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News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

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Rafa Benitez – The Best Manager In 39 Years

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 · 1 Comment

The well respected FourFourTwo magazine has published what they consider to be the top 10 managers in the English Football League – the divisions below the Premier League – and they have named Newcastle’s  Rafa Benitez as the top manager – easily!

FourFourTwo gives Rafa considerable praise and say he’s the best manager not in the top division in England since Brian Clough managed Nottingham Forest in the then second division in England from 1975 until Forest were promoted to the first division in 1977.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager – he’s the best
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Newcastle Now Favorites To Sign Premier League Midfielder

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 · 33 Comments

Newcastle have been linked with £8M rated Spurs midfielder Alex Pritchard for some time and there are now some Premier League clubs like Swansea City and Middlesbrough interested in signing the 23 year-old Englishman, who was born in Orsett in Essex.

It could be that he is one of about three players Rafa will be trying to sign for Newcastle as soon as possible and certainly before the Championship season starts on August 5th at Craven Cottage.


Alex Pritchard – Newcastle 2/1 favorites to sign him
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Why This Summer’s Not The Time To Build Newcastle’s Global Brand

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 · 10 Comments

If Rafa Benitez had more time with the squad last season, the likelihood is very high that he would have been able to save Newcastle from relegation, but time ran out and we are in the second division for the coming season.

But once Rafa made the decision to stay on at the club the former Liverpool manager along with Lee Charnley planned the pre-season in some detail and kept the traveling down to a minimum.

It was heavily tilted towards Rafa having lots of time on the training field with the players and also getting in new players just as soon as possible.

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Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez
Newcastle’s Managing Director and manager

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Striker Pledges Allegiance To Newcastle And Fans

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 · 33 Comments

Aleksandar Mitrovic was simply delighted to sign on at Newcastle last summer and join the club of his idol – Alan Shearer.

Mitro had a patchy time of it in his first season in England, but still managed to score 9 goals in the Premier League and showed what an excellent player he can become with the right guidance from a  great manager like Rafa Benitez.

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A great shot of Rafa Benitez and Aleksandar Mitrovic
Now listen son – you got kicked in the head – you are unconscious

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Player Issues Rallying Cry – Put Things Right At Newcastle

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 · 10 Comments

The last two seasons have been an absolute nightmare for Newcastle fans and after only just escaping relegation a year last May we thought we’d be OK last season when last summer we paid out over £50M to bring some good players in and then spent close to £30M in January to further strengthen the squad.

But the appointment of Steve McClaren by Lee Charnley and the Board as the head coach was just a terrible appointment – a disastrous appointment – and the former England manager simply wasn’t good enough.

To cut a long and painful story short – we were relegated in May.

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Jonjo Shelvey and Rafa Benitez in pre-season
Rafa is just amazing – he’s so positive and upbeat

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