No Way This Top Manager Would Want To Join Newcastle

It’s looking increasingly clear that Rafa Benitez’ two year contract at Napoli will not be extended, and that the Spanish manager will leave the club in the summer, when his contract runs out.

Rafa Benitez -turista-a-Napoli

Rafa Benitez – will leave Napoli in the summer

The news is that Rafa has become increasingly frustrated with life in Italy although he has done well at Napoli and has them 3rd top of the Italian League behind Roma and Juventus

Since he has a family home in Liverpool it seems a fair bet that he would like to return to England and manage again in the Premier League this summer.

Rafa had a successful spell managing Liverpool for six years from 2004, and of course he had Liverpool as the winners of the Champions League in 2005, when they beat AC Milan on penalties.

Newcastle have been linked with Rafa Benitez for some time now, but if there was ever a manager who doesn’t fit the profile of a head coach that Newcastle would want this summer –  it is Rafa Benitez.

Rafa is fond of spending big money on players, and he has spent the last eleven years at top clubs who are in Europe every single season.

He would get none of that at Newcastle, who are run on a shoestring by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

We are told the aim every season of Newcastle is to be in the top ten (a minimum), but we are sure that is code for “stay in the Premier league and don’t get involved in a relegation scrap.”

That’s really what Mike Ashley seems to want and he has (very) limited ambition for Newcastle United.

We could also add to that policy – spend as little as money as possible in keeping Newcastle as a top ten club in the Premier League.

Rafa has talked to Canal + about his future today:

“I’ll speak about my future before the end of the season.” “I’ll speak about my future before the end of the season”

“For now I want to stay focused on the present, and the games we have coming up. I have a good relationship with the players and the club, there’s still time to discuss this issue.”

“When I leave Napoli, whether that’s in a year or five years, I want to the team to be more mature, especially at European level, with a squad to face every challenge.”

Notice that Rafa  doesn’t mention being keen to manage Newcastle United, and he talks about wanting to improve at the European level – he would not even be participating in Europe if he joined Newcastle.

There are some good coaches that could come in as Newcastle’s new head coach over the summer, and they include candidates such as Remi Garde, Frank de Boer and Thomas Tuchel.

But there’s just no way that Newcastle would want to hire Rafa Benitez – even though he ‘s a very good manager and has an excellent record in football.

In fact Managing Director Lee Charnley yesterday seemed to be trying to lay the groundwork that John Carver – the interim coach through the end of the season – was doing well at Newcastle.

But the results simply don’t show that.

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145 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 18, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #1

    JCs’ new motor maybe an old banger but that won’t stop the board from hiring it for the long term journey.

    Feeling positive that we will lose against ManC so the pressure from expecting a good performance is off.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 18, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Dok…happy birthday mate 🙂

    Our Toon…any suggestion you say? Don’t buy ST and use that extra spare time on either:

    A) Demonstrate outside SJP with fellow fans and help us get organized. Maybe setup big screens for people to watch the games. We do that in Copenhagen at Big Events (Newcastle is a big event 😉 )

    B) Do something constructive with that spare time. Spend it with family, do something with your son or daughter!

    C) you could even watch paint dry 😉

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 18, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #3

    I don’t think Benitez suits the prem

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 18, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Jeff – Is it the way he holds his thumb?

  • hibbit

    Feb 18, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #5

    jeff not suitable for newcastle either like’s to spend money ……not a hope of him coming here

  • estechco

    Feb 18, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Jesper – missed your news yesterday. Many congrats!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 18, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #7

    estechco…thanks mate 🙂 much appreciated!

  • BandB

    Feb 18, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #8


    Happy news. I hope he brings you much joy.


    Happy birthday man! I suppose even you were a baby once!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 18, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #9

    BandB…I’ll shelter him from the heartache that is Newcastle 😉

  • mindshaft

    Feb 18, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Non Story – he def wont want to come and Ashley def wont want him

    Previous post – No – we will not get 2nd win at Etihad – in fact I wouldn’t be surprised if we get absolutely thrashed

  • BandB

    Feb 18, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #11


    Always try to dilute the cup of heartache with love and not bitterness.
    Everyone can always find a bit more love, if they try.
    I hope mrs jesper is thriving too.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 18, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Howlett Heedbanger – I take that the previous post as below was aimed at me.

