Rafa’s Website Thanks Newcastle’s Legendary Fans

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The people running Rafa Benitez’ website have thanked Newcastle fans for the warm and professional way they have welcomed Rafa to the famous Newcastle club and inundated his web-site so that it had it’s biggest day ever last Friday with all the new visitors to the site.

Well of course that’s when Rafa Benitez was sensationally appointed our new manager.

Here’s the very nice message sent out on the web-site:

Thanks toons, thanks visitors

RafaBenitez.com would like to thank all the visitors of this website, fans of RB, and in a special way to Newcastle United FC staff and fans for their warm and professional welcome over the past few days.

RafaBenitez.com has been honoured to receive a phenomenal number of new visitors since Rafa Benítez’s appointment on Friday –in fact we recorded the second highest since the launch of the official site.

This gracious welcome has made us at RafaBenitez.com even more motivated to work for our visitors and fans of RB and to build on the already legendary support from the Newcastle fans.

We look forward to being part of and contributing to supporting Newcastle FC for the remaining games of the 2015/16 season.

So we are toons?

Here is Rafa’s very good web-site in case you haven’t had a look yet.

Let’s beat Sunderland on Sunday – that’s what has to be next in saving our season under the great Rafa Benitez.

Comments welcome.

79 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Mar 15, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Rafabenitez.com lol what

  • Slank

    Mar 15, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    For the Sunderland game I’m not sure we need Anita alongside Shelvey. He didn’t impress yesterday. Nor did Shelvey in the first half.

    Things changed when Gini moved infield alongside Shelvey. It become more fluid. I would play a midfield three of Shelvey, Gini and De Jong. De Jong hasn’t got the pace but that isn’t going to matter too much as Sunderland are more than likely come to defend and sit back.

    Townsend has to start. He is probably the best crosser of a ball at the club.

    Mbabu also needs to start instead of our standing left back.

    Whilst I admire the hold up play of Mitrovic you don’t score mid way in the opposition half. The style of play has to change from humping forward for Mitrovic to chest down. If we are winning the game with a safe goal difference Mitrovic is essential to slow the game down with hold up play but if we are looking for goals he needs to be in the penalty area with our forwards attacking down the wings.

  • anthc

    Mar 15, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    I thought the dad’s did well last night in comparison to the dross they’ve served up recently.
    Everyone ran their socks off albeit some didn’t have great games but hopefully that will come with confidence.
    I thought de Jong did okay when he came on although thought he could’ve done a bit better with the chance he had. If we can match sunderlands work rate and will to win we should beat them as imo we have better players. Saying that we’ve bottled it the last several.

  • jimiley

    Mar 15, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    You cannot make a silk purse out of a pigs ear. Our strikers are crap. Rafa will organize our defence and make us harder to beat but we cannot score goals. We did not force a very average Leicester keeper to make a save. That is the bottom line from this performance. We need to win most of our home games otherwise we will go down. The next two games are massive and if we fail to win them our confidence and managerial lift will disappear.
    Regarding Leicester, I think the rest of the league has not taken them seriously as league leaders and are willing them to win the league. They are playing to Leicesters strenghts by attacking them. Teams should sit deep and invite them on and counter attack them. Just as Rafa did. They are clueless when they have to break teams down. Leicester are an average team with a decent defence and two good attackers. Danny Simpson ffs?????? Our 1996 team was much better. Out attack and midfield was much better but they have a better defence and keeper (RIP Pav. I would not swap you for either Scmeichel). Kev should have bought a top centre half instead of Asprilla. Our problem was not scoring goals but not holding onto leads away from home. Leicester have had it easy. I hope they win the league and I expect their defence to do just that. Up the foxes!!!

  • jimiley

    Mar 15, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    I meant to say a very average Leicester team to make a save. The keeper is very good. Not as good as his dad mind you. We player Leicester spot on. Our problem is our strikers are crap so we cannot counter attack very well. No shots means no goals and we all know where that ends.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 15, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    I thought the defense was pretty good last, Colback included, he was up against best winger in the league in the shape of Mahrez.
    Elliot paradoxically had probably one of the easiest games he’s had this season and but for that wonder goal we’d have had a clean sheet and a point at least.
    If the defense had performed like that all season we wouldn’t have the awful GD and a lot more points on the board.
    “IF” we do go down and Rafa decides to stay on then we would be odds on to come straight back up again as a lot of the potential leavers would possibly stick with us.
    Also if the unthinkable does happen it would give him a chance to sort out some of the under-performers.
    Anyway that’s my two-pennorth for the day.

