Today is the 1,001st match of his managerial career but Rafa Benitez says simply, ‘I like my job’.

The former Real Madrid boss says he is now ‘in a big club’ and will ‘try to keep winning’.

With Newcastle United in top position a week before Christmas, the United boss declares his intention ‘to stay there’.

The Newcastle Manager has also talked of being ‘impressed with the atmosphere, the fans and the intensity’, however on this occasion he is talking up the sub-seven thousand capacity Pirelli Stadium, rather than the 50,000+ that turn up at St James Park every home match.

Saturday morning saw Burton announce that they had finally sold the remaining tickets, meaning it will be the first ever sellout for the club.

The home stadium/atmosphere certainly works for Burton Albion and Rafa Benitez declares ‘at home they are doing well and away they have maybe more problems’.

The stats certainly back that up, as Burton have no wins and only five points from 11 away games this season, whilst in contrast they have only lost three times at home and have picked up 17 points, only conceding seven goals on home turf, a record bettered by only two Championship clubs.

Rafa Benitez – a Mag for all seasons and indeed as he has shown this season, a man for any league.

Rafa Benitez:

“I remember at the beginning of the season, watching some of their games, and I was impressed with the atmosphere, the fans and the intensity.

“You can see that they have very good team spirit, they work very hard, they have some good players who have pace and they are strong. They can make the difference in a game, especially at home.

“At home they are doing well and away they have maybe more problems – but we are playing there so we know it will be a tough game.

“We are at the top of the table and want to stay there, we have to approach every game with the idea of getting three points. Brighton are doing really well so we can’t stop doing what we are doing at the moment – that is trying to win every game.

“When the team is doing well, scoring goals and keeping clean sheets, as a manager you have to be really pleased.

“And that’s what we have to do – keep doing these things, working as a team, and then the individuals will make a difference.

 “I like my job, I like to coach and I like to manage teams and at the same time, I like to win. If I have this opportunity, I’m really pleased with that.

“This time, I am in a big club and I will try to keep winning and keep managing a lot of games.

“There are so many games in football now and it’s so difficult to be in charge for a long time, so I’m really pleased.

“Also, the way that the game went (at Wigan), with us winning, I was happy. I concentrated on that, because that was the most important thing, to win the game, but after, I’m obviously happy.”