There was just an excellent interview given by Jamie Harley, Newcastle’s Head of Sports Science, and he gave an in-depth interview in ChronicleLive for an in-depth interview and it was great reading.
It shows that Rafa – who has always been interested in technology for football purposes is applying the top technologies and the top people at Newcastle.
The article was published back on May 6th.
The players are subjected to blood tests to see what condition they are in and if any potential injuries are on the way.
Jamie Harley talks with Rafa Benitez
You can see Jamie in the dugout on match days
It’s just fascinating reading.
This is what Rafa has recently said in the Chronicle about the Head of Sports Science – Jamie Harley:
“I will give credit to Jamie because he did a good interview talking about everything we are doing,”
“I’m sure a lot of managers do similar things. But it is true we have a lot of things under control.”
“And the relationship between my coaching staff, the new coaching staff, the people who were here before, the medical staff – it’s a very good relationship and we talk all the time.”
“I remember the team, for two years in a row, were at the top for injuries in Premier League before I came.”
“But, after, we were the best team in the Championship in terms of injuries. And we have been around second, first, third for that in the Premier League this year.”
“When you have a cruciate ligament injury, you know it’s a long-term injury.”
“But we don’t have too many [soft-tissue injuries] and that is because the communication between everyone, and the effort they put in on that.”
“I come from Spain, I have a degree in physical education. We went to Italy. So we have seen things in a different way and a different level.”
“Then we have an idea and we try to follow this idea.”
“If you are doing the same thing all the time, it will be great doing this.”
“But we have been around, traveling, going to America and everywhere; every time we are traveling we learn something from someone.”
“We bring people here to give maybe three days of training to the physios, or three days with the fitness coaches, or we have new software from China.”
“We are open-minded and forward-thinking – and we have a good relationship with the people here before and the new people, too.”
If you want to read the excellent Chronicle Live interview with Jamie Harley in Chronicle Live – here it is.
Wonder when Newcastle are going to sign up Rafa Benitez for at the very least – another three years?