Rafa Benitez cancelled an appearance on the Sky Sport Monday night football programme last month.

The Newcastle boss feeling that it was inappropriate to do so at a time when Newcastle were still waiting for the first win of the season.

Despite consecutive victories, the Spaniard is still adopting a wait and see approach.

Rafa making the point that there are added hazards in appearing, if you are still a working manager.

Firstly, you have to get the timing right, as it does look crass if you appear when your team is doing badly.

Secondly, talking about other managers (and players) is a lot more of a tightrope act.

Asked ahead of this Burnley match, Benitez indicates that he isn’t ruling it out, BUT it will only happen if things are going well at Newcastle.

No such worries though for David Ginola.

The former Newcastle United star is a regular in the media and he has confirmed that he will be on Sky Sports tonight on the Monday night football show.

Always a positive when Newcastle do have somebody credible to represent the NUFC point of view, plus he hasn’t been shy in the past when it comes to criticising Mike Ashley for failing to back Rafa Benitez.

Rafa Benitez asked if he intends to appear on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football in the near future:

“We have to carry on winning with Newcastle and after that we can decide whether we go (on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football), but we will see.

“The main thing is that we keep on winning.

“The pundit situation is quite different because if you are a manager, especially if you are (still) working, you have to respect the other managers and what they are trying to do.

“Sometimes in the interview before and after games, you say nothing, because you don’t want to say too much.

“As a manager you know how difficult the job is.

“So when you go on TV you have to be very careful about what you say because maybe another manager has another idea.

“Or maybe a free kick and the player puts the ball in the top corner and you will say ‘great work’ during the week (in training)

“In reality though, sometimes you were doing nothing and it was just the player.

“So sometimes you assume it is because that and it is not like that, and then as a manager you have to be careful like that.”

  • Kenny

    Happy to see Ginola one again fit, A Genius on the ball, i think he gave Lee Dixon a hernia as well as nightmares

    • Dave Pattinson

      Still have happy memories of a long drive to Highbury. Worth it to see Ginola tying him in knots. Football was fun back then.

    • Kev Newcastle England

      That dirty bas tad kicked him off the park in our League Cup defeat and was allowed to get away with it

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  • Cockneytrev

    One of the greatest talents to ever pull on a Newcastle shirt, the best player I’ve seen with both feet playing for us and probably the best first touch of any player I’ve seen playing for us,,
    The night he torchered the Middlesbrough full back at st James will live long in my memory.

  • JohnnyH

    Ginola was one of the greatest all time players at the toon for me. On his day, when he ran at the opposition with the ball, he was completely unplayable.
    An absolute joy to watch.
    Be nice to see him back on TV.

    • Leazes.

      He wasn’t here long better known for being a spurs player….. he thinks of Spurs as his Alma mater….. not us.

      • Paul Patterson

        We enjoyed the best of him though . .

        • Leazes.

          Well that’s debatable he won the League Cup with them…

          …… and you know that United has such a dearth of anything to be nostalgic about….. that when you start co-opting other clubs players into your ‘Hall of Fame’ it seems to hit home more.

          • Paul Patterson

            Yeah, but just because he won something elsewhere doesn’t mean we didn’t see the best of him. He merely moved to a team that then won something.

          • Leazes.

            There’s an established criteria for measurement of success in football…. records….winning thing cups and medals,

            Once you start inventing your own criteria you have abdicated intelligence and turned a sport into entertainment…. its like the reality game show or a beauty contest where voting is subjective and geared to the moron mentality.

          • Paul Patterson

            I wasn’t going that deep. I just feel that in the two years he was at Newcastle coupled with the team he was in, we saw the best of him.

          • Leazes.

            Well we didn’t

          • Kev Newcastle England


          • James

            Why don’t you?

          • Kev Newcastle England

            F off clown

      • Cushty lad

        You are a total nugget. Get off this forum.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Took 3 defenders to mark him………creating acres of space for the rest of our forwards….

  • Wezza

    I was there that night as a high school lad when he scored that goal against Ferencvaros. I was so excited to go to that game. Fast forward to these days where I refuse to go at all.

    • Kenny

      Great goal

    • Cockneytrev

      One of the greatest goals ever scored

    • Kev Newcastle England

      One of the greatest goals Ive ever seen.I find it slightly embarrassing a player of his standing has to watch this schit tonight.

  • molend

    How many Spurs fans made the trek to see the place he was born? I remember the lad being rendered nearly speechless by that. And whatever he went on to win at Spurs, we saw the best of him. He just fitted here.

  • smith_michaelw

    Great to see David on there tonight, and a fond and honest look back to 95/96. Only thing better was an away win from the lads.