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Unbelievable – Rafa’s Wife And Two Daughters Key In Decision

9:21 am, Thursday, May 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

There are stories being circulated on how Rafa’s wife and two daughters had an awful lot to do with getting Rafa Benitez to stay on at Newcastle United.

Rafa’s wife Maria de Montserrat and their two daughters Claudia and Agata Benitez have been imploring Rafa to stay on Tyneside, when it was very obvious to them that the people of Newcastle simply loved him.

The two girls were at the Liverpool – Newcastle game on 23rd April when we went 2-0 down but then made that fantastic second half come-back to draw that game 2-2 = and the Geordie fans at the game were in full song throughout the 90 minutes.

rafa benitez press confenrce may 25 2016

Rafa Benitez last night – family urged him to stay at Newcastle

Rafa’s name was sung from the rafters and the passion shown for their Dad by the Geordie fans shocked the two daughters so much that back home in the Wirral that Saturday night they said this to Rafa:

“Dad, you cannot leave these people,” “They love you. You have to stay.”

And then the Chronicle got involved and did their civic duty in great style – by getting over 28,000 fans to sign a petition to implore Rafa not to leave the club.

On the final day of the season, the sell-out 52,00 fans sang Rafa’s name throughout the game and there were placards pleading with Rafa not to leave Newcastle.

The Benitez family just couldn’t believe what was happening on that last day of the season as it looked like we had just won the Premier League.

When you look back at that game and the mood of the crowd and also the way our lads played – who would have thought we had just been relegated?

Newcastle took Tottenham apart 5-1 in that game and scored three goals in the final 20 minutes when we were down to 10 men –  and it was  in front of a watching Mike Ashley – the only game he has attended this year.

Mike met with Rafa and Lee Charnley that night in the boardroom at St. James’ Park for almost three hours – and Ashley told Rafa he was willing to completely scrap the way he had run the club for nine years – if Rafa would stay.

Ashley agreed to everything Rafa asked him for, including big transfer funds for this summer and next January and the promise that he could keep any player or players he wanted to keep for next season.

Rafa then asked that all of the agreements be written down in a legal document.

Rafa’s wife and daughters – coming from a more emotional viewpoint – implored Rafa to stay on at Newcastle where he was so loved and would be happy working at Newcastle – where everybody already revered him and were as football-mad as he was.

And Newcastle was also just a short one hour helicopter ride back to the family home.

Perfect.

And so one of the most astonishing management signings in Newcastle’s long history has been completed and the fans are still in shock.

But also delighted and inspired that Rafa has shown complete faith in the City, the club and the fans – at a time when we needed it most following another relegation and maybe our worst seasons ever in the Premier League.

This is how Rafa tried to explain some of this last night:

“The first thing for me was the fans, the stature of the club and the future. Also my family is in England and I wanted to stay here.”

“Maybe it’s because I’m older that I’m more emotional now,” “But after the last game against Spurs it would have been very difficult to walk away. It was amazing. I want to repay the fans.”   “We need to be back where we belong.”

“I have the reputation, I’ve won trophies,’“But I need a project now.” “The time is right for me to have a challenge, a project.”

“We will have to work hard and prepare for every game like it’s a cup final, but I have a passion for coaching and I’m quite excited about the Championship.”

“Some players have already told me they are quite happy to stay next season because they can see the size of the club and that next year can be a great year if we get promoted.”

Not only is it just unbelievable that Rafa has agreed to stay, but along the way he has also shown he’s an honorable man.

It’s not going too far to say that Rafa has the ability, character and temperament  to be one of the greatest  managers Newcastle have ever had in their long and glorious history.

That’s what awaits the Newcastle fans and why we are all so ecstatic.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Championship · Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League




24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // May 26, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Daughters much watch Geordie shore and must fancy doing the Bigg Market !

    I don’t care as long as we have Rafa

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Pass a tissue 😀

  • 3 Slank // May 26, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    I bet they were fed up with him moping about the house being a nuisance and getting under the feet of the wife and daughters .

  • 4 G // May 26, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Whatever the reasons, thanks Seniorita B, I owe you a couple of Rioja’s

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    “Some players have already told me they are quite happy to stay next season because they can see the size of the club and that next year can be a great year if we get promoted.”
    😮
    I hope they’re not Taylor, Riverie and Colocini

  • 6 Rotonda heights // May 26, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    spoof

    ash not meeting benitez previously doesn’t mean Ash didn’t instigate telling Charmless to get a top man and charmless might have got a tip off about rafa. Do you honestly think charmless would even have known who rafa was.

  • 7 jimmysmith // May 26, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Janmaat and Anita, both current Dutch internationals, as well as Mbabu to play right back, easily the best cover for that position in the Championship I’d wager.

    Centre backs? Meaning both Collo and Taylor aren’t fit for purpose in the Championship even as understudies I guess.

    And strikers? Suggesting that Mitro, Cisse, Perez, Arma, Gouffran, Toney, Rivierre and Gouffran are also all of a sudden not good enough to succeed at a lower level either.

    Wingers? Townsend, Perez, Aarons and Thauvin. As well as Sissoko and Widjnaldum who can also play there in an attacking midfield three.

