Rafa Benitez has given a long interview in the Madrid publication Marca today and he has been asked many questions.
We all know Rafa did a fabulous job at Liverpool where he won many trophies in the six years he was on Merseyside and the Liverpool fans still appreciate him for that.
They love him for that.
Rafa still has a home in the Wirral with his wife and two teenage daughters, and since he’s been back in England he gets back there often.
That’s unlike when he was at Inter-Milan, Napoli and Real Madrid, where he was before he joined Newcastle.
Rafa has talked about managing Newcastle and just how difficult the Championship was for him last year.
Ir was a real challenge for Rafa as he famously elected to stay on Tyneside even with Newcastle being relegated.
No too many world-class managers would have done that and it showed great courage and loyalty from Rafa.
The Newcastle fans will never forget he did that for the club.
Rafa says he has liked managing Liverpool and Newcastle United, of all the clubs he has managed in his career.
This is some of what he has said in Marca:
“I just look at my work and I don’t give up,” “If the team does well and is on the up, it’s easier to attract investors.” (so true)
“I didn’t take a risk by coming to Newcastle, which was reasoned, but by the fact that passing through the second division was risky.”
“I trust my people and the team, but the Championship is very difficult, very physical, with two games a week, and where you know you’re going to make mistakes.”
“I have been very lucky in all the places I’ve gone and I have enjoyed good relations with the environment – fans and city.”
“In some places more than others, but in England, in Liverpool and Newcastle, is where I most value.”
“In the first club (Liverpool) there was six years and many titles and my house is still there.”
“Here at Newcastle, they appreciate that I have stayed despite being in the second division.”
One of the things that Rafa is very good at is that he thinks like a fan.
He wants Newcastle to be great again and he believes he can take us to the promised land.
The promised land in this context is being in the top four in the Premier League and being in the Champions League every season and also winning some local trophies.
That’s not easy these days, but we know Rafa can do it if he gets an owner who will match his ambition.
We’re hoping that new owner will be in place by the end of this year.
What do you think?