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Jonjo Shelvey Could Become New Captain At Newcastle

4:36 pm, Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 178 Comments

Jonjo Shelvey was signed by Liverpool and Rafa Benitez in May 2010, but then within weeks Rafa left the Liverpool club so the former Charlton and Swansea play-maker never really played under Rafa at Liverpool – but he did sign him.

With Rafa Benitez looking likely to take over at Newcastle  before tomorrow night at the latest, he will have the latitude to pick his own captain and it wouldn’t surprise us if he changes the captaincy and makes Jonjo the official captain.

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Jonjo Shelvey during Bournemouth disaster

Jonjo has been interviewed by Sky Sports and has talked about the unfortunate situation his current head coach is in:

“It’s obviously a sticky situation and Steve is at the forefront of it, which he doesn’t deserve to be honest.” “But it is what it is. It’s nice to know what Steve thinks of me, and I think a lot of him also.”

“We’ve got to play for him while he’s still in charge and hopefully he stays in charge.” “I think you have got to keep your focus.” “You’re getting paid loads of money to do your job.”

“It is your job to keep yourself away from the media and the rumors.” “You can’t listen to that because you can never believe something until it has happened.” “We’ve been very professional this week and we’ve trained really well.”

“Training has been fun and enjoyable and we’re just preparing as usual for the Leicester game.”

It reflects well on Steve McClaren – who has been under enormous pressure all this week – that he has gone about his work professionally on the training field.

And those are good words from Jonjo and he’s sensible enough to keep out of what may be happening at Newcastle.

We like Jonjo as a player and as a captain and he has a bit of the Kevin Nolan about him – he is more than willing to remonstrate with players if they are not pulling their weight.

That’s what we need to see in the final 10 games of the season – and we would be happy enough if Rafa makes Jonjo Shelvey the new permanent Newcastle captain.

Do You Want Shelvey To Be Made Permanent Captain At Newcastle?

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Tags: Captain · Coaching · Jonjo Shelvey · Newcastle News · Poll · Prayer · Premier League

178 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Mar 10, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Benitez in!

  • 2 Average_Contents // Mar 10, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Ashley out

  • 3 Tsunki // Mar 10, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Yes don’t forget that too.

  • 4 lukes26 // Mar 10, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    I’m honestly shocked Rafas willing to come here.

    This horrible season might end up being a blessing in the long run

  • 5 Tsunki // Mar 10, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Hats off to Steve and his professionalism. Don’t forget to take your jotter and your Newton’s Cradle.

  • 6 Tsunki // Mar 10, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    It ain’t happened yet

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Them lot down the road will be shitt!ng themselves wondering if they can sack fat Sam and get Mourinho till the end of the season!

  • 8 lukes26 // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Have to say I like the way jonjo talks…prefer him to cabaye no question

  • 9 Tsunki // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    If he does it’ll be a short term with option I’ll bet. I don’t think Rafa wants to hang around in the championship.

  • 10 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    I’m a tad confused. I’ve just got back in from work to see the headlines splashed across SKY that we’re in advanced talks with Rafa yet there’s no mention anywhere Maclarens been sacked.

  • 11 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:03 PM


    He threw his Newtons cradle in the bin after he ended up in A&E last year. Got his head trapped between the balls, and was found hours later concussed and crying.

  • 12 Belfast // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    I had read Rafas family where still living in the Wirral when he was working abroad. So I guess he’s probably looking to be nearer the family.

  • 13 JackButler // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Shelvey captain for two games and fronts up to the press with an apology for fans for the teams performance while Colo is a gutless wreck of a human being who doesn’t have the balls to say a damn word, proof if ever it was needed that the man is nothing more than an embarrassment to the shirt he some how still manages to wear

  • 14 Average_Contents // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Can you smell what the bish is cooking.

    I can and it smells like bullshit.

    I can imagine the slimy toad holding cue cards up out of camera shot telling whoever’s being interviewed what to say.

    As if his pre-screening wasn’t enough. Just to make sure everything’s as it should be.

    C’mon. Sack the useless turd.

  • 15 Goldmbemba // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    2 clauses i imagine being in there:

    – get out if they’re relegated
    – HUGE bonus for survival

  • 16 Novocastrian66 // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Sorry to be a harbinger of doom but, We’ll still go down. The situation is irretrievable.

  • 17 toonking // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    i’m shocked. I give up on hopes of a decent manager years ago and believed cashley would have appointed one in the summer if he were intent on changing his way.

    has he ran out of puppets?

    Is he too desperate of survival?

    or has cashley finally decided to really turn himself around and get going with aims ofconsisant top 10?

  • 18 Bambams // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    The longer this goes on the more less confident I become….

