Jamie Carragher has been talking about Newcastle’s win over Man Utd.
The former Liverpool player says that this kind of result is why Newcastle won’t go down.
The Sky Sports pundit claiming that the Magpies are capable of getting these type of unexpected results against the better teams, which other struggling clubs might not be able to.
Even this point is laughable really, as any Newcastle fan will tell you that it is the results that Rafa has achieved against the other strugglers that will potentially keep Newcastle up.
Going into Sunday’s match, Newcastle had played 13 games against the other eight clubs that are currently in the bottom nine, picking up a remarkable 24 points out of a possible 39.
On the other hand, against the top 11 clubs in the table, Newcastle had played 13 matches and picked up only one point from 39. Ironically, Jamie Carragher couldn’t have got it any more wrong.
Of course a bonus three points against Man Utd was like gold dust but even Rafa said that it is even more important that Newcastle win the remaining three games against relegation rivals (West Brom, Huddersfield, Southampton – all at home).
However, what really made me laugh about Jamie Carragher speaking now, was when he was raving about the ‘belief’ the players had in Rafa Benitez, with the Manager thus able to get these results that other clubs will struggle to get.
Like pretty much all other pundits, Carragher simply reacts to what is in front of him at any particular time, so a win over Manchester United and he is raving about the Newcastle boss.
Going back to August and Newcastle had lost to Spurs and Huddersfield in the first two matches, Jamie Carragher then (read below) accused Rafa Benitez of undermining his players with his negativity.
Saying that Rafa was largely to blame for the poor start because he was constantly complaining in public about the failure of Mike Ashley to back him with better quality new players.
Carragher was at that point comparing Rafa’s Newcastle United with the other promoted clubs Huddersfield and Brighton, saying there was a real ‘buzz’ around those two clubs. Little wonder as they had both had a net spend of three times as much as Rafa was allowed by Ashley.
No reasonable Newcastle fan blamed Rafa Benitez for being willing to make clear how badly he had been let down last summer, especially as when Jamie Carragher criticised Benitez, there were still 10 days left of the Summer 2017 transfer window.
No more players did arrive back then but Rafa did lift the players after the opening defeats, Newcastle winning three games in a row against what we now know are relegation rivals (West Ham, Swansea and Stoke).
The only time to really judge a manager is at the end of the season and Rafa Benitez will have done a remarkable job if he does keep Newcastle up, particularly when every other relegation rival was backed with buys in January, as Rafa was only limited to lower cost loan signings.
Jamie Carragher talking to Sky Sports – 12 February 2018:
“That [beating Manchester United] is why I don’t think Newcastle will go down.
“Because of the manager.
“Rafa Benitez has an ability to get a result when you’re not expecting it.
“They’ll get wins that other teams might not.
“Because of the belief the players and the crowd have in the manager, and also the belief he has in himself.”
Jamie Carragher – 21 August 2017:
“There’s a buzz about Huddersfield and almost every team that comes into the Premier League. You can see that from what they have produced in the first two games, getting six points.
“It is in complete contrast to Newcastle, you wouldn’t think they’ve just come up because there’s no buzz or energy about them.
“Looking at Newcastle, I said in commentary they still look like a Championship team, and they do.
“However, you could say that about Huddersfield, you could say that about Brighton, you could say it about Burnley, Bournemouth and those kinds of teams who have come up and done well.
“I feel for Rafa with some of the signings that have been made and maybe the lack of funds.
“However, they are not the worst in the league. There are plenty of other managers who can have the same gripe but he’s not shy at making it public.
“Benitez is a god to Newcastle fans now…
“They are writing books about him now, the way he brought them up and the way he’s integrated himself into the city, but his negativity is rubbing off on the whole club.
“All the supporters were chanting for yesterday was Rafael Benitez, not the players. You can see how they feel about him but there’s got to be more of an upbeat mood.
“Continually talking about needing players to come into the club basically means the ones he’s got now are not good enough.
“It’s far too negative and it has to change.”