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Elliot, Mbemba, Hanley, Lejeune And Mitrovic All Start At Preston

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has named his side for the second pre-season friendlyofthis preseason against Preston atDeepdale this afternoon who have former Norwich manager Alex Neil (shown above) in charge. Here is [...]

This Talented Midfielder Could Be Worth £12M To Newcastle – But It Depends On Benitez

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez needs to bring in a striker and a playmaker this summer and those could be big money buys, but Rafa is still keen to bring up to eight [...]

This Is The Perfect Player For Rafa Benitez To Coach

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Christian Atsu had a decent enough game in the first half but he will be hard pressed in the coming season to pin down a first team starting position.'s confirmation as a [...]

Rafa Benitez Talks About The Effects Of Brexit On Newcastle Policy

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We find it difficult to know exactly how things will turn out when the UK leaves the European Union in a couple of yearxs, but it seems that Rafa Benitez at Newcastle [...]

Newcastle and Liverpool in talks over Sheyi Ojo deal

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Newcastle United have opened talks with Liverpool over a loan deal for winger Sheyi Ojo, according to The Chronicle. Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is...

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Rafa Benitez In Charge Of All Transfers As Graham Carr Leaves Newcastle

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The Mirror is reporting tonight that Graham Carr the Chief Scout has left Newcastle by mutual consent and that leaves Rafa Benitez in charge of all decisions relating to transfers [...]

Rafa Benitez Now After Surprise Spanish Midfielder Target

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There's a report in Sky Sports today that Newcastle are interested in signing Jota (full name Jose Ignacio Peleteiro Ramallo), who is a Spanish attacking midfielder who plays for Brentford in the [...]

Rafa Still Wants To Sign High Priced Defender

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Newcastle United have been told that it will cost the club £15M to sign 27 year-old Kieran Gibbs and the news is that Rafa Benitez is willing to meet that figure. The [...]

When Will Newcastle Fans Hear From Rafa Benitez On Transfers?

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We haven't heard much from Rafa Benitez for the last couple of weeks but we are not complaining there is a massive amount of work to do with the help of [...]

Former Leicester and Chelsea manager Cla

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Former Leicester and Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri knows Rafa Benitez very well and that was obvious during Rafa's debut as the Newcastle manager last year at the King Power stadium on Monday, [...]

Why £150M Could Be GIven To Rafa Benitez This Summer

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Former Arsenal striker and BBC pundit Ian Wright believes that Rafa Benitez at Newcastle needs as much as £150M to spend this summer and we don't think that's too unreasonable. That's if you include in that £150M the money we can get for some players Rafa will want to sell this summer who no longer [.

Rafa – I Am Thinking I Will Be At Newcastle For 10 Years

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We are hoping that Rafa Benitez gets a new long term contract this summer at Newcastle and it looks like Rafa has been thinking along those same lines as well, but of course it's entirely up to Mike Ashley if he gets one. But if Ashley was willing to give Alan Pardew and staff an [...]

Alan Pardew Is Spot On About Newcastle Manager Rafa Benitez

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It was fairly obvious before the start of the Newcastle vs Crystal Palace game on April 30th last year that Rafa Benitez and Alan Pardew were friends and that was probably due to Alan having called the top Spanish manager a few times for guidance in his own management career. When you are a top [..

Benitez Admits He Disappeared For A Year – Praises Everything Newcastle

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For Rafa Benitez to stay on at Newcastle not only meant he would visit very small grounds with facilities he hadn't confronted since his early days as a manager, but he would literally disappear from view on thew world scene because everything in English football is about the Premier League everything.

Rafa Keen On Signing This Forgotten England International Midfielder

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Newcastle were reportedly after Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph last January and there's a report in the Guardian that Rafa Benitez may still want to sign him this summer. It would not be surprising if the media report every single player Newcastle were after in January, because it would be a decent enough supposition that [.

Rafa – I’m Really Pleased – We Did Our Job – Our Fans Are Delighted

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Rafa Benitez will be welcomedback to Newcastle a week on Sunday with open arms for the final game of what has turned out to be a very successful promotionby the adoring Newcastle fans. This man is not only a world-class manager but he was made to manage a club as proud as Newcastle United. Newcastle [.

