Newcastle Could Be Close To A Stunning Coup

If the news is to be believed today, Newcastle could be ending their five day silence since last Saturday’s disaster against AFC Bournemouth as the club have been trying to persuade Rafa Benitez to join Newcastle United as the new manager.

There are different stories relating to what type of deal he could sign at Newcastle – if indeed he does sign on.


Rafa Benitez – close to accepting Newcastle job

One possibility is an agreement through the end of the season to come in for the 10 remaining games and then if Newcastle stay up he would  sign a longer term deal.

The other way this could happen is that Rafa could sign a three year deal as reported last night in Spain.

That option could have a release clause in the contract that says Rafa could leave the club if Newcastle are relegated to the Championship – but hopefully that’s only an option for Rafa if we are relegated.

Of course it still might still not happen that Rafa ends up at Newcastle and the club can always screw things up – even at this apparent late stage – they have had enough practice in doing that.

But it will be a stunning coup if before the Leicester City game on Monday night Rafa Benitez becomes the new Newcastle manager.

There is news that Rafa will be meeting with Newcastle officials later today and that meeting between Lee Charnley and our current head coach Steve McClaren will finally take place today.

So things seem to be in place such that McClaren could be fired and Rafa Benitez could be introduced as the new manager of Newcastle Untried.

It could even happen today.

And Rafa would be a manager rather than a head coach, with reports that he will have control of transfers into and out of the club.

And if there ever could be a hero at Newcastle it could be the 55 year-old former Liverpool manager if he can save us from the drop.

Rafa is likely to be welcomed by Newcastle fans already as a hero if he does sign on at the club.

That’s because it takes some guts and courage to come in and try to save what has been a horrible team this season with far too many under-performing but highly paid stars who have Newcastle in second bottom place in the league.

It’s our worst season in the Premier League ever – so far.

We trust that Rafa can start to get the lads playing somewhere near their best form – very quickly.

Having a world-renowned coach at Newcastle who was the Real Madrid coach at the beginning of the season will be terrific – and a welcome change from the mediocrity we have had since Kevin Keegan left us back in September of 2008 when the club did the dirty on him.

Rafa has managed 962 games in his career, including 62 with the Real Madrid B team – and he has a winning percentage of 51%.

If he can maintain that percentage in our 10 remaining games of the season we will likely survive.

The excitement among Newcastle fans is the most intense we have seen on the blog since January of 2008 – when rumors where rife that Newcastle would be bringing Kevin Keegan back to the club.

Not to get too carried away until it could be a signed deal – but Rafa’s appointment would definitely galvanize the Newcastle fans for the remaining 10 games of the season.

And Rafa was always the fans’ first choice to get the job.

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We’re keeping our fingers crossed – and hoping – and at the same time reaching for those blood pressure pills.


I’m off to the doctors now and will be away for around three hours – maybe there will be some good news when I get back?

Howay The Lads!!

152 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #1

    stunning coup…Maclaren deserves no sympathy

  • Barton

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #2

    I have no sympathy for McClown at all,if he had any self respect or honor he would resign on football matters alone instead of awaiting his payoff,thats not taken in to account the way he is being tret off Penfold at the minute,i mean if you had any self respect would you not have told Penfold to f@ckoff ?,the blokes is being humiliated nationally by Sky/Tabloids and has been for last 72hrs,and he’s rolled up today at the training ground for another serving.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #3

    sympathy for mclaren
    in most walks of life you do a crap job and get fired you dont get your contract paid up
    he will walk away with a few more million and free to do as he pleases
    he wont get any sympathy from me


    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Nar am not blaming McClaren personally the clubs issues run a lot deeper than the manager, hes not been up to the job and many argued he wasnt before he join but NUFC give him it

    Ashley has filled the club with people not fit for the job and with that has built a culture which has us where we are now

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Not much sympathy myself for Macca. However, it is based on footballing and club matters alone, and nowt to do with any sh@ggery in his personal life. Honestly, some people on here are as bad as the british media, bringing irrelevant stuff up.

  • nut meg

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Nice little earner for failure….again!

  • Dragon64

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #7

    lets hope mike has seen the light and gives Rafa total control of all things football get rid of carr and penfold they both are a waste of space

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree completely Barton, the fact he has come in today shows his desperation in getting that paycheck. If he has no self respect why should we respect him? He knew what he signed up for with this job, he deserves no sympathy.

