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Benitiz Very Interested – Newcastle Must Get Him To Survive

Both the Mail, Mirror and the Chronicle are reporting that Rafa Benitez is (very) interested in taking the Newcastle job,  if he can get some things sorted out so that he would have a lot more control than Steve McClaren and Alan Pardew have had at Newcastle.

Yesterday we heard that his reps had contacted Newcastle saying that Rafa was interested in taking the job,  although the best we can probably do is to get the man in on a short-term deal for 10 games – and then hope he can help save us and Newcastle could then make the deal permanent in the summer.

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Steven Gerrard and Rafa Benitez
Champions League Winners
May, 2005 after beating Milan on penalties

But to do that he would need more control with the transfers and some assurances from the owner Mike Ashley that funds would be available in the summer.

And that Newcastle´s goals for the future are going to be a lot more ambitious than they have been in the last nine years under Mike Ashley.

A lot more ambitious.

But the very fact Rafa and Newcastle are still talking may give fans some hope for the future.

The first thing is to get this man in – even on a 10 game deal until the end of the season – and then we would have a fighting chance to survive.

Then if we survive, hopefully Rafa will have seen how great things can be at Newcastle when we win games and we would have to have sell-out crowds for the remaining five home games of the season.

Hopefully Rafa would be able to sort out the players fairly – and he certainly comes with a background of achievement and has stature and he would take no nonsense from some of the wimps we have in the dressing room.

If they don´t play well they will not play – Rafa would be the big personality in that dressing room and on the sidelines.

And at least Newcastle would have made an attempt to save the season – very late though they have left it.

If we survive great things could be ahead – not to get too carried away.

If we fail, then the incompetence of those running Newcastle will have caught up with us and they left it too  late with a mediocre coach in place, who should never have been appointed.

Then we will go down to the obscurity of the Championship and we will visit clubs like Preston, Brentford, Bristol City and Huddersfield.

Newcastle will have been made accountable for the disastrous way in which this club has been managed under Mike Ashley for far too long.

And we would be looking again for a new manager  or a new head coach, depending on how the club will be run in the future.

But whether we stay up or go down heads must to roll for the incompetence and ineptitude shown by those running the club.

Rafa would also be a very popular choice with more than half the fans wanting him to take a shot at saving us.

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32 comments so far

  • hibbitt

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    if Rafa is interested and he thinks there’s a chance of him getting the job he and his staff will be watching every game we have played this season he will know the players he can build on and the one’s he can not ….Rafa’s not god and it’s a big ask but if anyone can keep us up i think he’s our best bet

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    I can’t see Mclaren being sacked, look at whats went before with Pardew and Carver. I’m so confident the muppets in charge won’t do anything that I’ll be having a bet later today that Mclaren is in charge for last game of the season.

    The players are as much to blame as Mclaren, his selections are as shocking as his players efforts during a match.

    Ashley is the man responsible for where the club finds itself AGAIN, his little speech bought him a year.
    I’m looking foward to episode 2, it should have a decent plot and twist.

    Ashley out.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    As somebody pointed out yesterday, Benitez could be last year’s De Boer.

  • sparky55

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #4

    The chances of a miracle happening and staying up are so low Ashley will go for a low cost solution…he hates throwing good money after bad…so for me it’s Cathro or Pearson til we know where and another decision made in the summer.

    If we did stay up we’d have managers queuing up a mile long because they’d be able to stand up in front of whoever’s in charge at that point and say…”you’ve been doing it wrong for years…if you really want to win something or challenge for a champions league spot you have to do it my way”

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #5

    But Ed you said you were surprised people wanted Benitez and not Moyes! Oh well, the other day you said you admired SM’s intelligence! Nothing like jumping on a bandwagon. Under fickle see Ed.

    If Benitez came and was allowed to do a complete root and branch overhaul of the club it would be amazing and what the club have needed for years.

