Things At Newcastle Just Got Even More Complicated


Rafa Benitez had an operation last Friday to try to clear up an old hernia problem he had, but it has left him with an infection.

He will now miss his press conference today and has been ordered to rest, and therefore he is likely t to miss the game at Swansea City on Sunday.

He has been at his Wirral home all week taking it one day at a time, but he realized yesterday it wasn’t going to improve quickly enough and he will not be traveling to Newcastle today.

Rafa is still in pain although there is still a small chance he could be on the touchline at Swansea, but it’s now long odds that will be the case.

Rafa Benitez with Paco during training

Rafa hasn’t spoken since the transfer market closed just over a week ago when he was thought to be very unhappy that Newcastle made no new signings in the final two weeks of the transfer window.

We had hoped he would comment on what had happened last week, but that will not happen now.

Francisco de Miguel Moreno – or ‘Paco’ – will fill in for Benitez for the press conference today,  and whereas he is the fitness coach – he is one of Rafa’s assistant managers.

The Madrid-born 44-year-old has been the fitness coach with Rafa Benitez since the Liverpool days starting in 2004.

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6 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Sep 8, 2017 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Get well soon Rafa. We’re going to need your inspiration like never before this season.
    As for Murphy, give the guy a chance some of you.
    While Atsu, starting the season really well, and Ritchie, top performer and motivator on the pitch, are both doing well for the team, Murphy won’t be on for much more than a cameo role. But the season is only three games old and he will have played his full part in it come next May. A player with his ability and obvious love for the club will turn out to be a big asset IMO.

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  • martoon

    Sep 8, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ve had an infection after surgery and it absolutely floors you – I’d be surprised if Rafa makes it on Sunday!

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 8, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Not turning up to the match immediately after the transfer window could be a coincedence, but combined with the fact that he hasn’t bothered to quash the rumours of his quitting is worrying. Any manager would know this would worry the fans and make a speech. My guess is, he’s with his lawyers considering his next move – OR its a ploy to worry Ashley (maybe even he’s give Ashley an ultimatum. a Barnes goes or i do kind of thing)

    if he goes, then we need a good modern manager. not just appointing any old long ball old school manager just because he’s got PL experience of surviving. i would like fulhams boss or biesla if he’s available or bring in liepzigs sporting director and/ or manager if we want to actually challenge. someone who is doing well now as opposed to a has been.

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  • geordiemark

    Sep 8, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #4

    who in there right mind would want to work for Ashley no good manager in there right mind would touch the club if rafa quit that is for sure and all this is down at Ashley door

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  • ballerfan2

    Sep 8, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    When I read this article I thought that it would be the media that would make a meal of the fact that Rafa is missing, despite all the facts of his surgery. I didn’t expect that our own supporters (Mike Williamson) would be the first to suggest this guff about wanting out, again ignoring facts – Rafa’s comments and intent to stay earlier this week.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 8, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #6

    i hadn’t heard rafa make any comments this week which is why i was finally beginning to believe the rumours. were they old quotes or new?

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