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Is It Plausible To Get Rafa Benitez Back At Newcastle?


There’s news today that one of Rafa Benitez’s former players at Valencia has backed him to return to Newcastle under the new owners.

But the headlines about this are much more “sensational” than the facts, and it’s merely an opinion expressed by former Valencia star Miguel Angel Angulo.

Miguel is now 42 and was at Valencia from 1996 through 2009.

Rafa gained his initial fame at Valencia as their manager from 2001 through 2004.

During that time, he won the La Liga twice: in 2001–02, and 2003–04, and then the UEFA Cup in 2003–04 before he joined Liverpool on 16th June 2004.

And the rest is history, starting with that miraculous Champions League win with Liverpool in the summer of 2005 in Instanbul.

That’s when Liverpool were 3-0 down at halftime against AC Milan, managed by Carlo Ancelotti, and came back to make it 3-3 after extra time and eventually won the game on penalties.

An amazing game.

Rafa (shown above) is still revered by fans at Valencia, Liverpool, Napoli, and Newcastle for his great work at those four top clubs.

And fans may be asking what the heck is he doing managing in the Chinese Super League with Dalian?

Miguel Angel Angulo has been speaking to Tribal Football:

“I believe he is one of the greatest managers that Valencia CF have ever had. It was a great experience for us as players, as we learnt a lot under him.

“I think it would be phenomenal for Benitez to return to Newcastle, given how well he knows the club.”

“I know that Benitez was based in England for a long time now but I don’t know the reasons that he left Newcastle the first time around.”

“He has a great reputation in England and he is very hard working too. It would be great if he could return to the Premier League.”

Newcastle fans know all about Rafa Benitez, and it would be great to have him back at the club.

After all, it was his vision and blueprint that seems to have been picked up by Amanda Staveley and the consortium she is leading to buy Newcastle United.

But he is not available and has a contract through the end of next year at Chinese Super League club Dalian with a reported £20M release clause.

He is supposed to be getting £12M/year free of taxes.

48-year-old former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is the favorite to lead the charge forward under new managers.

We were gutted when Rafa left last June, and a bit upset when he left the club.

Let’s rephrase that a little.

We were gutted when Rafa left last June and extremely upset and disappointed when he left deserted the club.

But we would still welcome him back with open arms, and some fans who were annoyed he left us would quickly get behind the Spanish manager.

After all, he got the Newcastle fan base and the City 100% behind the club, and it was awesome.

The football he plays could be more exciting, but any player who plays for Rafa Benitez must show passions and 100% effort all the time – otherwise, he has a short career under the 60-year-old.

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36 comments so far

  • the Northumbrian

    May 29, 2020 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    I would absolutely love to have him back.

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  • the Northumbrian

    May 29, 2020 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Ooh ,1st for change.

    1
  • the crown princes nashers

    May 29, 2020 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    yep id have him back now would be a good time 🙂

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  • Solano slice

    May 29, 2020 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Morning chaps
    Just had a quick look on P*ddy P*ower as I do most days to see if they have any insider knowledge and Mr. Coutinho is 17/10 to sign for the toon and Poch is Evens
    Do we think there is any relevance in this or just bookies trying to get some cash in by reducing odds?

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  • the Northumbrian

    May 29, 2020 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Need a whip round or just giving page named Rafa’s return.

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  • the Northumbrian

    May 29, 2020 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #6

    Solano bookies just reacting to press reports trying to get money out of desperate fans.
    I don’t think many will lump on until the takeover is resolved.

    1
  • Solano slice

    May 29, 2020 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah probably right Northumbrian, just been told I’m back to work on Monday, so ideally would like an announcement today or tomorrow, one can dream I suppose

    2
  • geordietom

    May 29, 2020 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    i’m gonna stay of the blog today just had some bad news off my brother just phoned, my aunt died this morning so out of respect to her …

    enjoy your day and stay safe everyone …

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  • the Northumbrian

    May 29, 2020 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Provisional restart of fa cup, June 27th with final played Aug 1st

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    May 29, 2020 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Williams considering selling their formula 1 team……

    Saudi looking to get a formula 1 race in the next few years….

    What are the odds they get into F1 by buying a team?

