Rafa Benitez was loved and respect at Liverpool FC, and he is still loved and respected by the Scouser fans.
With Rafa being at Newcastle United now for two years we can see why he is so loved.
It’s not just because he is a terrific coach who can change things in a game quickly as he sees what the other team is doing.
It’s also because he’s just a good guy who for example, wants the Newcastle United Foundation to do more work in the community with various charities.
He never seems to get flustered whether we win, lose or draw you can never tell the result if you watch Rafa talk through the game afterwards with the sound switched off, describing what happened.
Rafa Benitez – wants the atmosphere at St. James’ Park to count
Rafa wants everything in the City and the surrounding areas of Newcastle to revolve around the club, and the fans support that vision.
Liverpool fans and Newcastle fans are very much alike, both are working class and the Geordie fans love Rafa to bits.
The manager has been through a difficult last fifteen months at Newcastle under miserly owner Mike Ashley and has not been supported with much money.
The first thing Rafa wants to do is to get to safety in the Premier League as soon as possible.
And if we can beat Huddersfield Town at home a week on Saturday, we will go a long way towards achieving that.
Rafa also believes the atmosphere at our last two home games when we beat Manchester United 1-0, and Southampton 3-0 can go a long way in the future to making Newcastle a difficult place to get points from.
This is what Rafa has said about the fans as reported in the Times today:
“When you know the fans are against you, it’s not the same passion.”
“When they support me in the way they’re supporting me here, you feel this responsibility. I am really proud of that.”
“I try to focus during games — doing my job properly is the best thing I can do for them — but sometimes when they sing my name, I have to wave.”
“It was the atmosphere against Manchester United.” “Everything around the game was what you were expecting from this club in the Premier League.”
“That was a good example. It’s what you want players to be saying when they come to St James’ — ‘Wow, very intimidating.’”
“It’s something I think we can replicate week in and week out — if we stay in the Premier League.”
If Rafa wins a trophy at Newcastle there will be a statue built in his honor at St. James’ Park.
Contrast that with the Chelsea fans who boo him when he takes Newcastle to Stamford Bridge.
That’s the thanks he gets for winning the Europa League for the Blues in 2013.
Somehow we think Rafa is at the right club and we hope he stays on Tyneside for years to come.