Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez made a visit to the Newcastle dressing room just before our U23 side beat Fulham in the U23 team’s play-off semi-final win over Fulham last night.
It turns out that after the U23 players had finished their warm-ups Rafa was waiting for them in the dressing room – what a guy!
Can you imagine the lift that would have given the youngsters before the game, just to know Rafa was interested in the game and he stayed to watch it and they won 2-0 – perfect.
Rafa Benitez and his staff watch from the Milburn stands yesterday
And it seems Peter Beardsley didn’t even know Rafa and his staff would be at the game.
Now the lads are in the play-off final and play West Ham UNited on Friday night.
This is what U23 boss Peter Beardsley said:
“The gaffer was here with his staff.” “That’s massive for these kids.” “He came into the dressing room just before the start.
“It looked like they were trying to impress him.” “It was unbelievable.” “It was pleasing for us that he was here but that’s the sort of person he is.”
“We were out warming up and I genuinely did not know the gaffer was here.” “When I walked in the dressing room there was a buzz, but I couldn’t see him.”
“I could hear something and I walked around the corner and there he was.” “It’s a brilliant lift for the players.”
Rafa Benitez has electrified the Newcastle club in a short 14 months he’s been in charge so it’s great to see a man who just loves everything about football being the manager of a club whose fans also just love everything about football.
Did I ever say Rafa and Newcastle United are a match made in heaven.
This man is simply great!