The more successful you are in life you can almost guarantee the more criticism you will receive.
So when we talk about football, Rafa Benitez has had a terrific career and he has the trophies to prove it.
But of course he still gets some criticism and the latest last week has been from pundit Andy Gray.
Newcastle fans are rightly disappointed that Mike Ashley spent none of the club’s money this summer and we made a £20M profit in this summer’s transfer market.
That’s the transfers going out minus what we paid for players coming in.
Rafa Benitez – forget the criticism
Rafa doesn’t pay much attention to criticism from pundits,
But these are the comments he made when Gray’s criticisms were brought up in his press conference yesterday:
“Obviously, I can see a lot of people talking about it and the reaction, but I think we have to concentrate on football.”
“I cannot waste time with that because there are too many other things to think about; like my team, and trying to improve the players we have.”
“But what I said before and I said last year: we have what we have and I know if we want to do well, we have to concentrate on our players and improve them.”
“Who knows what is going on better than our fans? Not too many people. But I cannot talk about this all the time because I want to make the right decisions in terms of team selection.”
“Everything I will do now depends on what happened in the last two months in the transfer market.”
“You have to manage your team and your tactics depending on who you have. My job is to maximize what we have.”
“We did well last year. Why? Because the players were working really hard and everything was fine in a lot of games, yet still we had some bad times.”
“We finished 10th, but we could have finished 15th or 17th. It was just one game, that’s it.”
“If we wasted time with these people [like Gray] – they are too far away, and they do not know what is going on inside [the club] – then we lose energy.”
“If I try to concentrate on that, sometimes it can be a distraction.”
“These comments that they make, they are having an argument with some fans.”
“I don’t have a problem if we concentrate on football. Maybe these people [like Gray] don’t have all the information, but it doesn’t matter.”
“My focus has to be now on football as much as I can because I know that is what we need.”
“I have enough experience to know that, if you lose your focus in a couple of games, everything can be wrong.”
Those are good comments from Rafa.
And ignoring pundits is probably the worst thing that could happen to them.
They would love for a man with the name and stature in football of a Rafa Benitez to get upset with some of their comments.
Rafa is an excellent football manager – perfect for Newcastle – but he’s also a savvy and sensible man.
That’s why we love him. so much.