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Newcastle Could Be Close To A Stunning Coup

12:05 pm, Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 152 Comments

If the news is to be believed today, Newcastle could be ending their five day silence since last Saturday’s disaster against AFC Bournemouth as the club have been trying to persuade Rafa Benitez to join Newcastle United as the new manager.

There are different stories relating to what type of deal he could sign at Newcastle – if indeed he does sign on.


Rafa Benitez – close to accepting Newcastle job

One possibility is an agreement through the end of the season to come in for the 10 remaining games and then if Newcastle stay up he would  sign a longer term deal.

The other way this could happen is that Rafa could sign a three year deal as reported last night in Spain.

That option could have a release clause in the contract that says Rafa could leave the club if Newcastle are relegated to the Championship – but hopefully that’s only an option for Rafa if we are relegated.

Of course it still might still not happen that Rafa ends up at Newcastle and the club can always screw things up – even at this apparent late stage – they have had enough practice in doing that.

But it will be a stunning coup if before the Leicester City game on Monday night Rafa Benitez becomes the new Newcastle manager.

There is news that Rafa will be meeting with Newcastle officials later today and that meeting between Lee Charnley and our current head coach Steve McClaren will finally take place today.

So things seem to be in place such that McClaren could be fired and Rafa Benitez could be introduced as the new manager of Newcastle Untried.

It could even happen today.

And Rafa would be a manager rather than a head coach, with reports that he will have control of transfers into and out of the club.

And if there ever could be a hero at Newcastle it could be the 55 year-old former Liverpool manager if he can save us from the drop.

Rafa is likely to be welcomed by Newcastle fans already as a hero if he does sign on at the club.

That’s because it takes some guts and courage to come in and try to save what has been a horrible team this season with far too many under-performing but highly paid stars who have Newcastle in second bottom place in the league.

It’s our worst season in the Premier League ever – so far.

We trust that Rafa can start to get the lads playing somewhere near their best form – very quickly.

Having a world-renowned coach at Newcastle who was the Real Madrid coach at the beginning of the season will be terrific – and a welcome change from the mediocrity we have had since Kevin Keegan left us back in September of 2008 when the club did the dirty on him.

Rafa has managed 962 games in his career, including 62 with the Real Madrid B team – and he has a winning percentage of 51%.

If he can maintain that percentage in our 10 remaining games of the season we will likely survive.

The excitement among Newcastle fans is the most intense we have seen on the blog since January of 2008 – when rumors where rife that Newcastle would be bringing Kevin Keegan back to the club.

Not to get too carried away until it could be a signed deal – but Rafa’s appointment would definitely galvanize the Newcastle fans for the remaining 10 games of the season.

And Rafa was always the fans’ first choice to get the job.

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We’re keeping our fingers crossed – and hoping – and at the same time reaching for those blood pressure pills.


I’m off to the doctors now and will be away for around three hours – maybe there will be some good news when I get back?

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152 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    stunning coup…Maclaren deserves no sympathy

  • 2 Barton // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    I have no sympathy for McClown at all,if he had any self respect or honor he would resign on football matters alone instead of awaiting his payoff,thats not taken in to account the way he is being tret off Penfold at the minute,i mean if you had any self respect would you not have told Penfold to f@ckoff ?,the blokes is being humiliated nationally by Sky/Tabloids and has been for last 72hrs,and he’s rolled up today at the training ground for another serving.

  • 3 beermonkey // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    sympathy for mclaren
    in most walks of life you do a crap job and get fired you dont get your contract paid up
    he will walk away with a few more million and free to do as he pleases
    he wont get any sympathy from me

  • 4 WWSBRD // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Nar am not blaming McClaren personally the clubs issues run a lot deeper than the manager, hes not been up to the job and many argued he wasnt before he join but NUFC give him it

    Ashley has filled the club with people not fit for the job and with that has built a culture which has us where we are now

  • 5 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Not much sympathy myself for Macca. However, it is based on footballing and club matters alone, and nowt to do with any sh@ggery in his personal life. Honestly, some people on here are as bad as the british media, bringing irrelevant stuff up.

  • 6 nut meg // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Nice little earner for failure….again!

  • 7 Dragon64 // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    lets hope mike has seen the light and gives Rafa total control of all things football get rid of carr and penfold they both are a waste of space

  • 8 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    I agree completely Barton, the fact he has come in today shows his desperation in getting that paycheck. If he has no self respect why should we respect him? He knew what he signed up for with this job, he deserves no sympathy.

