Pundits Andy Townsend and Owen Hargreaves have been looking at what Newcastle have done this season under manager Rafa Benitez.
And they have both praised the Newcastle United manager for what he has achieved with what has been a weak squad regarding quality.
When we went nine games with just one point just before Christmas, nearly all the pundits were agreed we were a Championship team and would be relegated.
But nobody told Rafa that, and he improved a number of our players and vastly improved the organization of the side.
We are now tough to beat and have won five of our last eight games including winning four games in a row and are in 10th place in the league.
The two pundits have been discussing Newcastle on the Premier League’s official website.
This is what Andy Townsend has said about the Magpies manager:
“He’s done a great job has Rafa Benitez,”
“I mean behind Pep Guardiola, for obvious reasons, and Sean Dyche again for the Burnley story.”
“Benitez’ Newcastle United team has over-achieved.”
“They’ve punched well above their weight this season.”
Owen Hargreaves, the former England midfielder, thinks the Newcastle squad is probably the worst one he’s ever had.
That’s not true, but it’s probably the worst squad Rafa’s had since he left Tenerife for Valencia back in 2001.
This is what Hargreaves has said about the gaffer:
“He’s probably third in line for the manager of the year award.”
“If there were three managers who would be considered manager-of-the-year candidates, he’d be third in line after Pep Guardiola and Sean Dyche.”
“He’s been exceptional, really.” “With the group of players he has; let’s be honest, this is probably the weakest team in terms of talent he’s ever had.”
“There’s been some canny additions to this team: Martin Dubravka’s come in and done very well, Kenedy of course has added a bit of flair and something else down the left-hand side,”
“I reckon this will be one of his proudest seasons ever as a manager.”
Rafa has done a superb job this season – as he did last season too.
It’s only right and proper that owner Mike Ashley gives him good money to spend this summer so he can significantly strengthen the side.
Hopefully, that’s now going to happen.