  • sparky55

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #9


    You just couldn’t make it could you! 🙂

    Looks to me like he’s got a habit of screwing people over and now a bit of that is coming back the other way. Good Riddance to him

  • Dragon64

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #10

    how can you give some one respect when they have done nothing to gain that respect in the 1st place and don’t forget he will be smiling all the way to the bank with his big pay off the clown god riddance

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #11

    NOt sure if it was mentioned but Benitez was the man that brought in shelvy to pool right be before he got the ax. Pretty cool if he gets the job.

  • Whumpie

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #12

    So Rafa hasn’t even signed and “fans” are already thinking up reasons to hate him. Incredible.

    Things are different this time for two reasons:
    1. IF it’s true that this would be a manager’s job and not had coach (I can’t see Rafa coming otherwise) then it shows the club have finally started to learn.

    2. The club have started spending money and have alerted their recruitment policy. Same conclusion. Learning.

    So IF he arrives can we please give him the respect his CV deserves? For years we’ve had people on here demanding a “proper” manager who “knows how to win”. If this one turns up FFS can we be happy about it?

  • magicmac

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Why should Mc Claren just resign and walk away, we all know the man was a total failure, and should never have got the job in the first place, so he is totally correct to show up and take the training this week, and wait on getting paid up in full, what price is those 2 scum bags Charnley and Carr going to pay for being out of thier depth, and for being total failure at Newcastle i ask you? That board are simply totally rotton to the core, they are so rotton they would love Steve Mc Claren to just resign and lose all his money, show some bloody respect Charnley you little waste of space, and do the decent thing for the first time in your life and have the balls to sack the man, and give him his money, and when you do that take the other scum bag Carr with you and jump of the tyne bridge with a cement block tied round both your necks, you to rotten scum bags.

  • Whumpie

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #14

    I do have some sympathy for Macca… but I’m hoping he’s gone by tomorrow. It must be tough having your career shredded in public and knowing you’ll probably never again do the job you most want to excel at.
    And no, money does NOT make that feel better.
    I think he’s a decent man and a good coach and I’m disappointed that it’s gone so badly for him and us.
    (But please go now.)

  • Whumpie

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s just an inkling but I’m getting the feeling you don’t like them 🙂

  • Son of Geordie

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Heard it 15 hours ago, Benitez in, mclaren out. Mclaren will coach the game against lesta, Benitez to take control after the game
    Fare thee well mclaren, never was good enough for the toon, can’t argue with the score board.

  • Bambams

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #17

    I am not a sympathising idiot as you put it, I merely respect the fact I have no problem with Mac as a person. As my mate Sparky55 has enlightened me he is not the family man I thought.
    However I feel he should of been sacked earlier, he is a person who isn’t good enough to manage our club as his results show.
    This is my opinion !

  • hibbitt

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #18

    its going to be very interesting what happens with the coaching staff we have…. who stays who go’s what changes can he make in 10 games or do we have to wait to see if its up or down…………………….if he we get him of course

  • Back Door Man

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Eight year contract for Wally The Johnny
    No relegation clauses for players
    Allowing that old biddy tea lady to retire
    Telling most media outlets to sling their hooks
    Slave working conditions for many the fat man’s workers
    Infesting the place with latterday Huguenots at the expense of the honest sons of Blighty
    Forcing folks to buy overpriced tea and pies in the SJP company shop

    etc, etc, etc.

    Classic 21st century management techniques, lifted and adapted from the 19th century mill owners playbook.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #20

    We could get something against Leicester if we are set up properly they were lucky to beat Norwich recently and they are on a bit of a wobble if Mclaren is in charge the team will fold after 10 minutes

    It wont be champagne football under Benitez every game but we need a manager who can adapt his tactics depending on the opposition rather than trying the same rubbish every week

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Interesting that Wally is a serial shagger – just like King Percy. Hadn’t heard these stories previously.

    My take, for what it’s worth. Not sacking Wally a few days ago suggests to me it is Wally or Rafa. If Rafa does not sign Wally will remain in charge. My thoughts are that they should have extended the net a bit further to see if there were any other options.

    I only hope they are not doing a stunt -get so far down the road with negotiations then pull the plug on Rafa – allowing them to say we could not get him therefore Wally remains.