  • 9 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:34 PM


    You just couldn’t make it could you! 🙂

    Looks to me like he’s got a habit of screwing people over and now a bit of that is coming back the other way. Good Riddance to him

  • 10 Dragon64 // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    how can you give some one respect when they have done nothing to gain that respect in the 1st place and don’t forget he will be smiling all the way to the bank with his big pay off the clown god riddance

  • 11 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    NOt sure if it was mentioned but Benitez was the man that brought in shelvy to pool right be before he got the ax. Pretty cool if he gets the job.

  • 12 Whumpie // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    So Rafa hasn’t even signed and “fans” are already thinking up reasons to hate him. Incredible.

    Things are different this time for two reasons:
    1. IF it’s true that this would be a manager’s job and not had coach (I can’t see Rafa coming otherwise) then it shows the club have finally started to learn.

    2. The club have started spending money and have alerted their recruitment policy. Same conclusion. Learning.

    So IF he arrives can we please give him the respect his CV deserves? For years we’ve had people on here demanding a “proper” manager who “knows how to win”. If this one turns up FFS can we be happy about it?

  • 13 magicmac // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Why should Mc Claren just resign and walk away, we all know the man was a total failure, and should never have got the job in the first place, so he is totally correct to show up and take the training this week, and wait on getting paid up in full, what price is those 2 scum bags Charnley and Carr going to pay for being out of thier depth, and for being total failure at Newcastle i ask you? That board are simply totally rotton to the core, they are so rotton they would love Steve Mc Claren to just resign and lose all his money, show some bloody respect Charnley you little waste of space, and do the decent thing for the first time in your life and have the balls to sack the man, and give him his money, and when you do that take the other scum bag Carr with you and jump of the tyne bridge with a cement block tied round both your necks, you to rotten scum bags.

  • 14 Whumpie // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    I do have some sympathy for Macca… but I’m hoping he’s gone by tomorrow. It must be tough having your career shredded in public and knowing you’ll probably never again do the job you most want to excel at.
    And no, money does NOT make that feel better.
    I think he’s a decent man and a good coach and I’m disappointed that it’s gone so badly for him and us.
    (But please go now.)

  • 15 Whumpie // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    It’s just an inkling but I’m getting the feeling you don’t like them 🙂

  • 16 Son of Geordie // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Heard it 15 hours ago, Benitez in, mclaren out. Mclaren will coach the game against lesta, Benitez to take control after the game
    Fare thee well mclaren, never was good enough for the toon, can’t argue with the score board.

  • 17 Bambams // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    I am not a sympathising idiot as you put it, I merely respect the fact I have no problem with Mac as a person. As my mate Sparky55 has enlightened me he is not the family man I thought.
    However I feel he should of been sacked earlier, he is a person who isn’t good enough to manage our club as his results show.
    This is my opinion !

  • 18 hibbitt // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    its going to be very interesting what happens with the coaching staff we have…. who stays who go’s what changes can he make in 10 games or do we have to wait to see if its up or down…………………….if he we get him of course

  • 19 Back Door Man // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Eight year contract for Wally The Johnny
    No relegation clauses for players
    Allowing that old biddy tea lady to retire
    Telling most media outlets to sling their hooks
    Slave working conditions for many the fat man’s workers
    Infesting the place with latterday Huguenots at the expense of the honest sons of Blighty
    Forcing folks to buy overpriced tea and pies in the SJP company shop

    etc, etc, etc.

    Classic 21st century management techniques, lifted and adapted from the 19th century mill owners playbook.

  • 20 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    We could get something against Leicester if we are set up properly they were lucky to beat Norwich recently and they are on a bit of a wobble if Mclaren is in charge the team will fold after 10 minutes

    It wont be champagne football under Benitez every game but we need a manager who can adapt his tactics depending on the opposition rather than trying the same rubbish every week

  • 21 Mister Tuff // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Interesting that Wally is a serial shagger – just like King Percy. Hadn’t heard these stories previously.

    My take, for what it’s worth. Not sacking Wally a few days ago suggests to me it is Wally or Rafa. If Rafa does not sign Wally will remain in charge. My thoughts are that they should have extended the net a bit further to see if there were any other options.

    I only hope they are not doing a stunt -get so far down the road with negotiations then pull the plug on Rafa – allowing them to say we could not get him therefore Wally remains.

    Do not blame Wally for hanging on to be sacked to get extra cash. He should never have got the job in the first place.

    Can the club change with Rafa as manager or will they continue with the non working Mr Tubbs business model implemented by that knacker Penfold.

    Talf of moving Wally to another position – rubbish – he’ll want his loot and be away.

  • 22 martoon // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    magicmac @13 – I agree whatever you think of McClaren the club’s treatment of him at the moment is disgraceful. You can’t blame him hanging on why should he resign and walk away with nothing. Those of you saying he should walk away, would you walk away from a job when you could get paid off – damn right you wouldn’t!

