Rafa Benitez Appointed Newcastle Manager


In what is simply an unbelievable and stunning appointment by Newcastle United – the club has just announced the great Rafa Benitez as our new manager.

And Rafa has wasted no time in calling on the Toon Army for their total involvement.

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Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez today at St. James’ Park
Howay The Lads!!

Here’s the statement just released by Newcastle United.

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Newcastle United is delighted to announce the appointment of Rafa Benitez as the Club’s new manager.

Benitez joins United on an initial three-year deal.

The Club can also confirm the appointment of Fabio Pecchia, Francisco de Míguel Moreno, Antonio Gómez Pérez, who will join Ian Cathro and Simon Smith to form Benitez coaching team.

Paul Simpson, Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve Black will part company with the club with immediate effect.

Speaking of his appointment, Rafa Benitez said:

“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!”

Managing Director Lee Charnley said:

“I am very pleased to welcome Rafa Benitez to the club. In Rafa we have, without doubt, secured the services of one of Europe’s top managers.

“He has managed some of the most successful teams at the very highest level of the game and we are proud to now have him as our manager.

“Our sole focus now is to give our full support to Rafa, his coaching team and the players in order to secure our status in the Premier League.

“I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to Paul Simpson, Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve Black for their service to the Club.”

So basically those very closely linked with Steve McClaren have been let go, but it;’s good to see Ian Cathro stay at Newcastle and of course he speaks Spanish and has managed in Spain.

Maybe he can become Rafa’s protege?

Did we say this is simply unbelievable?



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57 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Sorry to wake you Ed but your here now.

    Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzin’

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Fcukin over the moon with this, a big two fingers up to your TDSarfs, Boy done Good etc that have always preached that we are an average club who deserve our lot, we could have had a top manager in place of Pardew, Carver and this latest patsy, finally it’s taken a realisation of monies lost to get what we deserve.

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  • KevinHann

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Come on, not even a photo? 🙂

    Cheers folks, it IS a nice surprise to finally get a high-profile manager in!

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  • El Sleeve

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #4

    UNBELIEVABLE JEFF

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  • peterk3

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Bloody brilliant. He wont stand for any crap from anyone. I’m over the moon.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #6

    KevinHann

    You will have to give ED a chance with a photo mate, he’s just woken up to some great news and will be bleary eyed and shaky. 😀

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Toonrich

    Haha yeah i never thought to put that on!

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  • hate

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #8

    This is huge lads, I believe now we have a chance to survive. The rest will come next year!

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  • Grafton83

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Good luck Rafa, please save us

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Mag 52

    It’s great here in lala land. lol

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  • KevinHann

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #11

    firebug666

    I’m a bit worried Refa might not be the real deal, hopefully it was a typo out of excitement! We need the genuine article, not Weah’s cousin or something 😉

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  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

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  • tynesidetommo

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Guess I got that shout wrong. Not bollocks after all – thank God

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  • PUMMELLER

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Cannot actually believe this…
    One of our biggest coups ever.
    Lets all get behind them he says, if the players show their commitment then he can rest assured we will do the same. Time for some player to buck up!
    HWTL!!!!!!

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  • G

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Not a bad days wowk for the club. Shame Charnley didnt go too though.

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  • G

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Work even

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  • firebug666

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #17

    KevinHann

    Don’t worry marra, Rafa and his backroom staff will sort that shower of players out.

    And the fact he has kept Cathro on means we will look like a modern style team playing modern football. So hopefully it will be bye bye to the hoof it to Mitrovic.

    We now have a decent chance to save this season.

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  • sweendog

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #18

    In Rafa we trust .. excellent news, best manager available.
    I’ll have to buy him a new waiters outfit if he keeps us up..

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  • richyg01

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Buzzing!

    Amazing coup!

    Hope him and his staff can fire some life into our players and also work their magic on Mitro like they did with Torres at Liverpoo

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #20

    No fekking way… Did Newcastle really just sign benitez? The incompetent shambles of a club ‘newcastle’? Wow. Well ermm, as a young fan I have witnessed mainly our worst days but damn am I looking forward to his tenure. Fancy that, from Mcclaren to benitez, truly astonishing.

    If we don’t stay up now surely the players are at fault? But obviously carr would have to get the sack. Really buzzing with this announcement, c’mon the toon!!

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #21

    GEeettt iinnnnnnnn WOOHOOOOO finally we deserve a bit of good news….

    I AM BUZZIIINNN!!!!

