Benitez x Newcastle

On Monday (24th June), Newcastle United announced that manager Rafa Benitez is set to leave his role as manager upon his contract expiration on Sunday 30th June.

Understandably, Magpies fans are distraught with the news. Benitez is undoubtedly one of the best managers the Toon army have seen in years. He managed the difficult task of navigating Newcastle back into the Premier League at the first ask, a feat rarely achieved.

He then went on to secure their top flight status and all under extremely different circumstances. With owner Mike Ashley always rumoured to be selling the North East club.

So, just how well did Benitez perform under the circumstances?

  • Games: 96
  • Won: 40
  • Drawn: 21
  • Lost: 35
  • Win Percentage: 41.67%

Benitez’s win percentage is the best in 10 years, where Chris Hughton managed a 55.71% win percentage, which also saw him get Newcastle back into the Premier League.

It’s a sorry state of affairs up in Newcastle at the moment, with fans and staff alike seemingly still in limbo about the club of the future I would argue that the managers job won’t be an attractive proposition. In fact, I would go as far as saying at the moment with a lack of direction, little to no transfer budget and an atmosphere as negative as you’ll see anywhere else following the announcement; the job is a poisoned chalice.