The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!

Rafa Benitez Appointment Blows Up Twitter

5:40 pm, Friday, March 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

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

Tags: Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League · Tweet · Twitter

64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mister Tuff // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:42 PM

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

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    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.

  • 3 GeordieTwo // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    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.

  • 4 toonking // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    rafa in
    jibs out

    ashley continue “for now”

  • 5 JamesToon // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:49 PM

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

  • 6 hibbitt // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    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

  • 7 optimistic prime // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    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!

  • 8 KevinHann // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM


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

  • 9 GeordieTwo // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM

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

  • 10 beermonkey // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:51 PM


    will rafa want your midget strikers

  • 11 GeordieTwo // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:51 PM

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

  • 12 toonheroes // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    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.

  • 13 optimistic prime // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    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!

  • 14 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:53 PM


    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!

  • 15 WWSBRD // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    What formation does Rafa generally play?

  • 16 toonking // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:53 PM


    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.

  • 17 SPRINGY // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:54 PM

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

  • 18 hibbitt // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    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 ???

  • 19 GeordieTwo // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    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!

  • 20 optimistic prime // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM


    That out the biggest smile on my face today!

    Pleased to meet you, get your boots on.

  • 21 jimiley // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    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.

  • 22 GeordieTwo // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    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.

  • 23 Pitmatic // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    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.

  • 24 optimistic prime // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:57 PM


  • 25 GeordieTwo // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    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.

  • 26 Offkey // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    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.

  • 27 hibbitt // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:59 PM


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

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM

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

  • 29 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    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!

  • 30 jimiley // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    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.

  • 31 WWSBRD // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    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

  • 32 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM

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

  • 33 toonking // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    team for monday

    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.

  • 34 GeordieTwo // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    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.

  • 35 WWSBRD // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    U weren’t giddy when we finished 5th?

  • 36 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    i cant take credit for this,

    what happens when gouf and rivi start on monday?

  • 37 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    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…..)

  • 38 hibbitt // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:05 PM


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

  • 39 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    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?

  • 40 Offkey // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:07 PM

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

  • 41 GeordieTwo // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Some of our players just needed a lift and a breath of fresh air. This provides both. Rafa will be on top of things from the get go. And having several injured players come back is important as well. Can’t wait to get at it!

  • 42 sparky55 // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    I would bet my bottom dollar the injury list clears much quicker than originally expected 🙂

  • 43 hibbitt // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:07 PM


    i think you miss the point he met ashley at shirebrook

  • 44 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Excited but this is unexplainably different

  • 45 GeordieTwo // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Fong the naysayers! Fong them I say!

  • 46 magpie6699 // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    There are never any guarantees of success and only time will tell how Rafa’s appointment will work out. However, I haven’t felt so encouraged by a managerial appointment since Sir Bobby came. For once the club seems to have decided to go for some quality instead of settling for mediocre – if that’s not an insult to mediocre!

  • 47 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    At long last a manager that doesn’t have us falling out with each other, a truly magnificent signing, just pray we stay up to see the benefits of it. What a great feeling to know we have a manager who wants to and is capable of winning trophies instead of some washed up has been desperate for a job. I’m in heaven.

  • 48 daztoon // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Friday 11the March 2016 Ashley Finally see’s the sense in appointing a proper manager.

    A manager who is a winner, not someone who claims to be.

    After years and years since Ashley took control finally we can look forward to matchdays again. Knowing we now have a man in charge who actually knows what he’s doing.

  • 49 Fostino // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Train those boys like hell rafa…Make your own captain …wini perhaps

    Tell em put their socks up. Give em all a fair crack….cisse..arrons…marvo…whoever…here’s your chance.


    Janmaat mbemba dummett colback
    Townsand townsand
    De jong

  • 50 firebug666 // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    It’s not just Rafa though is it, he has brought some very experienced staff with him, and they will work the lads because they know Rafa, and they will want to have a team ready for him, a team that is fit and able to play the Rafa way.


