Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez* has sent a warning to his new Tyne-Wear opponent and long-term rival Sam Allardyce, telling the Sunderland boss – ‘I’m coming to get you!’
Benitez was confirmed as the Magpies’ new head coach on Friday after the long-awaited sacking of Steve McClaren.
The Spaniard’s arrival at St James’ Park reignites and old feud with Allardyce, who first sparred during Benitez’s days at Liverpool and which continued with comments in the Black Cats boss’ autobiography published last year.
Allardyce slammed Benitez, saying the ex-Reds boss doesn’t deserve credit for Liverpool’s famous Champions League final win in Istanbul.
And, speaking EXCLUSIVELY on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, Benitez fuel the fire between the two Premier League managers, saying: “The feeling is very mutual between me and Big Sam.
“I don’t like him and he doesn’t like me.
“The problem for him is that I was very successful. I’ve won trophies and Big Sam, I don’t think he’s ever seen a trophy before.
“I cannot wait for the Derby because big boy, Big Sammy, I’m coming for you!”
*It was, of course, not tactical genius Rafa speaking to the Weekend Sports Breakfast, but top football impressionist Darren Farley – Listen to the hilarious clip in full above!