Rob Elliot has given an insight into life under Rafa Benitez.
Currently on the sidelines, Elliot played the first two matches under the new manager before succumbing to injury whilst on international duty.
When preparing for games, Rob Elliot says that under Rafa Benitez the players ‘don’t train loads’ and instead it is ‘all tactical, all technical’, with the new manager trying to make sure ‘everybody knows their jobs inside out’.
The United keeper also revealed that Rafa eased the pressure when arriving, by saying he wouldn’t be surprised if Newcastle didn’t win straight away in the initial games and that the important thing was not to panic and that the team simply needed ‘to keep believing’.
We are all believing now and just hope Newcastle didn’t leave it too late in appointing Benitez.
Rob Elliot talking to BBC Sport:
“I think since he has come in, his calmness, his experience, everything is just based on the next game coming up.
“We don’t train loads, it’s all tactical, all technical, all making sure everybody knows their jobs inside out and making us as solid as possible.
“I think the biggest thing is that against two big teams, (Manchester) City, and Liverpool, we have gone behind but we still had the structure, the character, to come back and get points, where we probably wouldn’t have done previously. So, his calming influence is definitely something that has helped.
“When he first came in, he did say ‘Look, you might not win the first couple but we will get there, we need to keep believing’.
“It’s actually come true because we didn’t win the first couple under him but picked up a point against Sunderland, then more points along the road.”