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:


“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.”


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

Here’s the full 18 minute interview.