Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez traveled to Switzerland on the last day of the transfer window and he was one of a small number of Europe’s leading club coaches who were meeting in Nyon to discuss a number of key issues to do with 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 a chance to meet each other in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
They are encouraged to give UEFA their opinions, proposals and ideas to improve the game of football.
The coaches qualify by having managed in more than 100 Champions League games.
And because of that it is virtually unheard of for a second-tier club like Newcastle to be represented at a forum like this.
That’s the question put to Rafa on the Newcastle web-site yesterday and this is how he answered:
“Yes it is unusual, but I think it is very good for Newcastle United because I am representing the Club at the top level, at a prestigious meeting like this.”
“I can make sure I can bring back to Newcastle experience and information from the conference to help the Club.”
Rafa certainly does Newcastle proud and he is so well regarded in football circles.
The Forum meets about once a year and it is chaired by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Do you recognize any more of the top coaches in the photograph above?
Note: I still have no internet access at home from Time Warner – and it looks like it will be tomorrow at the earliest before it’s fixed – thanks to our local Starbucks for allowing me to get these articles out today – the coffee’s good too!