With 5 Games To Play Here’s Rafa’s Overall Record At Newcastle

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

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?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    From the previous thread

    This current newcastle team/squad can’t afford the luxury of bedding in young players for a few reasons

    1. There isn’t enough quality in the team to effectively play with 10 men
    2. it actually is already quite a young team in most areas
    3. The stakes and expectations are too high this season

  • kakaobi

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s given us hope

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #3

    The youngsters got given a chance at Oxford and blew it spectacularly, whether too many were played or Mitros finishing is a matter of opinion. We can’t afford to take chances in must win games. Why can’t some people accept that it’s because our youngstees aren’t good enough. Adam Campbell!!!


    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Might be ambitious to think Arma could go to Brighton but dont think its to over tge top hoots will need strikers neither of his are good enough and they dont have a huge draw so loans are probably their best option

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #5

    7 goals in 59 games in League 2. Tells you everything you need to know.


    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Remi Streete and Curtis Good still the future of our defense?

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Oliver Kemen, the next Paul pogba, went to Lyon where he was loaned out to 10th placed Ligue 2 outfit Gazélec Ajaccio

    There’s a theme here.

    Hopefully the new lads Rafa has brought in and under his tutelage the overall quality improves.

  • Nufc-83

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Brighton will have a much bigger draw than going for Arma who even if he went would likely be 4th choice. He needs to go to a team which he is nailed on starter and get a shed load of goals so I think more like mid-top champ team is likely.

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Think you are generalising there by saying ‘our youngsters aren’t good enough’. I think there are a few in the group emerging, as discussed earlier..


    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Kadar, Ferguson, Moyo, N’Zogbia, Abied, Chopra, Ranger, LuaLua, Alnwick and Inman we have given a lot to football haven’t we

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Jail I agree re youngster’s. Rafa has improved that. Arma isn’t going to make it with us under Rafa. Needs a different team line up as I said yonks ago. It’s a pity but how do people think he can make the grade in the prem if Rafa didn’t want him on our squad for the championship


    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Aye maybe but I dont see them attracting a good striker anytime soon and the two they have wont cut it in the PL for me as I said ideal world


    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Think u rather missed the point of Arma’s loan tbh and Rafa’s opinion on him


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