and it’ probably between Pep Guardiola and Sean Dyche – with Dyche probably more deserving given the resources he has at Burnley.

But Rafa has been outstanding for us now in the last two seasons!

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • ToonHamster

    Apr 18, 2018 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #1

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    Apr 18, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #2

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  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #3
  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #4
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 18, 2018 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #5

    The Everton poll re Allardyce is hilarious. Imagine if our club had sent that out to us, what the reaction in the media would have been.

    We demanded Allardyce went, we were called deluded
    We demanded Kinnear went, we were called deluded.
    We supported Hughton, we were called deluded.
    We demanded Pardew went, we were called deluded.
    We demanded Schteve went, we were called deluded.
    We supported Rafa through a tough run, we were called deluded

    Now we’re looking like finishing top-10, with the right signings we might hope and dream of finishing top 6-8 next season or maybe even higher. Guess what I think the reaction may be if we actually dare to say it out loud….

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    Apr 18, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #6

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  • lesh

    Apr 18, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #7

    All of the accolades Rafa’s getting won’t be welcomed by our benfactor and saviour. Ashley must be fuming as he realises that Rafa’s far exceeded his (Ashley’s) expectations. Were we to lose Rafa because Ashley won’t back him to the extent he sees appropriate, it wouldn’t look too good. And imagine if Rafa were given Manager of the Year then walked…… Eentersting times ahead.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 18, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #8


    I Totally agree with the comment by Burnsie in that link.

    Why does he suddenly decide he has to watch him on Monday.

    Doesn’t he watch English football and read the papers, there’s enough said about what Shelvey can do.

    What if he has a poor game on Monday, is that all of the seasons form out of the window as far as an English call up is concerned.

    Southgate reminds me of the Jilted John song, he’s a moron! 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 18, 2018 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Pat Nevin is a top man. This season he was on radio and snagged off smb support compared to ours. Very few guys will say that live on radio

  • Phil K

    Apr 19, 2018 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #10

    RobLeenio – Actually, yes, we supported Chris Hughton – we were accused of wanting him out by some of the repulsive rags – Mick Dennis in particular, who tried to hint it was some kind of racist thing – SERIOUSLY – he’s the same arsehole who started the whole “deluded” thing didn’t even have the grace to apologize when it became clear we supported Hughton. Then Dennis even had the gall to whine when his Twitter account was barraged by Newcastle fans and whined when his Norwich team was mocked when they went down


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