These were the best Rafa Benítez to Newcastle jokes as reports spread that the Spaniard is set to replace Steve McClaren.
The former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager looks to be the frontrunner to take over the St James’s Park hot seat, with David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Nigel Pearson having also been linked.
However, if these Rafa Benítez to Newcastle jokes are anything to go by then there are a lot of surprised people out there:
Jonjo Shelvey when he sees Rafa Benitez turn up for training tomorrow… pic.twitter.com/6z14ktkVGx
— NUFC Online (@NUFC_Online) March 10, 2016
JUST SEEN RAFA BENITEZ BUYIN A NEWCASTLE PENCIL CASE IN ARGOS
— MY_MUMS_COLA (@MY_MUMS_COLA) March 11, 2016
Rafa Benitez is set to take over on a three-year deal, which will keep him at St James' Park until May 2016.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 10, 2016
— Oddschanger (@Oddschanger) March 10, 2016
Wait a minute…. Rafa Benitez is the new Newcastle manager.
From managing Real Madrid to Newcastle in a single season.
— Danny Welbeck (@WelBeast) March 9, 2016
Like sea salt chocolate, or John Barnes and New Order, Benitez to Newcastle may just be crazy enough to work.
— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) March 11, 2016
The question is can Rafa Benitez do it on a cold Tuesday night in Burton? #nufc
— Thomas (@thomasAJ89) March 11, 2016
Newcastle Utd fans at the thought of Rafa Benitez becoming managerpic.twitter.com/k4PRGVtYsr
— Football Accumulator (@footballacca) March 8, 2016
If we get Benitez I honestly believe we'll finish in top 4 next season. Even with tricky away games at Ipswich and Blackburn #nufc
— Pete (@AspriIIa) March 10, 2016
If we get Rafa Benitez as our new manager I'll get Mike Ashleys face tattooed on my face #NUFC
— ben mcguiggin (@benmcguiggin) March 9, 2016
Can't see Rafa Benitez going to Newcastle because he isn't trying to master a job Jose Mourinho has already done well at before.
— Ben Wills (@_BenWills) March 8, 2016
Let's be honest, we're linked with Benitez, but we'll end up with Paul Jewell. #NUFC
— NUFCFistpumps (@NUFCFistpumps) March 9, 2016
(Another good reason for Rafa to go to the north-east?)https://t.co/TtLjQyGQoe
— Kevin Keegan (@GalacticKeegan) March 9, 2016
So Rafa, would you like to manage NUFC? pic.twitter.com/mpeqcpRDGz
— The Steve (@TheMightySteve) March 8, 2016
— tom (@toonlowdown) March 11, 2016
— Ben (@0point5twins) March 11, 2016