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Rafa Benitez Tweets Confirmation of Dalian Yifang Appointment



In what has to be a bit gut-wrenching for Newcastle fans, Rafa Benitez has tweeted the following on his Twitter page:


That makes it official that Rafa Benitez has well and truly moved on from Newcastle United.

Rafa issued his statement yesterday morning and also gave a revealing interview to George Caulkin with the Times.

We all know the reason why this has happened and Rafa will now move on to excel in the Chinese Super League.

He will bring all the professionalism and meticulous attention to detail that he brought to Newcastle over the past three years and that will now be on full display in Dalian.

While we respect this decision by Rafa Benitez as he had truly grown weary of working under Mike Ashley, we are sickened at what has unfolded over the past week.

Well, make that the past twelve years.

This reign of terror has to end soon. It just has to.


125 comments so far

  • ThirdStripeBlack

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Well I now follow the Chinese league. Farewell NUFC suckers! I’m going with Rafa.

    Gutted.

    12
  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Jib,
    I’ll spare the repost.

    1
  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope I win the Euromillions tonight, I’ll feel much better crying about Rafa sat in a Ferrari

    17
  • RobLeenio

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Good luck Rafa, always a gent, always professional, always ambitious. Sadly these are not traits much appreciated by your erstwhile employers.

    15
  • ToonRich

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #16
    There’s loads of crap on the internet so you have to be careful
    According to one report I read
    Wenger who has been advising BZG – is joining us as DoF
    with his old captain Mikel Arteta as coach

    From a few articles back…I’d seen the same DoF but rumours of Stevie G as coach!!

    0
  • geordietom

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    right i’am not a ITK …

    i have it on good authority . on friday theres gonna be a big announcement off the ARABS …

    on saturday big news on our new manager/coach …

    monday players being showed off the the press …

    tuesday . TOON22 resigns his post from the MIKE ASHLEY BULLSHIT FOUNDATION saying he’s sorry but i cant make it to meetings or team building courses …

    take this as fact dont shoot the messenger …

    3
  • jon.c

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7

    The Rafa era has gone let us forget the past and look forward to new season and give our players full support

    3
  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Kenedy 14 starts not 25

    1
  • Tsunki

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Pain in the blog.

    That WHOOOSHING sound is the irony flying right over your head. Have a coffee and think about it again numbnuts ha ha

    2
  • catchy in norway

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10

    WISHING ALL THE VERY BEST ON HIS NEW JOB

    4
  • Tsunki

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #11

    I think we should have some blog target practice and start shooting these messengers they’re infesting the place. 😀

    11
  • WLtoon

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Geordietom

    its time to wake up from your dream man lol

    2
  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Jail
    Thinks Kenedy had 25 starts last season !!!!
    Does he even watch us !!!!!

    1
  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #14

    So with the departure of Kenedy, Atsu a player who was bought while we consolidated our PL status and who many think is not good enough is now our first choice LW. We have Jacob Murphy returning who never impressed at WBA, we also have Jack Colback, a seemingly bad apple who the club will no doubt see as a natural replacement for Diame. We have the same three strikers we started the PL with and the best one has made no secret of his desire to leave, we just let our player of the season go. Isaac Hayden can’t be any clearer that he wants away, Ciaran Clarke as back up LB after two seasons in the PL. We now have Lee Churnley not only tasked with finding a manager to deal with all that but he’ll be having the final say on any players coming in.

    8
  • toon22

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Have we been sold yet ?

    Maybe next year

    8
  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Catchy
    Who is A.L.L. ?

    2
  • toon22

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #17

    I doubt there’s a player at the toon not thinking of leaving
    Apart from players like Colback

    5
  • toon22

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Hiya JIB

    3
  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #19

    I didn’t say starts Jib.

    0
  • toon22

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #20

    You think Rafa might be resigning once the Arabs buy us today ?

    LoL

    4
  • catchy in norway

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #21

    should have said him

    0
  • Tsunki

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #22

    It’s a bit disrespectful this talk about Rafa going to China like he’s slumming it with football no-hopers with more money than sense, and there’s no project there etc.

