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Rafa Benitez launches classy new attack on Mike Ashley “A leopard can’t change its spots”

3 years ago

Rafa Benitez is a classy and cool customer.

Not exactly something you could accuse Mike Ashley of being.

It is now 10 days since the Newcastle United owner launched that astonishing attack on both Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans, as The Mail gave him a free platform to launch his PR statement offensive, hilariously billed as an ‘Interview’…

Rather than be goaded into instantly reacting to the spiteful attack from his former employer, Rafa has taken his time and given a quality and considered response.

The now Dalian Yifang manager is doing a series of blog articles on his new adventure in China, talking a lot about the completely different culture he is experiencing, the articles published via his own personal website.

Rafa has produced an excellent set of results since arriving at his new club and more than doubled the crowds, Dalian Yifang have won five and drawn one, the only defeat away at the team who are top of the league.

The latest success was a 3-1 win at Chongoing Dangdai Lifan FC on Friday, Salomon Rondon making it now three goals in only 119 minutes of football so far in China, coming on as an early sub and scoring twice and getting an assist for the other goal.

Writing his latest article/blog after this victory, Rafa Benitez talked at length about his ongoing Chinese adventure but also used the opportunity to include a cutting response to Mike Ashley’s attack on him 10 days ago.

The ex-NUFC manager keeping it classy but getting his message over.

Rafa Benitez praising the fans and wishing the team and Steve Bruce the very best for the season ahead BUT slaughtering Mike Ashley.

Rafa pointing out just how disgracefully Ashley treated club legends Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan, before doing the same to himself.

The now former manager making clear he did everything he could to change Newcastle United for the better and wanted to stay – but found with Mike Ashley he eventually had to accept: ‘unfortunately, as they say in England, ‘a leopard can’t change its spots’.’

Rafa Benitez writing on his personal website, the extracts from his latest article that regard Newcastle United:

“I said in my first of these blog posts after seven days in China, in general everything here is a great experience because the culture and traditions are so different to what I’m accustomed to. But, I am starting to see some similarities with certain aspects of life and the way of doing things in Europe.

“There are a couple of things which clearly remind me of Newcastle.

“The first is the hotel we’re staying in, ‘The Castle’, which reminds me daily of the good times I had in Newcastle and of the ongoing kindness and positivity I received there from the fans, to which I will slightly digress.

“They appreciated the commitment we had when choosing to stay at Newcastle, and the efforts we made to continue being there, but unfortunately, as they say in England, ‘a leopard can’t change its spots’.

“A lot of things kept us attached to the club, to the city, and to its fans, but a lack of project as well as unfulfilled promises meant we had to look forwards and follow a different path, as others such as Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan have done whilst continuing to be supported and to support the team.

“There’s nothing wrong with thinking about the past, but it’s also important to look to the future.

“For this reason, all I have left to say is that I truly wish the team and Steve Bruce the best for the following season.

“…we have incorporated Rondon, who has scored three goals and is adapting well to the group.

“Let’s hope that everything continues going well and I look forward to writing once again on this experience which is completely different to anything I have experience before and which is allowing me to see life from a different perspective.”


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