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Rafa Arrives At St. James’ Park – Pictures

3:07 pm, Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 43 Comments

Here are the first pictures of Rafa Benitez arriving at St. James’ Park to sign on the dotted line for at least a three year stay at Newcatsle and then hold a press conference.

rafa 2 st james' park

rafa arrives 2 st james


Tags: Championship · Coaching · Management · Newcastle News

43 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Grafton83 // May 25, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Will be interesting to see what details we get in the press conference.

    In making this appoint a now like Mike Ashley 1 percentage point more than I did before. That takes his total score up to 1. amazing!

  • 2 clinath@ed // May 25, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    do you think winning the championship counts on MA’s list of achievements/requirements for selling up..?

  • 3 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 25, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Hahahaha @ Carver for Everton. Maybe he has accidently applied to go and make those stripey, chewy mints?

  • 4 Toon-Prodigy // May 25, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    I just want to know who is leaving and who is staying now. Excited about which players he can bring in too.

  • 5 Bambams // May 25, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    What’s the betting Rafa is alone during press conference. ….

    Can we believe for one minute Ash or Charnley will be there to answer questions….More likely to have another pre recorded video.

    Here was me thinking all change, might still happen I suppose.

  • 6 Bambams // May 25, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Still so happy Rafa is signing….

    Might even see about a ST…..

  • 7 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Newcatsle. 🙂 it’s it’s blog all right there’s your proof.

    About the photos – were these all taken today? If so, was he wearing the black and white tie when arriving, and did he lose it when he went????

  • 8 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    Eds blog. I hate technology, and it hates me.

  • 9 goommy // May 25, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    Hell Yeah!!

  • 10 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Is he taking the mickey out of Pards dance in that lower left pic? 🙂

  • 11 Lilongwe Geordie // May 25, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Just as I type that….

    Lilongwe Geordie // May 25, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    So… is it official official, or just media say it is official? Either way seems very promising.

    Now, to try and sort out the squad ASAP, and have the majority of what we want in place for the start of pre season. Robertson, Trippier and Redmond would be 3 I’d want. Robertson will heavily depend on if Hull go up. Trippier and Redmond would be great signings and both have Prem and Championship experience. Then an experienced goalscorer, centre mid and centre half to shoulder the burden and responsibility at this level.

    Plenty to go out from the squad with players more able to fight and challenge for a place coming in, and some of the alleged stars heading out.

  • 12 BandB // May 25, 2016 at 3:24 PM


    The three bottom ones were taken around 1.30pm today.
    They are from a single contact sheet.

  • 13 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    I thought as much BandB. Thought I’d try my hand at scaremongering. Nobody seems to be doing any of that lately. I remember when it was all the rage.

  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // May 25, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    It is exciting times, I was chatting with people at the weekend when watching the cup final, and they were baffled by how upbeat I was about everything. I think myself and most fans see Rafa as a chink of light finally bursting through some pretty thick dark clouds that have gathered over the past 9 years.

    I’m wary on him having total control, but it has to be a step in the right direction after stagnating for so long we ended up going backwards in real terms. Now, to see how the reshaping happens at all levels. An interesting couple of weeks ahead I’d imagine.

  • 15 No Defence // May 25, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    The first picture can’t be today surly?

  • 16 clinath@ed // May 25, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    there should be no room for the Primadonna’s this season, good hard grafters with the correct skill sets, molded into a team would do nicely…thankyou

  • 17 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    I had an uncle who used to be a scaremongerer. Back then you had to do an apprenticeship of 7 years before you got to even use any tools.

  • 18 BandB // May 25, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Depends upon who you are trying to scare, Tsunki.

  • 19 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    …that was back when this blog was just fields sorry I’m just filling in time until the big announcement.

  • 20 archaeomag // May 25, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    At last – Hope

  • 21 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Scaremongering on this blog is too easy. No specialist skills required.

  • 22 clinath@ed // May 25, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    careful with that total control angle Lil…I got called an imbecile when I suggested it wouldn’t be the greatest of ideas….

  • 23 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Oh oh. Just heard the bad news, apparently talks broke down over reinvestment from player funds. He ain’t coming people. 🙁

  • 24 bettyswallocks // May 25, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Tsunki…… Have you ever tried that wine I suggested on previous thread. Alburino.