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  • clinath@ed

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #22

    11 March 2016
    Perhaps the day we finally got our club back. Or just the beginning?

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  • toon kk

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #23

    I just hope people don’t turn on Rafa when we still struggle, our squad has to many flaws for the premier league and we only have 10 games left.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Keeping cathro Is also great. I know fancy foreign names don’t mean that they are better and more astute then the British, but wow it looks so much better haha. Alot can change in a week of football, let’s hope it’s our turn.

    I love how we have done a Sunderland, new manager just before the game.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Rafa has arrived and the sleeping giant has stirred opening one eye for a brief moment. Things could start to change…………..for the better.

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  • toonking

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #26

    RH

    it certainly does feel like we’re in LaLa land

    It’s here it’s finally here. Mike cashley has given the managerial appointment to a decent manager rather than a puppet. He’s appointments have been puppets season after season but the dream’s come true we’d got the type of appointment we want.

    Has ashley changed his way of running the club and will get rid of the rest or was it just a hopeful relegation savour?
    That’s the question

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  • Dragon64

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #27

    well can’t believe it to get someone like him amazing lets hope he can get this lot playing football and if he keeps us up would be even better then he can start to rebuild with his own players haway Rafa

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  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #28

    this is day zero for the club now – it starts today.

    I honestly believe we will stay up now, and with a decent summer window with Rafa at the helm who knows what could happen. Just look at Leicester after aquiring a decent manager.

    Buzzing with this – HWTL

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  • Dragon64

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #29

    anyone have the details of his contract missed it

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  • Charlietoon

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #30

    We finally have a manager the players will want to play for. It’s been 10 years. Mclaren’s fault was not inspiring his players in any way. If these guys cant get excited about Rafa they deserve to go down. Lets just hope it’s not too late.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Just want it confirmed that:

    1) Rafa is in charge of transfers, leaving carr redundant

    2) has a drect line to Ash, not have to go through Charnley

    I thought Rafa was bringing in his own excellent top goalkeeping coach as well but I see Simon Smith is retained

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #32

    young magpie

    cathro got all his knowledge from portugal and then valencia (Rafa’s old club in Spain.) may be someone from there put in a good word

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  • Goldmbemba

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Imagine the players right now…

    Im thinking of perez, he must be smacking himself around the face, a top spanish manager who’s going to communicate clearly to him and take him up a level. Wow.

    Im not worried about the attacking side of our team, its more the defensive side that im worried about, can even rafa sort them out? i think he will be making a big deal of the DM position, he knows CB is a weak position so or DM’s will be very important indeed.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #34

    kk

    just for one day don’t be the endless prophet of doom and enjoy the moment.

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  • El Sleeve

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #35

    glad to see Cathro retained.

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  • El Sleeve

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #36

    and, we might actual attract a top CB and LB!!!!!!

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  • firebug666

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Fabio Pecchia

    Fabio Pecchia is an Italian former footballer who played as a midfielder; he was the assistant coach of Real Madrid. Throughout his career, he was also known as “l’avvocato”, as he obtained a law degree through the University of Naples

    Francisco de Miguel Moreno

    Is a conditioning coach.

    Antonio Gomez Perez

    Antonio Gómez Pérez is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder, and a current coach. As of Friday 11th March 2016, he works under Rafael Benitez at Newcastle United.

    In the 2006 summer, immediately after retiring, Gómez started coaching, first with former club Albacete’s youth team, with which he won the campaign’s Spanish Cup of the category. Subsequently he stayed two years with the B-side, in the fourth level.

    Gómez re-joined former Real Madrid B coach Rafael Benítez in 2009, being named Liverpool’s assistant coach while also training the club’s reserve team. On 23 June 2010 he announced his move to Real Valladolid, signing for 2010–11 in division two after the dismissal of former Spanish national team coach Javier Clemente.[1]

    On 29 November 2010, after a 0–1 home loss against FC Cartagena, Gómez was fired by Valladolid, even though the Castile and León side ranked seventh in the league. From June 2011 to March 2013 he managed former club Albacete, in the third tier, and subsequently re-joined Benítez’s coaching staff, first in S.S.C. Napoli then Real Madrid.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Post of the day –

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

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

    By a mile. 🙂

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  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #39

    toonKK – dont ruin the party fella.

    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

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  • Dragon64

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #40

    so just read that carr is dead wood now as Rafa goes straight to ash that is better why didn’t he do that from the start

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