  • AncientC

    Mar 15, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    It will be a crime to football if Leicester win the league playing that type of football.

    I would prefer to see a club with ambition and footballing philosophy receive their dues. Arsenal develop young players and attempt to play football the correct way – Godspeed to them.

  • jimiley

    Mar 15, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Rafa will not stay on. End of.

  • hibbitt

    Mar 15, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9


    how are you so sure ???

  • lordy_geordie

    Mar 15, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #10

    @9 because he thinks we will go down. That negativity we can do without. Sick of people bitchin.

  • Wayayman

    Mar 15, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Massive positives to take from that game last night. Many people have said that the Leicester team is rubbish or that they played poorly last night but I think that our boys didn’t let them play their usual game for the most part.

    Bear in mind that we had a three defenders who wouldn’t normally be playing if everyone else was fit, and that we are so low on confidence that we’ve almost forgotten why we play football these last couple of months. We were playing a team full of pace upfront and strenght at the back, so to come away from that game angry that we didn’t beat them says a lot about Rafa.
    I thought Mitrovic was actually very good. He was like a battering ram against two of the strongest, most physical players in the league, both of whom are vastly experienced. I’ve not seen a CF chest the ball out of the air as many times in one match, his hold up play was very, very good. The lad is young, and it’s his very first season in probably the best league in the world playing for a club who have massive expectations for their strikers but who barley make any chances for the lad. He’s 21, younger than Perez dont forget!
    Mitro will score on Sunday, then he’ll feel a huge release of the pressure and we’ll see more of what he’s capable of.

    Sissoko on the other hand. Jeeeeez. His decision making is possibly the worst I’ve ever seen in a toon shirt. You can tell that he’s always been the biggest, strongest kid in his age group when he was younger, so he’s been able to use his pace and power to blast defenders away. As a result, he’s not developed any acuall skill with the ball at his feet, his first touch is as bad as Cisse’s and his awareness is utterly lacking.

    Sunday, I’d have Shelvey and Gini in CM with Perez on the right and Townsend left, De Jong and Mitro up top with Siem replaced by Doumbia after an hour to blow those two donkey Mackem CD’s away.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 15, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12


    Leicester play brilliant football.

    Might not be as slick as some teams but passion, energy, pace, direct, some very good passing moves and skill when they do through mahrez.

    For me that’s what’s exciting about football, not this slow tedious play you get from a lot of the top sides these days.

    All opinions though, each to their own.

  • jimiley

    Mar 15, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #13

    I suppose bitchin means saying we have crap strikers? The truth is bitchin is it?

  • Very Terry

    Mar 15, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #14

    I live overseas. I got up at 3:45 a.m. to watch the match last night and I’m glad I did; thought we looked like a decent team.
    A couple of weeks ago I was so depressed by their ‘performances’ I wouldn’t have got up at 3:45 p.m. to watch them.
    Rafa seems like a class act and talks a lot of sense. I have a feeling that he’ll keep us up and if MA keeps piling money in for players and Rafa and Ian Cathro and the rest are able to have some influence in player recruitment, well, maybe my dream of some kind of success in my lifetime will be realised.
    As Rafa says, let’s keep cheering them on.

  • Wayayman

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #15

    The atmosphere on Sunday will be incredible. Not like anything many of the players will ever have experienced, especially if we score first.

  • jimiley

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Transfer Sage
    Leicester is a top counter attacking team. Sit back and invite them onto you and they are clueless. They are not a complete footballing team. Even our weakened defence (one of the worst in the Premiership) coped well with them because Rafa got the tactics right. Leicester will be a flash in the pan. I hope they win the league because it gives teams like the Toon some hope. They will be mid table next season after selling a couple of their best players. Danny Simpson ffs. Come on. He was struggling to make the Toon reserves.

