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Rafa Benitez builds on rapport as he inivites Newcastle fans in for a chat and a tour

5 years ago

Rafa Benitez shows no signs of slowing down in his attempt to pull Newcastle United out of the very deep mire that Mike Ashley and his minions had plunged the club into.

Results on the pitch are of course the main show in town and the team look to be increasingly getting it together with every match, a four game winning run culminating in the best performance of the season so far when beating Brighton 2-0.

It is still a work in progress but integrating so many new players into the team was always going to take time, as well as of course dealing with the many departures and seeing how the holes are best filled.

Of course it is still less than a week ago since the transfer window closed in the aftermath of over 40 various comings and goings at first team level and below, Rafa Benitez also overseeing this transformation of the club at all levels in terms of playing staff.

On top of all this, Rafa also instigated a cup competition for schoolchildren hosted by the club’s foundation and then appeared at the latest NUFC Fans Forum, spending time with the supporters present for an informal chat and answering their questions.

Following on from that, it has been revealed that the Newcastle boss invited in a group of supporters yesterday (Tuesday) for a tour of the training complex.

Rather than putting his feet up in advance of the international players returning this midweek, Rafa Benitez spent around four hours explaining  to the fans what has been happening at the club since he took over and the improvements that have been made at the training ground and elsewhere.

Outgoing Fans Forum member Taylor Payne described it as ‘an amazing experience’ and that ‘what is absolutely abundantly clear is that he gets Newcastle United 100% and sees the potential of the club’.

Rafa talked to the fans present but also more importantly, wanted to listen to what their views were on the club.

Taylor Payne also highlighted how Rafa Benitez even gave the supporters ‘a tactics masterclass using the white board and explained how to properly defend set pieces using a chair’.

Let’s hope the players are soaking up the benefit of Rafa Benitez’ expertise as much as the Newcastle fans who were present yesterday clearly did.


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