Rafa Benitez Appointment Blows Up Twitter


Newcastle United announced Rafa Benitez as the new Newcastle manager only hours after announcing that Steve McClaren had been fired as the head coach.

The very first thing Rafa did was to cancel the players day off and held his first training session at Benton with his new coaching team.

Fabio Pecchia, Francisco de Miguel Moreno and Antonio Gomez Perez who come in and will join Ian Cathro and Simon Smith to form Benitez’ coaching team.

And the appointment has simply blown up Twitter with Geordie fans simply delighted we now have a world-class coach at the club.

rafa benites at s james' park

A confident Rafa Benitez arriving at St. James’ Park
I have committed to a legendary English club


Here are some representative tweets.

We must not get relegated or we lose more than our premiership status we lose Rafa too. Let’s do this lads! #NUFC #RafaBenitez #RafatheGaffa

— Matt??Garrison (@rosecitymatt) March 11, 2016



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64 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa ……………………………………………………….IN
    Jib Jibberish (the blog pest)…………………….OOT

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #2

    I would be targeting 5 wins. The matches against Sunderland, Norwich, Swansea, Palace, and Villa are all winnable now. That would give us 39 points.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #3

    This is the lift we all needed. The players will be excited and determined to show their best. Charnley may just have saved his own neck.

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  • toonking

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #4

    rafa in
    jibs out

    ashley continue “for now”

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  • JamesToon

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #5

    what does everyone reckon rafa’s team will be in his first game?

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  • hibbitt

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #6

    GeordieTwo
    a point on monday would give us a big lift ready for the sunderland game for the first time in weeks i have some hope of staying up

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  • optimistic prime

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Shit….
    I’m having a couple beers and trying not to get to excited, I have my reservations but FK me Raffas the gaffa.

    Gonna enjoy a cpl while listening to total sport, it’s hard to keep a level head, what where the odds on Raffa 2 months ago.

    It’s mind boggling!

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  • KevinHann

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #8

    JamesToon

    That largely depends on who will be available for that game 🙁

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #9

    The ground will come alive against the mackems. This should be the end of that nasty run as well.

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  • beermonkey

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #10

    G2

    will rafa want your midget strikers

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Aye hibbit. This has given us a real chance now.

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  • toonheroes

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Can’t wait for the Leicester game now like. Finally, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Money invested, proper manager. Might be too late but the players will be buzzing. He’ll be respected at least and hopefully, the players will get their heads out of their rectums.

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  • optimistic prime

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Most of my reservations are due to the last 8/9 years of utter bollox from above.

    Someone of similar ability or quality should have been appointed last summer, I pray it’s not to little to late!!

    Ashley out, twat!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Lads
    WEVE ONLY GONE AND GOT F**KING RAFA BENITEZ!!!!!!!!!

    Absolutely buzzing!

    Are we safe? Not by a long shot yet, but at least our fate is our own hands, we have a fighting chance

    And to tell the players to get themselves in and training? What a man, done more in 90 minutes of his tenure than SMC all season

    What a lift, Howay the lads!

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #15

    What formation does Rafa generally play?

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  • toonking

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #16

    G2

    It’s the fans turn now.
    A victory or a point against leicester and we jump up in joy but if we get defeated we just take it with ease and remain as we are today.

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #17

    the away atmosphere on monday is going to be electric!!lol

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  • hibbitt

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #18

    just been told by a very good friend ( though he won’t tell me how he knows) Rafa came to newcastle via shirebrook this morning anyone else heard this ???

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #19

    He probably will beermonkey! Fortunately they haven’t signed new contracts. I’ll have them shipped back in! We are down to the short strokes after all!

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  • optimistic prime

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Tads

    That out the biggest smile on my face today!

    Pleased to meet you, get your boots on.

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  • jimiley

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #21

    An excellent appointment but is it too late? I could envisage winning silverware with Rafa provided the fat controller puts his hands in his pocket and Rafa has control of the transfers. I am not so confident Rafa can keep us up and he will go if we get relegated. He has FOUR games to save us. The next four are vital. I have no confidence in our wasters (players) being able to respond that quickly. Rafa have been given no time to turn things around.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Just checking our injury situation. Townsend, Colo, Tiote, Cisse and Mbabu are all due back on March 14th. That gives Rafa some much needed talent on the bench. Looking very good.

