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Report Rafa Benitez Has Signed For Newcastle

8:34 am, Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 31 Comments

There is a report in Spain today that says former Valencia, Real Madrid and Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has agreed a deal to be the next Newcastle manager.

There were reports last night that Rafa had been offered a lucrative 10 game deal to come in and manage Newcastle through the end of the season, with a view to making the deal permanent should Newcastle survive relegation.

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Rafa Benitez – close to signing for Newcastle?

However Spain’s Cadena Cope radio station have reported Benitez has signed a three-year deal to succeed head coach Steve McClaren at St James’ Park.

We would be very surprised if this is an accurate report, because he will not be signing a long term deal now, but a deal only though the end of the season.

However, the basic terms of a long term deal have been agreed in principle with Newcastle over the last couple of days – and he would get the title of manager, because he would be in charge of the transfers should he sign for us  in the summer.

So finally Newcastle have come to their senses by changing the way the club is run and giving more power to the manager – it´s about time – but it took this crisis for them to do it.

And there have been a number of reports that Rafa considers the Newcastle deal long term, which seems to suggest he thinks he can save Newcastle from the drop.

However, it´s still going to be difficult to save us now – but why didn´t the Board act sooner?

Here is the tweet sent out last night by Spanish radio journalist Larranaga Joseba, who works for Cadena Cope.

It says that ¨Larranaga Joseba reports that Rafa Benitez will be the next coach at Newcastle for the next 3 seasons.¨

We should have fired Steve McClaren before the squad went on their five day holiday to Spain on 15th February – Rafa was available then and we had just been thrashed 5-1 at Chelsea and it was another disgraceful performance.

But blind faith in Steve McClaren by the Board – which turned out to be even more poor judgement – has now cost us another two defeats when relegation fighting clubs like Swansea and Bournemouth have both won their last two games.

We hope Rafa will sign for us today but it will only be through the end of the season – initially.

Please sign for us Rafa – please!

Whoops – sorry – must keep my cool.


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31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Any team any of us put together from the existing nufc squad in it’s current frame of mind will get rolled over by any premiership team inc Aston villa

    Any team Rafa puts out with a very different frame of mind and a half decent strategy has the chance of beating anyone.

    That’s the difference and thats why Leicester are doing so well..they work hard, they work for each other, they work to a plan that works for the type of players they have, they have belief and they have a manager that manages.

    All the things we don’t have but all the things we could have in the next couple of weeks with a new manager like Rafa

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    I can’t believe some absolute —- are having a downer on rafa coming. The man has one of the greatest Cvs in world football.

    He is on a different planet to the likes of SA, AP, JC, SM etc etc.

    I almost dodn’t want RB to have his rep sullied by association with Ash, but get real, 82M and possibly our best ever manager coming in and some people are still whining and peddling misery.

  • 3 Magpie Season // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    At first I though… WOW!

    But then, how can he sign when SM has not even been fired yet?

  • 4 OneAlanShearer // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    I can see sissoko instantly bucking up his ideas under Rafa. Janmaat staying. Our defence being able to defend. Shelvey leading. Mitrovic scoring….they will play with heart under Rafa I have no doubt about that at all.

  • 5 Magpie Season // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Another question.

    Why was Shelvey appointed captain & not Colback or Sissoko?

    I remember last season is was either of them whenever Colo was not playing.

  • 6 beermonkey // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    i really hope rafa comes in and ashley sees the benefit of having proven poeple in key areas of the club
    we really need to follow this up with some1 who is proven to get the academy working and winning
    its not to hard to keep rafa happy here is your budget go buy who you want and you can spend what you raise with sales

  • 7 Rotonda heights // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    colback is basically a championship player and sissoko has disappeared up his proverbial.

  • 8 EllaGuru // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    While it is difficult not to get excited about this. Let’s please wait until it has been officially announced and Rafa is sitting in the hot seat.
    We have been bitten by the powers that be far too often in the past!

  • 9 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    why give our worst performing player (sissoko) the captain’s armband???

    The rest of the team know he’s not bothered, they know he’s leaving in the summer and they know he’s only interested in staying fit for the Euros

  • 10 expatmag // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Did Rafa sell Shelvey to Swansea?

