Most managers get a good spell at their clubs but the better ones are those that can learn from mistakes and improve where they’ve failed before.
Somebody somewhere once famously said that the definition of insanity was doing the same things over and over but expecting different results and whilst Albert Einstein had Alan Pardew’s tactics down to a tee, especially the set pieces, this reference works in regards to Rafa Benitez’s in the way that everyone is fine-tuned to the task they have.
Kevin Keegan was and always will be my favourite manager that there’s been under my lifetime but him and including Bobby Robson, never had the team as well drilled as Rafa has. Each and every one of them competing to 100% and beyond.
Something has clicked with this side in that they’ve gone from a championship side playing out of their skin into a capable premier league side by just knowing their jobs.
Comedy types like Ayoze Perez, Paul Dummett and Mo Diame have gone from ridicule and complaints to massive applause and songs chanted in their name. The improvement of most, impressive indeed.
The elephant in the room is, of course, Mike Ashley but even he must see the value of everything with Rafa in charge and be prepared in advance. A fall always follows a rise under Ashley, it’s expected but maybe for once, we’re on the cusp of a decent chapter.
Takeover or not, the phrase In Rafa We Trust could take us to heights not seen for many a year, it’s just Ashley left now that has to buy into it.