Rafa Benitez Shows Class – Gives Thanks To Fabio Pecchia


Rafa Benitez has worked with Fabio Pecchia since the summer of 2013, when he hired the 42 year-old after getting the job with Naples – a club that Fabio had previously played for.

They were together for two years at the Italian club and then at Real Madrid for six months and then at Newcastle United since early March.

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Rafa Benitez and Fabio Pecchia celebrate 1-0 win over Palace

Fabio has today accepted the position of head coach at Verona on an initial one year deal.

This is the statement Rafa has put out on his web-site about Fabio’s new appointment:

“I would like to congratulate Fabio Pecchia who, until now, has been my ‘assistant ‘ in my recent managerial appointments at SSC Napoli, Real Madrid CF and, more recently – Newcastle United FC,”

“Fabio Pecchia has just accepted an offer from Hellas Verona and leaves us to return to Italy.”

“To the football league we both fondly know as ‘Calcio’, he returns to head up an interesting and exciting project in Hellas Verona. For this reason, I’d like to highlight two points:

“First, I am sad to see him depart as he has been an excellent professional from the first day and until the last in the years we have worked together.”

“Second and most importantly, I am pleased because he has been considered for this new position, he leaves to face these new and exciting challenges, both personally and professionally.”

“I wish you all the best, good luck and I can only say thank you for everything, Fabio.”

It appears that Rafa is already well along in choosing the successor to Fabio and his new number two at Newcastle should be announced in a matter of days.

Two very good coaches with lots of experience are said to be in the frame – Gary McAllister and Sammy Lee.

Comments welcome.



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68 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Fabio Out! Oh I already did that one.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Rafa’s assistant at Lpool IN!

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #3

    I think Ibiza has been outed as a bit swanist. Awkward.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t really feel like we got to know Fabio, so hard to assess his personal impact or how much of a miss he might be,

    Still, assistants are vital to the manager and he was trusted by Rafa. Will be interesting to see whether Rafa brings someone in or promotes from within.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Any FM buff recommend at top LB we can get on loan from Barca, Real, and other ridiculously rich clubs for a year?

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Picture caption –

    “Fabio…Fabio honestly – it’s not your €1 coin it’s a bottle top……if you really want it we can get it at half time”

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Good luck Fabio. I’m sure we all wish you the best of luck in your new endeavour. Should we meet again in the future, in Europe, just remember who your master is. 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Welsh – how about those magpies? Awful aren’t they? Bunch of thieves…

    🙂

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Tsunki…I feel no shame. It’s only awkward if people allow it to be so.

    Do you think Welsh is bothering to actually read the thread before commenting further?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Wish it was Fabricio instead.
    Lilongwe,
    When your about, what was your thinking behind getting Trippier, I know he’s not first choice but is that not where Spurs are at now where players of his quality aren’t. We are sorted for RB but think we really need a quality LB brought in.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #11

    A horrible thought just occurred to me but…Rafa wouldn’t want Colo to assist him would he????

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #12

    was talking about swans, not Swansea fans.

    Right so Swansea as a whole are horrible but not the fans. Is that what you are trying to say, if you say so mate.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Tsunki @8…Got a genuine LOL there.

    We sit, we wait, we see.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Welsh…Ha ha. That’s brilliant.

    Go on, give it another go.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #15

    You’ve got to laugh, i do love this blog.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m at a loss now. Tsunki and Welsh go head to head for giving me the biggest belly laugh.

    I’ll save everyone else the pain and we’ll just call it a draw.

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  • Back Door Man

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m sure there’ll be enormous pressure from two of Villa’s top supporters.  The guy* living in Anmer Hall, will push for immediate promotion.  And that other fella**, the one who went to Slough Comprehensive, will also be “cheering on the chaps” to get back up.

    *Wilhelm Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (better known as Willy Windsor)
    **David Cameroooon

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Actually going back to Pardew if i may, surly he would be better off as an assistant manager rather than going straight to the managers position, he would learn a hell of a lot more with some of the top managers we have got in the premier league, I know he won’t do it but he would do well with Benitez.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Sing…I’m not sure what the solution is, but we simply have to erase that thought.

    Jail…Who do you have down for our RB? Mbabu?

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  • toon22

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Would be happy with Gary Mcallister

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Ibiza, to be honest, i only know a bit about black swans. They’re an occult bird by all accounts and it raised a few eyebrows when four were placed on the lake where princess di was buried on an island. (After THEY murdered her). Wooooo!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #22

    Welsh @18…That does go someway to explaining how you’ve misunderstood my posts this evening.

    Just know that I wish you no harm.

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  • Yo-yo

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Oi Welsh
    My sister lives in Swansea.. there’s nothing wrong with Swansea.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Bobby…Are you posting from a slide?

    Apologies, I find myself in a somewhat silly mood now.

    It’s just personal experience. Nothing major, just not a fan of swans.

    I shouldn’t have said “fan”, should I?

    Right. Food time. Have a nice night one and all.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Yo-yo

    So do i, just wanted Ibiza to answer a question.

    If that’s alright with you.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Ibiza, no a slide post would be more Weeeee! 😉

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  • clinath@ed

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Posting from a slide…..brilliant. Weeeeeeeeeee!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Ibiza,
    It would depend on whether Jaanmat stays which I hope he doesn’t but if Anita is happy to play there and RafaRafa thinks Mbabu is good enough then them two to fight it out.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #29

    So, Rashford has gone to France. Is he the next big thing, or just the next Januzzi, or however it’s spelt. Remember him? The next goerge best blah blah blah. He certainly has his moments, but he can be a bit head down and run? Can’t make my mind up yet. Anybody else?

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  • clinath@ed

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #30

    Bobby…..you have to ask, if he’d played for anyone else other than Man U, would he even have been noticed.
    Having said that, every challenge he’s faced in the last 6 months he’s overcome in style.
    How legends are born…?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Bobby,
    A gift to help you expand your vocabulary 😆

    codex.wordpress.org/Using_Smilies

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Clin, aye, but didn’t Januzzi? Everything he did went right first time. Looked like a world beater, but i have no idea where he is now! 😉 Be interesting to see how he gets on in France, it might make him or break him.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #33
  • Bobbybee

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Jail, cheers, but i don’t think it matters that much. Obsessing over my smileys now? Should I be worried? 😉

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #35

    Just trying to be nice Bobby 🙄

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  • Belfast

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Good evening Jail

    Not as bad you….

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  • Belfast

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #37

    Good Evening jail

    Not as bad as you….

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Belfort,
    ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #39

    👿
    Belfats
    😛

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Are you ill? 😉

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