The current Newcastle United manager lasted just seven months at the Bernabeu.
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Benitez was named as the Real Madrid manager last summer after they parted company with Carlo Ancelotti.
He would end up lasting just seven months at the La Liga giants as constant talk regarding player unrest saw him sacked at the beginning of January.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez
Many felt that the sacking was long coming, but it did come as something of a surprise given that his side were third in La Liga at the time, just four points from first placed Atletico Madrid.
And Pepe, who was not part of the Spaniard’s plans during his stint in charge, has admitted that he really liked the way that Benitez worked.
“I’m always sincere with my words and I must say I really liked the way he worked,” he told Marca.
“Benitez is a great professional and has good coaching methods, but was unlucky. Luck is needed in order to be successful regardless of the amount of work you put in.”
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference
Benitez will now be hoping that he can enjoy a longer spell at St James’ Park than he managed at the Bernabeu.
Securing his signature on a new and improved deal has been hailed a major coup for Newcastle, with many expecting them to make an instant return from the Championship.
To do that, he will need time to set the cub on the right track and all indications are that they are willing to give him just that.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley (R) in the stands with Managing Director Lee Charnley