Rafa Benitez has given a lengthy interview with France Football where he is asked several things principally related to his present club – Newcastle United.
We have to remember that Rafa is known around the world for his management expertise and what he has done in football.
He has won European Championships with three different clubs – Valencia, Liverpool, and Chelsea.
Some of us are hoping he can stretch that to four clubs, and take Newcastle to those dizzy heights in the future.
But that depends if we can get a new owner in this year who shares Rafa’s ambitions for Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle fans love their club
Here are just two of the questions asked of Rafa and his responses:
Question: It’s amazing that you, someone who is so analytical, speaks as much of the passion of the fans as a decisive element in the success of a team, is it not?
“It’s not just romanticism. The strength of a club is measured by its financial means, its know-how, but also its popular support.”
“When Liverpool won the Champions League in 2005, do you think it would have been possible without the fans?”
“If we do not analyze this dimension, we miss something.”
Question: You were impressed by Liverpool as a city. Did returning to a similar environment, like in Newcastle, help you make your choice to go there?
“My family still lives in Liverpool. My daughters grew up there, they have friends there – it’s really their city.”
“The relative proximity of Liverpool to Newcastle was a factor because you can get from one to the other pretty fast.”
“When I was working in Naples or Madrid, it was more complicated.”
“In addition I like the atmosphere that reigns in Newcastle, like Liverpool.”
“It’s where the fans know how to invest (sic) in you and the work that you do. These are places where people live for their club.”
“Where the fans want their players to give everything on the field because they give everything for the club.”
“Like Liverpool, Newcastle is a city of workers, so there is also that mentality that must be shown by the team: work is everything.”
Good responses there from our manager – we hope we can keep Rafa at Newcastle for many years to come.
That’s one goal for the summer -to extend his contract, but he will only do that with new owners at the club.