Here’s Benitez’ Total Record At Newcastle – Win Percentage Highest Ever


It’s good time after a very long and very tough season in the Championship to look at Rafa Benitez’ overall record at Newcastle, since he walked in the door on Friday 11th March last year.

And since that time Rafa has completely transformed the club from top to bottom and the team from top to bottom.

And we will see him this summer, with the help of Managing Director Lee Charnley  build a Premier League side that can compete in the upper half of the league next season.

Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley
Pictured on Sunday afternoon after Newcastle won the Championship


Rafa won 29 games in the 46 game season for a Championship win rate of 63.0% and that’s more than any other team in the division.

No team scored more than our 85 goals and no team conceded less than our 40 goals and of course our goal difference was easily the best at a good +45.

Here’s Rafa’s total record at Newcastle in the 14 months he’s been at the club, in what looks like it will be a (very) long and successful career on Tyneside.

🙂 🙂 🙂

SeasonPlayedWonLostDrawGFGAGDPoints
2015-2016 Premier League103341612413
2016-2017 Championship462910785404594
2016-2017 EFL Cup431011110
2016-2017 FA Cup311145-1
Total633615121165858107

That’s a win rate overall for Rafa at Newcastle of 57.1% and a loss rate of only 23.8%.

That’s already the highest of any previous Newcastle manager and interestingly enough the next highest is that of Chris Hughton at 55.7% (70 games in charge) who was the last manager to get us promoted and his Brighton side were promoted as runners-up in the Championship  this season.

Kevin Keegan in the 1990s managed Newcastle for 251 games and had a win rate of 55.0% and in his five years at the club Sir Bobby Robson managed 255 games for a win rate of 46.7%.

Good times lie ahead for Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle United.

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  • posada

    May 9, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Here’s a question for Jail and anybody else really.
    If MA gives RB the right backing, would you forgive him the last 10 years or so.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 9, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #2

    When does the transfer window open?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Posada,
    Not immediately, but of course if we become a success how can he not deserve credit, but the way he has treat us is not an overnight healing process.

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  • hibbit

    May 9, 2017 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #4

    posada
    in time he could earn it
    in the meantime he’s on probation

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  • WWSBRD

    May 9, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #5

    posada
    If Ashley gives consistent backing to the manager and stops making idiotic decisions everyone would forgive him mate. No one wants to hate our owner

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Bail for Ashley.
    Wait until these talks have happened until we even think about it!

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  • midweek weekend

    May 9, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Best thing about being promoted is the exciting summer window, with the new TV money we can all only hope that Mike Ashley has seen since that under Rafa we as a club can really achieve something special.

    A few people talking about cesc fabregas, he’d be an outstanding singing great experience that’s needed with a return to prem football, I still reckon the goal keeper situation is a grey area for Rafa Joe hart is available and I’d take him granted the price is right which with wages could be unrealistic, townsend us another I’d like to resign but i highly doubt he’ll come back, either way gonna be a good summer window hopefully

    Does anyone know when our new sponsor is likely to be announced, cheers

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  • expatmag

    May 9, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #8

    EGB

    1st July……officually, I think

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  • carl

    May 9, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #9

    posada
    Back in 2009-2010 Ashley financed our season in the Championship and the impact of this past season will also impact our financials in due course. Just as football did not begin with sky neither did the Toon having a bad owner in Ashley . He has stood by and not taken money out come what may as Hall/ Fat Freddy did. Whilst leaving us with massive debt. There’s nothing wrong with self sufficiency and Benitez could well benifit from it going forward. No such luxury was afforded to Hughton who did a great job on a limited budget.

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  • hibbit

    May 9, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #10

    anyone know when the new shirts are released ????

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Aye,
    His lies deceit and idiocy got us relegated in the first place. It’s funny how Hall/ Shepherd managed to take 44M while building a top stadium and spending World record transfers getting in to the CL a few times while Ashley has scrimped saved hot us relegated twice while saddling us with further debt. Where has that money gone.

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  • WWSBRD

    May 9, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Jail
    Careful now Ashley saved our club from oblivion remember?

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 9, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #13

    If Mr Tubbs backs Rafa and fans see that the club/team are going in the right direction – a good proportion of fans will forgive his past sins.
    If Rafa wins something even more fans will forgive Mr Tubbs past sins. And not much interest will be paid to him at all.

    As far as his standing in the business/political world -mostly southern based – he will continue to be the bogey man – and his success (if any) at SJP will not change these attitudes.
    Human nature I suppose.

