Former Inter, Liverpool, Valencia, Napoli, and Newcastle United coach Rafa Benitez feels that it was a mistake for him to accept the position of Nerazzurri head coach given the financial restrictions of Financial Fair Play at the time.

Speaking to Rome-based newspaper La Repubblica in an interview published in today’s print edition, via FCInterNews, Benitez expressed regret regarding his taking over at the Nerazzurri in the summer of 2010.

Benitez was the man who Inter looked to to take over from Jose Mourinho following the heroics of the European Treble season.

The Spaniard had established a very strong reputation for himself within European football based on his work with Valencia and Liverpool.

However, the fit between Inter and Benitez never looked to be a good one, as the coach lasted only a few months, coaching just 25 matches before being sacked by the club.

The Spanish coach looked back on why things went wrong, stating that “I made a mistake in joining as coach when they were unable to make signings, due to Financial Fair Play.”

He added that “I made a similar mistake at Everton, joining when they were unable to invest after years of overspending.”