  • 23 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    macca was only on a 3 year contract, if he got us to finish top 8 there was a 8 yr contract waiting for him apparently….still a canny pay out for not being very good!

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Bang on mate, family man, fantastic guy, his numerous affairs and the way he mugged Derby. Knew exactly what he was getting into when he came here and smugly told us of his vision, the tw@t didn’t want to be anywhere near the place until the very last with Derby, yet he was so desperate to manage in the PL he was willing to put us through this shit.

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    And what’s with calling him Macca like he’s earned some kind of affectionate nickname.

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    He’ll never manage in top flight football again mind!

  • 27 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Mister Tuff

    You’re bang on the money there mate…it could quite easily all be a fake show of intention with the real intent being he stays with the sinking ship and we have him leading our charge back to the premiership next year with the all but inevitable sacking around xmas time next year.

    It’s a 50-50 call and I just hope to god it’s Rafa the appears from behind the curtain

  • 28 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    i read the club were keeping him on to do training this week as the other coaches were meant to of said, if he was sacked they would go with him….so there’d be no one to take training as they were unsure when a new coach would be coming in….dont know how true this is, but explain why they seem to be stringing macca along

  • 29 Mister Tuff // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Onr thing about Benitez – he is a big name in the football world so there may be immediate respect for him (and his methods/vision) from ALL the players if he gets the job. Hopefully this would “convert” into better play/tactic which might equal additional points per game.

  • 30 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    sorry about the “macca” mate,just easier and quicker then McClaren!lol

  • 31 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    If that is the case then the whole coaching staff including Pedro should be allowed to leave with him…they’ve hardly done anything to suggest they’re worth keeping have they???

  • 32 Mister Tuff // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    sparky – I wouldn’t put anything past these tricksters at SJP.
    so cynical now – I could see them giving Rafa everything in the world during the next three months then if we stay up reverting back to type -following the failed business model again.

  • 33 Mister Tuff // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Only staff member I would keep is Cathro. with working in Spain I would think Rafa will know of him and what his previous manager said about him.

  • 34 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    they all had decent reputations(pedro excluded),meant to be at the top level of coaches apparently so have to wonder ….what happened?

  • 35 Back Door Man // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Whilst I want Wally the Johnny cashiered, the hysteria surrounding the mooted arrival of Manuel from Fawlty Towers leaves me underwhelmed. I suppose beggers can’t be choosers and the thought of that dour Jocko Moyes- another middle aged failure – fills me with dread.

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    i think it’s just a bit tacky that SM seems to be getting large pay-offs left right and centre for apparent wholesale failure. leaves a bad taste, like someone on benefits who is able to work but won’t.

    Quite a lot of similarities with percy and SM. Both negative, always just playing for a point away mentality. Low GD, players out of position. favourites played ahead of those in form. No plan B, strange subs and always too late to make a difference. players played when not fully fit. Delusional arrogance, bizarre statements after defeats, both media whores and apparently both serial shaggers away!

  • 37 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    mister tuff
    the fitness coach…was highly regarded by reports and he’s struggled to get the players fit regularly….be interesting if he leaves and rafa(if) brings in his fitness coach to see how good he does and if theres any change in the amount of players we seem to have injured on a regular bases

  • 38 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    rotonda…excellent summary of abject failure both on and off the pitch…10/10 nuff said! 🙂

  • 39 Rotonda heights // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Back door man

    Are you for real

  • 40 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:16 PM


    fcuk nose mate…I’ve been staggered at how useless this so called dream team have turned out to be….they all came with a coronation and with much promise yet have delivered absolutely nothing…in fact they’ve taken us backwards.

    Over to you Catchy!

  • 41 lochinvar // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    I blinked yesterday and even suggested McClaren could stay on in some new role. Wrong.
    Must have been overtired , what we need is clarity.
    Plenty of comments on the blog from many who have clarity of thought and purpose – you are so right.
    They current incumbents ( you might call them something else) have run the club, the players, the fans and the City into the ground due to their incompetence.

    McLaren has to be fired ( bollocks to resignation negotiations )
    Charley has to be fired by Ashley.
    Carr needs to retire or at least share some of his knowledge with new scouts. ” Hello – this is Mondial” ,” hope that helps, bye”
    Moncur – Bobby lad – know when to step down – you don’t need the grief.

    Ashley – well reality check is that he’s the money man so until that changes nothing changes there.

    Rafa and new team – get signed up. The biscuits are in the cupboard in the office marked ” Manager”

    Hope springs eternal.

  • 42 Oldgit1 // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    There is an interesting article by the daily express who gives a list of earrings of the so called chief executives at each club.

    Crystal palace is the lowest with no fee to theirs, Newcastle is the second cheapest at £160 k per annum. The top four teams in England in Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester city are paid over £2 m per year, as the saying goes if you pay peanuts you get monkeys. Says it all really.

