Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is a class act and that has not gone unnoticed by Newcastle fans.
It turns out that one of his former clubs SSC Napoli is celebrating its 90th birthday today – Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli were founded on 1st August, 1926.
SSC Napoli – 1926 – 2016
Rafa was manager there from May 27, 2013 until May 31, 2015 and he had some success in Italy.
In his first season in charge Napoli finished 3rd in the league with 78 points and they won the Coppa Italia by beating Fiorentina 3-1 in the final.
In that same Rafa took Napoli to the round of the last 16 in the Europa league but lost to Porto 3-2 on aggregate.
The next season Napoli finished 5th in the Italian League and reached the semi-finals of Coppa Italia losing 2-1 to Lazio on aggregate.
Rafa had Napoli in the semi-finals of the Europa League losing 2-1 on aggregate to Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of Ukraine.
Not a bad two seasons at Napoli for Rafa.
Rafa was invited to the celebrations today but was unable to attend and the top Italian club have posted the letter he sent to the club congratulating them on their 90 year anniversary:
“Today, before the intense day of work that lies ahead at Newcastle, I want to send a double message directed to the city of Naples and to SSC Napoli.”
“The club now turns 90 years old and I would like to convey to all, the President, the Directors, society, coach, players, technical and medical staff, members and supporters, my most sincere wishes for this event and the future that awaits you.”
“I want to say thank you for the friendly invitation that was sent to me for this special event. I feel honoured and happy to have received this call for which, I repeat, I want to say thank you.”
“Unfortunately, I had to convey my inability to attend the event, which takes place in the week on which our competition starts and for that reason, with regret, I will be absent.”
“With affection and on this special day, happy 90th birthday SSC Napoli.”
This man is just a class act.
Benitez has been busy with the Open Day at St. James’ Park today.