Rafael Benitez Professes His Love For Father Ted

Eoin Lyons
By Eoin Lyons
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Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has revealed his love of British sitcoms, name checking Father Ted (look we know it's basically Irish, but it was Channel 4) in the process.

In an interview with BBC Sport the Spaniard explained that when he first arrived in the Premier League, he watched sitcoms in order to improve his English.

My English was poor when I first arrived - as it still is - but I used to listen to the Beatles to improve it. I watched the sitcoms for that as well.

When I first came, I enjoyed watching Father Ted, Fawlty Towers - with the waiter who was supposed to be Spanish but sounded more Italian. Only Fools and Horses is a big favourite of mine.

I used to watch My Family, Blackadder, and the Vicar of Dibley, I watched them all. They were great fun. They helped me relax and now I watch them all.


With his love of comedy, it's perhaps fitting that Benitez has found himself at Newcastle United, cutting a desperate Ted Crilly type figure as owner Mike Ashley leaves any transfer money 'just resting in his account'.

Newcastle currently lie 14th in the table, with Benitez steadying the ship after a poor start to the season, and take on Fulham at St. James' Park this evening, locking horns with Claudio Ranieri (who's mean to be flip-hot, an Italian).


H/T: BBC Sport

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