Rafa Benitez Will Not Even Know Who I Am

There’s a really good, light-hearted and maybe even true statement from Bristol City manager Lee Johnson this morning,  after the Championship League fixtures were announced at 9:00 am today.

Newcastle kick off the season on Friday night, 5th August at Craven Cottager in a televised game – the very first game of the Championship season.

Lee Johnson admits he doesn’t think Rafa Benitez will even know who he is when we  travel to Bristol City in late August.


Lee Johnson – Bristol City manager

But Rafa is meticulous in his planning and is a well=known workaholic and he will know more about Bristol City and Lee than they realize.

Newcastle visit Ashton Gate on August 20th and this is some of the comments Lee made to the Bristol Post about the game and about Rafa’s visit:

“I doubt Rafa Benitez will even know who I am when he shakes hands with me before kick-off!”

“I doubt he’s thinking, Oh my God, I’ve got to go up against Lee Johnson early on in the season.”

“On a personal level, I’m looking forward to the challenge.” “Every coach wants to test himself against the best and I’m no different.”

“It doesn’t get much tougher than coming up against two managers who have won the Champions’ League.”

“To have those games in the space of a week is even more exciting.”

“I know it will be down to the players who go onto the field on the day, but I’m really excited at the prospect of us playing Villa and Newcastle.”

35 year-old Lee Johnson only took over at Bristol City in February and was previously the Barnsley manager and the midfielder played for City until just four years ago; he also had  a long spell playing at Yeovil Town.

Rafa will take nothing for granted in these games and we just have to get promoted back to the Premier League this season.

That’s job one.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jun 22, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Be won’t get to know you either Lee as you will only meet him twice. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Jun 22, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #2


  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jun 22, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Anybody else remember Ken Wimshurst?


    Jun 22, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Rafa won the CL RDM just happened to be there

    Also I bet u Rafa knows plenty about who u are when he shakes ur hand he will research everyone and everything each week

  • Jib

    Jun 22, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Di Matteo won the CL with Villa Boa’s team.
    Rafa took over from Roberto on 21 November 2012.

  • giimps

    Jun 22, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Is that right , Townsend has signed or is signing a new contract ?
    Just speaking to a mate who is convinced it’s right …..I hope so?

  • Tsunki

    Jun 22, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Lee Whatsisname –

    ” Hello Mr Benitez, honoured to meet you..”

    Rafa –

    ” Hello Lee. How’s your missus? And the kids how are they doing at the new school? Has your mam had her operation yet? “

  • Tsunki

    Jun 22, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #8

    “Btw the MOT on your Picanto ran out last Tuesday you might want to get that offside rear tyre looked at…”

  • Tsunki

    Jun 22, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Do you think Rafa might do a double take thinking it’s Jonas?

  • Belfast

    Jun 22, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Well thanks for clearing that one up Wwsbrd 🙂

  • Jib

    Jun 22, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #11

    more likly to be signing a new contract with Klippety

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 22, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Tsunki … I agree the media have been convinced that England are a world force since 66 despite our shortfalls in tournaments. They now seem convinced that we just have to turn up next season to run away with the championship since Rafa agreed to stay. There are four or five other clubs who will expect nothing less than promotion so we’ll need a bigger squad with commited players or we could also come up short during a long season. Sunlan’s owner is an example of someone thinking he’s bigger than he actually is.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 22, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #13

    I thought the article was going to be about Jib.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 22, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #14


    it’s uncanny, i thought that picture was jonas

  • giimps

    Jun 22, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Hope not Jib, but Iv scoured the net and no sign of the news, he said it was about to be announced , I’m just keeping everything crossed , but it’s the hope that kills you

  • Tsunki

    Jun 22, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #16

    I think Lee just got back off his hols in that pic.


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