Rafa Benitez guided Newcastle United to an excellent 10th place finish in 2017/18, this was despite an October-December run of nine games producing only one point.

This season, a disastrous summer transfer window where Mike Ashley insisted on a £20m+ transfer profit and signings that did arrive played little part in pre-season, has meant the manager was really up against it.

The first nine matches producing only two points, though seven points from the last three games, has pushed Newcastle up to 14th amid signs of better things to come.

Bizarre timing then, for a report on Saturday that claims ‘At first, fans attributed this poor form to a lack of financial backing from owner Mike Ashley. Now the fans have directed their frustration towards Rafa Benitez instead, as some of the team’s performances have been inexcusable. A lack of spending does not justify a -6 goal difference and only two wins in twelve games.’

Very strange to claim fan unhappiness with Rafa Benitez at all, never mind after two wins in a row.

To cap it all, this bizarre report has put up three possible replacements if Rafa Benitez leaves.

Don’t laugh…but the report claims Antonio Conte or Julen Lopetegui could be the next Newcastle boss under Mike Ashley, I’m sure the former Chelsea and Real Madrid bosses would be queuing up to work for Ashley, with an expectation they would have to make a profit in the transfer market.

Whilst the third name put forward is even better, yes, Sam Allardyce. Bring it on!

Sports Courant:

The 2018/19 campaign hasn’t started in the way most Newcastle fans thought it would. They came into this season believing their beloved team would once again establish themselves as a mid-table Premier League side with the ambition of going further.

Instead, the Magpies sit 14th in the table, one point above the relegation zone. At first, fans attributed this poor form to a lack of financial backing from owner Mike Ashley.

Now the fans have directed their frustration towards Rafa Benitez instead, as some of the team’s performances have been inexcusable. A lack of spending does not justify a -6-goal difference and only two wins in twelve games.

Either all the players leave in January or the manager gets fired, unfortunately, it’s always more economically viable to serve the coach his marching papers.

Here are three managers who could replace Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.

#3 Sam Allardyce

There isn’t a more experienced and seasoned Premier League manager in history than Sam Allardyce. The 64-year-old is currently taking a break from the stress of the game but a return home to Newcastle would revitalise his career.

Over the course of his managerial career, the Englishman has overseen over 965 games. It’s that pedigree of experience that the Magpies need to salvage their crisis of a season.

Big Sam’s first reign at St. James Park only lasted for 24 games as he became the first man to be sacked in the tyrannical reign of Mike Ashley.

#2 Julen Lopetegui

For Lopetegui, Newcastle is a redemption story waiting to happen. The Spaniard’s free-flowing style of play would transform Mike Ashley’s most valuable asset into an attractive proposition that could go toe to toe with the league’s best.

With players like Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Richie and Joselu and Jamaal Lascelles at St. James Park, the former Madrid manager will have enough players comfortable with the ball at their feet to implement his philosophy.

#1 Antonio Conte

If placed at a team where he doesn’t have to fight with the board, he will succeed. His record speaks itself, seven domestic trophies and title wins in every country he’s managed says it all.

At Newcastle, the 47-year-old will have a group of players that are hard-working, energetic and disciplined. These are the only three traits that an Antonio Conte team needs to do well.



  • mactoon

    No they aren’t frustrated with Rafa. What a stupid article!

  • Sickandtired

    Someone had too much happy baccy when writing that pile of pony.

  • AbusedCourier

    The Chron Cretins must be moonlighting for another 3rd rate rag.

  • Leazes.

    Its a ‘click bait site’ for Media Students without work, its an outlet….. i’ve used the BLOCK Button on Newsnow to simply hide these nonsense sites such as..,..
    This is Futbol, The Transfer Tavern and HITC….

    ….. the author of this one actually bothers to give his name and bio…..

    ….here it is…..

