Benitez Welcomed Into Longevity Hall Of Fame

Sir Alex Ferguson has welcomed six managers who have longevity in their careers and have managed more than 1000 games into the LMA 1000 Club.

Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez is one of those managers.

The six managers are Rafa Benitez, Carlo Ancelotti, Tony Pulis, Claudio Ranieri, John Toshack and Sven-Goran Eriksson.

They have joined a group of 24 managers who include Brian Clough, Sir Matt Busby, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.

Rafa Benitez – signed as manager of  Newcastle on March 11th, 2016

This is what Alex Ferguson had to say about the achievement:

“To achieve 1000 games is very good and you have got to admire them because I’m sure at points in their career they’ve had to face that pressure,” said Ferguson.

“The great quality they have is the resilience that experience gives them to have lasted the distance of 1000 games.

“It takes a lot of perseverance and sacrifice, not just from them but from their families because it goes it back into the families.”

“You don’t survive if you don’t win, that’s for sure.”

Rafa has managed 1043 games in his career with a win percentage of 50.9% and has won three European trophies with three different clubs.

That will be four when he finally gets Newcastle United winning a European trophy – though not in my lifetime.

His record at Newcastle is played 79 – won 40, drawn 16 and lost 23 with a win percentage of 50.6%.

Newcastle are in a big slump at the moment and have lost five of the last six games – hopefully, that will change tomorrow and we can get a win against Leicester City at home.

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11 comments so far

  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 8, 2017 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Slow down Ed!

    Great achievement for Rafa and fully deserved also a repost….


    Have you noticed Lee charnley has been absent lately?

    In fact when was the last time anyone heard from him?

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 8, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #2


    fair play, you said there would be a meeting yesterday and hey presto!!! Respect.
    I freely admit I was having creeping doubts, but is it still too early to go round with a stupid grin on my face, this is Ash after all!!!

    I have seen this guys name been bandied around Majid Al Futtaim

  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 8, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #3


    He needs to be at the home games for support.

    I’m talking about negotiations part of Newcastle or statements?

    There was a time when it was all about Mike and Lee especially Lee when it came to losing games on the bounce as Lee would come up with a load of stories.

    It seems he’s been removed from the equations and he’s the MD lol 🙂

  • Jib

    Dec 8, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Charnley apparently has done sterling work
    organising the 125 celebrations tomorrow.
    You’ll all be impressed .

  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 8, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #5


    Lol what a belta 😉

  • thereallowickmag

    Dec 8, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Has anybody got any ideas as to why Richard Desmond is involved in this meeting? Media mogul!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 8, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #7

    They didn’t discuss anything NUFC related at the curry house. It was all a face to get the press in thinking it was a meeting

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 8, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #8


    If it involves us scoring loads a goals tomorrow (but not conceding any) I’ll be very impressed.

  • thereallowickmag

    Dec 8, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #9


    That was my suspicion with Desmond being involved. Hope that is wrong.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 8, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #10


    I’ve heard about this Majid and to be honest it all seems to easy to mention him with him being the riches (I don’t think we can be that lucky but hey we will never know…well now..;)

    A few weeks ago it was the brother of some Dubai rich dude who is related to the Man City owners.

    Before that it was a Chinese billionaire, before that it was Vince McMahon (had to get that in lol)

  • hibbit

    Dec 8, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #11

    that’s very naughty LOL


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