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?