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Benitez – I Have Committed To A Legendary English Club

3:31 pm, Friday, March 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 110 Comments

Rafa Benitez has said he has committed himself to a legendary English club.

So now we like Rafa even more than before.

🙂 🙂 🙂

The Newcastle fans can play a HUGE part in the survival of Newcastle United this season now that Rafa Benitez is on board.

And even if we don’t start winning games immediately, Rafa is good enough that we could possibly start winning a string of games before the end of the season – so we must not give up hope whatever the initial  results may be.

rafa benites at s james' park

A relaxed, confident and smiling Rafa Benitez today
Arriving at St. James’ Park

Here again is what Rafa said when introduced as the new Newcastle United manager:

“I have the pleasure to confirm I have committed to a legendary English club, with the massive challenge of remaining part of the Premier League.
“It will be a challenge not just for me and my staff but for the players, the Club and the fans.”  “All of us must push together in the same direction and with the same target in mind.

This is the reason why I’m going to ask for your total support to successfully complete this task.” “Personally, it means my return to the Premier League, closer to my home and my family. I can’t be happier.

“C’mon Toon Army! The club and I need your total involvement!”

We knew Rafa was nobody’s fool, but he has immediately asked for the Newcastle fans to be right behind him and his players.

And he’s right – given where we are in the league table right now – to say it will be a massive challenge for everybody associated with Newcastle United to survive this season.

He will get the support from the Newcastle fans – there’s not doubt about that.

And he will take the training tomorrow and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if stacks of fans turn up to try to get a glimpse of Rafa – but of course there is also serious work to do before Monday night, when we take on league leaders Leicester City.

Rafa could also have an instant impact on the Newcastle players, who will want to perform for Newcastle’s new world-class manager.

This week has been just terrible for Geordie fans with the almost complete incompetence being shown by some of Newcastle’s leaders.

But let’s now put that behind us,  quickly get over it and get right behind Rafa and his coaching staff and the players.

It’s going to be very difficult but we can still survive in the Premier League.

Cannot wait for his news conference for the Leicester City game.

Howay The Lads!!

Tags: Coaching · Contracts · Management · Newcastle News

110 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Post of the day –

    12Dennis Twice // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

    By a mile.

  • 2 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Brilliant! Loving it. He’s not all out attack, but he has a balance of solid foundation and actually has a clue going forward.

    No managerial appointment can be guaranteed, but all you can do is weigh up the track record and try. Exactly the ‘type’ of manager that we should be going for.

    I hope he does great. The derby will be an unbelievable atmosphere. We DO have a number good players in the team and we have shown the potential in spells this season that we can play well.

    Come on, Rafa!

    Plus, if we stay up, he’ll attract good players! Aubameyang went to Klopp instead of Pinocchio. We should have a similar draw here!


  • 3 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Glad we’re keeping Cathro as well. That says a lot. Nice Valencia link there,

  • 4 Toon_Tom // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    10games = still a quarter of the season to go my friend, only 1 point from safety as it stands, still have to play the 3 teams around us. Even tho the position we are in is horrible (statistically) this is the best thing that could have happened given our current situation

  • 5 Tsunki // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    And so we bid farewell as the sun sinks slowly in the western sky to McLarens brave new world.

  • 6 archaeomag // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:33 PM



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  • 7 Rotonda heights // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    it’s funny i don’t remember anyone turning up for SM’s unveiling, so underwhelming as it was.

    I now can’t stop chanting rafa benitez

  • 8 Tsunki // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Cue position shuffling posters and plenty of hindsight. 🙂

  • 9 Grafton83 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    I’m just amazed he wanted to come, so nice of him he could have had his pick of jobs from around Europe and he came here, what a ledge, I shall be naming my next child Rafa, hope it’s a boy.

  • 10 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Think that only leaves 6 British bosses now and two of them will be relegated and Pardew will be sacked soon.

  • 11 Rotonda heights // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:36 PM


    I can imagine some cracking Spanish / latin Americans coming in now, no more dodgy french playboys. hopefully the end of carr and the mondial agency he’s piggybacked on for so long.

  • 12 bills-son // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Rafa Benitez isn’t eve a half decent manager.

    He can’t be because Ed and many of the clowns on here have said no decent manager would EVER work for Ashley.

    Just as they said he would NEVER spend more than £10M on a player.


  • 13 santon3 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    no wonder it took quite awhile to get Rafa.
    They have to sack 4 and negotiating deal for 5 people.

