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Alan Shearer Reacts To Benitez Appointment

6:14 pm, Friday, March 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 127 Comments

Alan Shearer has reacted to the appointment of Rafa Benitez today as the new Newcastle manager and he says it is a coup for the Newcastle United club.

rafa benitez arrives at st james pk

A smiling Rafa Benitez earlier today

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127 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sparky55 // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    We have to beat the scum…the lift in moral would really give us the momentum we need to stay up…but if we lose I’d suggest we’ll be relegated because that would put the scum four points clear with a much better goal difference which in essence is 5 points clear and they’ll be difficult to peg back because once the scum are 5 points ahead allardyce will just park the bus for the rest of the season.

    The great thing about this is Rafa knows it as well…so we have to give him maximum respect for putting his reputation on the line in such a way. You have to applaud the man.

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Survival is there for the grabbing. No excuses. We’re only in the relegation zone by 1 point and goal difference. Don’t forget we’re really only competing against Sunderland and Norwich. I reckon Norwich will get 8-11 points from their remaining matches. Sunderland will get less.

  • 3 toonking // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:16 PM


    I’ve been following the news on sky sports and they said no team has managed to survive when sitting in the relegation zone with only 10 games remaining.

    The derby game is like a champions league final to us. If we get a victory confidence will be sky high and the past will seem like history but if we get a defeat then all this current positivity will be gone, we’ll be going into a full fortnight feeling as if nothing has changed leaving rafa under extreme pressure as if his job is at risk come the norwich game.

  • 4 Mister Tuff // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    I think keeping Cathro is a very good move. He’ll be able to bring Rafa up to speed straight away with a who’s who of the players – the crap ones, trouble makers, idle ones etc etc.
    This is much better than having a total clear out.

  • 5 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Fully get that tbf

    Personally just enjoying the moment of not appointing a washed mid 90’s British bore as gaffer!

  • 6 Offkey // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Tuff – true but I can’t help thinking that he is seen by the players as being a numpty.

  • 7 sparky55 // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    mister tuff

    Very good point…very good point indeed!

  • 8 firebug666 // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    We WILL beat the scum lads, no doubt about it, The whole city just got a huge lift, Rafa will still have a few surprises ready for the derby, and I doubt the makems will be expecting the Newcastle team they are about to meet.

    Confidence?………………You bet cha!

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    There are five very winnable games and we have shown what we can do when set up for a win, that Stoke game sucked the last bit of life and will to win out of the players when it was there for the taking and we went for the draw. I think that most of them will now want to stay. A relegation was a get out clause before but where would they go, on this form Stoke, W Ham? Now they have a chance of winning something in front of 52K fans. That new manager bounce and the prospect of a bright future will see us ok.

  • 10 WWSBRD // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    That’s some scary stat and why am not jumping for joy, I honestly think it’s come too late and what an opportunity missed of it has

    Though tbf, and I don’t know the other managers than came in with 10 or less games to go, Rafa is probably superior to them and by some way but am still not confident we will stay up…more optimistic than I was certainly but it’s a hell of a job

    Enjoy it mate don’t let me ruin it haha it is after all Rafa f***ing Benitez managing NUFC that’s CL quality, cup winning quality, absolutely top quality as managers go could be put with the Mourinhos Guardiolas and Fergusons in terms of management really

  • 11 mattyNUFC // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Rafas gone and broke the Internet.

    He’s had more hits than Kim kardashians a**!

  • 12 ic0gcds00 // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    I hope he has some steel toe capped boots to kick there arses,because they’ve been a the club,supporters and themselves. Except Elliot and krul.
    Go on Rafa.

  • 13 sparky55 // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Rafa and Allardyce have some history as well…Rafa would luv it….just luv it if we beat the scum1 🙂 🙂

  • 14 optimistic prime // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Real Madrid fans Bin dipper fans ringing up total sport being positive towards NUFC new manager…..

    It’s a dream… It must be

  • 15 toonheroes // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Rafa calls Collo.
    Hola Collo, get that lazy bunch of slackers you call a team in for training sharpish. It’s time to get this show on the road.
    All in Spanish of course.

