Rafa Benitez: No problem with working relationship with Newcastle United hierarchy

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.

Structural and communication problems with the Newcastle United hierarchy are a thing of the past, according to Magpies boss Rafa Benitez.

One of the main criticisms of the Mike Ashley regime at St James’s Park has been a communication breakdown.

Whether that be between the club and fans, the manager and players or even between the men at the top and those running things day-to-day at NUFC.

That was one of the first things that Benitez moved to address when he got the reins of the club on a permanent basis.

Regular meets with prominent fan groups, the media and more community work have become par for the course at the club. It is a far cry from media bans and a closed door policy of the not too distant past.

And even within the halls of power, things are running a lot more smoothly.

United boss Benitez admits he is satisfied that the relationship he and managing director Lee Charnley can be a positive one for Newcastle moving forward.

This news will no doubt come as a relief to many Geordies.

“I am happy with it,” said Benitez when asked about he and Charnley’s working relationship.

“Every week, every month, every year, you try to improve something.

“You are always thinking, ‘If I can change this little thing, maybe it will improve this or that’. You are always looking at little things, or the way that certain departments operate, but it takes time to change things.

“There are a lot of good people here.

“They needed to have an idea to follow – now they have an idea, and a path to follow. I think everybody is more or less happy, but at the same time, they can give their opinions.

“It is not just the head of the departments that I am speaking to – I am asking for opinions all the time.

“Then you take everything on board, and decide which way you want to go. If we are winning, doing things properly, and treating people with respect, then things will be going well.”