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Benitez’ Riches Will Only Increase – Here’s Why He’s Worth It

10:25 am, Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

When Rafa Benitez was negotiating for the Newcastle job he wasn’t doing it because of the money – Rafa has such a record in football that he was already in great demand from clubs who were willing to pay him a lot more than he is now getting at Newcastle – said to be £5M per year on a three year deal.

Rafa had just been sacked by Real Madrid and would have seen a hefty payoff from the world’s most famous football club, who have now won the Champions League (European Cup) a record 11 times, after winning the first five in succession from 1956 through 1960.

And Rafa had just finished a two year stint at Naples as he is not short of money and with the Premier League coming into untold riches in the future, he has the skill that will earn him a lot of money in the coming years.

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Rafa Benitez – successful football manager

Let’s hope that is with Newcastle United – and if the club can give Alan Pardew an eight year deal we should be able to give Rafa a ten year deal in the next year or so – to keep him on Tyneside long term.

The news today is how much Rafa has received this season with Italian web-site – Calcio Finanza – the football finance site revealing just how much Rafa got from his six months in charge of Real Madrid.

Benitez is said to have had a salary of €6.5M (£5M)  from his six months at Real Madrid, which includes a severance package of €4M (£3M).

The former Liverpool and Naples boss earned €2.5M (£1.93M) at Newcastle until June, and also pocketed a bonus of €700K (£540K) because of  Real Madrid’s Champions League win last Saturday.

The web-site is reporting that Rafa’s deal at Newcastle for three years is at only €5M (£3.85M) rather than the £5M being reported locally.

So clearly Rafa has earned a lot of money in the last year and in his career,  but people of his ability in a business that is currently crying out for top managers – especially in the Premier League – now earn huge amounts.

Pep Guardiola is on £15M a year at Man City and the amounts differ for Joe Mourinho at Man United, but £14M is a figure touted a lot.

Here’s a list of the 20 top paid managers in football, with Rafa in 10th place on £4.5M.

But, as we said, if Rafa leads us straight back to the Premier League this season we’d even expect the club to renegotiate a deal to keep Rafa at the club for the next 10 years – that will almost guarantee Newcastle success in the future and more than one trophy for sure.

For a club that’s been so starved of success over the last 12 years or so – that’s a cheap price to pay.

And as we’ve seen in the past with some of the managers we’ve had – you get what you pay for.

And if you have trouble with what Rafa’s is getting in terms of money, here’s how to think of it.

In human terms (the only thing that really matters) just think of the joy, happiness and ecstasy he can bring to the hundreds of thousands of Newcastle fans all over the world – if he can bring us success and a trophy.

And soon too!

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Financials · Newcastle News · Other News

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 clinath@ed // Jun 1, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Ibiza. Are you plagiarizing me? lol!

  • 2 martoon // Jun 1, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Repost due to Ed’s fast fingers:
    Morning all – on the subject of keepers when is Elliott actually going to be fit? I think it is not until the end of the year (although I could be wrong) in which case surely we need keep Krul so we have 2 first choice keepers and maybe let him go in January if necessary.
    Jail – re predictive text I find the best setting is predictive text on so that it suggests words but disable the auto-replacement so you have to manually select replacements – I find this a good compromise.

  • 3 hibbitt // Jun 1, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Bobbybee @ 21

    the points you raise are valid but not quite the full picture if no one left we would still have the same problems as before the squad is not good enough or big enough for the rigours of the championship extra games will take there toll we would still lack a goal scorer and a lb and some would say a cb until Rafa can turn the injury problem around we would still have a room full of crocks week in week out colo taylor sdj sissko to name but a few

  • 4 martoon // Jun 1, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    On topic – I was wondering if Rafa gets a Winners medal as he was manager in the league stages of the CL?

  • 5 hibbitt // Jun 1, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    not sissoko
    cisse ……….sorry

  • 6 Ibizatoon // Jun 1, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Clinath….Absolutely 🙂

  • 7 Bobbybee // Jun 1, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Clin, Ed beat me to it! Reply overleaf. 😉

  • 8 WWSBRD // Jun 1, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    That I can see in terms of exceptionally but really he always looked alright never a Alnwick disaster level keeper. I think a lot underestimated him and because he was better than that people think he’s great but honestly he’s not

    As for the keepers I don’t want them happy being second/third choice Krul clearly needs pushing for his spot which Elliott has never done, Darlow wants to be our no 1 and Woodman wants games both being touted as future England internationals

    Krul is the best we have atm but we don’t need to lose him this season (even losing him on a free next summer is fine if we get promotion) he will play next season whereas I don’t think Elliott will (or should)

  • 9 Bobbybee // Jun 1, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Hibbett, we might have to agree to disagree on that one matey. 😉 I think towards the end of the season Rafa had the team playing well. Draws against City and Liverpool and the stuffing we gave Spurs showed the team is good enough; they’d just been badly managed. I’m not saying we won’t buy – i hope we do – but i was being hypothetical more than anything. Look at the team overleaf. That’s before any incomings and assuming those we expect to leave, go. Just the money raised from their sales, we’ll be able to bring in some good replacements and strengthen where required.

