Liverpool fans have reacted to the return of Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United to the Premier League.
Having delivered the Champions League to them, the former boss will always have a special relationship with the the majority of Liverpool supporters.
However, what have they made of Rafa Benitez this past season at Newcastle?
Liverpool fans comments via their top message board LiverpoolFC.com:
‘Well done Rafael Benitez. Well done! What a typical Rafa way to win it in the 89th minute.’
‘With the squad they have they should have walked it.
‘To be fair, Brighton lost it in the 89th minute.’
‘As said AC Milan in 2005!’
‘Well done Rafa.’
‘I remember when some on here with agendas were claiming Rafa wouldn’t handle the championship…’
‘Well done Rafa. Took on a courageous challenge after falling from high and won it while having to carry the club owner’s weight – familiar setting!’
‘Happy for Rafa… Did exactly what he said he would do.’
‘Great for Rafa. He’s going about it the right way.’
‘Well done Rafa! Rather he won it than any other.’
‘It takes not only a strong man and a true professional, but a humble person that believes in the quality of their work, to go down to the championship and bring them straight back up.
He didn’t have to do that but fair play, fantastic manager and fantastic guy.’
‘Really pleased for Rafa.
It’s one thing to have the most expensive squad in the league and another to go on and win it – just ask Pep and Jose.
They’ve played some quality football too.’
‘Davey Moyes will probably do the same next season…’
‘Really pleased for Rafa, great to have the big clubs back in the Premier League, with full houses and noisy fans.’
‘Congratz Rafa and Newcastle.’
‘Schmeichel with serious egg on his face.’ (Peter Schmeichel 11 March 2016: “What makes Newcastle think that Rafa Benitez will get them out the predicament they’re in? If I were them, I’d go for Nigel Pearson.”)
‘Pleased for Rafa – put his reputation at stake as some were suggesting he was washed up.
It will be interesting to see if Ashley backs him up.’
‘Brighton blew the title.
Newcastle got lucky that Brighton lost it.’
‘Nah, season is 46 games.’
Brighton were 7 points clear with 3 games to go and somehow lost it.
They blew it and handed the title to Newcastle.’
‘On the flipside Newcastle won theirs.’
‘Give Rafa credit where its due – all the teams were asked to play 46 games and throughout the season the league tables will change – its not Toons fault that Brighton lost their games at crucial times.
The bottom line is Rafa got them promoted as Championship winners, not as runners up or through the play-offs and that is a big achievement considering how tough the league is – just look at some of the big clubs who are still languishing in the championship and you will realise what Rafa has done.
Give the man credit where its due.’
‘Newcastle had the best and most expensive squad in the history of the Championship, anything other than the title would have been abject failure.
Hughton deserves more credit.’
‘Do you know what his net spending was (ED: Rafa made £40m profit in transfer market)?
Stop beating the man and see what he has actually done – money or no money the man who has won La Liga twice, the CL, the FA cup and managed some of the biggest clubs in Europe puts his reputation at stake and wins a difficult league, suggests money was not the only reason why Toons won the title.’
‘There will be some public spat if Ashley come up with no player available etc.
One thing for certain Rafa wont take any rubbish from the board in regard of recruitment.’
‘Really happy for Rafa and Newcastle.
A club that size with their gates should never be in the Championship. Rafa has done well there.
I hope Ashley appreciates it and doesn’t throw a spanner in the works.’
‘Well done Rafa, happy to see him back in PL.’
‘Can’t keep a good man down, well done Rafa.
And Newcastle have finally won something too, something to put next to grannies teapot.
Shame the owners will probably mean that Rafa will be off to another club with European aspiration.’