  • 16 Toonces // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    The three year deal for Benitez is interesting and I expect that he has an exit clause if we do get relegated but maybe Ashley is finally having learned his lessons and have forward looing plan. Maybe Benitiz will have insisted that the new training ground project finally goes forward instead of putting it off like a yo-yo because of the threat of relegation. Although, this project should never have been tied to PL status. It is something the club needs to be credible as a proper football organization.

  • 17 Average_Contents // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    Just cracked open my first bud for benitez.

    Who’d of thunked that eh! Fcuk me.

    I’m staying with WWS, cautiously optimistic

  • 18 optimistic prime // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    I’m worried it’s to little to late but Raffa is a dream come true, a real manager!

    I’m still buzzing and think we have a real good chance of staying up!
    If the team get half the uplift he fans have we’ll stay up easy.

    Someone said Rafa signed Shelvey for pool, captain all day if the case.

  • 19 sparky55 // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    Maybe the sellers of scouse permed wigs and moustaches will be in for a windfall over the coming weeks…would be good to see some humour back in the crowd again

  • 20 WWSBRD // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    We do have winnable games but the culture of the club is failure and lack of caring

    I maybe happier after Lecister because they should all be out there to impress Rafa but if the same level of crap is churned out I don’t think he will have the time to rebuild the club the way that’s needed

    But I hope ur right I’d love to see what Rafa can do next season with money behind him and a plan ahead of him, along with a bouncing St James but I will be heart broken if we go down and miss that opportunity

  • 21 Offkey // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Wws- I am with the your thinking but think I am a tad bit optimistic.

  • 22 sparky55 // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    We’ll know if Rafa really means business when he pays up Colos contract and tells him to fcuk off back to Argentina.

  • 23 sparky55 // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    you never know…if we just miss out on staying up he still might stay if he can talk most of the squad into staying and they buy into the project he sells them…you just never know lads…owt cud happen.

  • 24 WWSBRD // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Don’t get me wrong I am hugely more optimistic with Rafa rather than McClaren but I am still very concerned

    If we survive though I am all in, I will be excited, Keegan level of joy/optimism, Ashley will begrudgingly see my money again because I won’t be able to not go to St James anymore…just a long way until that happens right now

  • 25 Offkey // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Sparky- that made slightly happier if that’s possible

  • 26 mattyNUFC // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    I missed it….was colo in that video from Benton?

    As has been mentioned, can’t wait to see that back of that coward

  • 27 WWSBRD // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Another thing our top targets will want to play for Rafa been awhile since we had that and I don’t think he will sell us as a stepping stone, he will tell players ur coming to NUFC and ur becoming a Geordie if u sign here (I hope anyway, he can’t of taken this job if he doesn’t have respect for NUFC hopefully haha)

  • 28 dok - the horrid colonial // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:44 PM


    better late than never, at least theres hope now, when macca was here, we all were expecting we were down..

  • 29 Offkey // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Wws – should have read ‘a tad bit more optimistic’ I get where your coming from completely but I have faith Rafa can do it…….could be blind optimism but I will take it

  • 30 firebug666 // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:44 PM


    Well he did call us a legendary club, so he has some respect, He came to wake the sleeping giant.

  • 31 Offkey // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Just sat in the pub getting drunk coz I am soooooo chuffed

  • 32 WWSBRD // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    I thought as much mate and more power to ya haha

    Well it’s about bloody time someone did tbf he wins something with us his CV status hits another level haha

  • 33 toonking // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:47 PM


    Rafa might be a better manager than mac but it still doesn’t hold me back from the belief that survival lies on the derby. Even if we won against leicester city won’t make up for to defeat to sunderland. Fans will still be in uproar and to make matters worse it brings back the same signs we’ve had all season, A team getting points where we don’t expect them yet losing points in games we expect and need the win most.

