Report unveils stunning lengths gone to by Benitez for ultimate control at Newcastle

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez holds a dossier containing the personal information of all the journalists who cover the club in a bid to hold absolute control and keep a good relationship between all parties, according to a report.

The Times claim on their website that the Spanish boss has a file with the pictures and biographies of local and national reporters allocated to report on whichever club he might be, which is said to help his desire to “win the media war”.

The stunning revelation means that he will be able to know exactly who every member in press conferences might be, and is said to have helped him keep in the good books of the majority of journalists even when supporters might be getting on his back, as was the case at Chelsea.

Football Insider verdict

If anyone had any doubts over the extraordinary lengths Rafa Benitez goes to in order to keep complete control at the club, then they have been blown away by this revelation. The Spaniard is much more than a football manager, he is one-man databank of football, as well as a experienced figure who knows how politics work in modern day sport. Keeping the journalists on-side can be crucial, for the strength of the media is gargantuan these days. Knowing who is writing what and who is either for or against your reign as boss could give you a decisive advantage when it comes to painting the picture you want the public to see. As the famous saying goes: ‘keep your friends close, and your enemies closer’. 

In other Newcastle United news, the club have seen a goalkeeper suffer an injury on international duty.

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