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Report – Rafa Benitez Is Advising Against Newcastle Position

The Sun’s David Coverdale is reporting that both Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira have been put off the Newcastle United manager’s position after consulting with Rafa Benitez.

Coverdale writes in his article:

Manchester City No.2 Arteta and Nice chief Vieira were on the Toon’s shortlist to succeed Benitez.

But SunSport understands Arteta yesterday ruled himself out after speaking to his fellow Spaniard, who criticised those who worked above him at St James’ Park.

And Arsenal icon Vieira did the same last week following a similar phone call with the ex-Magpies manager.

We have no doubt that Rafa Benitez would be honest with any young manager when approached for advice on the Newcastle position, or any topic really.

We also feel that Steven Gerrard would be unlikely to take the position as he would almost undoubtedly contact Benitez at some point in the process.

As we found out yesterday in Rafa’s blog, he will not hold back on the Newcastle hierarchy if given the opportunity.

Rafa wrote the following yesterday:

As we all know from experience, in football, just as in everyday life, when people show you respect and affection and do everything they can to make things easier for you, life is much happier, even when you face difficult moments. I must say that I have had more meetings with the Chairman, the President and the General Manager this week, than I had in 3 years at Newcastle. They haven’t just been work meetings, rather signs of respect in which we have been able to appreciate the differences and similarities in our cultures.

We must wonder whether any of these young managers are truly being considered though. There was news yesterday about Giovanni van Bronckhorst being told he was not in consideration due to his inexperience with the Premier League.

Mark Douglas in the Chronicle wrote yesterday:

The message communicated to van Bronckhorst appears to suggest United are looking for someone who will hit the ground running and has a working up-to-date knowledge of the English top flight rather than someone from overseas who will be learning about the Premier League on the job.

Mark’s reporting to us seems to pave the way for a Steve Bruce like figure as the next head coach. Though Roberto Martinez would also fit the profile.

However, the Sun is also reporting that Newcastle have not followed up on their initial approach to Martinez.

Coverdale writes in his article:

Newcastle have also not followed up on last week’s approach to Roberto Martinez, who wants to lead Belgium to glory in next summer’s Euros.

We have to wonder who the next manager will be at this point. It does not look too promising to be honest.

They certainly will be a massive downgrade from Rafa Benitez.

47 comments so far

  • hibbit the armchair fan

    Jul 10, 2019 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #41

    The overrated Frenchman

    if that’s what drink does to you, you need help.

  • one fine day

    Jul 10, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #42

    I think it’s not just Rafa telling anyone being considered exactly how things run .
    In the case of Gerrard for instance ,he is employed by Glasgow Rangers …do we think any of his work colleagues there will have good things to say about the tapeworm ?

    On thread I think the coversation here clearly demonstrates the difference between guys like Rafa Benitez and Alan pardew
    It’s why should Rafa ever show up even as an opposition coach he will get a welcome like keegan .
    We had a world class coach ,manager and gentleman how he was treated and undermined over three years while working his bits of to repair the damage was a disgrace and I am embarrassed at the way this clubs hierarchy has behaved .
    Do not blame him one bit for telling it like it is .
    I for one would be angry if he didn’t .

  • dig-n-dig22

    Jul 10, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #43

    Our worst case scenario .

    MIKE ASHLEY…..In the best interest of NUFC and fan’s, I have sold out to Kenyon and Co, they have coppered together all they can muster, I intend to make good the difference courtesy of Bank of Ashley to the sum of£150Mill backed by a extortionate interest rate made payable over 15 yrs. Fan’s will be pleased to know, I still retain exclusive full SD advertising rights inside SJP and retain full merchandising rights too. We can all look forward in our quest for success. I bid you good day and farewell.

  • lesh

    Jul 10, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #44

    Ron Knee

    There’s nothing unpatriotic about a Brit moving to Monaco. After all, Philip Green’s good lady’s there and her hubby spends time there and there’re good reasons such as those you find ag Whitley Bay – the bracing sea air and some sun.

    What more could anyone want.

  • Paul141726

    Jul 10, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #45

    OFD @42

    Agree about Gerrard comments. Surely the Rangers fans and others (maybe even Rafa) have informed him that AshLIE is poison. Also, I agree about your statement concerning Rafa’s talks with other prospective managers. He only said exactly what needed to be said. That AshLIE will NEVER support the club with anything approaching good intentions. How I hope a takeover is coming soon.

  • Paul141726

    Jul 10, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #46


    I would not put it past him to do that. Ruthless barsteward that he is.

  • ArtyH

    Jul 10, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #47

    IMHO Rafa does not need to lie about anything, it has all been played out in the public domain! Any person coming into the job while TFCB is at the club will either have no self respect, be out of work, looking for a payday or has something on him/her and owes someone in an elevated position and is prepared to give payback at their own expenses. In its current state the job at NUFC is the ultimate poisoned chalice, Rafa has only told those who wished to know about the job what it is like. FFS we all know what it is like, its no secret, get real folks, the club and everything about it is a shambles, its in the end game now and the only thing to save it is a take over which looks like it was never going to happen, he has backed himself into a closed end now and will suffer the consequences. The inconvenient truth is this action will take the club down with him!


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