  • 34 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Mr T

    Keeping Cathro suggests we did have one of the back room team right ! Hopefully he might be the heir in a few years time, and a cup win under wor belts

  • 35 WWSBRD // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    100% with u we have to win that game, the players have to turn up and we have to take 3 points no excuse

  • 36 Bobbybee // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    The reason I think we’ll get out of relegation trouble is because we’ve seen what these players are capable of in glimpses. They can do it. It’s not just us pinching ourselves, the players must be doing likewise. They suddenly have the chance to learn from one of the world’s best managers, who’ll be teaching them how to get the best out of themselves. They would probably pay for that experience. This will have a big effect on the players and they’d be mugs not to grasp this chance. Our season in ten games, as sad as that is. We can do it and if we do, the next few seasons might be a rollercoaster ride. With £70m still in the kitty, I should imagine Ashley promised him 100m to spend if we stay up. And that, in anybody’s eyes, is exciting. 😉

  • 37 only one bobby robson // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    I have to say I wanted Steve mclaren to work and I thought he was going to I was wrong he had to go in the end I think he knew that but one thing I will say Steve mclaren has conducted himself in a total gentlemens manor and I really wish him all the best for the future . Now to the real business everyone behind rafa the team even charnley and Ashley were the twelfth man ten games left we can do this rafa now it’s time to work your magic toon toon black and white army!

  • 38 Lindisfarne // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Four training sessions between now and Leicester match, hopefully sort the wheat from the chaff.

  • 39 martoon // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Bobbybee @36 – As I keep saying we only have to get 2 more points than the makems in the remaining games to stay up which I don’t think is beyond the realms of possibility 🙂

  • 40 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    I keep looking at the news on various places with a big smile. Yes!!!! Brilliant.

    Tuff, I’m pleased Cathro has been kept on as well. Not only does it show appreciation for potential coaching ability but it provides an overlap of the regimes. Maximising the effectiveness of the transition.

  • 41 chrisbx1 // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Toonking ,wernt leicester bottom last year with 10 games to go ?

    17 Sunderland 29 4 14 11 23 43 -20 26
    18 Burnley 29 5 10 14 26 47 -21 25
    19 Queens Park Rangers 29 6 4 19 30 52 -22 22
    20 Leicester 28 4 7 17 24 44 -20 19

  • 42 optimistic prime // Mar 11, 2016 at 6:59 PM


    Definatley, if we stay up, next year under Rafa…… I never ever thought Ashley could or would even try to pull off a manager of this calibre!

    I’m trying not to get to excited so I don’t feel crushed if the worse happens, I’ve been preparing for the worse.


  • 43 Jib // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Oh dear oh dear Band B what are you talking about ?

  • 44 toonking // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:04 PM


    In the build up towards the derby I do hope fans will take a leicester city defeat with ease and remain as positive as we are tonight. We want rafa and the team to feel the best of confidence and the last thing he needs is some throwing negativity over a defeat leicester city game which most would have expected in the first place.

  • 45 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    IF our 2016 team have really been seriously underperforming they have nowhere to hide from now on in. If they really are rubbish we’ll go down.

    I believe they are good enough with the right tactics and leadership. It won’t always be pretty but without resilience you win nothing.

    I think I might be a bit concerned if I was a Palace supporter.

  • 46 dok - the horrid colonial // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:09 PM


    how brilliant would it be to see us stay up, and palace go down? 🙂

    OP, weve been dealing with the worst for 6 years…. today is a sh!tstorm of happiness on this side of the pond, even my Liverpool friends here are happy for us

  • 47 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Jib // Feb 2, 2016 at 7:11 PM
    We have a top class coaching team with an exceptional head coach.

    So how do you rate Rafa ?

  • 48 Bobbybee // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Martoon, we can do that marra, nay bother! 😉 We’re buzzing, but I can’t help but imagine how the players must be feeling as well. How many of them could have dreamed of working under a CL winner? He doesn’t have a CV like that for nothing. He’s a winner and it’s an honour for them to work under him. I can’t see one of them not wanting to impress him – they’ll all get a huge lift from this. I get that stats are against us re changing manager this late, but let’s be honest, how many of those managers were of his quality? I just think he’s of sufficient quality to make a difference. It will be a struggle, don’t me wrong, but my optimism has been given a huge boost by his appointment. 😉

  • 49 Mister Tuff // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Jib – the spoiler up to his tricks again trying to cause a ruck on this day of all days. Give it a rest.

  • 50 toonking // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:16 PM


    You didn’t quite get the full point.

    The teams I’m talking about are those who’ve made a sacking and new appointment whilst sitting in the bottom 3 with 10 or fewer games to go .

    Leicester city survive last year whilst sitting the bottom 3 but nigel pieceson had been maager for years.

  • 51 oldarse // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Great interview by shearer

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    You getting nasty because you banged on about how Mclaren would get it right all season and now can’t see others happy that we’ve finally got a manager a club of our stature deserves.

