Rafa Benitez has been in football management for over 20 years now.

The Newcastle boss having now worked with countless players in that time.

A growing number of those players are now making their own way in coaching and management.

Many of them namechecking their former boss for playing a part in their development.

The latest being Gregory Vignal.

With Graeme Murty given the manager’s job at least until the end of the season, there has been a shake-up in the coaching posts and Vignal has now taken charge of the under 14s and under 17s.

He was a player at Liverpool when Rafa Benitez arrived at Anfield in 2004 and Vignal has talked about how Rafa impressed him, with both his management and training.

Gregory Vignal talking to The Herald:

“I was 19 when I went to Liverpool from Montpellier.

“I worked with Gerard Houllier, Phil Thompson and Sammy Lee and I learned a lot from them.

When Rafa Benitez came in for pre-season I was very impressed by the way he used to manage things.

“His training was always very good.

“I learned a lot from some top managers and I think that can help me in my own coaching career.

“It is my target to be a manager one day – I am just starting my career as a coach and I will take it step by step. Hopefully it will happen.

“It may take time but I want to do it. I started my badges in 2008. I have my Uefa license and my target is pro licence.

“Hopefully one day you will see me on the bench at Rangers helping the team win as a coach.

“We have a lot of good young players but they have to keep working hard every day. It is good the way the academy is right now and hopefully we can see a few young boys making into the first team next season.”