Former Player Pinpoints Why Rafa Benitez Is World Class

Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has been helping with the publicity for the upcoming film that celebrates Sir Bobby Robson’s remarkable life – “Bobby Robson: More than a Manager.”

That’s going to be something worth watching, and Steve has been raving about the film which will be shown later this month and is already available for pre-order on DVD.

Steve has taken the opportunity to talk about our latest manager Rafa Benitez in the Chronicle.

Rafa also has that complete passion for the game of football that Sir Bobby had throughout his career.

And that was just one of the things that made the former England and Newcastle manager great and loved throughout the world of football.

Rafa Benitez  – another excellent season at Newcastle

Rafa Benitez is also loved by the Newcastle fans for his passion and skill, and Steve has talked about the manager:

“Rafa’s done a fantastic job, there is no doubt about that.”

“You gauge any manager by what it is he is getting out of his players – and he has certainly got the maximum out of this group of players.”

“He was right at the start of the season to paint a picture of a tough, difficult season ahead, and to warn that they were going to have difficult periods because that’s exactly what has happened.”

“I think the period where they only got one point in nine games, having been in dressing rooms who are going through tough runs, that’s when cracks can appear.”

“And cracks can quickly become crevices, where you have then get little cliques forming all over the place; that’s when a dressing room can be broken.”

“For a manager to clearly have kept the dressing room together, to keep sending out the correct messages, and get them working hard on the training ground.”

“And without those cliques appearing and to keep them united together – that shows you just what a good manager he is.”

“The players have come through that difficult period and then have gone on to secure four wins in a row to pull away from the drop zone, it’s magnificent.”

“To be safe heading into the business end of the season, to be certain of your top-flight status early, I think it shows he’s done a fantastic job.”

It was really remarkable the way Rafa kept the team together during that lousy stretch of 9 games just before Christmas and remained positive throughout.

Rafa kept telling us that things were improving, and we would soon start winning, and he turned out to be right – again.

That’s one reason that Rafa has demonstrated since being at Newcastle that he is still one of the best managers in the world.

Sign him up!

The Chronicle is reporting that Sir Bobby Robson’s film will be shown in select theatres – including the Tyneside Cinema – from June 1.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    May 2, 2018 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #1

    “Sir Bobby Robson’s film will be shown in select theatres – including the Tyneside Cinema – from June 1”

    Blog trip!


  • SuperShearer

    May 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Becoming increasingly worried about the noises coming out of Napoli… apparently, David Luiz will go there IF Rafa is manager there next season. MA needs to pull his finger out because if we lose Rafa we are in SERIOUS trouble.

  • AncientC

    May 2, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Why would Benitez want to go to Napoli? Champions League Football, 90 million Euro strikers forced upon him, the day/night life of Naples etc. An unworthy trade off to fight with Charnley over the things like the fee paid out for Matt Ritchie… a signing he had to plead for… and a signing that got the club promoted.

    We had better hope Benitez wants to live near his Wife/daughter because Ashley & Charnley will not do a convincing job of asking the Spaniard to stay and build his poundland armada.


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