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Coach Honored To Watch Rafa’s Great Flowing Training Sessions

When you are a world-class coach like Rafa Benitez, you will get requests from younger coaches to come watch your training sessions so they can learn from the experts in the game.

On the other hand if you are not a good coach you will not be bothered too much by coaches wanting to learn from you.

Not sure if that’s good or bad.


Hisham Sorour with Rafa Benitez at Benton this week

There’s a good story on the Newcastle web-site that Rafa invited a top coach from the United Arab Emirates to watch Newcastle train this week.

Rafa is an amiable guy who is always willing to help players and coaches alike – he seems to love teaching and of course he’s in the perfect job right now as the manager of Newcastle United.

Last month he had Spanish fitness experts Javier Minano and Jose Angel Garcia visit the club’s Benton training headquarters and on Monday and Tuesday of this week he welcomed Hisham Sorour.

Hisham was born in Egypt and is the former assistant coach of Al-Ain FC, the UAE’s biggest club and he has also coached over here in the USA.

This is what Hisham has said on the Newcastle web-site:

“I was lucky enough to be with him and chat for a little bit.”

“I had a trip here to get more familiar with athlete monitoring software company Prozone, and I asked if I could come to observe his training.”

“I’ve been following Rafa from Liverpool to Chelsea to Inter Milan to Real Madrid and then to Newcastle, and just to watch him at work was an honor.”

“I watched 45 minutes on Monday and then saw the team train on Tuesday as well, and they were great sessions.

“They were very organised – there was no time wasted at all. They flowed and it was very interesting to watch.”

“I’m very grateful to Rafa for allowing me to visit.”

Hisham will leave Newcastle having picked up some good ideas from one of the world’s best coaches.

The players themselves have also said Rafa’s training sessions are intense and on purpose and he keeps challenging the players to get better.

Rafa has improved so many of our players this season – it’s  a pleasure to see them getting better as players as the season progresses.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far


    Mar 29, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Aye true but thats ignoring the issues with said project isn’t it? No reason he wouldn’t see a viable project at West Ham either tbf big oppertunity there

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 29, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Going back to the creative midfielders, I think Gylfi & Cairney are the safest bets, but Gylfi must be worth £25m at least. We need someone world-class to build the team around, the way Spurs did with Bale & now Kane. Loftus Cheek & possibly Will Hughes could go on to be that type of player, but Loftus-Cheek must cost at least £30m going off how much Bournemouth paid for Jordan Ibe. Out of the lot I would take the gamble on the Chelsea youth, or one of the other young midfielders they have.

  • Jib

    Mar 29, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Saturday’s ref against Wigan
    David Coote

    Cards this season
    114 yellows (9 in one game) and 6 reds !!!!!

    Has reffed us twice this season – both defeats.

    Home to Blackburn and Oxford in the FA cup

  • Moe

    Mar 29, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Shows how good Rafa is at networking and building relations ..
    and how good a manager he is.

  • martoon

    Mar 29, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    I can’t remember other coaches requesting to watch Pardew at work or even the best coach in the Premiership Mr Carver! 😀

  • one fine day

    Mar 29, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Even the players under carver I would have said struggled to stay interested and as for pardiola …… Right lads last 10 for the morning ….willo get up on the back post ……

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 29, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #7

    I hope and think Rafa,despite his understandable ‘we must only focus on the next game’ rhetoric, will have his people constantly scouring the European and in particular Spanish market for under-the-radar creative player(s) we need to make the next step.
    Now and in the next 6 months we should see the benefit of his international contacts. Howay Rafa, pull the next young David Silva out of the hat!


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