Rafa Benitez is looking at every aspect of Newcastle United as he attempts to turn around years of neglect at the club.
Whilst the first team is of course the overwhelming priority, the Newcastle boss is also being proactive in putting down some foundations to try and ensure the future health of the club.
To that end, Wednesday saw Rafa Benitez invite the coaching staff from the NUFC Academy to the first team training centre, as he works to get his coaching philosophy ingrained throughout Newcastle United.
The coaches watched the morning training session, with Rafa Benitez talking them through the various drills, explaining how he plans and executes his sessions.
Rafa then put on an extra theory session with all the coaches in the Club’s strategy room, with the express aim of sharing his expertise and aligning training methods throughout the Club to ensure that all players are fully acquainted with Rafa’s coaching practices as they progress through the ranks.
The Ashley regime has seen Newcastle drift from season to season, with seemingly the only aim being to survive another year in the Premier League, the long-term future of the club given zero consideration.
That approach has of course failed on all fronts, with two relegations within seven years plus of course no progress on any long-term strategy.
That Rafa Benitez is instigating this despite all the pressures that go with relegation, tells you everything about his professionalism and hopefully hints at the possibility that Rafa aims to stay beyond his initial three year contract.
“It’s important when you have a lot of experience as a coach and manager to pass on your knowledge and techniques to others, especially within the Club.
“Joe Joyce, Peter Beardsley, Ben Dawson and myself have agreed it would be useful to give them my thoughts to help them develop and also to create a consistent approach to training throughout the club, from the Academy right through to the first team.
“That is important for the development of our young players, to have this consistent approach in the way they are coached – something that runs throughout the players’ development at our Club.”
Academy Chief Joe Joyce:
“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to take our coaches up to the first team Training Centre to work with Rafa and his staff and we are very appreciative of the opportunity afforded to us.
“It was a great learning experience for us, both in the sessions with the first team squad and then afterwards with Rafa explaining and outlining his coaching methods to the group.”