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Pat Nevin raves about the job Rafa Benitez has done at Newcastle United

4 years ago
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Pat Nevin couldn’t be more impressed with the job Rafa Beniez has done at Newcastle United.

Now working in the media, the former Chelsea and Scotland winger has reflected on the job the Newcastle boss has done after a fourth win in a row against Arsenal.

Sunday’s result putting Newcastle on 41 points and even Rafa Benitez accepting Newcastle are now safe, it being mathematically certain if Southampton lose at Leicester on Thursday night.

Describing Rafa’s achievements this season with minimal backing  from Mike Ashley, Pat Nevin was running out of adjectives…

Newcastle United have been absolutely brilliant.

The one-time winger declaring: ‘They are a dangerous team, a well organised team, a phenomenally structured team, a sensibly built team as well.’

Not bad for starters.

Pat Nevin says that Benitez is not going to be named manager of the year but ‘should be in the running.’

To sum it all up, Nevin hits the nail right on the head: ‘Rafa has done a brilliant job.’

With now only 25 days until the end of the season, Newcastle fans anxiously wait for new of an extended contract for the manager and hopefully news of the departure of Mike Ashley.

As Pat Nevin says, Rafa Benitez has had to do this ‘with limited resources’ and we all wonder what could be achieved if/when he is properly backed.

Pat Nevin speaking to Off The Ball:

“Certainly since the turn of the year, Newcastle United have been absolutely brilliant.

“They are a dangerous team, a well organised team, a phenomenally structured team, a sensibly built team as well”.

“It’s actually not that complicated when you look at it…but a team that’s winning the way they’re winning now, they’ve got a spirit, they’ve got a core of a team that never seems to change as well.

“Rafa Benitez has kept them all quite fit, he’s got a little bit lucky there now and again, but to do that with limited resources and find themselves arguably in the top half of the league considering where they were, he’s not going to get Manager of the Season, but he kind of should be in the running.

Rafa has done a brilliant job.”

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