Magpies boss Rafa Benitez sat down for an exclusive interview with Spanish media outlet Marca, and discussed his relationship with Newcastle fans, drawing comparisons with the one he shared with the Liverpool faithful during his time in charge at Anfield.
The 57-year-old has performed admirably during his time in charge at St James' Park, guiding his side to promotion back to the Premier League last term, and masterminding their impressive start to this season's campaign.
The Spaniard has enjoyed high levels of success during his time in football management - none more so than when he guided the Reds to Champions League glory in 2005, after their dramatic win over AC Milan in the final.
Benitez sat down for an exclusive interview with Marca, and responded to a question asking him if the relationship that he shares with the Toon Army is on the same level as the camaraderie he had with the Liverpool fans:
"I've been very lucky in all the places I've been. In Extremadura, Tenerife, Valencia, Napoli... I have enjoyed good relations with the fans. In some places more than others, and in England, at Liverpool and Newcastle, is where I most value it. The six years at Liverpool we won many titles and my house is still there."
With 29 games still to be played in the Premier League this season, anything can happen, but if Newcastle manage to maintain their fine form, and finish inside the top seven, Benitez will have enhanced his reputation as a top-class manager even further still.