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2016 - current

Rafael Benítez

Managerial History

2016-current Newcastle United
2015-2015 Real Madrid [1 Season]
20013-15 Societá Sportiva Calcio Napoli [1 Season]
2012-13 Chelsea [1 Season]
2010-10 Internazionale FC [0 Seasons]
2004-10 Liverpool [6 Seasons]
2001-04 Valencia Club de Futbol [3 Seasons]
2000-01 Club Deportivo Tenerife [1 Season]
1997-99 Club de Fútbol Extremadura [2 Seasons]
1996-96 Club Atlético Osasuna [0 Seasons]
1995-96 Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol [1 Season]

Honours

League Titles (2)
Valencia: Spanish Primera Liga Winners (2002-03)
Valencia: Spanish Primera Liga Winners (2001-02)
Trophies (8)
Chelsea: Europa League Winners (2012-13)
Internazionale FC: FIFA Club World Cup, (2010)
Internazionale FC: Coppa Italia Winners, (2009-10)
Liverpool: Community Shield Winners (2006)
Liverpool: FA Cup Winners (2005-06)
Liverpool: UEFA Super Cup Winners, (2005)
Liverpool: UEFA Champions League Winners (2004-05)
Valencia: UEFA Cup Winners (2003-04)

Miscellaneous
Chelsea: Manager of the Month, Barclays Premier League, April 2013
Liverpool: Manager of the Month, Barclays Premier League, March 2009
Liverpool: Manager of the Month, Barclays Premier League, October 2008
Liverpool: Manager of the Month, Barclays Premier League, January 2007
Liverpool: Manager of the Month, Barclays Premier League, December 2005
Liverpool: Manager of the Month, Barclays Premier League, November 2005
Liverpool: Manager of the Year, UEFA Champions League, 2005
Valencia: Manager of the Year, UEFA Champions League, 2004
Valencia: Don Balón Award, 2002
Benitez joins Newcastle at a time when we are quite frankly in turmoil, thanks to the quite appalling reign of his predecessor McClaren and perhaps the Newcastle board's lethargy in not acting sooner.

He certainly has the experience of managing at the highest levels with an impressive string of clubs including Chelsea, Liverpool and his "home town" team, Real Madrid. He also is a proven "winner" with an equally impressive "trophy cabinet" which includes the Europa League, (2013-05-15) Coppa Italia, (2010-08-21) and of course the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool, (2005-05-25).

His first challenge at Newcastle was an almost impossible one - our Premiership safety - which unfortunately with only ten games left did prove impossible and relegation was an inevitable result of a pretty disastrous reign of McClaren. Following relegation there was much speculation as to whether he would stay at St James's Park, or as a clause in his contract allowed, that he would walk away. No one would have blamed him for doing so, relegation was not his fault and the whole team, and indeed club, was in a pretty sorry state and not for the first time!

Talks were held with Ashley, assurances were given, and Benitez decided to stay - the relief across Tyneside was almost tangible - and we now look forward to hopefully only a single season in the Championship, a return to the Premiership and a team and a club we can all once again be proud of. Howay the Lads!