For the third summer running Rafa has managed to get the squad to Carton House in County Kildare Ireland for a week’s training camp.
Rafa loves to be able to coach the lads and make each player better if he can – that’s one of his goals as a manager.
And he gets to be able to do that at Carton House and it’s also a great atmosphere in which team spirit can be strengthened.
That was a strength of the Newcastle team over the last two seasons and it will be next season too.
Rafa Benitez – happy in Ireland
Most big clubs go on tours in the summer to increase their commercial revenue and improve their worldwide brand but Rafa is not a fan of those long and often tiring trips.
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today:
“I think it depends on your team.”
“When you travel too much, and I have experience with Liverpool and Chelsea and Real Madrid, sometimes it’s worse for the team.”
“There can be too many distractions and you can’t do things the way you want to do with training sessions before you are disrupted to move on somewhere else again.”
“If you have a big squad and more quality maybe you can compensate for that.”
“But the key for us is the team we have and the work-rate we have here.”
“We can do that in these conditions because we have been allowed to get on with it and work hard.”
“You take a risk if you go somewhere. They might pay you big money or sometimes not even that much and you also lose the good atmosphere and cohesion of the team.”
“It makes it worse at the end.”
Rafa is the consummate coach and he’s the strength and hope we have at Newcastle at the moment.
If only we can keep Rafa on Tyneside the club will be in good hands for the next few years.
But Mike Ashley is again proving the barrier to that.
We hope Ashley will sell the club to a more ambitious owner – and his eleven years in charge have been a disaster for the club.
But the last two seasons under Rafa have been very successful.
Let’s hope we can keep that going for a few more years!