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London Journalist – Rafa’s Best Option – To Stay At Sleeping Giant – Newcastle


Rafa Benitez would prefer to keep managing in England so he can be close to his wife and two teenage daughters in their family home in the Wirral, Cheshire.

There’s no doubt Rafa likes a lot about the Newcastle job – he loves the fervor and passion for the club that exudes from supporters and the City council is right behind the football club.

That’s one of the advantages Rafa has at Newcastle – there is an excellent train service between Newcastle and Liverpool, and he can get back home many times during the season.

Rafa Benitez – thumbs up to fans on Monday night at the Emirates

Here’s some information on trains between Newcastle Central station and Liverpool’s Lime Street station.

  • The average journey time between Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street is 3 hours 7 minutes; the fastest journey time is 2 hours 54 minutes.
  • On an average weekday, there are 17 trains per day traveling from Newcastle to Liverpool Lime Street.
  • The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.

Some journalists have chimed in today about whether Rafa Benitez will stay at Newcastle this summer.

One of them is the London Evening Standard’s Chief Football Correspondent Joe Olley who was speaking on BBC Radio 5:

“I think it’s a question of where would he go?”

“I think even if Rafa didn’t stop at Newcastle, he would want to stay in England.”

“But what jobs would be available if he was to jump ship from Newcastle?”

“Everyone knows Newcastle are a bit of a sleeping giant really.”

“And if they did get some money behind them then everything is in place for that club to have a really tilt towards the top eight.”

We really like that last sentence.

And the local journalists seem to think Rafa could be close to signing for Newcastle once we are safe in the league.

Cardiff City play tonight at Manchester City, and another defeat would see Newcastle closer to safety – especially if we can then beat Crystal Palace on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


5 comments so far

  • Toonces

    Apr 3, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Should Palace win against Spurs, they might feel they have secured their place for next season have a let down against us on Saturday.

    And regarding Wolves, they are very good, “best of the rest” this season but they are not an attack attack attack team. They have scored 40 goals and allowed 39 in their 32 matches. They are very good on the counter attack and have been good at making their luck – which makes it deserved luck. But they are in no way KK’s entertainers.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 3, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Against Arsenal Rondon wasn’t as good as he has been for the last several games, that was down to very little support as we sat deep to nullify Arsenals pace and quality attacking players.

    We have to sit deeper against quality like Arsenal have because we have very little pace in the midfield or defence. Barring Yedlin and Dummet the defence are all slow, barring Almiron theres no pace in the midfield and none up top.

    The front 6 including Ramsey for Arsenal could outrun most of our squad even if they were running backwards.

    Games like Monday show the players in their true light, it’s easy to see who’s a player and who isn’t. The managers tactics have nothing to do with their lack of ability mobility pace or strength.

    For Rafa to get a side to compete he needs several additions, minimum of 4 for the first team.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 3, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Asi fish………….. The only thing Scotswood is good for is passing along the road to see the Blaydon Races. Oooooooohh mi lads yer shud o seen us gannin..

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 3, 2019 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #4

    If Rafa gets money or is promised x amount of signings I’m unsure if he’ll want to keep Rondon.

    Better players may mean a change of approach and he may want a different kind of striker, it would be no good if our wide players are always waiting for the foward to catch up and get into the box.

    Rondon plus one would be ideal but I cant see that being allowed.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 3, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Wolves
    funny team beaten home and away by Huddersfield
    beaten by Cardiff and drew with Fulham
    beaten by burnley
    struggled to beat us

    beat West Ham, Everton, Spuds, Man Utd
    beat Liverpool and Man Utd in the cup

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