What we sometimes fail to see is when Rafa Benitez signs to stay at Newcastle ae least for the next three years, it is a huge opportunity in the career of Rafa Benitez.
It also comes at a good time for him, as he wants to be a lot closer to his wife and two daughters in the Wirral, Cheshire than he’s been in his last two jobs at Naples in Italy and more recently at Real Madrid in Spain.
Rafa Benitez taking the training at Benton
Since Rafa left Liverpool after six years in charge in 2010, he had a short six months at Inter before taking over at Chelsea in late 2012 on an interim basis, when Roberto Di Matteo was fired after winning the Champions league with them six months earlier.
For some reason he was unpopular with the Chelsea fans, but still managed to win the Europa League for them in May of 2013 for the first time ever – and had The Blues finish 3rd top of the Premier League.
He then agreed to a two year contract at Napoli, after newly appointed Watford manager Walter Mazzarri had resigned.
Benitez took the Italian club to victory in the Coppa Italia, beating Fiorentina 3–1 in the final, and took the club into the last 16 of the Europa League.
Napoli finished third in Serie A in 2013–14 to qualify for the Champions League and then Benítez announced that he would resign at the end of the 2014–15 season.
Around about this time Rafa wanted to be closer to his wife and two daughters in the Wirral, but he did get the opportunity to sign on at Real Madrid last summer, his former club, but he lasted only six months when he was replaced by former world-class player Zinedine Zidane.
We are hoping Rafa will now have a more settled and stable part of his career at Newcastle and will stay for many years to come and be very successful on Tyneside.
That’s the new hope for Newcastle fans after 12 years of misery and mediocrity – and it’s a real one.
And there’s good reason why the Liverpool fans still admire and revere the man who took them back to greatness and another European Champions League trophy in 2005.
Howay The Lads!!