    It will always be in my mind that Tubbs can pull a stunt at any time -his history can evidence that. But like many I hope he allows the club to go in the right direction.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 9, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Reading on my domestic seismograph shows no activity in the area.

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  • carl

    May 9, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #15

    As Bobby bee said fans should just enjoy the moment and look forward with optimism. Maybe, just maybe, Mike Ashley has learnt a lesson or two and will recognise what can be achieved by exercising the right options.

    We all or a good number of fans saw our fifth placed finish as the time to wisely invest and kick on. It didn’t happen . If nothing else the massive financial pickings in tv money, should impact in a football positive way on Ashley. We can only see the likelihood in a positive way. I am in the Bobby camp, let’s not start thinking negatively if at all.

    The future is black n white under the Rafalution!

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  • carl

    May 9, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #16

    As Bobby bee said fans should just enjoy the moment and look forward with optimism. Maybe, just maybe, Mike Ashley has learnt a lesson or two and will recognise what can be achieved by exercising the right options.

    We all or a good number of fans saw our fifth placed finish as the time to wisely invest and kick on. It didn’t happen . If nothing else the massive financial pickings in tv money, should impact in a football positive way on Ashley. We can only see the likelihood in a positive way. I am in the Bobby camp, let’s not start thinking negatively if at all.

    The future is black n white under the Rafalution!

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #17

    carl…Does that really read that it’d be preferable if we didn’t think at all?

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  • TyneMouth

    May 9, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #18

    There have been a number of posts on this blog about the preferences of players, and their partners, to live in London, and consequently sign for London clubs.
    I live in London and I have neighbours who commute to either Paris or Brussels on a daily basis, even with a one hour time difference.
    The top footballers are millionaires, a private jet will only take just over an hour to fly from Elstree airport to Newcastle, less time than the average commute for most Londoners.
    Rafa’s home is in Cheshire, 45 minutes by helicopter, at a guess.

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  • supermac69

    May 9, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Tynemouth I hope Ashley doesn’t save penny’s servicing his helicopter ?

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  • carl

    May 9, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #20

    The day the promises had to stop by Denis Cassidy. For those who haven’t read the book. Mark Brophy did a book review on it back in February 2013. Below.

    As calls for improved governance of football clubs continue to be made, Denis Cassidy’s experiences after being appointed a non-executive director of Newcastle United in 1997 give an illustration of just what can go wrong. He remained in position for 20 months, during a period which spanned the removal of Kenny Dalglish and appointment of Ruud Gullit as well as the News of the World undercover sting which forced the owners Freddy Shepherd and Douglas Hall to leave the board for a short time.

    Despite the inside track he can provide, the book itself is a mixed bag. Though it’s styled as an attempt to show how the creation of the Premier League has affected the game in England, much of the book sets the scene for the section describing events during the short period Cassidy was on the board, and concludes with a run down of his thoughts on how to ensure success. Alex Ferguson’s views on success might prick up a few more ears, ?of course.

    That’s not to say that there isn’t interest in the rest of the book. Cassidy’s insider knowledge isn’t limited to the period of his tenure on the board and his excellent contacts mean the reader is often left wanting to hear more. At one point, he reports meeting Lord Taylor just after the delivery of the report which changed English football post-Hillsborough, frustratingly without any record of the conversation.

    It’s that 20-month period in the boardroom where the book comes to life, however. Though current owner Mike Ashley doesn’t escape criticism, Cassidy clearly disapproves of the way the Shepherds and Halls ran Newcastle; he calls them “vandals” at the point they are trying to force their way back into control of the plc board. He suggests John Hall used the club first as a promotional vehicle for his own regional interests then later as a cash cow for his other businesses. Cassidy points out that Newcastle abandoned corporate governance best practice when they removed independent directors from the board in favour of the majority shareholders’ nominees. The Shepherds and Halls are painted as draining the club to the point of financial chaos, to their own personal benefit.

    The final implied criticism, left to an appendix on the last page, is both the largest and via its format least open to argument. Without commentary, it’s an account detailing how much was taken from the club by the Hall and Shepherd families in their time at the club between 1996 and 2007. The total comes to nearly £144 million. As Cassidy succinctly puts it earlier: “Did their performance over that period justify such rewards?”

