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Some Hints That Rafa Benitez Could Be Making A Surprise Return To Newcastle

Mauricio Pochettino seems the heavy favorite to become the new Newcastle manager, once the takeover gets the blessing of the Premier League.

And this week there have been some positive reports, including some from last night, about that happening soon.

Maybe this week?

Yes, we’ve been saying that for about three or four weeks now!


Mauricio has let it be known that he wants total control on transfers and the playing side of the club if he takes the job.

That would not necessarily be the case if Amanda Staveley appoints a Director of Football, and it looks very much like she will.

We were recently linked with Lille’s Director of Football Luis Campos, but the news on that was after we made a massive offer for his services, he turned us down.

The impressive Portuguese talent-spotter is probably going to link up again with his countryman Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.

Rafa Benitez – could he be making a surprise return to Newcastle?

The two of them worked well together when Jose was at Real Madrid from 2010 through 2013.

So it seems at odds that Mauricio Pochettino would be the first-choice manager if Staveley wants to also bring in a Director o Football.

And recently, Owen Brown and Frank McParland have been linked with joining Newcastle.

The Independent reported yesterday that former Rafa colleague Owen Brown was confident of getting the Director of Football job at Newcastle and that Frank McPartland will join him.

Here’s a short piece from that Independent report:

“Long-time Rafa Benitez colleague Owen Brown is understood to be confident of a director of football role with Frank McParland involved, but the plan is also for a team of intelligent directors.”

The 57-year-old Liverpudlian McParland has also worked closely with Rafa Benitez in the past during two stints at Liverpool and brought through the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe.

In fact, when Graham Carr left Newcastle in the summer of 2017, there was speculation that Frank McParland may come in to replace Carr, but it didn’t happen.

We have also noticed that some of the transfer targets being talked about have links with Benitez from the past – players like Coutinho and Kalidou Koulibaly, to name only two.

The other thing is that Amanda Staveley wanted Rafa Benitez to stay on as manager as part of her failed attempt to buy the club in late 2017, early 2018, and she has always been an admirer of Rafa’s management abilities.

So when you take this all into account, even though the news is all about Pochettino being the first choice as the new manager, maybe Amanda Staveley will shock us all and bring Rafa back to Newcastle?

That would be a popular choice among our fans, and he could pick up from where he left off almost a year ago.

That would also give us some continuity under the new owners.

One problem in getting Rafa back is that he is tied up at Chinese Super League club Dalian until the end of next year and is said to have a ÂŁ12M release clause.

But Amanda Staveety is an experienced and intelligent operator, and she could get him out of that contract – if she really wants the Spaniard back at Newcastle.

That’s assuming Rafa would be in favor of breaking his contract in China to return to the Premier League and Newcastle this summer.

The manager is more important than any player if you are looking for success.

If Rafa is not the current first choice, then if Pochettino turns down the job, possibly because Real Madrid or Barcelona come after him soon, that’s another way in which Rafa could end up with his former job on Tyneside.

But it’s also clear our fans would prefer the younger Pochettino as the new Newcastle manager after over 30,000 have voted in our poll below.

One last thing – if the takeover gets the OK from the Premier League – this summer is going to be absolutely fascinating for our faithful and long-suffering fans.

Howay The Lads!!

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64 comments so far

  • hibbit

    May 21, 2020 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #41
  • the Northumbrian

    May 21, 2020 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #43

    Mickey wasn’t that about the time when news broke about the consortium and Newcastle?

  • north east lincs toon

    May 21, 2020 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #44

    I reckon this takeover would be done and dusted if it wasn’t for that jealous annoying bellend Richard keys sh@t stirring,I would pay someone to sit him on his arse

  • Novocastrian66

    May 21, 2020 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #46

    RobLeenio. They’re not interested in reporting the facts as it doesn’t fit with their rhetoric. It also means they don’t have to do a bit graft like doing a bit digging and corroborating their findings. Obviously Mr Liew cannot be arsed to do anything more than scroll through twitter, you know that font of all wisdom and knowledge, to cherry pick tweets that fit his agenda. At a time when finding out information is easier than ever, it seems award winning journalists don’t bother. Just about the only thing I agree with President Trump is that there is a whole load of fake news and the very people that ridicule him are generally the perpetrators. Having said that he is the master of exploiting the general poor standard of journalism that prevails today.

