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Rafa Benitez Critical Of Mo Diame – He’s Working Very Hard

We covered an interview today that Mo Diame gave yesterday when he said he had been sleeping since arriving at Newcastle and that he would need to wake up soon.

Mohamed said he was not pleased with his Newcastle form since arriving from Hull City in the summer for £4.5M.

Rafa Benitez has seen or has been told about those comments and he has reacted to Mo inferring he has not been working hard enough in training.


Mo Diame in action for Newcastle

This what the Newcastle manager has said today in Chronicle Live:

“It is a big night for everyone but obviously Hayden and Diame will come back to Hull and it is an opportunity for them to go back to Hull and do well and enjoy, hopefully.”

“I am sure Diame will do well.”

“I am not very happy with what Diame said, because when he said that, it means he is not working hard, but he is working very hard.”

“Sometimes you can play better, but you have to work hard and he is working hard.” “He has to be a little bit more precise in some situations, with his control or finishing.”

“But in terms of his effort, I am really pleased.” “I like him being honest, but I don’t like a player, when he is working so hard, to say he isn’t.”

“He is working hard and that is it.”

One thing that Rafa made very plain when he arrived ta Newcastle on March 13th this year is that he expects every player to give 100% in training and 100% in the games.

If a player doesn’t give that he will not have a future under Rafa Benitez and will not play – it’s as simple as that.

So Rafa has in some way defended Mo over his own comments today – although the Senegal International was basically saying he needed to shape up quickly with his form for Newcastle and was being self-critical – a fairly innocuous comment.

Maybe Diame will be the star man for us tonight against his former club?

That would be good.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • JamesToon

    Nov 29, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #1

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    3:29 pm, Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

    What we’ve noticed about Rafa Benitez before almost every game this season he points out the strong points about the opposing side and says something positive about the opposing manager.

    They are not hollow comments, but Rafa knows how difficult it is to be a manager these days and he respects those people who are managers in today’s world of football – it’s certainly not easy.

    That’s why so many former players end up being pundits – the “experts” so to speak and it’s an awful lot easier than being on the front lines as a manager.


    Rafa Benitez in training

    When you are a manager you don’t have the luxury of seeing what happened after the event, but they need to make those decisions in real-time.

    On the other hand the pundits can comment after the event so they are always right and get to criticize the manager and/or the player(s).

    It’s so easy.

    Monday morning quarter backs either in the warm, cozy studios on Saturday nights or commentating on the games live in real-time – it’s a much easier job and the decisions and commentary mean very little.

    Even I could do that – well maybe not.


    Rafa has complimented Hull City manager Mike Phelan before the game tonight at the KCOM stadium, where our lads will try to make up for our shocking loss on Saturday – and our third defeat at St. James’ Park this season.

    Here’s what Rafa has said about the game tonight and the opposing manager as reported in Chronicle Live:

    “It’s an opportunity to show our level.” “Hull is a Premier League club. They are playing well.” “They don’t get the results, but they are doing well in terms of football.”

    “If we can compete and go through, maybe we are strong enough to compete in the league and the cups.”

    “I have a lot of respect for Mike Phelan because he is doing a great job.” “I could see they were winning at the beginning and everybody was talking about the team.”

    “Afterwards, they were not doing as well as they were at the beginning.” “But he is doing well. I am watching the team and the team is doing well.”

    After tonight’s game we are back in action in the Championship at Nottingham Forest on Friday night, but our away form is better than out home form this season – as surprising as that is – so maybe we can win the next two games?

    Certainly the fans are confident we can get the win tonight, but beware of false prophets – 90% thought we would beat Blackburn on Saturday.

    How Will Newcastle Fare At Hull City?

    Win (76%, 1,154 Votes)
    Lose (21%, 317 Votes)
    Total Voters: 1,512

    Hope so.

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    1Jib // Nov 29, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    I think if you check last weeks Blackburn blogs , 90% of Rovers fans thought we would win as well !

    2reilly // Nov 29, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    work done,john smiths in the fridge and the match is on sportsmania..
    happy days ?

    3JamesToon // Nov 29, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Confirmed rafa bingo:


    Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett

    Shelvey, Colback

    Ritchie, Diame, Gouffran


    4JamesToon // Nov 29, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Dont care how strong our form is or how good our team is, we are the underdogs for this, fact is they are in the prem we are in the championship, they should be expecting to beat us

  • JamesToon

    Nov 29, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Wait didnt realise i copied the whole page hahahaha

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Nov 29, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #3

    anyone fancy west ham over manure tomorrow?


    Nov 29, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #4

    A public arm around the shoulder for Diame good management there

  • jayphoto

    Nov 29, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Diame seems to have a good attitude! His finishing inside the box is bloody woeful! The best I’ve seen him was at west ham as a centre mid!
    Diame for me is important because he is what the americans would call a clutch player! He can perform in big games and he can win games with something out of nothing! I think we look a better side with him playing than with Perez if I’m honest even though Perez himself has probably performed better!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 29, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #6


    Get Bobby to coach you on pasting and copying. 🙂

  • Spoof

    Nov 29, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #7

    I think Diame would play better with Mitro in the side as Diame is good at making late runs into the box, similar to Kevin Nolan, but like Nolan he needs a target man to feed off, and seeing that Gayle appears to be first choice over Mitro then to me it does make it a bit more difficult for Diame, I would like to see both Mitro and Diame get a run of games playing together, but to do that you would have to drop Gayle and how can you do that, problems for Rafa, I’m just glad it’s not my job to pick the side as I would have far too many headaches to deal with.


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