    How advanced is ‘advanced’ ?

    Is he at the ground or still at the hotel in Durham ?

  • 19 toonking // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Sky sports have just said that MPs want to force ashley to appear for questions in relation to his workers. The also could be questioning him over the running of newcastle

  • 20 GeordieTwo // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    This has got to be the strangest way to run a club I’ve ever seen. We just had 18 days off. That would have been plenty of time to have talks with Rafa and spared the embarrassment of what’s going on now. Bizarre behavior by Charnley, Carr, Moncur et al.

  • 21 Ron Knee // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Do you have difficulty making quick decisions?
    1) Yes
    2) No
    3) Maybe

  • 22 Bobbybee // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    All this confusion is down to the board not even considering relegation was a possibility – despite spending the entire season in the bottom four. Had they considered it, a replacement would have been already sounded out and Rafa – hopefully – would be in place already. McClaren might be only the first to go after this seasons fiasco. Ashley stepped back and left the board in charge. He certainly hasn’t had the value for money he demanded! Personally I would say the entire boards’ jobs are untenable, having left it this late to make changes. The end of season meeting might prove very interesting – or at least it should do. Not holding my breath however. ;))

  • 23 santon3 // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    pray for heavy rain so Leicester game can be postponed.

  • 24 santon3 // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    This is actually very quick signing for new manager, just 3 to 4 days after emergency meeting.
    Swansea took longer. Mourinho similar case to NUFC and SM.

  • 25 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    i think charnley maybe strategically moved to to another part of ashleys empire if we end up relegated….if we survive…he’ll stop…not so sure about moncur and carr

  • 26 bettyswallocks // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    There’s an audio from a toon fan on goals 101 from the sports bar on talk sport . Definitely worth a listen. I don’t know how to paste it on here. Jib could help maybe.

  • 27 Graeme // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Springy – assistant shelf stacker at Rotherham is available – if you want him to have a promotion according to ability!!!

  • 28 lochinvar // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    see report…..Spanish radio station Cadena Copa report done deal – 3 years

    might be reporting earlier rumours but getting close ?

  • 29 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    bit of a stretch him for that short arse to do shelf stacking!!!lol

  • 30 JackButler // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Fabricio Coloccini claims Ann Frank was a nothing but a rank amateur.

    “She hid in an attic, ha, that’s easy peazy, I’ve hidden myself away in front of 52,000 for years and no one has seen hide nor hair of me and have you seen my hair, there’s loads of the bloody unruly stuff”

  • 31 firebug666 // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Spingy from previous:

    Re- Ghostery, glad to help, I been using it for a while now, you may need to turn certain trackers back on on some sites for video players, but for the most part it all works great.

    Lesh also from previous.

    Charnley is a coward, he asked JC to tell Ryan Taylor and Jonas the were not getting new contracts over the phone, before sacking JC, he is a gutless tw@.

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    It’s a bit different trying to decide whether to sack one of the best manager’s in football, Mourinho than McLaren, a failed championship manager surely. All this could have been done long ago when it was obvious McLaren was hopeless. There has been no string of matches where we looked good. None. The closest we came was when we beat Liverpool and Spurs back to back. That’s it for the entire season so far. He should have been gone long ago.

  • 33 GeordieTwo // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Spot on firebug @31. And he didn’t have the nads to have a face to face with McLaren this week. He’s hopeless and should be sacked as well. Ideally do it over the phone Ashley. Show him the same lack of respect he shows everyone else.

  • 34 lochinvar // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Ron Knee @21 // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:16 PM
    Do you have difficulty making quick decisions?
    1) Yes
    2) No
    3) Maybe

    4) Phone a friend and reverse the charges

  • 35 Ron Knee // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:33 PM


    Has Charmless got friends?

  • 36 GeordieTwo // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Or better yet send him a Tweet Ashley. #you’re sacked you tw@t. Ashley.

  • 37 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Love how many NUFC supporters have gobbled up gladly the story about Steve only finding out via the media, published by the no-mark illiterate journo Lee Ryder without any evidence. Like him, many supporters have an agenda, will readily believe anything that fits their narrative and only reserve scepticism for anything that doesn’t fit that.

  • 38 GeordieTwo // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Charnley’s response to Ron Knee. “Do I have difficulty making decisions? What makes you ask that? Is it something I’ve said in the past? Well, errmm, how long do I have to put together an answer? Will you be satisfied if I set up a meeting to answer that in a few weeks? I just don’t understand people asking me questions like that. Can’t they see I’m busy? Whimper…..”