    That’s just daft. The Chinese don’t just pour cash into something for a whim. They are trying to get it to go somewhere and they are single minded and dogged enough in their approach to achieve it eventually.

    Years ago Chinese manufacturing was synonymous with laughable plastic chaff that fell apart upon sight
    Not now though, an incredible amount of what we deem quality Western product is made – guess where?

    I reckon the Chinese Club will not only give Rafa money but facilities and opportunity; he might even be entertaining the idea of being one of the forerunners of an emerging footballing presence. I don’t think it marks Benitez down as selling himself out at all.

    31
  • Nedders

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #23

    Great news that it’s a Friday announcement. For the 10th Friday in a row. Would another ITK like to pick up the baton next week? Or is it my turn to claim there’ll be a big announcement?

    Also, when does the ITK/WUM bullpoop stop? After the first game of the season?

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #24

    Hiya Catchy

    Who do you think you’ll be blaming next season?

    2
  • toon22

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Nedders

    It’s 12 years and counting, without an end in sight

    4
  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #26

    boycott Arsenal
    I didn’t say starts Jib.

    The guy you were arguing with
    Me
    did though

    Duh

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #27

    If you didn’t know any better you would think the whole thing was used to string the fans along

    6
  • Nedders

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki – what the Chinese will be offering is a lot more than £12m a year. Rafa will be going as a guest of the State to enhance China’s reputation on the World stage in exchange for money/prestige we can’t even fathom. He’ll have a very flexible working time schedule, Chinese season is considerably shorter and less punishing than Europe and will be king of his castle.

    6
  • Pain in the Blog

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #29

    Tsunki #9,

    Sorry mate. Completely missed the tone. I thought it was an odd post from you.

    I’ll put it down to my lack of sleep or maybe a bad hangover.

    6
  • toon22

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #30

    Public opinions matter to him enough to do this whole sham 8 times

    It’s the reason people like JIB post here

    7
  • WorJordi

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #31

    geordie tom @#6

    Hope you are correct BUT
    The deadline for season ticket renewal is ………………….
    Yep 4th July
    Funny how 5th 6th onwards things are gonna change

    No more money from me till the FCB is gone !

    12
  • toon22

    Jul 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #32

    The PR are obviously going to try and say Rafa was greedy
    It lays the blame away from MA

    Hiya KBA

    10
  • WarrenBartonCentreParting

    Jul 2, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #33

    5/1 to get relegated.. you see that Mike?
    Could be worth a £100 million bet..

    4
  • geordietom

    Jul 2, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #34

    oops i fell foul of the blog police again …

    do you lot not have a sence of humour ffs …

    1
  • Nedders

    Jul 2, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #35

    Toon22 – fwiw I don’t think it’s used to string fans along, because Mike Ashley simply doesn’t give a toss what anyone thinks. However, I do think a lot of people abuse the hopes of NUFC fans with false rumour and I definitely think Ashley, whilst not always the source of rumour, enjoys the suffering it causes hence why he does little to distance the club from it.

    4
  • toon22

    Jul 2, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #36

    Just wait till about 5 games into next season
    I’m sure with the team struggling it will all blow over

    😉

    6
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 2, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #37

    Jail,

    You sound to me like the type who will tell your missus before you go on holiday that you’ve heard the weather will be $hite, the hotell beds full of bugs, the swimming pool infested and the food fit only for dogs.

    Why not wait until you get there.

    And why not wait to see who are the owners at the start of the season, who the manager is and what the squad is.

    It might stop yourself worrying yourself sick unnecessarily.

    3
  • toon22

    Jul 2, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #38

    Nedders

    It’s his go to lie when the heats on , he uses it every time

    2
  • toon22

    Jul 2, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #39

    Bills

    Hiya JIB

    2
  • toon22

    Jul 2, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #40

    Bills

    Pure PR there lol
    You could at least try and be more subtle

    3


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