Rafa Rings In The Changes For Cardiff City Game Tonight

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitezhas just named his side for the second last game of the Championship season at Cardiff City tonight, after the lads magnificently gained an automatic promotion spot on Monday night by easily defeating Preston North End on a memorable night at St. James' Park. That's only the secondtime any club has been [.

Big Crisis At Newcastle – What Crisis At Newcastle?

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From the quotes coming out of Rafa Benitez' press conference this morning it looks very much like he's calmed everybody down as he revealed the HMRC investigation is for things that were done four or five years ago when players likeSylvanMarveaux were at the club. Sylvain is one of four people arrested in France yesterday [.

Can Newcastle Get Second Win In A Row At Cardiff?

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Rafa Benitezwill give his press conference tomorrow afternoon for our second last game of an extremely grueling Championship season at Cardiff City. The performance on Monday night at home was good against Preston, especially in second half when Newcastle started to look in compete control. What we need is another win on Friday to get [.

Our Man Of The Match Last Night – Simply Brilliant

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Whenever Matt Ritchie plays we know he gives his all for Newcastle 100% because that's the kind of character he is. This lad took a step down to the Championship to sign for Rafa Benitez and he said at the time he wanted to come because of the size of the club and [...]

Championship: Newcastle Back In Premier League After Thumping Win Against Preston (Photos & Highlights)

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Newcastle United are back in the big time after the Magpiessecured their place in next season's Premier League courtesy of aresounding 4-1 win at home to Preston.

Ayoze Perez opened the scoring for the hosts on seven minutes from a corner.

However, just seven minutes later Preston drew level, courtesy of Jordan Hugill.

Benitez Very Disappointed – We Made Too Many Mistakes

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Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez was obviously disappointed with a sloppy performance from his team today at Hillsborough, which didn't measure up to what's required in our promotion drive back to the Premier League. We were well beaten today and as Rafa quickly points out, this Newcastle side made far too many mistakes and certainly [.

FAIL: Referee Disallows Newcastle Penalty Goal Before Bizarrely Awarding Free-Kick To Burton (Video)

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Newcastle United went back to the top of the Championship on Wednesday night, courtesy of a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to Burton Albion.

However, despite the win, Rafa Benitez and co. were left fuming after referee Keith Stroud made an utter dog's dinner of a Matt Ritchie penalty kick.

Rafa Benitez – It Was A Win – But We Will Improve

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It was not a classic game at St. James' Park this afternoon but our lads ground out their 25th win of the season by a score of 2-1 against Wigan Athletic. Wigan seem much improved from earlier in the season and they still have a fighting chance to survive in the Championship with seven games [...]

Rafa Calls On Magnificent Newcastle Fans To Be Even Better

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The Chronicle has conducted an exclusive question and answer with Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez today where the journalists submitted questions to the manager. Rafa has responded with written answers so in some cases he goes into some detail with his answers. The Newcastle fans have been magnificent this season in support of the team and [.

This May Be A Veiled Message From Rafa To Mike Ashley

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Rafa Benitez talked recently about bringing players through the Newcastle Academy, but the Newcastle manager is also very pragmatic and knows what works in football and what doesn't and he has said you cannot rely on the Academy for all your players. Rafa is talking about what the top teams have to do to [.

Rafa Gives Warning About The Weeks Ahead

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Rafa Benitez is a savvy person who has massive experience in football management and in coaching and he's wise enough to know nothing is ever done until it's mathematically certain such as promotion for instance. And we have seen in the Championship this season that on every game day things can change quickly and [.

Yedlin set to miss time with thigh injury

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Crucial World Cup qualifiers loom, and the U.S. Men's National Team has reason to be concerned with an injury to a star defender.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez says DeAndre Yedlin could be out one or two weeks after suffering a slight tear in his thigh. Yedlin was kept out of Tuesday's draw with Leeds United as a result of the injury, which was picked up in Newcastle's win against Brighton and Hove Albion last week.