    Giving 82M to mediocre Brit also-ran managers has been hugely damaging. Moyes doesn’t excite anyone, whereas Rafa would be a massive statement of intent. Ashley has to realise what is at stake and finally provide a top man.

  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Ron Knee of course he coud be last years de Boer.
    But at least Frank came out on Dutch tv and acknowledged NUFC’s approach and said he wouldn’t leave Ajax even if Barcelona offered him a job because his family were settled and happy in Amsterdam.
    Rafa’s family live in West Kirby yet he managed in Madrid , so I’m sure Tyneside wouldn’t be a prob.
    Usually when communiqués are issued saying assurances are being sought the appointment generally follows.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    People seem to forget it’s the players that need lifted up, a friend told me last night that all Newcastle need is someone to lift the players up and she took Leicester as a perfect example for instant!

    Claudio Ranieri

    We all know of his reputation and achievements he’s had over the years and so does the players at Leicester, this resorted in them being excited of seeing a huge prestige manager joining a club of Leicester stature.

    Leicester don’t have highest budget in the league nor the highest talent in the league but they have the highest manager in the league in Claudio Ranieri.

    So in hindsight all Newcastle need is that kind of manager to lift the players it doesn’t make a difference how much money Mike has put in the club this season all that is needed is a top manager to take control and have the players play for him.

    Rafa Benitez is a well known manager to everyone fans and players and to me Rafa would have the same impact on our players as do Claudio Ranieri does on the Leicester players.

    All it may take to bring Rafa in is

    1. Let him have saying on transfers, he may not be involved with picking players but at least give him more control considering it’s his style to bring here not Carrs.

    2. He’s already seen how much Newcastle have spent this season (82 million) and he knows about the big TV budget for next season, maybe this could sway him even further towards us.

    3. Give him a nice wage and clause because in the long run it will be worth it in the end.

  • hibbitt

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    don’t waste your money McClaren is gone even this lot aren’t that daft

  • corkypants

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #9

    If Benitez is interested he must be brought in give him what he needs and let him do his job!!!

    This is a manager who just might be able to save us as he is a manager who is respected in the game as a very decent manager. All the players will know about him and perform for him.

  • cyprus

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10

    ‘he hates throwing good money after bad…’

    How do you know that? Of course everybody hates doing that.

    Point is, most here said no way he would come under this regime etc. etc. All these people want is a job and a chance. Plenty would dive in at the opportunity: plenty of money around, big prospects, sleeping giant and all that. Me, I’m not sure about this guy, if he’s the right stuff. It’s like buying a Ferrari to take it off roading.

  • corkypants

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Damn you Nezza u beat me to it lol

  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #12

    I personally would pay anything it took to get Benitez .
    Just to wipe the smirk off Jamie Carragher’s face

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #13


    ”hates throwing good money after bad”. Not what I’ve heard re – his gambling habit )

    That boat has well and truly sailed. How much have all the following cost in fees and wages:-

    De Jong

    Employing SM
    Employing Simpson
    Employing Carr (Mondial agency)
    Employing Charnley

    etc, etc

    Buy cheap, buy twice. Horse has well and truly bolted, but if near certain relegation takes to finally install a competent manager who can call the shots over our joke of a scout, then please bring it on.

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14


    I remember people saying similar about carver, it would be worrth losing £20 to see them do something.

    I have less faith in Ashley and his cronies than I do in Mclaren and the team, and that’s terrifying.

  • sparky55

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    it’s a win-win for anyone to come in a rescue us because it’ll never be a detrimental mark on the CV if we end up going down because everyone expects us to go down because of the squad and Maclarens mismanagement.

    …but if anyone keeps us up it’ll be in Bold and red with shooting stars on the CV because it truly will be a miracle.

    Plenty of takers in my book…just depends on Ashley’s mood and mindset as to what he’s prepared to pay and accept as infrastruture terms

  • nightfa11

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #16

    I personally dont think a manager should have full control over transfers.. 15 years ago it was different, but lately managers come to a club for maybe 2,3 years and then they leave.. Everyone has its favourites which would mean spending a ton of money every few years and keep paying wages on players a New guy doesnt rate.. Few key players yes, but full control..i think its foolish..