    Jeff from Benwell // Feb 18, 2015 at 4:08 PM
    The usual suspects on here remind me of the Dad watching his son at the passing out parade at Catterick
    “Eeh look everyone’s out of step except wor Geordie”
    Your so arrogant you think you know better than the majority and because they dare to disagree , call them, sheep, wums, trolls. Actually bullying tactics are generally counter productive.

    Your attempts to hoodwink others that you have changed are pathetic.
    You previous offerings were that you wished cancer upon others, you slagged off persons going to the Irish Centre in Newcastle, you suggested others were selling their bums on the Quayside, you suggested posters would be beaten up if they attended the Howlett Hall and you have been caught lying/trolling. They are just your “qualities” I can remember off the top of my head.
    Why anyone wants to engage with you is beyond my comprehension.

  • Our Toon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #13


    Have you found that club side called Brazil on a map yet?

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #14


    the way he got liverpool to 2 european cup finals.
    no he’d never make it in the EPL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Our Toon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #15


    I stay away from the ground now but still manage to watch and support from a far. There’s plenty of places in town that show all of toon games!! I’m certain those who want to boycott can find a short term solution

  • DokToon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #16

    thank you all, appreciate the wishes…

    my bday wish is for a new owner… ask the wife, im not lying 😉

  • DokToon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #17


    awaiting the name of the new one… Dominick ( my birth name) is a good choice, lmao…

  • BandB

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Our Toon,

    I think there are people who would stay away if they thought their pain wouldn’t be in vain.

    But if everyone waited until there is a clear majority in favour before they act, then they wouldn’t be needed. would they?

    What they are saying is, “I’ll speak up only when it is unnecessary.”

  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Jespers had his congrats off me today I’m not dishing them out again – that’s the end of goodwill for Wednesday. 🙂

  • cyprus

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #20

    you’re making things up mate 😉
    Read all you wrote, carefully.

  • DokToon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #21


    make me laugh today, tell us how messi and Ronaldo will sign with us in the summer 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #22

    Mike – ” Camarero! Una botela de agua, con gaz -a hora, por favor!”

    Rafa ” I don’t want the job, actually fatso”.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Doktoon when did I say that?

  • Belfast

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Button it skunki

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #25

    Keeping an eye on the poll for the Man C game. 19 people seem to think we will win. Now I’m all for a bit of optimism but….nope, I can’t see it. HWTL though!

  • JamesToon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Even if we could get Benitez I’d still rather have a more hungry young manager who believes in a way of playing like de boer

  • Belfast

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #27

    Carver’s already got the job anyway!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #28

    I dunno Rafa looks pretty hungry to me 😀

  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Who needs a waiter when you’ve got the Carver?

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Afternoon one and all,

    How are we doing?

    Anyone else think Abeids comments regarding Carver were interesting?

    Something along the lines of he’s good for the future of the team. Doesn’t sound very temporary to me.

    Still, I know, I know, we’re waiting to see this change of approach this summer.

    Patience Ibiza.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Doktoon, don’t know about messi an that, but I do think we could nail down iron mike for another five year contract, be a coup for us, don’t want Chelsea to headhunt him!

  • DokToon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #32


    patience is one thing toon supporters do not have… been waiting for 2 or 3 generations now 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #33

    Oh no there goes the neighbourhood. I knew if I tried out my pidgin spanglish he’d pop up.

  • DokToon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #34


    I love your far reaching ideas for a roster, so I thought you could make the math work 😉

  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Anyway tea time approacheth….

  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #36

    Doktoon, just ask around mate, nothing I say adds up.

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Dok…Not sure I agree there. We may have a good old whinge, but here we are, still having the same discussions, waiting for something to change.

    Seems fairly patient to me 🙂

    Happy Birthday, by the way. I hope you have some fun planned.7

    Tsunki…Ah yes, is this a nice neighbourhood? Good place to bring up children? Good schools?

    Tell me, what’s the local football team like?

  • DokToon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #38

    thanks Ibiza,

    im doing the ultimate irish vacation… going to a different bar 🙂

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Dok…Good man. Have one or two for me.

    I did say for there, not from, right? 🙂

  • Belfast

    Feb 18, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #40

    It’s a rough we neighbourhood so it is.


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