Ranieri – Newcastle A Fantastic Team – I Enjoy Watching Them

Claudio Ranieri has been interviewed by the Evening Chronicle and Lee Ryder today, and the well travelled manager, who is the current Monaco manager and managed Chelsea for four years from 2000,  seems to be a big fan of the new Newcastle United.

Claudio Ranieri – Newcastle are a fantastic team

The Monaco manager has a long management career stretching back to 1986 and Monaco is the 14th club he has managed, as the commentators on ESPN pointed out on Monday night, when Newcastle beat the French club 1-0 with a good goal from Demba Ba.

This is what Claudio told the Evening Chronicle from Germany today:

“Newcastle are a fantastic team. In fact, I enjoy watching them and last season when they were in with a chance of the big four I watched them a lot.”

“They play very, very well and it is good football too.” “They can get better too. They have a chance of top four.”

“I don’t see why they can’t do really well in the league.”  “It is important for them to do that.”  “You always look to build on the next season.”

“They have the Europa Cup too and that will be a good competition – the further they go the more important they become on the European map.”

“Don’t forget in pre-season they have been without Yohan Cabaye, without Ben Arfa, without Coloccini and without Cisse.”

“So they have to come back. And you need your big players to stay.” “They are a very big team in my eyes.”

“Arrivederci” “Newcastle are a good team and I wish them all the best for next season. They have great fans. “I hope they do well.”

Good words from Ranieri, and indeed if Alan Pardew continues to have Newcastle play the way they did all last season, when they put on some wonderful performances to a world-wide audience, we have no doubts at all that Newcastle will again become one of the most popular teams in the Premier League.

Pardew has Newcastle playing differently from the way Kevin Keegan had the famous Entertainers play – Alan actually wants Newcastle to defend – but what we like about Alan is that’s he’s such a brave coach, and it’s never say die in any game.

And when will someone tell us exactly what the manager said and did in the dressing on Saturday 5th February at half time at St. James’ Park, when we were 4-0 down to  Arsenal?

That comeback, when the Magpies scored four goals in the last 25 minutes,  and almost won it in the last minute when captain Kevin Nolan whistled one past the post,  even had my wife Madeline watching the last 15 minutes of the game.

It is bravery like Newcastle showed in that game, that can get the Tyneside club a whole lot of new fans around the world over the next few years.

Roll on next season.

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18 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Jul 18, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1


  • RonVanDam

    Jul 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    I still watch highlights of the Arsenal game from time to time. Still gives me goosebumps 🙂

  • NUFCWill1986

    Jul 18, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Good words from Ranieri. I bet he was frustrated with his side the other night, aren’t they further in the pre season schedule than us?

  • ochytoon

    Jul 18, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    God I can remember when he managed Chelsea. Seems like it was an age ago, the amount of managers they’ve gone through since.

  • Geordie-Jake

    Jul 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Borussia Monstermunch hav completed the signing of De Jong

  • DevonMag

    Jul 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Do Barca honestly only want 4 million euros for Affelay!? Let’s offer them 5 million quid and be done with it! Now there’s a player who would fit into our current system like a dream:

    Ben Arfa—–Cabaye——Affelay

    Personally I’d take that over any other starting 11 in the league outside of Spurs and City

  • Geordie-Jake

    Jul 18, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    DevonMag, Aye its on sky, its only £3.1 million

  • geordielad95

    Jul 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #8

    I thought I read somewhere he had huge wages and only wanted to go to what he called a “big team”. Could be mistaken with all the sh1t journalism out there like.
    He would be an incredible signing though.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 18, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #9

    RonVanDam – your spout some crap about 25% “cash back”, then use spurious stats to try and prove your point about Carroll, and now you’re doing the annoying “first” thing.

    Oh, if only this blog allowed a hide or block, you’d be on that list already…

  • NUFCWill1986

    Jul 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #10

    @ Geordie and @ Devon – I would love that if we could get him! Very good price for him!

  • JDdubai

    Jul 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Devon Mag

    Sorry totally disagree with ur formation.

    4-4-2 isnt making the most of the players we have. For the first time in years we have an actual International class playmaker in Cabaye who would fit into any team out there.

    He proved last season he can run the game but only when he is in the 4-2-3-1 formation with 2 players holding behind him. Whenever he played with just Tiote next to him he wasnt as effective.

    No team with this type of player plays him in a 4-4-2, fabregas/iniesta/pirlo/hazard/silva etc all had 2 players holding to allow them to do what they like, just feel we should follow this route to make the most of Cabaye and not waste him with too much defensive duties.

  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jul 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Bless him. I thought he was treated unfairly at Chelski but he’s a nice guy

  • Valci

    Jul 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    DevonMag – What exactly is our system mr.manager? … everyone that plays FM thinks they know footy these days…sheesh… As for Affelay, he is a decent player however imho we have enough injury prone players as it is (Benny, Saylor, Marv and others that are coming from behind) that i would prefer if we didnt add to that list.

    Listen mates, we all have players we rate and ones we don’t but you (any of you) have to stop pretending like your “transfer suggestions” are relevant cause they are not. For instance…i HOPE we manage to bring AC back but i’m not in a position to say that we SHOULD or SHOULDN’T bring him back. Thats up to the professionals.

  • Burni

    Jul 18, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #14

    I didnt get many responses apart from one or two, so repost….. anyone?

    68 Burni // Jul 18, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Now I could be wrong and know we still have a while left in the transfer window but, i don’t like these reports. (regarding stupidly low bids for players)This transfer window is THE one where we have to bring in much needed players. We will be playin in Europe ffs! All reports that nufc are not putting there hand in therir pocket. Taylor will no doubt get injured again and we have two strikers for one of the longest toughest campaigns in years. I’m all for bringing the youngsters through bit we don’t have enough depth in the places we need it. I could be wrong, I could be over reacting but I’ve rarely been negative since AC was sold and I’m. Just worried for this season comin up. There must be others feeling the same

  • r and r

    Jul 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    All that garlic bread has gone to Ranieri’s head.
    Or he could be after a freebie at Uno’s

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Off the point a bit but , we need a new striker, but surely we also need another creative midfielder, not to mind at least one full back, and a centre half!! Not too worried about those positions as we seem to be very active, but if Cabaye gets injured, as he will, who will take his place?

    Bigi – Too soon for him
    Vukic – Dont make me laugh-cant control a game and may not know his best position.
    Gosling – Even worse

    Also, whats the word on Debuchy – seems he has a number of offers or is that all pants?? Cheers, havent been on the blog fopr a few days.

  • chuck

    Jul 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Ed. we know you claim to be a proud Geordie, we also are aware you are looking to score as many hits as you can on this blog.
    But the sensational headlines (all of which are questionmarked and sourceless) are a bit over the top.
    As are the feelgood pieces (could be a paid PR department for NUFC ?)
    Any chance of a bit of reality for a change ?

  • davis_toons

    Jul 18, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #18

    DevonMag // Jul 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM @6

    That is a very good team setup


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