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When Rafa Signs – This Is What Newcastle Will Become

2:01 pm, Saturday, May 21st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 39 Comments

If Rafa Benitez is introduced as the new Newcastle manager by mid next week, as the latest news seems to suggest, then we can say that Newcastle will soon become a proper football  club.

What do we mean by that – a team well coached by a top class manager – and a club that will soon be one of the best-run clubs in England – not to mention (hopefully) one of the most successful clubs in England and even in Europe.

Whoa – that sounds good!

With Rafa Benitez in charge and hopefully Mike Ashley and others willing to give him carte blanche and also willing to stay out of his way – this will become a new era for Newcastle United.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

It was a good decision by Ashley a year ago to take himself out of the running of Newcastle, but in Graham Carr and Lee Charnley he put the wrong men in charge and they got us relegated, even through we spent £80M on new players.

What Mike has done – if it comes off – is almost a master-stroke in getting one of the best men in football – Rafa Benitez – and giving him total control of all football matters a Newcastle.

All decisions on the football side of the football club will be Rafa’s to make.

Notice that includes whether he goes all out next season to win a cup, even though we have to ensure we come straight back up from the Championship.

Nobody will be allowed to whisper in his ear to field a weakened side because the league is the highest priority – Rafa wants to win things – including cups.

And the very fact we were relegated for a second time may have helped the owner finally see that his way of running the club for the last nine years simply didn’t work.

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Mike may have been so desperate that he just accepted he would give Rafa everything he wanted to keep him at the club.

If we had stayed up and £160M was there for us next May then Ashley may have been less willing to hand over total control.

Anyway, it’s a thought.

When Rafa is announced next week, always assuming it goes through, it will be a massive relief to Newcastle fans and some celebrations will be in order.

And it ways a lot about Rafa that he is willing to go down a division and manage Newcastle – he really believes in the future of this cub.

And we’re sure Rafa will ask everybody associated with Newcastle United to get right behind him and the team – and help to make Newcastle great again.

Rafa will get no resistance to that from the Newcastle fans everywhere.

Howay The Lads!!

Tags: Championship · Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League

39 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Belfast // May 21, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Was speaking to Jesper yesterday he’s in Aarhus with Catchy again.

  • 2 Essex Geordie Bill // May 21, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    On the other hand, if (and I don’t expect this to happen) Rafa didn’t deliver the goods then Ashley could than say to us I’ve given the fans what they want and it hasn’t worked so what now?

    Still I like you’r optimism Ed. 🙂

  • 3 Essex Geordie Bill // May 21, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Oh and just in case I’m being ignored because people took my comment about the Chinese guy as racist, it wasn’t, it really did happen but I won’t say his name or where he is based just in case some troll decided to send him nasty emails.

  • 4 jazzyp // May 21, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Its a sad state of affairs when we are willing to accept a season in the Championship, In hope that the club will reboot itself.
    And that hope is placed in one mans hands to finally transform the clubs status back to where we all feel it belongs. Hopefully gone are the seasons of constant drivel and first round exits to lower league opposition .

    Has Ashley finally seen the light and is going to run the club as it should be ??? …Would send a massive wave of optimism over the club if so, But why leave it till now when we are once again relegated !!

  • 5 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 21, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Did Benitez not sign Bellamy and Robbie Keane when at Liverpool ? Little terriers similar to Armstrong !!

    Armstrong probably wont start every game but I can see him being brought off the bench a lot next season the lad has some determination so may even force his way into Benitez plans a bit like Lascalles has done this season!

    Out of our young strikers the one Rafa may end up liking is Toney …. Tall , fast and good in the air could be like a combination of Mitro and Armstrong if Rafa can develop him !

  • 6 NoahJ // May 21, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    I love how multiple press sources are saying how we’re not going to be bullied over player sales- this is so not like us.

    Take Sissoko. I don’t see why we should have to sell a France international (who is clearly gifted) for only £10m, regardless of what division we’re in, if he has 3 years left on his deal. we sell him on our terms.

    (I personally want sissoko sold. he would be incredible in the championship (if he can be bothered), but to me his attitude is poison, and his constant embarrasing come-and-get-me please are just unacceptable.)

  • 7 Jib // May 21, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    I don’t think you are being ignored.
    The blog has been very subdued for a couple of days now.
    Everyone’s crossing everything hoping the Rafa deal will be clinched.

    Most folk are afraid of tempting fate by discussing the future until Ashley returns from Munich clutching that piece of paper – Oh no that was Chamberlain !!!!!

    You get the idea .

  • 8 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 21, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    I can see Sissoko getting a real eye opening if he was to move to a “Big Club” like Arsenal or West Ham ….

