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Mourinho On Benitez – He’s One Of The Big Managers And Knows What’s Needed

Jose Mourinho has said that what Rafa was saying in the summer – that it was going to be difficult for Newcastle this season – is proving itself true.

Newcastle have just 2 points from our first 8 games, and we had 11 points at the same stage last season.

Jose and Rafa have been rivals for a long-term and have been winning trophies since 16 years ago.

Jose has continued to win trophies over the last few years, but Rafa is at Newcastle.

And the top manager seems to be stuck in limbo along with our Newcastle team.

Two old foes – Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez on Saturday

Rafa is not getting the investment from the owner that he needs to build a top team anytime soon at Newcastle.

And we know this could be his final full season of three at St. James’ Park.

This is what the Manchester United manager said after the game:

“Well, I think their manager said in the pre-season period that their season was not going to be an easy one.”

“And the majority of the times the managers are right with their feelings.”

“Rafa is one of the big ones.”

“He knows perfectly his job and his team, and I think when he plays against the bigger teams, it gets easier for them.

“Because then he can organize the team perfectly by the defensive point of view.”

“The world is full of top managers but not many have the trophies, and Rafa has the trophies.”

Ashley doesn’t think the club will be sold this season.

So he will have a difficult job of persuading Rafa that he will change his ways and start giving him big money to spend on players in future transfer windows.

That’s not going to happen.

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5 comments so far

  • Jib

    Oct 8, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    If Rafa can be persuaded to stay
    and we improve the facilities and
    develop a good academy.
    I could handle Ashley being more
    parsimonious than the top six.
    Regardless of the drivel spouted
    by some posters I prefer the evidence
    of my own eyes.
    In the main Rafa’s teams are good to watch
    (the best under the current ownership)
    certainly not hoofball sides as some idiots
    trot out.

    Rafa continuing to make silk purses out of
    sows ears can be a joy to watch.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 8, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #2

    You keep going on about Murphy, we paid 12M in the time when transfers have gone crazy, Man U paid 38M for Martial, 17M for Depay who hasn’t worked out. Leicester have just paid 25M for Maddison who luckily for them has worked out. How can you slate the manager for Atsu when he wanted the more expensive, but not bank busting Townsend at 13/16M.

  • Sav

    Oct 8, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Mourinho is right. Rafa will not remain satisfied with survival or being messed about by a liar for the price of a pizza and a week on the Costa del Sol. What an insult to a great manager who continues to act with grace and dignity under these circumstances having to work through ‘conduits’ like Barnes. It is up to the fans to change the owner. No one else can. He has to be made to see that we have had enough and clinging on to NUFC is detrimental to his financial interests. With all the TV and transfer money he had trousers it won’t be easy. We need to be United.

  • Sav

    Oct 8, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    ‘has trousered’

  • Toon&oot

    Oct 8, 2018 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #5

    You talk about Drivel Spouted.

    Just some examples from your last post that I believe confirm your clueless.

    “We improve the facilities and develop a good Academy”. (Not going to happen). You state you prefer to use your own eyes to judge performances which under Rafa are really good as he “continues to turn out silk purses from sows ears”. Have you looked at the league table you numpty. There’s plenty of bacon about but not much silk fella. Do me a favour, open you eyes find a gun and pull the trigger!


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