  • 14 Toon fm Exeter // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing, why wasn’t this done when we had the 18 day break. At last something to cheer about do hope Rafa keeps us up.

  • 15 Average_Contents // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:41 PM


  • 16 Spoof // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    If as we expect Rafa has the final say over Transfer’s then where does that leave Carr as he would have seriously had his wings clipped, could we also gladly see the back of him as well, getting rid of him would be the best news possible, forget about Rafa the gaffa seeing Carr driven out of the club would be the best possible outcome.

  • 17 mattyNUFC // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:43 PM


    you’ve come out of the woods!

    have to agree though. i’ve been quietly pro-Ashley when he proved in January that the summer spending was no fluke.

    anyway, isnt it nice to see Rafa smiling and confident as we’re facing the most impossible of challenges? He knows exactly what he’s doing, and that attitude is going to be contagious


  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    No bills you cretin, we said no manager would come here under his ridiculous policies. They have beem scrapped and the MANAGER has been given full control. If we’d chugged along in tenth to seventeenth we’d have had Mclaren for the foreseeble future. So get back under your rock.

  • 19 Average_Contents // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:44 PM


    Pressed send by mistake.

    I blame the excitement of getting an actual manager in. One who knows what he’s doing to boot.

    Fcuking get in.

    I just hope it’s not too little too late and he gets a response.


  • 20 bills-son // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Santon3 – exactly

    Did Ed or the howling ‘get it done’ crowd seriously think appointing a manager of Rafa”s standing along with his team of backroom staff would take 5 minutes??

    I’m amazed they’ve done it as quickly as they have.

  • 21 mattyNUFC // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    and to the “he’s never been in a relegation battle” naysayers i say “good”. perhaps proof he’s not a perpetually sh*t manager

  • 22 santon3 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:45 PM


    Carr will still be in charge of scouting, but the decision to buy or not probably Rafa’s

  • 23 sing in the corner // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Right what’s to do now then?
    Oh yeah…
    CARR – OOT!!

  • 24 jane // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    all this excitement am I on the right blog! 🙂

  • 25 Tsunki // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    Ah bills-son. A long long long time but worth it eh?

    Have you considered he is also a device for pulling Ashleys ass out of the relegation fire?

  • 26 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    I wonder how benitez will sort out the defence. Elliot has looked a bit doggy to me aswel.

    I wonder if benitez will bring in any Spanish players

  • 27 mattyNUFC // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:47 PM



    rafa’s black and white army blog 😀

  • 28 nut meg // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    As was mentioned the other day….NOW we have hope in securing our place in the PL,with SM we didn’t stand a chance..The best news we’ve had for yonks.

  • 29 The Diamond dogs hoojars // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Mcnasty should have resigned, and not waited to be pushed, he always does the same, you asked to be judged Steve, you have been, you cannot have one single complaint.

  • 30 santon3 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:48 PM


    I said it yesterday, it’s very quick job to get replacemet 3-4 days after emergency meeting.
    At the time I thought it was only Rafa, but this total 5 people, it’s super quick job.

  • 31 bills-son // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:48 PM


    There is only one true cretin on this blog.

    Ashley has shoved it right up rs of you and your cronies by doing what you said the FCB would never do.

    it doesn’t matter WHY he has done it.

    Just that he HAS.

  • 32 Toon fm Exeter // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    I imagine that a lot of our prima donnas will now do a lasarus and pick up their injury bed

  • 33 Tsunki // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    And the ‘howling’ get it done crowd/mob/crew/etc were talking more about the last 8 years mate.

  • 34 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Rotonda, hopefully! I haven’t been this pleased about a manager since King Kevin came back.

    What a boost this will give everyone 🙂

    Got to love Lala Land 😀

  • 35 Rotonda heights // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:49 PM


    hopefully carr, charnley ,beardo and watson all out in the summer

  • 36 santon3 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    it took swansea few weeks to get Guidollin, we got Rafa + 4 in few days.

  • 37 hibbitt // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    give it a rest bills son let the rest of us enjoy the day

    any one who said i was daft or deluded the amnesty is open till midnight……. apologies now accepted LOL

  • 38 custurd // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Lee Charnley from the official site: “I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to Paul Simpson, Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve Black for their service to the Club.” No sincere thanks for Steve McClaren? 🙂

  • 39 mattyNUFC // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    my girlfriend is portuguese, thus CR7 exalted to infallible god-like status in every situation

    but she’s also quite intelligent, and, bless her heart, knows that any badgering of Rafa on today, today of all days, is just not the fight she wants to put up 🙂

    absolutely over the moon today. wildly impressed with the way he is carrying himself. again, his attitude will be contagious

  • 40 croftus5678 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    so are we agreed that benny is the man to lead us to some silverware ?

    no more a manager with no ambition ect as surely we have punched above our weight on the manager front also now !