    The only position he could get in at Arsenal is going to be on the right wing or defensive midfield two positions he doesn’t seem to want to play or put effort in and at West Ham is he better than Antonio , Payet or Kouyate ? Warming the bench a lot Moussa next season but if we can get 20 million for you good luck !

    No doubt he will end up at Palace or Stoke

  • 9 SPRINGY // May 21, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    ed mentioned earlier 45m for sissoko,gini and janmaat….cant see it being anywhere near that tbh…will be interesting to see if any players decide to stay once(if) rafa signs up.

  • 10 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 21, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Also if we can get 5 million off some team daft enough to pay for Cisse bite their hands off for it !! His injuries have pretty much ruined him

  • 11 NoahJ // May 21, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    sissoko need look only as far as debuchy; he couldn’t even get into arsenal’s registered 25 man squad

  • 12 davetoon // May 21, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    I’m optimistic for the first time in a long time. Rafa won’t mess around as he has his reputation to think about. He’s taking a massive risk managing a side in the championship that every other side will want to beat. If it goes wrong, it will put a dent in his CV so the fact that he wants to do it fills me full of confidence that the club is in good shape to move forward.

  • 13 lesh // May 21, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Assuming Rafa does what we hope (and he’s allowed to get on doing it without interference) and get us back up first time it’ll be a great start.

    Kicking on from there to becoming a top six/ eight team in the Prem and later, Europe will look very very good on Rafa’s CV.

    Make no mistake, he sees Newcastle United’s rebirth as a massive project which and assuming he’s successful, will be seen as a greater challenge than coaching the likes of Barcelona where resources and top players are a given.

    Ashley and everyone associated with Newcastle United needs to be patient – Rome wasn’t rebuilt in a day.

  • 14 ITUNDERASHELL // May 21, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Rafa will have done his homework on current squad and won’t tolerate Sissoko moods and sell him if he wants to go.
    He will have assessed the squad and decided who stays and goes. He will build from the back and want balance in the team along with real effort and teamwork from the team.
    Those not prepared to follow his plans will be out of the door in very short order.

  • 15 lesh // May 21, 2016 at 2:56 PM


    Wees hood is Jesper in? Aarhus (that’s posh), wor hoos or your hoos?

  • 16 lesh // May 21, 2016 at 2:57 PM


    Wees hood = Wees hoos

  • 17 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 21, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Looking at Rafa’s options there are no big teams in any leagues that would allow him the level of control that he is looking for :

    Man Utd – No chance of that job
    Arsenal – No chance
    Liverpool – No chance
    Chelsea – Fans dont want him and Abramovich calls the shots
    Real , Atletico or Barca – No chance of a job there
    PSG – Owners buy the players and have a good youth system
    Bayern – No chance
    Juventus – Possibly but still would not get anywhere near the control he is looking for

    Looking at clubs with potential Newcastle are the stand out team especially if he is going to be getting free reign !

  • 18 Essex Geordie Bill // May 21, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Cheers, to be honest I wasn’t that bothered about the being ignored bit but there are some sensitive souls on here at times and I would hate the PC police to misconstrue me as a racist.

    As for the Ashley/Rafa deal I must admit the more it gets mentioned the more chance some some nasty little gremlin might decide to intervene. Anyway that’s the paranoid me speaking. 🙂

  • 19 davetoon // May 21, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Is interesting that Sissoko cops it for being inconsistent (which is true) but Shelvey seems to get a pass from the fans. Though Benitez didn’t miss it. He obviously felt he could get more from sissoko than shelvey and the final few games proved that.

  • 20 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 21, 2016 at 3:05 PM


    One of the main reasons Sissoko gets it tight is all the times that he gives it the big “I am amazing I should be playing Champions League” etc etc giving the impression that he thinks he is too good to be playing for Newcastle !

    Shelvey will need to buck up his ideas big time if he stays with us in the championship

  • 21 lesh // May 21, 2016 at 3:06 PM


    Re your anecdote about the Chinese guy, I heard similar words from a Nigerian who being the son of a prince was very arrogant. His comments were directed at a Zimbabwean, a Newcastle University educated all round nice guy who’d lived in Newcastle for years while working at Reyrolle in Hebburn.

  • 22 jazzyp // May 21, 2016 at 3:07 PM


    I would imagine if Benitez does take the helm then the Exodus of players will begin, Who he does not see fit to take the club forward.

