We often wonder where Rafa Benitez gets his relaxation, but maybe he’s one of those lucky people who just loves his job so much that it’s not a strain on him because he simply loves what he’s doing.
Rafa loves football and since he took four hours one afternoon with some of the reps from the Fans Forum last season to demonstrate how to defend from corners, we have to believe he’s a fanatic on everything to do with football.
Just like the Newcastle fans.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle United manager at Norwich last season
Rafa didn’t take any time off last summer as he was preparing Newcastle for life down below in the Championship.
And he’s did so well last season that other clubs seem to want to copy his blueprint and build a team specifically to get out of the Championship – and for that you need to have experienced Championship players.
Rafa will never get the credit he deserves for what he did for Newcastle last season, when he took a massive risk in his career staying with the Magpies; just imagine what would have been said if we had finished in mid-table last season – the press would have had a field day criticizing the world-class manager.
But everything worked out well and he’s back in the big time with Newcastle where we both deserve to be.
And he’s just now completely and utterly focused on ensuring he can build a first team squad for Newcastle to finish in the upper half of the Premier League next season and maybe win a domestic trophy for the first time since 1955 when we hammered Manchester City 3-1 at Wembley.
There’s no time for Rafa to take a break this summer and one reason is that he doesn’t seem to even want to take one; just let’s hope he can spend some time with his family in the Wirral for most of the next five weeks.
Wonder if Rafa will think of buying a place in Newcastle, where his wife and two teenage daughters can come and visit during the season?
We’ve never quite known a person so utterly committed to his job.
Rafa could well become the best manager Newcastle United have ever had and that’s what we are hoping for in the next few years.
Howay The Lads!!