In his first blog post in five years, Rafa Benitez has written about his first week at Dalian Yifang. In a blog post entitled My first seven days – what an experience, Rafa details his first week at the Chinese club.
Of interest to Newcastle fans, there was as section where he wrote about his great new relationship with the Chairman, President, and General Manager of Dalian Yifang. That section of the blog was titled “Warm Welcome”.
This is what Rafa Benitez writes:
As we all know from experience, in football, just as in everyday life, when people show you respect and affection and do everything they can to make things easier for you, life is much happier, even when you face difficult moments. I must say that I have had more meetings with the Chairman, the President and the General Manager this week, than I had in 3 years at Newcastle. They haven’t just been work meetings, rather signs of respect in which we have been able to appreciate the differences and similarities in our cultures.
Well this paragraph really says it all. Rafa may be exaggerating a bit, but if he is, it is not by much. Rafa was not treated with respect by Mike Ashley. He was treated like expendable dirt which is how Ashley treats the fans of the club.
It does look like Rafa has moved on but may have a little anger left inside that is still eating at him. We really don’t blame him. He suffered from the same lack of communication and lies that the fans have had to endure for the past twelve years.
So Rafa has returned to writing on his blog. If the latest entry is anything to judge by, it should be interesting to follow.