It’s interesting to look back over the last 13 months at the club at what manager Rafa Benitez’ total record is after he got off to a poor start at Newcastle with only one point from his first four games in charge.
But he quickly made Newcastle into looking like a top eight side when we picked up those 12 points in the final six games – three wins and three draws, including a 2-2 draw at Liverpool and that 5-1 hammering of Spurs at home.
We have faltered a little bit in our last six games. but let’s hope we can get back to our winning ways today at home to Leeds.
If we can do that it will become Rafa’s 34th win for Newcastle in the 59 games he will have managed by this evening.
Rafa Benitez gives the thumbs up in training
Here is Rafa’s total record at the moment.
|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|
That gives Rafa a win-rate of 56.9% and a loss-rate of 24.1%.
And to think he has managed for all but 10 of those in a league he didn’t know much about at all at the start of the season, when we lost our first two league games.
But here’s something to think about – Rafa has managed Liverpool for six full seasons in the Premier League with some considerable success and he managed Chelsea for over half a season when he got them winning the Europa League in May of 2013 – a year after they had won the Champions League under Roberto Di Matteo whom Rafa replaced in November of 2103.
Roberto was fired in November 2012, following their 3–0 away loss at Juventus in the Champions League
Roberto was also fired by Aston Villa after only 124 days in charge in early November of last year and Geordie Steve Bruce took over.
Getting back to Rafa, he also of course managed for a couple of months in the PL at Newcastle last year.
Rafa will be delighted if he can get Newcastle back to England’s top League and he and Newcastle will enter the football world of the living again.
And to think Benitez will have led Newcastle out of the wilderness and back to the promised land (around £140M in TV rights on average for each club) – Moses Benitez.
We may even have an article on Newcastle in the national papers again and somewhere near the top of the sports pages rather than as an after-thought on the last few lines, when the national papers were short of Premier League news that day.
It’s going to be great to be back in the Premier league again – but first things first – we have to beat Leeds today.
What do you think?