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Rafa – I Am Still A Young Manager And Want To Improve Every Day

Rafa Benitez has been on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek.

And we get a closer look at the man who is driven to succeed in football management.

Rafa has had a terrific career so far, and even though he has not been supported financially by Mike Ashley he has done so well on Tyneside.

To keep Newcastle in the Premier League is no mean feat with Mike Ashley still the owner.

We hope that will all change soon so that Rafa will stay at the club under new owners and he will be given the finances to build a top team.

Rafa Benitez – talking to Marco Silva last Wednesday

That’s what we’ve been hoping for since he arrived at the club on Friday, March 11th, 2016, to great fanfare.

This is some of what Rafa told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek:

“We like to keep updated all of the time.”

“I have good staff, always I try to bring someone younger than me, which is not difficult now, to help.”

“But the main thing is the passion that we have. I still think I am a young manager and I want to keep improving every day.”

“I am still a young manager but society has changed. With social networks, you need to know and use Instagram and Twitter or if not me, the players do and my family.”

“My daughter is always saying you are too old, but you have to keep updated.”

Rafa’s passion for the game rubs off on his players and notice he wants to improve every day.

There’s no limit to how good you can become in your profession if you have an attitude and character like Rafa Benitez – and the drive to succeed.

He’s not only an excellent manager but also a terrific person and perfect for Newcastle United.

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55 comments so far

  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    “catchy in norway – we have good players.”

    Most of them Benitez signings
    You were slagging him off for buying crap
    a few weeks ago
    The essential attribute for good wummery
    is an excellent memory you fcuking berk

  • carltoon

    Dec 11, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Catchy we have got a few good players but in the premium League you need excellent players and good back ups, like most teams in the league who improve their squad while we never push on from lack of investment.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 11, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    i think super obsessive catchy will only ever be happy when people have a go at Rafa. Otherwise he seems pretty redundant and just sounds like a spiteful little biatch who the other children won’t play with. Was never here when we won 3 on the spin. How odd. Imagine though, Catchy wanted / s in no particular order OGS, MClaren and Martin O’Neil. Cue me now being called a retard in catchy’s own inimitable charming way.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 11, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4


    I have said he spent a lot of money, and the only players i would not have bought were Joselu, Murphy and Atsu, as i thought they were either not good enough or we had better.

    to many on here judge our players by price, and say our net spend means we bought crap. I only look at ability.

    i dont and never have rated Lascelles, not as a footballer or captain, he is great though at talking to the press, but his positioning is poor, and his passing is terrible, esp for some of our fans to rate him at england level.

    i think its an important poll that Ed is running about the CB, i have Lascelles on par with Clarke, behind Ferandez, Schar and Lejeune, but dont see Lascelles ever being dropped.

    Im not a fan of perez in the no 10 role, but i think he is not a bad striker, but i wouldn’t say he is a 15 goal a year striker either.

    most of all i dislike the poor football we play, i struggle to watch it, i dont understand why anyone defends it when they slated others for less

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 11, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #5


    id take all three of them over Rafa..

    at least i might get to see some football.


  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Rafa has dropped Lascelles a couple of times
    You are clearly not a Mag

  • kc2012

    Dec 11, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #7


    And who do you suggest we get in to replace Rafa then? Our performances in most games have deserved wins or atleast draws and the only time I can remember us being really outplayed this season and losing was against Leicester. Not many teams with our net spend would push City like we did (Look at Cardiff’s etc result at city for example), should’ve got 3 points at Chelsea, Man United (robbed by refs), totally outplay Arsenal until a forced defensive change, match Spurs for 90 Mins, beat 2 clubs in the top 7 back to back. For Me and probably most Newcastle fans, Rafa has his tactics spot on considering the conditions he’s forced to operate in. As I’ve said numerous times, our performances have been a lot better than results suggest and by My calculation we’ve been robbed of atleast 8-10 points this season which would have us on 21-23 and around the top 8.

    Not bad going for a poor manager operating with his hands tied in double knots behind his back whilst making his team pass backwards is it.

    Be careful what you wish for.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 11, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    I think Rafa will learnt a lot managing Newcastle United
    In the past he was able to buy who he wanted probably why there was so much churn ie Liverpool – I think he signed about 70 players while there.

