Rafa Benitez is the type of man who puts himself into any challenge 100%, so it’s not too surprising that he’s now really looking forward to the challenge of a 46 game season in the Championship with Newcastle next season.
There will be plenty of coaching for Rafa to do before the season ends next May when hopefully we will be a Premier League club again.
Rafa Benitez – infectious enthusiasm for football
Rafa’s enthusiasm for the game of football is infectious and unlimited.
It doesn’t matter whether he’s managing Real Madrid in the Champions League, Liverpool in the Premier League or managing Newcastle in the Championship next season – the enthusiasm for what he’s doing never leaves him.
That’s only one reason he’s been very successful in his career in football.
This is what he has said about the new challenge ahead of him:
“A few weeks ago I was convinced that we were going to stay in the Premier League, but these things happen.”
“So that when you are in the Championship, you have to decide, and I say that I am really pleased because I can see that I will have a lot of things that I was looking for.”
“I think it will be very positive for everyone.”
“If, next year, we are in the Premier League, then we will enjoy the whole season, but we have to start doing things well from day one.”
“For example, we will do a pre-season thinking with that priority. Lee Charnley told me what do we want to do and it has to be football. The priority has to be football.”
“My relationship with him is simple and quite easy – whenever I ask about football, it’s fine.”
“His priority is to make sure that the football decisions are fine, because then it will make sure we are in the Premier League next season.”
“I am a football man. I am a coach and I like to coach.” “I have seen the evolution, the progression of our players during these weeks.”
“I am quite confident that they will do an even better job during a whole season.” “So I am quite excited to see how they will do across a whole season.”
I’m already excited about life in the Championship – at least it’s a change this season, and we should win quite a few games next season.
That’s a change too.
And then we’ll really be ready for our assault on the Premier League in a year’s time!
Howay The Lads!!