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Why Newcastle Will Not Appoint Rafa Benitez

12:51 pm, Thursday, February 18th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

We’ve wondered a lot about why Newcastle didn’t go after some of the top coaches after Alan Pardew left the club.

And the answer we came up was that the head coach at Newcastle does not have an awful lot of power and it seems that Graham Carr is the one who principally decides which players come into the club.

Although it looks like Steve McClaren may have had some influence last month on some of the transfers, because we signed two Englishmen.

Rafa Benitez -turista-a-Napoli

Rafa Benitez – would not come to Newcastle

But in the summer the players coming in were all Graham Carr choices, which is why the manager could have been anybody and the Board went about their transfer business as usual – they (Graham Carr in particular) had already decided who would be coming in.

That’s one reason we think Newcastle do not want a manager with a strong personality or strong views because he could upset the apple cart.

And since the Board appoints the manager they wanted somebody who would fit in with the current system – which we may add hasn’t worked for three years at Newcastle.

So when we hear that Newcastle may be interested in Rafa Benitez  – we don’t think he would want to come to Tyneside and we don’t think the current Board would want him either.

Not until things are changed so the manager has more control, since he still seems to be solely responsible for the results whether he gets the players he wants or not.

The only way that will change is if Mike Ashley changes the way transfers are decided upon – but it seems last May he let the Board do it in whatever way they wanted to run things.

That’s also why they must be held accountable if we go down.

It’s simply not working at Newcastle and that’s why we are in trouble after £81M has been spent on eight new players and we are still 3rd bottom of the league.

Seems like it may be time to move to a system that could work at Newcastle, because the current one doesn’t.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Feb 18, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Or Benitez even!

    We could only dream of someone with a CV like Rafa’s. We’ve had a well trodden diet of mediocre Brit mangers like AP, SA, JC and SM and with inadequates like Charnley running the circus, who probably doesn’t even know who Rafa is, that’s sadly not going to change any time soon.

  • 2 jayphoto // Feb 18, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Question is… if McClaren goes, who comes in?? I’ve got a feeling they’d go with Cathro, Guy turned down Managers jobs in the championship and in Scotland for this job and it was rumoured at the time he’d been told he’d move into the big job eventually and we know Ashley loves a promotion from within….
    I actually don’t see much of what’s available who’d come?
    Moyes won’t risk another failure, and we’d be a risk.
    Don’t rate Rodgers at all. Did ok at Swansea on the back of other managers hard work. Was shocking at reading and Watford. Failed to win the league with a front 3 of Suarez, sturridge (fit all season) and sterling…. should have walked it with the line up they had and they fell apart once suarez had left. Also it seems a lot of former players didn’t really respect him and that gerrard was keeping the dressing room together. We don’t have a gerrard like leader. can’t see him coping with the mess up here.

  • 3 barkel // Feb 18, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    we have steve until his contract expires, simple as. we’re not in the business of sacking managers, I hate to bring it up but AP “head butted” a player and didn’t get sacked.

  • 4 hibbitt // Feb 18, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    as if Rafa would work for this shower !!!!!
    bet he’s never crossed there minds

  • 5 jayphoto // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    also Rafa’s hot favourite for Valencia.
    Reckon if he came in here we’d only be moaning about the style after 3 months anyway…
    Theres better choices for us out there. We just need to do our homework and research.
    If Southampton can appoint a pottechino and a koeman and Watford can unearth a kike sanchez flores…. yet we can only hire a pardew, carver or McClaren despite having much more resources.
    Worth noting that both flores and koeman work under tighter reins than McClaren.

  • 6 Jeffrey // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Rafael “Rafa” Benítez Maudes (born 16 April 1960) is a Spanish football manager. He is the only manager in history to have won the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup

  • 7 WWSBRD // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    If we offer enough money we could get damn near any manager

  • 8 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Yes Ed, that’s right. In a search for a new man the club would be fishing in a rock pool that Ashley has pished in. I can’t see Charnley throwing Mackerel overboard.

  • 9 jayphoto // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    @wwsbrd who’d be your own choice pal?

  • 10 WWSBRD // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Haha ideal world Mourinho til summer then De Boar, Biesla, Simeone…Ferguson still behind this whole retirement thing?

  • 11 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Costco? Little boy lost? Mr Dynamo. Football personality of the year. Still recovering after his charisma bypass operation. The boy who has Mackerel’s ear. Who speaks less than our captain. Seriously?

  • 12 martoon // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    On a different note has anybody watched the video of Gini’s goal in training in Spain. He absolutely skins Coloccini and leaves him for dead – frightening really!

  • 13 WWSBRD // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Quite like Eddie Howe but he’ll have an up hill battle in any dressing room after Bournemouth

  • 14 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    We need this man to save us. Even before he was born, it was known that he would be someone special. A supernatural being informed his mother the child she was to conceive would not be a mere mortal but would be divine. He was born miraculously, and he became an unusually precocious young man. As an adult he left home and went on an itinerant preaching ministry, urging his listeners to live, not for the material things of this world, but for what is spiritual. He gathered a number of disciples around him, who became convinced that his teachings were divinely inspired, in no small part because he himself was divine. He proved it to them by doing many miracles, healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead. But at the end of his life he roused opposition, and his enemies delivered him over to the Roman authorities for judgment. Still, after he left this world, he returned to meet his followers in order to convince them that he was not really dead but lived on in the heavenly realm. Later some of his followers wrote books about him. Yes, we need Appolonius of Tyana to work miracles for us. We need to free up some space in our squad for his disciples.

  • 15 Jib // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie
    It is a really bad idea to start drinking so early in the day !!!

  • 16 nufc 11 // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Why oh why are we always after the managers on a downward spiral cant the club show a little bit of insight and go for someone on the up like flores at Watford, follow spurs lead and have the balls an go for it and give the manager an envorinment to thrive. Knowing nufc (Famous for Cock ups) I wouldnt be surprised if Colo was made player manager god forbid.

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