Rafael Benitez is hoping to turn his honeymoon period on Tyneside into a full-blown love affair with Newcastle.
The 56-year-old Spaniard stood at St James’ Park on Tuesday night and was serenaded by the home fans during his side’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Manchester City, a result which on top of a 3-0 win over Swansea three days earlier, has rekindled hope of a great escape.
Rafa Benitez said:
“I see the similarities between the cities and the fans. It’s a city of workers, the fans support the team, they have passion, so they are very similar. That is good for me.
“I’ve been in Spain, I’ve been in Italy, but the experience of Liverpool was fantastic because the fans are behind you no matter what you do.
“At the moment the fans here, we are in honeymoon, everything is fine and I am really pleased. Hopefully it can be the same for some years.”