Rafa Benitez has been a breath of fresh air for Newcastle fans.
After the procession of Alan Pardew, John Carver and Steve McClaren, little wonder that supporters can at times appear to go a little overboard about the amiable Spaniard.
Rafa invariably has a smile on his face as he goes about his business at Newcastle United but just like him, it looks natural and genuine, unlike when Pardew used to flash his gnashers.
However, whilst the United boss exudes that smile and easy going persona for the public, quite clearly he does not suffer fools gladly behind the scenes, or anybody looking to make a fool out of him and/or the club.
This summer saw Rafa using plenty of carrot and stick as he attempted to shake up his squad and prepare them for the Premier League. With a net spend of only £11.5m, Benitez had to wheel and deal in probably the toughest ever transfer market.
He made clear early on that a sizeable number of players had no future at the club and went about the business of ‘encouraging’ them to find new clubs.
Some players were missing almost totally, or entirely, from the pre-season friendlies, some sent to train with the kids, players omitted from the public training session in front of the fans, players warned they would be left out of the first team squad if they hung around.
The likes of Krul, Riviere, Sels, Hanley, Lazaar, and de Jong packing their bags.
One of the remainers though was Jack Colback. After not even making the bench in seven games so far, Thursday even saw him left out of the official 2017/18 team photo.
Just like Sir Bobby Robson, Rafa Benitez is the genial figurehead out in public, but behind the scenes they both are/were as ruthless as any other.
The club will always come first and Rafa Benitez will take no prisoners as he attempts to revive this club back to health.