Rafa Benitez Could Leave Newcastle This Summer

The news in the Mirror today is that Rafa Benitez is on the Arsenal shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger in the summer, when the long time Arsenal manager is expected to leave the London club after 21 years in charge of the Gunners,

It’s hardly surprising Arsenal may want Rafa, after his excellent work at Newcastle, when he has literally transformed Newcastle and has the Magpies top of the Championship.

We have the most points, the most wins, the most goals scored and the least goals conceded as well as the best goal difference.


Rafa Benitez – could join Arsenal this summer

And of course Rafa had an excellent six years in charge of Liverpool when he won the Champions League with them in 2005 and also won the Europa League with both Valencia and Chelsea.

The news in the Mirror is that Benitez wants Thierry Henry to join him on the coaching staff and they are reporting he is one of four candidates for the job.

The other three candidates are said to be Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel, Luis Enrique of Barcelona and Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim.

It appears that Thomas Tuchel is the current favorite.

It’s not completely certain that Arsene will leave the club this summer, although Ian Wright the former Arsenal striker and now pundit thinks he will want to call it a day, with a section of the Gunners fan base wanting him out of the club.

Rafa has only been at Newcastle for 11 months, but he has had a tremendous positive impact on Tyneside, not only on the playing field but he has started to transform the club from top to bottom.

It will not have helped things that owner Mike Ashley seemed to go back on his promises to support Rafa in last month’s transfer window.

Ashley seems to be trying to get Graham Carr into a more influential position in deciding who comes into the club.

Rafa was certainly not pleased that Newcastle did not bring the two players he wanted at the club in January.

It remains to be seen what happens and it is by no means certain Benitez would land the job at  Arsenal, but they are one of the most famous and successful clubs in England.

They will be an attractive proposition to the world-class manager.

In his previous 20 seasons at the club Arsene Wenger has had Arsenal in the top four of the Premier League every single season and in the Champions League he has always qualified for the playoff rounds.

But that’s not good enough for a lot of Arsenal fans who want more trophies at the Emirates.

Arsene Wenger is second only to Sir Alex Ferguson as the most successful manager ever in the Premier League.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 12, 2017 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Good win yesterday

    Poor first half – kept giving the ball away couldn’t string two passes together – looked nervous players didn’t want the ball and when they had it got rid of it – usually to the opposition – needed to slow the game down move and pass the ball to each other. i.e.. Colback – won the ball time after time and instead of the simple pass tried the killer pass – straight to the opposition.

    Darlow struggling with back passes – hoof’ going all-over the place.

    Mitro – got to learn to challenge for the ball in the air instead of looking to where the player is and blocking off.
    YET. YET his booking was ridiculous – he got into position to bring th ball down and the Wolves player was climbing all over the back of him – FRRE kick to the TOON.
    Maybe could of had a booking and a sending off when going in with keeper – but had every right to go for the ball – it was free and bouncing when his foot went for it.

    RAFA – master stroke – at half time taking off Mitro and bringing on ATSU.
    The TOON’s game changed kept the ball much better passed it better and generally controlled second half. Atsu was outstanding holding the ball up and taking to the opposition and got back to defend.

    Man of the Match for me – Clark – thought he was outstanding all game

  • veto

    Feb 12, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #2

    sensationalist headline, check
    regurgitation from unreputable tabloid , check

    diservice to toon fans , check .

    when did this become about the numbers looking at the blog and not about the fans ED ?
    we have enough to deal with in the press without you regurgitating their disdain for more viewers .

  • funguswatty

    Feb 12, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Story from the mirror they seem to love trying to wind uspeed toon fans up and it’s click bait to get ratings up on paper as they know we will read ot

  • dannitoon

    Feb 12, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Garbage ……

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 12, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    This is totally fake news! Rafa may leave Newcastle in the summer if he doesn’t have a good say I transfers and a big budget, which is essential. However he will never be going to Arsenal, they will be looking for a young man to carry on The same philosophy as Wenger and even maybe work alongside Wenger!

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 12, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Great move by Rafa yesterday to bring off Mitro at half time (although I guess 99% of us were thinking the same way)!
    That meant Mitro had his goal and was reasonably happy and we kept 11 on the field!
    That ref was wrong to book Mitro so early as the first offences weren’t bookings and probably not even fouls! It then meant the next foul, which should have been a booking wasn’t given. Rafa and all of us knew that Mitro’s next foul was going to result in a red!
    By the way what a shit team are Wolves and their arrogant supporters!


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