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Revealed – Benitez Is Head Coach At Newcastle Not Manager

3:20 pm, Saturday, March 12th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

An interesting development at the press conference today was that Rafa said he was the head coach at Newcastle through the end of the season, because there are no transfers during that time.

And he said at the end of the season, assuming he keeps Newcastle in the Premier League – he wants to become the Newcastle manager – although that’s strange because he was introduced as the new manager at the club and not the head coach when he was appointed yesterday.

rafa benitez today

Rafa Benitez today

There’s a break clause in his contract at the end of the season, which he said was normal, and we suppose that could be activated if Newcastle are relegated – so Rafa would simply walk away from the job.

But news that he had asked for and been given control of all transfers into and out of the club last week may not be accurate.

And certainly the way Rafa is talking he wants to have that control as the manager of the club at the end of the season.

Maybe they couldn’t reach agreement on that, but since it wasn’t important this season they left it open for negotiation in the summer?

Newcastle wouldn’t be so incompetent and inept as to say no to Rafa and keep Graham Carr in charge of transfers would they?

Yes they would – you know that and we know that.

If Newcastle do that and we stay up, there will be hell to pay from the Newcastle fans.

But it really should not come to that and we don’t expect it to happen, but the club is still a mess from top to bottom – to use Alan Shearer’s accurate recent description.

If they want the mess sorted then give Rafa absolute control in the summer, otherwise we will never become a top club under Mike Ashley – ever.

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27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AncientC // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Oh my goodness, is it… was that… can it be…

    Did somebody just tell the truth at a NUFC press conference?

  • 2 Munster Mag // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Not good news.

  • 3 AncientC // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    And to think after the Guardian was slated, it had it right after all. How reputable can a media source with a recent pulitzer prize be anyway.

  • 4 AncientC // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    “Newcastle wouldn’t be so incompetent as to say no and keep Graham Carr in charge of transfers would they?”

    As if Mike Ashley allows anybody to do any kind of spending for him. Carr’s mission is to get value for money and squeeze every margin, which is why they recruit mostly from one agency. Ashley no doubt gets financial kickbacks for repeat business with 1 agency.

  • 5 nightfa11 // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Same as real than.. They also have coaches.. Its the new (american) way..

  • 6 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:39 PM


    Caol Ila is indeed a fine dram

  • 7 Munster Mag // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Totally agree Ancient. Just when i thought we were marginalising the overrated old scout.

  • 8 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Shelvey streets ahead of Colo for captaincy although I wouldn’t say Shelvey is captain material just yet. He’s better then Colo for two things though…

    1. He’s very vocal on the pitch.
    2. Always looking to talk to the media after games, he doesn’t hide.

    Really like him at the minute.

  • 9 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    I am sure rafa will get control of the transfers. Even a clever, self made billionaire like Mike Ashley can see newcastle need rafa more than he needs us.

    There’s very few clubs in the premiership who wouldn’t recruit him. Man u, chelsea, arsenal & city. The rest like us, who take him no problem.

  • 10 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Terrible news….

    More of the same next season, dead pathetic talentless its brought in from Carr relegation battle all over again.

    We don’t deserve Benitez…we truly don’t..


  • 11 AncientC // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    I can just picture Rafa watching his first training match, arms pointing out directions in the air as is standard for Benitez. Janmaat goes flying past Rafa up the flank looking for the overlap… and what proceeds from that moment, will be the birth of a new age.

  • 12 lesh // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Strange. I was thinking just last night that maybe Rafa’s deal included the break clause so that were he to refuse to work under the idiotic HC model, his appointment could be terminated. It’s the sort of idiocy we’re used to seeing under Ashley.

    Let’s hope that Rafa was saying that he’s effectively HC until May and that he hopes to be with us to become manager with greatest influence over transfers in a d out.

    Surely Ashley must’ve seen enough of Charnley and Carr’s success to either relieve them of their duties or in Carr’s case, limit his responsibilities, influence and authority.

    He wouldn’t be daft enough to try to con Rafa….. would he? Mmmm,

  • 13 Back Door Man // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    And so the nonesense starts again!

  • 14 lesh // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    Ancient…when did the Guardian say it? Was it on-line as I haven’t seen it in hard copy. Certainly not questioning your comment, just curious

  • 15 TheToonKing // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    jesus Ed, I love this blog, but you’ve become nothing but a clickbait titled sh1te-stirrer .

  • 16 Back Door Man // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Nonsense even.

  • 17 AncientC // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:57 PM


  • 18 Tsunki // Mar 12, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Keep yer hair on. Head coach because he can’t affect transfers. Manager when he can. Not rocket surgery.

  • 19 Average_Contents // Mar 12, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Haha, I believe someone mentioned this might happen the other day lol.

    But Benitez revealed one or two players who had previously been working with the medical team took part in his first impromptu session.

    “We had some players who were not training the day before and they were out on the pitch,” said Benitez, who has signed a three-year deal.

    On his decision to cancel the players’ day off, the 55-year-old added: “I wanted to train.

    Read more:

  • 20 jane // Mar 12, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    i would like to be manager next season and by the way there is a break clause at the end of the season if I’m not!

  • 21 Average_Contents // Mar 12, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    I couldn’t care less what he is for these 10 games.

    As long as he keeps us up – and on this day, not a single fcuk was given.

    Come the summer is a different proposition. Hopefully that’s when benitez the manager kicks in and carr’s power is on the wane (promoted above his station by a certain tub of lard I might add)

    Let’s worry about the here and now eh


  • 22 Tsunki // Mar 12, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Odd. It’s almost as if some players weren’t that injured after all and sensed a chance was there for the taking .

  • 23 Belfast // Mar 12, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    No more days off ya swines.

  • 24 Belfast // Mar 12, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Said that in my Liam Neeson (Taken) voice.

  • 25 lochinvar // Mar 12, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Maybe he’s Head Coach until the end of the season and then gets an upgrade to Manager in time for the new transfer session ?
    In the horrible circumstances that he decides to move on then there is no precedent for a Manager just a replacement Head Coach.
    So what is it ?

  • 26 Keith in France // Mar 12, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    I thought it was too good to be true- yesterday all good and positive comments on this blog ,

    Rafa makes a comment about being coach and it all changes.

    We simply don’t know what the details of his contract are so let’s enjoy the excitement his appointment has generated .

    Keep positive and let’s hope he can keep us up – I just think he can !

  • 27 TheToonKing // Mar 12, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    don’t buy into Ed’s traffic bringing articles.

    listen to his response. it’s all good.

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