  • 53 WWSBRD // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    U never know the Rafa effect may kick in early and we may batter Lecister haha

  • 54 lesh // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:21 PM


    Come out from behind your fence and you surely can’t be sitting on it after Rafa’s appointment.

    Take the cushions off it and use ’em on your favourite comfy chair when like most of us, a drink’ll help reflection on quite a remarkable day.

  • 55 lesh // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Rafa’s appointment must surely fire up the doubters among the players?

    Let’s hope our good ones are happy to join Rafa in his Project Reinvent the Toon!

  • 56 magscar // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:23 PM


    Well spotted thought something was missing on here.

    On news of the day –

    His appointment as a manager of widely acknowledged calibre finally gives credence to Ashley making his own luck

    If worst happens (now more confident that it won’t) but if it does, can he be persuaded to stay on basis of what he has seen and what is promised? If he won’t are we going back to bad old days so soon?

    If we stay up – further changes are heralded with Carr and Moncur slipping into background or out all together. Charnley may survive on a red card for continuity but with someone with a football brain brought in.

    Massive start to becoming a proper football club but way to go yet but simple fact that Benitez has signed gives me best hope yet that real and sustained change is at last underway

  • 57 Jib // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    21st Century Schizoid Man

    He’s a worldy

    Del Bosque said he should be the next manager of Spain but Rafa said he prefers the daily buzz of club footy

    His philosophy is to improve any player who comes under his influence.

    I cannot wait to see what he’ll do with the young’uns Mitro and Ayoze

  • 58 sparky55 // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    🙂 🙂

    just cant stop smiling! 🙂 🙂

  • 59 Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    When is rafa’s first press conference? Can’t wait

  • 60 Back Door Man // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Ten games, ten games … judge him after ten games! Oh, that does sounds familiar. Just a joke boys and girls.

    The snaps of him arriving at SJP, full of beans and with a GENUINE smile on his face perhaps bodes well for the future – let’s just hope the dopey players are affected by Manuel’s apparent enthusiasm. Que?

  • 61 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Is it a normal reaction to feelings of joy to be a nasty pr1ck, you’ve been at your happiest while we’ve been shite under second rate managers???

  • 62 Lindisfarne // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:42 PM

  • 63 Average_Contents // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:42 PM


    Same here. If we stay up then it’ll be time for me to get excited with rafa at the helm. To get excited now is tempting fate for me mate.

    But fcuk. Benitez at the toon.

    Something had to be done though because let’s face it, shteve was taking us down without a fight.

    Plus he had the personality of a fcuking dungbeetle.

    Funnily enough the’re both, in some capacity, involved with shit.

  • 64 Jib // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    The last time you used that user name was when we were after Loic Remy

    Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt // Jan 9, 2013 at 7:56 PM
    Oh fcuk me barnetta is still holed up in the marriot hotel bob on

    You fool nobody Tsunki

  • 65 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    It’s going to be interesting to who he selects for Monday.

    I’m sure he’ll probably know about the players we have.

    But will he go for so called ‘stars’ like Sissoko or will he pick from what he sees on the training ground to make a statement and freshen things up.

    Obertan anyone?

  • 66 Back Door Man // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Manuel should invite Shearer in the give one-to-one coaching to Mitrovic; get him to pass on all the dirty tricks of the CF’s art. I’m being serious here … Shearer was a genius in the box.

  • 67 Bobbybee // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    I’m with you sparky. 😉 We don’t get many days like this as Toon fans do we? Let’s hope it lasts a lot longer than ten games! Rafa with about 100m to spend in the summer (hopefully) is very exciting. Players want to play for him as a rule, which should give us an edge over our rivals. (Not including those who can offer CL football). Time to watch the cup game before the silliness gets going! 😉

  • 68 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    ‘It’s going to be interesting to see who he selects for Monday.’

    Typing so fast now, with no problems, I’m making daft mistakes. 🙂

  • 69 lochinvar // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    All together now…

    “Whey aye. whey aye ,
    Si, si , Benitez
    Wor Geordies are legends and Mackems are bell ends
    and we’re partying all over the Toonio”.

  • 70 Lindisfarne // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Up your ar5e Allardyce!!!

