Rafa Benitez may not be the only football manager today who wishes there was less social media stuff going on in the modern day of football.
It’s only ten years since Twitter came out and only three years earlier that Facebook was launched, but those particular websites and others have completely changed the way people communicate and not always for the better.
It seems the Twitter provides a platform where people insult each other quite profusely when they don’t share the same opinions – well that’s the polite way of saying it.
Rafa Benitez bemoans social media
And we have some high profile people in the world today who seem to act like schoolchildren when using their Twitter accounts.
People seem to have lost their dignity and people are a lot less civil than they used to be – well that’s what it looks like even, if it’s not true.
Rafa wished that things said in the dressing room didn’t get leaked to the press, but it’s very difficult to keep anything hidden these days with social media.
We remember Rafa once saying that your worth as a person is not measured by the number of followers you have on Twitter – you may have a tough job convincing some people of the validity of that statement.
This is what Benitez has said on the BBC World Service’ World Football program when asked what he would change in today’s modern football:
“Yeah, football there are too many things I want to change, but in society too.” “But I think now it’s very difficult to control what is going on in social media.”
“For example, in football when we were having anything in the dressing room, nobody knew – but now everyone knows.”
“You don’t like the people to know in your job; your job, my job, any job, but it’s already in the media.”
“Then fans know and they give their opinion and everything changes now whereas before it was more closed off.”
It’s not the first time we’ve heard Rafa wishing there wasn’t so much social media around and he’s right that it’s made it very difficult for managers.
Sometime new technology isn’t always for the overall good, but it’s not going away either.
More things for today’s modern day manager to have to cope with and their job must be one of the most difficult around today, with Rafa Benitez being one of the very best in the business.
At least top men like Rafa and Premier League managers in general get very well paid for what they do.
That’s a little compensation we suppose.