  • 41 Tsunki // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    It does matter why he’s done it Bills. It really does. You can’t deny it’s a reaction to impending doom caused by jerking around with this club with his cretinous unsuitable policies. The fire got too hot to continue sitting on it. He’s no saviour, he an escape artist. Let’s see how it pans out before crowing eh?

  • 42 Rotonda heights // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    santon 3

    I imagine rafa has probably got the biggest list of contacts book in European, if not world football. simply no need for Carr any more.

  • 43 Spoof // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:52 PM


    Would Carr’s pride allow him to do that though, he has possibly just had an almighty kick in the nads, I would not be surprised to see him quit as he has possibly just been releaved of his most valuable/important role

  • 44 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Benitez first two games couldn’t be anymore difficult. Leicester away & sunderland at home.

    Mind you, at previous teams like madrid & chelsea, instant results were expected. He knows how it feels to have pressure.

  • 45 toonking // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    bill son

    why do you think we’re so shocked and feel as though we’re dreaming?

    What took him so long?

    Why wasn’t this type of appointment made when pardew left?

    Why did it take him so long to sack macca?

    You say he’s not decent and that still might be true because we are in an extremely difficult spot. A spot even the morineo’s and ferguson’s will find hard.

  • 46 Bowjaw // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    I think every one should stop going on about how badly this situation has been handled. I.M.O going from the worst home performance I’ve seen in the twenty five years attending st James,s to having Rafa in within a week, then I think it’s been handled brilliantly. McLaren knew every step of the way what was happening and could’ve walked away at any time. My only issue is is that this move is 7 years too late. Hope we stay up now but not convinced. Toon Toon Geordie waiter

  • 47 nut meg // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Look at my post@ 28
    That was you I think….spot on….onwards & upwards.

  • 48 bettyswallocks // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Jail…….. Nice to see you happy. A truly momentous occasion , I remember saying we had no chance when you suggested Benitez last week we must back Raffa to the hilt. I ll miss Maccca though . HWTL

  • 49 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Bills, it has taken consistent failure, poor appointments and fan discontent for him to backtrack.

    This has come from a deviation from the initial abysmal policy not because of it, and it has taken many years to arrive.

    Even then, it is out of desperation and by the sounds of it through Benitez’s demands (learned from his experience as a consistently successful manager) which have changed the policies of Head Coach etc.

    I’m cautious, but Benitez is a massive step.

  • 50 Jib // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Bills Son
    Clowns is right
    Tsunki JfA MrTuff and the goons going on as if they knew it was going to happen all the time when they were whining and twisting just 24 hours ago.
    He’s decided take training over the weekend and go to Leicester so he can meet hos old mucker Claudio ( their pictures are right next to each other in the foyer at the Mestalla )

  • 51 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Super pleased!

  • 52 santon3 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:57 PM


    I don’t think Rafa can scout or depends on his contacts on youngsters with talent.

    Don’t just look at the negative of Carr, we got some good young players too. Ok not all good but not all bad.

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    What right do you have to crow, you’ve posted a dozen times while your hero has seen us humiliated time after time. Suddenly perked up now have you. You’d have every right to crow if he’d fired Pardew after his disastrous runs and five in a row, maybe even if he’d brought in a Klopp type in the summer instead of a sacked and tired Championship manager but you’ve no right to come on here calling people out because he’s gone for broke with 70M on the line.

  • 54 hibbitt // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    carr wont quit he’s sitting on an 8 year contract !!!

  • 55 Spoof // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Rotonda @42

    Surely not, I thought that title belonged to JFK, lol

  • 56 firebug666 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    From Sky Sports

    Rafa Benitez is relishing the challenge of securing Newcastle’s Premier League status and fulfilling the club’s potential, according to Guillem Balague.

    The former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has been tasked with preserving Newcastle’s top-flight status following Steve McClaren’s sacking on Friday morning.

    The Spaniard has signed an initial three-year deal at St James’ Park, with Sky Sports News HQ understanding the contract features an opt-out clause should the club be relegated to the Sky Bet Championship.

