Why Would Rafa Benitez Want To Join Newcastle?

There are reports coming out and seem to have originated from BBC Newcastle, that Newcastle may have already done a deal with Rafa Benitez, to take over the management at Newcastle in the summer, presumably dependent on Newcastle being a Premier League club in June.


Rafa Benitez – while at Liverpool

But we wonder whether Benitez would fit in with the way the club is run by Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley – with money for transfers being at a premium.

Newcastle is dependent on spotting players for both the Development and First team squads who are almost unknown players, and can be picked up for small transfer fees.

Of course if somebody wanted to spread a rumor about who the manager could be this summer – everybody knows that Rafa will not be at Chelsea once the season ends – and the other good manager available is Roberto Di Mateo – who has also managed Chelsea this season.

There’s no doubt Rafa would be welcomed at Newcastle – given his fantastic record at Valencia and Liverpool, and it’s something to point out that Liverpool fans still love the man, who won the Champions League in 2005 and reached the final in 2007 with Liverpool.

They have gone downhill ever since he left them in 2010.

But we remember Rafa complaining that he didn;t have enough money to spend at Liverpool – and certainly spend some money while he was on Merseyside.

And Rafa’s management style has been called ruthless and he doesn’t cozy up to the players at all – with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrrad being quoted as saying he would have loved o have had a few “well dones” from the manager.

He’s also very hard to please which isn’t a negative at all for a football manager.

We’d be very surprised if he will be the new manager in the summer, and if Alan Pardew can finish the season with a flourish he a fighting chance of keeping his job – although that possibility now looks very slim.

When you manage a side in two of their worst results in Newcastle’s history at St. James’ Park, that’s good enough reason to be given the push.

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39 comments so far

  • wolfshead@toon

    May 1, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #1

    ash wudnt pay his asking fee zzzzz

  • Ashtoon

    May 1, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed – We’re getting well ahead of ourselves talking about permanent manager replacements considering the gravity of our situation right now!

    Assuming we stay up, most managers would be an upgrade on Pardew, I think most right minded people would accept that. Considering we are not in the front row seats to have any manager of our choosing I would say Rafa would be a significant improvement . I.e he wins things.

  • KevinHann

    May 1, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Come on! Last time I checked we were not 5 points below Wigan. We can’t close our eyes and be upbeat about the next 3 games, but we shouldn’t ignore the fact the teams around us aren’t in much better position – and how they played in a single recent game means nothing. Sunderland did awesome to beat us 3-0, and what happened next? Playing well and winning big doesn’t guarantee you points in the remaining fixtures.
    So Ed, instead of looking for a Saviour, why don’t you take a more rational approach and look at the relegation battle in detail, including injuries? You’d be surprised how many things can make a difference.

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  • Graeme

    May 1, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Just cant see MA shelling out what it would cost to bring Benitez to toon – might as well go the whole hog and sign up Jose!!

    I know which I would prefer, but probably more chance of winning Euro-millions lol

  • santonthenewmaldini

    May 1, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #5

    I think Rafa would come to join us no problem we are still a really good proposition for a manager as long as Ashley is willing to pay good wages for a manager which he might not want to do

    We have a good squad who with a couple of additions and some of the deadwood sold could challenge for top 8 next season we also have a great fanbase who if you get the side trying hard and playing attacking and winning football you will be hailed as the next messiah we are really easy to satisfy!!Still dont know how Pardew has not figured this out!!?!?

    There is nothing wrong with our scouting network and if Benitez knew the score about it from the start and was also allowed to maybe bring in a few top quality players that he felt would improve us then boom we will be flying he may also be able to employ more scouts for us that could work with Carr and allow us to pick up gems from South America and Spain?

    When he was successful with Valencia they had a similar business model that we are trying to achieve which is sell a player for big money and invest it back into youngsters and cheaper players and start again till you have built a good squad

    Benitez also has a little bit of an ego and he may think if he could win a trophy with us he could be classed in the top level of English game management as he will win the Europa with Chelsea this season so that could potentially be 3 English teams he has won trophies with?!?!

    Pretty sure I read somewhere that Benitez can speak French as well think he might be fluent in English, French and Spanish but it should not matter because if we stay up the Frenchies should be made to do English lessons all summer long to get up too speed!!!