  • mickybraham

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #17

    IMO our best team for Sunday based on last night:


  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #18


    I just find them a good side to watch, much better than slow build up some teams are. For me Dortmund under Klopp were the best I’ve seen for a long time in terms of pure enjoyment.

    Just nice to see teams playing a different way and showing you don’t have to try and copy Barca like a lot of sides do.

  • mickybraham

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #19

    IMO our best team for Sunday based on last night:

  • jimiley

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #20

    Point taken Transfer. Many people hold your view and I have some sympathy with it. You can get bored watching a team play possession footy. But I fancy Barca would play them off the park.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #21


    No doubt. I meant more along teams who try to mimic Barca but don’t have the quality so end up with lots of meaningless passes and no real end product.

    I like that everyone enjoys different things in football. Makes it a lot better to talk about for sure.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #22

    Agree with your Asprilla summing up

    I thought at the time and still do we would of won the league if we had not signed him.
    Great player but we seemed to change our style to accommodate him.

    As for the Mackem game WHO DO WE PLAY UP-FRONT –
    Mitovich does not look like scoring and a worry he will get wound up and sent off – Fat sam will be playing on his mindset/winding him up
    Perez – don’t know if strong enough
    Doombiadanceband – ain’t seen enough to pas comment
    DingDong – looks weak
    Riviere – Can’t score.


  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #23

    It’s really strange I find myself agreeing with so much of what is being said.

    Wayayman is right – whether Sissoko is good or bad is not the issue it is his decision-making when he has the ball that is so poor.

    I also find myself feeling that there is something missing from Wijnaldum’s game.

    After watching Leicester closely last night I think they flatter to deceive.

    To a large extent they reap the benefit of the underdog syndrome , it would be a brave referee who would award a penalty againt valiant Little Leicester.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #24

    The thing is with that free kick there was just no need for colback to even give the ref a decision to make. On the half way line, back to goal, lots of cover, just plain daft.

    I’m not sure why saylor struts around so much. very little to justify it. Weak clearing header for the goal and still fatally backs off with people running in on goal. I pray MBemba is back soon.

    Lascelles has quietly got a little run of games together and has had some good moments. Janmatt, Lascelles, MBemba and MBabu are very young but probably our most competent back 4 when available.

  • jimiley

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #25

    The whole country wants Leicester to win the league. Only the challengers do not. They have had no injuries all season and are getting all the decisions. Vardy goes down in the box at the slightest puff of wind. How many pens has he won? They are the new Toon. But nowhere as good as our 1996 team. You can win the cups with a great midfield and attack and average defence but you cannot win the league with that set up. You start at the back and build from there. Kev got it totally wrong but he almost succeeded to rewrite the laws of footy. And we love him for it.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #26


    i think batty replacing lee clark was more damaging.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #27

    anth at 3

    they’re not that old are they …lol!

  • stuart no9

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #28

    i think even if we go down , Rafa will stay .
    Why would he wsant to leave a club that he can build into a top top side . Yeah , he is going to have to spend one year in the championship.,however , he will get up us straight back upthen he can start to build his team , his players, NUFC could be his baby, We as fans have to get back him every step of the way and show him we want him as our manager no matter what happens because there is no one better than him to take this club whwre it should be. I dont think the championship bothers him that much as long as he gets the full backing from the board , he will suffer the same as us coz he knows just how big we could become , but to do that we may have to leave the prem for a year . Rafa is not stupid , he knows what he could have here, and with the fans , the stadium, the support of the board , and a chance to build his team and show the football world how he pulled NUFC from the gutter and turned them into a top euro side and became a geordie legend, i believe that would mean more to him than leaving and joining an already established top side and have the pressure of keeping them there and probably having the fans abusing you coz you lost a couple of games .He will know , as long as he gives 100% to the club , we are going to love him no matter what . why would he not want that,??

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #29

    Nobody said it was going to be easy! But to separate the wheat from the chaff and in line with my own thinking. It’s certainly worthy of a repeat in mho.

    6LGFUAD21 // Mar 15, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    I definitely feel some people need to follow Rafa’s lead and stay calm.