    He has had to work with and manage with ‘poorer’ plsys

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 11, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9

    and mould a team that works together without any prima-donnas. And these players have listened and learned a lot from him and he has most likely learnt a lot from them

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 11, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #10


    Dec 11, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6
    Well Sunday was devastating. Only just managing to sit back up in bed because maybe going wasn’t the brightest thing to do. ?
    That said, I enjoyed the game. Until the last minute at least.
    We were certainly the better side for most of the first half and played some nice football, reacting really well to going a goal down by striking back quickly.
    I have no doubt that with eleven men on the pitch we would’ve won that game comfortably.
    The most annoying thing about the red card was their player committed the original foul, pulling back on Yeddlin’s arm, but Mike Dean was so far back he missed it.
    Even so, we held on comfortably with ten men for most the second half and then should’ve won it with a blatant penalty, but we don’t get much luck do we!. Elbow – WALLOP. Didn’t even stop it for a head injury.
    Mike ‘I have to be the most important person on display in every game or else’ Read, seeking Centre stage yet again. How did he miss that elbow?
    Not often you hear Rafa have a go at the ref so says it all really.
    Ideally Yeddlin should’ve let him go through and rely on Dubs to get him out the mire, but it was instinctive I suppose. We came back once, could’ve done so again IMHO – if they’d scored.
    Thought my motm Rondon was immense again. If he had better support up front we’d be fine, let’s hope we can get someone in January – Santa Clause is real, right?. Gonna be a tough old week on my body but got time to recover before the next game at least.
    The things we do for love eh? Starting to question my sanity though.


  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2018 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Mike Read is refereeing now
    Just as well – he was a shite DJ

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 11, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    You know we’ve lost, the divvie’s back. Never a peep when we win, at least others post win lose or draw.
    We don’t actually care who you would want. You’re not a member and it is a club – the clue is in the name actually.
    We’ve all had managers we don’t like, but you get behind the team regardless. I think you actually believe you know more about the game than a football legend, which is actually hilarious. None of us do. That’s why he earns £6m a year and we don’t.
    Get over it ffs. He can only work with what he has. Strange how when he’s backed he’s won virtually every trophy possible.
    You hide when we win and gob off when we lose. You’re incredibly boring and predictable. And clueless to boot.

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 11, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Yes, well Jib, I’m suffering here mate. 🙂 I was thinking comedian and that came up!!! I’m on these weird tablets v that say ‘one in ten, severe memory loss’. It driving me nuts mate. 🙂 Honestly, I struggle to remember names, places, stuff like that. It’s quite scary to be honest, I thought I had alzhiemers at first until our lass read the bumf on them.
    Funny at times, but worrying at other times.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 11, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #14

    kc2012 “And who do you suggest we get in to replace Rafa then?”

    That, right there, is the single question catchy will not answer. I think he admitted he’d quite like Pep at one point….

    Bobby, you’re a trooper, people like you are the heart and soul of our club. I’d tell you that the pain isn’t worth it, but you and I both know that’s not true.

    Hope you feel better soon. I hear there’s an away trip to the Mackems coming up….

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 11, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Still, you know who I mean – the joker with the whistle. Must’ve been thinking about Runaround. Comedian, running around, getting everything wrong. Not long ago I got another two ref’s, mixed up who look nowt like each other! 🙂
    Haven’t slept more than three hours since Sunday anyway, surprised I’m functioning at all tbh.
    Big mistake thinking I could make the game like. Still, not going to regret it now am I? Look a right Pillock if I do lmao! Dean, Dean Dean. I’ll get it right eventually.

  • scott

    Dec 11, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Come on catchy

    Put your head on the block,give us you top 3 managers ( that WOULD come & work in these conditions) to replace Rafa!!!
    If as expected you won’t do this il never read a word you post & put you in the same category as Froggy & simply skip past your posts!!
    Come on time to back up your comments!

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 11, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Rob, as it’s not much further to Sunlun than the Toon from here, I’m thinking of going to that. See how I am obviously, but just the thought of being there if we beat them with wor bairns is just temptation beyond belief. 🙂
    Wor lass might put her foot down and tbf I won’t go against her wishes, but it’s so hard to resist.
    Sunday was too early after the fracture if I’m honest but I still enjoyed it, just the last couple of days, have been really hard. I’m actually in agony all over again.
    Still, I knew it before I went so nobody to blame but myself. The older we get, the dafter we get and never let anybody tell ye different mate.

  • geordietom

    Dec 11, 2018 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #18

    Changes to Newcastle United constitution prove false dawn for fans hoping Mike Ashley is leaving The Mag 09:47

  • lesh

    Dec 11, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #19


    Jeez, I must say your devotion to the cause is commendable but maybe it’s time to get in touch with the club and make alternative arrangements to make attending SJP more comfortable. Under the circumstance, you might be able to persuade Miley boy to enable a change mid season.

    You put the fickle, whining ‘fans’ to shame and your loyalty’s admirable

  • the ledge

    Dec 11, 2018 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #20

    F##king hell lads keep it down!
    The bloody bellend scrappy has risen!

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 11, 2018 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #21

    geordietom, I’m not sure it’s a false dawn – essentially it puts in place a structure to expand the Directors to a board of up to 10. This means that a potential buyer could put their own board in place as soon as they take over, which is a hurdle out of the way.