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  • posada

    May 9, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Interesting comments about MA.
    I once read, it came from ex players, football people connected to the club, that if they could only get close to MA and explain things, it would be fine. Sadly never happened.
    Is MA a reclusive type. Perhaps that’s too strong a description. Thing is those types from Howard Hughes to Michael Jackson tend to only trust a small circle.
    Those trusted by MA. Well some have sold him a pup.
    JFK, DW, Del Boy and others. Probably cos there was something in it for them.
    Not saying he is blameless at all. It can’t be that hard to recruit the right people. Happens in all walks of life. Just ask Ed, who spent his working life with IBM. They will know all about recruitment in their own field.
    Someone did mention the comic capers can start again at any moment. Good point.
    Did the club find Rafa or did Rafa approach the club. I’ll bet on the latter.
    Thing is it does not matter. After many failed attempts hopefully the right person has won his trust.

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  • ToonRich

    May 9, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #22

    I would like to know everyones top 2 realistic EPL targets (must be from the league) for each position? Even if they’re not needed!

    heres mine:
    GK: Butland?
    LB: A. Robertson / Shaw
    CB: Sakho / Maguire
    RB: ??
    AMR/L: Gray / Shaqiri
    CM: Cesc / Ramsay
    AMC: Barkley /
    ST: Iheanacho / Musa

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  • U.S Magpie

    May 9, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Is Ashley has learnt from his mistakes over the years by appointing idiotic managers that have no rights to be at our club, well he has passed that test with Rafa. Now, if he lets Rafa do his job and lets him recruit the players he needs for the two year plan then he would get a pass too. The reason for two years is we just got back into the prem and after year one tinkering, year two will tell us where we are as a club. I so hope Ashley has really learnt his lesson now, if you want to be successful you need the best, we have that within the manager, now he needs to show the fans that he has our interests too and allows money to be given for transfers. I mean if Rafa can turn this club around in the Prem then financially Ashley would see the rewards for the club.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #24

    carl,
    Aye let’s use this moment of celebration to paint our own version of events of how Mikey saved the club while trying to browbeat anyone who disagrees as a boring repetitive neggar.

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  • G

    May 9, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #25

    In terms of how much I trust MA to do the right thing, I believe it is as likely as he will do the wrong thing. I don’t trust him at all as things stand, but if he makes amends for the last 10 years, by achieving great things in the next 10, then my opinion may well change on him. The ownership of Newcastle United, either as a club, or a PLC has never quite ‘been right’ in my lifetime. Even the Seymour’s did a lot of damage in their time. Perhaps the future is bright, perhaps not, I don’t have a crystal ball that sees into the future, I just hope it is bright, but in the words of The Who, ‘Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss’ seems appropriate.

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  • carl

    May 9, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Jail

    Maybe you just enjoy being miserable. Enjoy the moment I know I am. What ever will e will be!
    Que sera,sera. whatever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see. Que sera,sera etc etc.

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  • JackBall

    May 9, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #27

    The reason we study history is to learn, improve and not repeat failures. Having fans remind Ashley of his failures can be valuable, but abandoning hope of him learning, would be forgetting past successes that were born from failure. An active fanbase is valuable to the club, but can there be any truth to the assertion that the persistent bashing of the club as being condemned to future failure because of ownership can de detrimental to recruitment. I don’t know if that assertion, which I have read repeatedly, is valid, but could it be something us fans should consider?

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  • WWSBRD

    May 9, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #28

    ToonRich
    Ur not asking for much haha

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  • AndyMac

    May 9, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #29

    “it’s an account detailing how much was taken from the club by the Hall and Shepherd families in their time at the club between 1996 and 2007. The total comes to nearly £144 million. As Cassidy succinctly puts it earlier: “Did their performance over that period justify such rewards” ?

    Simple answer – No
    More complex answer – No not at all !

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #30

    carl,
    Not agreeing with you is nit miserable.

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  • Jib

    May 9, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Jail’s description of himself is the best I’ve heard.
    “Boring repetitive neggar”
    It hits the nail pretty much on the head.

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  • davis_toons

    May 9, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #32

    If MA gives RB the right backing…

    ..will not be realise.

    It’s highly not possible for MA to loosen his purse. (We are talking about 20 over million kind of players here and tbf it’s hard to compete with the financial power of the top four)

    It will be good for us to keep proven players though. That will be good enough.

