NBC Sports – Rafa Benitez Has Enhanced His Reputation Massively

NBC Sports Network has covered the Premier League this season and they do a really good job with all 10 PL games televised live on one of the channels they own.

As it turns out Newcastle vs Chelsea was the game broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

There was an article they put out where they rated each club in the league and they gave Newcastle a B+.

Rafa Benitez – masterminded Newcastle’s survival

They raved about what a great job Rafa has done and that he’s enhanced his reputation massively this season with all he’s achieved at the club.

This is the piece they had on Newcastle.

Newcastle United: B+

Rafael Benitez masterminded Newcastle’s survival with a strong defensive core as the Magpies were tough to break down and had some impressive wins, especially at home.

With the cloud of Mike Ashley trying to sell the club hanging over the team for most of the season,

Benitez focussed the group expertly in the second half of the campaign as they pulled away from the relegation zone.

A top 10 finish has to be aim next season and a new owner could turn the Magpies into a top six club if money is available to spend on new players, especially in attack.

Benitez has enhanced his reputation massively with the job he has done at St James’ Park and the big win against Chelsea on the final day underlines how much progress they’ve made.

The statement Mike Ashley put out last night was good, but we all know he said much the same thing last summer – actions speak louder than words.

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3 comments so far

  • Tim the toon

    May 14, 2018 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Great game and magic result yesterday; who saw that after we looked like we were on the beach for a couple of games. Got what we deserved, especially after the loss to the Spuds midweek, which we dominated.

    Pity about the 4 losses in a row – 2 wins or a win and couple of draws would have seen us reach the heady heights of 8th position.

  • Jib

    May 14, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Those that advocate major buying in the summer
    don’t know their footy.
    This is a squad that has improved beyond all
    recognition over the season.
    Careful tweaks and strengthening of key positions
    is all that is required
    Anything more could upset the fantastic esprit de corps
    that Rafa has so carefully nurtured.

  • Jib

    May 14, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Rafa signed Manolo Gabbiadini for
    Napoli from Sampdoria in Jan 2015
    for €12.5M
    He’s 26 the same age as Shearer was when Keegan signed him
    The stuff that was flying into the Chelsea box
    was made for player like him.


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