Rafa Benitez Praises Fantastic Kevin Keegan


There’s an excellent interview that Ian Holloway had had with Rafa Benitez today for Sky Sports in what was Ian’s first ever interview as the interviewer.

It’s a fascinating interview with one manager asking the other the right questions from a manager’s viewpoint.

And it was at the very end of the interview that it was interesting when Kevin Keegan’s name was brought up.

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Kevin Keegan while Newcastle manager

This is how former Blackpool manager Ian Holloway ended what was a really terrific interview today with Rafa Benitez:

Ian:

“I am going to finish it here and I’m going to say I hope it goes as well as it seems it will and you deserve it.”

“Already my taxi-driver told me to tell you he loves you as much as Kevin Keegan.”

Rafa (laughing):

“Kevin Keegan – everybody is talking about Kevin – I think he was an amazing player and a fantastic manager.”  

“He’s a legend here, but what he did he did, he’s already done that.”

“So I have it still to do, but I am really pleased because the fans trust me,  but I want to give them something back.”

Ian:

“He ‘s a genuine person and I think everybody has seen that you are.”

Here’s the full 18 minute interview.



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130 comments so far

  • G

    Aug 5, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Love or loathe Keegan, but when he was our boss(first time) we played some of the finest football this land has ever seen. Shame we never won a cup or title to ice the cake, but it was wonderful to watch.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 5, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #2

    I am almost in tears at the end of that interview.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 5, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #3
  • giimps

    Aug 5, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Keegan tapped into the region and brought the area int the world of football, it’s just a pity he was a little short sighted with regards to the legacy, if he’d built up the academies and reserves we could have had the same for decades.
    Rafa is starting his journey and hopefully we as a club/region can reap the benefits of his knowledge, ability and passion for decades ……it’s his project now and he’s started it well….. Hwtl

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 5, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Weep not my fellow fan but study the word of the Lord;
    Revalations 21: 3-5.
    3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. 4He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away.” 5And the One seated on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are faithful and true.”…

    Cast out evil thoughts ye sinners, do not be tempted by painted Jezebels and false prophets (Ian Toon & Jib).

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 5, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #6

    ooops slight ammendment:
    Rafalations 21: 3-5

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 5, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #7

    [[thumbs up]]

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  • Moonraker15

    Aug 5, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #8

    We will never forget the great Keegan years and if Rafa can get this “juggernaut ” rolling again we are in for exciting times!
    C’moooon!

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  • Jib

    Aug 5, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Although not a religious person – the blasphemy inherent in the simpleton’s (Mr Tuff) post makes me feel strangely uneasy.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 5, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Great interview between Holloway and Rafa, there.

    I’d been meaning to do it for a while, but I contributed to the Gallowgate Flags page today. I saw Ed’s £100 donation on there as well which is great.

    It is a very good thing to donate to if you were thinking about it.

    Waving the scarves should never have died down in the first place. Here’s a chance to revive it.

    This is the link to their GoFundMe page. I know some of you have done it already.

    https://www.gofundme.com/gallowgateflags

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 5, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #11

    For a number of years fans were told no flags were allowed to be waved, sticks removed etc. (Happened to me before) Seeing the club back this fan movement is a good thing.

    It’s a lot better than the Cockney Mafia out, Pinocchio banners that were (needed) about in recent times and forcibly removed in some cases.

    Really looking forward to the game tonight!

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  • Average_Contents

    Aug 5, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Didn’t someone say not so long ago that KK’s first reign was a bad thing.

    Any guesses who that was.

    Clue – He’s a know nowt gobshite who posts shite links and info.

    Yeah, what a knobber.

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  • MAUTITOON

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #13

    should we worry the bookies have put us 7 to 1 to beat fulham?

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  • firebug666

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #14

    MAUTITOON

    Hell no mate, get some money on it 😀

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  • MAUTITOON

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #15

    elo firebug,i’ve just awaken from the slumber of relegation which i still can’t believe in,ouff,how hard that was.may be the bookies know something which we don’t. just an opinion friend.

