RAFA HITS THE BIG 1,000 BAR­RIER

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Colin Wil­son

RAFA Ben­itez has spo­ken of his pride at reach­ing a land­mark 1,000 games in pro­fes­sional foot­ball man­age­ment but ad­mits so­cial me­dia has made his job more dif­fi­cult.

The Spa­niard brought up the num­ber dur­ing New­cas­tle’s win over Wi­gan on Wed­nes­day but only in­formed his staff on the team coach head­ing home.

The 56-year-old, who be­gan his coach­ing ca­reer with Real Madrid B and has since taken charge of Va­len­cia, Liver­pool, In­ter­nazionale, Napoli and Real Madrid, said: “I was re­ally proud.

“There are so many games in foot­ball now it is dif­fi­cult to be in charge for such a long time.

“The most im­por­tant thing was to win against Wi­gan but ob­vi­ously af­ter I thought of that.”

Ben­itez joined New­cas­tle in March of this year and was un­able to save them from rel­e­ga­tion but has stuck with the Mag­pies in Eng­land’s sec­ond tier.

The Mag­pies boss con­ceded that tech­nol­ogy has made his job trick­ier over time.

“So­cial me­dia has made it harder,” he added. “When things used to hap­pen in the dress­ing room they stayed in the dress­ing room.”

PRIDE: Rafa Ben­itez

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