  • 43 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Back door man

    Yep…you’re right….nowhere near good enough for us…is Pearson still available 🙂

  • 44 Oldgit1 // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Earring = earnings doh

  • 45 boltonmagpie // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Just been told Carver having a pint with Ashley

  • 46 LGFUAD21 // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    The prospect of Bentiez excites me but once we get into the summer, if we are still a premier league club the structure needs to change or it’ll be Bedlam all over again.

    Benitez has fallen out with owners at Liverpool, Valencia, Inter and Napoli all over not being backed.

    Given his pedigree you could argue he shouldve been backed, but on the other hand at Inter he took over a treble winning side and while struggle is a strong word, he definitely took them backwards a bit. The same can be said with Napoli.

    Not bashing him, but if you get backing, you have to deliver. If the club are going to spend this summer, they need to listen to what Benitez says he needs and not provide discount alternatives.

  • 47 boltonmagpie // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Seems it was a Chinese whisper.

    Ashley having a pint at the Carvery!!

    Even if Rafa maintains his win percentage it will be a miracle if we stay up.

  • 48 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    both macca and p45due are arrogant and delusional when reviewing there teams performance….dire team performances.. hyped up…..individual players worshipped when obviously playing below par…tactics glorified when bloody hopeless….you dont win fans respect by being a bullshitter…fergie would protect his players to the press but you,me and the every player and member of press knew behind closed doors he would rip a player a new one if he dropped a clanger or had a poor game….macca and p45due never ever gave that impression,they always look like players had more dominance then them.

  • 49 Munster Mag // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Rotunda, whats this about SMC shagging ?
    Re Pardew, I never really “got it ” about post match excuses. If anything, he was far more contrite than the likes of wenger, sam, fergie etc. In fairness i cud be wrong, but quite often he said “they were better” , which is fair enough ?? I may be talking crap here but honest, there was worse.

  • 50 LGFUAD21 // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:25 PM


    Only true to an extent about peanuts and monkeys.

    Theres countless examples of overpaid execs that really seem to do nothing.

    What about when Liverpool were paying Comoli a fortune.

    Across any business there are a ton of people that are overpaid based on their ability to play politician rather than what they achieve.

    Our situation has nothing to do with how much we pay execs. It’s the choice of people.

  • 51 Munster Mag // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    If we can get Rafa,….wow! I was getting very sick of the ” we were triffic” line from SMC, when we only made a goalie make one save….watford away was bonkers …he thought we were great ffs!!!! I think Pardew is a lower middling manager , but wud love to be proved wrong and see Paliss go down. Rotunda, u aint correct yet!! And Catchy was aaaaal wrong re SMC – and he wanted Ole Gunnar for goodness sake !!!

  • 52 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    you may have to wait till next season to see palace go down…to much of a gap there now….not convinced pardew will make it to the start of next season nevermind the relegation battle at the end of next season

  • 53 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Rafa will be arguably the most successful manager we’ve had at the time of their appointment, ever. Only the beloved SBR could make a claim otherwise. Would be tremendous and possibly transformational, should we stay up.

  • 54 magscar // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    As usual the lack of communication from the club ( even to a tame journalist) leads to this sort of publicity and denigration of club’s treatment of staff.

    I know nothing of McClaren as a person and basically couldn’t care in that respect it is his football record and in particular here that affects my take.

    Football is a multi- million pound business which has and will continue to chew up and spit out managers, coaches, players etc often unfairly but they all know better than we do what they are getting into. We have seen enough here (as have other clubs) of players and some managers running down contracts when morally you could argue they should do the right thing and go. Doesn’t happen and I don’t expect them to give up lucrative contracts especially when next one may not be forthcoming for a while or ever and unlikely to be better.

    Equally clubs dislike throwing money around that they can avoid spending. Whilst we have had many unedifying moments here we aren’t unique. Money talks at end of day and lawyers are involved.

    If NUFC sacked McClaren on Sat evening after match face to face then he gets his payoff but no second chance. We are then as now in a race to sign new manager but with an even bigger gun to out heads and no lesser problems to mount in negotiations.

    Move on to now and we are no closer to getting Benitez despite having moved quickly and treating McClaren humanely but with the next big game on horizon. What if those beneath McClaren and brought in with even if not by him (as Jib posted this morning) had said they would resign and did. Who then is taking training ? Beardsley, Coloccini? May not be accurate but all know that once a manager goes under his own steam or not others follow. Even if not they are usually on borrowed time so just as McClaren is having to do see out his contract until is ends or paid up.

    Unedifying as it is both parties are locked in this spectacle until a new manager is in the bag. Both know their options ( and each others) but have been prepared if not happy to stand by their position as long as it still suited them.

