Jamie Carragher believes Rafa Benitez’s strength is not with motivation but tactical nous and says that’s what Newcastle United’s supporters can expect to see over the next ten matches, Sky Sports report.
The Magpies appointed Benitez on Thursday as Steve McClaren’s successor after dismissing the former England boss as a result of poor team performances and a lack of confidence.
Suggestions have already been made as to how Benitez will give the club a real uplift between now and the end of the season, and how his motivational skills will be key to helping the club stay up.
Carragher, however, feels instead it will be his in-depth tactical approach which steers the club clear of the bottom three and warns Newcastle supporters they may not enjoy the football at first.
“Motivation? That's not Rafa's biggest strength. He will look at how they suffer tactically. Rafa was probably the best I had with setting up a back four. There's probably going to be a lot of repetition and he won't apologise for that,” Carragher explained.
"Those players will work hard - whoever they're playing, it will be a difficult game for them. It won't be the open expansive style the fans want, for now he will be focusing on trying to make Newcastle difficult to beat."
Benitez’s first game in charge of Newcastle is a trip to Premier League leaders Leicester City on Monday.
The Magpies have been far too open on the road this season, conceding a number of soft goals and leaving their defence unprotected as they struggled out of possession.
But former Liverpool boss Benitez is renowned for paying close attention to his defence, with his former Reds side conceding less than 30 league goals for four straight seasons during his tenure on Merseyside.
With games against Sunderland, Norwich City, Swansea City and Crystal Palace on the horizon, Newcastle’s fate is very much in their own hands and there is now a sense of belief the club will stay up.