Rafa Benitez is a world-class coach and he is admired in his home country of Spain.
This is a man who has won three European trophies with three separate clubs – Valencia, Liverpool, and Chelsea so he the consummate coach.
And while at Valencia Rafa won La Liga twice in the 2001-2002 season and 2003-2004 season before he joined Liverpool.
That’s with competition from both Real Madrid and Barcelona – two of the most famous clubs in world football.
A slimmed down Rafa Benitez arrives in Murcia yesterday
In 2002 Valencia finished 7 points ahead of second-placed Deportivo and in 2004 they finished 5 points clear of Barcelona.
After the Newcastle squad landed at Murcia airport yesterday the Chronicle are reporting Rafa was surrounded by reporters with their camera crews in tow.
It looks like while Newcastle United are in Murcia there will be ample publicity about Rafa Benitez and about Newcastle United’s short winter break.
We are handily placed in 13th place in the Premier League at the moment after winning our last two home games.
It seems the friendly against Royal Antwerp on Sunday will be attended by lots of Spanish media who will reporting on one of their native sons and one of the best football managers in the world.
And he’s (still) our manager.
Howay The Lads!!