    Being realistic about the difficulties ( yes mostly of clubs making) of getting a manager of the calibre of Benitez in and given our precarious position late in the season it was always going to take time . I haven’t heard any suggestions as to how given that situation we could have done anything to keep everyone (including us long suffering fans with no payoff) happy.

    We have to start from where we find ourselves snot where we may like to be if we had a different owner.

    If we get Benitez long term and he works out as we hope then few will look back and recall how poor McClaren was treated shabbily. He doesn’t deserve it but knew exactly what he was getting into with this club.

  • 55 WorJordi // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    If Rafa is coming in
    If he keeps his average win rate
    If the players LISTEN to him a nd give him respect
    If Penfold keeps out of the way
    If Penfold keeps Carr and Booby out of the way too
    If Ashley lets him get on with it
    I reckon Rafa will egt 16 points out of the remaining possible 30
    Keep us up
    IF !!!!!

  • 56 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    could be arguably rafas toughest job he’s ever had as well!lol

  • 57 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Pardew did say other teams were better at times, the problem was the reasons he gave, blaming it on the length of the grass, science etc, the list goes on and on. Never himself.

  • 58 martoon // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    If we do get Benitez how long will it be before people on the blog start slagging of his team selection, tactics and substitutions? 🙂

  • 59 martoon // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    In reality to stay up we need to get 2 more points than the makems from our remaining games – which should be possible with Benitez I would hope!

  • 60 ToonMatt // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    To be fair on McClaren he can’t really be blamed for this, Everyone knew he wasn’t good enough in the first place but he was sacked by a championship club and then offered a job in the premier league? He could never have turned it down? I would love Benitez to come here, He’s the best manager this club will have seen since Sir Bobby, I’m not getting my hopes up though and I have absolutely no faith in Charnley.

  • 61 jane // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    made me laugh martoon and if we stay up and spend another £50m in the summer but are only mid-table next season will the fans be happy? I’d take that!

  • 62 Toon_Tom // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Just a thought – would McClaren need to be sacked as head coach before Rafa comes is as “Manager”?

  • 63 Barton // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Jonjo due on ssn,wonder what script Bishop’s gave him to read,things may be a bit clearer,if we hear the old 100% behind McClown then we can expect the worse.

  • 64 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    why so excited over rafa appointment? i dont think he can keep us up. these lot we have so called players are a sorry excuse piece of garbage. no commitment no bottle for our club anymore. sorry i just can’t see us surviving.

  • 65 martoon // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Jane @61 Agreed we can’t expect to go from fighting relegation to top 4 in one season (although Leicester have done it 🙂 ). Yes comfortable mid-table and a good cup run would suit me next season.

  • 66 jane // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    if Benitez comes but we still go down Ashley will have avoided potential huge protests. maybe this is his motive.

  • 67 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    @martoon // Mar 10, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    top 4 definitely next season with Rafa at the helm is 100% possible.

    but it all depends if Nottingham forest and Leeds starts dropping points..

  • 68 magscar // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:05 PM


    It was ever thus and don’t you know we are a bunch of unrealistic fans according to may reporters and pundits 🙂

    Being serious and if Benitez is indeed to be here long term then there may be some Battle Royales to be fought in coming season. Without a major and consistent change which isn’t diluted there obviously could still be trouble ahead. Let’s dwell on now though and hope we stay up, next season is for after that.

  • 69 jane // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    haha vry funny toon8788

  • 70 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Martoon, comment 58.

    Must admit I was wondering the same. 🙂

    Be a real b*gger if he managed to lose all of the remaining games.

    The secretive refs. cabal might just go out of the way even further to ensure we go down.

  • 71 Ron Knee // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Is this anybody we know?

  • 72 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    all over sky macca to be sacked and newcastle in talks with benitez

  • 73 Barton // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    he’s gone

  • 74 Graeme // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    SSN – McClown is to be sacked this afternoon!!
    Rafa to be appointed, but not sure if he will be appointed in time for the Leicester game!!

  • 75 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    advanced talks with benitez and macca will not be in charge for mondays game at leicester…ssn

  • 76 Tsunki // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    From the worthless buffoons on the Boards point of view, signing a manager at this stage could be quite a PR coup. If he fails to keep us up, he can’t be blamed, the damage was already done. The board can’t be blamed, they were forced into necessary action and took it. Cue next season and the ‘rebuilding’ mantra will be dusted off, polished and wheeled into the glaring sunlight of fan approval. Hence, Ashley and his cohorts buy themselves almost another year out of the limelight.

  • 77 widowmagandapoke // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Maclaren could stay on actually. Rafa could find him a job. Kit man maybe.

