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Category: Rafael Benítez

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Rafael Benítez cites lack of trust as reason for leaving Newcastle

• Spaniard left St James’ Park this summer after three years• Club claim Benítez’s exit was motivated by Chinese moneyRafael Benítez says his decision to leave Newcastle was due to a lack of trust rather than the financial attraction of China.Benítez l…

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Salomón Rondón leaves West Brom to rejoin Rafael Benítez at Dalian Yifang

• Striker moves to Chinese club for undisclosed fee• Rondón was with Benítez at Newcastle last seasonSalomón Rondón has linked up again with Rafael Benítez after joining Dalian Yifang from West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee. Related: Steve Bru…

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‘I want to leave a legacy’: Benítez joins Dalian Yifang after Newcastle exit – video

Rafael Benítez has taken over as manager of the Chinese side Dalian Yifang barely a week after Newcastle announced his departure. Despite being a Champions League winning coach, the 59-year-old Spaniard said he is under no illusion that this job w…

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Rafael Benítez says he would have stayed if Newcastle shared his vision

Manager left St James’ Park at end of contract last weekBenítez blames ‘those at top of the club’ for his departureRafael Benítez has said he wanted to sign a new contract at Newcastle but did not as he felt the club did not share his vision.The Champi…

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Newcastle fans hoping for high noon at Toon may not topple Mike Ashley | Barry Glendenning

Supporters’ group fighting Ashley is calling for a St James’ Park boycott – but would not be first to find apathy in their wayA couple of hours after finishing what was intended to be the first and final draft of this column, I was forced into a rewrit…

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Sad departure of Rafa Benítez says everything about Newcastle’s woes

Owner Mike Ashley’s decision to let manager go is a further sign of a club paralysed by short-sightedness and underinvestmentJust over three weeks ago, there was a palpable though repressed gasp of relief on Tyneside as news began to surface that an in…

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Benítez bows out after collision of control freaks at Newcastle

Manager’s Magpies love affair ends after years of dysfunctional dealings with the club’s owner Mike AshleyLast season was drawing to a close as Rafael Benítez stood in a quiet corridor at St James’ Park briefing a small group of newspaper journalists o…

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Rafael Benítez to leave Newcastle when contract expires on Sunday

• Club say they have ‘worked hard’ to extend manager’s deal• Newcastle announce they are disappointed with outcomeRafael Benítez will leave Newcastle when his contract expires on Sunday, the club have announced.Newcastle said in a statement: “It is wit…

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Even Europa League glory may spell the end for unloved Sarri at Chelsea | Dominic Fifield

Lack of popularity with fans means the manager could depart whatever the result and his training tantrum fitted the moodChelsea have been here before. Both to Azerbaijan, where they sauntered past a depleted Qarabag in a one-sided Champions League grou…

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Mike Ashley in talks with UAE’s Sheikh Khaled over £350m Newcastle sale

• Several hurdles still to be addressed before sale can proceed• Rafael Benítez’s contract as manager runs out on 30 JuneMike Ashley is negotiating the potential £350m sale of Newcastle United to Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emi…

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Rafael Benítez presses Mike Ashley to change Newcastle’s transfer policy

• Benítez’s contract talks hinge on his freedom in transfer market• Manager wants to secure Rondón and has been linked to MataAfter seven days of negotiations Rafael Benítez and Mike Ashley are still attempting to reach a deal to extend the Spaniard’s …

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Jordan Henderson looks to old mentor for answer to Liverpool’s prayers

• Anfield captain hopes Brendan Rodgers can orchestrate upset• ‘We couldn’t have done any more. We can’t have any regrets’Jordan Henderson will switch on the television on Monday night and “pray” that “a miracle” unfolds before his eyes.Liverpool’s cap…

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Klopp’s delight over Origi’s magical finish tempered by Salah injury

• Liverpool manager hails spirit of his team in dramatic comeback• Klopp: ‘What can I say? It’s just brilliant, it’s like a fairytale’Jürgen Klopp claimed destiny will decide whether Liverpool win the Premier League after Divock Origi’s “fairytale” win…

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Liverpool ride their luck but game of fine margins remains wide open | Louise Taylor

Rafa Benítez stood in the way of Jürgen Klopp’s title challengers but fate had other plans on a topsy-turvy night at St James’ ParkLunchtime was fast approaching when Liverpool’s morning charter flight taxied towards the private terminal adjacent to Ne…

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Rafael Benítez suggests he is close to signing new Newcastle contract

• Benítez confirms he has held ‘positive’ talks over his future• Manager says he will do Liverpool no favours on SaturdayRafael Benítez has suggested he is close to recommitting himself to Newcastle United and could soon renew a contract which expires …

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Rafael Benítez tells Mike Ashley: ‘I want to compete for more than finishing 15th’

• Newcastle manager’s contract negotiations still unresolved• ‘I used to compete for titles. The potential’s here,’ says BenítezRafael Benítez has reminded Mike Ashley of his enduring craving for trophies and suggested the time has come for Newcastle U…

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Rafael Benítez waiting for answers from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

• Manager wants change in transfer policy• ‘If you want to win trophies you need experience’Rafael Benítez has likened his protracted contract negotiations with Mike Ashley to the government’s seemingly interminable Brexit talks.The Newcastle manager’s…

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Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff: the new Carrick with added ice in his veins

The midfielder is being compared with another Geordie but has more mobility and more in the tank, says Rafael BenítezAnyone who has watched Sean Longstaff play will understand why his name appears in sentences also featuring the words balance, poise, v…

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Rafael Benítez backs Miguel Almirón to make instant impact at Newcastle

• £21m record signing to make debut against Wolves• Manager says midfielder has impressed in trainingAfter persuading Mike Ashley to break Newcastle’s transfer record by spending £21m on importing Miguel Almirón from MLS, Rafael Benítez could be forgiv…

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Rafael Benítez backs Miguel Almirón to make instant impact at Newcastle

• £21m record signing to make debut against Wolves• Manager says midfielder has impressed in trainingAfter persuading Mike Ashley to break Newcastle’s transfer record by spending £21m on importing Miguel Almirón from MLS, Rafael Benítez could be forgiv…