After watching Newcastle lose to Huddersfield and then Rafa Benitez’ post-match reaction, Ruud Gullit is worried both by the manager’s words and body language.

Describing Huddersfield as all pulling together and looking fresh, able to play with no pressure, Gullit thinks it is very different for Newcastle. Believing that the players are struggling to make any impact so far and Rafa looks far from happy, with not the right ‘chemistry’ within the United set-up.

As for body language, Ruud Gullit has a dire take on it, suggesting that Rafa Benitez is really showing his disappointment at the way things have gone and that language telling the Dutchman ‘I don’t know if I can get it better than this?’.

Whatever we think of Gullit’s disastrous management style when at St James Park, you can’t surely argue when he says Newcastle desperately ‘need some creativity’.

He and Shearer have already kissed and made up long ago and Ruud Gullit also spoke very passionately about the Newcastle fans and that they ‘deserve a good team’.

When presenter of MOTD 2, Mark Chapman, said that surely all fans feel they deserve a good team and Newcastle supporters are no different, Gullit snapped back…

‘No, I have been there. They are so loyal, they only want to have a feeling  to be proud of their team, so they can cheer every week. So give it to them’.

Ruud Gullit speaking on MOTD 2:

“Huddersfield come there fresh, they have no pressure.

“They have the first result (3-0 win at Palace) and everybody is saying what the hell happened there?

“Then they come here (v Newcastle) and they play with freedom. If you see Mooy today, you follow him and it was an unbelievable display, Mounie another good player.

“If you see the players of Newcastle

“I don’t know, I don’t think they made an impact at the moment. 

“If you see Benitez, his reaction after the game, are you happy? It doesn’t look like there is a chemistry.

“Rafa’s body language is that he is disappointed and it is almost like – I don’t know if I can get it better than this?

“It is going to be a hard time, they still have a week and a half of this transfer window.

“They need some creativity, need some players who can take you by the hand.

Newcastle, they deserve a good team.

“These fans are fantastic,they come and cheer their team on, they deserve a good team.”

(Mark Chapman) ‘But all fans feel they deserve that?’

“No, I have been there.

“They are so loyal, they only want to have a feeling to be proud of their team, so they can cheer every week.

“So give it to them.”



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Doom & Gloom on a Monday morning is going to be state normal this season.
    i don`t care what anyone says if this keeps up it’s Adios Amigos

    • Leazes Ender

      Suicide Monday.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Yip

  • Leazes Ender

    Does this look like a Benitez team?….. it doesn’t even look like a Pardew team?

  • HarryHype59

    I like Gullit on MOTD.

    • Rich Lawson

      Me to,it was one of his best performances,he made Jenas look embarrassed and out of his depth,as did the live tweets on his comments.

  • Geordiegiants

    How has it come to this? We probably have our weakest/cheapest squad under Ashleys reign right now. Why did he even bother bringing Rafa in?

    • Alex

      Always been obvious – merely used Rafa to get back to the money tree of the EPL. Now we’re back, Ashley reverts to type. How did anyone expect anything other than that?

  • Steve Pearce

    See my previous comment!

    So if we get knocked out of the EFL and we lose our next Premiership game its sod NUFC and I’ll start enjoying life….

    • Geordiegiants

      I have the same thoughts, but while Rafa is here I’ll do my best to keep the faith.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Ruud,of course Rafa is finding it hard not to show his disappointment,if somebody kicked me in the [email protected] I’d have a hard time not showing my feelings either.

    • Geordiegiants

      You are right about that, he isn’t happy, the last thing we need is the fans getting on his back though like some of these lot on here.

  • anyobrien

    Rafas negative tactics are sh*te…. One doon away to Huddersfield with half hour gone…… Should of went all out attack…. Your losing anyway so might aswell have a crack at it.

    • Geordiegiants

      Bring back Pinocchio???

      • anyobrien

        Yeah good one.yawn.. Rafa is not beyond criticism you know he has and will make mistakes, and people can and will have opinions on him.

        • Geordiegiants

          Yeah he does make mistakes, I’m one of the first to admit that, he is like every single other human being in this world, he isn’t perfect. The thing is he makes more correct decisions than wrong, that is why he is one of the best football coaches in Europe, probably the world.
          So as far as having a pop at his “sh*te tactics” go, I suggest you look at the bigger picture and not just one game.

          • anyobrien

            I watched all last season from the east stand and imo a paying fan I find playing one up front against the likes of wigan, burton, blackburn etc negative and boring…. Away from home it worked a treat… But like many other fans who attended found it frustrating to say the least… He did a great job last season yes but surely one nil doon away to the mighty Huddersfield he could of went a little crazy and went 2 up top he could of even went 3 we were one behind they would of had to contain us and gave them something to think about. I understand he needs players in but let’s see if he can manage, organise and unite this lot…. It could be his greatest achievement ever.

          • Geordiegiants

            He won the league last year, what more do people want? It’s about the long game with Rafa. It definetly will be his greatest achievement if he manages it, but he will do it his way, his tried and tested method that has served him so well for years. You may not like his style, but it’s more successful than any other manger we have had in my life time.

          • anyobrien

            Agree but some do have an opinion that his style of play is negative, four lads from Liverpool who I became friends with after a rare away win back in the 80s when Willie was gafa. said you won’t like his style of football but it’s effective… I’m due to meet them this season and I’m sure we’ll have plenty to discuss.

          • Geordiegiants

            I don’t think there is a single football fan that doesn’t prefer attractive football, but would people of preferred us just missing out last season with exciting attractive football, or going up as champions with a more organised style? Think back to 94 and I’m sure the answer would strike everyone that has been there. Also ask any Liverpool fan if they would of changed their style in 2005.