West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has praised Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, and the job he is doing with the Magpies.
Writing in her column for the Sun today, Brady expressed her admiration for Benitez reviving Newcastle despite getting no help from Mike Ashley. She believes the owner’s ability to sell the club is the direct result of Benitez’s managerial skill:
“Rafa’s management skills are responsible for Ashley’s windfall and he now has a fair chance of transforming Newcastle into one of the few clubs with the support and profile to challenge the very best.”
Hammers’ co-owner David Sullivan has revealed in the past that the London club were close to hiring Benitez before he opted to join Real Madrid instead back in 2015. Reports have constantly linked the Spaniard with West Ham since then but much has changed in the intervening period.
West Ham find themselves struggling at the wrong end of the table, in sixteenth after ten games, while the Magpies have gone from strength to strength under Benitez, having followed promotion last season with a strong start to the Premier League season, currently sitting ninth in the Premier League.