  • 39 GeordieTwo // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    The shear ineptness of it takes my breath away Hail Wor Ashley. I don’t believe for a second that McLaren found out from the media. But this club has been out of control for years now. It wouldn’t be possible to make a worse set of hirings than Ashley has to run the club over the last few years.

  • 40 hibbitt // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Hail Wor Ashley
    looks like you have agenda with Lee Ryder i take it you don’t like him is it personal ???

  • 41 Offkey // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Hibbitt – Ian toon has never liked lee ryder

  • 42 Keith in France // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    It’s amazing how some bloggers and journalists seem to think they have the inside track on what is happening at SJP. There has been some crazy tweets, headlines and verbal comment.

    No one knows what has been agreed or no it’s all guesswork.
    Until it’s posted on the NUFC website we are all in the dark .

  • 43 Ron Knee // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    “We’re busy doing nothing
    Working the whole day through
    Trying to find lots of things not to do.”

  • 44 hibbitt // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    the club / bishop are masters of using the the press to feed us lines at some time or other we have all fell for it

  • 45 hibbitt // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Ian toon = Hail Wor Ashley
    well i never what’s the world coming too

  • 46 GeordieTwo // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    There is no inside track Keith. I’m not even sure the club has an inside track. They have Charnley hiding under his desk wishing this would all go away and Ashley pretending not to notice what a giant bell end he is.

  • 47 optimistic prime // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Part of the problem for me is “Training has been fun and enjoyable”, are they kidding? They should be getting their arses kicked doing double sessions.

    I don’t know if there’s any truth in Benitez but Schteeve is to much Mister nice guy to manage a team, I also doubt he commands much respect with that shit hair!

  • 48 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:54 PM


    Nope, just dislike supposed local people that know what the club means to fans stirring and stringing along. They’re quick to stick the boot in and accuse the club of misleading, when it’s at the core of their occupation. The fact he’s an illiterate journo that publishes stories contradicting each other within an hour doesn’t help – anything for clicks is most sports journo’s mantra these days.

  • 49 GeordieTwo // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    This whole thing with Bishop is another complete fiasco hibbit. What has he ever done for the club that has been a success? How is success even judged at the club or by Ashley? Will he review his executives in the summer and say to himself “well mistakes were made but I think I’ll stick with this lot for another few years”?

  • 50 Back Door Man // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    It’s grim in the land of Toon but surely it ain’t bad enough that it’s OK to crack Holocaust jokes (@ 30)

  • 51 lochinvar // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Ron Knee

    I’m undecided on that – let me check and think about before I attempt to make any sort of decision, probably get back to you at sometime, maybe

  • 52 hibbitt // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Hail Wor Ashley
    thats a fair point but why lump the fans in that’s the kind of tactic the club use have a go at the press fine have a go at the fans thats ok but putting them together is not

  • 53 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    It’s not as if the joke was sick. And it made fun of Colo, rather than Ann frank. People are far too P.C. theses days.

  • 54 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:06 PM


    Lump a portion of fans in because they’re quick to latch onto a story and keep repeating it if it fits their narrative. Go on Twitter and look at the amount of NUFC fans saying stuff like “the club has no class”, “can’t believe they didn’t tell him he’s sacked to his face.”. If nobody points out that it’s unsubstantiated bollocks, it’ll quickly become ‘fact’.

  • 55 toon kk // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    So Macca has been given more time, typical Newcastle.

  • 56 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Theses??? I’m typing like Gollum. Or is that prejudiced against creatures who lived underground so long that they didn’t have the advantages of modern education

  • 57 GeordieTwo // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Colo’s toe fungus is spreading. He won’t be back until McLaren is gone.

  • 58 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Here we go, a quick search of the NUFC tag, the lates I could find was a few mins ago:

    David Bland ?@Blandy27 3m3 minutes ago
    Lee Charnley not meeting McClaren, leaving him to find out he’ll be sacked via the media. The bloke has the backbone of a jellyfish!

  • 59 GeordieTwo // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    You’ve got the makings of a fine hobbit YCMIU mate. Just let the ring go and walk towards me.

  • 60 hibbitt // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Hail Wor Ashley
    that happens in all walkes of life not just with newcastle fans people get carried a long with the tide and emotions are running high its no big deal to most of us

  • 61 GeordieTwo // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Ibiza has been lurking on the edges of the blog for a few days now. Peering through hedges. I’m not sure what he’s up to. It’s probably quite devious.

  • 62 Belfast // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    To be fair to Lee Ryder he could tell you five things about anything, or give you five reasons for anything.

  • 63 Average_Contents // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:15 PM


    Just listened to it myself. Gave me a chuckle.

    A primark Jamie carragher lmfco.