David Wagner – Newcastle Are A Top Team With A Great Manager

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Rafa Benitez' game plan was to allow Huddersfield possession while guarding the middle of the defense and making rapid counter-attacks once we did get the ball. We've seen that strategy a number of times this season with teams like Manchester City who like a lot of possession of the ball, but often don't do too [.

Vurnon Anita And Daryl Murphy Start Against Terriers

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Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the crucial game at Huddersfield Town this afternoon and Rafa has made twochanges Vurnon Anita and Daryl Murphy both start and Yoan Gouffran and DeAndre Yedline drop to the bench. TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @htafcdotcom this afternoon (kick-off 5:30pm GMT).

Rafa Warns Of Difficult, Dangerous Games Ahead For Newcastle

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Rafa Benitez is ever the clam one after any game and even when Newcastle somehow managed to come from 1-0 behind to win such an important game at Brighton tonight with two goals in the final nine minutes, he was his same calm and measured self never getting carried away. Not like some of [...]

4-2-3-1 v Brighton: Benitez without these 3 Newcastle players for vital clash; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Brighton vs Newcastle Team News, Possible Lineups & Live Stream Info ahead of tonight’s Championship fixture.

Brighton vs Newcastle
English Championship 2016/17
28th February, 19:45 pm BST
Falmer Stadium, Brighton
Live Stream: Watch Brighton vs Newcastle live on Sky Sports 1

Brighton host Newcastle United in the Championship tonight and it promises to be a cracking contest.

Prediction – Rafa’s Team For Brighton – 5 Changes

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It's always difficult to predict a side to play in the next game with it being very hard to read Rafa Benitez even after his press conferences. But it's clear Dwight Gayle is not in the squad until he gets his confidence back that his hamstring is indeed OK. There's a chance that Rafa [...]

Rafa Press Conference – Bad News On Dwight Gayle

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Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference for maybe our most important league game of the season at Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow night. The game comes after we dropped 2 points against Bristol City on Saturday and that was after the Robins had lost 10 of their last 13 Championship games.

Rafa Benitez Talks About His Strikers And Goalkeeper

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It will be interesting to see what team Rafa Benitez starts on Tuesday night at the Amex Stadium in Brighton for what is a six points at the top of the Championship table. But after the disappointing 2-2 draw yesterday against 4th bottom Bristol City he has backed both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Karl Darlow.

Benitez Gives Interesting Update On Gayle Hamstring Injury

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After the 2-0 win tonight against Aston Villa Rafa Benitez gave an update on the hamstring injury that Dwight Gayle picked up and Rafa said the striker didn't look comfortable early in the game. Maybe it will not be as bad as when he first picked up the injury just over five weeks ago at [...]

Rafa Gives Praise – To Those Who Deserve It

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Rafa Benitez still has a job to do at Newcastle this season with 15 games left and it looks like another 10 wins will secure our promotion back to the Premier League but getting those wins will not be easy. But it's within our grasp and hopefully Rafa will inspire our players to go [...]

Rafa Benitez Offers Support To Key Player

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It's always difficult for a goalkeeper after he's made a right howler in a game and unfortunately that's what happened with Karl Darlow at Norwich when he mis-kicked what should have been an easy clearance and presented Cameron Jerome with a tap in goal a real gift. It was a bad mistake and it [...]

Rafa Shows Why And How He’s A Great Motivator

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Rafa Benitez must havebeenjust a little dismayed after the sidehad made such a good start to the game last night and seemed to be firing on all cylinders. AyozePerez fired in a great goal having been putthrough by Jack Colback and then Aleksandar Mitrovic was clean through and seemedto do everything right but the ball [.

Mitrovic, Colback and Perez All Start – Gayle On Bench

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Rafa Benitez has announced his starting eleven for the match at NorwichCity in the Championship tonight and it's almost an unchanged side but Ayoze Perez comes in for Mo Diane in the number 10 position. TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @NorwichCityFC tonight (kick-off 7:45pm GMT).