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #17


    Benitez is an absolute legend, and built up Valencia into a force from humble beginnings, being the first to smash the real / barcelona axis of control.

    I would be in a daze if they somehow pull this off and Ash stopped jerking about and did the right thing for once, ditched the inadequates and incompetents and let Benitez have full control.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #18

    The most worrying thing is that if Rafa shows interest in Newcastle he’s got to deal with Charnley, and to me it’s a lost cause already, if anything Mike Ashley must handle this deal himself because –

    1. It shows ambition towards us fans and players.

    2. Top managers like to meet the chairmen first hand to see if there’s a bond.

    3. Makes an offer he can’t refuse.

    If Lee had meet him this is what would be going through people’s minds.

    1. Shows lack of respect and ambition towards fans, players and Rafa.

    2. Want’s everything on the cheap so a lot of haggling would be implemented which Rafa would just walk out and rightly so.

    3. Couldn’t handle a high prestige person like Rafa and won’t give in to his commands.

    So in reality the news we need to hear is that Mike Ashley must take control of this situation concerning Rafa then it could be considered as a possibility of happening BUT if it’s Lee it will end up as a short story.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #19


    not sure about that. shearer always has it thrown back at him.

  • corkypants

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #20

    Ed what is wrong with Preston North End I appreciate there no Man U but they are a decent club!!

  • sparky55

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #21


    When you’re a gambler like he is he’ll not think twice about losing 2 million in one night on the tables then the following day haggle over 100k in relation to hiring someone.

    No such thing as rational thinking in the mind of a gambler

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #22

    it just seems crazy to have spent 82M and have under qualified people running the show. If you’re going to spend that amount go the whole hog.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #23


    Sorry mate lol

    At least there’s a few who thinks the same lol

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #24

    Would love it, LOVVVEE ITTT if we got the spanish waiter in, and would equally LOVVVEE ITTT if any of the others mentioned above came in. I’m really not arsed in the slightest as long as this tactical black hole eats itself and we see some sort of change.

  • sparky55

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #25

    rotonda…shearer wasn’t a manager and should never have been given the job…I said so on this blog at the time

  • hibbitt

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #26

    Carver was a better bet then McClaren
    like i say McClaren’s gone could even be today
    would love Rafa but that’s another story

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #27


    ”Usually when communiqués are issued saying assurances are being sought the appointment generally follows.”

    I pray you’re right. Moyes would be a real come down if rafa knocks us back.

  • Dragon64

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #28

    If its true ashley needs to act quick get rid of all board members give rafa total control of players comeing and going. Ashley needs to realise. What hes tried in the past doesn’t work

  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #29

    Rotonda bit of an exaggeration there mind
    Valencia were in the doldrums up until the late 1990’s
    It was Javier Irureta at Deportivo that broke the RM / Barca stranglehold , then the Argentine Hector Cuper at Valencia.

    Among Valencia’s manager’s the 1st decade of this millenium
    Claudio Ranieri 1997–99, 2004–05
    Héctor Cúper 1999–01
    Rafael Benítez 2001–04
    Ronald Koeman 2007–08

    are some notable name’s in the PL

  • tynesidetommo

    Mar 9, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #30

    This really is a load of bollocks. It just won’t happen.
    Of course the chron is reporting it – it’s rewriting the morning papers.
    Take a retail analogy. NUFC is a glorified pound shop. No way will it ever become a Harrods.
    PR spin – that’s all this is and it’s being regurgitated by the papers and the likes of Ed.
    Just won’t have happen. Charnley & Co will do their usual – opt for the cheapest option.
    Dream on guys.

  • goommy

    Mar 9, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Rafa is a champion class manager. I bet he’ll be the best manager we have after Sir Bobby.

    Hope we can get him..HWTL


    Mar 9, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #32




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