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Is Rafa Benitez On The Brink After Latest Result In China?

Rafa Benitez’s Dalian Yifang were thrashed 5-1 at Tianjin Quanjian yesterday. The Spaniard has recorded just one win over the past nine games and his club is floundering in 10th place in the Chinese Super League.

The club will end their campaign on Sunday at home against Beijing Renhe. A win could see them finish the season in ninth place in what has to be an extremely disappointing start for Benitez in China.

The 59-year-old has been in charge of Dalian Yifang for 16 matches now and has won just 5 of those while losing 7.

We would have expected Benitez to have his club on the upswing after almost 5 months at the helm. The thought was that he would get Dalian Yifang firing away to finish as high as possible this season. Then next season they would be going for the title.

Benitez still, of course, has the ability to get things turned around for next season. We would expect Dalian Yifang to be competing near the top next year.

However, Rafa will have limited options to bring in non-Chinese players for next season. They already are at their maximum of four players in the squad. Of those players, Salomon Rondon, Yannick Carrasco, and Emmanuel Boateng are contracted until 2022 while 32-year-old Marek Hamsik has a contract until 2021. He’ll likely try to recruit some of China’s top players for next season.

Benitez will have to show significant improvement next season or he could be in trouble. Chinese clubs who spend big on their managers generally expect instant results.

Ex-Bayer Leverkusen manager Roger Schmidt was fired from Beijing Guoan in July despite being in second place in the league. The club had lost three straight matches and fallen out of the top spot for which the 52-year-old German was sacked. Before that run of three straight losses, Beijing Guoan had won 7 of 8 matches.

It’s a ruthless affair in Chinese football and many managers have been suddenly let go when performances don’t go their way. We don’t think Rafa’s position is at that point just yet but he’ll need to get off to a flying start next season.

34 comments so far

  • Asi Fish

    Nov 29, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Rafa not doing too well, Chinese Super League ruthless, Prem managers starting to get canned whilst others are under pressure & worried………..

    Cue suspenseful music and plenty of hand rubbing

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Asi do get a chance to play footy on A I ?

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #3

    =do you

  • geordietom

    Nov 29, 2019 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #4

    i have a few mates who are Gooner’s they couldn’t wait to get rid of Arsène Wenger same thing with Unai Emery . they should of kept Wenger talk about fickle fans …

  • geordietom

    Nov 29, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #5

    ok EMRE’s record of late was crap …

  • geordietom

    Nov 29, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #6

    emery *

  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 29, 2019 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Rafa to the Arse?

  • Australian Pie

    Nov 29, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Krafth would actually be my last choice at RB

    Yedlin better at going forward than Manquillo, Manquillo better at defending than Yedlin, Krafth worse than both at both in my opinion

  • geordietom

    Nov 29, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #9

    dubai …

    said on sky that they are looking at some italian manager …

  • Asi Fish

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Hi Jib – no not really mate, the main ‘sports’ for adults are cricket and skittles (there are alleys in each bar). There is no grass out here so the kids play footie on the yard at school, in one Muga or street ball on the klinker ha ha.

    The RAF have organised sports on Wednesdays but don’t play 5 a side – normally cricket, touch rugby or volleyball before going walking (walking and Letterbox Walks are massive out here also).

    Crazy place to live 🙂

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #12
  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #13

    And I see Charlton’s been sold to an Abu Dhabi group too.

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Full-on rugby on clinker , sorts the men from the boys

  • lesh

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #15

    At least we’ve got an owner who’ll reject all offers for Bruce. Phew.

  • geordietom

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #16

    jib …

    if they got him arsenal will become a force again in the EPL , i rate him highly shame we cant get someone like him , never gonna happen with Ashley at the helm …

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #17

    I think after Bournemouth Bright and Watford
    groups looking to invest in English footy realise
    that you don’t have to come in at the top end

  • geordietom

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #18

    lesh …

    good to see youv’e got a sence of humour …

  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #19

    I agree, I’d have thought that buying someone like Leeds or West Brom (for example) at a quarter of the price of us, is a better investment.

    But then you look at the $500m for 10% of City and you think, why not us? We’re cheap in comparison.

    Horses for courses and all that.

  • geordietom

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #20

    i’ve worked it out why no one will buy us to cold up north …


  • posada

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #21

    He probably wants the sack.
    Go to China, pick up the big money, but actually spend as little time there as possible.
    Only problem with the Chinese big bucks is you’ve actually got to go to China to get it.
    Unless you can use it as leverage to get a big pay rise at home.

    Probably a nice place and nice culture.
    Football wise it’s a step back for a coach.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #22

    He’s not doing well

    Ha ha ha

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #23

    I’m sure jail and co will defend Rafas stats in the Chinese league.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Can’t blame Ashley for Rafas cockup in China.

  • toon22

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #25


    Hiya JIB
    Still banging the PR drum about Rafa

    Its never Jabbas fault

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Clubs not being bought at the top end?? We should have a chance then as we’re nowhere near the top end

  • toon22

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #27

    The PR hated Rafa as he didnt toe the party line
    They love the traitor

    Hiya KBA, who do you think he will pretend to sell us to next time ?

  • IrishRob

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #28

    How much would ye give for a tactical genius like Sheffield Uniteds manager? He is someone who could transform our team. The tactics and the plays he employs are nothing short of genius.

    He has a very average championship team in 6th place with nothing more than genius guidance. Hes exactly who we need.

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Kinda missing the point (nowt new there then )
    NUFC are 14th in England
    Charlton are 37th

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #30

    I wouldn’t mind Chris Wilder as manager
    He bring in his cousin Deontay to sort out

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #31

    Benitez’s problem is easy to spot. The foreign players are ten times better than the Chinese ones. Benitez’s team is all about the defence with the striking almost an afterthought – a reverse Keegan. Yet he has used up his 4 foreign names as 3 strikers and 1 attacking midfielder. The Chinese defenders get ripped apart by the foreign strikers/ wingers and it won’t matter one bit how much he drills them or what instructions he gives. Not sure why he walked into that situation. He’d need at least one foreign captain to marshall his defence. Why did he buy Rondon when they already had better strikers? I guess he believed he can transform any defender as he’s had huge success in the past.

  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 29, 2019 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Communication problem and ageing players are the issues at Dalian Yifang. As for us, we should try to keep a tighter margin against Manchester City. Ending up with only 5 more points (LLDLDLW) in Dec and having to scrape for another 20 points in 2020 would be a disaster.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 29, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #33

    Surely one of the greatest managers in football history should be doing better than that.

  • mfw13

    Nov 29, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #34

    He’ll be gone PDQ once the season is over…either he’ll get fired, or he’ll resign to take a better job.

    Dalian has no chance at ever winning anything (the league is dominated by Guangzhou Evergrande, Beijing Guo’an, and Shanghai SIPG), and the league itself is probably not even Championship level.

    The refs are so bad and so corrupt, that they have had to being in foreign refs to call the big matches.


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