Former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko has labelled Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez as ‘one of the best in the world’ but believes he should be managing a bigger club than the Magpies.
The 32-year-old starred for Benitez at both Valencia and Liverpool, winning multiple trophies under the Spaniard, and knows first-hand the quality of his management skills.
Sissoko was at the peak of his powers during that time, and the effect Benitez had on his career is emphasised by his slump in form while playing away from the Spaniard’s tutelage.
Spells at Juventus, PSG and Levante followed, and Sissoko has spent the last two years jumping between clubs in China, India, Italy and now Indonesia with Mitra Kukar.
And Sissoko insists Benitez remains one of the best coaches in the world, and believes he should be managing at a ‘bigger club’ than Newcastle.
“Right now he is with Newcastle. In this period he has had with Inter Milan, Napoli, but right now he is with Newcastle and I think if he does well at Newcastle then he can go to a bigger club than Newcastle for sure.”
Newcastle take on Sissoko’s former club Liverpool on Sunday and will be keen to return to winning ways at St James’ Park.