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Benitez Reported Certain To Leave Newcastle This Summer

12:42 pm, Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

We had thought that some clubs would try to line up Rafa Benitez as their new manager this summer, if there was no signs of life from Newcastle in the final games of this season.

That’s already happening but Rafa is being linked with the Spain National manager job when current manager Vicente del Bosque retires after the European Championships this summer.

Rafa is a friend of the Spanish manager from the time they spent together at Real Madrid in the 1990s, and del Bosque has named three managers who could take over from him in the summer – and there’s no shortage of good candidates.

Vicente del Bosque looks on in despair during Spain's 2-0 defeat by Chile in the World Cup.

Vicente del Bosque – retires after Euro 2016

This is what Del Bosque has said:

“There are many good Spanish managers – Benitez, Roberto Martinez, Julen Lopetegui.” “Finding a new manager is very easy.”

It seems that staying in the Premier league was the one chance we have of keeping Rafa at the club, but that’s now looking very dubious since it looks like our players are just too mentally fragile and don’t have enough guts for this relegation fight.

But The Sun today are reporting that whether or not Newcastle stay in the Premier League the job as Spain national manager is appealing to Benitez and if he is offered the job he would walk away from Newcastle even if he saves us from the drop.

Who will come in as the new manager in the summer is a good question, but Newcastle become a rather unattractive club with £20M in revenues from the Championship for next season compared to an average of £150M for Premier League clubs – so we shouldn’t get our hopes up it will be a top manager.

We hope it’s better than John Carver or Steve McClaren – but maybe not?

To us it’s just staggering what’s happened at Newcastle this season and we wont even mention we spent £82M in the transfer market – calling it incompetence is simply being too kind.

It’s one measure of Lee Charnley’s incompetence as the top executive at Newcastle this season.

Now “smaller” clubs like Bournemouth, Watford, West Brom, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Stoke, Swansea and maybe Norwich will be much richer clubs than Newcastle next season – just amazing.

Poor buys in the transfer market and dithering around and unable to make tough decisions when that’s what was necessary – do have consequences when you are an executive at any organization.

And bringing in a second-rate manager last June to take over from the very woeful John Carver certainly didn’t help anything.

If we do get relegated Newcastle will be in very serious trouble.

This is more than the disaster scenario for this season – it’s much worse than that.

I never thought I’d ever see this thing happen to Newcastle United, especially after what happened last season – being completely and utterly stunned doesn’t quite describe it.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wayayman // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Don;t think we can keep bemoaning so-called ‘smaller’ clubs success, Ed. Face it, we might have big attendances but that’s all that has been big about us for at least 20 years. Sad when you think of the potential here.

  • 2 Ibizatoon // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    They need to hire Charnely to undertake this task.

    It’d be sad for us to lose him, but you know, it’s Spain, so no hard feelings Lee.

  • 3 Transfer Sage // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Southampton (A)
    Swansea (H)
    Man City (H)
    Liverpool (A)
    Palace (H)
    Villa (A)
    Spurs (H)

    On current form I could see us picking up 0 points from these games if I am being truthful. Hopefully though Rafa can get some results together, even if they aren’t pretty.

    Swansea and Villa have nothing to play for. Liverpool and Southampton only going for Europa League and clubs aren’t always keen on that.

    Spurs might have nothing to play for in the last game so might be able to steal a result there.

    As poor as this team is they have shown flashes to get results. Hopefully other teams being on the beach already might help us.

    It’s a long shot but you never know.

  • 4 Derek // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    These f#@king click bait BS headlines make me want stop using this blog.

  • 5 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    No need for you to accuse me of bending the truth. The stats speak. Are you saying Carver had a better team? I have always thought that Pardew would have had a similar end to the season if he had stayed, except he might have taken us down. But that’s just my gut feeling based on the evidence of his tenure. You must think he would have continued along the same trajectory and that it was Carver who took us off course.

    Both Makro and Rafa have struggled with this bunch of players. That goes to show that Carver had a massively difficult task IMO. So no need for me to bend the truth. Just giving my opinion. Reject it if you want.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:54 PM


    Been a while friend, how have you been?

