Benitez Proud Of Recent Achievements – Heaps Praise On Terriers And Seagulls

Rafa Benitez has praised the other two clubs who have come up with Newcastle from the Championship and survived in the Premier League – Brighton and Huddersfield.

All the three teams have togetherness, excellent organization and fight like hell during their games.

And it’s the first time for a long time that all three clubs have survived in their first season in the Premier League after their promotion from the Championship.

And Rafa and Chris Hughton were two of the six managers nominated for Premier League Manager of the Season.

Rafa Benitez – at one of his recent press conferences

And David Wagner is one of the best young managers in the game today, and he will only get even better next season for the experience in the Premier League this past term.

This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today and it shows the class of the man:

“You have to give credit to Brighton and Huddersfield, they were well-organized like us.”

“Then, they worked as a team like us, and that is the key.

“Sometimes, the teams that were already in the Premier League spend money on good players and big names, but maybe they lose the togetherness that we have had, along with Huddersfield and Brighton.”

“The key for me is to create a very good team spirit, and carry on until the end.”

“A lot of people have been asking whether it is a bigger achievement than Istanbul in 2005.”

“I think it is different because you are talking about the league.”

“You are talking about nine or ten months of games, and that is always more difficult than just some games in a cup run.”

“We have won some trophies, and maybe this achievement could be close to some of the top trophies that I have won, but I would not say if it was more or less than this one or that one.”

“I am really proud of this achievement.”

Those are good words from the Newcastle manager.

All three clubs managed to beat (take apart?) Manchester United at home this season.

And those comments shows Rafa doesn’t get carried away with what he has already achieved in the game of football; he simply loves coaching players to become better.

He’s done a fabulous job for Newcastle over the last two seasons.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • giimps

    May 21, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #1

    I think I read somewhere ( can’t remember where) that all clubs promoted in the top 4 divisions had survived relegation for the first time ever ( maybe blorrocks but impressive if true)

  • RobLeenio

    May 21, 2018 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #2

    I wonder if Rafa is on hols – these quotes are old, definitely seen them before, just been stitched together from a couple of press conferences.

    It seems certain that the one place he’s not at is West Ham, with Pellegrini expected to be confirmed on a £10M per year salary later today. That’s roughly £27,500 per day, £192k per week, £830k per month. And he’ll still be sacked by Easter

  • giimps

    May 21, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah Rob, he’ll be crucified by the hammers fans……………….

  • giimps

    May 21, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #4


  • Bobbybee

    May 21, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Rafa is our manager until I hear different. The fact that he’s clearly not interested in other clubs sending out feelers towards him says more than a dozen headlines – certainly the ones we’ve heard.
    The mention of West Ham had people on here going into meltdown, when it was highly unlikely to ever happen.
    Ignore headlines – mainly click bait – and retain some patience. These things take time and we won’t hear anything until the ink has dried on the contract. Yes, we all want it to happen yesterday, but it’ll happen when all parties are reasonably happy and not a moment sooner.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 21, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Good call that, Rafa being on holiday – and it would make sense too as the transfer window “proper” doesn’t kick in until June.

  • RobLeenio

    May 21, 2018 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Micky, I’d be off if I was him. I imagine his wife would be quite insistent too, given that she’s not had a holiday in years and Rafa’s been to Portugal, Ireland (twice), Switzerland a couple of times (elite coaches forum). If I did that to my missus, I’d be on the couch for a year. 😉

  • Bobbybee

    May 21, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s in his contract that he spends summer working packing trainers in a warehouse in Shirebrook…

  • lochinvar

    May 21, 2018 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #10

    West Ham pay £10m a year for a bottle of sparkling water – typical exorbitant London prices for Pelligrino
    Wonder how much they’ll charge for a pie.

  • lesh

    May 21, 2018 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #11


    Rafa’s heart’s with Newcastle United and he’d dearly like to see signs of ambition to build on the work he’s done so far. But, whether Ashley shares his vision is the big question.

    Rafa’s gone public with his vision for Newcastle United and I worry that he may have gone too public for Ashley’s liking by in effect challenging him to share his vision. Sharing that vision will require investment in the club’s infrastructure and Ashley’s way of running his businesses is to keep overhead costs to an absolute minimum – hence the scouting team’s hut, training facilities in need of some upgrade.

    Maybe Rafa’s expecting too much from Ashley when asking him to give him more control and influence over transfers and in particular his budget, how it’s spent and the cumbersome process – in particular who has the power of veto.

    Given Ashley’s stated desire to sign Rafa up and the seeming delay in doing so, one must wonder what’s going on, who’s heading the process and whether Ashley really wants to keep Rafa. If he did, one would have hoped for that Ashley would ensure that his negotiating position was built on good faith, to achieve a mutually acceptable agreement – the alternative being bad faith where he saw negotiations as a means of scoring a victory over the man who’s brought a degree of success, despite frustration.

    We can but wait and see how things pan out and hope that Ashley’s stubbornness doesn’t impact on a decent transfer window.

  • RobLeenio

    May 21, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #12

    2 days after Rafa takes up his post at Shirebrook…

  • lesh

    May 21, 2018 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Here’s an interesting piece on recent 2016/17 account summsry – not the full accounts.

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 21, 2018 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Rafas on litter picking duty in the SD carpark. Still polite as ever too.

    What guy

  • cyprus

    May 21, 2018 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Quick reaction there by Rafa.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 21, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #16

    I good call
    If The Large Controller is sunning his bod in warmer climes – makes sense that RAFA takes a break at the same time – Hopefully fruitful meeting for RAFA when they do meet

    mind you cannot get much warmer than the TOON today – sweltering

  • martoon

    May 21, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #17

    It certainly makes sense for Rafa to take a holiday now – no one can begrudge him one.

  • RobLeenio

    May 21, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Charlie, we’ll all be nice and cool when this thing gets built

    Right at the bottom of the Ouseburn too – handy….


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