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Charnley On Rafa – He’s Incredibly Professional, Meticulous And Focused

Lee Charnley has given an interview in the Mail, and he reveals some of the things that went on when we were down below and losing money quickly.

But that was the goal – even though we lost 45M after tax in the last financial year – the goal was always to get back to the Premier League at the very first attempt.

If we hadn’t done that we knew some of our Premier League class players would have wanted to leave.

Rafa Benitez agrees to stay with Newcastle in the Championship – May 2016

During his interview Lee Charley talked about Rafa Benitez:

“He, and the talented staff around him, are incredibly professional, meticulous and focused.”

“We have seen the benefit of that.”

“What Rafa has certainly done is improve the group of players on a whole. I look at Jamaal Lascelles from when he came in and he’s made huge strides.”

“We have got a group now who have an incredible spirit, work ethic and a real togetherness.”

‘If you look to improve going forward, it’s a real fight to get the balance between improving the quality of the individuals and also retaining that team ethic.”

“To find the two is not always easy – and potentially very expensive.”

The prize money for winning the Championship was only w£50,000, but the promotion bonuses of £10M promised at the start of the Championship campaign were paid.

And our first season back in the PL turned out to be very successful, and we finished in 10th place and received £123M from the Premier League.

We are back with the big boys now, and the next step in the continuing Rafalution is to sign Rafa to a long-term deal.

And we think that’s going to happen even with Mike Ashley staying on as the owner.

Comments welcome.


Jack Farish is currently studying for a Master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology at Northumbria University.

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5 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 25, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Fcuk off Penfold you lying cnut! Did Bishop write that for ya you fcuking weasel.

    Rant over!

    Good morning folks 🙂

  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    That’s definitely not Charnley words ha ha he’s still looking for his box pass stuck to his forehead.

  • DaveD1000

    May 25, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Charmless sucking up to Rafa. Scared Rafa is gonna say yea first get rid of the pub landlord lookylikey?

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 25, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    From last post.

    Merino sent out on loan? We’re not Chelsea, we don;t hoard players and have an abundance of depth to allow very good players to go on loan.

    I wouldn’t trust some of you to manage a football club on a computer game.

    Darlow AND Elliot will not go.

    Gayle I doubt will leave given Ritchie’s interview stating how himself, Gayle and Lascelles are the main ones that set the fully committed tone on the training pitch and also if we got rid of Joselu and Mitro too as you propose then we’d need to sign 3 new STs – not happening.

    I’d be more than happy to start the season like this:

    GK: Dubravka, Elliot, Woodman

    RB: Yedlin, Manquillo

    CB: Lascelles, Lejeune, Clark, Evans

    LB: Dummett, ?????????

    CM: Shelvey, Diame, Merino, Hayden

    Wingers: Ritchie, Kenedy, Atsu, Murphy

    No10: ??????, Perez

    STs: ??????, Abraham, Gayle

    1 more space to make up the 25 man squad.

    As I’ve said previously, it’s about building on what we already have, not tearing it up. I don’t think there will be any significant change in our tactical approach.

    If we had a Demba Ba class ST here this season it’s reasonable to say we’d have been fighting with Burnley and Arsenal.

  • Jib

    May 25, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #5

    This interview has been syndicated around the press
    It was given to Martin Hardy in Charnley’s office in SJP
    Shirebrook and Tsunki
    “” < these are called quotation marks used by journos to
    denote actual words spoken by the interviewee.
    Martin Hardy is certainly no agent of the Ashley regime


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