Former Newcastle Coach Has Instant Success


Newcastle United’s former first-team coach Fabio Pecchia left Newcastle last summer to become head coach at Serie B club Hellas Verona and he has managed to get them promoted back to Serie A in his very first season as manager.

So Rafa is not only doing great things for Newcastle and making his players better, but he seems to be able to help his own coaches be successful along the way.

Verona finished second top of Serie B with 74 points from their 42 games and were 4 points behind the Champions SPAL 2013.

Fabio Pecchia – former Newcastle coach now at Hellas Verona

It was not dissimilar to what Rafa did at Newcastle, because Hellas Verona were relegated only last year from Serie A finishing in bottom place with 28 points from their 38 games.

Fabio was with Rafa for three years and joined him when the Newcastle manager  was head coach at Napoli and  the Italian followed Benitez to Real Madrid and Newcastle United.

And Rafa Benitez seems just delighted for his former colleague and has issued his congratulations to Fabio via his own web-site.

“When we won the Championship with Newcastle this season, we thought it’s a great sporting year and now to confirm it our great friends Fabio Pecchia and Filippo Fusco have guided Hellas Verona to promotion in Italy.”

“We send our warm congratulations to two wonderful professionals and dear friends.”

“Also to Hellas and the city of Verona – you are all back in the elite.”

When Rafa arrived at Newcastle he said that Fabio was destined to become a manager in his own right and Fabio spent only four months with Rafa on Tyneside before departing to manage  Hellas Verona.

This is what Fabio Pecchia said on Sky Italia about Newcastle and Rafa:

  “I’m happy for the promotion of Newcastle.” “I’m very happy for Rafa Benitez, as he took our team back into the top division.”

“I wish to achieve great things as he has done and the fact that they fell into the Championship and but then he guided the Bianconeri back shows his humility and humanity.”

It will be interesting to see how Verona do next year, but former Newcastle coach Ian Cathro has not fared as well at Hearts who he joined in January – not yet anyway.

Comments welcome.



You can share this articleShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestDigg thisShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on Tumblr

56 comments so far

  • Jib

    May 19, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Northumbria Police have charged former Newcastle youth team coach George Ormond with 29 counts of sexual offences between 1973 and 1988.

    0
  • john tudor

    May 19, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #2

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFozqkuJlGc imagine rafas cousin explaining sunderlands relegation

    0
  • Jib

    May 19, 2017 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Well done NUFC’s own Lewis Gibson playing in England’s U17 defence vs Spain in the final of the EUFA tournament in Croatia tonight.

    0
  • Jib

    May 19, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #4

    uefa even

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    May 19, 2017 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Just wanted to try out a formation to test the new website format, so far it is quiet odd typing in really large letters in a small box:

    —————–Cairney
    —-Cairney—Cairney—Cairney
    Cairney—Cairney
    Cairney—Cainey—Cairney—Cairney
    ——————Cairney

    Well that is certainly very wierd, now lets see what it looks like…….

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    May 19, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Well.
    4231 formation
    Forgot to centralise the CM/DM middle two, but not bad for a first attempt.
    God, this is really weird….

    0
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 19, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Don’t know if I am behind the times but…

    NUFC ticket office confirm that they are hoping to have renewals sent out sometime next week (w/c Monday 22 May).

    Option of paying outright for their season tickets, or choosing to pay monthly by direct debit.

    Following that club will announce a date when non-season ticket holders can then purchase any remaining season tickets.

    Wednesday 14 June 2017

    Premier League fixtures released.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    May 19, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #8

    ………………………………………….And the punchline is………………………………………………………….

    The team selection was only a test and did not express any opinion on anything to do with transfers and a certain Scottish individual currently playing for a S.London club currently residing in the Championship yes you know that there competition we were also playing in only this time last week

    ……………………………………………………………..and breath………………………………..

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    May 19, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #9

    …………………………………………………………………………………….God this is weird……………………………………………………………………………..

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    May 19, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Just need to keep practicing to induce familiarity and expertness through repetitive experience.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    May 19, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #11

    ‘Duplicate comment detected’ still works.

    0
  • Jib

    May 19, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Lindisfarne I bet you spend hours sitting staring at yourself in the mirror.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    May 19, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Does anyone else have a massive difference in text size between the typing text box and the presented comment?

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    May 19, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Is that an insult Jib?

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    May 19, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Do you not amuse?

    0
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 19, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Lindisfarne

    I it’s bloody massive and you cannot widen the text box so you have to scroll /pull the tab at bottom to increase size length of box.

    Going to fun writing my player ratings next season – or Ed might be fed up of screeds of text and ramblings

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    May 19, 2017 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Have you lost all sense of “Hey! This is crazy, this is new. Lets embrace this difference and lets get creative”?

    0
  • Jib

    May 19, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #18

    If you find the text size disconcerting. Try typing your post in notepad then copy and paste to here

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    May 19, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #19

    THANK YOU Charlie

    Thank you for responding to my query and not in any way being arsy.

    How do you spell arsy?
    As in what Jib is.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    May 19, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Oooo! I was a little quick with my disparagement.

    0
  • ToonRich

    May 19, 2017 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Lindisfarne, I actually thought you were trying out a 3-2-4-1 formation!!!

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    May 19, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Charlie

    I don’t see anything that is negative in the link between the deadline for season tickets and the fixture list release.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    May 19, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #23

    TooonRich!!!!!shoulder punch####hills####

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    May 19, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Anyway
    I am finally allowed out the front door for the first time in five years.
    luv yer**mike drop**out

    0
  • jane

    May 19, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #25

    like having the league table to the right of the comments. can’t believe Huddersfield’s goal difference. wonder if a team with negative goal difference has ever been promoted to the premier league.

    the ‘most popular’ section is meaningless if it is articles that are most recent the longest or when a match is on.

    0
  • jane

    May 19, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #26

    has Lindisfarne been hacked?

    0
  • Tinman

    May 19, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Nice set up Ed

    0
  • ShirebrookToon

    May 19, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Ok who’s given lindisfarne 2 cans of monster and family bag of haribo starmix?!

    0
  • Jib

    May 19, 2017 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #29

    In response to someone’s enquiry about transfer dates.
    Brighton have just announced the signing of Pascal Gross from Germany – his registration won’t go through until July 1st but they can announce his signing now.

    0
  • ShirebrookToon

    May 19, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Rumours growing about interests in Imbula from Stoke

    0
  • Bobbybee

    May 19, 2017 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Talking Rafa & Toon on talksport coming up now apparently. Expect a caning. 🙂

    0
  • jasper

    May 19, 2017 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #32

    How about a preseason game against Hellas Verona?

    0
  • martoon

    May 19, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Ask and you shall receive – I’ve just noticed that previous & next links have now appeared below the comment box!
    Now all we need is the size of the comment box sorted out………………….

    0
  • GeordieTwo

    May 19, 2017 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #34

    The new blog format, she is wonderful yes?

    0
  • GeordieTwo

    May 19, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Very impressive Ed. For those of us who are visually impaired it’s much easier to see what I’m typing now.

    0
  • GeordieTwo

    May 19, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #36

    Not that keen on Imbula.

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 19, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #37

    Just trying out the new setup.

    Atsu and Cairney (assuming we get him)are good starter signings imo. 🙂

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Seems to be working fine for me, well done Ed.

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 19, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #39

    Box size might discourage endless ramblings!!! 😉

    0
  • GeordieTwo

    May 19, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #40

    That might indeed be the plan Essex mate. We’ll have to make it short and pithy now. I’ve always been short and pithy.

    0

You must log in to post a comment.