    Do not blame Wally for hanging on to be sacked to get extra cash. He should never have got the job in the first place.

    Can the club change with Rafa as manager or will they continue with the non working Mr Tubbs business model implemented by that knacker Penfold.

    Talf of moving Wally to another position – rubbish – he’ll want his loot and be away.

  • martoon

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #22

    magicmac @13 – I agree whatever you think of McClaren the club’s treatment of him at the moment is disgraceful. You can’t blame him hanging on why should he resign and walk away with nothing. Those of you saying he should walk away, would you walk away from a job when you could get paid off – damn right you wouldn’t!


    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #23

    macca was only on a 3 year contract, if he got us to finish top 8 there was a 8 yr contract waiting for him apparently….still a canny pay out for not being very good!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Bang on mate, family man, fantastic guy, his numerous affairs and the way he mugged Derby. Knew exactly what he was getting into when he came here and smugly told us of his vision, the tw@t didn’t want to be anywhere near the place until the very last with Derby, yet he was so desperate to manage in the PL he was willing to put us through this shit.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #25

    And what’s with calling him Macca like he’s earned some kind of affectionate nickname.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #26

    He’ll never manage in top flight football again mind!

  • sparky55

    Mar 10, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Mister Tuff

    You’re bang on the money there mate…it could quite easily all be a fake show of intention with the real intent being he stays with the sinking ship and we have him leading our charge back to the premiership next year with the all but inevitable sacking around xmas time next year.

    It’s a 50-50 call and I just hope to god it’s Rafa the appears from behind the curtain


    Mar 10, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #28

    i read the club were keeping him on to do training this week as the other coaches were meant to of said, if he was sacked they would go with him….so there’d be no one to take training as they were unsure when a new coach would be coming in….dont know how true this is, but explain why they seem to be stringing macca along

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 10, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Onr thing about Benitez – he is a big name in the football world so there may be immediate respect for him (and his methods/vision) from ALL the players if he gets the job. Hopefully this would “convert” into better play/tactic which might equal additional points per game.


    Mar 10, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #30

    sorry about the “macca” mate,just easier and quicker then McClaren!lol

  • sparky55

    Mar 10, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #31

    If that is the case then the whole coaching staff including Pedro should be allowed to leave with him…they’ve hardly done anything to suggest they’re worth keeping have they???

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 10, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #32

    sparky – I wouldn’t put anything past these tricksters at SJP.
    so cynical now – I could see them giving Rafa everything in the world during the next three months then if we stay up reverting back to type -following the failed business model again.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 10, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Only staff member I would keep is Cathro. with working in Spain I would think Rafa will know of him and what his previous manager said about him.


    Mar 10, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #34

    they all had decent reputations(pedro excluded),meant to be at the top level of coaches apparently so have to wonder ….what happened?

  • Back Door Man

    Mar 10, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Whilst I want Wally the Johnny cashiered, the hysteria surrounding the mooted arrival of Manuel from Fawlty Towers leaves me underwhelmed. I suppose beggers can’t be choosers and the thought of that dour Jocko Moyes- another middle aged failure – fills me with dread.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 10, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #36

    i think it’s just a bit tacky that SM seems to be getting large pay-offs left right and centre for apparent wholesale failure. leaves a bad taste, like someone on benefits who is able to work but won’t.

    Quite a lot of similarities with percy and SM. Both negative, always just playing for a point away mentality. Low GD, players out of position. favourites played ahead of those in form. No plan B, strange subs and always too late to make a difference. players played when not fully fit. Delusional arrogance, bizarre statements after defeats, both media whores and apparently both serial shaggers away!


    Mar 10, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #37

    mister tuff
    the fitness coach…was highly regarded by reports and he’s struggled to get the players fit regularly….be interesting if he leaves and rafa(if) brings in his fitness coach to see how good he does and if theres any change in the amount of players we seem to have injured on a regular bases

  • sparky55

    Mar 10, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #38

    rotonda…excellent summary of abject failure both on and off the pitch…10/10 nuff said! 🙂

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 10, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #39
  • sparky55

    Mar 10, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #40


    fcuk nose mate…I’ve been staggered at how useless this so called dream team have turned out to be….they all came with a coronation and with much promise yet have delivered absolutely nothing…in fact they’ve taken us backwards.

    Over to you Catchy!


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