It’s funny… Rafa Benitez has a brilliant relationship with Valencia, Liverpool and Newcastle fans – to the point that he’s hero-worshipped in all three cities – not just for his ability as a manager – but for the person he is, too.
To us, he’s a good, kind man – who understands what’s important in life and what part football plays in it.
But if you speak to his former players, they’ll often tell tales that paint him as very cold and ruthless!
Stephen Warnock was on 5Live yesterday and explained how Benitez addressed him following the player’s initial failure to secure a move to Blackburn in the summer of 2006…
It’s well worth a listen!
(Don’t worry, Rafa – we still love ya!)
When #DeadlineDay deals fall through, what's it like at training the next day?@StephenWarnock3 wasn't exactly welcomed back warmly by Rafa Benitez at #LFC 😬#DeadlineDay podcast: https://t.co/QyEtth6IOp pic.twitter.com/EZm42Rtrux
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) February 1, 2019