    But Balague believes Benitez’s vast managerial experience will yield a response from Newcastle’s under-performing squad.

    “Rafa wants to take over at Newcastle,” Balague told his weekly Q&A. “The main condition for him is that he gets the control Steve McClaren didn’t have.

    “Without that, change will be difficult. As such, I’m pretty sure the negotiations have included that kind of conversation.

    “Rafa will have asked if the position is a managerial role – that means having more control and authority than previous managers – to which Newcastle replied yes.

    “Another part of the negotiations concerned the length of the contract, he didn’t want just a few months at St James’ Park.

    “He believes in the potential of the club but will need time to work on it and take Newcastle where he believes they deserve.

    “Once appointed he obviously has ten games in which to save. I am convinced that with the order he will bring, the authority he will have in the changing room – from his CV and importance as one of Europe’s top ten coaches – the players will stand up and listen.”

    McClaren’s stint at Newcastle was cut short just nine months after his appointment.

    The former England manager won just seven of his 32 games in charge, six of which came in the Premier League.

    Newcastle’s owner backed McClaren in the transfer market with a host of big-money signings both in the summer and January.

    Despite this, Balague believes McClaren’s demise came from his inability to take full control of dealings at Newcastle.

    “I feel sorry for McClaren because he was never given that control,” he added. “Without that you cannot change the culture of a club that absolutely needs to be changed.

    “Players think of themselves and not of the collective, that’s a culture that has been bred by those at the top at Newcastle.

    “Such a change will take longer than 10 games but, obviously, the priority for Rafa is to utilise the attacking quality they have and remain in the Premier League.”

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    As for you Jib, you’d still have Mclaren here if we’d scraped a win against Bournemouth.

  • 58 bills-son // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:58 PM


    Who said I was crowing?

    And it DOESN’T MATTER how or why Benitez\ is here – the clowns on here said Ashley would stick with McClaren or appoint a cheapster.

    If Ossie Ardiles had been mid table we wouldn’t have got Keegan.

  • 59 santon3 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:59 PM


    with SM, Carr won’t accept that.
    with Rafa, I think he will.
    Because Rafa has more credibility than SM and Carr.

  • 60 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Good work from Penfold in getting a qualified manager in as well, regardless of desperation, even though his (Carr’s?) decision on McClaren failed – which from history looked like it would be the case. Lambeezy wouldn’t have done this.

  • 61 dok - the horrid colonial // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    who knows, shocking the prem at LC would be a nice start before the derby…

  • 62 santon3 // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    We got Rafa, it’s great but I still prefer Italian manager 😛

  • 63 toonking // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    I might be tempted to bring back armstrong and put him in along side perez as a front 2.

    Mitrovic has been missing easy chances all season and time’s getting short now. Armstrong himself is currently in great confidence so making that arrival back could do us great and the great thing is rafa is now manager rather than a puppet.

  • 64 toon kk // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    I’ll have to go out tonight to celebrate.
    The Wally has has gone, Rafa get in.

  • 65 John Akomfrah // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    bosh get in and train you skivving slobs

  • 66 nightfa11 // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Top signing 🙂 if we stay up..were golden.. The likes of aubameyang would never turn us down now.. Now we can get top players in..and I dont see wini etc leaving now.. But yes..we must stay up 🙂

  • 67 hibbitt // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    leave arma where he is let him finish the job he’s started there will be plenty time next season for him to make a name for himself no matter where we end up

  • 68 ShirebrookToon // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Rafa taking training already. Called players in on day off to take training

  • 69 optimistic prime // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Has he got the players training already? 🙂 🙂

  • 70 santon3 // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    I really hope he will play Mbabu, Sterry, Satka, etc. I hope he will give them chances to play.

  • 71 keeleytoon // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Our last 10 fixtures look fine until we meet Spurs and city for last two games, I think we have a good chance.

  • 72 Jib // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Lucky buggers going to Leicester on Monday night.
    No matter what happens , they can say I was there for Rafa’s first match.
    I consider myself lucky to have been at Blackpool for Mirandinho’s first game and Boro for Tino’s but this is 10 times better for them !

  • 73 Goldmbemba // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    i dont know much about the young defenders comign through – is there any chance satka can come good? what ive seen of him he looks a bit on the small side for a CB.

    what about the others?

  • 74 dok - the horrid colonial // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    regardless of Mondays match, can actually look to the derby with hope…

  • 75 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    The whole country has had something to say on the circus of the last week, not just the whiners on here.

