The impact of Rafa Benitez

Written by Dan Young

Since Arriving at Newcastle on the 11th March 2016, Rafa Benitez has managed to turn Newcastle United around despite getting relegated. The Spaniard managed to go 6 games undefeated at the end of the season, and some very strong  performances giving the Toon Army something to be optimistic about next season.

I think half of the hope of Newcastle getting promoted next season will be with be down to Benitez staying on. Unlike previous managers he got the players, actually playing. He got them playing as a team with a greater sense of team unity on the pitch. We could make a simple pass and we could score goals. Under Pardew, Carver and McClaren there was always a sense of defeatism around the club. The fans new that as soon as two goals were conceded the plan was damage limitation and game over. Not with Benitez, coming back from a goal or two down in games like Man City and Liverpool to pick up very good points.

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Another impact Benitez has had, is on the fans. He’s given the fans hope, hope that we may see another side like The entertainers of Kevin Keegan. He harmonised the team and it could be seen clearly in those final few games. The players want to play for him, something not seen under McClaren earlier in the season. This has rallied the supporters which then has a positive impact on the players.

With the sense of defeatism gone and the players playing a lot better under Benitez, who has a much better win percentage than both Carver and McClaren, then the future looks bright for the club should he remain in charge, especially if Benitez can utilise some of the young talent coming on show with the flourishing  Armstrong amongst others.

What do you think Newcastle fans? Let us know in the comments below!

featured image by Ronnie Macdonald