  • 11 hibbitt // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    on monday when i first mention Rafa i got more replies to my post than i have ever had most saying i was daft Rafa would not come here well its looking more and more likely …….if he signs and i still say if the odds of us staying up will improve greatly lots hope its ash doing the deal not charnley

  • 12 Dragon64 // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    When and if he comes in as manager lets hope that ashley has seen the light and will get rid of all board members and let a man who has won the lot do it his way. I for one hope we get him but hes not here yet?

  • 13 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    good question expat…my immediate thought was brendan but not sure.

    wheres jib when you need him?

  • 14 beermonkey // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:51 AM


    rafa is the only manager in history to have won the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup

    he is like the forgoten manager of football when people talk about top managers apart from the prem he was won it all i think in the leagues he has managed

  • 15 EllaGuru // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    @ hibbitt 11
    I for one would have personally said you were off your rocker if you thought Benitez would come. However I will happily eat a large portion of humble pie should I be proved wrong in the next 24hours.

  • 16 Jib // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    I’m with Rotonda on this !

    Why couldn’t he have come sooner – whinge whinge
    Why so long sacking McClaren – whinge whinge

    and the best of all from AncientC

    He’s got a bit of a negative philosophy

    Ha ha ha

    Since being at Valencia 15 years ago he’s been at Liverpool ,Inter ,Napoli , and Real Madrid with winning avaerages around the 50% (ususally much higher) and never had a negative goal difference.

  • 17 Moonraker15 // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    I thought Rafa brought in Shelvey to Liverpool!

  • 18 EllaGuru // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    What is really important too is that Rafa despises Jose Mourinho.
    Mourinho always seemed to have an intense disliking of NUFC. (whinger)
    Conclusion: Rafa will suit us well!

  • 19 beermonkey // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:53 AM


    no jonjo was there till 2013 so i think it was rogers that flogged him
    rafa left fool in 2010

  • 20 hibbitt // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    all clubs need a board we just need a better one

  • 21 widowmagandapoke // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Maybe this list of phantom injuries may disappear if those claiming affliction suddenly want to play again. Maybe Rafa can sort the fitness staff. Our being top of the injuries list week after week is not a coincidence. We never see players getting bad injuries in a match so where are they occurring? Sort it Rafa please.

  • 22 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    If the board hadn’t been paralysed by ineptitude and did this before xmas we’d be safe now…I just hope all this just isn’t too little too late.

  • 23 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Wi bugga me man – could this be the change in direction the TOON are taking or another false dawn.

    Hopefully a new era and a new way to run Newcastle United

  • 24 beermonkey // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:01 AM


    who would we have signed back at xmas

    i will take a great escape and rafa for 3 years rather than any of the other managers out there on a free
    hopefully this could be a turning point in the way the club is run

  • 25 Dragon64 // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    @hibbitt are you sure about that cause dont think we have had one for the last 8 yrs lolll

  • 26 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:03 AM


    It is annoying,isn’t it? People saying Rafa is defensive minded..well, compared to our last 3 managers, he looks positively Keeganesque!!! I think the word they are looking for is “balanced”. He attacks and defends when it is the right time to do so, and I am pretty sure he will be doing it with the correct players in the correct positions.

  • 27 Jib // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Shelvey overlapped Rafa by 5 weeks at Liverpool.

  • 28 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    beermonkey…are you seriously suggesting that Monk, or Brendan or Laudrup or Moyes couldn’t have done better that that smirking schmuck who’s taken us to the verge of oblivion????

  • 29 hibbitt // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    what’s done is done best thing to now is look forward hope he comes in today and gets started sorting who else is going and who he’s bring in he’s going to need help and people he trust around him if he’s to have any chance of keeping us up

  • 30 Jib // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Your reasoning is faulty
    If we had binned SM in November say , it would have been ” same old same old”.
    Because they prevaricated , they backed themselves into a corner , have had to make concessions to get Benitez and hopefully now that dopey concept of a football board can be scrapped and we have an old style manager/supreme lord like SBR and KK.

  • 31 John Akomfrah // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Mclaren will just shuffle off upstairs or quit

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