  • JohnJ

    May 21, 2020 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #47


    The link worked but the picture wouldn’t open up…..

    but hey ho am I bothered – no I’m as happy as a pig in Sh1t


  • geordietom

    May 21, 2020 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #48

    Johnj …

    Your not missing much mate …

  • It's on

    May 21, 2020 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #49

    Ramadan ends Saturday.

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    May 21, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #50

    Its on

    Ramadan wont affect this

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    May 21, 2020 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #51

    Anyone wanna argue over which trophy we’ll win first

  • WLtoon

    May 21, 2020 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #52

    Regardless of who our shirt sponsor is , who makes the shirts , and whatever design the shirts have, they will fly out of the club shop.
    The supply line will be outstripped, excuse the pun, by demand tenfold.
    I hav,nt bought a shirt for 10 years while the leech has owned the club, but i would happily buy the home, 2nd, and 3rd strip and be proud to wear them once again, not all at the same time of course.:)

  • CAG

    May 21, 2020 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #53

    Sun reporter saying another week ffs ahhhhh

  • geordietom

    May 21, 2020 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #54

    Eid al-Fitr 2020 will begin in the evening of
    Saturday, 23 May
    and ends in the evening of
    Sunday, 24 May…

    What does Eid al Fitr literally mean?
    It literally means “Festival of breaking the fast.” Eid: Festival. al-Fitr: of breaking the fast.

    i dont reckon any of these Ramadan or EID will stop it …

  • geordietom

    May 21, 2020 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #55

    going thru …

  • Mund

    May 21, 2020 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #56


    Why not you could walk up the steps and take your seat in the home kit then take it off at half time to reveal the away kit then walk out in the 3rd kit. Job done

  • Moonraker15

    May 21, 2020 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #57

    It been on Facebook for a while! Absolutely brilliant !

  • IrishRob

    May 21, 2020 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #58

    Now those are class Jerseys. The home looks classy and expensive, the away mirrors one of my favourites from 98/99 the rich blue that felt like silk, remember that one. And the 3rd Jersey OMG why hasn’t anyone done an all black Jersey like that before it looks soooo good. Someone should really pass these on to Puma or whoever will be making our jerseys next year. God I’d love to see that blue one back again and how menacing does that black look.

  • geordietom

    May 21, 2020 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #59

    as i’ve said in the past i live in a asian Community , only thing is they close the 2 asian supermarkets and a lot of the takeaways to celebrate EID . dont know about Saudi , DUBAIMICKY , JD . how does it work over there ? …

  • geordietom

    May 21, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #60

    Irshrob …

    ive still got the rich blue top its one of my favourites , have a few but that one it’s top of the list for me mate …

  • the Northumbrian

    May 21, 2020 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #61

    They’re talking about allowing fans into stadiums again by having a v health passport which is being developed by a Manchester tech firm

  • IrishRob

    May 21, 2020 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #62

    Tom for some reason I never bought many kits as a young lad, I had two may be three ever. I had that blue/grey 96/97 one and the silk blue 98/99 one, which was one of my favourites too.

    I’ve never owned a home shirt would you believe. And when I got older I never bought football jerseys because I always felt football jerseys looked tacky. They only thing I wear nowadays is the all white hoodies with just a Crest on them, they are a nice balance of class and I’m able to wear my Crest at the same time.

    But I’d buy that black or blue one in a heartbeat.

  • tabuk toon army

    May 21, 2020 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #63

    Having lived in Saudi for 25 years I don’t think Ramadan will have much effect Although all Muslims drop to 6 hour working days. Eid is different it’s a bit like xmas / new year everything is on holiday
    Mind you I left 3 years ago and there have been massive changes since then

  • Phil K

    May 22, 2020 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #64

    Benitez will have a hefty contract with a big BIG amount attached to pay his present club for taking him back here when you consider there are very good managers out there where NO money needs to be paid out, I can’t see Benitez coming back


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