Rafa’s Record At Newcastle In 12 Months – Phenomenal

It really need no explanation other than just putting in the table of what Rafa has done on the field in these last 365 days while he been manager of Newcastle United.

Rafa doesn’t need to use reasons (often called excuses) for his record, because it’s a terrific record so far and after each game he goes through the game calmly and actually talks about what happened – good and bad for Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez in his last match at Reading

Here’s Rafa’s full record at Newcastle.

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

And we couldn’t resist – here’s some of the stats:

  • Rafa  has managed in 53 total games and won 31 of them for a win ratio of 58.5%.
  • We have scored 100 goals and conceded 47 goals for an overall goal difference of 53 in those 53 games.
  • We have twice won 6-0 – at QPR in the Championship and at home to Preston in the EFL Cup 4th round
  • Lest we forget – we also hammered Tottenham 5-1 in the final game of the Premier League last season at home
  • Newcastle have lost 12 games over the last year – our biggest defeat being the 3-0 defeat at Oxford United in the FA Cup
  • The loss ratio is 22.6%

And here’s what he did in the transfer market last summer with the assistance of Managing Director Lee Charnley, whom he likes a lot and works with very well.

Matz Sels£4.5MKAA Gent
Dwight Gayle£10MCrystal Palace
Matt Ritchie£10MBournemouth
Jesus Gamez£1.5MAtletico Madrid
Isaac Hayden£2.5MArsenal
Grant Hanley£5.5MBlackburn
Ciaran Clark£5MAston Villa
Mohamed Diame£4.5MHull City
DeAndre Yedlin£5MTottenham
Daryl Murphy£3MIpswich Town
Achraf Lazaar£3MPalermo
Christian AtsuLoan - seasonChelsea
Transfer Fees In£54.5M
Gabby ObertanReleasedAnzhi Makhachkala
Sylvain MarveauxReleasedLorient
Steven TaylorReleasedPortland Timbers
Fabricio ColocciniReleasedSan Lorenzo
Andros Townsend£13MCrystal Palace
Remy Cabella£7.5MMarseille
Papiss Cisse£2.5MShandong Luneng
Gini Wijnaldum£25MLiverpool
Florian ThauvinLoan - seasonMarseille
Siem de JongLoan - seasonPSV
Kevin MbabuLoan - seasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetLoan - seasonSt. Etienne
Daryl Janmaat£7.5MWatford
Tim KrulLoan - JanuaryAjax
Tim KrulLoan from JanuaryAZ Alkmaar
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - seasonBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereLoan - seasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryLoan - JanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicLoan - JanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiLoan - JanuaryBolton Wanderers
Moussa Sissoko£30MTottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fees Out£85.5M
Net Spend-£31M

Long may this continue.

12 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #1

    He should be doing better given the superstars who aren’t good enough for a PL top ten finish at his disposal.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 11, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Massive game today. I cant see why rafa is talking about fulham having a lot of possession. We are at home, against a championship side? Why would we expect nufc to cede possession?

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 11, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully the chronicle uis right re six players. Rafa will enjoy being able to sell a premier league concept to players. I hope we dont go overboard on english guys

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Would you like to see Stuart Pearce at the helm, there’s a good English guy who knows the club?


    Mar 11, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Because we’ve done well without the possession so far and it keeps Fulham guessing what tactics Rafa will use

  • AncientC

    Mar 11, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    ‘Everton are considering a move for Swansea winger Gylfi Sigurdsson, 27, who is said to be available for £25-30m.’

    If there is any accuracy whatsoever in that price – that rules us out of the running.

  • giimps

    Mar 11, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Huddersfield and leeds play each other shortly, leeds owe them and hopefully can get a nice point each, as long as we keep winning and collecting points we will be up by my birthday (april 15th) .
    I think April will see us pull away from third ,there are a lot of games in that month so hopefully there will be injuries and suspensions for our competitors, we have a good Squad so we will have competition for places too, im not sure the chasing pack are as well equipped,all it takes is for Knocarte and Murray to get sent off for diving (as well they should)
    We went 5 games without arguably our best 2 players in Gayle and Shelvey, i cant see The chasing pack coping as well.
    Imho, we will be fine ,i just hope we clinch promotion at a home game……that would be special, hopefully vs Leeds on the 14th April.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Today is no more massive than the next ten ten coming up, if we lose we’re still top and it’s still in our hands.

  • Legolas

    Mar 11, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo:


    Anita Lascelles Clark Dummett

    Ritchie Shelvey Colback Gouffran




  • jimmysmith

    Mar 11, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed, you’re the best, but are we just meant to ignore the fact that 80% of those games have been against Championship opposition or worse, and 80% of those clubs are less than half our size, and of course the remaining 20% were against EPL sides in what proved a failed attempt to stay up, which Rafa was first and foremost hired to achieve, and even assured the owner he would. Rather than “phenomenal”, perhaps we might more accurately say he’s been a thorough professional as you’d expect, being handsomely paid, and that we are remarkably fortunate to have him. Phenomenal would be top 5 first season back.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 11, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Jail why wud I want Stuart Pearce? Why wud I want any ‘good English guy’? Odd comment. Did Rafa always cede possession at Liverpool? If that’s his style, fair enough but i don’t see a reason to give Fulham more ball, at St James? We have better players, just get on the front foot.

  • g.s.tooner

    Mar 11, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #12

    I agree with Jim.

    Huge caveat must be placed on the fact that its been in the Championship. With our squad we should be walking this league.

    The right angle for showering Rafa with praise is, however, the respect and gratitude we have to show to him for staying with us when no one thought he would or should.

    But above all the way he has created hope for millions of Newcastle fans, at a time under a stubborn, uncaring and unambitious owner, that we will return back where we belong to the top of the Premier league.

    All of this achieved through one mans vision, drive and passion.

    What a man! In Rafa we trust!!!!


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