Rafa Benitez was doing some overtime on Tuesday night.
However, the Newcastle boss said that it was a pleasure to do so, as he attended the awards night for Newcastle United Foundation.
The Foundation is a charity which operates independently of the club and it was a 10th anniversary dinner which took place at St James Park, with various awards handed out for valuable work in the community.
Rafa Benitez declaring ‘It’s always a pleasure to support all of this in any way I can.’
When with Liverpool, Benitez gained a big reputation for supporting charitable concerns and being prepared to devote time to them on top of his usual football responsibilities.
Great to see over these past two and a half years that he is well up doing the same on Tyneside, a Newcastle manager wanting to go that extra mile.
Rafa Benitez via his personal website:
“Yesterday the Newcastle United Foundation’s annual dinner took place celebrating its 10th anniversary and I had the pleasure to attend with my staff…
“Antonio Gómez, Mikel Antia, Paco de Miguel and Simon Smith, and some of Newcastle’s first players such as: Ayoze Pérez, Christian Atsu, Martin Dúbravka, Fede Fernández, Sean Longstaff, Javier Manquillo and Salomón Rondón.
“It was a lovely dinner and a beautiful gala to reward people and athletes who are an example of sacrifice and daily efforts and who are involved with the community.
“The Awards Ceremony was hosted by Gabby Logan, a great fan of Newcastle United, and the awarded were: Olly McKenna, Ishmael Bamba, Sam McVie, Chloe French and NUFC Fans Foodbank.
“I always believe that it´s important for a club to be involved in its community, in this case through the Foundation, trying to improve the lives of fellow citizens.
“The work of the Newcastle United Foundation is massive, and provides an example of the unity needed in the club and within the football team.
“It’s always a pleasure to support all of this in any way I can.”