When you are a world-class coach like Rafa Benitez, you will get requests from younger coaches to come watch your training sessions so they can learn from the experts in the game.
On the other hand if you are not a good coach you will not be bothered too much by coaches wanting to learn from you.
Not sure if that’s good or bad.
Hisham Sorour with Rafa Benitez at Benton this week
There’s a good story on the Newcastle web-site that Rafa invited a top coach from the United Arab Emirates to watch Newcastle train this week.
Rafa is an amiable guy who is always willing to help players and coaches alike – he seems to love teaching and of course he’s in the perfect job right now as the manager of Newcastle United.
Last month he had Spanish fitness experts Javier Minano and Jose Angel Garcia visit the club’s Benton training headquarters and on Monday and Tuesday of this week he welcomed Hisham Sorour.
Hisham was born in Egypt and is the former assistant coach of Al-Ain FC, the UAE’s biggest club and he has also coached over here in the USA.
This is what Hisham has said on the Newcastle web-site:
“I was lucky enough to be with him and chat for a little bit.”
“I had a trip here to get more familiar with athlete monitoring software company Prozone, and I asked if I could come to observe his training.”
“I’ve been following Rafa from Liverpool to Chelsea to Inter Milan to Real Madrid and then to Newcastle, and just to watch him at work was an honor.”
“I watched 45 minutes on Monday and then saw the team train on Tuesday as well, and they were great sessions.
“They were very organised – there was no time wasted at all. They flowed and it was very interesting to watch.”
“I’m very grateful to Rafa for allowing me to visit.”
Hisham will leave Newcastle having picked up some good ideas from one of the world’s best coaches.
The players themselves have also said Rafa’s training sessions are intense and on purpose and he keeps challenging the players to get better.
Rafa has improved so many of our players this season – it’s a pleasure to see them getting better as players as the season progresses.