  • santonthenewmaldini

    May 1, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Also I cant see Sunderland picking up another point this season

    Yes they outplayed us but we are shite they were lucky against Everton and the luck ran out against Villa

    With Sessegnon out for the season now and Stoke look to have a bit of verve about them now I think Stoke will probably beat them 1 nil

    They will then be gripped with the fear at home like we had against Liverpool and Southampton will take full advantage of that

    They will face Spurs away where the home team will have to win to get champions league

    I think it could still be them that goes down as we will surely get a result against QPR or West Ham ?!?If we dont we deserve to go down simple as

  • Ashtoon

    May 1, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #7

    @ 5

    Santon you have obviously tracked Benitez in quite a methodical manner and it seems if he has some language skills that would set him up ideally!

    If it was up to me I would say sign him up, of course in time honoured NUFC tradition it won’t be that simple and I think we have more chance of some random failed london based manager than any other, unless Ashley has learned from his experiences.

  • EastEndMagpie

    May 1, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #8

    I agree Kevin,

    I know we are in a bad situation but lets be positive, after all, wigan have tough games and we do have quality players, and no matter what anyone says if your made to look that bad at your profession you will do your best to prove you are better, im sure we will get the points we need, also everyone seems to be forgeting that wigan have 3 games in 7 days, with already 5 players out, they are in a lot worse situation than us! a win or even a draw at the weekend and hopefully all this relelgation talk will be put to bed, but even if we lose and wigan won, we still have to lose to qpr with wigan winning again, and then also lose to arsenal, i honestly dont think that will happen….

  • KevinHann

    May 1, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #9

    @EastEndMagpie – the reality of the situation we’re in demands that we consider it’s possible for all that to happen and ultimately suffer relegation again. On the other hand we are exactly where we are and while it’s not roses, it’s not worse either. And it could be worse. Take a look around us. It is not just Newcastle and Wigan, you know?
    Villa have a terrible run-in. Sunderland are damaged and another loss this weekend can pretty much see them overtake us as second relegation favourite. And what about Norwich? Think they are out of the frame?

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    May 1, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #10


    Nothing surprises me with Ashley he defo likes a bit of chaos theory when it comes to the Toon

    Would not be surprised if any of the following happened :

    We ended up with Neil Warnock or Rafa Benitez

    Pardew gets fully backed with new coaches of former players such as Ginola, Asprilla and Robert Lee and also gets backed in the transfer market with PEA and Carroll both over the line

    We end up getting an unknown manager from France someone in league 2

    We end up with Laurent Blanc who incidentally was getting English lessons last year

    Any of these scenarios is possible with Ashley

  • Alberts_tash

    May 1, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #11

    I tell you what. Those Sheffield Housewives are nowt like their pictures.

  • wolfshead@toon

    May 1, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #12

    chaos theory yes the mad prof ashley and his atomic football team haha

  • jimmysmith

    May 1, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Players feel let down and lied to by an opportunistic and less than honest ownership.

    Witness appalling disintegration of a once proud club in all it’s true horror.

    Hey, it’s a theory!

  • KevinHann

    May 1, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Supposed kits for next season leaked:


    Pretty uninspiring, hope it’s a hoax. Would prefer a return to predominantly black shirts with more stripes. These look like some cheap imitations I would get at the street market.

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  • stuart no9

    May 1, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #15

    would rafa come to newcastle? yep in a heart beat. The fans would treat him like a god, he will be worshipped by 50,000,fans,his name would reverbarate around the ground, and thats after only 1 win. After what he has had to put up with at chelsea, newcastlte would be heaven on earth. i think he’ll be ready for the challenge – and do a job.

  • lesh

    May 1, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Ed. Slow down eh. You’ve been to the docs and had some surgery man. This blog’s meant to be a pastime for you, not a responsibility!

    If I sound like Mrs H, then maybe she’s got a point. Have a rest man.

  • GeordieDan

    May 1, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #17


    Yeah have to agree Colo might be one of the best CB’s we’ve ever had at our club but how much leadership does he actually really give to our team?

    He’s not exactly vocal as Albert’s said so other than his presence and obvious talent he’s surely not that influential these days?

    How much inspiration can you draw from a man who everyone knows want to leave and that IS regardless of the reason why!

    If this is Pardew’s only masterplan then Sir Bobby above please help us because we need MUCH more than Colo coming back to save us this time.

    Make no bones about it Wigan take the p*** this time of year and Villa and Sunderland won’t give us a sniff of help. We need our lads to fight with everything for the rest of the season and from what I’ve seen in these last few week I have reason to be worried like we all have!

