The last Newcastle United captain to lift a major silverware for the club – Bobby Moncur – has claimed that the side’s manager Rafa Benitez is the best in the Premier League.
The 72-year-old ex-defender, who skippered the Magpies to the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup victory, believes the way the Spaniard has done a great job with the current crop of players at the club makes him a great manager.
The Toons are currently 11th on the EPL log after 11 games – just few months after playing in the Championship.
Moncur recently said at the launch of the Newcastle United foundation-led Tesco Bank Junior Players initiative: “Rafa’s done a great job with the squad he’s got – he’s a great manager.
“I think the whole city and the club has been buoyed up by Rafa.
“We’ve got the best manager in the land as far as I’m concerned and he’s doing a great job with what he’s got.”
It’s even widely believed that Newcastle can contest for the continental spots if well-funded, and there is the possibility of the club having new owners by next January.
Moncur reckons things will be made easier for Benitez should a takeover go through, claiming: “Mike’s said ‘I can’t afford to take it any further’ – he’s quite happy to hand it on to somebody else who can.
“If there’s a takeover, hopefully there’ll be more investment, which will make Rafa’s job a bit easier.”
Benitez led Liverpool to the Champions League in 2005, and also won the La Liga twice with Valencia in the early 2000’s.
He also won the Europa League with Chelsea, amongst several other accolades with Inter Milan and Napoli.
The former Real Manager is definitely one of the best tactical minds in the land, and with better players, he could lead Newcastle to a first major silverware in almost 50 years.