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Achraf Lazaar Changes His Tune About Rafa Benitez And Newcastle

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We read the interview Achraf Lazaar gave to the Italian media recently where he seemed to slam Rafa Benitez for pleading with him to sign for Newcastle last summer and then when [...]

Rafa Benitez Takes The Advice Of His Doctors

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It will be a test of the coaching staff and our players today at Swansea since Rafa has decided not the take the helicopter trip down to Swansea today as he tries [...]

Major injury blow for Newcastle United, vital player picks up injury on international duty

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez will be disappointed with the new of Chancel Mbemba’s injury during the international break.

The left back limped off during the hour mark against Tunisia and the player is set to report to the club’s medical staff now for treatment.

Newcastle are already short of options at left back and Benitez cannot afford to lose Mbemba now.

Serbia Coach Takes A Dig At Rafa Benitez

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The Republic of Ireland will play Serbia in Dublin tonight in World Cup qualifying, and it looks like Ciaran Clark could even be marking hisNewcastle team-mate Aleksandar Mitrovic. Mitro is in the [...]

The One Big Thing That Can Still Keep Rafa At Newcastle – The Fans

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Mike Ashley has not taken too long to put a wedge between himself and his latest manager, Rafa Benitez, and he still doesn't like spending money as an owner. While it seemed [...]

Rafa – Everybody Was Working For The Team – A Great Display

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Rafa Benitez was asked after the game if that performance was perfect from Newcastle, so perfectionist Rafa said nothing is ever perfect but that it was a great display from his Newcastle [...]

Rafa Benitez Explains Why Newcastle Cannot Sell Their Fringe Players

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There was news today that Newcastle could be close to a transfer breakthrough and that some of our players could be close to finally leaving Newcastle. But Rafa doesn;t exactly agree and [...]

Joselu – I Am Happy To Be At Such A Big Club – I’m So Excited

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New signing Joselu seems delighted to be at Newcastle under Spanish manager Rafa Benitez, and he has been given the number 21 shirt at the club. The 27-year-old has been interviewed on [...]

Rafa Benitez Now Close To Newcastle’s Sixth Signing Of The Summer

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News today in the Chronicle that the signing of Chelsea's 21-year-oldwinger/defender Kenedy on a season-long loan deal is close and Lee Ryder of the Chronicle had tweeted a few days ago that [...]

It’s Official – Rafa Confirms Jamaal Lascelles Will Reamin Club Captain For Next Season

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During his press commence this afternoon Rafa Benitez has confirmed that Jamaal Lascelles will remain the club captain for the season. Jamaal has been injured and not played too many games and [...]

Rafa – I Will Not Walk Away – My Chinese Is Not Good Enough – Newcastle Is A Challenge For Me This Season

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Rafa Benitez gave an extended interview on Sky Sports yesterday morning, and the Newcastle manager went into great detail about the situation at Newcastle. Rafa sees Newcastle as a challenge for him [...]

Newcastle United 2017/18 Season Preview: Key player to watch out for and Prediction

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Finishing position: First (Championship)
Total points: 94
Top league scorer: Dwight Gayle (23)

Newcastle United have done well to secure promotion to the Premier League and the hard work has only just begun.

Rafa Benitez will be expected to establish the Magpies as a Premier League force once again and the Spaniard has been working tirelessly to improve his squad for the upcoming season.

Rafa’s Positive Message After Excellent Win At Wolfsburg – We Aren’t Far Away

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Rafa Benitez was interviewed by the Chronicle's Lee Ryder in Germany today after the excellent 3-1 win at Wolfsburg where the team played well, and it was a vast improvement on last [...]

Darlow, Colback, De Jong And Mitrovic Start At Mainz

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has just named his side for the fourth pre-season friendly of pre-season against Mainz 04 in Germany this afternoon. We now have three friendlies coming up in a [...]

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 [.

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Liverpool Season Preview 2017-18

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Liverpool should be entering this season on a high.

Liverpool took 76 points last season, 16 more than the season before, their second-highest points total since the Rafa Benitez era.

Liverpool finished fourth last season, in an incredibly difficult league, and will be in the Champions League proper this season if they get past Hoffenheim in the playoffs later this month.