There’s an excellent article in the Chronicle today with comments on the various managers in the Premier League being collected and the managers are also rated on how well they have performed as managers this season.
As you may expect the top clubs’ managers are near the top of the list:
Pep Guardiola (Man City 2)
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool 1)
Mauricio Pochettino (Spurs 3)
Nuno Espirito Santo (Wolves 9).
Rafa Benitez (Newcastle 13).
The number in brackets is the club’s current position the Premier League.
Rafa Benitez – ranks highly as one of the best managers in England
So far Rafa Benitez has done another sterling job at Newcastle with little financial help from owner Mike Ashley.
Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez have visions which are almost polar opposites when it comes to what they want to do at Newcastle.
Rafa wants to build Newcastle into a top team that can win trophies.
Ashley wants to keep Newcastle in the Premier League at the least cost possible to the club and himself.
This is what has been written about Rafa’s performance today quoting various regional journalists:
Rafa Benitez (Newcastle) 5
His CV speaks for itself and after delivering trophies at Valencia, Liverpool, Chelsea, Napoli and Newcastle he is now delivering minor miracles on a shoestring budget for the Magpies.
Tyrone Marshall (MEN senior football writer):
Has kept Newcastle in the Premier League despite Mike Ashley’s woeful ownership and a squad that looks like it should be in the Championship. Achieved success at Liverpool and Chelsea in the Premier League as well.
David Prentice (Liverpool Echo sports editor):
No-one on Merseyside needs reminding of his tactical genius and his ability to produce a team greater than the sum of its parts.
(He won the Champions League with a squad containing Djimi Traore, Josemi and Tony Le Tallec!).
He has kept the basket case of the club which is Newcastle in the Premier League, on a shoestring.
Still one of Europe’s top coaches.
Mark Douglas (Newcastle United Editor for Chronicle Live):
Is there a manager doing more with less? Benitez’s NUFC had a horrific start but are now flying and it’s all down to his skilful management and supreme tactical nous. Surely safe now.
Mel Booth (Huddersfield Town Editor for Examiner Live):
Considering all the off-field distractions at Newcastle United, he has done a remarkable job and looks like keeping them up once again. His career coaching record speaks for itself and always conducts himself with dignity.
Alex Dicken (Birmingham Live football writer):
Similarly to Nuno, Benitez is getting the most out of his group of players. Benitez’s job has been made incredibly tough by owner Mike Ashley, yet he continues to lead Newcastle to better-than-expected finishes.
What’s that about the basket case of the club which is Newcastle?
Which reminds us – wonder when Mike Ashley will sell Newcastle and put the fans out of their misery?
Rafa is like gold to Newcastle and Ashley must sign him up for a long term deal this summer.
That will be the best thing he’s ever done at Newcastle.
Comments always welcome.