  • 78 Bambams // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Latest from sky. …

  • 79 magscar // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Presumably Simpson going as well as if Benitez not taking game on Monday would be Cathro or Beardsley per SSN.

  • 80 Tsunki // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Does he sit in a waiting room while he ‘waits to be sacked’? Poor bloke.

  • 81 ToonRich // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    SSN: Newcastle in advance talks with Rafa, SM to be sacked!!

    Get a move on already!

  • 82 Ron Knee // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    If he agrees to sign and if we go down, will he manage us in the Championship?

  • 83 jane // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Tsunki have you just dressed up my post @ 66?

  • 84 Tsunki // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Jane – great minds don’t read the thread before posting 😉

  • 85 Tsunki // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Don’t worry though Jane, I’m also being plagiarised 24/7 round here 🙂

  • 86 JAMSHA // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    finaly rafa in, feel so good

  • 87 Tsunki // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    it’s ridiculous that it’s taken them so long to work out how much cheaper a really good manager is than a striker or midfielder, and how much more effective at improving the team, tactically and mentally.

  • 88 Ron Knee // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:22 PM


    And a foreigner to boot (fingers crossed).

  • 89 Tsunki // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    If George Burley walks through the doors though I hope you are going to be good about it!

  • 90 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    To those people who were finding writing slow, I have had the same problem and started using Chrome as it seems to be quicker.

    I doubt if there’s many managers who don’t expect to get the sack sooner or later, some are just recidivists.
    Suddenly the writing has become slow and irritating.

  • 91 Tsunki // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    He’s foreign.

  • 92 Ron Knee // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    He’s not smiling today apparently.

  • 93 The Diamond dogs hoojars // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Steve Mclaren, mate you have had a massive chance, your pre season and season this term has been the worst in the clubs history, any other club would have sacked you by now, you must know that, you have been judged like you said,and its a no, you should get a canny pay off with your coaches, adios, ola Rafa. football is a results based business as you say Steve, no hard feelings eh!

  • 94 Tsunki // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    “…and Mr McLaren has graciously accepted the appointment of Hair Care Specialist to Messrs Charnley and carr”

  • 95 firebug666 // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:37 PM


    Just seen a picture of Macca leaving the training ground, he looks pretty angry like.

  • 96 firebug666 // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    The Chronicle ?@EveningChron 1m1 minute ago
    The Chronicle Retweeted Lee Ryder
    The Chronicle added,
    Lee Ryder @lee_ryder
    It is understood that Steve McClaren has learned of his departure via the media. Not told face to face. #nufc

  • 97 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    i was on google chrome mate and was getting sluggish scrolling and slow typing….done malware check,adware clean, C clean,junkware,disc clean and a anti-virus….done all that then realised when i reset my windows 10 i added pop up blocker and forgot to add ad blocker!!….bit of a divvy moment!!….put that on my google extensions and is spot on now!!….nowt like making my self look a plum!!!!!lol

  • 98 Ron Knee // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:38 PM


    “Sources close to Benitez saying they are preparing for face to face talks.”

    Plenty of time for Charmless to cock it up!

  • 99 firebug666 // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:41 PM


    Have you tried Ghostery, it a tool you add to Chrome and then you can block all the trackers attached to a site.

    Tracker were slowing my internet down, page took ages to load, but now it is very fast.

  • 100 firebug666 // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:42 PM


    Now now Ron, have a little faith. It’s going to happen, Please god make it happen 😀

  • 101 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    I can’t believe shelvey interview. “I hope he stays in charge”.


  • 102 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    is that in the chrome extensions?

  • 103 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Shite stirring at it’s finest by Ryder. As if he wouldn’t have known as far back as Sunday.

  • 104 firebug666 // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:49 PM


    I’m not sure mate, I just typed it into the browser and got it.

  • 105 The Newcastle Armchair // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Charnley: “and remember to leave the ground looking unhappy Steve, thatll get their heads spinning”

  • 106 jimiley // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Do not get excited everybody.We will have Benitez for 10 games. Too little far too late. It is everything the panicking fat man deserves.

  • 107 The Newcastle Armchair // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Ahh, 10% have voted for Pearson. Now we know the mackem demographics on the blog

  • 108 neverwin // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    IF Benitez is coming in then surely it has to be this week so that he can meet and train players and to gain momentum.
    If McClaren stays on then we may as well definitely give up.
    If only he had the backbone to walk away – the one good thing Gullit did.
    I suppose that until Benitez does sign then NUFC must limp on.
    Any other club and it would all be done and dusted.

