Benitez Biographer – This Is Why Rafa Stayed On At A Great Club

There’s a very good piece in the Chronicle today, where they have had a question and answer session with Rafa’s biographer Paco Lloret, who is the sports journalist for Valencia and  who got to know Rafa while he was at Valencia for three years, between 2001 and 2004, when he left to join Liverpool.

It was a surprise but also a tremendous coup when, with the massive help of the Geordie fans, Newcastle persuaded Rafa to stay on as Newcastle manager, even through we will be a second division side next season.

Paco Lloret

Paco Lloret – Valencia sports journalist and Benitez biographer

And in the annual Chronicle survey, which they have just competed, a massive 98% of fans think Rafa is the right man for the Newcastle job.

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Paco Lloret’s biography on Rafa Benitez

So to say the least – the world-class manager is very popular on Tyneside.

Paco LLoret had some insights about Benitez, when he was asked why he thought Rafa decided to stay on at Newcastle.

“After his bad experience in Real Madrid, Rafa needs to be working for a club which offers him time and calmness from the beginning, which is certainly not something he experienced at the Bernabeu.”

“Newcastle can be the right place for this because he feels respect and love from people: supporters, directors and journalists. Everyone it seems.”

“But in Madrid he didn’t receive a good deal and it was very tough.”

“Really, nobody trusted him and he tried to convince them that his ideas would eventually pay off in order to be accepted but he failed to do so.”

“Now he is free from all of that and he can be himself again without this great pressure.”

“He is excited to embrace this atmosphere in Newcastle and extend it going forward.”

And finally, Paco seems to know all about the Tyneside club, when he was asked if Rafa has been impressed with Newcastle United as a club:

“Sure, he knows what Newcastle means.” “For a start, he knows the immense history of the club and the strength of the fans.”

“What Rafa realises is this is a great club that currently finds itself in a bad moment.”

“He wants to restore that over the coming years.

“If he does well and he’s successful, he’ll want to do so in his own way.”

“Rafa will want to put his own imprint on to Newcastle.”

Love it.

It’s great to have Rafa at Newcastle and the future looks bright going forward, with the 56 year-old at the helm.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Jun 13, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #1

    The best thing to happen to NUFC since KK and SBR!!!

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jun 14, 2016 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Rafa is the perfect man for the job. I’d take him over Jose morinho. Rafa can be just as successful, difference is rafa won’t run off after couple of years.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 14, 2016 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib Jibberish —————————————————————————————–Duh————Duh—— Eh…………………..Duh.

    They were last years transfer window dates -2015.

    Duh………….it is now 2016, Duh.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 14, 2016 at 5:33 AM

    Comment #5

    According to today’s Chronic:

    “Newcastle United will not allow Georginio Wijnaldum to depart on the cheap this summer – and reports in Italy claim they will even hold out for £30million for the midfielder.”

  • G

    Jun 14, 2016 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #6

    @5, I can’t see him going for 30m, but I would expect north of 20m for him. Doubt Roma have anywhere near that kind of cash, even with player sales, football bubble has well and truly burst in Italy. Nowhere near the amount of overseas interest in Serie A they enjoyed through the 80s and 90s.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 14, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #7

    For £30m Wijnaldum might get the move of his dreams to a cash rich club looking to consolidate their place in the Premier League. Maybe living in Swansea or Stoke would focus his mind. Boro or Sunderland could be options if he’s really ambitious for the long term. Or then again he could stay at Newcastle and pull his finger out for Rafa and the fans.

  • firebug666

    Jun 14, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #8

    There are reports that Hamburg have made a £9.5m bid for Sissoko today.

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 14, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #9

    In summary on Rafa… Him staying represents the best if not the only chance we’re ever likely to have of being a proper club under Ashley..

  • expatmag

    Jun 14, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #10


    Roma have just received 38 million euroes for Pjanic. I dont see why they cannot pay 30 million of that for Wijnaldum, if they want him so badly.

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 14, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #11

    That’s a derisory, and just a test-the-water opener surely? Current international midfielder…

  • firebug666

    Jun 14, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #12


    True, Rafa will not let him go for that. I think the asking price is £20m so maybe if they double their offer they may have a chance.

  • Jib

    Jun 14, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Mister Tuff
    Really ?
    I hadn’t noticed.
    Clever boy !
    (pats the pr!ck on the head and winks at rest of blog)


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