  • 10 hibbitt // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    have i got this wrong i thought Krul was not due back till nov/dec ??

  • 11 Bobbybee // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    The magic of all this is that none of us actually has a scooby what Rafa has in mind. 😉 I’d like to think Rafa will see Arma as his new Torres and turn him into a real star. Doesn’t mean he will though! 😉 It’s just nice to speculate with a degree of optimism for a change. If Rafa says we’re bouncing straight back then we are! He has spoken. It is written. It will be done. 😉 The bookies think so and we are in a wonderful position. I am the eternal optimist, but I can’t see that when Rafa goes into his first game in the Championship, we won’t have a squad good enough to win the league by a distance. Howay the lads!!!!

  • 12 Bobbybee // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Hibbett, i’m not sure when he’s back, but i think he’s started light training, so he can’t be too far away from fitness.

  • 13 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Does anyone know what Rafa’s prefered “plan a” is? If he is a fan of 4231, i am not sure that it would be suitable in the championship. I know he is a cautious manager, but i have always thought for years that either 433 or 442 is the way to win the champs.

  • 14 hibbitt // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    i get what your saying about the team its the squad i worry about the lack of cover is a problem more games more problems the cover around the pitch is poor

    a lot of the deadwood will have to go with good replacement brought in its along season in the championship playing 2 games a week most weeks

  • 15 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Would be interesting to know how much Graham Carr has earned in the last three years. Or how much he has pocketed, more to the point.

  • 16 Bobbybee // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Hibbett, the squad does need strengthening but the basics are already in place. I think Rafa knows where the weaknesses lie and when he’s sold who he thinks needs selling, he’ll do just that. I’ve just read an interesting article about players being offside the most, on newsnow. I thought Cisse would be right up there, as he never seems to stay onside, but i was surprised to see he was only offside 18 times in 21 appearances. That’s less than once a game ffs! Good quiz: name the game Cisse wasn’t pulled up once for offside? There’s at least three, believe it or not. I don’t know the answer myself, but it would be interesting if anyone else can call it. The player caught out most times was Defoe, with 43 i think.

  • 17 toonbrother // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Rafa is worth every penny in my book

  • 18 Bobbybee // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    YCMIU, Rafa does prefer the 4231, but i agree he can’t be rigid in the Championship. Do we really need two DM’s at home? Not imo. I’d like to see him use 442 more, with Arma feeding off Mitrovic’s knock downs and flick ons. This is Arma’s big chance and he’s unlikely to blow it. He’s far too professional for that, despite his young age. With the players we’ve got i’d prefer 442 to 433 when we’re at home. Anybody else?

  • 19 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:43 AM


    and much more… no more revolving door at our touchline…

  • 20 Jib // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Don’t forget Rafa’s first headache is Mitro being out for the first 4 games after being red-carded v Spurs !

  • 21 expatmag // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:49 AM


    4231 away, 433 at home……two fast attacking wingers in Townsend and Aaron taking defenders on and crossing for big Mit…….goals fslore there

  • 22 expatmag // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:50 AM


  • 23 Bobbybee // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Jib, very true, but i see no reason Arma can’t lead the line. He’s got everything required, far more than Cisse has to offer. His pace makes up for a lack in inches and it just means we use him like City use Aguero – balls played into the channels, which is where he excels. He scores with both feet on a regular basis. Note, I’m not saying Arma is as good as Aguero, just that he can play the same roll. He’ll cause as many problems in the Championship as Aguero does in the PL.

  • 24 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:56 AM


    So, i get the feeling you like Arma 😉

    Yeah deffo no need for 2 defensive mfs, either home or away in the champs imo.

  • 25 Bobbybee // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Expat, that’s certainly an option marra. The possibilites are endless with the choices we’ll have to pick from. I can’t wait to see our final squad for next season. Exciting times! 😉

  • 26 Bobbybee // Jun 1, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    YCMIU, do i give that impression? 😉 aye, most exciting prospect i’ve seen for decades.

  • 27 martoon // Jun 1, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    hibbitt @10 – As I said earlier I think it is Elliott who is not back until the end of the year – I’m pretty sure Krul is pretty close.
    The overrated Frenchman @15 – I have heard that Carr has a big house in France – allegedly bought with backhanders from some of his deals!

  • 28 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 1, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Home (433) note this is if certain players stay.




  • 29 Bobbybee // Jun 1, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Well, that has been very enjoyable but sadly i have to go for now. Cheers for the banter chaps, amazing how much more fun it is when everybody is nice. 😉

  • 30 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 1, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Away (442)

    Same back 4



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