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This Manager Is Favored To Replace Rafa Benitez

6:18 am, Sunday, April 10th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Newcastle are hoping that Rafa Benitez will stay at the club even if we are relegated, but we see very little chance of that happening – mainly because Rafa Benitez is no fool.

While Rafa came to Newcastle because he said we were a sleeping giant and a really big club, his experience so far is with players who have too much fear to play up to their capabilities when the chips are down.

The players are filled with fear and Rafa is struggling to get them to play anywhere near their capabilities – and yesterday’s display was little short of calamitous at Southampton.


Tony Pulis – respected coach

It must be a long time since  a Rafa Benitez coached side played like that yesterday.

We fully expect Rafa to leave the club at the end of the season and we may even get that decision from the 55 year-old Spaniard before the last game of the season against Tottenham, because we will be relegated before then.

One of the most important things for Newcastle to do in the summer is to appoint a strong manager who can get the team organized and fighting for the cause and get us straight back up.

And that manager must be able to fix Newcastle’s woeful defense.

And while a year or two ago the name of Tony Pulis would certainly not have been a good candidate for the Newcastle manager’s job, he may now be almost the perfect person to come in and shake up the players given where we are right now.

In a complete mess from top to bottom is one way of saying it.

The Mail is reporting Tony is Newcastle’s number one choice if they cannot persuade Rafa to stay on Tyneside.

Pulis could come in over the summer and get Newcastle shipshape and ready for the start of the season and get us promoted next year, as long as he is in charge of all transfers.

But he wouldn’t come unless he got that assurance from Ashley – because Tony is no fool.

Tony Pulis also has the capability of keeping us in the Premier League if we do get back up next season – so a three year deal for Tony could be good for Newcastle this summer.

He could get the job done for us over the next two or three years.

Pulis would also jump at the chance to join the club, who he has always called just a fantastic club with great supporters.

This is what Tony said after our 1-1 draw at West Brom last May:

“This is an enormous club but it has to get back to being an enormous club,” “The only way you can do that is to put a team on the pitch that can compete with other enormous clubs.”

“It’s a wonderful club, a wonderful place and a wonderful stadium. The support’s absolutely fantastic – all they want is a winning team.”

And Tony could also be open to leaving West Brom this summer, as he had this to say last week:

“I would prefer to sit with Jeremy and have a nice glass of wine and a bite to eat. We’ll talk about the season and talk about the future. I still have a year left, there’s no rush in doing anything else.”

Jeremy is Jeremy Peace the owner of West Brom who refused to sell Saido Berahino to us in January.

There were also reports last April that Pulis turned Newcastle down, and we suspect that was because he wouldn’t have had control of transfers, with Chief Scout Graham Carr in charge of that for a few years now.

Mike Ashley has to do something big this summer, because our long-suffering fans are simply at their wits’ end at the woeful way the club is being run this season.

Or should we say the way the club is being destroyed this season?

It’s not good.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 magscar // Apr 10, 2016 at 6:42 AM

    Pulis in charge of transfer budget might be better than Charnley/Carr but doesn’t set my pulse racing.

    Perhaps if Benitez had made it very clear he was here for 3 years and not until relegated he might get more from the players. He is as equally unable to motivate them as McClaren which is very disturbing.

  • 2 juan // Apr 10, 2016 at 6:44 AM

    I’d be devastated if PULIS was our next manager. It’s been bad to watch but he’s just terrible. But knowing the muppets in control of Newcastle they’ll either be going for him or someone equally as bad.
    club is a shambles

  • 3 cyprus // Apr 10, 2016 at 6:45 AM

    Rafa was the wrong choice, as results have shown. Carver will have a better record. He has made serious mistakes in selection and tactics.

    Pearson could’ve saved us. Even Steve. Yep.

  • 4 cyprus // Apr 10, 2016 at 6:47 AM

    It’s not as if we are playing better under Rafa and unluckily losing. We are definitely worse on the eye as well.

    Thanks for coming to our lowly club Rafa. Bye now

  • 5 Scotty // Apr 10, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Rafa has lost my support already. Gini, sissoko, Anita and perez should’ve been dropped a while back now. Doumbia, mbabu,obertan and de Jong should’ve started yesterday. The only good thing to come from relegation would be a total clearout of these conmen who call themselves professional footballers. Very sad times. I will not renew my season ticket until MA sells up! The blame lies solely with this man….

  • 6 KevinLee // Apr 10, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Tony Pulis!? what the fXing joke, team will drop to division one!

  • 7 Malta Mag // Apr 10, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Apart from the Spanish national team where would Rafa go?? Strange comments on here assuming he would leave because I think the challenge of taking us straight back up would be a tempting prospect. Ashley has the money and he can’t be happy with what he’s seen this season so I think he’d make Rafa an offer he couldn’t refuse

  • 8 The next Mike Williamson // Apr 10, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    It maybe wasn’t wise to hire benitez as he is a defensive manager and we only have 2 players who defend. 3 when tiote plays. I think rafa has set out to defend in our last three games but we don’t have the players. We’ve looked much better when we take the game to teams.

    Pulis is a long ball guy. He simply plays with lots of big hard workers. not a single one of our players will suit his style. not only that but newcastle fans hate long ball and will hate Pulis even if he wins.

  • 9 Spacepyramids // Apr 10, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    If Pulis is the next coach/manager then it’s the final straw for me

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