Rafael Benitez is a world class football manager. Okay, before you start to argue, just look at his CV. The man won two La Liga titles and the UEFA cup while managing Valencia. Then he won the Champions League title and the FA Cup with Liverpool. And when with Chelsea, he won the Europa League.
People consider him as a loser after failing to make an impact at Inter, a team who won the treble under his predecessor Jose Mourinho. Benitez made his name shining again after leading Napoli to the Champions League zone. He then appointed as Real Madrid manager, where he failed to win the dressing room full of world class players, leading to an unimpressive performance in La Liga, until Barca trashed his Los Blancos in El Clasico. He then replaced by Zidane in Madrid dugout.
Rafa Benitez has now been appointed as the new manager of Newcastle United, who are struggling in the relegation zone of Premier League. Can he save the Toon Army? Can he perform the ‘great escape’ like Pearson did with Leicester City last season?
We shall see….