Rafael Benitez is making big changes outside of the pitch of Newcastle United

Newcastle United were relegated from the Premier League after having to settle with the 18th spot during the 2015-16 season and will now have to compete in the English Championship League.


Even with the arrival of Rafael Benitez as the new coach of Newcastle United, the Spanish manager failed to rescue the English team and save them from being relegated.

There are clear weaknesses that Newcastle United has been displaying in the pitch and Rafael Benitez is the man that was tasked with the job to help solve these issues and the Spanish manager is doing a number of changes outside of the actual squad and this is something that is regularly not taken into consideration for many coaches.

Signing new players and making new formations is what managers are usually focused on but Rafael Benitez is taking a different approach as he has made a number of changes which range from moving the Under-21 squad out of the first team base to releasing academy product players from the first team and a variety of different things.

Rafael Benitez has been working closely with the chief of the academy youth teams Joe Joyce and the managing director Lee Charnley as he wants to increase the amount of youth team graduates and also wants to help improve Newcastle’s relations at the grassroots level.

The Spanish manager also felt that the first team training area was getting too crowded and overloaded with players and this is why he opted to move the club’s Under-21 squad out of the first team base.
“It’s an opportunity to change things and we will try to make the right decisions and will go in the right direction. I think everybody realized something had to change and it’s a great opportunity to do it now.

We are working very hard. Since the first day I signed the new contract, we have started improving and analyzing the training ground to see what we can do, and I have a meeting in the academy, and with the medical department and for the squad with the scouting department’’ Rafael Benitez said as he talked about a few of the changes that he wants to do and he also revealed some of his plans for the Premier League club.

BENITEZ MIGHT REMAIN AT NEWCASTLE UNITED NEXT SEASON

Current manager of Newcastle, Rafa Benitez might remain at newly relegated English club, Newcastle as they go into the English championship next season.

The club is edging closer to confirming that Rafa Benitez will stay on as manager next season, Sky sources understand.

Benitez signed a three-year deal to become Newcastle boss back in March, when he replaced Steve McClaren, but the contract is reported to include an option to cancel at the end of the season. The Spaniard was unable to keep the club in the Premier League, leading to doubts over whether he would stay, but it appears a meeting with owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley on Sunday was positive. They talked for two hours after the stunning 5-1 win over Tottenham at St James’ Park, giving Ashley a first chance to speak to Benitez face-to-face since his arrival at the club.

After the game Benitez said his heart was leading him towards staying on Tyneside to try and guide Newcastle back to the Premier League, and he admitted that fantastic support from the club’s fans was also swaying him. Sources claim Ashley was impressed by Benitez during their meeting, with the Spaniard keen to find out what ambitions the owner has for their bid to get out of the Championship at the first attempt.

Benitez is reported to be particularly keen to take control over the club’s transfer business before committing his future to the club.
After the stunning victory over the Spurs, the tactician said:

“I said I am quite open and I am quite pleased with everything, the staff, everything, now it’s just to be sure that we have to do what we have to do to be sure that we can go up if I stay here.

“They know, we have been talking. I have the same feeling as the fans, they want a strong team next season to be sure we go up again.

“The way and the ideas will not be difficult to have, to have similar ideas, but we have to sit down and make sure of everything.”

5 signings to see Newcastle bounce back

Despite the appointment of former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez in March, Newcastle United will be scrapping it out in the Championship next season.

The Magpies finished in the bottom three for the second time in just seven years, but the fact that Benitez has agreed to remain in charge at St. James’ Park will help ensure the attraction of fresh talent in the club’s bid for an instant return to the Premier League.

Here are some potential new recruits on Tyneside that could see Newcastle bounce straight back to English football’s top-flight.

Patrick Bamford
Newcastle’s search for a new prolific marksman could lead them to placing their faith in 22-year-old Patrick Bamford. The Chelsea youngster spent the first half of last season on-loan at Crystal Palace before being recruited by Norwich, but it was largely a very frustrating campaign for Bamford who only managed a total of two league starts.

Bamford’s disappointment will undoubtedly motivate him to prove his credentials at the highest level and Benitez will be well aware of the young forward’s track record in England’s second tier – Bamford netted 17 league goals for Middlesbrough during the 2014/2015 season. Such goal-scoring ability in a division as tightly-contested as the Championship comes at a price, and Bamford’s services are estimated to cost in the region of £10m.

