Why The Newcastle Opportunity Is Also Huge For Rafa Benitez


What we sometimes fail to see is when Rafa Benitez signs to stay at Newcastle ae least for the next three years, it is a huge opportunity in the career of Rafa Benitez.

It also comes at a good time for him, as he wants to be a lot closer to his wife and two daughters in the Wirral, Cheshire than he’s been in his last two jobs at Naples in Italy and more recently at Real Madrid in Spain.

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Rafa Benitez taking the training at Benton

Since Rafa left Liverpool after six years in charge in 2010, he had a short six months at Inter before taking over at Chelsea in late 2012 on an interim basis, when Roberto Di Matteo was fired after winning the Champions league with them six months earlier.

For some reason he was unpopular with the Chelsea fans, but still managed to win the Europa League for them in May of 2013 for the first time ever –  and had The Blues finish 3rd top of the Premier League.

He then agreed to a two year contract at Napoli, after newly appointed Watford manager Walter Mazzarri had resigned.

Benitez took the Italian club to victory in the Coppa Italia, beating Fiorentina 3–1 in the final, and took the club into the last 16 of the Europa League.

Napoli finished third in Serie A in 2013–14 to qualify for the Champions League and then Benítez announced that he would resign at the end of the 2014–15 season.

Around about this time Rafa wanted to be closer to his wife and two daughters in the Wirral, but he did get the opportunity to sign on at Real Madrid last summer, his former club, but he lasted only six months when he was replaced by former world-class player Zinedine Zidane.

We are hoping Rafa will now have a more settled and stable part of his career at Newcastle and will stay for many years to come and be very successful on Tyneside.

That’s the new hope for Newcastle fans after 12 years of misery and mediocrity – and it’s a real one.

And there’s good reason why the Liverpool fans still admire and revere the man who took them back to greatness and another European Champions League trophy in 2005.

Howay The Lads!!

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74 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    May 23, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    From previous –

    Slank – I think Munster made a valid point about Rafa demanding transfer funds based on percentage of earnings of the business. This might be as much a sticking point for Ashley as the loss of a friendly board member, seeing as NUFC has been his trusty merchandising mule for SD.

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  • Slank

    May 23, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    REPOST

    Jail @ 5

    I almost forgot.

    He will want the dust and dirt in Trophy Room and Cabinet removed and generally cleaned up as it hasn’t been used for so long even the security guards possibly don’t know where it is located in the stadium !

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  • Jib

    May 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    ”1 Rotonda heights // Dec 13, 2015 at 1:29 PM
    To think we could have got Dele Alli for 6M and are now offering 8M for a total headless chicken like Townsend.
    Sad times.
    We discard and ostracise most of our young players who do show promise like Abeid, Kemen, Aarons etc. Well if Townsend is the answer what the hell was the question.
    We’re always linked with c–p Brit managers and now an awful English player . If this club really had vision we’d move heaven and earth to get the Chile coach who just resigned.”

    Way to go
    Mr ”see me – I’ve got me coaching badges me”

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  • BandB

    May 23, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    ORT

    Ryder will be getting nothing from Rafa’s people.
    He always reports the club line.
    And you can read the tea leaves of these things.
    There was no fan backlash last week as the “Charnley to stay” rumours got about (Ryder being the first to float them)
    This could easily be a bit of kite flying to see whether Carr can also be saved.
    Do people think Ashley is going to sign away his treasured model without a fight?
    It was Ryder again who reported that Ashley had turned to Keith Bishop to plot a course through the coming weeks.

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  • Slank

    May 23, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Tsunki

    That’s a very interesting theory from Munster.

    I’ve not heard of it been used elsewhere in the league although that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been used.

    When it comes to money and finances of the club I would imagine that Benetez is on sticky ground. To me, it’s not in any managers job description unless the manager is a proven winner and can realistically point towards the teams achievements and the corresponding rise in revenues. The only manager I can think of where it could be justified would be Sir Alex at ManU and maybe Wenger but no one else.

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  • Yo-yo

    May 23, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #6

    TOF

    I think Carr will go.
    If Charmless ends up as Rafa’s bitch, just as a pen pusher, then justice may be seen to be done.

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  • Jib

    May 23, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    I particularly like this insightful appraisal of 1 failed Spaniard and 2 failed Scandinavians

    Rotonda heights // Jan 9, 2014 at 8:55 AM
    It’s funny watching Man city and West ham last night
    Pellegrini representing the beautiful game the way football should be played and Allardyce anything but!
    Wherever they go, regardless of the players and squads they have, Allardyce, Pulis and Pardew and their kind will play a deadly ”containing” long ball game, whereas Pellegrini , Martinez, Laudrup, and Solksjaer etc will always be exciting, entertaining, attacking, full of flair and movement and great to watch

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  • BandB

    May 23, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Rotonda

    The press corps has relaxed to the daily “comfortable but stable” bulletins and gone off to watch cricket and rugby league.
    It is now being reported as “end of the week’ again. And although Rafa is said to be “comfortable” with the pace of negotiations, I am now getting a faint whiff of rat myself.