    Mathaeus Abuwa
    184 POSTS 8 COMMENTS

    Born closer to White Hart Lane than Highbury but still found a way to become an Arsenal fan. Unfortunately. Freelance writer that covers all of Europe’s Top 5 leagues. Had work featured across the Internet and I won’t stop till I’m being slated by online fans online for my work on Talksport.

    Want to know anything about ‘CLICKBAIT’ and how it operates?

    • wheyayeman

      Those three websites are literally the most empty baseless conjecture written by airhead kids. And every ‘article’ is surrounded by thousands of ads and pop ups.

      • Leazes.

        Never never never enter….. most of these companies are owned by one or two patent companies, and strangely are all based and registered in Islington.

    • Kenny

      Clickbait Ok

      • Leazes.

        …they make things up to get hits for an advertisement, and induce you to enter with a preposterous headline….. its how religion works.

        • MadMag83

          It’s how most of the articles on here are written too.

  • csh

    lol a return “home” for Allardyce. So wrong on so many levels…

    • MadMag83

      That would be the zoo

  • porciestreet

    Which fans….? What frustrations.?wher does this 54!te come from..
    Whoever wrote this should be looking for a proper job.
    Rediculous garbage…!
    FATBASTADOOT…HWTL.

    • Dave Pattinson

      Agree, load of bollux!

  • Kenny

    Really,
    what a load of krap, the guy happens to be the only manager that can keep us up

  • 45709

    Jesus could manage but what’s he gonna do with these players? Holy miracles are cheating I feel.

    If we had an owner throwing money in and Rafa was achieving same results then consider a replacement

    But… “you can only p13s with tha c0(k ya’ve been given

  • Squintytoonarmy

    They are correct, there are 3; Moscow, clarko and fleck man

    • Kneebotherm8

      😂😂😂……..my thoughts exactly when I was reading the article……

    • Kenny

      😂😂😂

  • Paul Patterson

    Bless! They are just desperate for hits on their site.
    They may as well have put forward Pep Guardiola, Brian Clough and Cheryl Tweedy . .

  • Danimal

    ‘Marching papers’? Is that some kind of drugs paraphernalia?

    • Mike D

      You’re thinking of king sized rizlas.

  • Wezza

    Keith Bishop PR.

  • Mike D

    Fan poll – which is the most sublimely ridiculous statement:
    A Hippo Heed coming home
    B Joselu is good with the ball at his feet?
    C Other, please state

    • MadMag83

      C. Ashley isn’t to blame.

  • Superdooperhooper

    What a pile of @rse

  • London_Mag

    Bol**ks

  • MediaMook

    ‘The 2018/19 campaign hasn’t started in the way most Newcastle fans thought it would. They came into this season believing their beloved team would once again establish themselves as a mid-table Premier League side with the ambition of going further.’

    Really? Any rational Newcastle fan pre-season believed a lack of support and spending of the EPL profits meant another long season of struggle against relegation. Nothing more. Rafa is doing as good a job as he can with the crappy hand dealt to him by Ashley.

  • JohnnyH

    Desparate clickbait

  • Geordiegiants

    Well that’s about as realistic as the propaganda the fat sack ofshit pedals.

  • Mike

    Pard or Carver next?

  • Leicester Mag

    Sports Courant is that a typo?

  • MadMag83

    Ashley and his minions are back to using obscure media outlets to shift the blame again. Although there are a small amount of idiotic fans who blame Benitez, they are in their minority and can usually be found uttering nonsense such as “I go to all the games (so this makes me an expert…). Kinda like those West Bromwich fans who moaned about Tony Pulis so they sacked him and got relegated instead, genius!

  • Rich Lawson

    Actually I would say a -6 goal difference after only 2 wins is a good achievment,and we saw how important it can be last season.

  • Mr wobert

    Fat Sam is as bent as fat cashley no way those three will be here,fatty won’t want a manager anyway.. he wants a nodding 🐕, sorry

  • GeordieZebra

    Pointless article. Irrelevant.