  • 64 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Spuds getting a football lesson at the minute

    Anyone think that McClown is staying he is on the board but is moving upstairs and Benitez/AN Other manager is coming in

  • 65 Jib // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:21 PM

  • 66 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    I liked a post earlier from a neutral fan on Twitter, said it’s only a circus at NUFC because that’s how the media like to portray it and the fans lap it up, could quite easily be spun to say we’re being sure-footed this time unlike when we sacked Pardew and that patience will be a virtue should we secure Rafa.

    Media put out umpteen stories as if there’s twist and turns at every stage, when it’s just as plausible Steve was told on Sunday he was sacked and because of his cosiness with Charnley and/or some other benefit like a move upstairs or an uncontested full severance promised, he’s happily got on with it whilst we sort out a new man and everything is going smoothly. Truth is probably somewhere in between, but you wouldn’t guess that given the hysteria.

  • 67 hibbitt // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    toon kk
    were you getting that from most seem to think he’s been sacked

  • 68 GeordieTwo // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    He hasn’t done anything to deserve being moved upstairs Charlie. McLaren has to go. He was a failed Charnley/Carr experiment. They have to go as well.

  • 69 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Rafa comes in it will be a Godsend….a miracle…..something must be bending in space….for this to happen…

  • 70 Jib // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    There was a rumour circulating earlier that Charnley was trying to persuade SM into swallowing his pride and take the academy over and take it to a whole new level (remember Boro’s academy).
    Good thinking by Charnley if true.

  • 71 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Yeah agree but the TOON work in strange ways.

    Past Target Abey-howeveryouspellhisname just scored for Dortmund belter of a header

  • 72 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:36 PM


    I think “upstairs” in this case is the 6th floor of the Freeman Hospital. Thats where the dementia ward is.

  • 73 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:38 PM


    You mean “Perry-Eminates Aboomarang?

  • 74 toon kk // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Was on tv earlier, but since I posted that they are saying talks are still on going.

  • 75 jimmysmith // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Rafa’s match day 11 and bench







    Which by serendipitous happenstance coincides with my own favoured 11 and bench, and will stay up.

  • 76 dok - the horrid colonial // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    FYI, colo wont be back til 21 march… he always finds a way out of the derby…

  • 77 anthc // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    I don’t think shelvey should be captain. The lads had one good game since he came. Unfortunately I don’t think we have a player who can give the others a good kick up the backside because that’s what they need which mclaren can’t do either. I bet someone like shearer would’ve loved to be in the changing room with these clowns.
    With regards to benitez the old cliché of holding up the shirt before I believe springs to mind.

  • 78 toonking // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Sky sports have a poll going and according to them 52% believe rafa will work and 48% believe he won’t!

  • 79 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Just listened to some journo who works for BBC liverpool, Rafa sounds to good to be true

  • 80 martoon // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Jib @70 – I have to say that wouldn’t be a bad idea – everybody says he is a good coach. He has to better than Beardsley!

  • 81 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    It’s just a shame staring relegation in the face is the only reason why this is all happening…wouldn’t it have been great if we chased him and got him without being in mortal danger.

    Ashley has been panicked into doing what he should have done a long time ago once it became obvious pardew was a complete and utter liability and the only thing that’s made him take this leap of faith is the thought of losing out on £130 million a year for the next 5 years.

    It’s a shame he didn’t really want success in the first place…he just wanted premiership survival but his very cunning plan went to sh!te once he employed the worst manager ever to manage this once great club.

    Thanks for your time Stevie boy…now fcuk off and never darken our door again.

    …and fat lad…I hope you’ve learnt your lesson and realised you can’t run our great club like a tat store in scumberland…you need to pay all your senior management millions of pounds a year for their considerable footballing experience…not pence on the pound for people who know fcuk all about fcuk all footballing wise.

    Here endeth the lesson

  • 82 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Rafa not good ? Jesse’s who is good enough for us???

    People live in cloud cuckoo land …. !

  • 83 toon kk // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    I think Benitez will be a Remi Garde at Villa case, decent manager but flogging a dead horse with a squad made up with too many championship quality players.
    But let’s hope he at least gets our flops working harder. (If he comes).

  • 84 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    JIB…IMO it’s awful idea keeping SM on as a youth coach…How could any of our up and coming talent have any respect for his coaching abilities having seen him take the mantle of the worst manager ever in the history of NUFC and take our club to the verge of oblivion in 7 short months…I wouldn’t put him in charge of a sweet shop.

  • 85 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Amen sparky, spot on!!!

  • 86 Jib // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Were you calling us Jessies ?
    Or did you mean Jeezus ?

