Rafael Benitez on Newcastle United's players never reading the press

Rafael Benitez the head coach

Newcastle United came under criticism after a run of 10 Premier League matches without a win.

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford FC at St. James Park on November 3, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Rafael Benitez has told the Chronicle that Newcastle United’s foreign players tend to avoid the press, so they haven’t even known about the criticism heading their way.

Newcastle’s players came under serious pressure due to their failure to win any of their first 10 Premier League matches.

There was even speculation that Benitez could lose his job in the papers, when Newcastle were off form.


But Benitez insists that Newcastle’s players were not dented with the mounting criticism in the media.

“The fans are clever. They know we have to stick together, it is the only way,” he said.

"For the players, I don’t think it made a difference. The players don’t read the press; especially the foreign players, they are not reading everything.”

Newcastle's Manager Rafael Benitez (L) speaks with Tottenham Hotspur Manager Mauricio Pochettino (R) prior to kick off of  the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and...

Newcastle managed to win over Watford last weekend, to finally relieve some of the pressure building.

The Magpies managed to get past the challenge of Watford by winning 1-0 at St. James’ Park.

Benitez’s side rode their luck at times, but a flicked header from Ayoze Perez proved the difference between the two sides.

Newcastle are next in action on Saturday, when they take on Bournemouth.

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Newcastle...

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch