Rafa Benitez

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Chelsea’s Ross Barkley scores his side’s second goal  against Manchester United to tie the game  2-2 in extra time. Photograph:   Adam Davy/PA Wire

There are times when you wonder whether the gods of football have almost too pronounced a sense of irony. Not content with a script that pitted an und(...)

 Why is Mike Ashley still doing it? Is it really to plaster St James’ Park in Sports Direct logos? Is there not a simpler, less time-consuming form of advertising? Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA

Frank Brennan may not seem the obvious starting point for a match preview: Newcastle United host Arsenal in the Premier League this afternoon and Bren(...)

Istanbul bonded Rafa Benitez to Liverpool FC, and his activity with the Hillsborough Family Support Group bonded him to the city. Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

The telephone rang in Freddy Shepherd’s holiday villa in Majorca. It was late July 2004 and Shepherd, the Newcastle United chairman, was about to part(...)

James McCarthy tackles Harry Kane during the Premier League game between Tottenham and Everton at White Hart Lane. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is set to include both Ciaran Clark and James McCarthy in his preliminary squad for the World Cup qualifier(...)

James Milner under the watchful eye of Jurgen Klopp. The midfielder has played in a number of different roles since arriving at Anfield. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP

Much has been made of Jurgen Klopp’s touchline behaviour at Liverpool, those sudden cartwheeling appearances, grasping at the air, forming weird geome(...)

 Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane arrives at a  press conference at Valdebebas training ground. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane does not want to be compared with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola despite the similarities in their routes t(...)

Real Madrid’s new French head coach Zinedine Zidane leads his first training session at Valdebebas sport complex, outside Madrid. Photograph: EPA

Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Perez, did not accept questions when he appeared at the Santiago Bernabeu to announce the sacking of Rafa Benitez (...)

Real Madrid have confirmed Rafael Benitez’s arrival as the club’s new head coach. Photo: John Walton/PA

Real Madrid have officially announced that Carlo Ancelotti will be succeeded by Rafa Benitez as their first team coach. The announcement on Wednesday (...)

Rafael Benitez has confirmed that he will not be managing Napoli next season. Photo: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez has announced he is leaving after two years with the Serie A club amid widespread expectation he is poised to replace the s(...)

Napoli’s Slovakian midfielder Marek Hamsik (right) celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal in the  Europa League first-leg quarter-final match away to  VfL Wolfsburg. Photograph: Ronny Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images

Europa League quarter-final round-up: Napoli put a foot in the Europa League semi-finals with a perfectly crafted 4-1 win at VfL Wolfsburg on Thursday(...)

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