  • 87 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Toon KK

    I know what you’re saying mate but we have to believe Rafa is better than MacClown and can do something to turn this rag tag bunch of soft centred misfits into something that works…

    haven’t we???

  • 88 Spacepyramids // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    “The also could be questioning him over the running of newcastle”
    Thanks toonking you made me laugh without crying.

  • 89 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Rafa is in a different league to Tufty who was a marginal improvement on Carver. Can’t remember who we had before that.

  • 90 toon kk // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Your 100% right mate, we have too believe, it’s the only thing we’ve got to hang on to.
    But unfortunately we’ve been watching diabolical dross all to often for a long time, I just hope our players realise what’s at stake. Most don’t seem to give a Sh.t for what ever reason.

  • 91 dok - the horrid colonial // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    this is like waiting for the wife to leave so your new girlfriend can come over, id imagine…

  • 92 jimmysmith // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    This idea that the players aren’t good enough will also be put to bed if Benitez comes. He wouldn’t if they were duds. I think we are a top centre back and left back away from being quite formidable next season if he does come and keeps us up. There’s plenty of quality there in my opinion, it just needs to be completed in a couple of key positions and harnessed.

  • 93 firebug666 // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:21 PM


    Mine just left at 10am mate she is spending the next 50 days in Istanbul looking after her mum.

    I feel so lucky, with 50 days of freedom… 😀

  • 94 Average_Contents // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Party at firebugs house it is then.

    Anyone got jelly.

    Rafa can be the waiter 😉

  • 95 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    toon KK

    The players have to shoulder their portion of blame for where we are but I honestly don’t think most of them give a sh!t TBH.

    Players that do…Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba, Colbak, Perez, Mitro.

    I don’t think the rest care enough to go that extra mile or to give their all for the team and that has change this week or we’re fcuked.

    …and I believe the only way that will happen is if Rafa goes through the benwell ground doors tomorrow morning and sells them a vision they all buy into…all but sissoko of course cos he’s off no matter what and really doesn’t give a sh!t

  • 96 dok - the horrid colonial // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    firebug, as I work for Budweiser, whats ur address, so I can deliver the beer truck? 🙂

  • 97 firebug666 // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:25 PM



    Just keep ya hands of me home brew marra.

  • 98 dok - the horrid colonial // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    sparky, I think you oughta add jonjo to that list… pretty clear he does as well

  • 99 firebug666 // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:26 PM


    Beer Truck, and no jelly, your in marra!

  • 100 Back Door Man // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Everything emanating from the various media sources is just wind and piss, bollocks dreamed-up by inarticulate ex-footballers who now think they’re journalists. It’s all tosh until the official Toon mouthpiece spills the beans at a news conference.

    Yep, it’s all good, clean fun for the baying pack of attack dogs on here (myself included) who just want to hound (get it, get it) Wally the Johnny. It’s only human nature to want run down and tear apart the wounded animal, generally a weak straggler in the herd, whilst the fat dominant bull makes his escape.

    Part of me is ashamed that I’m party to this vitriolic campaign against Wally the Johnny … on a ‘human’ level
    he must feel so distressed and isolated. Don’t get me wrong, he needs to be cashiered but he should have been put down ages ago.

  • 101 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    wonder if the club offer macca a different position within the club….a supporter on the radio brought up the fact the macca is a head coach and benitez(if he signs)will be a manager they could offer him a lesser position so he quits as its a different job title….a bit daft.. but at this club nowts that daft!!

  • 102 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    BDM @99

    Funny, that mentality has occurred through history. Not usually the best periods for reflections on mankind.

  • 103 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Jimmysmith…I agree…you only have to look at Leicester to realise what can be achieved with a squad of half decent players playing to their maximum potential in a system that brings out the best in everyone…we have bundles of skill and potential in our squad and that’s what really p!sses me off with regards where we find ourselves today…and that IMO can be tracked back to Pardew’s negativity and penchant for playing people out of position and sucking out all the spirit and belief they may have had in their own ability prior to them signing for the toon.

    If we had signed up rafa when he left liverpool 3 years ago we really could have been vying for a champions league spot this year rather than staring relegation in the face with 10 games left to play.

  • 104 firebug666 // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Luke Edwards ?@LukeEdwardsTele 3h3 hours ago
    If I read one more erroneous exclusive or wrongly revealed titbit of info, I think I might be forced to read the club’s official website 😀

  • 105 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    DOK…sorry yes…JONJO should have been on that list

  • 106 mindcompressor // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    i would like to see janmaat as captain. he is ambitious, angry when loosing and bit longer in the club. anyway, other question should be. would u see colo as CB any longer? 🙂

  • 107 John Akomfrah // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    spuds dished a footy lesson

  • 108 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    I suggested yesterday, in jest, that Tufty would be a good replacement for Beardo – but there’s too much pride involved in that demotion.
    If he could be sold the idea of setting up the best development unit in the UK then maybe. It’d fit, and is within his range of abilities, but there is nobody with that vision at the Toon. The Peter Principle is still pretty dominant on our Board.

