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Rafa Benitez interview in Spain – Wants 10 years as manager with owner who lets ‘professionals’ get on with job

7 months ago
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Rafa Benitez has been much quoted from an interview he gave to Marca.

Now the Newcastle boss as spoken to another Spanish newspaper – AS.

Rafa Benitez wants to manage for at least another ten years but has revealed the criteria he is looking for.

The NUFC Manager asked what kind of ‘management model’ he would consider ideal ‘in a club for a project’, Rafa Benitez replying ‘It depends a lot on the top part. On how people who make decisions allow professionals to act.’

Which of course gets right to the heart of it where Mike Ashley is concerned.

Ashley’s ‘management model’ is not stepping back and letting the ‘professions [people who know what they are dong!] get on with it.

Instead the NUFC owner wants to pull the strings and set daft limitations on what any manager can and can’t do, preferably with a willing desperate stooge such as Pardew or McClaren ‘in charge’, who will accept they have no say in transfers or any other important decisions.

Asked about why he decided to stick with Newcastle United despite relegation, Rafa Benitez explains: ‘…we took a risk, to stay to move up to the Premier and then make a competitive team to be among the top eight … That was the idea.’

When quizzed ‘Only the idea’, Rafa responds: ‘After being champions and the promotion, the level of investment did not reach what was expected and that is why we can not get closer to those above.’

Once again we are back to the two key things and which need to change if Rafa Benitez is to be convinced to stay.

The Newcastle boss obviously using these interviews in his native Spain to put out important messages to you know who.

Mike Ashley has to properly back the manager in the transfer market AND allow Rafa (the professional!) the freedom to do as he sees best, not to be restricted by daft rigid constraints, such as not being allowed to buy Salomon Rondon because he will be 30 in September.

Rafa Benitez speaking to AS:

What is left of Rafa Benítez of Castilla [region where Rafa was born]?

“Many things.

“The desire to win games and titles. The difference is in the experience, which helps you make fewer mistakes.”

Do coaches have an expiration date?

“If you update, no.

“The key is to have a young, dynamic work team that is there and makes you up to date. My daughters guide me with Instagram and other networks. You have to be up to date.

“We have the most sophisticated software; but then the experience is what helps you make decisions. We all have access to information, to data, but then you have to know how to interpret that information.”

What does the Premier have that La Liga does not have?

“The key is television rights, which means that there is much more money.

“And that allows you to sign players and how much more quality you have, the more names you have, the more you can sell the product.”

You are classified as a meticulous trainer.

“Being meticulous, I see it as positive.

“It depends on the group of players you have and how you can take them. But deep down they all want the same thing: to win. To do that you have to be meticulous.

“Then there are people who are lucky, who get there and the players solve things. But that is not the way. The way is to do things well and get the most out of the players you have.

“Sometimes it will be more emphasis on details and others giving freedom, that will depend on the player you have and you should value it.”

What was your problem at Real Madrid?

“None, because now I’m focused on Newcastle.”

Do you regret having equated Bale with Cristiano [Ronaldo]?

“I’m so focused on Newcastle that I do not even remember that.”

Why did you accept the Newcastle proposal ?

“My idea was to return to have a team that could be competitive. The teams above were cramped.

“This possibility arose, a [club with] history that was going through a bad sporting moment.

“Unfortunately when we arrived there were many injured and little time. We could not save the team.

“But we took a risk, to stay to move up to the Premier and then make a competitive team to be among the top eight … That was the idea.

Only the idea?

“After being champions and the promotion, the level of investment did not reach what was expected and that is why we can not get closer to those above.”

You finish your [Newcastle] contract in June, have you already decided if it will continue or if it will be a change?

“I do not want fans or players to waste time thinking about that. The key is to achieve permanence and then talk about projects.”

What motivates you?

“I speak of an ambitious future project. With the possibility of competing and fighting to win. When you have won titles, you want to keep fighting for it. I like my job, my people manage technology well and we want to compete to win titles if possible.”

What is the management model that you consider ideal in a club for a project?

“It depends a lot on the top part. On how people who make decisions allow professionals to act. From there, each club is different.

“All who win, each one has a seal or a way to operate. Almost always success is based on work, but sometimes also on the luck and quality of certain players who make a difference.

“But when someone wins in three different countries, with three different cultures and approaches means you do things well.”

When you decide to lower the blinds, what do you want to be remembered for?

“What continues to surprise me is that people say we are defensive.

“When you have a team that can attack, you attack and when you have to defend, you defend. That balance is what makes you win titles.”

How much longer are you training [managing]?

“Ten years at least.

“The important thing is to have energy and enthusiasm and I have it.”

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