  • GeordieDan

    May 1, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #18


    Hope everything went well!

    Your blasting out a crazy number of pages today so you must be doing OK?

    All the best mate. 😀

  • Thump

    May 1, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #20

    Blue ribbing back, eh? Quite like that. Sadly, can also see it being a Championship shirt. Gives me the same feelings as the last Adidas one (which I’m actually wearing right now… hm.)

  • Sydney Toon

    May 1, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #21

    I would love for Rafa to come to Newcastle and all the rumours are becoming stronger by the day. MY OPINION IS THAT Pardew has been told he has 3 games, and must win all 3 to have any chance. It’s not about just surviving, it’s about showing he can turn things around quickly and get the squad playing again. It wont happen, we will survive by taking 3 points in our last three games. Benitez will bring a fluid based playing style with the need to score 2-4 goals per game. His ability to get decent players to play well in a system is well regarded, plus I think he will be able to work well within our financial structure. Plus he will attract strong coaching staff and players. Yes he adores the 4-2-3-1 but it will work and he may even be critical in keeping Colo. Imagine bringing someone of Benitez’s calibre to keep all our stars, including Tiote who can play a key role next season under Benitez. Plus, we may even see Colo play DM with Sissoko, as his ball play skills are exceptional, similar to David Luiz, which was working very well until injuries to Chelsea backline meant Luiz is back at CB. Look at his record at Chelsea and he has proven to be a success. I also believe Ashley will back the new Manager. He backed Pardew with astute signings. when he first took charge. He backed Keegan/Wise (disaster I know!), but he has always back a new manager with funds. Benitez would command close to 30 million, but would certainly get a number of young and talented players, plus will tap us into the Spanish Market. Nobody knew who Xabi Alonso, Luis Garcia, Arbeloa were till they were brought in. Plus, the only other options for Benitez are Everton (should Moyes go), Manchester City (doubtful) and possibly Liverpool if rodgers gets poached by Man City. No other big clubs would attract him. We would not be an instant top 6 team, but Top 8 is very achievable with Benitez. Pardew must go, I am sick to death of him and his lies. Debuchy getting sent off was a clear sign of discontent. He got skinned all game and it is the Manager’s job to get Perch or Tiote or Guti to assist, he didn’t, left him to hang dry. I for one think Simpson will do a great job, he has to, he needs a new contract and the only way he will get a good contract is by playing well.

  • jimmysmith

    May 1, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Comment #22

    Well, if we have lined up Bentez, we’ve been skulking around behind the current managers back.

    Which might be entirely in character for this ownership.

  • Sydney Toon

    May 1, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #23

    Isn’t that what all businesses do?? Happened to me, not too long ago, but I understood the rationale behind it. I had an opportunity to leave before they pushed me and I took it. Pardew I doubt has the same luxury but wont be pushed till after the Arsenal game. The review I believe has already happended. Why ask Pardew what went wrong when it is clear as day that injuries has impacted our campaign but there was always still a good enough squad to get results, even draws. If Swansea, Fulham, West Brom & Southampton all can have a weaker squad but play exceptional and be higher than us, then what excuse does Pardew have. Injuries have only made us from a top 6 team to a mid table team, no way should we be in this situation with our squad. If you watch our play, you have Guti doing what I believe pardew wants, long balls, play for fouls and get the ball to Cisse early with no midfield support. But you then have Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Sissoko trying to create on their own terms and the rest of the squad are not following, the squad are confused by what they want to do instead of being what they are coached. In the end, the players always win and if we are to keep our stars and be back in that Top 8 competing for Europe and Cups, then Pardew must go, Benitez, Martinez, Armin Veh or even Poyet must come in and achieve that. Again, my choice is Benitez. We may not always be pretty but he gets results and in the end, we need that more than often!

  • toonicle

    May 1, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #24

    Hope all went well for ya Ed! Been staying off the comments as it’s been too depressing.

  • jimmysmith

    May 1, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    Comment #25

    Sydneytoon, I’m posting from Uralla near Arimdale NSW, so you think they had essentially lined Rafa up a while ago and therefore Pards fate has been sealed for some time unbeknownst to him..

    How Machiavellian or put more prosaically, a shitty way to carry on.

