Rafa traveled to Switzerland yesterday and was one of a number of Europe’s leading club coaches meeting in Nyon to openly discuss a number of key issues to do with their jobs and the modern game of football.
The UEFA Elite Club Coaches’ Forum includes Rafa Benitez
The UEFA Elite Club Coaches’ Forum was formed back in 1999, and it gives top coaches in modern day football to meet each other in a more relaxed and comfortable environment and away from the high-pressure jobs they are in.
They are encouraged to give UEFA their opinions, proposals and ideas to improve the game of football.
UEFA then takes that feedback and discusses the recommendations with various committees, expert panels and working groups.
The current Forum chairman and UEFA coaching Ambassador is Sir Alex Ferguson (who else?), and he had this to say after the meeting:
“It’s great to get all the coaches we have today to give up their time and make the contribution that they did,”
“It’s an enthralling meeting because the contradictions in people’s opinions were fantastic.” “The good opinions of experienced people in the game is invaluable.”
“The different coaches put forward different opinions, and I think that is really refreshing.”
Since 2013, UEFA has invited those coaches who have coached in more than 100 UEFA Champions League games, as well as coaches from the UEFA Europa League semi-finalists.
Some of the top coaches present yesterday in addition to Sir Alex were the following:
- Carlo Ancelotti (FC Bayern Munchen)
- Mircea Lucescu (FC Zenit)
- Rafael Benítez (Newcastle United FC)
- Jose Mourinho (Manchester United FC)
- Arsene Wenger (Arsenal FC)
- Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain)
- Luis Enrique (FC Barcelona)
- Dieter Hecking (VfL Wolfsburg)
- Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid CF)
- Rui Vitoria (SL Benfica)
- Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus)
- Hein Vanhaezebrouck (KAA Gent)
- Sergey Rebrov (FC Dynamo Kyiv)
It seems to us that Rafa needs to get his current club playing in Europe again rather quickly.