Why Rafa Is Worth Every Penny Of His Massive Wages

It’s been reported that Rafa Benitez signed a contract that could keep him at the club through the end of June, 2019 and his annual wages are as high as £6M a year and he stood to get a bonus of £3M if he’s able to keep Newcastle in the Premier league.

If he’s not able to do that it’s likely he will activate the release clause in his contract at the end of the season and leave the club.


So that’s about £21M Newcastle will invest in the new manager over the next three years if we survive relegation this season.

And our reading of that is – he’s worth every penny.


Rafael Benitez with his wife Moutse
In the grounds of their home in Caldy on the Wirral

First of all it’s a massive ask for Rafa to keep us in the Premier League after Charnley allowed Steve McClaren to remain in the job for nine months as he took us closer and closer to relegation.

Rafa has only 10 games left and we are second bottom of the league and still 9 points behind 5th bottom Swansea although we now have two games in hand.

But if he does save us, that guarantees Newcastle at least £150M in May next year for still being in the Premier League.

When you take into account some parachute payments from the PL for relegation and payment from the Championship that’s still well over £100M Newcastle will lose next season alone if we are relegated.

So the bonus is about 3% of the money we will lose if relegated – a very good deal for Newcastle United.

And his yearly wages of £6M a year are cheap at the price too.

In this last year of the current three year deal PL clubs get anywhere from £60 to £100M a year with Newcastle getting close to £80M a year.

That will increase by at least 70% next season with the new £5.1B TV rights deal, so let’s say clubs will get anywhere from £120M to £170M – if Newcastle finish mid table that’s about £155M.

And assume just for estimating purposes that each position higher in the league table next season is worth about (170-120/20) – £2.5M.

If Rafa can get us one place higher in the league that’s an extra £2.5M in the Newcastle coffers.

So how many places higher in the league can he get us compared to a lesser coach (like Steve McClaren?) – once you have that number multiply it by 2.5 and that’s the extra money that Rafa can bring in for Newcastle in £M – because he’s such a top class manager.

Notice the almost polar opposite is true for McClaren, who has lost Newcastle money this season and it could become a catastrophic loss if we get relegated.

So it was a very poor business decision by Lee Charnley last June to hire McClaren – it could cost the club big time.

The other thing is that we already have too many high paid stars who don’t produce – and there’s a few of them who certainly haven’t produced this season.

A good coach gets the best out of the players he has – and a poor coach doesn’t.

So if Rafa can get the very best out of our players their wages now become worth it to the club – and that’s more reason Rafa deserves big wages as Newcastle’s investment will get a payback also from the players.

We wont even mention that Rafa in the next three years could get us back into Europe and there is extra money the club gets from that – a massive amount if it’s the Champions League.

We’ve always thought the manager is the most important person at a club because he is in charge of all the players and  he has the most responsibility.

That at least is how it works in the outside business world that people with increasing responsibilities get higher compensation.

And if Rafa is still the manager at the end of May the season tickets will be sold out rather quickly for next season at Newcastle – no struggles to sell the season tickets with Rafa Benitez in charge.

We have a feeling that Benitez, Ashley and Charnley have already talked about some of the things they will do in the summer, if we survive relegation.

One of those will be to build the world-class training facilities at Benton that have been held in abeyance for over a year now because of the threat of relegation – mainly due to the very poor choices of John Carver and Steve McClaren as our most recent head coaches.

So once the fans hear about what Rafa’s plans are – including maybe which players he wants – and also just as important which of the current lot he doesn’t want – we expect season tickets to sell like hot cakes.

The truth is that Benitez has electrified the Newcastle fans in the short two days he’s been on board.

One thing that’s abundantly clear is the biggest star in the Newcastle dressing room will be Rafa himself and not any of our players – unless we bring in Ronaldo or Messi for next season.

But maybe they are getting a bit too old at 31 and 28 respectively?


Comments welcome.

185 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #1

    You get what you pay for, it’s as simple as that, Pardew and McClaren were simply greatly to be offered a job and chance to get back into the big time, the result is that we got two yes men. Now however, we have a man that is regarded so highly, he can pick and choose where he works so he can command a massive wage


    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #2

    never really interests me what managers/coaches earn as..
    1)nowt to do with me
    2)its probably speculation to try and highlight how much the club willing to spend or willing to waste depending on whos writing the article.

  • bladeuser

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #3

    RAFA will not take us down those gutless players will


    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #4

    is that you softening a bit,bladeuser?lol

  • Oleg G

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #5

    It is important to add that getting a world class manager like Benitez (or Klopp, or any other top 5 earning managers in the PL), is like getting a bit above average player for 15M with a salary of 40K (and add to that some signing bonus of 1M).

    But while paying that for a player, you get only an ok player, with potential, you can get a first class manager. The man responsible for the team, the training, the line up, the tactics and a lot of other things.

  • JackButler

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Arsenals Gabriel seems intent on breaking someone’s leg today

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #7


    When was the last time you was in a good mood.

  • JackButler

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #8


    Those gutless players will be checked by Raffa, he won’t take any sh@t off them as they will know that they are playing for their futures and let’s be honest there are more than a few that are stealing a wage here and if they were to leave it would be a backward step for them.

    The appointment of a world class manager has completely changed the perspective at the club and should be seen by everyone concerned

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #9

    PSG winning 7-0!

  • AncientC

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Still another half an hour to play, Ron. Double figures on the cards for PSG.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #11

    When I watch Leicester and I see how Kante performs every week this is how I imagined Sissoko should be all over the pitch with energy and constantly hounding opponents not sulking because he thinks he is too good to play anywhere but as a no 10 !

