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Rafa Benitez Appointed Newcastle Manager

3:05 pm, Friday, March 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 57 Comments

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.

lee charnley rafa benitez

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

Here’s the statement just released by Newcastle United.


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?

Tags: Board of Directors · Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

57 responses so far ↓

  • 1 firebug666 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Sorry to wake you Ed but your here now.


  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    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.

  • 3 KevinHann // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Come on, not even a photo? 🙂

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

  • 4 El Sleeve // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:08 PM


  • 5 peterk3 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:09 PM

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

  • 6 firebug666 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:10 PM


    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. 😀

  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:10 PM


    Haha yeah i never thought to put that on!

  • 8 hate // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:10 PM

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

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

    Good luck Rafa, please save us

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

    Mag 52

    It’s great here in lala land. lol

  • 11 KevinHann // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:11 PM


    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 😉

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

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • 13 tynesidetommo // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:13 PM

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

  • 14 PUMMELLER // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    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!

  • 15 G // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:14 PM

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

  • 16 G // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Work even

  • 17 firebug666 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:15 PM


    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.

  • 18 sweendog // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:16 PM

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

  • 19 richyg01 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:18 PM


    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

  • 20 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    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!!

  • 21 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:19 PM

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


  • 22 clinath@ed // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:19 PM

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

  • 23 toon kk // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    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.

  • 24 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    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.

  • 25 firebug666 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:21 PM

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

  • 26 toonking // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:21 PM


    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

  • 27 Dragon64 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    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

  • 28 Toon_Tom // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    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

  • 29 Dragon64 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    anyone have the details of his contract missed it

  • 30 Charlietoon // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    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.

  • 31 Rotonda heights // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    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

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    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

  • 33 Goldmbemba // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    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.

  • 34 Rotonda heights // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:28 PM


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

  • 35 El Sleeve // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    glad to see Cathro retained.

  • 36 El Sleeve // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:29 PM

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

  • 37 firebug666 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    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.

  • 38 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. 🙂

  • 39 Toon_Tom // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    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

  • 40 Dragon64 // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    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

  • 41 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!


  • 42 Belfast // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Great news

  • 43 geordiemark // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    rafa is no mug put it that way, the players either play well or there dropped its up to them, I do blame the players for this season they play for the club, I hope rafa does well but somehow I do feel its to little to late now

    I think if we are relegated end of this season then everyone connected to the board should be sacked and that Ashley should sell up and let someone who has ambition for our club, if we are relegated I would love to see rafa still in the job but that’s up to him and his staff, we just have to wait and see how it all pans out

  • 44 corkypants // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:32 PM


  • 45 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    wow after 10 years we’ve finally appointed a manager other top teams would look at

  • 46 jimiley // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    WE cannot get rid of Ashley yet but the very next person out the door has to be CHARNLEY. A waster. Posing there with his stupid grin next to Rafa.
    Hopefully Rafa has full control over sales and purchases otherwise he is a dead man walking being number 2 to Penfold.
    Ashley has to be the most unpopular man in England. Even the government want to lock him up. He is not having a change of heart but is acting out of desperation. Does anybody really think he would be appointing Rafa if McClaren could have guaranteed 4th bottom? It is worth waiting to see if Rafa keeps us up and then if Ashley gives him some real dosh. We can win the league with the right owner and manager. Look at Leicester. The league is evening itself out with the SKY money. It is a possibility that Ashley might be thinking of investing in the Toon to become a proper club again. Maybe he wants to be hugged again? I am saying the unthinkable but it is worth a punt to keep him on a bit longer to see if he really wants to engage with the club and become LIKED. It is heresy to think like that but desperate times call for desperate measures (and thoughts).

  • 47 archaeomag // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Don’t forget to update your side bar info!

  • 48 GloucesterGeordie // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    This really is unbelievable! If we manage to stay up then next season I will be looking forward to the start of a new season for the first time since Sir Bobby was in charge, keeping my fingers and toes crossed for results for the run in!

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

    Let’s not get carried away with dreams of returning to the era of Kevin Keegan’s entertainers.
    Rafa does encourage a decent brand of football, however it is by no means gung-ho.
    I believe (hope) he will have us defending and attacking as a unit in a very short space of time. This has been our biggest problem for a long time, the total lack of cohesion, the lack of transitional phases of play. We have been simply relying on getting it either to our widemen quickly and let them run blindly down the channel (Sissoko et al), or lumping it forward to an isolated striker to subsequently lose it again.

  • 50 toonking // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:37 PM


    if that’s true then all we need now are the players to get their act together and show us all they are decent players than the mercinries

    I won’t be too fussed if we get a defeat against leicester because they are playing like a top 4 this season. The first victory I demand will be against sunderland.

  • 51 lochinvar // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    I’m off to learn a second language if it keeps you in work…in the meantime Rafa wants Toon Army support……well here’s a start

    All together now…

    “Whey aye. whey aye ,
    Si, si , Benitez
    Wor Geordies are legends and Mackems are bell ends
    and we’re partying all over the Toonio”.

  • 52 AncientC // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Pardew and McClaren didn’t exactly leave much of a power vacuum behind them. Like going from Frank Spencer to General Patton all in a day.

  • 53 DicBDownCambodia // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Question: To all those stating ”this could be the best appointment since Robson”, on merit alone, can anyone please inform me of who comes close to Benitez?
    I guess KK is up there. But other than that….?

    Incredibly excited, though, as having witnessed the rise and fall since hiring Sir Bobby, if you close your eyes for a second, it feels like Shepard is running the club and he wants success… Once you’ve opened them, that quickly disappears and it wouldn’t surprise me if Charnley and Co fcuk up somewhere!

    El Steve – we still have to survive first!


  • 54 Grumpy // Mar 11, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    I just woke up after a bad dream thats lased a very long time.

  • 55 Spacepyramids // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Gobsmacked – First McClaren goes, and then it gets even better with Rafa Benitez replacing him. Now, if only Lee Charnley could find another job, and Mike Ashley accepts an offer he can’t refuse, then we might be the club I was always proud to support.

  • 56 U.S Magpie // Mar 11, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    In the words of Winston Churchill, Phuck Yeah.
    Point in history not recorded but he said when we won the war. He did say it though to higher military personnel.

  • 57 Blackstarbullet // Mar 11, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Very pleased with this, along with the dismissal of the useless coaching staff, (Cathro apart ). Looking at his backroom staff now we have people with a lot of top club experience so hopefully it’s upwards on onwards.

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