Another Management Candidate To Sign New Deal


It’s probably as daft to think Rafa Benitez would come to Newcastle as it is to think Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp would come, but just in case Mike Ashley was going to shock us all and offer Rafa Benitez the job, news today that he will be staying on at Napoli.

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Rafa Benitez – staying at Napoli

The news is that Napoli Club President Aurelio De Laurentiis has offered Rafa a new five year deal to stay in Italy, after he has done well with them over the last two seasons, and they are currently 4th top of the Italian League.

The Spaniard would be out of contract in June and was getting ready to find a new club if he was not offered a new deal at Napoli.

This is what De Laurentiis has said on Radio Kiss Kiss:

“I’ve told him he can stay for one year or he can stay for the next five,”   “He can build a Napoli the way he did with Liverpool. If he stays, I’ll be the happiest man in the world.”

The news is being reported that Newcastle United and West Ham were front-runners to hire him, but we’d have been very surprised if he would join either club, who are hardly ever in Europe, let alone challenging for the Premier League.

It was a nice thought that Rafa may join Newcastle but we all know it was never going to happen, because he’s just far too ambitious and would upset the status quo at Newcastle.

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15 comments so far

  • beermonkey

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    hahahaha rafa a candidate

    jayphoto

    he sounds good and cheap and would no doubt work well with they type of players we buy
    but the club want a patsy that will do as he is told

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Highly doubt he was ever a candidate….
    Actual candidates are more likely to be Mclaren, Warburton, Redknapp, Carver and Bruce….

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail,
    Sorry, had to go into a meeting. I saw one thing about it and that he looked lively with good movement. Other than that I don’t know. Think he played an hour of it though, and they won 3-0. Not sure he contributed goals or assists though.

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    @beermonkey – yeah hes definately not a patsy. Hes on Mourinho level when it comes to outspoken press conferences and being spikey. Hes even clashed with Ancelotti and Zidane over stuff. The guys meticulous too, every detail looked at etc

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  • croftus5678

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    pards left as we felt he was an avg manager !

    even though carver has proved to be under avg does that mean we lose track of what we started and would accept another avg manager and be where we was again under pard ?

    ashley needs t get a hell of a lot right after this season and i and many many others are just waiting to shoot him down when he gets it wrong yet again ! tiny bit of hope that he will get it right though and if so i can hold my head high again but very doubtful going by past experience.

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  • BandB

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Ibizatoon,

    Pardew has one eye on being the next England manager.
    He has insisted in interviews on being asked questions about the England job, according to a tale related by, I think, Mark Douglas recently.
    It isn’t always about the money, though it never hurts.
    He wasn’t going to get it while being booed at Newcastle, where a lot of his unpopularity stemmed from being perceived as the regime’s Comical Ali.

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  • sparky55

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Candidate says who Ed!

    you’ve scraped a whole in the bottom of the barrel without one

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  • Mint

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Actually, Mike Ashley is going appoint himself as the new head coach.
    He’s purposely making things bad, telling players to let a goal in or two,so that when he comes in, he will actually look like an improvement, win over the home crowd, and continue his advertising campaign

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Jayphoto

    I like the sound of Paco lol

    Sub them all, they’re bonk.

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    @optimistic prime – yeah his vallecano team his great to watch! The big debate in Spain is how he’d do with better players as Rayos resources are nil.
    As a manager he has no experience of managing big players, established internationals or millionaires but as a player he played with some greats so hes hardly a no name like JC

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  • mindshaft

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #11

    lets face it, no decent manager in thier right mind would come to toon at the minute … probably just as well Carver wants the job otherwise we’ll have Stone in charge

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #12

    Croftus,
    Inspired thinking from Ashley – replace a poor to average manager with someone who clearly isn’t a manager, and hey presto, when it comes to appointing someone new, there is relief if he is poor to average again.

    Well played Mike, lowering expectations once again.

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #13

    jayphoto

    I like an outspoken manager

    band

    pards is a master with the press and has the image of playing attacking football
    not sure where fat sam will end up when he leaves west ham so it does put pards in a good position but I think he will sh1t out as I think it will goto gary nevill

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #14

    BandB…I am pleased to hear he still thinks he can tackle the England job. Bless him.

    Again though, if he thought Newcastle were about to push on, that all the hard work of getting the finances under control was almost over, why would he jump ship now?

    Fan pressure? Don’t think so, it was his area of expertise.

    He knew first hand what was / is coming next. If it was pushing on, I think he would have stayed.

    But I guess it all comes down to that old sticking point that Ashley didn’t really trust Pardew to take us forward, hence why he didn’t back him financially….and then allowed Carver to take the reigns for half a season. Yep, that’ll be it.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #15

    Jayphoto

    At the minute the footballs desperate the managers is a buffoon, I quite fancy a out spoken coach who knows what he’s doing.

    At least if we got beat his interviews would be entertains instead if the usual dross.

    Sign him up I say

    Paco what’s the problem?

    I wanted footballers and Ashley bought me American football goal kickers.

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