    I find this season massively confusing. For once we have spent money but totally in the wrong areas, on the wrong players and for a large chunk of the season with the wrong manager.

    I’m hardly a football expert, far from it in fact, but even I can see looking at some of the players and manly McClaren that we were not giving ourselves a fighting chance. For all Ashley isn’t a football expert surely he can see that.

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:57 PM


    I suppose Carver did keep us up but we plummeted down the league when he took over. Although this was a typical pattern the previous few year under Pardew as well.

    I think the face the bloke picked up 3 wins and 4 draws from 20 matches shows that if he had been in charge an 4/5 games earlier we may well have gone down. Obviously just my opinion, can’t prove that either way.

  • 8 beermonkey // Apr 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    if were still in the prem i dont see rafa taking the national job
    he likes the day to day stuff of football andhe is only 55 so has a few years and trophies left in him before he thinks about the spanish job

    he also wants to be in the uk where his wife and kids are

  • 9 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 5, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Anybody that thinks otherwise is setting themselves up for further disappointment. He’s as good as gone.

  • 10 beermonkey // Apr 5, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    how can you compare rafa and carver

    carver had a window and was happy to let players leave and was happy not spend a penny

    if rafa had a window we would have a cb and a left back that is needed and if not the bloke would prob walk

  • 11 WWSBRD // Apr 5, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Martinez? Haha

  • 12 Ibizatoon // Apr 5, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Transfer…Indeed, I’ve been lying low 🙂 Doing well, besides NUFC, how about you?

    It has been an odd season, you’re right. It’s the substance of what the club does.

    Despite his shortcomings, Pardew was never “the” problem, just one of many. Much like Carver wasn’t the problem, nor was McClaren the answer to our problems.

    If Charnley and Carr are left with the same powers come season end, then i really hope people will turn their attention to the one man who does have a say in this. If he still can’t get it right, presuming this is down to genuine mistakes, then he needs to cut his losses and go.

    As per usual, whilst I’m sure he wouldn’t mind a successful NUFC, i don’t think it’s imperative for whatever he’s got planned.

  • 13 Bobbybee // Apr 5, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    If we stay up, Rafa is under contract to stay. If we go down – as looks probable – he’ll move on; as per his contract. Anything else is just speculation.

  • 14 richyg01 // Apr 5, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    We are going down anyway, so we will never know if Rafa would have stayed.

    This is all by the by.

    Also, need to stop talking about Newcastle as a ‘big’ club, we stopped being a big club when Freddie left us.

  • 15 beermonkey // Apr 5, 2016 at 1:09 PM


    martinez not known for defence
    and newcastle worst defence in the league lol
    with him here league 1 here we come

    dont think he would come he is still pally with whelan in think

  • 16 WWSBRD // Apr 5, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    I was laughing at him being in frame for the Spanish national job and someone thinking he is a good manager

  • 17 beermonkey // Apr 5, 2016 at 1:15 PM


    some1 mentioned on here the otherday rafa to everton then him to us i thought that might have popped up again

    both are laughable

  • 18 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 5, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    It’ll be Bruce. Was rumours of him leaving Hull for Villa about s month ago. Rumblings that a growing contingent of their fans want him gone, that’ll become a majority should they not get promotion, think he will then be sacked. He’s publicly stated his regret at not taking the job before.

    Put your money on Bruce now.

  • 19 Goromagpie // Apr 5, 2016 at 1:19 PM


    Will 10 points be enough????????

  • 20 nufc786 // Apr 5, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    If we go down, and Rafa leaves I would like to see Brendan Rodgers in charge. He got Swansea promoted and playing decent football. But we need more characters…. What are the odds of convincing Kevin Nolan to give up his player/ manager role with Leyton Orient ?

  • 21 JamesToon // Apr 5, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    3 managers I’d like to see in charge next season:
    Brendan Rodgers
    Mark Warburton
    Ian Cathro

    Steve Bruce
    Neil Warnock
    Alan Curbishley

  • 22 lochinvar // Apr 5, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    How about someone from Panama as a new Owner – certainly seems to be some money available over there !

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