Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

He May Be Keeping His Cool - but Cold Facts Are Benitez Is Just So Frustrated; THE TENSION RISES AS RAFA HITS OUT AT CLUB'S POLICY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

He May Be Keeping His Cool - but Cold Facts Are Benitez Is Just So Frustrated; THE TENSION RISES AS RAFA HITS OUT AT CLUB'S POLICY

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Byline: LEERYDER Analysing life in Black & White

WHILE others might lose their heads amid the intense environment Rafa Benitez now finds himself right in the middle of, the 58-year-old is cool, calm and collected.

On the ground floor of SC Braga's Estadio Municipal, you will find the press room and the stage on which Benitez delivered one of the most impactive media calls for quite some time.

It was still hot and stuffy in there at about 10.10 on Wednesday night as ice-cold Benitez made his way into the auditorium and delivered a press conference which has rocked Tyneside.

Only a handful of journalists had made the journey to Porto and Braga but they were about to hit the send button on one of the biggest stories of the transfer window so far, even if it was a negative one.

Benitez's words strayed out of the boundaries your average manager will set when talking about transfers and recruitment - but the Spaniard is not your average manager.

He did not criticise anybody with his words but instead delivered what he described as "very clear and simple" facts.

Benitez did not slam anybody in doing what he did, he was diplomatic.

His body language was not resigned to failure and instead it felt like he was simply asking WHY Newcastle United find themselves in the headlines for the wrong reasons yet AGAIN!

The feel-good factor from last season seems a long time ago now.

However, even during a tough summer, Benitez has shown his class and quality as one of the world's top managers. The former Real Madrid and Liverpool boss has an aura around him and at both Porto and SC Braga they rolled out the red carpet for him.

Why? Because, just like a huge list of European clubs, one day they would gladly take him as their manager - and give him the tools he needs for the job. …

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