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  • U.S Magpie

    May 9, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Ok Toon Rich, Goal Keeper, I think we are good. Right Back Craig Dawson and Carl Jenkinson, Center Back I would go with Keene and McGuire, left backs Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Kieran Gibbs. Central Midfield Aaron Ramsay, Defensive Midfield Emre Can or Sung-Yong Ki, Attacking Midfield Ross Barkley, Right Midfield have to go with the OX, left Midfield Clucas, Center Forward Anthony Martial or Divock Origi. All these are within either contract ending now or within the next two years.

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  • firebug666

    May 9, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #34

    Well speaking for myself, Ashley has a long way to go before earning my trust. If he backs Rafa, and keeps his nose out of how the club should be run, staying way back in the background, then I have no problem with him.

    The worry is, as we become more successful, he will be there sticking his nose in to glean more publicity for his tat shop.

    I only hope that getting his fat greasy mits on the Championship cup will make him want more silverware, and encourage him to give Rafa the freedom to work and bring the club the success we crave.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Excellent contribution to the day Jib, that’ll really send the comments bar up.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 9, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #36

    When we finished fifth, would it have mattered if the squad was invested in? we had the wrong coaching set up at the club for it to work out.
    imagine, Jose plays ultra defensive buss football, but he has a brain and knows how to get the best out of his squads. p45 believed he was as good as his hero jose, but in reality the only commonality between the 2 was they played in the same league.

    the money would have been wasted and the players would have gone backwards any way.

    now we have the manager who can coach and that has a brain. now is the time to invest

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  • carl

    May 9, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail
    I am just pleased that I had my say without you abusing me. It’s just a point of view.

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  • WWSBRD

    May 9, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #38

    catchy
    Yes it mattered that the squad wasn’t invested in after we finished 5th

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  • carl

    May 9, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Chelsea fans are just delighted with Roman Abramovich’s money.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 9, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #40

    Interesting book review by the blog stalker/ – carl – the little “c” @20. Re Dennis Cassidy’s book.

    Thought I had seen this review previously and indeed I had – this time an almost identical review was submitted by ——-yes you’ve guessed it – the master multiple himself Ian Toon. Despicable scum.
    Judge for yourselves.

    Ian Toon // Feb 2, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    Everything is relative and I suspect(because we really do know nothing) that Ashley knows next to nothing about transfer inactivity.

    The day the promises had to stop
    by Denis Cassidy (RIP)
    Amberly Publishing, £9.99
    Reviewed by Mark Brophy
    From WSC 12 February 2013

    As calls for improved governance of football clubs continue to be made, Denis Cassidy’s experiences after being appointed a non-executive director of Newcastle United in 1997 give an illustration of just what can go wrong. He remained in position for 20 months, during a period which spanned the removal of Kenny Dalglish and appointment of Ruud Gullit as well as the News of the World undercover sting which forced the owners Freddy Shepherd and Douglas Hall to leave the board for a short time.

    Despite the inside track he can provide, the book itself is a mixed bag. Though it’s styled as an attempt to show how the creation of the Premier League has affected the game in England, much of the book sets the scene for the section describing events during the short period Cassidy was on the board, and concludes with a run down of his thoughts on how to ensure success. Alex Ferguson’s views on success might prick up a few more ears, ?of course.

    That’s not to say that there isn’t interest in the rest of the book. Cassidy’s insider knowledge isn’t limited to the period of his tenure on the board and his excellent contacts mean the reader is often left wanting to hear more. At one point, he reports meeting Lord Taylor just after the delivery of the report which changed English football post-Hillsborough, frustratingly without any record of the conversation.

    It’s that 20-month period in the boardroom where the book comes to life, however. Though current owner Mike Ashley doesn’t escape criticism, Cassidy clearly disapproves of the way the Shepherds and Halls ran Newcastle; he calls them “vandals” at the point they are trying to force their way back into control of the plc board. He suggests John Hall used the club first as a promotional vehicle for his own regional interests then later as a cash cow for his other businesses. Cassidy points out that Newcastle abandoned corporate governance best practice when they removed independent directors from the board in favour of the majority shareholders’ nominees. The Shepherds and Halls are painted as draining the club to the point of financial chaos, to their own personal benefit.

    The final implied criticism, left to an appendix on the last page, is both the largest and via its format least open to argument. Without commentary, it’s an account detailing how much was taken from the club by the Hall and Shepherd families in their time at the club between 1996 and 2007. The total comes to nearly £144 million. As Cassidy succinctly puts it earlier: “Did their performance over that period justify such rewards?”

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