Football Legend’s Confusing Comment On Rafa Benitez

Diego Maradona has given a long interview in the Madrid newspaper Marca today, and he talks about a number of different subjects – including former Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez and his move to a famous club in England called Newcastle United.

Rafa managed Napoli for two years from 2013 and of course Maradona spent seven years there from 1984 (206 appearances, 85 goals and 15 assists) during his playing career, so he will have followed Rafa’s time there with interest and Benitez did well in Italy.

But this is what Diego has said about Rafa’s move to Newcastle United, which he seems to question after Rafa seemed to fail badly at his home town club Real Madrid.

“If Benitez, whom I respect very much, was bad in Madrid, let him tell me it was for a lack of players!” “No, he failed.”

“But after a while, after failing there, they gave him three years in Newcastle.”

“Can someone explain it to me? Is that normal or does something go wrong?”

Of course not many top managers would have taken the Newcastle job in the summer, since we are now a second division side, but Rafa showed his loyalty by staying on for three years.

And the fans are hoping that he can get us straight back to the Premier League and then agree to stay at Newcastle for a lot longer than just three years.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Ashton

    Oct 13, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Never heard of this guy before. Newcastle is the perfect club for Rafa.

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 13, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Thank gawd the break is done with and it’s back to the important football. Two days and we’re back to the excitement of the Championship. Although we most certainly shouldn’t take Brentford for granted, neither should we build them into something they’re not. They’re a very hardworking team with a decent amount of flair, although their best player is still recovering from his broken leg I believe. They’re bringing up a third of their normal home gate for this game, such is the attraction of SJP and Newcastle United. Let’s send them home happy with the weekend on the toon, but without any points and disappointed on the football front.

    Nobody is going to argue that Maradona was one of the greatest ever footballers, but as a manager he was a total disaster and unfit to lace Rafa’s boots. All he needs to do is look at the difference Rafa has made to the entire club, not just the first team, to realise how good Rafa is and why we asked him to take over, rather than harp back to Madrid. Get the facts right before passing judgement and maybe people will listen? Or maybe not.

  • lesh

    Oct 13, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3


    You’re right about not assuming that Brentford’s going to be a walkover. They’re only four points behind us with a GD of nine!

  • funlovingexpress

    Oct 13, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    bobby I think Maradonas main point was that Rafa failed at Madrid but ended up getting a 3 year deal at a top club.

    Ashton, for real? I dont believe you. Its impossible to have never heard of maradona and be into footy. Problem with blogs its hard to work out sarcasm


    Oct 13, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Ah Diego great player but mental, agents arent the reason he cant get a managers job

    Not sure we are a top club tbf we are in the championship

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 13, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    FLE, nice that Maradona doesn’t see Newcastle as a step down from Madrid, but I’m not sure that’s how others see it. It’s not like he was given much time at Madrid and there was always forces working behind the scenes to get ZZ the job and undermine him. Is Maradona upset he wasn’t considered for the post? For me it’s just sour grapes talking and when Rafa’s career is taken as a whole, he fully deserves to get top jobs, even if he had one recent failure. When he’s finished with us, he’ll be in great demand once again. Let’s try and keep him until he’s ready to retire, I say. 🙂

  • funlovingexpress

    Oct 13, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    wwsbrd to south americans we are absolutely massive no matter what division we are in.

    We were the first British club to have south american internationals, tyhe first club to have a brazillian international and the first club to have Argentinian players.

    Look at the way Aguero talks about shearer. Complete admiration. Then look at maradona, he also knows that iot was sir bobs dream to manage us. A guy who would have won the world cup but for some cheating and a guy who was hugely successful at barcelona dreamt about managing us.

    Maradona was being respectful about us and he wasnt being mental saying it.

    Benitez I love to bits Bobby Bee and WDSRD and am glad he is here whether some consider him a failure or not. It just means he will be more hungry to prove them wrong.


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