    So, maybe not the end game we were hoping for, but maybe a step along the road.

    I think the timing is interesting – the articles were signed in August, but only just submitted. The question here is ‘why now?’.

    The Mag are notoriously negative and their writers don’t always consider all the angles, in my experience. You get a more balanced selection of viewpoints on here.

  • geordietom

    Dec 11, 2018 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #22

    rob …

    i hear what your saying …

    just think us wanting rid of ASHLEY asap … but it aint gonna happen overnight…

    these things take time …

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Does it matter who he wants? No manager worth his, salt will work for Ashley now which is why he probably realises if he doesn’t sell soon his investment will be worthless.
    I despise Gareth Southgate, think he’s a weak yes man, but do I want England to win? Course I do. Nor do I bring it up every post about England.
    I hated a couple of out managers, but did I stop going to games? No. Because I support the team and want them to do well. Hoping we lose so I could gloat never would cross my mind. Nor should it to any proper fan.
    I’m not the biggest fan of Perez but was delighted he scored on Sunday. Its not about individuals it’s about the team. So you don’t like Rafa. Who’d have thought it, never heard you day so before, but you can still get behind the team and stop gloating when we lose. It’s beyond childish.
    We won’t get a better manager in most of our lifetime and keeping us up last season was a minor miracle, doing so again will be a major one.
    We can’t all have what we want out of life and only children sulk when they can’t. Put your personal animosity aside for the sake of the team and people can then talk to you on a sensible level. No wonder other fans, call us entitled. Most clubs would swap Rafa at the drop of a hat because they know that with adequate backing, he’ll win things. Only one man to blame for our troubles and it ain’t Rafa.
    And in that I got to lie down again. 🙂 Love to say ‘teach me a lesson’ but I know it won’t. Later lads.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #24

    It actually looks like I was wrong – I had heard that the max cap had increased but it’s been a busy morning and I hadn’t had chance to check it out myself.

    It looks like the max cap of ten was already in place, it’s the minimum number which has been reduced so Lee Charnley can run the business on his own in law as well as in fact.

    That’s quite interesting in itself, though.

    Still, as before the question remains ‘why now?’.

  • Dragon64

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #25

    bloody hell ppl been getting out the wrong side of the best this morning chill out

  • geordietom

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #26

    now the chronicle are saying …

    the changes AT COMPANIES HOUSE is all to do with BOB MONCUR leaving the club …

    but me being me i still think all this take over talk is the END GAME for ASHLEY…

  • barkel

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #27

    I could see a situation where a group may invest in the club with a minority share now with a view to taking over the club once our stay in the premier league is confirmed

  • Dragon64

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #28

    at the end of the day it is anyone’s guess as to what is going on with takeover if its happening or what. nothing we can do or say will change until fat twat has left the building sooner rather than later just have to wait and see

  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #29

    The Chronic is babbling
    I’m quite shocked at their ignorance !
    Why didn’t they change the articles ?


    Mort left in 2008
    Wise left in 2009
    and Llambias left in 2013


  • Dragon64

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #30

    doesn’t matter what papers say I’ve stopped reading them utter trash the lot of them takeover will be done when fat boy says so. lets just hope he’s not winding everyone up again???

  • geordietom

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #31

    jib …

    i think all the news papers know as much as we do …

    which is didley squat …

    they are just filling space on the rags … click bait …springs to mind…

  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #32


  • kc2012

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #33

    Comment 14

    Exactly mate. The guys clueless and clearly not an ounce of actual football knowledge in general.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib, geordietom don’t know if you saw NY Mag post on this but he said the last time the Articles were changed was in 2007 when Ashley took over, but that it was the Plc articles which were changed, presumably as that was the NUFC operating company at the time.

    Just another interesting snippet really.

  • geordietom

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #35

    years when i live at CAMBOIS ( blyth ) …

    i used to take my son fishing off the beach… one freezing cold sunday … we got to the beach got everything sorted …cast my rod in the north sea … 10 mins later a got a bite …struggled for 30 mins to bring the fish in …it was a15 pound haddock… got it up onto the beach …i cut its gut open … all these syringes fell out of the fishes gut…

    my son said DAD what sort of fish is that …

    i turned around and said its a DRUG HADDOCK…

  • geordietom

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #36


  • geordietom

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #37

    ROB …
    i did see ny mags post …

    cheers for getting back to me mate…

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #38

    So I’m guessing it was squeals of delight from the valleys and fjords when Wolves grabbed the late winner?

  • martoon

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #39

    So am I understanding this correctly that when we refer to the Newcastle Board it now consists of 1 person – LC?
    So now they can have Board Meetings in a telephone box – a good saving for MA 😀

  • Nostra Magpie

    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #40

    I see Catchys back, lol. Should it not be Catchy in Monkwearmouth.


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