The Game podcast live in Newcastle with Rafael Benítez

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Times subscribers joined us in Newcastle upon Tyne for an evening of football debate with our expert journalists and Newcastle United manager Rafael Benítez.

Our team of experts gave their opinions and shared their inside knowledge and secrets that they've picked up from years covering the game.

RAFA Benitez is one of the most garlanded football managers of his generation. Among his many successes, the Spaniard twice won La Liga at Valencia, lifted the Champions League and FA Cup with Liverpool and the Europa League at Chelsea. He has also managed at Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Napoli. His most recent achievement was leading Newcastle United back into the Premier League, earning him the adoration of the club’s supporters. 

Also included on the panel, hosted by The Times football writer Alyson Rudd, was The Times Northern Sports Correspondent George Caulkin and Chief Football Correspondent Oliver Kay.

Launched 15 years ago, The Game revolutionised football coverage, becoming the first quality pullout on a Monday morning.