  • kukubean

    May 1, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    Comment #26

    ok, i am getting tired of this. there is too much negatively for the squad. we know what we can do with our team on our day. we had lots of newcomers and now they know its not that easy in the EPL. I am just tired hearing this “sack pardew” cries out there. We need stability… we have to face it we are not the big boys anymore and i believe we want to build a team than can challenge the big things in the near future. I hope we can be support the manager for the next 3 games. I used to love coming to this blog, now i am feeling disgusted with the comments. Come on LADS. show ur support when the team, when they need it the MOST..the next 3 games. NUFC for life from Malaysia.

  • p

    May 1, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Comment #27

    One game at a time for me. Get behind Pardew & Co for West Ham and evaluate after that game.

    However, I’d take Rafa in a heartbeat in summer if we survive the drop. We are unlikely to get anyone better than that in the short-term.

    I also think he would be up for it. I think he likes the Prem, he would get a chance at Newcastle with the fans (unlike Chelsea) and if he can get us in the top 10 consistently – which I think he can – he has got a pretty secure job.

    Perhaps it’s wishful thinking but I too think Sunderland are now in a tough spot too.

  • Novocastrian66

    May 1, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    Comment #28

    Pardew might be on a bonus to keep us up and after that it’s auf weidersehen, pet.

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 1, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #29

    Did any 1 see the report in the sun abt HBA, really worried

  • jimmysmith

    May 1, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #30

    Surely Beer bottle pockets won’t spring for Rafa’s wage demands, nor his high profile expensive transfer targets.

    Although if the two opposing philosophies ever met halfway we’d be about right I’d say.

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 1, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #31


    But Rafa got nothing from roman in terms of transfers

  • ABH

    May 1, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #32

    I have to say if I owned a football club….that’s doing alright in a recession…had a couple of billion,and could make more money selling shoes and tops made in god knows where…I would Get Mouriniho first pay him 20 million say and give him a couple of hundred million to win something…and he would ther is only one other manager in British football who could do thast and we don’t want AF here so its simple….If you want to play go and buy Tottenham,otherwise do the obvious…Oh and before anyone says why would he come here….well why did he go to Chelsea?????.

  • jimmysmith

    May 1, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #33

    Surely, wth the players available we need to revert back to the trusty old 442


    Simmo Tayls Colo Anita

    Be Arfa Sissoko Cabs Guti

    Gouffran Cisse

    Better than both the Hammers and Queens Park Relegated and a match for the Arse at St James’.

    IM(ever so ‘umble)O o’course – doffs cap, tugs forelock, berates whippet, yet again.

  • valle

    May 1, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #34

    The question is, why would Benitez want to JOHN anyone (Cant believe nobody noticed that) 😉

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 1, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #35

    Stop mentioning Di Matteo as a good manager. He is nothing more than average. Maybe a slight upgrade, but negative and defensive, and other than 4 months where John Terry and Frank Lampard did the work for him has done nothing noteworthy.

  • AwToonnufc

    May 1, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #36

    I’ve got to admit, as hard as it is to support the toon right now, I’ve never seen so many people just give up. Your all having a go at the players and the manager for given up last sunday. But from what i’ve seen the Majority of you fans have given up as well. We are not down yet and if we get behind the team and give them some motivation instead of hammering them all week they’ll have a much better chance of a win. It’s clear the majority of you would be useless in a crisis. Shitting your kegs and admitting defeat with three games to go. Get behind the team, If we go down then we can hammer them. But until then show a bit of common sense!

  • markis

    May 1, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #37

    @26 Kukubean- No disrespect my friend, but if you had been at every game, like myself, this season, you wouldn’t be saying that. Sick and tired of repeated gutless performances.

    I’ve said for a long time we need stability but I’ve heard multiple times that he’s lost the dressing room and if this is the case there’s only 1 option.
    My preference is RDM but Benitez would do a job as mentioned above but he’ll need coin to spend and unfortunately I can’t see the amount needed coming from MA. Meant to be the 5th richest PL owner aswell..

  • markis

    May 1, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #38

    It’s also laughable that people get behind Guitierrez all the time too. We need to stop romanticising our players when they simply aren’t good enough.

    Jonas might be a nice bloke and do a lot for the club, community or whatever, but his vision, pace, delivery are all nothing short of awful. Cut the crap and put 11 quality players on that field, it’s what us loyal fans deserve.

  • papscrunt

    May 1, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #39

    I’d take Rafa in a heartbeat. Behind the scenes would be improved out of sight. Training, Diet, Sports Science etc. We’d be tactically a million miles better. And have a proper style of play and a real focus. Basically the complete opposite of what we are right now.


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