Rafa Benitez is a calm man and totally ambitious and he’s also a workaholic with 30 years of experience in coaching.
Those are all excellent characteristics and background to have if you want to be a top manager in football and there’s no doubt that is what Rafa is.
He’s already proven that he can take an unlikely set of Newcastle players and turn them into more than a decent team – and if only he had come in earlier this season we wouldn’t be 3rd bottom of the Premier League and struggling against what is now a likely relegation.
But Rafa has not given up hope.
Rafa Benitez at St. James’ Park
If Sunderland can get just one point in their last two games at home to Everton tonight and away at Watford on Sunday and we beat Spurs at home on Sunday then the Black Cars will be relegated – although that seems an unlikely scenario.
This is what Rafa has said today:
“We have been fighting right up until the Aston Villa draw, and maybe things could have been different,” “I still think we have a chance of staying up, so I will continue with that idea in my head.”
“If you are a professional, then you take what is thrown at you,” “I was in Naples with Napoli after winning the Super Cup.”
“Then I went to Madrid and we did what we had to do, staying high in the table – but then they changed things.”
“I accepted this challenge at Newcastle because, for me, it was an opportunity to come back to the Premier League and try to show to everyone that we could do well.”
“I had confidence in the potential of the club and the players.”
After Sunday’s game Rafa is expected to decide whether he will stay on at Newcastle or leave for pastures anew and he will certainly not be short of job offers.
The news is that he is seriously considering staying on Tyneside even if we are relegated.