Rafa’s Brilliant Record Getting Attention Around The World

Sky Sports Spanish journalist Guillem Balague wrote a book about Rafa Benitez’s time at Liverpool called A Season on the Brink: Rafael Benitez, Liverpool and the Path to European Glory.

Like most Spanish journalists, Guillem is following Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle “project” and before the season began he was fascinated to see how the renowned Spanish manager could awaken the sleeping giant of a club called Newcastle United.

And Guillem was so interested in how Rafa would so that he said he would need to take in some games at St. James’ Park this season.

Guillem Balague

Guillem Balague – Sky Sports Spanish journalist

Guillem has listed the win rates of Newcastle managers with Rafa at the very top with 60.7% followed closely by Chris Hughton who had a full season in the Championship when he got us promoted at the very first attempt in the 2009-2010 season.

Then he was fired in December of 2010.

Here’s Rafa’s record at Newcastle so far – 17 wins in 29 games = 60.7% win rate.

2015-2016 Premier League103341612413
2016-2017 Championship462910785404594
2016-2017 EFL Cup431011110
2016-2017 FA Cup311145-1


Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

9 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Wow we have had a fair share of mangers over the years, who’s George Martin by the way, he must have been very good if he’s in 4th place on that list.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Mr P down at selhurst park is in 12th place.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Can’t help you much on George Martin, he was a Scottish footballer who managed us late 40’s early 50’s I think. Possibly a bit earlier. Pretty solid record though.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #4

    rafa bingo line up:
    yedlin lascelles clark dummett
    shelvey hayden
    atsu perez le goof

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Based on form, Mitro has to start really. 4 goals in 2 starts… despite Gayle’s good form prior to the cup and his slight pull, can you drop Mitro after his performances?

    Gayle, when signed, talked of how Rafa had said he may be used on the wing sometimes. Not ideal, and probably hampers Mitro if Gayle is wide, but I’d expect him to be shoehorned in, probably for Goof, unless Rafa changes formation.

    On the other hand, without Ritchie, the delivery into the box is a bit lacking, and that in turn makes Mitro a less attractive option.

  • lesh

    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #6


    In the true way of answering your question before you asked it, I posted a link on the previous thread that’ll provide a brief reference to George Martin and NUFC.

  • lesh

    Nov 5, 2016 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Just looked at Ed’s list of managers and their win stats and jeez, how much crap have fans had to put up with over the years?

  • lochinvar

    Nov 5, 2016 at 5:33 AM

    Comment #8

    George Martin – what a guy. Successful at NUFC and still had time to Manage the Beatles !

    Top 5 of the list brings a warm smile to mind.
    Looking at the list the bottom 5 is grim reading. Take out the former players and you’re left with McLaren, Carver and Kinnear with Allardyce close by.
    You can see that as school homework for the kids… Now write an essay entitled ” the wasted years” !

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 5, 2016 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #9

    ‘Anorak’ moment:-

    George Martin was their record producer, not their manager!


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