Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has talked about his love for English sitcoms, and sent a Dad’s Army-style”do not panic” message to his players.
The Spaniard said he listened to the Beatles and watched Fawlty Towers to help with his English when he first moved to England.
Newcastle failed to win any one of the initial 10 league matches of the entire year but have climbed to 14 th in the table.
The 58-year-old first handled in England with Liverpool out of 2004-10, winning the FA Cup, Champions League and Super Cup.
“My English was poor when I first arrived as it is but I used to hear the Beatles to improve it,” he said. “I saw the sit-coms for that too”
And Benitez echoed the much-loved Dad’s Army personality Corporal Jones, played by the late Clive Dunn, in the buildup to his side’s game against bottom side Fulham on Saturday.
“Do not panic and continue on doing your job since it’s a longlong season,” he said. “I see a lot of sitcoms, that we love. I love the’Do not panic! Do not panic!’
Only Fools and Horses can be a big favourite of mine.
“I used to watch My Family, Blackadder, and the Vicar of Dibley, I watched all of them. They were great fun. They helped me relax and now I watch all of them.”
Newcastle, that have 16 points from their opening 17 matches, travel to Benitez’s former club Liverpool on 26 December and therefore are away again 3 days later – at Watford.
Asked about xmas at St James’ Park, ” he said:”Ordinarily I give gifts to all staff and they give presents back.
“They are murdering me, as what do they supply? Wine – I don’t drink. Or chocolate and I don’t want to eat more chocolate or icecream “
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, that has been criticised for a lack of investment in the transfer market, revealed earlier this month which he hoped to sell the team to”a owner that will please everyone”.