  • 109 toon kk // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    I was actually thinking that myself, Macca being offered a different roll, they may even want him to be no.2 to Rafa, such is the madness of NUFC.

  • 110 Back Door Man // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Some of the players being tormented on here have been good servants to the Toon and are now just past their best. I’m not sure Coloccini and Taylor deserve the bile being poured over their heads for not trying hard enough … perhaps they just don’t ‘have it any more’ to cope with the rigours of the PL. Clearly, they should have been moved on a while ago.

  • 111 mattyNUFC // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    keeping Macca on in any capacity would be absolutely absurd if we are to bring in another manager/head coach, and anyone suggesting it clearly hasn’t and will probably never be in a senior management position.

    you’d be asking for unbridgeable divides with time, if not from the offing

  • 112 mattyNUFC // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    …..which makes sense if Lee Charnley is seriously considering keeping him on

  • 113 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:40 PM


    I have downloaded Ad- Blocker and Ghostery so am typing in some drivel to see how it works and it seems to be working ok. Cheers.

    I would imagine that even if it is Cathro and Pedro on the pitch side, Rafa would send them out with some words of wisdom.

    Mbemba for Taylor would be a good shout, I think he’s not the player he was, unfortunately.

  • 114 Mister Tuff // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Hahaha – anyone thinking it is a good idea that Wally would become an academy coach – knows nowt about football and knows nowt about the club.
    Peverse thinking.

  • 115 Back Door Man // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Perhaps, Wally the Johnny could be given the job of parking attendant at the training ground. Oh, maybe not, the cars wouldn’t get parked in their designated spaces and at the end of the training sessions the players wouldn’t have a clue where their motors were.

    Sound familiar?

  • 116 mattyNUFC // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:48 PM


    Glad to see some sense emanating from elsewhere.

    Be it Rafa or any other replacement, the absolute last thing that person should even have to think about other than the clear and glaring goal of staying in the PL is dynamics between existing personnel and your predecessor who is still heavily involved in the project. stupid, stupid thinking, and better not be true.

  • 117 Blofal // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    We can write off the Leicester game. Benitez would not have enough time to change things before then and they aren’t top of the table for nothing.

    I worry very much that the remaining 9 games isn’t long enough. We have blown the games against Stoke and Bournemouth and not to be assured safety we need to win probably 5 out of 9.

    Our only hope is that we win more points than Sunderland and Norwich. If we lose against either of those teams we’re probably done.

  • 118 mindshaft // Mar 10, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Fills me with dread when I see the words Charnley, Carr and Moncur in the same sentence as negotiation
    Lot of em should be sacked

  • 119 Rotonda heights // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    ” still need to be convinced Ashley is willing to reduce the power of chief scout Graham Carr and managing director Lee Charnley.”

    This is what I’m dreading. the chance finally to appoint a top manager is in the hands of a couple of complete non – entities who have cost the club millions in recruitment and pathetic decision making.

  • 120 Average_Contents // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    And so it begins….

  • 121 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    If we get Rafa and the Toon doesn’t seriously improve then what or who will we blame then ?

  • 122 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    with the hold up in gettin rid of macca….is there anyway he could be legally fighting his dismissal?

  • 123 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    essex hope it works out areet….seems canny up to now on my laptop…..typing and scrolling smooth and page refresh really quick

  • 124 welshgeordie9 // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Trying to get my head around a few things, if mcclaren is leaving then when is that going to happen, apparently he’s got a day off tomorrow and that the club are hoping to get Benitez in for the Leicester game.

  • 125 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    None of them on Total Sport had a clue why they’re keeping Mclaren, it just stinks of down right
    un-professionalism. I hope this shoddy way of going about things doesn’t put Benitez off when he realises the clowns he’s going to have to work with.

  • 126 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    He won’t be getting the full 2M it is being reported, the lads on Total Sport reckoned it won’t be a huge amount at all due to it being largely incentive based and lets face it, he didn’t really earn any bonuses this year!

  • 127 The Newcastle Armchair // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    This is the season that defines our future I’m afraid. We either go down and don’t come back up, or we make it and go onto much better things, clearly which is what Ashley wants – I don’t care what you naysayers are barking about.

    I fear for the worst as we could be in for something good

  • 128 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    It might just be to avoid the ‘they had no-one to come in when they stacked him’ which people have complained about in the past.