Daniel Ayala
Top of Benitez’s summer wish-list will surely be a new centre-back and Middlesbrough’s Daniel Ayala is a player that he knows all about from his days at Liverpool – Benitez brought his fellow Spaniard to Anfield back in 2007.

Newcastle have allegedly already made an enquiry about the 25-year-old, who is believed to carry a hefty price tag of around £15m. But Ayala, who was named in last year’s Football League Team of the Season, is central to Boro’s Premier League plans after their seven-year absence from the top-flight. The promising defender will therefore need to be persuaded by his former boss that a brighter future lies ahead of him at St. James’ Park than at the Riverside.

Kamil Glik
Torino captain Kamil Gilk has reportedly been monitored by Newcastle for several months now, and the hope is that the Polish centre-half will be tempted to Tyneside by the prospect of playing in the Premier League in the near future. It is thought that the Italian side, whom Glik helped get promoted in 2012, would be prepared to sell their skipper for a bid around the £8m mark.

With Glik set to be at the heart of Poland’s defence at Euro 2016, Newcastle will certainly be watching their supposed target with particular interest over the coming weeks. If the 28-year-old manages to impress during the tournament, no doubt Newcastle will not be the only club eager to secure his signing.

Will Hughes
England U-21 man Will Hughes has apparently been shortlisted by Newcastle to compensate for the probable departure of the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum this summer.

The Derby County midfielder burst into the spotlight during the 2012/2013 campaign and has long been subject to open admiration from potential suitors. The Magpies are the latest side to be linked with a move for the 21-year-old, even though Hughes only managed to make six Championship starts last term due to a serious knee injury. Given Hughes’ likely England aspirations, he might find the opportunity to play under the experienced Benitez one that is too invaluable to turn down should an offer be made.

Alvaro Arbeloa
Another former Benitez favourite could also be heading to the Toon – former Spain right-back Alvaro Arbeloa. Just like Ayala, it was Benitez who was responsible for introducing Arbeloa to the English game, and the 33-year-old would be available on a free transfer this summer after his contract with Real Madrid expired at the end of last season.

Newcastle are in the market for a right-back, with Daryl Janmaat widely expected to be heading for the exit door after only two seasons at St. James’ Park. Whether or not Arbeloa, whose personal honours include two Champions League titles and a World Cup winner’s medal, can be convinced that he’s not too good a player for the Championship is less certain.

Benitez feels that he has had bad luck

The managerial charge of Rafael Benitez in Newcastle United initiated on March 11 of 2016 but so far it has been a fairly disappointing time for the Spanish manager as the amount of points that has been dropped is huge and Newcastle United are still at risk of being relegated unless they can claim a triumph over Tottenham Hotspur in their last match of the season and Sunderland will also have to lose their last matches in order for Newcastle United to have any chance of surviving in the Premier League for another season.

It still remains uncertain if Rafael Benitez will stay in charge of Newcastle United for another season if they are relegated.

Rafael Benitez and his squad dropped points after playing against: Leicester City, Sunderland, Norwich City, Southampton, Manchester City and Aston Villa. These are all of the teams that Newcastle United has faced off with and either lost or had to settle with a draw.

The Spanish manager believes that it’s because of bad luck that his team has dropped so many points and hasn’t been able to jump out of the bottom relegation zone.

“You don’t always finish where you deserve to be. Sometimes, you are unlucky, and I think that has been the case with us during my time here.We have been unlucky. We had a clear chance against City in the last five minutes and conceded a goal in the last minute against Norwich, so things could have been different. But we cannot change things now. The only thing we can do is make sure that if we have an opportunity against Tottenham, we are ready to take it.” Newcastle United’s Rafael Benitez said.

In order for Newcastle United to have any chance for survival in this season of the Premier League, a victory against Tottenham Hotspur is needed and considering all of the recent disappointing results that Rafael Benitez has secured, it seems like relegation is imminent but in the world of football anything can happen.