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  • Jib

    May 23, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    I just caught this headline too late to hear what was said on Spanish tv

    Benítez, ‘urraca’ hasta 2019

    It says Benítez, a magpie until 2019

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  • Yo-yo

    May 23, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #10

    BandB

    Wow, was there really a Charmless must stay type sounding ?

    I think fans will tolerate him only as long as he is toothless. “Admin only” stamped on his revised job description.

    I’m less cynical than you about Ashley. His model has failed. He isn’t stupid enough to think it has worked. Why would he not adapt to the new situation of having recruited one of football’s genuine talents to get that ‘win something’ he promised this time a year ago. Maybe Charmless is purely symbolic – like the seahorses.

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  • Tsunki

    May 23, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Still no doh-ray-mi’s from the amply – sized chantreuse.

    I suppose it’s off-season. Still shuttering the windows and stacking the loungers.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    May 23, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #12

    For Charnley to stay on in any capacity he is implicitly being excused for his demonstrable, abject failure to do his job properly, resulting in a disastrous relegation – makes no sense at all to me.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 23, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #13

    From last

    BandB

    Ryder is a typical sensationalist journo. One of the first things we heard when rafa supposedly said he would stay, was that carr was going. Ryder is trying to drum up some interest, and doesn’t seem to care if it is nagative interest. This is why I hate the media.

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  • Yo-yo

    May 23, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #14

    JIB

    Well done you, for finding a Rotonda quote from your archives that says it all about how we want the game played. Absolutely no disagreement from me about that analysis. There are undoubtedly managers who hoof and play the % game, and managers who prefer it on the ground and play with flair.

    Now what exactly is your jib with this ? Do explain.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 23, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Jib

    Now surely we don’t want me to go through all your endless howlers really do you? that’s a savage can of worms to open. I’d quit if I were you old son. How desperate is it trawling back through how many pages!! You do have a life to do something slightly more productive no?

    Ironically Townsend didn’t fit with Pochetinno who I would suggest has far more knowledge than either you or I. I have acknowledged countless times how Townsend has greatly and very pleasantly surprised me. Now if I was still saying he was a headless chicken, like some people still rate AP in the face of all sustained contradictory evidence, then that would just be stupid.

    And yes I do have my badges, SAF had none. We all have opinions, but when it comes to be being utterly pointless you simply have no peers.

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  • Tsunki

    May 23, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #16

    Jib – not that I enjoy your hypocritical barbs drawn from the quiver of hindsight, but you might want to wait until Rotonda posts before releasing your arrows. 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    May 23, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #17

    Oh, hello!

    😀

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  • Yo-yo

    May 23, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #18

    TOF
    I agree but wouldn’t his retention but clear demotion serve the same purpose if it allowed Ashley to save some pride for his abysmal appointments ? He owns the club, salyl.

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  • BandB

    May 23, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #19

    Yo-Yo

    I always thought Charnley would stay. He is a serviceable fellow in many ways, and he is a club man
    But Carr is different. He is Ashley’s personal player portfolio manager and part of his network.
    If Carr doesn’t want to go, Ashley will dig in.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 23, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #20

    Cheers yo yo

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #21

    I don’t believe for a minute that Rafa would be asking for a percentage of profit for transfers when he knows Ashley is bent as a nine bob note and owns the mostly carefully and expertly cooked books in the league. It would be far too easy for them to come up with excuses not to deliver funds.
    Slank,
    Beardsley and Watson should be removed at once from their posts, Watsons U18’s having a whopping minus 32 GD the worst in their division by far. Beardsley has already relegated the U21’s and has the second worse GD in the division but with an 48 against, the worst in the division by a country mile. This losing mentality and settling for shyte has to be eradicated. I don’t care what happens to Watson but Beardsley should be put on stadium tours and meet and greet otherwise get a job at Blyth Spartans if they’d have him.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 23, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #22

    Martinez is exactly like pardew 8n one major respect…… They have no plan b whatsoever! It just so happens that Martinez’ plan a was more attractive than pardews. Both those managers would have had us languishing in 13th-15th nearly every season. Still better than what Carver and mcwally have done, but, as I and others have said, had we been psychic, I would have ripped your hands off for one season in the champs with rafa coming in.

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  • lesh

    May 23, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #23

    Good morning all and in particular our own little ray of sunshine that is BandB.

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  • BandB

    May 23, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Over to you Lesh.
    Looking forward to your enthralling input…..its all yours.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 23, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #25

    Not sure if i detect romance, or animosity 😮

    Just kidding. I will stay out of it 😛

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  • Bambams

    May 23, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #26

    Beardsley was my all time favourite player but there were the rumours quite a few years ago (Kenny Wharton was also there) that he was not putting any effort into coaching and there was a bullying mentality in the youth teams.