    If Kante was asked to play right wing for example I cant see him sulking and not putting 100% in!

    Who knows now the fact we have a champions league quality manager we may get commitment from players like Sissoko


    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #12

    hopes so mate then we might have a full time player on our hands…instead of just now and then.

  • In Rafa We Trust

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #13

    How much more likely are players like Lacazette to come now?? Much more

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #14


    8-0 now & Troyes down to ten men.


    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #15

    if we stop up and spend big then most players will listen to what he and the club has to offer….i would hope so anyway

  • AncientC

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Troyes had -38 goal difference before this game. Keeping it to below -50 would be something to aim for a I guess.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Comparing the photos from training and the eleven players on physio-room.com, is it safe to assume Townsend, Obertan and Haidara are fit enough to play. Can not be sure Collo was taking a full part and will probably not be ready for Monday.

    Squad available (26 +2?):
    Goalkeepers: 21 ELLIOT 26 Darlow 41 Woodman
    Defenders: 2 COLOCCINI(?) 15 Lascelles 19 Haidara 22 JANMAAT 27 TAYLOR 42 Sterry
    Midfielders: 4 COLBACK 5 WIJNALDUM 7 SISSOKO 8 Anita 10 de Jong 11 Gouffran 12 SHELVEY 14 Obertan 16 Aarons 23 Saivet 25 TOWNSEND(?) 31 Marveaux 35 Gibson
    Forwards: 17 Pérez 28 Doumbia 29 Riviere 36 Toney 45 Mitrovic 47 Barlaser

    7 senior players (UPPERCASE) that are regular starters around which the other players will be fitted to create a defensive team. Who could the four additional players be?

    One striker definitely but maybe a false 10 could be used to boost the midfield. Two defenders unless Colback goes to fullback, which would open up a place for a midfielder. Of the remaining players Aarons, Perez and Lascelles deserve a start, whilst I would like to see the great skills of de Jong and Doumbia, IMO Saivet may be used to provide DM cover.

    Through watching past matches Rafa will know that we often give the ball away in the last third and the midfield gets caught out of position leaving the defence vulnerable. So will he persist with Sissoko and Wijnaldum trying to support the forwards, try to ensure they play defensively firstly, or replace one or both?

    I think this could be a good team but Rafa will be able to make a more direct judgment and if experience out ways enthusiasm and/or positional sense:


  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #18

    how did people like STEVE BLACK got appointed by our club. he practically stole our wages.


    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #19

    reputation gets you far once you have one….look at macca!

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Consolation corner for Troyes.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #21

    And as I write that PSG score again.


    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #22

    psg on a rampage then i assume!lol

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #23


    It finished 9-0!

  • bladeuser

    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Going soft not me I will be back to my worst after the next two games although I hope I will have some praise worthy comments to make


    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #25

    how stories can appear on websites already about lacazette may sign in the summer is a bit much,just read on news now..newcastle given hope of 25m euro striker mat sign???……wait to see if we survive,wait to see if rafa stays,if he wants him!….long way to go yet.
    this is’nt a pop at you by the way “in rafa we trust”….its just a little pop at sites just churning out useless articles.

  • toon kk

    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Arsenal loosing to Watford 0-2 at the moment, great work ethic from Watford.


    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #27


  • Rafael Sinep

    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Colo is our new DM


    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #29

    ron knee
    they just be happy it did’nt reach double figures!…must admit at times this season….so have i!!lol

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #30

    Problem with Steve mcclaren was he didn’t change anything ever. He played the same things over & over. Same team selection, only replacing injuried. Same tactics, formations. U could guess the line up before it was announce.
    Same possession game that didn’t work, same short passing football that didn’t come past the half way line, especially against Chelsea. Even when we did create anything there was no end product, maybe the odd couple of chances made a game, & he would say if he play like that every week, we will be fine.
    Unfortunately our team can’t adjust to that style of play, espically next 10 games, rafa will need to get us to play more defensive/otherdox style, which not all of us will want to see long term, but it will suit us better

  • Rafael Sinep

    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #31


  • AncientC

    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #32

    There is no way Rafa is on £6 million a season, that is more than he got at Real Madrid. He was reportedly on 3.5 million Euros at Napoli, I would surmise that would be closer to his annual salary.


    According to this website, he earns £4.5 million per season, making him the 8th highest paid manager in the world.

  • AncientC

    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Rafa is now the 8th highest paid manager in the world according to [this](http://www.totalsportek.com/money/highest-paid-football-managers/) website.


    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #34

    there must a decent feeling of optimism, coz even bladeuser is not his scrooge like self!!lol

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #35
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #36

    When you look at how Watford have done this season having a Spanish manager who is pragmatic and knows what he wants I think it can work for us our team always looks like it needs structure but what our team has that Watford dont really have compared to us is pace Sissoko , Perez , Townsend, Wijnaldum and Doumbia are pretty rapid and should be used in a counter attacking capacity with direct passing rather than always trying to keep possession and then doing nothing with the ball for ages !!


    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #37

    to put in the words of a certain true geordie….that was a thunder cnut!……bloody hell that was travelling what a strike!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #38

    Not looking good
    If Watford get to the final then I fear we’ll have to be 4 points ahead of the Mackems before the last game of the season.

    As i cannot see us getting anything against the spuds at home and Watford could put out a weakened team last game of the season against the Mackems


    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #39

    its a little worrying that maybe the case,but just been looking at palaces and swanseas run in it might not be 2 from 3… palace especially looks hard.


    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #40

    swansea should pretty much be safe by the end of next weekend as they have villa but palace are having a horrible run.

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