Liverpool view ‘This Newcastle side would be sunk without a trace without Rafa Benitez’
Considering some of the players they have had and indeed teams, as well as vast amounts of money spent on players, it is a surprise that the stats show Liverpool have only won one trophy in these past 15 years, the League Cup in 2012, outside of the Rafa Benitez years.
In his six years at Anfield, the now Newcastle boss won the FA Cup and took the scousers to two Champions League finals, winning one of them.
No wonder he is still so popular with so many Liverpool fans, especially when you also factor in his commitment off the pitch, helping charitable causes on Merseyside with both time and money.
Always interesting to get an outside view n what is happening at Newcastle United and I came across this write up (extracts below) from a respected Liverpool independent website, Anfield Index.
The Liverpool fan explaining why Rafa is his favourite ever manager and saying he never doubted the NUFC boss would turn it around at St James Park this season.
The writer declares ‘because make no mistake, this Newcastle side would be sunk without a trace without him’, and I don’t think many Newcastle fans would disagree.
Some good points well made about Mike Ashley and the lack of backing for his manager.
The only bit he really gets wrong is when he claims before this three game winning run: ‘with their own fans furious and finally starting to shift their wrath away from Mike Ashley and towards their manager…’
It just shows the power of the media for mischief and pro-Ashley PR working to an extent, working against Rafa and the Newcastle supporters, because this is simply untrue. Disagreeing with a substitution or what a few people say/claim on social media, does not equal the Newcastle fanbase turning on Rafa Benitez.
Not sure exactly that it would be a ‘miracle’ if Newcastle stay in the Premier League but certainly it will be another excellent job done by Rafa Benitez as one of the handful of weakest squads in the Premier League due to Mike Ashley refusing to allow the club’s money to be spent on the squad.
A view from the independent Liverpool site Anfield Index:
‘Three game weeks ago, Newcastle were on just 3 points from 10 games, 19th place in the Premier League, yet to win a league game, and only avoiding being rock bottom because of the absolutely dire form of fellow strugglers Huddersfield, who they were only above on goal difference.
And yet, even with their own fans furious and finally starting to shift their wrath away from Mike Ashley and towards their manager, a lot of external football supporters were more relaxed about their plight. When you were considering contenders for the bottom three, there was always one big reason to back Newcastle to stay in the Premier League – Rafa Benitez.
Here we are, three games later, and three wins for Newcastle later…
But the fact is that this Newcastle side have absolutely no right to stay in the Premier League in many respects. Their squad is still largely Championship level, and Mike Ashley’s behind the scenes antics meant that they were one of only a handful of clubs to make a profit in the summer
And yet, Rafa has found ways to make this squad work…Rafa’s defensive solidity has remained a big feature – only three teams have scored fewer goals than Newcastle but only six teams have conceded less – with Everton and Wolves only conceding one less.
I love Rafa Benitez. I love watching him succeed against all odds when he has absolutely no right to. He’s a fantastic example of how strong coaching and intelligent management can lift a team to be more than the sum of its parts.
Rafa is my favourite Liverpool manager. I’m too young to remember the likes of Shankly, Paisley and even King Kenny.
Two Champions League finals in three years, with an FA Cup win sandwiched in-between, is the sort of trophy haul that Liverpool have only been able to dream about in the decade or so following Rafa’s departure.
Because make no mistake, this Newcastle side would be sunk without a trace without him. Rafa is a humble man and a great manager, and if he can keep this Newcastle side in the Premier League yet again, it will be a sure-fire sign that he hasn’t lost his magic, and that the wonderful Iberian is still capable of delivering truly remarkable footballing stories. It might not be Istanbul, but it’s yet another little miracle from the man who still has his fans dreaming.’
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