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David Ginola accepts Sky Sports invitation as Rafa Benitez adopts wait and see approach

2 years ago

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.”


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