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  • Pitmatic

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Unbelievable news. Benitez must be the best manager Newcastle have ever appointed. He’s certainly the most decorated.

    Am I the only one feeling weirdly deflated though? Looking at our fixtures, it’s still odds against that he can keep this rabble up. So it may well be a case of ten games and out — look at what you could have won…

    Still, no excuse for anyone not to get 100 per cent behind the team and the club for the remaining ten matches. They’re probably the biggest in our history.

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  • optimistic prime

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Put

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Don’t give up hope jimiley. I think we have a better than 50/50 chance of staying up now. Sunderland have a very difficult run in. Worse than ours. And if we beat Norwich away that will put them behind us as well.

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  • Offkey

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #26

    I haven’t written anything on here football related in a while as it has all been so depressing………however, this is all very exciting isn’t it. As far as I am concerned, elated by this news but he has a lot to do to save us but I honestly think he can do it……anymore dire performances can’t be put down to the manager/head coach anymore.

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  • hibbitt

    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #27

    jimiley

    he’s got 10 games at lest we now have some hope knowing he will try

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Come on pitmatic. Look at the remaining matches. We can win five of those.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 11, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #29

    optimistic
    Spent the whole day absolutely buzzing at work

    For the first time in what must be 10 years i have a genuine giddy excitement over our club

    Am getting plastered tonight!

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  • jimiley

    Mar 11, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #30

    The players are wasters. They did not put in a shift for McClaren. Ok he mismanaged them, but some of them were not even trying. That means they were not trying for him, for US and for the owner who pays them 50 grand a week.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 11, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Must say fair play to Rafa taking this job must be nuts but not many top level managers would drop down so far, no manager in the league can look down at Rafa and he’s joined a relegation team with 10 games left (I don’t think anyone who has taken over with so little time left has managed to keep a team up, that’s according to some stats account I follow) brave man

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #32

    hibbitt
    Could of come via the moon riding on a unicorn for all I care, he’s actually here!
    Unbelievable

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  • toonking

    Mar 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #33

    team for monday
    4-5-1
    _______elliot
    jam_saylor__lascelle__dummett
    ____colback___shelvery
    sis________perez______wini
    __________mitro

    This might look a very defensive and boring style but it’s the style leicester city will struggle against. An attacking game like 4-3-3 will see us scratched to bits, we’re not capable of scoring the chances and will cause threats consistantly when leicester make that long ball charge at us on the counter.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 11, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #34

    We’re going to catch a couple of teams unaware and give them a good old fashioned whooping. I can feel it in my bones. Players like Sissoko and Wijnaldum will be rejuvenated.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 11, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #35

    toonarmydownsouth
    U weren’t giddy when we finished 5th?

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Mar 11, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #36

    i cant take credit for this,

    what happens when gouf and rivi start on monday?

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Mar 11, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Cannot wait for the derby now!!

    Also, why the f**k did they have a day off on a friday when there’s a game on monday?!?!?

    Did Mclaren just give days off whenever they felt like it?

    Sorry, we’re talking premier league training- the mornings off. (They train from about 10- 12/1- unbelievable…..)

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  • hibbitt

    Mar 11, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #38

    jimiley

    we have to hope that rafa can turn this around but at lest now if we go down we go down fighting

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 11, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #39

    WWSBRD
    Aye not been done before

    But over Rafas career he’s averaged 19 points in his first 10 games and has a 55% PL win ratio

    We have some huge games, luckily 4 of those our teams around us in Sunderland Villa Swansea and Norwich
    Possibly Palace to if they continue on there downward spiral

    One things for sure, I’m a hell of a lot more confident of survival than i was last week

    The only burning question for me…..why the f**k didn’t we do this after Chelsea?

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  • Offkey

    Mar 11, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #40

    Taco- I would suggest it may be the right call if he did it…there would at least be a plan capable of working

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