  • 109 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    its areet …found it in the extensions….cheers … give it go

  • 110 chiefone30 // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    McClaren departure

    Here’s the latest from Lee Ryder on McClaren’s reported departure

    Steve McClaren is understood to have been dismissed by Newcastle United. The Magpies told McClaren to get on with the job during in the aftermath of the 3-1 defeat against AFC Bournemouth. He left the training ground at 2pm before learning via media reports he was set to be replaced. McClaren has taken training despite masses of speculation that Rafa Benitez was about to take his job as boss of the Magpies. The Chronicle understands that McClaren was not told face to face by managing director Lee Charnley that he has been relieved of his duties and learned of his departure via the media. McClaren had won just six games from 28 in the Premier League. However, the problems run deeper than just the head coach at Newcastle and McClaren has had little or no say in recruitment with just Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey believed to be the choices of the ex-England boss. McClaren has been forced to fight on for his job without a recognised and proven Premier League goalscorer. Talks with Benitez have been ongoing this week but the Spaniard has requested full control of transfers and wants to bring in his own staff. United will have to negotiate a pay off with McClaren and could have to pay his contract up to 2018. Newcastle were unavailable comment when the news broke that McClaren’s time was up.
    – Lee Ryder, Chronicle chief sports writer

  • 111 Tsunki // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    “It is understood that Steve McClaren has learned of his departure via the media. Not told face to face”

    Has the ring of truth to it 😐

  • 112 jimiley // Mar 10, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Penfold is a total coward. Fancy not having the balls to sack a guy to his face. He should be the first out the door. Followed by McClaren. Totally dysfunctional club.

  • 113 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Rafa going from working with ronaldo at real Madrid, to working with coloccini at newcastle. Bet he’s thrilled!!!!

  • 114 lochinvar // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Sky sent out some message indicating McLaren is history and has been dismissed….not able to check any further at moment but clearly something is up – management of the whole sordid affair by Charmless still looks badly handled

  • 115 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    He will be told I’m sure.

    It is all media speculation to be fair.

  • 116 dok - the horrid colonial // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    just get rafa in, and I think we’ll smash the unwashed at st james, then onwards and upwards…

    be fun to see rafa greet fat sam after we beat the p!ss outta them…

  • 117 jimiley // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Has Benitez any experience rescuing clubs with 10 games left???????? He is a top team player, not a relegation scrapper who does not know his Colo from his Sissoko. He has to be better than McClaren but our rejoicing is premature. Will he save us? Check out the bookies my friends.

  • 118 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:04 PM


    Suppose folk will immediately swallow anything that fits their narrative.

  • 119 lochinvar // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Sales have jumped apparently:

  • 120 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:07 PM


    I think, if he signs, rafa will lift the atmosphere in and around the entire club, from players to coaches to fans. From the list of 4, i think he is the only one who would have that effect.

  • 121 dok - the horrid colonial // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:09 PM


    do you not agree that rafa is a different class than pardew, carver and mcclaren? benitex may not have the exp from saving clubs, but id rather see him try, than anyone else, or worse, bringing in say floppy chops or god forbid, jfk…

  • 122 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Lee Ryder is to journalism what McClaren is to top-flight managing – utter chump and only tries to get clicks by stirring and playing the permanently outraged like a fiddle.

  • 123 Bambams // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Just watched SSN and they are reporting it is unlikely that Mac will be in the dugout for Leicester match…..

    Beardsley and Cathro could be in charge

    Still dragging.

  • 124 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Toi prove he make sit all up because he has no leads or genuine knowledge, now less than half an hour apparently after Schteve only being informed via the media:

    Lee RyderVerified account
    #nufc saying Steve McClaren has NOT been sacked yet. Nothing about his departure yet from the club.

    He makes it all up.

  • 125 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    St. James’ will be rocking in the derby. Certainly at the start of the game!

  • 126 JamesToon // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    agreed dok

    still a major chance of us going down though, but much more confident with rafa in charge. he has a strong personality and i think the players will immediately respect him, hopefully we will see a response from the players on monday night.

    Bit worried about the long term though, he’s a very pragmatic manager and that doesn’t go down well with toon fans when we lose

  • 127 jimiley // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Youcouldnotmake it up,
    He has the best chance but we are so desperate (and so is the fat man) that we are overstating his abilities. He works with top teams over a period of time, not crap clubs like the Toon. Even Benitez gets the sack at clubs eventually. He is not God and will not get Riviere to score goals or Colo to defend any better. We have crap strikers and a crap defence. He does not have 10 games to get it right. He has FOUR. If there is no immediate improvement in the next four games, we are gone. I hope he can do it for the fans. If he fails, it will be another nail in the controllers financial coffin.

  • 128 firebug666 // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    The Chronicle ?@ChronicleNUFC 11s11 seconds ago
    UPDATE on a very fluid situation: #NUFC deny Steve McClaren has been sacked – but his departure looks imminent

  • 129 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    that ghostery seems to work a treat cheers mate

  • 130 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    Fluid = we haven’t a clue and Lee Ryder might have just blown our cover with his contradictory tweets, so quickly throw out fluid situation to save face.

