Graeme Souness was named the manager of Newcastle when he took over from the sacked Sir Bobby Robson in September 2004.
But Graeme lasted only 18 months in the job before he was fired and replaced by Glenn Roeder.
The 64-year-old Scot won 36 of 83 games as manager of Newcastle with a win ratio of 43.4%.
At the beginning of the season Graeme, who is now a Sky Sports pundit, didn’t think Rafa would stay at Newcastle until Christmas.
But now he thinks it’s Rafa’s ability that will keep Newcastle United in the Premier League this season.
Graeme Souness– Sky Sports pundit
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Mirror today:
“I think Newcastle will be all right and that is only because in Rafa Benitez they have a top manager.”
“He will have them organized and solid at the back and that will be the basis for them to pick up enough points to guarantee safety.”
“There will be some difficult moments.”
“Scoring goals is obviously going to be a problem because at the moment the center-half Jamaal Lascelles is their top goalscorer.”
“They aren’t going to be able to rely on him to score goals for the next nine months.”
“Goalscorers cost fortunes and the club have not given Rafa the money to recruit one.”
“But it was a big statement when he said he was staying with the club.” “Rafa is a proven winner.”
“This is a different kind of challenge but if he succeeds it will be a good one to add to the CV.”
We hope Rafa will be at Newcastle for many years to come – and under new owners shortly.