There’s a lengthy interview in the FourFourTwo magazine for November, and we covered some of Robert Kenedy’s comments yesterday.
In this segment, Kenedy reveals how a compassionate fan cheered him up big time after he had missed that last-minute penalty at Cardiff City and we are still ey to win a game – but hopefully that will come shortly.
Kenedy is full of class, but he is not consistent and drifts out of games at times.
But he says Rafa is working closely with him to make him a better player and the manager talks to the 22-year-old constantly.
Kenedy – in action against Leicester City
We don’t know who that fan is who talked to Kenedy after the Cardiff game and give him a big hug – but it was just “a great thing” for the youngster:
Here is Kenedy talking to FourFourTwo magazine about the Cardiff City game:
“It was definitely one of my most difficult games.”
“However I prefer to focus on a great thing that happened to me that day.”
“Afterwards, even though my performance had been poor, a Newcastle fan came up to me and gave me a hug.”
“He just told me to keep my head high because those kind of things happen to everyone.”
“He also reminded me that it wasn’t the first time a player had missed a penalty, and it wouldn’t be the last time.”
“I found it so friendly from him to have such positive words after a tough result. That’s how I get strength to move on and improve from bad days.”
“The Newcastle fans are just amazing,” he says.
“I keep saying that actually, it’s me who is the fan of them, not the other way around.”
“They’ve been treating me well from my first day at the club. They’re all crazy about football, believe me.”
“I’m happy to play for them and grateful for everyone’s affection and effort to make me feel at home. Our stadium is always full and they support us with incredible passion.”
“They make the team stronger at home. I remember when I came here to play for Chelsea during my first season in England it was a 2-2 draw and I was impressed with the atmosphere at St James’ Park.”
“Then when the opportunity to join Newcastle on loan came my way, I immediately thought back to that experience.”
“It played a huge part in my decision to play for the club, no doubt about that.”
“There’s no doubt he (Rafa) can improve a player, and I believe he’s keen to improve me.”
“He’s always talking to me and giving me little bits of advice. He reminds me about the importance of learning English, and I know he’s right.”
“We have a good relationship and it’s been very nice working with him. Rafa’s a winner and knows much about football.”
“He’s one of the best managers in the game, too, so I’m lucky to work with a top-notch coach.”
Kenedy has not been in top form this season, but there again not many Newcastle players have been – so far.
The latest FourFourTwo magazine features the interview in full and is out now at £4.99.