Rafa’s 100th Game In Charge Of Newcastle Tonight – Here’s His Record

Rafa Benitez will take charge of what will be his 100th game in charge of Newcastle tonight.

In just over two years the manager has transformed the club.

He has had Newcastle promoted as Champions from the Championship last year, and we are currently in 10th place in the Premier League, so things are definitely looking up at Newcastle.

His record at Newcastle is so far a good one, and we have to think if he will stay on Tyneside his stats will only get better.

Rafa has made it clear this week that he wants to win trophies at Newcastle be it the FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League or Champions League (yes please).

Rafa Benitez – March 11th, 2016 – has won nearly one of every two games played

So his ambitions seem much higher than that of the current owner – but all Mike Ashley has to do is give Rafa enough money to spend in the transfer windows and stay out of the way and allow Rafa to do his job.

Here’s Rafa’s Record at the club.

Played 99 – Won 48, Drawn 21, Lost 30, for a win rate of 48.5%.

That’s a good record, and if we get a new owner soon who will match Rafa’s ambitions at Newcastle, we expect that record to improve.

Sir Bobby Robson had a win rate of 46.67% at Newcastle with five years in the Premier League and 255 games managed.

Kevin Keegan in his two spells at the club had a cumulative win rate of 52.9% over 274 games managed.

Howay The Lads!!

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • tomellifred360

    Apr 23, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Sorry to be the one, Ed…..but your sums don’t add up! 45 + 21 + 30 = 96. Not 99.

    Whatever. It’s still a respectable record with regard to how much Rafa has had to spend.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 23, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    I have seen reports that Newcastle are going to sit down with Rafa at the end of the season to discuss with him what is happening?? Why wait till then!? Get it sorted now so he knows what he is working with and can get a head start !

  • Steve Le Sleeve

    Apr 23, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree. Should be meeting now, get started as soon as possible. Transfer window closes in August this year, before the season starts, no? Seriously, why wait until last game of the season to start the process?

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 23, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    From Wiki:-

    P99 W48 D21 L30 48.5%

    Which is below his overall win rate of 50.7%

    But hey, who’s counting, win our last 5 games and he’ll be there or thereabouts.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 23, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Just because they aren’t planning to meet yet, doesn’t mean there is a reluctance to do so on either part. Rafa suggested the negotiations should go through his people, so assurances will be sought and given remotely (or not) and Rafa and Ashley will meet at the end of the season to either sign the contract or agree a strategy to part ways. You wouldn’t expect Ashley to do all the negotiation himself. There will be plenty of work going on in the background in terms of identifying talent and tapping up their agents / clubs to get the ball rolling, as well as letting it be known who could potentially be available for transfer out of the club.

    In Rafa we trust, let’s all hope that in Rafa Ashley also trusts.

  • Geordie-john

    Apr 23, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Sorry, I know that this has nothing to do with the above story of Rafa’s win rate etc, BUT this is REALLY pi###ng me off.
    When we were relegated the makems took great pleasure in taking the p##s out of us with their banners being flown over SJP and phone in shows laughing at our plight not to mention Colin Briggs ( makem supporter ) reporting it with his smug smile and crappy humour repeating it whenever possible.
    Why are they moaning about the possibility of us attending their last home game to gloat at them ? At least we would be contributing to their financial state of depression.
    So now the shoe is on the other foot it’s no longer ok to have a laugh. How pathetic is that SMB’s

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 23, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    lesh, I like your summary of the options available to Ashley. Personally, I think there will be a compromise. I can’t see Ashley giving away the keys to his castle, but I can’t see Rafa walking away in he middle of his project. As has been highlighted lots of times, Ashley need Rafa and will need to work with him to keep him.

    I think we’ll see some kind of compromise around an agreed transfer budget which will give Rafa funds to work with without having to refer decisions up the hierarchy for sign off. This agreement should extend to every transfer window going forward.

    I’m still hopeful of a takeover but, at this point it’s more in the back of my mind as a possibility, rather than seeing it as being likely. I’ve highlighted before why now is a great time to invest in NUFC, but whether there are credible buyers out there we cannot know.

  • lesh

    Apr 23, 2018 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Cheers RobLeenio

  • lesh

    Apr 23, 2018 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Repost from a couple of threads back….


    You overlook the fact that Bishop looks after Ashley’s image interests and Barnes’s paid to not spend his money. Ashley trusts them because in his eyes, they do their jobs well.

    Conversely, Rafa wants to spend Ashley’s money and we know how Ashley likes to keep his greedy paws on the finances..

    Need I say more?


    As far as the £80m spend for McClaren’s concerned, I wonder which players Schteve actually wanted before they were signed? According to the media, he had to fight for Townsend and that makes me wonder whether Wini and the others were Carr picks – bought with a view to buying cheap and selling high, as some were.

    Ashley doesn’t do high price long term, investments – his model appears to be based on buying cheap and sell high with a quick turnover on low-risk investment.

    He’ll never change.


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