  • 25 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 25, 2016 at 3:32 PM


    How much does a high quality scare cost these days, from a tome served scaremonger?

  • 26 Ketsbaia9 // May 25, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Great news. I think we should only sell the following:

    Colback – £5m
    Dummett – £6m
    Wijnaldum – £15m
    Saylor – Free
    Gouffran – £2m
    Krul – £15m
    Bigirimana – £500k


    Agger – Free
    Santon – Loan
    Redmond – £8m
    Abeid – £3m
    Aubameyang – £30m
    Antonio Valencia – £10m

    Net spend = £7.5m

    We should try to win the league and the fa cup and league cup. Go straight into Europe for next season.

  • 27 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 25, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Or even time served

  • 28 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 25, 2016 at 3:35 PM


    Who forgot to give ketsy hos tablets?

  • 29 Lilongwe Geordie // May 25, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Ha, I was prepared for that sort of thing when I mentioned it. Didn’t see your post re similar. There are checks and balances on pretty much any football manager, and they need to be in place still. Competent people with the appropriate skill sets and experience in roles above Rafa are also required, not just handing over everything. For starters it is too much responsibility, and would likely take away from his coaching.

  • 30 Back Door Man // May 25, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    What time is this ‘OFFICIAL’ announcement meant to take place?

  • 31 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 25, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    His. Fcuk this fcuking phone to fcukistan and back.

  • 32 Lilongwe Geordie // May 25, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Aubameyang? As in PEA? I’m sure he would be well up for swapping Champions league with Dortmund, and dreams of Real Madrid/Barca etc for a cold Tuesday night away to Bristol City at Ashton Gate….

    Even for you that is pushing the boundaries of fantasy.

  • 33 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Betty nope I haven’t tried albariño but I’ve heard it’s similar in ways to a viognier which I have occasionally had and liked. I have a partiality to drier whites with good fruit rather than sweet so I have cultivated a taste for the flintyness of the local wines on Lanzarote, like the better ones of El Grifo and Bermejo.

    I might give your albino wine a spin though.

  • 34 bettyswallocks // May 25, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    I assume Rafa will have been working on his ins and outs as we all wait in suspense. He’s going to need some experience to blend with the youth. It’ll be very interesting to see who he keeps from the younger players.

  • 35 clinath@ed // May 25, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    it was last week sometime Lil…..the possible clash of personalities/egos between Rafa and Ashley is my only concern, as the only victims would be us fans.
    But that’s for another day, I’m just enjoying the GOOD news while it lasts….

  • 36 Lilongwe Geordie // May 25, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    On a completely unrelated note, the Head Coach of the current table topping Superleague said this of his cup quarter final opponents in the papers today…

    “Bullets are just like our wives in cup games. Without a doubt, we will beat them,” Chirwa challenged


  • 37 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Mark I am open source I just crave acknowledgement. However I do accept donations for further research purposes, especially in the field of Doom Merchandising which I am also interested in, although I can’t see any future in it frankly.

  • 38 Ketsbaia9 // May 25, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    Team for next season:


    Janmaat Mbemba Agger Santon

    Valencia Sissoko Abeid Townsend

    Mitrovic Aubameyang

    De Jong

  • 39 hibbitt // May 25, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Its not just Rafa it’s the quality of staff / coaches he will bring in
    hoping for improvements in all areas right across the club

  • 40 rasul // May 25, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Ihaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! Yes yes yes yes finallyy yehaaaaaaaaaa:))))))) He will sign some great players!!!

  • 41 isleofmanman // May 25, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Aaaawww man! This is sooooo much better than good!!

  • 42 robertsleftfoot // May 25, 2016 at 4:03 PM


    The fact you would A) think we could sign PEA just shows you live on another planet and B) you would keep that snivelling Sissoko and even play him suggest you have also taken an amount of drugs that would kill most people.

    We will be looking at getting rid of the fanny players who insist they deserve champions league football when in all honesty the last 2 years has shown them to be bottlers with lazyitus who belong back where they came from before.

  • 43 lochinvar // May 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Dear Mrs. Benitez,
    Thank you for your faith in Mr. Benitez.
    Principal and commitment are admirable qualities appreciated in the north-east.
    You are very very very very very welcome.
    Loads of love
    The Toon

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