Rafa Benitez has been interviewed in the Irish Times today and it’s a good wide-ranging interview with Rafa Benitez now back in the big time with Newcastle United.
That’s after he showed his complete loyalty to the club and took a huge chance with his career when he agreed to stay in the Championship with Newcastle.
Rafa was successful in getting us promoted as Champions with an average home crowd of 51,108 approximately.
Great shot of Rafa Benitez and players at the strip introduction yesterday in Dublin
That’s not easy and Rafa will never really get the credit he deserves for staying at Newcastle and getting us promoted so brilliantly from the Championship.
But with a lot of Newcastle fans that just adds to the mystique of Rafa who we think was born to manage a club like Newcastle United with the whole City and surrounding area simply football daft.
What better environment for a football crazy manager like Rafa to manage a football club?
Here’s what Rafa has said in the Irish Times today starting with this summer’s transfer window which is proving to be difficult:
“It’s not easy. We are bringing in a couple of players now, and then we have to manage in the market that we can manage.”
“We will try to do our best in this market. We have to bring in different positions.”
“I think my idea always in every position is to bring in players who can compete. Lejeune, he has to understand the Premier League, the tempo and intensity of the league.”
“Obviously I knew Ciaran Clark before, we were following him for some years and we knew that we were getting a good player with experience.”
You don’t have too many center backs who are left-footed, who can play the ball and win in the air – tactically that is good.”
“Daryl (Murphy) knows the situation, I know the situation. I’m really pleased with him, and his contribution last year was really important.”
“Not just because he was playing some games and scoring goals but also in the dressing room.”
“He’s so positive.” “He knows if somebody comes in he will go but it has to be the best move for him and for us.”
“I think always at the beginning of every season you try to do your best in every competition, so my idea is always the same.”
“If you can do well in the Premier League it will be easier to do well in the cups.”
“Our idea will be one game at a time as I was saying last year, so the first one will be against Tottenham, and if we have a cup game we will try to win the cup game.”
“It always has to be like this, you cannot concentrate on one competition – you have to try your best in all of them.”
Well said Rafa Benitez.
Rafa’s mantra – the only thing that’s important is to win the next game.