  • 76 dok - the horrid colonial // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    wonder if the SMB’s blog is full of gnashing teeth and whining lol…

  • 77 Jib // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    I see Merson is flapping his lips like some on here about being disrespectful to SM , how the f***k do they know ? McClaren could have been kept in the loop all the time for all anyone knows !

  • 78 hibbitt // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    how many games have you seen Sterry, Satka play to say that ??

  • 79 toon kk // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    I wonder if he keeps Shelvey as captain or will he revert back to Colo sh.tty?

  • 80 The Diamond dogs hoojars // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Come on lads, if we support the toon this is a good day, its not an i told you so session, there have been plenty of sniping from both pro and anti MA fans, its been awful this season, lets see what happens, a great appointment imo, and a big step in the right direction.

  • 81 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    I’m delighted the key word used by the club announcing the signing is “Manager”. When mcclaren was announced the word “head coach” was used.

    Could be a start of a new dawn for us. RAFA-LUTION.

  • 82 chinleymag // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    This is so reminicsent of KKs first appointment as manager.As I recall we needed a point at Leicester to avoid relegation to the old third div. We got it and then lift off. With belief comitment and everyone pulling in the same direction it can happen again TOON TOON

  • 83 Goldmbemba // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    i hope theres no nonsense like Rafa in the stands at leicester, we need him in the dug out YESTERDAY. get stuck in Rafa.

    today the players day off, so tomorrow and sunday 2 full days to get ready for the match. they must be rubbing their hands together, what this could do for them personally as well. christmas has come early for them

  • 84 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Also I’m so impressed that benitez being a world class manager decided to take up a challenge by managing us. He could have walked into any of Europe’s elite jobs.

    But he chose…Newcastle. To test himself and put us where he thinks we belong.

    Just amazing from Benitez. Instant respect.

  • 85 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    What do you mean the clowns on here said he’d stick with Mclaren, he fcukin did, until it’s almost too late. And besides, where have you been to defend him over the last two years. Why didn’t you come on here suggesting Benitez when others were suggesting Pearson or some other sub standard manger we’ve been subjected to.

  • 86 Goldmbemba // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    toon kk
    captain is a good question, i doubt he is blind to Colo being past his best. that was one of Steve’s biggest errors from day one, he wont make the same mistake.

    he could even go with wijnaldum someone who can lead by example, he was captain at PSV remember. and he’s been our best player more or less. didnt he bring shelvey to liverpool so he obviously believes in him . Jonjo is largely responisble for the last 6 points we’ve won

  • 87 hibbitt // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:26 PM


    the players were called in and are training now the holiday is over………… Rafa showing them he’s the boss

  • 88 santon3 // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:28 PM


    I’m only hoping the youngsters will be given chances if they are good enough. How good? you need to ask Rafa, don’t ask me.

    I can’t name all the youngsters, stupid.
    I just give sample names , that’s why I put “ETC.” !!!

  • 89 Jib // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Rafa’ll fall off the floor when he sees Colo and Taylor
    The back 4 when they twatted us 5 -1 at SJP was Edgar Tayls Colo and José Enriqué and that was yonks ago . Sammy Lee was in the dugout , Rafa was in the stands recovering from surgery.

  • 90 MadisonToon // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Looks like it’s our turn to have a new manager installed just in time for the derby…think the ‘new-manager’ trick will work? I sure hope so.

    On to more serious matters, Benitez is a fantastic appointment – mostly I’m shocked he wanted to come. Now it’s too late to turn back for him, though, so he’ll certainly be committed to keeping us in the Prem and to building a team. As others have said, I can’t see Gini or Sissoko leaving now (although if Socks left, I wouldn’t be gutted) and expect to see a high-profile signing or two through the door this summer as Benitez will have a drawn that McClaren never had. Even with just SM we got Gini in which was a very good piece of business, we should be able to routinely attract that calibre of player with Benitez in and it’s clear that Cashley is willing to spend some. I imagine it will be money much better spent now.

    Anyway, I’m thrilled at this change and can’t wait for the Leciester game. I’m probably looking even more forward to the Sunderland game but both should be good to see what kind of a lift this gives to the players even in the absence of any real ‘training’ from Rafa.

