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Rafa Remains Upbeat But He Has A Huge Management Challenge This Season

Rafa Benitez remained upbeat after the game yesterday and he had prepared the ream so well to play Manchester United yesterday.

And with a bit of luck – we could have added to our score in the first half – but we still ended up losing 3-2 with all three goals conceded in the final 20 minutes of the game.

We have now lost by a single goal to five of the top six teams in the league and lost six of our first eight games.

Rafa must keep the confidence of the side high and start to win some games soon.

Easier said than done.

Rafa Benitez yesterday

There were signs yesterday that Rafa’s coaching and man-management is starting to have a positive effect.

If he could get some help from the owner it would be a lot less difficult for the manager.

If Rafa keeps us up this season let’s remember where we are now – and think what this man could do with a couple of world-class players in the side.

This is what Rafa said after the game as reported in the Chronicle:

“Everybody was disappointed in the dressing room, but I told them we cannot complain about we did.”

“We cannot get upset because we did so well for a while, and we deserved more.”

“We have played against five of the top six already.”

“Last year, we were in the bottom five teams in the table in December, and still we finished tenth.”

“This year, hopefully, it will be the same.”

“I said before the game they (Man United) are a good team, and they will be competing at the top of the table.”

“So it is a pity not to win.”

This was a tough defeat to take.

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6 comments so far

  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2018 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #1

    MotD just starting

  • kimbo

    Oct 7, 2018 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Matt Ritchie hang your head in shame. You cannot defend and you cannot cross the ball so what the f**k can you do.

  • magscar

    Oct 7, 2018 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #3

    REPOST sorry Jail but it took time- Ed’s buses a bit erratic these days 🙂


    Oct 7, 2018 at 8:51 AM
    Comment #9

    Several posters are advocating the appointment of a young attack minded manager as a replacement for Rafa.

    I had a ST through the Entertainers under KK first time around and who wouldn’t want to re-live the entertainment and excitement that era brought. No trophies but the best football in my lifetime as a supporter.

    Of course it wasn’t built on a shoestring – ignoring the World Record fee for Shearer imagine Ashley being convinced to buy a Beardsley in his 30’s some 10 years after he had left us in his prime for a sum that would be the equivalent of afee in region of £20M. He did it because he saw it would bring out the best of Andy Cole score goals himself and to persuade John Hall wh was less than convinced told him the Mackems were going to buy him!

    OK enough with the history lesson but it has a bearing.

    KK was here because he saw in the struggling club he was parachuted into ( near bottom of Second Division – Championshion in new money and weeks away from a likely relegation) a former giant with everything there for it’s renaissance as long as someone with inspiration and another with money could work together.

    Now we have a Rafa figure not cut from same cloth as KK but a highly respected manager who saw similar signs so clearly that he approached the Club not the other way round. I am sure he saw what he would have to deal with – just not the full extent until he got to sit in the seat.He will never be a KK in his approach as they have different football philosopies .

    Posters can talk about likes of Eddie Howe ( a good up coming manager probably having taken Bournemouth as far as they can go in this current PL) but it isn’t simply about his (or a similar British or Foreign manager) credentials but about 2 other essential qualities

    Does he want to be here to see a job through that will take some years as there is no quick fix ( perhaps 1 season as under Pardew but not sustainable) or is it stepping stone to a bigger job.

    Secondly and tied into the first – can he work continually under the pressures, restrictions, frustrations imposed by current owner and take him and those who act as “the conduit” on day after day, week after week, season after season whilst fighting fires constantly.

    This is a unique attractive job but at this stage of the Club under Ashley bearing in mind what has gone before I can’t think of another manager who could match Rafa in what he has done and continue to do in a holistic sense. – rebuild a club even KK couldn’t second time around

    Yes there are managers who under different kinder circumstances might deliver some better football but with a committmnet to club and an ability to work under sustained pressure, face the press with a smile, and stay even when the future seems even more trying?

    There is currently only Rafa – warts and all that can match the uniqueness of the job right now.

    Any new appointment is likely to have a honeymoon period but do even those calling for it really believe that there is a manager out there with the desire, commitment and more importantly the ability to work consistently under the restrictions even pundits and national press are begining to accept are real.

    I don’t. Rafa is the man for the times we find ourselves in

  • toon kk

    Oct 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Best to enjoy this season as much as possible, hard I know with a under par squad and negative tactics. Yesterday we played a good game and were eventually outclassed. If we play with as much determination we have a chance of staying up otherwise we’ll be back in the championship a league we’re more suitable for tbh under MA.

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 7, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Good points magscar..
    I am convinced we will never rise above very mediocre as long as Ashley is in control, with Rafa or without. His priorities lie everywhere else but in the football club, that is now crystal clear.

  • jarra mick

    Oct 7, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Rafa out before it’s too late, get Eddie Howe in now while there is a 2 week break.


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