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Rafa Points To The Great Spirit In His Newcastle Side

Maybe some of our players are not the best in the world – but everyone in that side gives 100% in every game.

That’s one thing Rafa Benitez is emphatic about is that anybody who is not willing to give 100% in training and in games is given short shrift by the famous Spanish manager.

And that’s only one reason why Rafa is so well-liked by the Geordie faithful.

All they have ever asked from their team is they try to do their best and never give up.

That also happens to be one of Rafa’s motto for players.

We remember when former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said before a game against Rafa that the one thing you can be very sure about with a Rafa Benitez team is they never give up.

As we said before – we may not (yet?) have the best players in the world but players – epitomized by the likes of Lascelles, Ritchie, Rondon, Dummett, and Schar – to name only five.

But we do have players who play all out for the shirt in every single game.

Rafa Benitez – his players are playing for him and the Newcastle shirt

They are proud to play for Newcastle and they are the type of players Rafa continues to look for.

Rafa Benitez has talked to the Chronicle today and he points out how the side has changed from when he first took over just over three years ago:

“But you can see that against Tottenham we only had 10 players on the pitch and we beat them 5-1.”

“We were growing,”“Two years ago in the Championship, you could see the belief and togetherness in the team. Last season, to finish 10th was exactly the same.”

“The players care; they work hard for the shirt and for the fans.””The Everton game was another example.”

“These players work really hard. Without that spirit, we wouldn’t have won against Everton.”

Next game for Newcastle is (very) slowly coming up – and its next Monday night at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal.

It’s another game Rafa and our players will be hoping to win.

We have three wind and 10 points from our last five games.

If we can keep that up in the last 7 games and get 14 points – we’ll finish on 49 points for the season.

That would be excellent!

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 27, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Very true, some real battlers in our team now. 🙂

  • NY Mag

    Mar 27, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #2


    if you’re around….I know we had a discussion on this whole HMRC thing a while ago and we couldn’t figure out why the club was on the hook and exactly what it was being accused of, I found this from the transcript of the court case (that the club lost) with respect to the HMRC investigation :-

    “HMRC has been investigating whether arrangements between NUFC, football agents and players allow the player to evade liability for income tax and employee’s NICs, and NUFC to evade liability for employers’ NICs and to claim inflated VAT refunds. The investigation is known as “Operation Loom”. One of its objects is to ascertain whether payments made by NUFC to football agents purporting to act for NUFC were in fact being made or secretly transferred with the knowledge of NUFC to intermediate and ultimate recipients so as to benefit the player or the player’s agent. In such cases, that payment may be a benefit in kind to the player, an employee of NUFC, which NUFC must declare on a form P11D, and in respect of which NUFC must pay employer’s NICs, and the player must account for income tax and employee’s NICs (for which in many cases the club would in fact account pursuant to its contract with the player). Specific aspects of Operation Loom involved investigating whether the arrangements were structured so that a smaller fee appeared to be paid to the player’s agent and a larger fee to be paid to NUFC’s agent or, where a single agent represents both NUFC and the player, whether there has been a false attribution of the agent’s work such that an unjustifiable proportion of the fee is allocated as undertaken for NUFC; or whether NUFC secretly pays the player and/or his agent out of that larger fee.”

  • martoon

    Mar 27, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Cheers NY Mag – Although to be honest I didn’t realise there had been a court case and I don’t fully understand it but the gist seems to be as we said but that nufc were avoiding paying Employers NIC!

    I think it could be linked to this that I noticed in the Times the other day

  • Online Guy

    Mar 27, 2019 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #4

    The USA think they got it bad with Trump…he’s not a politician and there are those in the house that detest him ..It’s a case of be careful what you wish for..

    They could one day end up with Boris as Pres.

  • Online Guy

    Mar 27, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #5

    David Prentice ? , Liverpool Echo .

    Newcastle United a basket case of a club..? It’s a well run club , financially sound but bereft of ambition on the pitch because of the owner .

    Fantastic Football club ..held back by austerity football measures and people like Prentice who would hate it if Newcastle United had any success.

    He writes with forked tongue.


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