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Rafa Benitez 39 league wins in 22 months v Sunderland 39 league wins in 5 years 1 months – The Stats

4 years ago

For some bizarre reason, many Sunderland fans are manic in their desperation to get Newcastle supporters to ‘admit’ Rafa Benitez isn’t a very good manager.

Have a look on their main message boards and there are thousands of comments attacking the record of the (Champions League winning, double La Liga victor, twice Europa League lifting) current Newcastle boss.

The ‘fact’ it was Rafa Benitez in position when Newcastle were relegated in 2015/16 (despite taking over a desperate situation with only 10 days to go), that Newcastle didn’t walk the Championship as many neutrals had predicted (despite winning the second tier title), questioning why Newcastle are currently in a Premier League relegation battle (despite Mike Ashley refusing to back Rafa with better quality signings these last three windows), pointing out how much money Benitez has spent (despite having made a profit on transfers so far and the fact he has had to buy so many players because so many have been sold).

It is ironic that there are so many joke aspects of Newcastle United for Sunderland fans to attack, yet they choose to target Rafa Benitez…

Some interesting stats though to consider…’Rafa Benitez v The Forces of Darkness’:

The Rafa Benitez league record at Newcastle United so far:

2015/16 Played 10 Won 3 Drawn 4 Lost 3

2016/17 Played 46 Won 29 Drawn 7 Lost 10

2017/18 Played 27 Won 7 Drawn 7 Lost 13

This gives Rafa Benitez an overall Newcastle league record so far of:

Played 83 Won 39 Drawn 18 Lost 26

If you take into account he needed a month or so to get his feet under the table when arriving at St James Park, work out which players were worth using and who was taking a lend then going from his first league victory on 16 April 2016 (3-0 v Swansea), this is his record in the past 22 months.

Played 79 Won 39 Drawn 17 Lost 23

As a comparison, look at this comparison at Sunderland, their entire recent league record when they have recorded only 39 league wins (the same as Rafa has achieved in only 22 months)

2012/13 Played 15 Won 2 Drawn 5 Lost 8 (Since 19 January 2013)

2013/14 Played 38 Won 10 Drawn 8 Lost 20

2014/15 Played 38 Won 7 Drawn 17 Lost 14

2015/16 Played 38 Won 9 Drawn 12 Lost 17

2016/17 Played 38 Won 6 Drawn 6 Lost 26

2017/18 Played 32 Won 5 Drawn 11 Lost 16

Total of Played 199 Won 39 Drawn 59 Lost 101

In 61 months since beating Wigan 3-2 on 19 January 2013, Sunderland have won only 39 league matches.

We all were aware that each season they clung on to Premier League survival, with Newcastle’s donation of points making the difference on a regular basis, but this record shows just how sure it was that the Mackems were heading for a fall.

With the finances as well, Sunderland fans love to blame Ellis Short for their problems but they repeatedly demanded managers were sacked and he made the mistake of backing new boss after new boss, with that turnover of managers it is guaranteed to lead to disaster as new bosses want their own signings, plus of course all the money going out on pay-offs when they sack the incumbent.

A quite mad statistic, is that to match Rafa’s 39 league wins at Newcastle, the last 39 league victories for the Mackems took them EIGHT different managers – with Paolo di Canio, Kevin Ball (Caretaker), Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat, Sam Allardyce, David Moyes, Simon Grayson and Chris Coleman all registering wins in that time frame.

Rafa Benitez has worked miracles at Newcastle United and deep down no doubt the overwhelming majority of Sunderland fans would admit that they’s love to have him.

Hopefully one day Mike Ashley will similarly realise just how lucky he was the day that Rafa Benitez approached the club to offer his services.

He will make himself look even more stupid than the Mackems trying to ‘prove’ Rafa isn’t all that, if he continues and succeeds in forcing the Newcastle United manager out of St James Park. 

(Thanks to Chris Holt for the initial inspiration on the Rafa v Sunderland stats)


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