29 Sept 2011

RAFA BENITEZ: An exclusive new interview with Liverpool's former manager

Rafa Benitez is still revered by many Liverpool fans, and since leaving the club, he's continued to live on Merseyside, and has become something of a benefactor for local community projects. Yesterday, ITV conducted an exclusive interview with Benitez and his wife Montse.

You can watch the interview on the ITV website here: Rafa Benitez Interview

A couple of snippets from the interview:

"Since the beginning, we settled down really well. The fans were fantastic, but also the people in the city, the people in our area, so everyone was supportive through good times and bad times. At the end we said ‘why not’ – the people are so good to us so we can do something for them".

"The people in Spain are surprised, they say ‘why do you live there, it’s always raining!’, but I say, the weather is not a problem – the people are very charming, so that’s the key.

In a separate interview with the BBC, Benitez was enthusiastic about this weekend's game with Everton:

"A derby is a derby. It doesn't matter if you have spent money or not. The passion will be there and I think it will be a fantastic game. I liked to be involved with derbies in the past and I'll definitely enjoy watching this weekend's game from home"

Jaimie Kanwar


  1. I think he was one of the best manager Liverpool had in last 20 years if not the best. He was unlucky Liverpool had some terrible owners during his time. I was sad when he left but I understood that he had to go.
    And I am over the moon that liverpool now got Kenny as the manager and owners who are fully supporting him .YNWA

  2. Yes, indeed. The best we have had since Bob Paisley. Those who lived through Heysl, Hillsborough, and the Dalglish years quite naturally loved to have King Kenny back. But that's about it, for me at least.

  3. you make me laugh kanwar, all u did was slate him when he was manager and defend the yanks, you gave up your right to call urself a liverpool fan you should be too ashamed to put ur name to anything. yet to see an apology come from you about how wrong u were about tom n george.

  4. May be he'll be back ...he'll always be welcome

  5. you take a lot of slack for "slagging off" rafa at every turn but hats off to you mate.

  6. Absolute respect for a great manager; but even more so for the great man he is - I still keep wondering if he brought Kenny in for reasons that weren't spoken of at the time....
    He certainly would have known where the 'rip off' merchants were taking our beloved club, & by no means was he afraid to face them off - If only he was in charge under different ownership, as well as with a different board

  7. where in your house, not at anfield, get over it. 

  8. i couldnt agree more not only was a great manager he was an even better man manager telling the likes of alonso and yossi they aren't good enough is just a great way to go about things. He also had a really good record in the transfer window signing the likes of degen el zhar dossena voronin just to name a few stand outs. those players there really set the standard for lfc its who we are as a club.