  • 51 Fostino // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Meant to say arrons on left wing

  • 52 NUFCPaul // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    In the days leading up to this appointment the Mackems on the Shields Gazette website have been saying the Mags are dreaming if they think they can attract a manager like Rafa. Well guess what Mackems, dreams can come true! Now let’s start dreaming of beating the scum, sending them down and us staying up!

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    There’s a massive underground train station at Shirebrook that gets migrants in from Calais quicker than the Channel tunnel. Maybe Raffa beat the queues and all the hassle of passport control.

  • 54 WWSBRD // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Haha tbh it’s nice to read excitement on here. Been too long hasn’t it?

    I just personally don’t feel that over the moon, I think it’s come too late to save us the players are the same though I suppose our ‘CL’ players now have a CL manager so who knows

    If we stay in the league then I will be very excited but until then the fireworks are staying in the shed for me

    And I was pretty chuffed during that 5th season like haha

  • 55 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    At long last my delusions have came true 🙂

  • 56 sparky55 // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    We have to beat the scum…the lift in moral would really give us the momentum we need to stay up…but if we lose I’d suggest we’ll be relegated because that would put the scum four points clear with a much better goal difference which in essence is 5 points clear and they’ll be difficult to peg back because once the scum are 5 points ahead allardyce will just park the bus for the rest of the season.

    The great thing about this is Rafa knows it as well…so we have to give him maximum respect for putting his reputation on the line in such a way. You have to applaud the man.

  • 57 NUFCPaul // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    One of them even said ‘let’s see how he does at a much smaller club’! Bitter much? They’re crapping themselves now, aren’t they? Brilliant!

  • 58 GeordieTwo // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Survival is there for the grabbing. No excuses. We’re only in the relegation zone by 1 point and goal difference. Don’t forget we’re really only competing against Sunderland and Norwich. I reckon Norwich will get 8-11 points from their remaining matches. Sunderland will get less.

  • 59 toonking // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:16 PM


    I’ve been following the news on sky sports and they said no team has managed to survive when sitting in the relegation zone with only 10 games remaining.

    The derby game is like a champions league final to us. If we get a victory confidence will be sky high and the past will seem like history but if we get a defeat then all this current positivity will be gone, we’ll be going into a full fortnight feeling as if nothing has changed leaving rafa under extreme pressure as if his job is at risk come the norwich game.

  • 60 WWSBRD // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    That’s some scary stat and why am not jumping for joy, I honestly think it’s come too late and what an opportunity missed of it has

    Though tbf, and I don’t know the other managers than came in with 10 or less games to go, Rafa is probably superior to them and by some way but am still not confident we will stay up…more optimistic than I was certainly but it’s a hell of a job

  • 61 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    There are five very winnable games and we have shown what we can do when set up for a win, that Stoke game sucked the last bit of life and will to win out of the players when it was there for the taking and we went for the draw. I think that most of them will now want to stay. A relegation was a get out clause before but where would they go, on this form Stoke, W Ham? Now they have a chance of winning something in front of 52K fans. That new manager bounce and the prospect of a bright future will see us ok.

  • 62 Rotonda heights // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    SM whinging that he would have kept us up. I thought he promised top 8 and good cup runs and we are reduced to this mess.

  • 63 NUFCPaul // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    toonking – that may be true but has it ever been as close around the bottom between three teams before? And Rafa is more than capable of winning those key games against the teams around us. If these players can’t perform for a manager of this caliber then they deserve to be relegated.

  • 64 NUFCPaul // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    sparky55 – the scum have appointed a new manager prior to playing us for the last two or three seasons, so let’s give them a taste of their own medicine and end this ‘x number of games in a row’ crap.

previous post: Multiple Photos Of Rafa Benitez At Newcastle Today

next post: Alan Shearer Reacts To Benitez Appointment