# Rafael Benitez

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# former red
Benitez could not make big changes at Everton because of Liverpool ties
The Spaniard’s appointment at Goodison Park last summer was controversial.
# surprised
'I was shocked Rafa wanted to have that Everton job, with his Liverpool legacy' - Gerrard
Everton sacked Benitez last weekend after less than seven months in charge.
# unstuck
Everton sack manager Rafael Benitez after less than seven months in charge
Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Norwich proved the final straw for the Everton board.
# Sticky Situation
Rafael Benitez says Everton future ‘not in my hands’ after Norwich defeat
His Toffees side fell to a 2-1 defeat at Carrow Road this afternoon.
# Toffees
Everton sign Rangers and Scotland full-back Patterson to provide competition for Coleman
The highly-rated defender, 20, has penned a five-year deal at Goodison Park.
# versatile
Rafael Benitez defends decision to play Seamus Coleman on the left
The Irish international started the defeat to Brighton in an unfamiliar role.
All time
# Frustration
'We made the substitution but you cannot explain to every single fan why' - Benitez
The Everton boss is hopeful his decision to bring off Richarlison at Crystal Palace has spared the forward a potentially bad injury.
# Gunned Down
Benitez lauds Everton’s ‘perfect’ comeback win, Coleman gives excellent captain's interview
The Toffees’ winless run came to an end in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Arsenal at Goodison Park.
# Keep calm and carry on
Rafael Benitez defiant as Everton fans chant 'sack the board'
Two goals from Mohamed Salah were sandwiched between Jordan Henderson’s opener and Diogo Jota’s 79th-minute strike as the hosts were outclassed.
# midas touch
Benitez pleased with Everton's crazy 379-second turnaround - but wants to score first
‘It will be easier for my health,’ he said after the Toffees’ dramatic win over Burnley last night.
# Missing Out
James Rodriguez one of five Everton players self-isolating and unavailable this weekend
Manager Rafael Benitez would not reveal the identities of the other four individuals, however.
# Rafa
Benitez promises to fight for Everton as he clarifies ‘small club’ jibe
The Spaniard has been appointed on a three-year deal.
# Fact
It's official: Rafa Benitez has been appointed Everton manager
The 61-year-old Spaniard has agreed to take over the Toffees, replacing Carlo Ancelotti.
# Woe
Rafa Benitez hits rock-bottom in China
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Guangzhou R&F extended Dalian Pro’s wretched winless start to the season.
# It Ain't Me
'There’s no chance I will come back to Premier League at the moment' - Benitez
The former Liverpool and Chelsea manager has been linked with a return to the English top flight.
# Trouble
Rafa Benitez 'helpless' as thrashing compounds slow start in China
The highly regarded Spaniard suffered one of the heaviest defeats of his managerial career.
# Next In
Mourinho, Allegri, Ancelotti? The candidates to take over at Spurs after Pochettino's exit
Spurs sacked Mauricio Pochettino’s this evening.
# acrimonious
Ashley accuses Benitez of taking 'the soft option' by leaving Newcastle for China
Ex-Real Madrid and Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has taken over as manager of Dalian Yifang.
# Rafa
Benitez touched by 'kindness and respect' as he enjoys life after Newcastle
The Spaniard got off to a winning start in charge of Dalian Yifang in China.
# rafalucion
'The club did not share the same vision' - Benitez explains reasons for Newcastle exit
The 59-year-old has spoken out after his three-and-a-half-year tenure at St James’ Park came to an abrupt end over the weekend.
# magpies with no silver
'Eighth or ninth is not for me' - Mourinho rejects Newcastle links
The Portuguese has no interest in succeeding Rafael Benitez at an English club for the second time.
# Super League
Benítez to consider €13m offer to manage in China as Newcastle contract runs down
The Spaniard’s deal at St James’ Park is up on 30 June, with terms of an extension still to be agreed.
# virtually safe
Newcastle halt Leicester's run to move 10 points clear of the drop
Leicester City’s four-game winning run under Brendan Rodgers came to an end with a 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United on Friday.
# finding form
'We need to convince people we can be consistent'
Arsenal are in a strong position to finish in the top four, but manager Unai Emery says it is not the most pressing issue on his mind.
# In Demand
Ex-Liverpool bosses Benitez and Rodgers linked to vacant Leicester job
Claude Puel was fired by the Foxes over the weekend after a dismal run of form.
# Transfer News
Newcastle make €23 million MLS star their club-record signing
The capture of Miguel Almiron surpasses the €18.8m signing of Michael Owen in 2005.
# Frustrated
Benitez refuses to rule out quitting Newcastle before season is out
The Spaniard has hinted the club’s lack of transfer activity could force him out of St James’ Park.
Newcastle United vs Man United, Premier League
We went minute-by-minute as Newcastle welcomed Manchester United to St James’ Park.
# Race Is On
Salah free to face Arsenal and Man City after avoiding FA diving charge
The Liverpool striker will face no retrospective action over the penalty he won against Newcastle United
# Top of the Pops
Every game now a final for table-toppers Liverpool, says Lovren
A convincing victory over Newcastle United gives the Reds a six-point lead at the halfway mark of the Premier League season.
# Limited resources
Benitez admits Newcastle will need 'a miracle' to avoid relegation
The Magpies boss believes they have a tough task keeping their Premier League status, despite sitting 15th heading into the busy Christmas period.
# Not happy
'We need VAR right now': Benitez fumes over Mike Dean's decisions
The Newcastle boss felt his side were denied a stonewall penalty in this afternoon’s defeat to Wolves.
# The Late Late Show
Matt Doherty scores dramatic late winner to snatch victory for Wolves at Newcastle
The Irish defender nodded home deep into stoppage time at St James’ Park.
# Magpies
Ireland defender Ciaran Clark on target as Newcastle march on with third straight win
Matt Ritchie produced a contender for the worst miss of the season but the Magpies ran out 2-1 winners.
Man United vs Newcastle United, Premier League
We went minute-by-minute as Man United faced Newcastle at Old Trafford.
# fined
Rafael Benitez fined £60,000 by FA for questioning referee's red card record
The FA has sanctioned Benitez after he spoke about Andre Marriner before a match with Crystal Palace.
# Newcastle
Rafael Benitez charged by FA for referee comment relating to Zaha treatment
The Newcastle spoke about appointed referee Andre Marriner prior to the draw against Crystal Palace, and the FA has taken action
# Not happy
'The penalty is soft, the foul was soft:' Benitez left frustrated after dramatic defeat to Chelsea
Newcastle United suffered a 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Sunday.
# missing magpies
'Is the current squad good enough for what we need? I don’t think so - it needs additions'
Frustrated Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez feels his squad needs more players.
# Looking Back
Spain sent me World Cup SOS, claims Benitez
The Newcastle manager says there was ‘a chance’ he could have replaced Julen Lopetegui.