Saturday, November 26, 2016

Rafa: Door is open for Gerrard at Newcastle

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez told reports that he and the club are open to Steven Gerrard joining them as a coach at St James' Park.

This is what he had to say:

"I think the club was talking about it having an 'open door policy'."

"You are talking about a player with such a high level and who has been so good that he could be a coach anywhere. So I don't think that he will say 'oh, I will go to Newcastle'. Normally, he will say 'I will go to Liverpool'. But if he wants to talk about that, then we can talk. Always, we have space for good people."

"I was really lucky because we got the best from Steven. He scored 104 goals for us when we were there. He was the kind of player where you will not find too many now – a good professional and leader on the pitch. He was working so hard off the pitch and an example for everyone. He played in different positions so he was learning the understanding of the game, maybe he can be a good coach in the future."

"If he wants to talk to me about that, we can be in contact, and hopefully I can give him some good ideas."

"We are talking about one of the best players I ever had. He can be an inspiration to the rest of the team like in Istanbul. Thanks to him, we won the Champions League in Istanbul. Everything was special that day. If he wants to come and talk about how to approach things, I can give my ideas, but he also has a lot of people around who can give him some advice."

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