    I am sure there was some sort of investigation towards them both.

    Anyway Pedro has had long enough and the reserves/under 21’s are not producing much at all.

    I can honestly see Rafa in time replacing ‘jobs for the boys’ with his own ‘jobs for the boys’ but hope they are an improvement.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 23, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #27

    Bambams

    To me it seems that Pedro isn’t strong enougj to be a head coach of an acadamey. To me, he should be a skills coach. His game heavily revolved around his dribbling and creativity, so i would put him in a role that just taught that. Somebody more organised should be in charge.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    May 23, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #28

    If Rafa does come, and Carr doesn’t go, it will be a bun-fight. Can you see Rafa turning a blind eye to the dirty deals with Mondial and so on? It could end in tears, and very quickly.

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  • Jib

    May 23, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #29

    Jail for Ashley —- Beardsley and Watson should be removed at once from their posts, Watsons U18’s having a whopping minus 32 GD the worst in their division by far.

    You’d think sides above them had plundered goalies and defenders!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #30

    Bambams,
    Not producing much, they conceded 48 goals mate and finished third bottom of the second division. McCardew were too busy looking after their own interests to get involved, surely it can’t have gone unnoticed how poor Watson and Beardsley are performing. They crashed out of a compitition in HK yesterday in the group stages ffs.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #31

    Jib, how many U21 defenders played for the first team.

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  • Jib

    May 23, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #32

    I think the fine detail of Rafa’s contract involves working out what percentage of sell on profit an an unearthed diamond goes to the club and how much to Senor Benitez.

    One of the things that must have effected Rafa’s thinking was the Fernando Torres situation , when he had to beg the powers that be at Anfeld to buy him for £25 million , and then 2 years later Liverpool double their money selling him to Chelsea.
    Ashley’s boys will counter –
    The other Fernando — Morientes , that Rafa got was a total flop at £6 million.
    They’ll be working out some sort of formula to allow for both scenarios.
    I’m of the opinion that if a manager spots , and nurtures a talent which makes pots of money , he deserves some reward , over and above his normal salary offset by his occasional expensive dropped goolies.

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  • Jib

    May 23, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #33

    Jail
    If the 1st team starts plundering players the domino effect always hits the lowest team.

    Surprised I have to explain that to an expert like you.
    😎

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  • jayphoto

    May 23, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #34

    @Jib -to be fair, any different times a lot of people on here have clamoured for all 3 of those managers!
    To be fair, they all approach the game in the right way, Martinez is tactically a bit immature, but rather a manager that attacks too much than one that defends too much like we’d had! Solksjaer I think is a good manager, he did well in Norway and made the wrong choice in going to Cardiff . wrong time, wrong job!
    Pretty sure if Benitez left, many on here would still take Laudrup. He’s hardly tarnished his reputation since

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #35

    Jib,
    So I’ll ask again then, how many U21’s played for the first team last year, no more or less than any other club, so why aren’t all teams conceding so many goals. Of course you’re happy to put up with serial losers as you think it represents a warped sense of loyalty. Just as you were prepared to back Mclaren even if he continually failed to meet his targets.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 23, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #36

    I see LvG turned up for training today. Could Manure be taking lessons from NUFC in how not to sack your manager?

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  • Jib

    May 23, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #37

    You know it was always a problem when teaching what to do about the odd kid that just never “got” it .
    You try to explain something coming at it from as many angles as possible but nope ,every time the hand would go up “but sir!”
    Sometimes it would be a comprehension problem other times a clever dick workie ticket.
    One last time
    Jail
    I’ll use a rugby analogy – for the moment forget the age thing – most 1st class clubs run 5 teams – I remember dreading Monday night selection committee if I had to select the 5th team – the whole evening would consist of the 2nds giving up a player or 2 to the !st team the 3rds to the 2nds and so on until the 5th team on occasion may have to turn out with colts or veterans.

    Poor Pedro is the 5th team selector.

    Jail if you don’t get it this time I may have to ask the Head to put you in a remedial class !

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  • ArtyH

    May 23, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #38

    Cannot understand why he was only offered a 3 year contract when all the other numpties were offered 7 year ones??? Is there something off here???

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 23, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #39

    Jib

    Jails response is also simple to understand, so why can’t you? Our youth teams were no more or less ‘plundered’ than any other clubs. So pedro and co are still under performing compared to the other coaches of youth teams.

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  • jayphoto

    May 23, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #40

    @Ron Knee – I’m hoping man utd give LVG the director of football role. Mourinho working under LVG would be car crash comedy.
    Be interesting to see Jose at Man Utd, he’s not one for playing young players so it’ll be interesting to see where he goes with Rashford, Fosu-Mensah, Lingard etc. They look like good players in the making but chances are they’ll spend 250m and undo all their positives from this season!

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