Rafael Benitez’s start in Newcastle United has been a rough one

Rafael Benitez was appointed as the manager of Newcastle United on March 11 of the ongoing year and so far it has been a tough start for the Spanish manager as his task is to try to push Newcastle United away from the bottom relegation zone but the only thing that Benitez has managed to do is drop points at a consistent basis.

Since taking charge of Newcastle United, Rafael Benitez has led the club to 3 defeats, 2 draws and 1 triumph, so that means that Benitez has sealed 5 points from the possible 18.
Newcastle United is currently positioned at the 19th spot with 29 points and they will have to start collecting a few more points in order to secure a safe zone that can ensure their survival in the Premier League for at least another season.

The latest league match of Newcastle United was against Manchester City which concluded in a 1-1 draw and Rafael Benitez didn’t take long to voice his thoughts concerning this recent match as the Spanish coach said:

“I have to be pleased because against a team like Man City, to do what we have done from 1-0 down, the reaction of the team, you have to be pleased. I haven’t seen the replay of Sergio Aguero’s goal but they tell me he was offside. You cannot change anything. I think they should get it right but we cannot change it. That’s it. The team has more belief now, the fans are behind the players and they will fight to the end. Today was an example of that.’’ Newcastle United’s Rafael Benitez said as he said that gaining 1 point against Manchester City actually was pretty good.

Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur are the remaining opponents of Newcastle United. Rafael Benitez and his squad will have to get good results against these teams in order to have any chance of staying in the Premier League.

Rob Elliot injury may Cost Newcastle United a lot

What exactly will the injury of Rob Elliot mean for Newcastle United?

During yesterday’s game, Rob Elliot faced a critical injury to the knee and is now sitting in a Dublin hospital undergoing diagnosis and testing.

Many fear that the future of Rob Elliot could be grim and that this season will go without him after a cruel blow while playing for the Republic of Ireland.

FAI medics have described the knee injury as critically serious as the 29 year old currently lay in a hospital bed. What this means for Newcastle United is now they must pull in Karl Darlow and Fred Woodman for the final eight games remaining this season. This also means that this could cost them a Premier League relegation as well, which was already looking a bit hopeless.

According to the hospital so far, Elliot has suffered severe ligament damage and there’s not any primitive answer or treatment yet until more conclusive tests are run. There’s no set days or weeks that Elliot will remain in the hospital and his future this season for Newcastle United is unclear. The club has asked everyone on his Twitter to send wishes and prayers his way for a speedy recovery.

Updates will be provided via his Twitter feed as they become available and as more tests are done. This comes as a serious disappointment and a hard dampening on the evening for Newcastle. Elliot was just starting to get his career together and was starting to show how fierce of a player he could be. Elliot is not very happy and while he’s not available for a direct quote, the doctors have stated that he’s quite frustrated with the situation right now.

Will Elliot return this season? Will Newcastle’s games plummet or can they make a huge comeback?

Steve McClaren: ‘’This is only the beginning for Newcastle United’’

Newcastle United is positioned in the bottom relegation zone of the Premier League but this might change soon enough after having gone through a fairly busy winter transfer window which includes having signed: Henri Saivet, JonjoShelvey, Andros Townsend and SeydouDoumbia.

The owner of Newcastle United Mike Ashley had to offload around £29million in order to bring in all of those players and Steve McClaren believes that this is only the beginning of what Ashley is planning to do with the club.

Steve McClaren told the media: “We wanted to take this club forward, and that will only progress through investment. Really it’s just the beginning. It’s not the end, it’s only the beginning. It started in the summer, it’s continued this window. I think we said it would, and now we’re thinking yeah, the squad, when you look, is progressing towards ultimately what we want. We are delighted with what we have got and it’s enough to see us through and score goals.”

These signings are expected to help out Newcastle United in their journey of making it out of the relegation zone but according to the head coach, Steve McClaren says that Mike Ashley has a list of things that he wants to accomplish with the club but surviving in the Premier League is the primary task right now.

SaidoBerahino was one of the players that Steve McClaren was mostly focused in signing but even with a club record bid of £21.2million, it wasn’t enough to lure the English forward away from West Bromwich Albion, nonetheless, fans of Newcastle United were happy to see the club being active in the previous transfer window and now it’s all up to Steve McClaren to make the most of his newly assembled team and fight for survival.

Newcastle United have been battling against relegation since the start of the season

Newcastle United have been battling against relegation since the start of the season.

