Rafa Benitez is a very ambitious manager and he’s already won many trophies in his 23 years as a manager and he has talked to the Chronicle today.
He has a great desire to win more trophies.
The game at Wigan was his 1,000th game in charge since he started out with the Real Madrid Castilla team back in 1993.
And on Thursday there were some reports in Spain acknowledging Rafa’s milestone and they compared the way he manages to the great Sir Alex Ferguson.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafa Benitez – back in the day
There was a rivalry with Ferguson when Rafa managed Liverpool for six years, but he has never really been back in the Premier League since then but for six months at Chelsea in 2013 when he won the Europa League for the Blues.
Rafa has never really received the credit for what he’s done in his career at so many clubs, but maybe that will end when he starts to win trophies at Newcastle?
Certainly he has made no bones about wanting to win more trophies in his career.
This is what he has said in the Chronicle today:
“I still have a lot of desire to win more things. I am really pleased because it’s been so many years and in so many different countries.”
“I’ve had different experiences, I am pleased about it. I remember when I started and you look at the things you did at the beginning and what you do now.”
“You are happy to have people around who you can advise and see how they progress. I like my job so I am happy with that.”
“You try to use your experience to manage around the place.”
“The atmosphere here is so great and the fans are so passionate that it’s important to keep everybody happy with the right mentality.”
“You need balance in terms of how you approach things.” “At the same time you have to understand the best way to support the team is to be positive.”
“After when it’s finished it’s when you can then analyse things.”
“In the mean time, you have to support the players until the end. They are young people and they need support. The reaction of the fans this year has been good.”
“There is a relationship with the players and they appreciate that, and the players give everything in every game for them.”
“The players appreciate what the fans are doing and the fans appreciate what the players are doing. That is the main thing.”
“When I came here I was told the fans want to see the team giving 100% for the team.”
“They can see that so every player tries to do their best in every game.” “It has to be like this if you want to be successful.”
Good words from Rafa there.
Benitez has quickly transformed Newcastle and given his players a winning mentality and we have 15 wins in 21 games in the league this season – just over a 71% win rate.
Rafa loves to win and in 1000 games and counting he has a win rate of 51.3% and at Newcastle in all games since he joined us back in March he has a win rate of 60% in 35 games.
Not too bad at all.
Rafa and Newcastle United are certainly a match made in heaven and better things are ahead of us.