Rafa Benitez preaches patience and ‘legacy’ as he brings in 20 Spanish coaches to work at the club
For Mike Ashley, long-term and legacy are terms he would never use with regard to Newcastle United.
Not a penny spent on the infrastructure that he doesn’t have to, with the new training that was promised six years ago put on hold indefinitely, no money to expand and/or improve St James Park, no proper funding allowed for the Academy.
For the NUFC owner, it is all about getting from one season to the next with Premier league survival on the lowest possible spend.
For Rafa Benitez it is exactly the opposite.
He wanted Newcastle United to be a long-term project where he could bring the whole club up to modern day standards, with proper investment throughout, especially in terms of the long awaited training complex and realistic funding to develop the Academy.
Rafa Benitez eventually had to accept the inevitable, that Mike Ashley has no interest in the long-term health of Newcastle United.
The top class manager started his Dalian Yifang project with five wins and draw in the first seven games to remove the threat of relegation. However, once safety has been achieved, these next seven games have brought only one win and one draw.
Rafa Benitez has now preached patience and explained how big the project is and what he wants to achieve: ‘We are working very hard trying to organize the Academy, the Youth System and at the same time to compete with the First Team and prepare everything for the future. We want to leave a legacy and we have to be patient.’
The Chinese club’s near £200m new training complex will shortly be ready and he has revealed that the club have already backed him with 20 Spanish coaches already recruited and they are working throughout the various age groups at Dalian Yifang, as well as with the first team.
This kind of top to bottom revolution at a club is exactly what Newcastle United needed, instead we have the ridiculous Mike Ashley model where the club is starved of investment in so many key areas and you have the owner himself dictating transfers, including insisting that £40m was spent on Joelinton.
Rafa Benitez writing on his personal website:
“The first thing my friends with experience in China told me was: ‘you have to be patient’.
“…it is an amazing new culture, everything is different and you have to adapt, but at the same time we try to do things in our way, the football way that we used to do in Europe.
“We are working very hard trying to organise the Academy, the Youth System and at the same time to compete with the First Team and prepare everything for the future.
“We want to leave a legacy and we have to be patient.
“We have brought around 20 Spanish coaches at the moment and we try to create a methodology and structure that will allow us to improve the scouting, the young players and for sure the First Team, it is a work in progress.
“The new training ground is nearly finished and it will give us more chances to implement this methodology with new pitches, gym and a great indoor facility so, the project goes ahead.
“We have to be patient.”
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