There are not many world-class managers who would have stayed at Newcastle last May after we had been relegated, but the very fact that Rafa Benitez stayed showed us that he is the right man to lead Newcastle back to the big time.
Not everybody realizes just how much Rafa has put his career on the line by managing a second division side and there’s not much upside for Rafa this season.
If he gets Newcastle promoted those pundits will say he should because he’s world-class – but if he doesn’t well – it would not look good.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle’s great manager – a class act
Of course he would still be in big demand and some Premier League clubs – like West Ham as one example – would be only too happy to take him as their new manager.
What it does tell us about Rafa is that he has confidence in his own ability and loves to be challenged.
Rafa seems to have enjoyed what has been and is a challenge this season in the Championship – and he says rightly that it’s the toughest football league in the world.
It’s not the best, but certainly playing in it is very difficult with so many games and every team can give Newcastle a game.
And Rafa even thinks this season has made him into a better manager.
This is what Rafa, who has won the Champions League with Liverpool and the Europa League with both Valencia and Chelsea has said about this season at Newcastle United:
“For sure, I am now a better coach than at the start of the season.”
“If you are learning, trying to adapt and modify things, it improves you”
“I am learning every day.” “One thing that improves you as a manager is different experiences.
“If you are learning, trying to adapt and modify things, it improves you.”
“I am learning so much – tactics, PR, man-managment, everything because it is so different.”
“Tactics obviously have to change and with so many games, I have not had this situation for years.”
“We are up against direct teams, passing teams, those that play three at the back, five at the back, even eight at the back!”
“Every week, twice a week, you have to adapt and change and you have to do that without having the time you want to prepare.”
“I have not really changed the way I work, but the difference is it is now more squeezed with so many games.”
“The target was always promotion,.” “At the moment, I just want us to go up.”
“In two weeks, I may tell you different but right now I just want three points against Burton.”
One thing about Rafa is that he’s been a class act this season for the Championship and he keeps praising the league and the different teams we play.
If we do get promoted then the Championship is going to miss Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United.
This season has clearly shown us what a class act Rafa Benitez is.
What do you think?