Photos Of Benitez Now Adorn St. James’ Park

Newcastle seem to be going to town (toon?) with Rafa Benitez and they have now placed some of his photographs around St. James Park and there are also some new photos of Rafa from his first press conference today for the Leicester City game on Monday.

You would think Newcastle had just pulled off a massive coup or something – the way they are going on.


The press conference took place with Rafa looking very smart in a suite and tie – his wife would be proud of him – but hey – no sign of black and white anywhere.

Here are some of those photos of gaffer Rafa.

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Young supporter and future England striker welcomes Rafa

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Must breathe in – don’t want them to see the pot

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Great shot of a relaxed and smiling smiling Rafa

rafa benitez in suit

Who are those two bottles of Champagne for?

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rafa Benitez-shirt

Not quite sure if they want me to smile on this one

It’s clear that Rafa Benitez is very quickly becoming the face of Newcastle United Football Club.

110 comments so far

  • croftus5678

    Mar 12, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #1

    we have a very good manager here and a hell of a lot better than pards/macca so i really can not moan about the manager now ! i can not moan about the quality of players we are signing either as most are above the quality i thought we could get.

    and i can not moan about ashley as he’s kept away from the club and given us a lot of money to spend recently.

    all i have left is the league position and the cb’s not being replaced to moan about so lets survive and and cross that off my list next season please 😉

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Yep croftus, I’ve finally got nothing to moan about, I’m quitting the blog 😀

  • Jib

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #3
  • cyprus

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #4

    So one by one the key factors are being taken care of. Big investment now big ‘head coach’.

    If it doesn’t work out who do we blame? What a terrible situation not to have a boogey man. We still got Carr bless his soul.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Honestly are there really “told you so” miles in all this? Ha ha it’s only taken a disastrous 8 years. And we aren’t home yet. Keep your powder dry.

  • only one bobby robson

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #6

    I am praying that rafa keeps us up as I honestly think this could be the start of something special .

    Flip side if we go down it will tear us all apart

    But we’ve got to keep the faith toon toon black and white army!!

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #7

    JfA, you had a personality transplant?

  • No Defence

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Even if we get beat on Monday, I still think we have a great chance of staying up now, Leicester might be a bit too soon to try and sort out the mess. But still really looking forward to match now (not dredging it) ?

  • hibbitt

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #9

    A point at leicester will bee a good start !!!!!

  • No Defence

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Why is it I put a smiley and ends up as a question mark?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #11

    How bloody predictable from that old goat bills yesterday, not once did he jump to the fat mans defence as he dragged us through the mud yet after his last throw of the dice in desperation he provides us with a manager the club deserves he’s on to gloat.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #12

    No defence, has to be a word press compatible smiley

  • No Defence

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #13

    I would luv a draw on Monday, and maybe the start of the great escape.

  • No Defence

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Ok thanks Jfa,

  • toon kk

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #15

    In Rafa we trust, at least we’ve got hope something we didn’t have with Wally.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #16

    we shal win win win on monday

  • Jib

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #17

    This : then – then D = 😀

  • toonking

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #18

    We all get positive and thought things had really turned round then comes a story that rafa is head coach and might well be just here to keep us up.

    What now, should we keep up with the expectation of a turn around or do we get back into the mood we’ve been in and scream cashley out?

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Welshie…….. Gareth Edwards, Cliff Morgan, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones. Your boys are taking a hell of a beating.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #20

    fantastic result getting him in, im a little nervous about the next 10 games, i believe we have it in our own hands to stay in the league, i have been happy with a lot of the performances, they just need to finish the games off, hopefully Rafa can add that to our game,

    THEN next year , wow, cannot wait for it.

    you can do it!

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Whatever Betty, You can’t win them all, besides we beat you in the World Cup.

  • daztoon

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #22

    Poor poor Wales hahahahahahaha

  • toon kk

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #23

    It will be interesting to see if our relegation candidates actually give 100% and prove they are capable of being premier league players.
    At least Rafa gives us some hope.

  • 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #24

    England very lucky to survive at the end.

  • 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #25

    toon kk

    On paper, previous clubs, international players, scoring records etc., etc. we have enough good players to get results … but too many duffers could screw it all up. Some will have to substitute commitment for talent

  • hibbitt

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #26

    if we stay up and the club cannot come to an agreement with Rafa not only will Rafa walk away a lot of the fans will follow . IF he can keep us up he deserves the chance to manage the club in a professional manner with control of all transfers and football matters

  • martoon

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Wait a minute Catchy – weren’t you a big McClaren fan?

  • Jib

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Behave yourself
    It’s not a points scoring exercise (except for the man-child Mr Tuff)
    I was a big McClaren supporter also.
    That doesn’t mean one cannot see Rafa as a big step up.

  • toonking

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #29


    Didn’t know you would be happy.You were a huge fan of Mclarean and thought he was doing great.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #30

    If rafa wins the derby next week, that will make a huge different to our confidence. A week is a long time in football.

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Jib- 100% agree.
    A common theme in recent seasons has been a lack of leaders on the pitch.
    One of Benitez’s style of management has been to do just that:
    Simply, Identify Leaders:
    In his time at Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid, Benítez was quick to try to gain the confidence of the most influential figures in the squad. He sought out Javier Zanetti and Esteban Cambiasso in Milan; he did his best to indulge Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo in Madrid; he even won over John Terry at Stamford Bridge.
    He will need to find someone at Newcastle who can carry out his orders on the pitch. Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini and Georginio Wijnaldum all have ample experience as well as Jonjo Shelvey — it was Benítez who arranged signing him for Liverpool.

  • Jib

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m really disappointed in this Everton /Chelsea FA quarter final.
    They are both mid-table on about 40 points nothing else to play for.
    I thought they’d put on a better show than this .

  • stan anderson

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #33

    Well done Ashley,at last we may have something to cheer.
    Its only taken 8 yrs.

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Our flappy team will struggle like hell with Rafa’s zonal marking system. I reckon it’ll be good for comedy value though..

  • toon kk

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #35

    We have players who can step up and prove something but like you say it’s the others who’ll spoil the party, those players who basically aren’t good enough need to show a really good work ethic, then we MIGHT have a chance of escaping relegation.


    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #36

    like most of the top 4-6 games in the premier in recent years(man utd,arsenal,chelsea,liverpool,man city)… to frightened to lose to have a proper go…pretty much the same mentality.

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #37

    We now have something worth staying in the league for, don’t mess it up.

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #38

    Jib- Not watching but it can’t be worse than the Norwich v Man City game. I can see Benitez setting us up like Norwich were today in a number of forthcoming away games. Man C despite having bulk of play created very little clear cut chances.

  • posada

    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #39

    I don’t want to put my ideas on selections or formations on here.
    For the first time in years I have complete confidence in our manager doing that far better than I ever would.
    I want a manager that comes up with a tactic/team selection that makes me think that was clever really clever.
    I think Rafa just might.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 12, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #40

    why can i not like Rafa like,, yes i like Shteve, and i think he did improve the football side of things, but it went pair shape for him, he needed to work on finishing and defending, but instead it seemed like it was all about passing,

    im not just a one dimensional guy, i said a long time ago there were plenty of managers out there who could do a good job for us, the reason i mentioned Shteve was more down to how much i thought MASH would pay for a coach/manager,, Shteve fit his old bill nicely,

    but im happy that mash is putting his money in his pocket and getting good players and a top manager.

    no blaming the guy now.

    time to back the club, lets not forget what has happened , but move forward together.


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