  • 131 JamesToon // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:20 PM


    Buzzing for it now. Rafa will want revenge on allardyce

  • 132 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    I can imagine, in a couple days newcastle will rubbish reports we were ever in for rafa. But the truth will be we couldn’t agree personal terms

  • 133 Goldmbemba // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Imagine the buzz amongst the players today hearing these rumours….

    only to have the bubble burst when they realise its Cathro and Beardsley for the rest of the season

  • 134 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    this is charnley mate…he has a history of bollicking things up at the last minute so you might want to kerb the enthusiasm until its confirmed,or you may end up disapointed….dont want to come across as a doom sayer but like i said….this is charnley!!

  • 135 JamesToon // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Hopefully he’ll improve our defence. Get the best out of the big headed players as well for the last 10 games like sissoko. Just if we stay up i don’t want us to continue with the cheap foreigners policy even if carr isn’t here, want players who are gonna fight for us. And don’t want us to become too defensively minded

  • 136 JamesToon // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:25 PM


    I know your exactly right mate

  • 137 Harley // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Benitez doesn’t have experience keeping teams up as he’s a big club manager.

    That has no bearing on the fact that he can galvanise a group of underperformers and get them playing again. As he showed with Chelsea.

    If we do pull this off, which is looking very likely, it will be the biggest signing we’ve made since Michael Owen.

    I think everyone just like me, thought this was a pipe dream. It will give the whole city never mind the team a huge lift.

    As someone said below, we could still be relegated but we’ve given ourselves a huge chance now.

    The mackems will be gutted.

  • 138 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Suddenly not so happy sonce nufc denied sacking him. It looks ropey now.

  • 139 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Anybody read the benitez Wikipedia??

    It says he is the current manager of newcastle united.

  • 140 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    i think that report of not being sacked was a report this morning mate…..since then all the reports have been he’s gone/going l8r today…hopefully

  • 141 NezzaNUFC // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Why hasn’t Rafa himself or his representative spoken out?

    Seems to me this could another FDB or Viera situation then end up with Moyes at the end.

  • 142 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    someone doin a quick fingered edit of wiki to add to the hullabaloo!!lol

  • 143 wolfshead@toon // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    bring back charver he kept us up last season

  • 144 lesh // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:31 PM


    If it is true that McClaren learned of his dismissal from the media, then that is disgraceful behaviour by the Club – in the form of Charnley.

    It could just prove him to be a spineless individual who’s not got the guts to look McClaren in the eye to sack him.

    No matter what folk think of McClaren’s work as HC, he has seemingly behave impeccably, professionally and to be treat the way it’s been reported reflects badly on the Club.

    Charnley’s got to be next for dismissal.

  • 145 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    I just accused the chronicle of making it all up. Because…they are. They haven’t a clue.

  • 146 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    Do realise anybody can change Wiki, yes even you. Good grief.

  • 147 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    James, if it is concluded, I’m really looking forward to it. Especially if he has a week or so with the players before hand. Massive boost.

  • 148 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    its always sources close or a source in the know!….hope its right but like i said to james toon before…this is charnley….”THE LAST MINUTE BOLLICK DROPPER!”…until its confirmed… nowt is certain!

  • 149 JackButler // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Shelvey has been captain for two games and has already spoken to the press to offer an apology to the fans, puts Colo to shame in every single respect as the man should never wear the shirt let alone the armband

  • 150 Goofy // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    My last post was about giving Maclaren a bit more time, due to the mess that was left behind by Carver and Pardew, and I thought stick with him as we would only get somebody of his ilk, fingers crossed that Benitez signs and I was completely wrong.

    I can’t see us surviving but apparently there us talk of him being offered a 3 year contract after the season finishes whether we stay up or not.
    He definitely has a proven record and will bring a lot more to the table tactically and man to man management.

    If we go down and he stays I’m confident we’ll bounce straight back up.

    I was honestly going to throw in the towel if we went down, (am I bad) not so much now if Benitez is at the helm.
    This will be a massive step forward by Ashley (albeit he’s trying to save his TV money) allowing Benitez complete control. Hope this comes off.

  • 151 Back Door Man // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    The BBC are reporting Wally remaining in post. That was at 3.44pm.

  • 152 Gforbes73 // Mar 10, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Realistically it’s about time a “manager” is put in place this head coach crap is the problem and always has been…. Little men in suits sitting in office’s with no clue how a football team operates buying and picking players absolutely bewilders me…let’s have a “manager” have a say…….then maybe just maybe we can have a team that we’re proud of

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