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 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|
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||£4.5M||KAA Gent|
|Dwight Gayle||£10M||Crystal Palace|
|Jesus Gamez||£1.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Ciaran Clark||£5M||Aston Villa|
|Mohamed Diame||£4.5M||Hull City|
|Daryl Murphy||£3M||Ipswich Town|
|Christian Atsu||Loan - season||Chelsea|
|Transfer Fees In||£54.5M|
|Gabby Obertan||Released||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Steven Taylor||Released||Portland Timbers|
|Fabricio Coloccini||Released||San Lorenzo|
|Andros Townsend||£13M||Crystal Palace|
|Papiss Cisse||£2.5M||Shandong Luneng|
|Florian Thauvin||Loan - season||Marseille|
|Siem de Jong||Loan - season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Loan - season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Loan - season||St. Etienne|
|Tim Krul||Loan - January||Ajax|
|Tim Krul||Loan from January||AZ Alkmaar|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - season||Barnsley|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Loan - season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||Loan - January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||Loan - January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||Loan - January||Bolton Wanderers|
|Moussa Sissoko||£30M||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Transfer Fees Out||£85.5M|
Long may this continue.