    The squad wasn’t handled well, over the latter half of the season before last, and three quarters of the last. I think that’s primarily why we dropped, along with being 3 to 4 quality players light for that standard.

    But now we have first rate management, a more seasoned group, and we will be playing in an inferior league.

    I see far less need for great change, unless we somehow can attract and pay for better players, only to have to change again in 12 months, which we certainly will, because we aren’t a top EPL squad.

    But we will be a very good Championship squad, frighteningly so with one or two considered additions, particularly under Benitez, who’ll be far and away the best manager in the league.

  • 8 Rotonda heights // May 26, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    the sheer personality of rafa is the closest thing we’ve had to someone honourable since KK and the great SBR.

  • 9 davis_toons // May 26, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    To anyone whom have doubts in Rafa.

    If he is a fake, how would have been found out during his years at Liverpool.

    In Rafa I Trust. We should.

  • 10 Ron Knee // May 26, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    “While there is no confirmation of when Mourinho will be installed, the feeling is it will still happen by the end of the week.”

    Sounds familiar!

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Jimmy,
    I’d like to see a Lascelles Mbemba CB pairing with Dummet on the bench covering LB and CB and a top quality LB brought in. I’m not sre what the status of Curtis Good is but if he’s not considered up gor it then we need to bring in a CB as well. It’s finding the balance of getting a player who’s prepared to play in the Championship and then good enough to step up to the PL.

  • 12 murvar // May 26, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    I think it’s time to stop this mindless rubbishing of Charnley. He too has been limited by the instructions from the top and may not have had the right support in tackling a difficult job.he too will benefit from rafa’s wisdom and be better at his job and now that rafa has total control of football matters on terms he is happy with, there’s no need to look for scapegoats other than him. Rafa excels at communications so that gets Charnley off that hook.I think Rafa missed a trick in not saying that one of his terms was that if the fans started the Ashley out nonsense during games instead of supporting the team , he would p*ss off.

  • 13 geordiemark // May 26, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    now that rafa has the contract he deserves and also the backing of the fans and board now its to stand by him no matter what because the championship will spring some surprise results along the way, I don’t give rafa any time limit to get back to the premire league I back his judgement 100% its just great to have a manager who is a manager at the club and has full power, to rafas wife and daughters thank you very much 🙂

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    JimmySmith,
    On strikers, we need a proven striker who’s used to finding the net. Cisse, Riverie, Toney and Gouffran have not been doing that lately. Ross McCormack has. We could do with getting rid of Cisse, Riv and Gouff. With Toney carrying on with his loan development. Arma, Perez, Mitro and a proven striker would be a formidable attack.

  • 15 geordiemark // May 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    murvar

    maybe that wont happen so quickly though as it was him and carr who got the club relegated I do think carr should hold most of the blame though

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    murvar,
    Ashley out nonsense??? There wouldn’t have ever been any if the buffoon wasn’t hell bent on destroying the club!

  • 17 geordiemark // May 26, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Jail for Ashley

    agreed, he will sort that defence out as well even I could waltz through that with one leg 🙂

  • 18 Spoof // May 26, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Rotonda

    it’s speculation and guess work, but ask yourself this, would Rafa become our manager if he thought that Charnley was a bungling clueless idiot as many portray him to be, I very much doubt it, Macca may, Carver may and many other low profile managers who are out of work would, yes Rafa was out of work but we know that he could pick and choose from many clubs, so as I say would Rafa have joined if our views on Charnley are correct, sorry but for me that doesn’t work so I am guessing that Charnley is far more astute and professional than what we give him credit for, look at our past and how Wise totally pissed KK off, look at Dracula and then JFK, could they have managed to get Rafa to stay, not likely, Charley has got to have something about him, if he hadn’t and he failed to sell the club and himself to Rafa then how come Rafa is here.

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    We have not heard a word from Churnley in nine years just carefully worded lies and nonsense, it was him that told us that we don’t do cups and argued with Moncur when justifying it. Lets hang fire with the gushing praise for his first public speech.

  • 20 jimmysmith // May 26, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    I think the group we have, with maybe the addition of someone like Agger, but not necessarily, will gain promotion under Benitez with games to spare, and then we’ll strengthen for the different harder challenge of EPL football. I reckon Benitez will bring in one or two of experience, and two for the future, who will handle the return, and let only one or two go now, he thinks can’t, at most.

  • 21 Spoof // May 26, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    jimmysmith

    its not gushing praise, it’s credit where it’s due

  • 22 Spoof // May 26, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    sorry jimmy that was mean’t for Jail

  • 23 Slank // May 26, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    murvar

    ‘…Rafa missed a trick in not saying that one of his terms was that if the fans started the Ashley out nonsense during games instead of supporting the team , he would p*ss off..’

    Rafa is a very savvy operator and his introductory press conference was all about being positive. There has been far too much negativity for far too long at the club, in many instances with good reason but not all always granted.

    Ashley is the owner. Charnley is the operational boss who (we presume) Ashley trusts. This looks like it ain’t gonna change anytime soon.

  • 24 peterk3 // May 26, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Jail,
    Why are you always so pessimistic about everything. Every Newcastle supporter is on a high right now (and rightly so) but your never happy. You must live a sad life. Cheer up man and try to a bit more positive.




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