  • 71 magscar // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Back Door man@60

    Was just heading out to hospital appointment when that came on SSN. Have to say that my immediate reaction was that that isn’t a man coming in for some bumpy negotiations and my hopes rose. Now that he is here and that he wanted to meet up with players soonest well that grin says a man who is up for the fight and confident it can be won. PR can be scripted but that grin was the real deal :-0

  • 72 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    It is not out of the question to get a win at Leicester with a new manager bounce. Like Bobbybee says we are capable of some good football when set up right and a bit of belief. Also on Bobbybee, he was adamant we had 150M to spend over three windows, we’ve had 80M can you imagime if we stay up and Rafa gets his hands on 70M in the summer. The tester will be when he wants to sign a 28 year old LB 😮

  • 73 Lindisfarne // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:48 PM



    DJ SPIN THAT BACK TO 7:05pm:

  • 74 Jib // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    I’m only being narsty to you and your moronic mates.
    I was posting updating links to Rafa’s appointment when the retarded Mr Tuff could only call him “the waiter”.
    You could have done the same with your fluent Spanish – cough cough – splutter

  • 75 Lindisfarne // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:56 PM







  • 76 AncientC // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Am I the only one that isn’t over overawed by the appointment of Benitez? Do not get me wrong, I am very happy to see the ‘club’ attempting to correct the error of its ways, but a Benitez type appointment is exactly what the club should have been doing as standard practise from the get-go after Keegan departed.

    I will be completely honest and state that I do not rate Benitez very highly, you can call me absurd, as I do not rate Mourinho very highly either. For me, it is not only what you do, it is the way you go about it.

    You will have to forgive my unrealistic standards, but I will never be happy until this Newcastle side is playing the Newcastle way – full artillery and parking the tanks on the opposition lawn.

    The Benitez and Mourinho type managers could come in and balance the style of any normal club, but, Newcastle is about as normal as Athletic Bilbao… only certain types can guide it.

    I do not see Benitez as Newcastle DNA, but he is a big improvement on all the appointments since Keegan was undermined.

  • 77 Lindisfarne // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Whats it gonna be?

  • 78 bettyswallocks // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    I would like to propose a toast to Rafa Benitez our new Manager.
    Cheers everybody. Lighten up Ancient you miserable sod.

  • 79 Lindisfarne // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Its a Rafa-olution!!!!

  • 80 Lindisfarne // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:03 PM


  • 81 Lindisfarne // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Tune in:

  • 82 Jib // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:05 PM


    Yeah whatever
    F@ck off now they are serving the evening meal in the rest home.

  • 83 AncientC // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Jib, my name is a reference to ancient study, not my age. I likely have a few decades on you – old fella.

  • 84 lordy_geordie // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    When we stay up I want you all giving me a Rafa is a Geordie ?

  • 85 Lindisfarne // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    AncientC // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    “”I do not see Benitez as Newcastle DNA, but he is a big improvement on all the appointments since Keegan was undermined.””

    Put that one in the bank and kudos on the second part of that sentence!

  • 86 Lindisfarne // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:11 PM


    You might have to prompt me

  • 87 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Remember there’s a blogger on here who thinks Keegan gave us all ideas above our station.
    Wonder what’ll happen now Rafa is in charge.

  • 88 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Really, a lot of people were suggesting getting him while you were saying Macca would sort everything out in Spain.

  • 89 Rotonda heights // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    ancient at 76

    in a word, yes

  • 90 Lindisfarne // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    21st Century Schizoid Man

    it’s evolution

  • 91 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Ah yes, the same Jib who backed Mclaren to the hilt and said there’d be no reason to sack him if we finished seventeenth also said Kevin Keegan was the worst thing that ever happened to the club. Something not right there mind.

  • 92 lordy_geordie // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Lindeisfarne I will prompt you all. My first choice was Brendan Rodgers and no one else. Moyes? No Redknapp? No Bus when Rafa was mentioned I didnt believe. Given the choice Rodgers or Rafa I would say Rafa. Wonder if Gerrard Is free for 10 games ?

  • 93 jimmysmith // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Raftastic, but this is Ashley’s Newcastle, it doesn’t end well as a rule. Though this is right up there with the signings of Keegan, Ginola and Shearer. Even viewed dispassionately, the next ten games are going to be riveting. Fair play to Ashley. 80 million and now this. It’s a different ball game.

