Rafa Benitez says his old notebooks had told him one thing above all else – to stay calm.
Benitez revealed earlier this month that he had been dusting off old notes in a bid to get Newcastle United back to winning ways.
The club has since won back-to-back Premier League games – and moved up to 14th place in the league. And United’s manager is confident that his players won’t get carried away after successive victories.
“I was saying before, we were doing well in games, we were solid,” said Benitez, whose side beat Bournemouth 2-1 at St James’s Park on Saturday.
"I think the international break is bad for us, but at the same time it gives us time to recover and spend time with our families."
“When you’re so close to the other teams, any win is massive,” said Benitez.
“Two wins is even more important.
“We can come back with more energy, and if we can get another couple of good results ... I’ve always said November and December will be so important for us.”