    Can’t have it both ways. You either have got someone at the ready or haven’t. If they delay is to get Rafa in, fine.

    It’s all media speculation thus far.

  • 129 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    If Benitez does come with a long term deal in place if we avoid the drop then it could mean a huge change in our set up. Unlike Pardew and Mclaren, Benitez would be here to win something. His two predecessors were not here to do anything of the sort they were here to try and restore battered reputations by keeping us in the league and being willing front men for this rotten regime. It will be absolutely massive for the whole make up of the club if we pull this off as Benitez will want assurances and is by no means desperate for a job. I hope it happens.

  • 130 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    As I said earlier I hope this is not some PR stunt because getting fans onside is the least of their worries at the moment.

  • 131 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    I don’t know what that Sky poll was about. 52% are for the appointment? Who else do the rest want? Multiple trophy winner who can organise his sides well, and defensively too.

    Should command an awful lot of respect as well. Put their minds into the right mentality.

    Not another no-hoper under qualified Brit who gets us into the mess in the first place.

    I hope it’s concluded successfully soon. Been checking every few mins!

  • 132 The Newcastle Armchair // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:45 PM


    The poll was about whether he would be able to keep us up or not mate

  • 133 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Jail, if it is a publicity stunt then they’ve just done thousands of fans hook, line, and sinker – including myself. Although I am a bit cautious as well until it’s confirmed.

    We’re all like files following a bright light.

  • 134 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    Armchair, right, thanks. I saw it but I was doing something else at the time.

  • 135 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    They haven’t even had face to face talks yet, could this just be media hype fed by KB to save any riots and to getting fans behind the team when we go in to the Championship. Fans thinking that if we go back up, Mash will do it differently this time.

  • 136 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 10, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    I thought it was ‘is he the right appointment? ‘ Again, I was doing something else at the time. Cheers.

  • 137 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    i remember reading he would get a 8yr contract if he got the team in the top 8…tend to think he’ll be paid a canny lump for the 3 yrs contract my sell….makes you wonder if we’ve spent more on paying off crapmanagers and coaches then on transfers!!lol

  • 138 Jib // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    New Sceensaver

  • 139 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    nowt like jumpin the gun jib!!!lol

  • 140 Jib // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Screensaver even

  • 141 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Sky Sports News HQ ?@SkySportsNewsHQ
    POLL UPDATE: Is Benitez the right man for Newcastle?

    That was the poll. However, Sunderland fans and Liverpool fans amongst others will be piling in so it will highly distort the figures I reckon.

    I think the vast majority have been quite excited on here, a lot higher than 52%, assuming it is finalised in the end.

  • 142 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Just going off what they said on TS, they reckoned it was heavily incentified.

  • 143 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    i heard some of it…..they were probs right in saying that, as thats the way the club appears to be ran….not big wages but decent incentives if achievements are reached.

  • 144 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    newsnow 21.25
    saying rafa has agreed to become the next manager and macca should be sacked in next few hours… is on there but.thought i’d reignite the bullshit stories that have gone a bit quiet in the last hour or so!lol

  • 145 bettyswallocks // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Is Raffa right for us or should we stay with Macca. Jail….. Any chance of a poll mate?

  • 146 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    You’re not my mate!

  • 147 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    how about another poll….
    if macca stays, could we win another game this season?

  • 148 The Newcastle Armchair // Mar 10, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Been hammering any sources for Rafa news tonight, necks hurting from using me phone.

    Won’t be announced until after tomorrow once face to face meetings have happened.

    McCardew been told straight up that his performances have prompted the emergency meeting and if no better alternative found, can keep job.

    He’s praying to Allah, god, Jesus, Mohammad, Buddha, any supernatural force tonight.

  • 149 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    I honestly don’t think we could, the best we could hope for would be a draw against them lot.

  • 150 bettyswallocks // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Jail….. I was thinking earlier that I might organise a blog party. Deadly serious, I think it would be a fantastic do. Maybe when we have something to celebrate. What do you think?

  • 151 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Sorry but you don’t know that unless you’re part of the inner circle of the three stooges and their puppet master.

  • 152 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    A cyber party?

  • 153 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    I don’t drink cyber, more of a lager or vodka man.

  • 154 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    the newcastle
    seems to be the charnley way of doin things….
    charnley;..the results are not good but they are the same as last month when they they were ok and now we might sack you but we might not…just depends if we can convince someone to join us to take your job but we’ll let you know if we can afford him and if we cant we’ll be your fwend again!lol

  • 155 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    if it was an actual party with name tags and shit….some may need more then one name!lol

  • 156 bettyswallocks // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    No 100 per cent serious not a cyber party .A real life , in person , everyone wearing name tags with their monickers on .Venue to be voted on etc. Why not, it would be a laugh.