This has led to suggestions that the club will consider resting some key players in the upcoming FA Cup match against Watford. Many clubs who are involved in the relegation battle try and avoid domestic cup matches since it would be a distraction once the club enters into the latter stages of the competition. Steve McClaren may be under a lot of pressure, but he has promised to field a strong line-up against Watford.

Newcastle have lost three games on the bounce and it has once again put the club under tremendous pressure.

There appeared to be a brief spell in the sunlight when the club managed back-to-back victories against Liverpool and Tottenham. This lifted them out of relegation trouble momentarily. However, for matches without a win has seen them drop back into the drop zone once again. Newcastle have not done well in the FA Cup since Mike Ashley took over the club in 2007. They have failed to progress past the fourth round of the competition since then. Keen to get some people to back him, McClaren may consider the possibility of taking the FA Cup seriously.

“It’s another game we want to win.I’m absolutely confident we can have a go at that.We’ll play a strong team and every game is important. The FA Cup is as important as any other game. It’s another game we want to win,” said McClaren. The manager will want to avoid the same embarrassment that came upon the club when they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup earlier in the campaign at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday. However, the club’s view with regard to the domestic cup competitions appears to have changed since McClaren took over.

NOT LACKING IN LEADERSHIP

Fabricio Coloccini has rejected suggestions that Newcastle United’s poor form has been down to the lack of leadership in the team.

After the appointment of Steve McClaren in the summer, positivity was expected at St James’s Park. However, it took the club more than 10 games in order to get the first league win under the new manager.

The club recently broke the back in the form of a 6-2 win over Norwich City. However, they were unable to build on this victory and suffered to winless matches before going on to get a narrow 1-0 win over newly promoted Bournemouth, with many questioning Coloccini’s leadership.

There is an opportunity for Newcastle to build on this victory once again as the takeover Leicester City at home. Even though Leicester are flying high in the table, Coloccini and his team are confident of getting a result.

Ahead of the match, the Argentine defender rejected claims that the poor performance has been down to the lack of captains within the team. Coloccini claims that there is a lot of leadership within Newcastle and it is not necessarily exhibited through shouting on the pitch. The win against Bournemouth helped move Newcastle just one point above the relegation zone. Their situation remains critical and the club needs victories soon.

“We have strong characters in this team – that’s not something I’m worried about. Sometimes, when you are having a bet on football, you might not be able to see that from outside the pitch, and maybe sometimes some of the players are not as loud as they should be, but we have leaders. Rob Elliot is a good example because he was injured, but he wanted to play. We have a lot of young players, and they have to learn. Getting the two clean sheets in a row was important,” said Coloccini about the club’s recent form in the league.

Shay Given is prepared for life in Stoke City

Shay Given completed his move to Stoke City and the 39 year old Irish shot-stopper will have to battle with Jack Butland for a starting role in his new club.

Even though Shay Given is 17 years older than Butland, the veteran player said that he will be giving it his all and he is prepared to do everything it takes to snatch a consistent spot at the Britannia Stadium.

“Obviously Jack Butland is an excellent goalkeeper. He’s an Under-21 international for England so he’s got a big future. So yeah, there is competition for places but it’s the same in every club and you need that competition. I’m delighted to be here.”

Asmir Begovic was the former star goal-keeper of Stoke City but Begovic was offloaded to Chelsea and now Mark Hughes decided to bring in Shay Given as a way to provide competition for his younger shot-stopper Jack Butland and depending on who plays better or is available to play, having 2 active goal-keepers who are willing to show their worth, this is a good option for Hughes to not have to depend on just 1 shot-stopper for an extended period of time.

Before Shay Given completed his move to Stoke City, it was believed that he was going to make a move to the English Championship League club Middlesbrough FC but Stoke City arrived and swooped the veteran player up. Given gave thanks to the supporters of Middlesbrough as he played with the club for a few months by serving as a cover to Jason Steele who was injured.

During Given’s stay in Middlesbrough, he managed to keep 10 clean sheets in 16 league games which is very impressive but despite his noteworthy stay in the club, Given said that he couldn’t turn down the chance to continue competing in the Premier League and that’s why Shay Given decided to make a last minute move to Stoke City.