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Category: Rafael Benítez

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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…

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Why transfer window was subdued – despite Mike Ashley splurge | David Conn

Most Premier League clubs sticking with their squads as Newcastle finally spend may be a matter of individual circumstances rather than a new trendThe headline nobody expected at the start of this or any other transfer window finally wrote itself as J…

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Why transfer window was subdued – despite Mike Ashley splurge | David Conn

Most Premier League clubs sticking with their squads as Newcastle finally spend may be a matter of individual circumstances rather than a new trendThe headline nobody expected at the start of this or any other transfer window finally wrote itself as J…

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Rafael Benítez relaxes after his brinkmanship boosts Newcastle’s on-field options

United head to Tottenham on Saturday in an improved mood after a decent week which involved beating the champions and increasing the size of their squadThe uneasy coalition between lofty ambition and brutal pragmatism at Newcastle United endures, with …

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Newcastle break club transfer record to sign Miguel Almirón from Atlanta

• Paraguayan player joins for record fee in region of £21m• ‘It’s a great responsibility, something beautiful for me’Miguel Almirón has become the most expensive signing of the Mike Ashley era at Newcastle United, with his £21m move from Atlanta United…

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Manchester City ‘have to win a lot of games now’, says Pep Guardiola

• ‘Liverpool’s advantage is not huge but it’s there’• Defeat at Newcastle means they can not match 2018 points tallyManchester City handed Liverpool the initiative in the title race with an unscheduled defeat here when Newcastle came from behind to rec…

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Rafael Benítez: No guarantees over my Newcastle United future

• Manager set for another disappointing transfer window• Benítez out of contract in the summerRafael Benítez has admitted he cannot give any guarantees about his future at Newcastle United as another fruitless transfer window draws to a close.The Spani…

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‘Do what is right’: Newcastle fan groups urge Mike Ashley to sell or invest funds

• Eight supporters’ group write letter to club owner• ‘To fail to do so, would seem both reckless and foolish’A fans collective comprising of eight separate Newcastle United supporters groups and fanzines have joined forces to write an open letter to t…

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Rafael Benítez hoping home truths help keep Newcastle in Premier League

• Out-of-form Newcastle face Manchester United on Wednesday• ‘Everyone, players, staff, has to realise it is so difficult for us’José Mourinho’s often stark candour won few hearts and minds at Manchester United but Rafael Benítez believes his own brand…

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Rafael Benítez: no chance of Newcastle selling Jonjo Shelvey in January

• It has been suggested Fulham want to sign midfielder• Benítez says players understand his ‘miracle’ commentRafael Benítez has said there is “no chance” of Newcastle selling Jonjo Shelvey to Fulham or anyone else during the impending transfer window.I…

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Has Rafael Benítez really reached end of his tether at Newcastle this time?

Manager’s talk of ‘miracles’ and refusal to commit future indicate frustration with Mike Ashley has hit new levelRafael Benítez’s media addresses are often filled with pointed subtexts directed at club owners but even by his standards his latest commen…

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Hiddink, Di Matteo and … Kinnear: interim managers who made a mark | Ed Aarons

Caretaker manager became too old-fashioned a concept for the Premier League so in came a new kind of stopgap: the interimWhatever happened to the caretakers? While Manchester United appeared to break new ground by securing Ole Gunnar Solskjær on loan f…

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Takeover talk a distraction at Newcastle leaving Benítez to fret over January funds | Louise Taylor

The club is no closer to changing ownership, Mike Ashley is on holiday and the manager has no idea of his budget for playersThere is a particularly telling scene in the new Netflix documentary Sunderland ‘Til I Die in which Martin Bain, the club’s form…

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Newcastle cancel Christmas party after deciding it would be a ‘wrong’ move

• Threat of relegation means no festive fun for players • ‘If something’s wrong, you have to realise,’ says Rafael BenítezNewcastle United’s players have cancelled their Christmas party for the second year running, and Rafael Benítez is suitably reliev…

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Newcastle has great potential, Rafa Benítez tells takeover groups

• Buying the club is a ‘unique opportunity’ says manager• Asking price expected to be in region of £350mRafael Benítez has urged the quartet of potential bidders considering buying Newcastle to seize “a unique opportunity”.Mike Ashley is desperate to s…

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Rafael Benítez remains diplomatic on subject of protest by Newcastle fans

• Supporters planning an 11th minute ‘walk-in’ at St James’ Park• Manager says he ‘understands’ their issues with Mike AshleyRafael Benítez has said he “understands” why some supporters are planning an 11th minute “walk-in protest” at St James’ Park on…

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Rafael Benítez wants Newcastle fans not to abuse Jamaal Lascelles

• Lascelles had called owner Mike Ashley ‘a nice guy’• ‘He was trying to send the right message,’ says BenítezRafael Benítez has revealed that Jamaal Lascelles was surprised by the vitriol he attracted on social media after Newcastle United’s captain d…

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Rafael Benítez wants Newcastle fans not to abuse Jamaal Lascelles

• Lascelles had called owner Mike Ashley ‘a nice guy’• ‘He was trying to send the right message,’ says BenítezRafael Benítez has revealed that Jamaal Lascelles was surprised by the vitriol he attracted on social media after Newcastle United’s captain d…

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Jamaal Lascelles tells Newcastle fans: drop the protests and get behind us

• ‘52,000 Geordies behind us gives such an uplift’• Rafael Benítez’s side are winless and host Watford nextJamaal Lascelles has advised Newcastle United fans to abandon plans to boycott matches in protest at Mike Ashley’s stewardship of the club.Rafae…