    We’ve been woeful all season. Last night we limited their chances to one on target. We had the better chances arguably but didn’t take them.

    We defended pretty solidly and looked like a team for the first time since Norwich.

    Benitez is spot on when he identifies the movement which was off. There was a lot of misunderstanding but the key was that we’re organised which we weren’t under Mcclaren.

    I think Benitez may have a battle with the fans as Newcastle fans always want to attack. Benitez is a tactician. Very much from the italian mold (despite being spanish) he will manage games and fans won’t like that here. But I say it’s for the best.

    Carragher got it spot on last night when analysing our goals conceded when he said it was typical newcastle going back to Keegan.

    Just as the board need to change their approach. So too does the team and fans.

    I imagine that some work will be done on our attacks this week given how disjointed we were in the final third.

    Ian Toon again – One obvious area to improve on though is the lack of composure throughout the team . Perez should have scored after a few minutes but snatched at the chance. Likewise defensively we will doubtless be working on the basics but we were vastly improved and compact than in recent games. Shelvey was not a presence for much of the game but he was not helped in anchoring the midfield by Anita; who lacks physicality and required ball distribution skills when under pressure. It was this I felt that Benitez was thinking of without mentioning names when he said that we have to use our brain and make the right decisions. Consistency, discipline, maturity, stability and in fact all the characteristics Benitez looks for- it’s all about keeping your head under pressure.
    Players and fans alike. When the going gets tough the tough get going.
    As fans let’s not throw in the towel after 3 training sessions.

  • martoon

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #30

    I wasn’t expecting any points from last night’s game but I was looking for an improved performance and better organisation which I think most would agree we did indeed see. I was disappointed with the way Mahrez & Vardy dived to the ground every time they were touched and the ref fell for it!
    The games against the makems and Norwich will seal our fate not last nights.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #31


    ”in your humble opinion”

    you have to laugh

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #32

    Rotonda- Colback did OK. He was playing out of position and against
    Maghrez- who many see as player of the season.
    It’s not that he played for the mackems that you constantly have a downer on him! He does the tough things that Anita wants to avoid but are essential in a well balanced team.
    My Merit Marks:
    Elliot. 6
    Janmaat 6
    Taylor 5
    Lascelles 6
    Colback 6
    Shelvey 6
    Anita 5
    Perez. 6
    Wijnaldum 6
    Sissoko 7
    Mitrovic 6

  • Wayayman

    Mar 15, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #33

    Ian Toon, you’ve got to be kidding. Sissoko MOTM for us? I mustve been watching a different game to you. He catches the eye as he is like a bull in a china shop, but there’s no finesse, no guile, skill or cunning in the way he plays, his runs are up blind alleys, his first touch is dreadful, his passing woeful and he can’t tackle. Oh and he is so often in his team mates space it’s comical. Not just the Mitrovic chance, he was impeding Janmaat, Shelvey and Gini on separate occasions last night. Apart from that, he is brilliant…

  • Wayayman

    Mar 15, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #34

    Sissoko is exactly what Rafa was talking about when he said that we have to use our intelligence.

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 15, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Has anyone seen Sissoko head the ball so much?
    It’s clear that Benitez has told him to make his physical presence count. Could you have imagined him clattering Schmeichel early doors- he looked the most influenced player under Rafa.

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 15, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Maybe you were!

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 15, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Sissoko and Perez both exercised the wrong options when through on goal. Sissoko lasted the pace and was unlucky with the volley off Morgan. It’s the best and most determined showing by him in ages.
    You have to judge on individual performances in games and not pre conceived notions.
    We will just have to disagree.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 15, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Sissoko is as effective as any opposing centre half at disrupting and did jointing out play. What he is good at – ranging runs from deep – is dwarfed by his lack of control, poor decision making, and woeful positioning. I was sick of him ages ago and I see getting shot of him as a reasonably high priority if the team is to balance out properly and done reasonable understanding brought into team play.

    Apart from that he’s ok 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Mar 15, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #39

    Disjointing our play.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 15, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #40

    His control of the ball I feel is roughly on a par with swinging a vacuum cleaner by the hose to strike the ball.


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