Definitely surprised but, happy, Benitez stayed on at Newcastle. Hopefully it’s a decision that pans out for all parties.
I was hoping Newcastle would stay up. No luck there. We’ve touched on this before but Benitez has a chance to do something big with Newcastle if he sticks with them. Hopefully he does. Getting right back up to the Premier League won’t be easy, especially with the likely departures, but if he does that then there’s a good chance of further success. All depends on the board though.
I think, and hope, Newcastle can pull it out. As mentioned, their last two games, give definite cause for hope. Norwich City has to play a Manchester United side that will still feel it has something to play for and Sunderland face a Chelsea side who could win just as easily as lose. Benitez has definitely turned things around but we’ll only know if it’s too late one the 38 games or done. Or if Newcastle somehow lose this weekend.
Agreed through. Wish I had written about this when I though about it. Yes, Benitez has managed some bigger clubs in England and Spain and achieved success but staying at Newcastle, even with relegation, and building them back up would be one of the best managerial achievements in current times. Newcastle has some solid talent and if Benitez gets the control he would like then they could be a really good team.
Well, a loss in your first game to the league leaders isn’t a horrible way to start things off. I have a feeling Rafa Benitez will do just enough to keep Newcastle up. Then after a summer of preparation they’ll be an extremely solid outfit. Let’s see what happens
By far the funniest Whats App convo, as far as football goes.
Definitely great times for Valencia, and good times for La Liga too. Those days were fun to watch as there were some really good Valencia teams.
If the Real Betis game is anything to go by then he’ll be just fine. If, as the season goes on, the goals don’t come so easily and the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale continue to frustrate and be frustrated then, yes, he’ll be in hot water. Pretty much the same with any Real Madrid coach though.
Some great points here. Madrid has to improve but we’re still only one game into the season so you have to think that they will improve. After waffling a bit and considering the “Bale as No. 10” experiment I think Madrid needs to have him on the left to be at their best. We’ll see if that happens.
And will that be enough? I guess you could say Barcelona is in basically the same position for at least half a season. They’ll actually be worse off if they lose Pedro. I think Benitez will make a difference but I don’t know how much of a difference he will make.