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  • MAUTITOON

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #16

    any idea of the odds for a fulham win?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Mautitoon
    Sky bet have us evens to win. Fulham 15/4.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Anybody know what the odds are for us to go unbeaten all season?

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  • Belfast

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Yer bookies won’t be in business long if they’re offering odds like that.

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  • martoon

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Final, Final call for predictions

    So far I have predictions from:

    martoon
    clinath@ed
    StuW
    JamesToon
    SUTTY1978
    Average_Contents
    Spoof
    firebug666
    Belfast
    Bambams
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    Goromagpie
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    SPRINGY
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    jasper
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    ROSHAN MAGPIE
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    nut meg
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    G
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    Matt
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    Toonboy
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    TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa
    Legolas
    Hail Wor Ashley
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    Yo-yo
    dok – the horrid colonial
    magscar
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    Fostino
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    off the ball
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    gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)
    GeordieTwo
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    kikgras
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    Magpie Myles
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    chicousa
    Lilongwe Geordie
    hibbitt
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    Harley
    swemag
    always look on the bright side of life
    GloucesterGeordie
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    Apologies if I’ve missed you – if so repost and I should find them!

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  • MAUTITOON

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #21

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp
    thanks for the info mate.what’s yr prediction for tonight?

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  • Belfast

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Not sure but it was 16/1 to win the first five on sky bet.

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  • Mr Funk

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #23

    @ Martoon

    Final League Position 1st
    Final no. of points 101
    League Cup round Final
    FA Cup round 6th Round
    Player of the Season (Blog) Ritchie
    Top goal scorer (TGS) Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS 23

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Mautitoon

    2-0 to the toon. Feeling positive

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #25

    It looks like I will have to record the game and watch it at midnight, without knowing the score. Still thrilled though. Howay the lads!

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #26

    0-1 or 1-2 to us.

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  • mallorcamag

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Martoon
    Final League Position 1st
    Final no. of points 111
    League Cup round Final
    FA Cup round Final
    Player of the Season (Blog) Perez
    Top goal scorer (TGS) Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS 30
    Good job Martoon
    Well done

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  • MAUTITOON

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #28

    feeling anxious.

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  • Jib

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #29

    I’m nervous as I’ve ever been.
    Probably because this really feels like a new beginning.

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  • MAUTITOON

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #30

    https://youtu.be/4K0UhAqPcrY
    should there be a change in this song,lol????/

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  • MAUTITOON

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Jib
    a new dawn for the rising toon army?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #32

    ive started nail biting already

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  • MAUTITOON

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Even with RAFA i can’t help the anxiety hovering over me.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #34

    Mautitoon

    “Chancel Mbemba, fcuk off wijnaldum, Shelvey and Perez” is the latest one lol

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  • LGFUAD21

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #35

    Martoon
    Final League Position 2nd
    Final no. of points 102
    League Cup round: quarters
    FA Cup round Final: quarters
    Player of the Season (Blog): Ritchie
    Top goal scorer (TGS) Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS 24

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  • Graeme

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #36

    People looking for a link – this site usually has all the major sports events available, Football, Boxing, F1, Tennis, etc etc.
    NUFC are on tonight.

    http://www.neolive.net/streams.html

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  • Budge123

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #37

    What a great interview.
    Rafa is clearly a cut above anything we’ve had in a long time. You can’t help but like the man.
    I’m no fan of Holloway normally but he comes across well too.
    Onwards and upwards

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  • thegeordieraver

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Martoon.

    League position 1st
    Total points 104
    League cup-final
    Fa cup 5th-round
    P.o.s (blog) Anita
    T.g.s mitro
    T.g.s 24

    2-1 tonight. Hwtl

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  • MAUTITOON

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #39

    ShirebrookToon
    hahaha,well put up mate,lol.hope gini gets to hear this very soon bro may be in a cup final against liverpool,hehe.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 5, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #40

    Least I’ll be able to watch this match on Kodi!!

    Come on!!!!!!!

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