Rafa Benitez was at last night’s Newcastle United Foundation Annual Awards Dinner along with a number of senior players including captain Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Some of our former players – Steve Harper, Bob Moncur, John Beresford and Shola Ameobi were also present
The evening at St James’ Park gave the manager an opportunity to talk about what a great job the Newcastle United Foundation is doing under the impressive leadership Kate Bradley and how everybody associated with Newcastle United must work with the community.
Rafa Benitez at Newcastle Foundation Awards dinner
Rafa wants the club to be the centerpiece of the City of Newcastle and the surrounding areas and have the club interface fully with the local community and local businesses.
It’s a very powerful vision he has for Newcastle United – which he was successful in making work at Liverpool FC.
This is what Rafa Benitez told the Chronicle at the Awards Dinner last night:
“If we work together we can achieve a lot. Not just the club, the whole city, it is massive and we have them right behind the club.”
“The Foundation is a key part of the connection.” “We have to support the great job that the Foundation is doing at the moment.”
“To see so many people involved and trying to help and see the reaction of people we don’t know is positive.” “I think the city, the club and the Foundation are all together.”
“If we all stick together we will be a stronger club.”
“My experience at Liverpool was that the fans, the players and everybody at the club staying together is very important.”
“Here it is the same, you can see that it is growing and everybody is enjoying things. It is very positive for the future.”
“Everybody enjoys these type of events. People have been doing a great job and perhaps nobody knew, so to come and meet them and recognize they are doing a great job is brilliant.”
We’ll put an article out later on the awards but from all accounts it seems to have been a terrific event last night at St. James’ Park.