Ciaran Clark

Ciaran Clark.
Ciaran Clark.

Newcastle United. Season 2016-2017.

"He’s real man-manager and he wants you to get involved and learn. He wants to teach you and improve you as a player. If he does that then it improves the team. He works hard on defensive shape and positional stuff.

It’s something I have probably not had as a player in my career. I feel like I am learning so much and hopefully I can keep doing it.I feel like I have learned more about the game. To have that winning feeling and the confidence it brings shows on the pitch.

Rafa Benítez keeps everybody positive and drills into you not to be complacent.That is the key really. We have a good bunch of lads here and nobody gets too ahead of themselves. We take each game as it comes and work hard on the training ground.

He told us not to take our foot off the gas. We know that. We have a good team spirit here and all want to do well".

Chronicle, April 2017