  • 91 Ashton // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Some interesting facts:

    First Season in Napoli
    >Won the Italian Cup
    >Equaled their highest ever points tally
    >Scored more league goals than in any other season in their history

    >8th best winning percentage of any Real Madrid manager in history

    >Won the Europa League
    >finished 3rd
    >reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup and Capital One Cup
    >AND helped Fernando Torres score 22 goals in all competitions (double his tally in any other season at Chelsea).

  • 92 toonking // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    On paper I would say we’ve got 3 defeats, 5 wins and 2 draws in the remaining fixture list.

    Rafa should put the leicester city game to one side and focus on the derby game. Very little fuss will be made over a defeat against Leicester because they’ve looked a top 4 team all season and never seem to stop. It will mean he’s begun his time in a bad way but a victory against the scums in what we all want and will allow him to go into an international week full of confidence and we ourselves feeling sky high.

  • 93 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Anyway this is the best day as a toon fan for many many years, looks like that Bournemouth game I was at turned out to be the best game I’d seen in years 😀

  • 94 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Rafa will be an absolute legend when he wins his first trophy.

  • 95 bettyswallocks // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    The desperate predicament we find ourselves in has obviously forced Ashley’s hand to change his policy. Who knows what the future has in store for the club but this is definitely the best appointment he could have made unde present circumstances.
    The majority of fans voted for Benitez in the polls that were conducted as Jail can confirm(couldn’t resist sorry) so for once Ashley has done something that has approval.

    It goes without saying that we should never have been in this mess and that things have been run appallingly for far too long, but if this is a small indication that Ashley is learning from the mistakes and continual failures of the team then we might just have turned a very significant corner today.

  • 96 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    I’ve wanted this for years, somebody who would come in and demand change, it’s taken a long time but here’s praying he can keep us up and onward and upward. The guy is a pure winner, he’s not here for a quick pay day he must be filthy rich as it is, he’s here to try and bring success.

  • 97 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    I think the best appointment in any circumstances, unless we were sacking a manager for only winning the FA cup and finishing second 🙂

  • 98 Goldmbemba // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    this is pretty cool, already at work!

  • 99 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Some of our players should count themselves lucky and priveliged to be playing to be playing for somebody like Rafa. Lets be honest, most of our lot wouldn’t even register on his radar if he was looking for signings.

  • 100 Graeme // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Players called to Training Ground to meet Rafa on their day off.
    45 minutes later they were out on the pitches for their first training session!! Way to go Rafa.

    You’re 2nd bottom; day off be buggered, we have work to do lol

  • 101 doofa the loofa // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    We’re a proper club again for the first time in a while.. good things on the horizon.. 🙂

  • 102 bettyswallocks // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Jail…… I have to say that I would choose Benitez over Mourinho and there are not many others with proven track records at the top level.

    This might just kickstart Ashley into ambitious mode with regards to the team . Stranger things have happened.

  • 103 toonking // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:48 PM


    this appointment shows even miracles happen.

    Top 4 beware you’ve got another Leicester city.

  • 104 toonking // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    that leicester city being ourselves next year.

  • 105 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:49 PM


  • 106 Mag52 // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:54 PM


    Just caught up with the news, and my comment about you living in cloud cuckoo land regarding Rafa coming here has clearly been blown out of the water.
    I’ll never be happier to make a full and grovelling apology to you for ever doubting your football knowledge on this subject.

  • 107 Moonraker15 // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    For me this is a dream come true to have a world class manager at our great club! At last they have seen the light and if we do survive, the sky is the limit. Happy,happy,happy !

  • 108 Moonraker15 // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    How can anyone seriously criticise the Toon for delaying the sacking and saying it was disrespectful? For one thing, no one has sh1t on McClaren it’s been the media saying he was a dead man walking ; and secondly he was only hanging on for a payout as he did at Derby when, if he’d any self respect he would have resigned weeks ago. We all know he was taking us down and now at least we have a chance. Also, I can’t believe the players had a day off today! It’s no wonder we are where we are!
    Howay the lads Rafa’s black n white army! He’s gonna be a toon legend for coming here under these circumstances! This also marks a turning point in our history because ever since SBR was sacked, respective managers have been talking us down saying we were just a mid table club, in order to lower expectations and enhance their mediocre achievements. Pardew was the worst and seeing Leicester on top proves how pathetic that is.

  • 109 Moonraker15 // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    I don’t see why anyone should feel sorry for SMc as he didn’t have control of transfers. He was happy to sign that contract on those conditions which incidentally is the only reason he would get the job, just like Pardew. They are second rate managers and we now have a world class manager.

  • 110 Graymee... // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:19 PM


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