The Spaniard officially left the club earlier this month and is already employed at Chinese club Dalian Yifang. However, there remains a possibility he could one day come back to St James’ Park.
“But you are always happy to come back where people appreciate your effort and commitment – and Newcastle United’s fans have been one of the best in my management career.”
Benitez clearly made a point, here, to say that the Newcastle FANS were a highlight of his managerial career, not working at Newcastle in general under Mike Ashley. It’s the supporters who really made his time in the north east particularly memorable. Working under Ashley’s tyrannical grip would be absolutely harrowing, you imagine. Seemingly it was, because Benitez has run all the way to China to wipe his tears with all the money he’ll be getting over there. But the adoration he received from the Toon Army means that a return to the Magpies can never be ruled out for him, as long as the club is under new ownership. There’s simply no way that Benitez and Ashley will ever work together again, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Spaniard won’t someday end up back at St James’ Park. There’s an exciting thought for the Newcastle faithful, and make no mistake.