    4
  • barkel

    May 29, 2020 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Today has to be the day lads, PL dates are sorted, FA cup games are sorted, cans are sorted … announce the takeover!

    2
  • the Northumbrian

    May 29, 2020 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #12

    solano can only hope an tom sorry to hear of your loss mate

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  • Nufc-83

    May 29, 2020 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #13

    No way I want Rafa back if the takeover is completed. We need a progressive manager who plays on the front foot and puts pressure on the opposition in their own half like you see with Klopp and Pep. Rafa is amazing at what he does but that’s making teams organised and defensively solid so they sit back and counter. No thanks I am ready to start seeing the entertainers come back!!!

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  • the Northumbrian

    May 29, 2020 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Gothmog just read that and had exactly the same thought.

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  • Mund

    May 29, 2020 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #15

    Sorry to hear that Tom

    1
  • Kevin Vegan

    May 29, 2020 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #16

    So sorry to hear about your aunt, Geordietom. Very sad news. My thoughts are with you mate

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2020 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #17

    I always think Skybet is the best to follow as they have insider info
    https://m.skybet.com/football/manager-specials/event/25645117

    Poch odds on

    1
  • dog

    May 29, 2020 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #18

    Dr. Ed,

    I was led to believe that Ashley did not – and had no intention to – renew Rafa’s contract, which was running out. In which case, it’s a bit harsh to say that Rafa “deserted” the club.

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 29, 2020 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #20

    sorry for your loss tom 🙁

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2020 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #21

    Gothmog’s Pyjamas
    I’ll bet the Saudi’s will pass Bernie Ecclestone’s fit and proper test

    2
  • the crown princes nashers

    May 29, 2020 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #22

    see kevin keegan is still in the list 14/1, suprised hes still in the betting really, I wouldnt rule it out sir bobby was in his 70s

    1
  • GhostToon

    May 29, 2020 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #23

    Rafa would be awesome, as he understands the fans and I generally would like to see what kind of team he could create when not on a shoestring budget.

    However I really like Poch, Allegri, Nagelsmann, so I’d be more than happy with whoever the owners bring in. I’m sure they have some cool ideas to implement and quick wins to get the fans believing again.

    The main thing is to get rid of the slug ASAP so our great club can start to heal itself.

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  • the Northumbrian

    May 29, 2020 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #24

    Jib, hypothetical question I know but if Rafa was out of work and available in your opinion would poch still be favourite? Or do you think they would be joint favourites?.

    1
  • GhostToon

    May 29, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #25

    Sorry for your loss Tom. Really sorry to hear that.

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  • DubaiMicky

    May 29, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #26

    hibbit, funniest thing I’ve read in a while. Cheers, loved the comments.

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 29, 2020 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #27

    the Northumbrian

    I reckon if rafa wasnt in a club job I think he would be out and out fav for the job

    2
  • Jib

    May 29, 2020 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #28

    I think Rafa would be favourite

    2
  • ctommo

    May 29, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #29

    Gothmog,
    With qataris already invested in Williams then its more likely they will plough more funds in.

    If the Saudis really wanted one up on Qatar though, I’m sure they could offer a bit more for the controlling share.

    Geordietom, sorry for your loss mate.

    1
  • the Northumbrian

    May 29, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #30

    Nashers,, I’d love to be someone who could look at a pic of WOR Mandy and be able to read her thought’s.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    May 29, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #31

    The Northumbrian

    Why not go the whole hog and see if we can get a takeover funded on justgiving? 🙂

    0
  • Jib

    May 29, 2020 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #32

    For us oldies there’s a new diuretic wine which makes you go through the day
    and prevents those annoying nocturnal toilet breaks.
    It’s called Pinot Mor

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  • hibbit

    May 29, 2020 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #33

    sorry for your loss tom

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  • the Northumbrian

    May 29, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #34

    KV I’m pretty sure I said that on last thread.

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 29, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #35

    oh id love wor mandy like but divint tell the wife she kick me in the garden shed if I live if I die its under the patio mate 🙂 the Northumbrian

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  • JohnJ

    May 29, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #36

    Tom,

    Sincerely sorry to hear of your loss – Take care.

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