  • 157 bettyswallocks // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Springy…… That would add to the fun , there would be a few changes of outfits during the evening.

  • 158 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    set up a boxing ring so a few can sort there issues out….
    might end up like the bar scene in blazing saddles otherwise!!lol

  • 159 bettyswallocks // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Jail……. I don’t drink any more. I don’t drink any less either like.

  • 160 Mister Tuff // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    If there is good news tomorrow and a cyber party takes places I’ve no doubt there will be gate crashers who were not invited -Sly Dog and Jib Jibberish. Might let Welsh in -to act as a waiter and washer -up.
    Would be a joyous event so no doom/death/illness stories – so Mr Blobby Bee – that’s you banned.

    “Hello Blobby blobby blobby.
    Hysterical rant. Scold only selected abusers.
    blobby blobby blobby.”

  • 161 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    haha….one or two people on here if they went, would be knackered changing outfits al night!!lol

  • 162 bettyswallocks // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Springy….. That’s a good idea that white collar boxing is popular now.

  • 163 Mister Tuff // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Welsh – pictured at the last party he attended.

    “It’s pardddddddddddy time”.

  • 164 bettyswallocks // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Maybe it wouldn’t work . The anonymity is the main attraction and that would be destroyed , but I would love to meet some of the characters that post on here socially.

  • 165 bettyswallocks // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Tuff…….. Quality.

    Why do Welshmen always cry during sex? Mace.

  • 166 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    would be interesting and weird in equal measures!lol

  • 167 stan anderson // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Are we being led astray with this shit about Rafa.
    Have.nt got rid of Steve Mac.yet but are led to believe the slug is doing the right thing now.
    Dont believe it myself.
    Ashley and clowns out.

  • 168 expatmag // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:44 PM


    Welshie looking a bit sheepish……mehhhhhhhh

  • 169 welshgeordie9 // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    When one prick comes on the rest follows.


  • 170 bettyswallocks // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Welshie…… I’m not saying you’re boring but last time you gave a lecture you struck oil.

  • 171 only one bobby robson // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    At least we will be able to watch a great Geordie number 9 next season in championship in Adam Armstrong he will be championship top scorer Steve mclaren will be director of football and mr blobby manager or bungle from rainbow oh hang on charnley couldn’t get them over the line so he’s settled for the chuckle brothers to me to you !

  • 172 bettyswallocks // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Welshie…….. Why did the Welshman cross the road? I’ll only tell you if you want to know.

  • 173 welshgeordie9 // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    How about you kiss welshies arse.

  • 174 bettyswallocks // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Don’t be like that. We love you really.

  • 175 bettyswallocks // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Welshie …… Do you wanna know?

  • 176 lochinvar // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Liverpool beating Manure 2-0
    The Reds simply pressurised United into submission, much to the delight of the manager who was an advocate of the high-intensity “Gegenpressing” system with former club Borussia Dortmund.

    “Gegenpressing ” is it legal ?
    Doubt McClaren could spell it
    Does Rafa know about it ?

  • 177 lesh // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Well, well is that Welshyboyo surfaced.

    Where yi been bonny lad? Yi been hidin’? Noo why wid anebody wanna see that….

    Or heyi been banned for a while….. pendin ippeal?

    Just a thought and certainly not suggesting for one minute that Welshy’s just his names

  • 178 lochinvar // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:11 AM

    All sorts of reports in the press today – a real mix of uncertainty, confusion and speculation. Some suggesting Charnley had offered McClaren a new role as Head of Academy and all development responsibilities. That would be cheaper than firing him and keep his buddy on board the Board. That’s going to go down like a lead ballon with Rafa – two egos in one room, don’t think so. More concerning is the news that Rafa’s “team” are undecided and Rafa ( and his “team” ) are heading into town today .
    Luke Edwards has a take on matters
    Luke Edwards
    10 MARCH 2016 • 7:44PM
    Rafa Benitez is due to travel to Newcastle on Friday to finalise negotiations to become United’s new manager, but there are concerns on Tyneside the Spaniard is having second thoughts.

    The delay in confirming his appointment has inevitably made supporters nervous, although Telegraph Sport understands Benitez is still negotiating at this stage .
    Benitez has always maintained he is happy to speak to the North East club and is definitely still interested, but the delay in sacking head coach Steve McClaren has highlighted the difficult negotiations that are taking place with the Spaniard.

    And while all the attention has focused on Benitez in the last 48 hours, Newcastle have also been talking to other interested parties, including David Moyes this week.

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