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Media are two years too late with Neil Warnock and Rafa Benitez friction

3 years ago

Neil Warnock has been speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s match.

The Cardiff boss looking forward to a game that sees him welcome Rafa Benitez and his Newcastle team (and fans).

Neil Warnock declaring how much he is looking forward to both all the visitors and the occasion.

If you ever had any doubts though about how anonymous life is when you are in the Championship, this morning’s press conference is prime evidence.

The media all wanted quotes on Warnock’s feud with Rafa Benitez and he gave them their answers.

However, if you go back two years (see below) then you would realise they are very late coming to the party.

Despite crowds of 50,000+ every week in the second tier, Newcastle were only really a story when they got beat.

Ahead of Newcastle beating Cardiff in November 2016, Neil Warnock was asked the very same questions and gave the very same answers back then, two years ago.

Only problem is that with it having happened in the second tier, the national press were/are clearly totally unaware of it…

Neil Warnock – 17 August 2018:

“You’ve only got to look at what the (Newcastle) fans are saying (about Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez)…

“The one person Newcastle can’t afford to lose is Rafa, (whereas) I think they can get away with any player.

“His (Rafa’s) commitment to Newcastle has been fantastic.

“He is in his last year now and it’ll be interesting to see how that develops because he will be targeted around the world I’m sure.

“Everything has been said about what happened (when Warnock was upset with Rafa playing a weakened team ahead of Champions League final) and we have met a few times since.

“Life is too short. I have to enjoy this now.

“If you had told me when I came here we would be playing Rafa’s side with a full house, it’s incredible.

“I’m in the game for days like tomorrow, I’ve got goose pimples thinking about it now.

“The fans have been pivotal in my eighth promotion and I want to repay them with some enjoyment.

“Because at this stage of my career and the financial situation we’re dealing with, makes me more determined. We all have to work harder and put more of a shift in.

“It’s 11 v 11, 30,000 Cardiff fans. We’ve got to look forward to this.

“But it is an intimidating place, this Cardiff City Stadium, when they are all in full song. The Welsh anthem sends shivers up my spine and I’m an Englishman!

“And with the Geordies being on board, I think they are unbelievable. About 50,000 every week and they haven’t won anything for a long time.

“They’re just fantastic supporters. There are two good groups here that have been so loyal to both clubs.”

Neil Warnock – 4 November 2017:

“I have to say how much I admire him (Rafa Benitez).

“What has gone on in the past will not go away, I was disappointed at the time but that’s gone.

“I have got nothing but admiration for him, to stick with it.

“To be relegated and then to stay – he will be on a good salary but it’s not money that motivates you at this stage of our career. He wants to win and see the project through.

“I was surprised he stayed but it shows what he thinks of the club. He was at Real Madrid two years ago, he went down but he stuck with them.

“It shows it Newcastle United is a special club.

“You’re in football for games like this. 50,000 screaming in black and white and lowly Cardiff. David and Goliath.

“You have got to enjoy it, it’s a bonus game. They’ve won seven on the trot but it’s another challenge.”


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