Matt Ritchie has paid tribute to Rafa Benitez.
The Newcastle winger pointing out how the manager keeps it together even when things are going against the team.
Last season NUFC went nine Premier League matches without a win, this time they started with ten and no victories.
Yet despite this, Matt Ritchie says that Rafa always stays calm and this helps the players to do the same.
The two victories have done wonders for the morale of team and fans but the reality is that Newcastle are still only one point above the relegation zone.
The winger thinks the international break has come at the right time, despite being on the back of having two wins, as it gives them a chance to recharge their batteries.
One thing I never understand with Rafa Benitez and Matt Ritchie, is that so often he is the first to be subbed.
On Saturday with Bournemouth putting pressure on, it was Ritchie who was hooked first.
Very strange when he is a player with boundless energy.
In 11 starts, that was the sixth time this season he has been subbed.
Matt Ritchie turned down Scotland to stay with Newcastle these two weeks and hopefully we will reap the benefits of that.
Matt Ritchie speaking to Talksport:
“One of his (Rafa Benitez’) best qualities, is how calm he is, in all situations.
“The bigger picture is exactly what he always looks at.
“We had to take a lot of criticism last season, this season too, for sort of parking the bus against the bigger teams.
“But at the end of the day, goal difference was massive for us (last season) and pushed us up a few places
I think the bigger picture is something that he definitely takes into account and the way he stays so calm, even when we had gone nine games without a win…it is a stressful period for everyone involved.
“The manager is the leader of that and he stayed very calm, always believed in us.
“The players believed in themselves too, so hopefully we’ve come through that now and can kick on.
“As you can imagine, the spirits have really been lifted after these couple of wins.
“The victories have helped and it hast been a really positive past few week, something that we really needed as everyone knows.
“In my opinion, the break has come at a very good time for us.
“We had a tough start to the season and it was mentally draining.
“But we now have two wins under our belt, so we can reset over the next few days, get some good (training) sessions in us.
“We have had a few injuries, a few niggles, so hopefully we can get our bodies back to where they need to be and then go again.
“We need to build on what we have done over the last couple of weeks,we all know that.”