    The likes Tiote-Cisse-Thauvin-Sissoko-Janmaat-Sdj-Riviere-Hadaira would probably give him around 40 million to reinvest In the squad for instant return to the Pl

  • 23 davetoon // May 21, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    @LCBP I’m still divided on Sissoko. Is he world class player that just can’t be assed playing unless he’s on tv or is he jus a good player that purs in some awesome performances every now and again

  • 24 Ron Knee // May 21, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    My dad worked at Reyrolle!

  • 25 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 21, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    On the subject of players been sold and wage bills being reduced we already have lost :

    Doumbia , Cabella, Obertan , Marveux , Willamson and Taylor

    Thats got to be at least 200k a week off the wage bill already that needs replaced !! Replace those players with players who will be fit , give 100% and have a bit of quality with the current mix of the squad and we would be looking good for a return to the top flight

  • 26 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 21, 2016 at 3:16 PM


    Yeah when Sissoko has space to run he looks good is much better suited to playing for a counter attacking team as he is not good enough on the ball to play for a possession based team !

    He would probably be good playing for Leicester although he lacks work rate a lot which is part of his problem as well

    Benitez does like players like him who can run from deep he used to have that other player Momo Sissoko when he managed Liverpool who was a similar style so that might be why he has suddenly started to play well

  • 27 davetoon // May 21, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Yeah I guess Rafa found his motivation as he Sissoko certainly played a lot better. He still looks like one of our best players when running with the ball – as you say after a turnover and he may well even get a game for France in the Euros on the left. Haven’t seen them for a while but it was him and valbuena fighting it out about 6 months ago.

  • 28 NezzaNUFC // May 21, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Rafa builds on mentality of the players, those who want to leave will leave simply because they don’t have a winning mentality.

    Rafa will sign players who have fight in them in every game ( Jonas ) anyone notice what he did at Liverpool?

    He had a full squad of senior players with young players as backups, he loves speed and power so Sissoko would be his priority to keep above everyone else here.

    Oh and good evening guys.

  • 29 NezzaNUFC // May 21, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Ron Knee

    In Hebburn?

  • 30 Ron Knee // May 21, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Yes. He worked in the Accounts Dept.

  • 31 NezzaNUFC // May 21, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Ron Knee

    I played for them many years ago lol

  • 32 NezzaNUFC // May 21, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Sissoko has a £20 million price tag on him!

    Bet Rafa had something to do with this lol

  • 33 Shadow_Shearer // May 21, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Rafa benitez I would be willing to offer an 8 year contract. Even if he had an off season once or twice I wouldn’t mind.

  • 34 Ron Knee // May 21, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    I watched a few matches in the 60s. There was a lad called Diamond, I think, who was pretty good.

  • 35 NezzaNUFC // May 21, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Ron Knee

    well before my time mate, 90s when I played for them but my dad or granddad might of known him ( probably went to the same social club Iona lol )

  • 36 Bobbybee // May 21, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Since Arma went to Coventry, i’ve had an app for the Coventry Telegraph. Mowbray has had nothing but praise for Arma and has repeatedly said he will go on to be a great star in the future. He even takes the blame for asking Arma to play every game, when in his first season he should have had the odd rest. Goalscoring is the very thing that has cost us relegation this season, or the clear lack of it. Arma is by far and away the most natural scorer in our squad now, and for the past god knows how long. Having read Mowbray’s comments all season, i simply don’t buy the not robust story. Mowbray rates him very highly. 20 goals last season, as well as goals for the England youth sides. If anybody seriously thinks Rafa has made a decision on the lad before once seeing him play in person, clearly doesn’t get Rafa. If we sell Arma, we will live to regret it, but right now, i don’t believe it. Why Rafa would be dicussing Arma’s future with anybody other than Arma is beyond me. He doesn’t do tittle tattle.

  • 37 NezzaNUFC // May 21, 2016 at 3:57 PM


    Rafa might think Arma could be the next Fowler?

    Rafa loves nothing more than to train high potential young player like Lascelles,Arma and Aarons, also he will be watching our other young lads developing.

  • 38 Shadow_Shearer // May 21, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Rafa benitez always has one eye on his cv. Coming to newcastle with only 10 games left was never going to damage his cv or rep.

    Getting newcastle promoted back to PL won’t be the biggest achievement in his life, but his cv will brag having 3 teams promoted. Which will look good.

    If he can get us into Europe, again will not the the biggest achievement in his life, but it will be a bigger achievement than gettin a team like say man city into Europe.

    Championship to champions league, & to top it off, Mike Ashley could then f*** off!! Lol

  • 39 giimps // May 21, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    I’m beginning to worry about Rafa staying with us in the fizzy pop, it’s bad enough getting a parking space when there’s 50,000 every home game, once were winning games it will inevitably rise to full houses………I just hope they come on the bus …..

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