There was a good piece in the Chronicle yesterday about why fans still adore him.
But when you understand what he did for them, that’s hardly a surprise, and the Newcastle manager can expect another great welcome from the Scouser fans at Anfield tomorrow afternoon.
Rafa is a legend at Liverpool, and rightly so as he brought Liverpool back to greatness and in his first season there, he won the Champions League in May 2005.
That was the Istanbul miracle when Liverpool came back to beat AC Milan on penalties after being 3-0 down at halftime.
A miracle indeed.
Rafa Benitez – arriving at Newcastle on March 11th, 2016
And it was the 5th, and last time Liverpool have done that – formerly known as the European Cup.
The thing that has surprised us with Rafa is that he’s such a good man – very calm and talks patiently to the press and actually answers their questions.
Rafa is also big on Charity and has helped rejuvenate the Newcastle United Foundation.
He is slowly transforming the Newcastle club although he has not been given an awful lot of support from Mike Ashley
Rafa sees Newcastle as very much like Liverpool, but we have won nothing since way back in 1969.
That’s when cell phones, PC’s, Facebook, and Twitter were nonexistent – but as for technology – we had sliced bread!
Rory Smith is the soccer correspondent for The New York Times, and he has said this as reported in the Chronicle yesterday:
“If he wins a cup at Newcastle, then he goes down in history – just like he has at Liverpool,”
“If you can turn Newcastle into what it should be, you will become a legend.”
“Rafa is driven by the idea that if he turns Newcastle into what it should be, he has a place in history.”
We think (hope) Rafa is now emotionally attached to Newcastle and the City and the fans of course – who just love him to death.
We hope Rory Smith is right and Rafa will want to stay at Newcastle for the long term.
If he does that Newcastle will be great again, and surely we’ll win at least one trophy under the world-class manager.
If he does that there will be another statue built at St. James’ Park.