  • 94 Jib // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:25 PM


    You saying a lot of people were suggesting Rafa Benitez when the squad was in La Manga ?

    That is just complete and utter horseshit !

  • 95 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    At long last, a manager we’re all happy with . Muy bien.

  • 96 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Virtual drinks raise all round.

  • 97 firebug666 // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    At Last; Steve McClaren sped of that fast after being sacked that he finally managed to pick up 3 points.

  • 98 bettyswallocks // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Jib…… Are you pleased that we got Rafa?

  • 99 The Newcastle Armchair // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Lads don’t forget to vote to stay in the EU otherwise Rafa will be gone before you know it, along with ayoze and others.

  • 100 ITUNDERASHELL // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Ashley and CAPITA must be really worried. It looks like you may have a football team after all if Benitez avoids relegation. Trust me, benitez will want full control off football side of club and his own personnel in to perform its duties. Benitez knows the club is a laughing stock and the GREAT is only a reference to its truly remarkable supporters.

  • 101 bettyswallocks // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Laurent Robert…….. Sante.

  • 102 Bearsize // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    This has even made me post.
    Thrilled to bits. Rafa has me warm inside. Relegation or not i think he is here to stay. Lets give him time and appreciate the wins and the defeats. He is the best we could have hoped for, no regrets whatever happens at the end of the season. Rafa is a geordie. Anyone who would accept this challenge so late in the season is an effing legend. Lets do this shiz!!! Attack toon, attack attack! Sorry Dennis 😉

  • 103 Jib // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:36 PM


  • 104 ToonDownSouth // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Great to see most fans enjoying their evening for once. Pretty perplexed as to how we’ve ended up with Rafa as manager – even if he desperately wanted a PL return, I’m sure there would have been a couple of openings in the summer. Massive respect for him for taking the chance.

    Hopefully this isn’t too late – if this had happened 5 games ago I’d say there was no way in hell of us going down, but the performance last weekend was extremely worrying. Finding it hard to applaud the club on this, since paying out for the best manager available seems a pretty obvious move.

    If we do stay up I’d bet on Shelvey being given the captaincy. Rafa was the one who took him from Charlton to Liverpool after all, and he’s developed pretty well since.

  • 105 bettyswallocks // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    I can’t help thinking that Charnley and co must have been influenced by the fans choice of Benitez. They wouldn’t have gone for him unprompted.

  • 106 bettyswallocks // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    They’ll be hoping Rafas appointment will soften the blow if we do go down.

  • 107 firebug666 // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    I noticed from the photos of the impromptu training session this afternoon that the players all looked happy and smiling too, they seemed to be taking to the new coaches like a duck to water.

    If it all comes together now and the put in a shift on Monday, I will be over the moon.

    A cloud has been lifted from over the Toon and light has started to appear, it all bodes well for a tense but exciting end to a dismal season.

  • 108 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    Jail for Ashley // Mar 1, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    I’d bring Benitez in, if you’ve got 80M to spunk on players why not get an A list manager, what’s the point in spending all that money and getting duffers in.

    Maybe not while in Spain but before that miserable showing against Stoke you’d been happy with a point and certainly before that calamity against Bournemouth where a point would still have the hapless tuft in charge!

  • 109 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    ‘Virtual drinks raise all round.’

    Why virtual? I have the real thing haha. Cheers everybody. 😀

  • 110 Jib // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    In Spain the word is that Beni’s agent Manuel García Quilón approached Charnley Sunday morning but warned that the conditions of employment would be very demanding.

    Who gives a f@ck , we now have a top drawer manager that just a month ago we could only dream of.

  • 111 ToonDownSouth // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:53 PM


    Don’t want to be too much of a grump, but I’d be absolutely amazed if we got relegated and Rafa stayed. Sky did report a relegation release clause – and we probably couldn’t even afford his wages in the Championship anyway (;

  • 112 hibbitt // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    a point at Leicester would make my weekend what a day

  • 113 Mister Tuff // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Jail – you’re wasting your time trying to debate with that idiot Jib. You are right though about him saying Wally would sort it all out. Seeing that Wally has been sacked makes him look even more stupid – he is just lashing out -hysterically.
    We all know he knows nowt about football – his efforts the other week were laughable (Tiote -non goal -offside).
    It was always a good ploy to ask folk to state the offside rule verbatim – usually sorted out the gobshites and tricksters.

