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 – 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 League||10||3||3||4||16||12||4||13|
|2016-2017 EFL Cup||4||3||1||0||11||1||10|
|2016-2017 FA Cup||3||1||1||1||4||5||-1|
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) November 3, 2016