Rafa Benitez was at the Newcastle United Foundation’s 10 Year Anniversary Dinner earlier this week.
The Foundation is something that Rafa has embraced with great passion since he arrived at Newcastle in March 2016, and it’s one of the crown jewels of the club.
The dinner was a celebration of those supported by the Foundation which raises money to help various charities in the region.
Benitez, his coaching staff and some of our players – Salomon Rondon, Ayoze Perez, Federico Fernandez, Martin Dubravka, and Sean Longstaff were all in attendance.
Rafa, coaches, and players at Foundation dinner
(Image: courtesy of Newcastle Utd via Getty Images)
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“I think the job that the Foundation’s doing is great,”
“They’ve been going for the last 10 years, and they have done a massive job with helping people in the city.”
“There’s a lot of support from the club, and you can see a lot of positive things when you talk about this kind of event.”
“I think it’s really good for the city, and really good for the club. It’s a good way that you can see us working together.”
“I think this is something the club does well.”
“There are so many people that need help, and when you have a massive club like this one, supporting and helping people, then in the end that has to be positive.”
“I always have the feeling that the squad, not just the team, is really important,”
“It is not just the 11 players, it’s the whole of the squad.”
“But then after that, the relationship with the city and the community is just as important.”
“The relationship with the fans is crucial. I’m not a manager that will be jumping around the touchline if we score a goal.”
“But I like to be involved in everything and I like to have this feeling from the fans.”
“When you go on the streets, someone is always coming up to tell you this or that, and I like that.”
“OK, maybe you need some time to yourself to relax at some stage, but I think it is important to have a relationship between the club and the fans.”
“These type of things (the Foundation awards) help that a lot.”
“We had a foundation in Liverpool and were able to help people a lot.”
“We do that here at Newcastle too, and it’s important that the club does that.”
“The job that the Foundation is doing now is amazing.”
“In the end, so many people will benefit from that, and that’s really important.”
We are big supporters of the Newcastle United Foundation and those leading the effort do a wonderful job and are often not acknowledged enough.
And Rafa seems to love things in Newcastle and his relationship with the fans and the Foundation – and the City.
For some, it’s a goldfish for others like Rafa Benitez the passion of the fans and the city for their football club seems like football heaven to him.
Can he really walk away from Newcastle next June.
We think not.
We hope not.