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Benitez taught me some vital management lessons.

NEWCASTLE United boss Rafa Benitez taught Harry Kewell that one of the key rules of management is that it has to be the coach's way "or the highway".

Benitez coached Kewell for four years at Liverpool, where the pair won the Champions League and FA Cup together. During Benitez's Anfield tenure, Kewell recalls the pair exchanging opinions in the manager's office - and, although the Australian was steadfast in his stance whenever he walked into the room, he would always depart having been convinced to do as his coach asked.

It is a man-management skill which Kewell was impressed by, and it is one the former Leeds United and Galatasaray winger has attempted to utilise during his own coaching career.

Having impressed during his first managerial role at Crawley Town, Kewell succeeded former Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan at League Two basement boys Notts County last week.

And the 39-year-old is determined to call upon all of the knowledge he garnered from the managers he played under, most notably Benitez's coaching techniques at Liverpool.

"I've definitely taken my own style in what I want to see in terms of the football, but I have also taken dribs and drabs from others I've played for," Kewell told Nottinghamshire Live.

"Rafa Benitez is one as an example. He was the master of you walking into his office thinking: 'I know, this is what I am going to say.' And you'd walk out agreeing with everything he said.

"How does that work? "I'd gone in there and asked for 'this',' then agreed to do 'that'. You'd be like, 'what?' But I am their boss and it's my way or the highway.

"Benitez was fantastic, but he'd say, 'do this', and I'd say, 'but what about this way', and he'd respond: 'Fantastic, but this is what I want you to do.' "It's little things. When I was with [Frank] Rijkaard and I was 30, he taught me so much about my off-field life, as well as on it."

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Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 9, 2018
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