On Tuesday we brought you news that Rafa Benitez was once again meeting up with the other managers invited to the UEFA Elite Coaches Forum.

This brings together the top European Club Coaches to discuss the important issues and challenges facing European football.

Amongst those attending yesterday along with Rafa Benitez, were Jose Mourinho, Massimiliano Allegri, Julen Lopetegui and  Thomas Tuchel.

Now it has been revealed that after meeting, the Elite Coaches Forum has came up with two initial suggestions.

BBC Sport report:

‘Europe’s top club coaches have asked Uefa to review the use of the away-goals rule in continental competitions.

They also want the transfer window to end at the same time in all the continent’s major leagues.’

UEFA Deputy General Secretary Giorgio Marchetti:

“The coaches think that scoring goals away is not as difficult as it was in the past.

“They think the rule should be reviewed and that’s what we will do.”

The rule was first introduced in the former European Cup Winners’ Cup competition in 1965 as an alternative to tossing a coin or staging a replay on a neutral ground at a time when travelling abroad was far more challenging.

Marchetti said the coaches felt the rule was also counter-productive and that, as much as encouraging away teams to attack, it induced home teams to defend to avoid conceding a costly goal.

On the transfer window, he said the coaches wanted more countries to follow the example of England and Italy and close them before the start of the season.

In Spain, Germany and France, they continued until the end of August as before.

“The coaches are of an opinion that there should be a unified window and the window should close before the competition starts,” said Marchetti. “The idea would be to try and bring them into line.”

Ironically, the two changes are of minimal interest to Newcastle fans at the minute.

Mike Ashley having no interest in Newcastle United being a team that will compete in European competition and as for when the transfer market closes, what does that matter when the club’s owner is so determined to stifle any ambition to better the squad?

The Mag – 4 September 2018:

Rafa Benitez is in Switzerland on Tuesday.

The Newcastle United boss once again invited to the annual UEFA Elite Coaches Forum.

This brings together the top European Club Coaches to discuss the important issues and challenges facing European football.

Amongst those attending today along with Rafael Benitez, are Jose Mourinho, Massimiliano Allegri, Julen Lopetegui and  Thomas Tuchel.

A reminder once again to everybody, particularly Mike Ashley, that Newcastle United need to do everything they can to hold onto their respected top level manager.

Jack Ross was unable to attend due to Sunderland’s first team taking on the Stoke Under 21s in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night…

UEFA Official Announcement:

The class of 2018.

Our Elite Coaches Forum is underway at UEFA HQ.

Annual gathering of coaches takes place on Tuesday 4 September.

The 20th UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum will take place at the House of European Football in Nyon on the afternoon of Tuesday 4 September (14:00-18:30CET).

The forum provides an opportunity for top European club coaches to exchange views on the major issues affecting European club competitions, as well as to discuss and make proposals to UEFA that may be of overall benefit to the European game.

A number of Europe’s leading coaches have been invited and amongst those attending:

Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus)

Carlo Ancelotti (SSC Napoli)

Rafael Benítez (Newcastle United FC)

Sérgio Conceição (FC Porto)

Unai Emery (Arsenal FC)

Paulo Fonseca (FC Shakhtar Donetsk)

Rudi Garcia (Olympique de Marseille)

Şenol Güneş (Beşiktaş JK)

Julen Lopetegui (Real Madrid CF)

José Mourinho (Manchester United FC)

Thomas Tuchel (Paris Saint-Germain)

Arsène Wenger



  • Ron

    Funny there’s no mention of the other meeting in Geneva – the UEFA incompetent Owners forum, seemingly it’s poorly attended. Fatty was this year’s organiser but he forgot to send out the invites and he was the only one who turned up. Apparently every got past on the nod and a pint of lager.

    • Peter C

      And vomiting into a fireplace.

      • Ron

        All motions passed by Ashley and immediately flushed by assistant Charnley because the smell was contravening all human rights.

  • Lord

    For a micro-second I thought that was Pardew walking up the steps next to Rafa. Can you imagine?

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Scraping the away goal would be absolutely ridiculous. Nothing better than cocky teams going out

  • Leazes.

    Fifteen Coaches and a Bus!

  • panther

    why werent they
    1 ban Ashley from having anything to do with football
    2 ban people like Ashley from having anything to do with football

    • Ron

      Ashley hasn’t got anything to do with football. All decisions have to go to him and because he doesn’t understand football he turns them all down.

      He thinks it’s all about debits and credits and smoke and mirrors.

      He’s the biggest liability at the club whilst Rafa the biggest asset, maybe he could understand that. I’ll not hold my breath.

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  • Jimblag23

    It looks like the football Freemasons annual meet.