  • 114 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    The real TDS,
    This what makes it such a great appointment, he is not desperate for just any job and he is not happy for one last pay out like Advocaat, he is a winner and is here for trophies, he is not a con man either, his toon army chants are not from someone in cahoots with Ashley to put bums on seats

  • 115 dok - the horrid colonial // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Sir Tuff,

    whats offside? 😛

  • 116 geordielad880 // Mar 11, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    side to play leicester:-




  • 117 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 11, 2016 at 9:02 PM


    He’s done his research and must reckon we’re a good enough risk for him to take the chance. After his heave ho in January he has to restore his reputation and the Toon may well be a good way of doing that.
    He also likes working in the EPL
    He’s not going to get an EPL job with another side who have invested £80m in the last two windows, and are committed to another £50m spend next window.
    Most of the top ten sides have stable managers, or he’s already been there and got the T shirt. Manure are not an option. Pochetinno and the next generation are already challenging.
    A sleeping (or even comatose) giant like the Toon has a lot of appeal.
    One cup in three years with us would be a success.

  • 118 ToonDownSouth // Mar 11, 2016 at 9:03 PM


    Completely agree there mate, just terrified of us going down and wasting this. Bought a couple of decent players this season (Winjaldum & Shelvey in particular, and I still think Mitro will come good) and hired a world class manager, & I really don’t want that to all go to waste .

    Also, is there another TDS? 😛 This season’s been too depressing to chat on here, can’t imaging how s**t it must be for yous that live in the city.

  • 119 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 11, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Jeff/JIB @110

    But we had a world class coach a month ago according to you, didn’t we ?

  • 120 bettyswallocks // Mar 11, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Too darn sarf………. You might be right but I think once he gets a feel of the place and realises that we are a sleeping giant he can’t help but be impressed with the potential. I think it will also hinge on how the players shape up and if he thinks he can work with them. There will have to be a show of ambition right through the club, but let’s live the dream whilst it’s still alive and assume we ‘re gonna stay up.

  • 121 Gforbes73 // Mar 11, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    At last a proven “manager” maybe to late to prove but a step……sorry I meant a leap in the right direction….. What direction remains too be seen…. But all in all a little bit of sunshine from Spain

  • 122 ToonDownSouth // Mar 11, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    21st Century Schizoid Man

    I’m sure you’re right, NUFC’s a special club & Rafa loves that – we know how attached he still is to Liverpool as a city 7 (?) years after leaving. But with the money coming in these days, you could consider any team in the league to be a decent project ^_^

    He’s exactly what we need though. Won’t take any rubbish from the clowns that run the club, and hopefully has the pedigree to tell put them in their place. Absolutely ridiculous appointment given recent years, just hoping it’s not too late.

  • 123 sing in the corner // Mar 11, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Yeah hats off to you, you were on the money with Benitez. I still can’t quite believe that we got him, had to stare at the to rubbing my eyes, but yes,he’s breezed into Toon! Very,very happy!
    Mind, I don’t see a Spanish waiter likeness. More like Rene from Allo allo!

  • 124 Jib // Mar 11, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Mr Tuff
    It’s a matter of record that I was a McClaren supporter well after most had given up on him.
    Saturday 5th March vs Bournemouth made me change my mind.

    I don’t believe we would have had a chance of Rafa until we were in such a weak negotiating position.

    By the way they have just mentioned Mike Dean is from the Wirral , we want him as ref for the next 10 games !

  • 125 Jail for Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    TDS is an original poster, TDSarf was a someone who hijacked the name, reckoned we were just a bang average club that went against the laws of luck ny getting KK and SBR and fully agreed with Mashers disdain for the cups. A bit like Jib really!

  • 126 magscar // Mar 11, 2016 at 9:12 PM


    Quite right on his reasons for choosing us at this stage and an additional bonus would be that Ashley’s criteria for selling up would have been met wouldn’t it?

  • 127 bettyswallocks // Mar 11, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    TDS….. My apologies for confusing you with a fiend. Must be the John Daniels. Jack to most folk but when you’ve known him as long as I have.

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