Rafael Benitez hilariously fails to recreate magic from viral clip of him with Sky Sports graphic in studio… as Spaniard opens up on what his future in football holds
- Rafael Benitez tried to recreate a viral clip with on-screen graphics from history
- However, he could not achieve it, despite support from Sky Sports colleagues
- The former Newcastle and Liverpool boss wants time to build his next project
Rafael Benitez appears to have lost his touch with the on-screen graphics at Sky Sports.
When the 62-year-old was in charge at Liverpool, he was captured waving his hands on the touchline, just at the moment when an information bar naming him appeared on the screen.
It was a viral moment of ‘magic’ from the Spaniard during his first spell on Merseyside, but when he was involved in Sky’s coverage from Liverpool’s win at another one of his former clubs, Newcastle United, he was not able to repeat it.
Benitez attempted the swipe, but went just too early, leaving his fellow studio members Kelly Cates and Jamie Redknapp to urge him to try again.
However, a further attempt was also unsuccessful, which led Redknapp to jokingly remonstrate with the graphics department, saying ‘You’ve got to time it, guys’.
Rafa Benitez tried to repeat a viral clip where Sky Sports graphics appeared on command
The ex-Newcastle and Liverpool boss could not repeat success from his days with the Reds
Cates said ‘Third time’s a charm’, but Benitez failed to magic up the appearance of an information box either. The presenter said ‘we tried’.
Redknapp summed up the situation by saying: ‘You can only do magic once’.
Whilst talking to Cates and Redknapp at the end of Liverpool’s win, Benitez spoke briefly about his next steps as a manager.
Benitez was Liverpool boss between 2004 and 2010, before taking charge of Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Everton in a storied career.
Since his dismissal from the blue half of Merseyside at the beginning of last year, Benitez has been out of a job, and he explained that he needed time to mould a long-term project, rather than being jettisoned into short-term opportunities.
Benitez has been without a job since feeling let down by transfer issues at his last club Everton
Benitez said: ‘I said so many times, it depends – you need a project. I can say now I don’t like projects, I don’t like these ones.
‘I am fine and happy in England, sometimes you make decisions which are a risk – there are things that I want to be around for, Premier League is the best.
‘My staff have become, we analyse things and we can build things. But a project now is three weeks, not three years. We need some time to build something.’
Benitez told Sportsmail that he was constricted over his ability to manoeuvre in the transfer market whilst in charge at Everton, and was frustrated by the lack of support from their owners.