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Rafa – Forget This Stuff – Let’s Concentrate On The Football


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.

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157 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Aug 25, 2018 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Not keen on points going to Wet Spam, but remembering the stick a good proportion of Arsenal fans gave to Wenger last season (and the one before) I’d love to see them get the worst start to their season since the 1950s.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 25, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Wolves didn’t really have any possession either…

    …they sucked it up and got a vital point!

    0
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 25, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #3

    We would probably just play 4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1 depending on your outlook seeing as that’s all we know!

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  • Moonraker15

    Aug 25, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Jib
    In a previous post you say we ARE a massive club but operating at only 30% due to lack of investment. I, and most of us would agree totally with that statement. However you are normally supportive of Ashley so who is to blame for “lack of investment”?
    Do I detect a step change in your opinion, or am I misjudging you?

    2
  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #5

    We actually played 5 – 4 – 1 last year vs Man City at SJP
    Yedlin – Mbemba – Lascelles – Dummett – Manquillo
    Aarons – Diamé – Shelvey – Murphy
    Joselu

    1
  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Moonraker

    I’m just supportive of Ashley in your closed mind.

    Just because I don’t pour invective on his head
    every opportunity and see things as black and white
    (no pun intended ) as some – doesn’t make me an
    Ashley supporter.

    Everything bad at the club is Ashley’s fault
    Everything good is despite Ashley.
    The world really doesn’t work that simply

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  • the white tino

    Aug 25, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Jibber jabber it really is that simple at newcastle dickhead, every slightly good thing is despite the FCB

    2
  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #8

    I rest my case m’lud

    5
  • Moonraker15

    Aug 25, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib
    I’m open minded but when it comes down to one issue – investment, who else can we point the finger at?

    2
  • Moonraker15

    Aug 25, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Jib
    £23 million profit on transfers the last window; £40 million net profit under Rafa’s tenure! Would you not agree our squad could do with that money invested?
    “Every last penny…….” !

    4
  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #11

    NUFC down to 15th

    1
  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Sunlun 2nd on gd

    1
  • lesh

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Moonraker

    You may have noticed that when the blog goes all nostalgic about the city, its characters and pubs, Jib posts constructive comments and his craic, quite enjoyable.

    However, when topics are focused on NUFC and Ashley, Jib becomes abusive. Could it be he’s out of his comfort zone?

    6
  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Lesh
    “Jib becomes abusive”
    You are a bit one eyed I fear
    I said someone had a closed mind
    I was called a dickhead

    5
  • Canuck Mag

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #15

    How bad are Cardiff? 2 games with a man advantage and they cant score a goal.

    3
  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Canuck we want those guaranteed relegation
    slots filled as quick as possible

    5
  • Mag52

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Jib.

    Did I miss your answer to the question who is to blame for our lack of investment in the team ?

    3
  • NY Mag

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Jib,

    You said earlier you thought the land may have been a gift to Ashley’s son-in-law.
    I think it’s more than that, Ashley has made Murray a director of all his various property development companies.
    The big one, Mcgrove developments (which Murray is a director, as is Justin Barnes) is the one in Kensington which Ashley ploughed in £200M and will allegedly be worth £900M when finished.

    2
  • Moonraker15

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Mag
    I suspect Jib dropped his guard when he stated the club was suffering from lack of investment.
    Jib
    With an open mind, may I ask which are the good things Ashley is responsible for in the last 11 years. I’ll give you a start; appointing Rafa!

    2
  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Mag52
    Are you a bit simple ?
    We have had
    Martin Dubravka
    Ki Sung-yueng
    Kenedy
    Fabian Schar
    Yoshinori Muto
    Salomon Rondon
    Federico Fernandez
    Yannick Toure
    Rosaire Longelo

    added to the team since May

    Your question should be
    “who is to blame for our lack of investment in the team
    to the level I would like”
    accompanied by a petulant stamp of the foot in annoyance

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  • Moonraker15

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #21

    I think appointing close relatives or family members in important positions is a touch dodgy. In our case Douglas Hall was a prime example; Ashley surrounds himself with friends and cronies. I suspect because he wants to keep control as in the Lee Carsley situation.

    2
  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Is top goal scorer Hoser Loo ready to double up his goals total tomorrow? I hope so! Howay Hoser Loo!

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  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #23

    NY Mag
    Whatever
    but
    Ashley has relinquished his interst
    in Strawberry Place

    1
  • Moonraker15

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib
    @#20
    It was you that mentioned under investment and the club only at 30% of potential. What investment are you referring to if you’re happy with the squad quality?

    4
  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Mutomutomutomuto!!!

    0
  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #26

    What aboot Muto in behind Hoser Loo tomorrow? It’s mutovational!!!

    0
  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Approving Charnleys appointment of McClaren
    and backing them to the tune of over £70M.
    The fact that SM was a complete failure was
    hardly MA’s fault.

    3
  • Mag52

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #28

    Jib.

    It really doesn’t matter what I would like does it.
    My question should have been ‘who is to blame for our lack of investment in the team to the level that gives us a realistic chance of winning something this season, and that is in accordance with the promises regarding investment that he made to our manager.’

    3
  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #29

    No Perez to start tomorrow please Rafa. He’s been bollocks so far. Give him some Mutovation by sitting him on the bench!

    3
  • Moonraker15

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Jib
    Do you realise you just stated that appointing McClaren and giving him £70 million to spend was a good thing Ashley did. Haha please tell us the bad things then!

    1
  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #31

    By gum Klopp has LPool playing some
    lovely stuff

    1
  • NY Mag

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Jib,

    He hasn’t, that’s the point.
    The land was passed (legally) from a company that was a subsidiary of NUFC to a company that is a subsidiary of MASH holdings. He now directly owns the land, completely bypassing NUFC

    3
  • Oldgit1

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #33

    @ Jib sorry mate re your last post but none of the signings were McClarens these were purchased and agreed with by Ashley prior to McClaren appointment. Jon Jon and Saivet were proberly his.

    0
  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Fong the Chelski’s tomorrow!

    0
  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #35

    Moonraker15
    I repeat
    The fact that SM was a complete failure was
    hardly MA’s fault.
    You are a bit of a blinkered buffoon

    2
  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Oldgit1
    Who did and didn’t make the signings is hardly germane
    to the argument
    Ashley made the funds available

    2
  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2018 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #37

    We get on with it now with what we have. But no relaxing at all this season. Points are precious. We’ve already dropped two we needed against Cardiff.

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  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #38

    NY Mag
    Sorry you are wrong
    The land is owned by a Doncaster based
    property development company that MA
    has nowt to do with.

    1
  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Man City away in the league after Chelski. I don’t like it…

    0
  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #40

    On the one side we have the Ashley supporters
    who tell half truths – the arseholes Keys Gray and
    Allardyce.
    On the other
    we have the Ashley haters who operate the same
    way

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