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Benitez’ Positive Post-Match Sunderland Interview – Video

5:25 pm, Monday, March 21st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 71 Comments

Here is one of Rafa Benitez’ interviews after yesterday’s vital 1-1 draw at home to Sunderland, when we came back well in the second half and equalized through a great header from the hero – Aleksandar  Mitrovic.

That was after we were very poor in the first half and it’s not at all how Rafa wanted the team to play – but he fixed things up at half time so we were a lot better in that second half.

Rafa continues to believe he has the players to survive relegation – and at the end of this interview he assures fans after they gave him a great reception, filled the stadium and supported the team throughout – that he will do his very best for them in every game.

In Rafa We Trust

Tags: Coaching · Derby · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press Conference

71 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Mar 21, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    I had a feeling about 10 minutes into the game if we could hold on until halftime that Rafa would sort it out .
    I also thought exactly the same as Shearer that give Defoe more than a couple of chances he will punish you.

  • 2 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Mar 21, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    I was one of the few people who voted on a draw as the result.

    We cannot score goals and are playing with no purpose, they cannot finish teams off and are playing away from home.

    Had a draw written all over.

    I dont see why we insist on playing Mitro alone up front. I think in a genuine setup of capable players yes…currently no.

    I would immediately place a 442 with the following.


    Wini____________De Jong____Shelvey_________Townsend


    Even a 4312



    _____________________Perez/De Jong_________


    Surely with a bit of support the pairing of strikers should def suit us better…We are a terrible counter attach side as we dont have the magic in HBA, nor the accuracy of Cabaye, and the brute aggression and positioning of BA…..

  • 3 Tsunki // Mar 21, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Jeff did you also have a feeling that if you drank enough water you’d soon need a wee?

  • 4 optimistic prime // Mar 21, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Did Ashley say he’d got the wrong receipe for making our own luck, but he recognises the mistake.

  • 5 Tsunki // Mar 21, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    I wonder how many hba detractors would take the arm off someone loaning him to us now? Probably not many. They’d still say he cost us the game when we lose.

  • 6 Tsunki // Mar 21, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Optimistic – yep too much glue not enough oil.

  • 7 Average_Contents // Mar 21, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Glue you say Tsunki?

    The cnut used spit hoping that’d work.

    Probably penfolds too.

  • 8 U.S Magpie // Mar 21, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Why if we are going to do everything possible to stay up is Armstrong still at Coventry? Why also is Mbabu not playing at left back? why is Sissy playing on the wrong wing? why is Aaron not playing on any wing? why do we keep playing Perez as a striker ? Is Tiote injured? Why do we not play Ginny between midfield and the striker?
    Hopefully Rafa is thinking about all these and coming to the same conclusion. We need goals goals and more goals if we have any chance to survive.

  • 9 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 21, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    It’s unfair to blame Ashley for our fall from being a top 5 team. The main reason we fell from the top was because Bobby Robson left. We were rubbish before he came and went straight back to being a bottom half team when he left. Not to mention Chelsea and Man City getting a helping hand.

    We’ve been selected lousy British managers long before Ashley came, only back in Shepherds day you could get away with it more because every team had a crap British manager.

  • 10 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 21, 2016 at 6:37 PM


    That 4-3-2-1 looks good and balanced, and if we must play Sissoko then it might as well be left back where he can’t do much worse than the others.

  • 11 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 21, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Is it not a bit strange that Lascelles is now every-bodies first choice as CB. Just goes to show that if (Young) players are given a fair chance they can do the biz.

    As I have said a million times, with no exaggeration, is they are good enough they are never to young for the first team. Although if they had to take time off from primary school it may be asking too much.

  • 12 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 21, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Is, if.

  • 13 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 21, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Are we paying Doubia’s wages?

  • 14 Jib // Mar 21, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    The next Mike Williamson
    So right
    Souness Roeder Allardyce
    The 3 Caballeros
    Andaré Andaré
    You listen to Tsunki and the girls and all the shyte started with Ashley.
    Complete bollix

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Mar 21, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Three bad choice of managers no doubt but we have not experienced anything like the shite that Ashley has dragged the club through in the PL era, we are a fcukin joke, if we don’t stay up we will break another unwanted record as the most expensive squad ever to be relegated. As for people giving Ashley credit for appointing Benitez it was pure desperation, had we managed two points against Stoke and Bournemouth we’d have been hit for seven in a row by the mackems with Mclaren telling us how well we’d played while grinning like an orangutan after eating lump of crystal meth or going back further we’d have Pardew still here

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Mar 21, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    talking about players in the building and over the line

  • 17 Jib // Mar 21, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Why has Munster not congratulated us on our fabulous Grand Slam ?

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Mar 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Because this is a soccer blog.

  • 19 check the toastie // Mar 21, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    team should be for Norwich


    Nice and solid Wini and jonjo moving ten yards up the pitch, we stay up with this team. Mbemba doing a kirchoff role only more mobile and pacy, can step in and play if needed

  • 20 AncientC // Mar 21, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    My only hope should we get relegated, is that the advertising around the stadium is worth more to a paying customer, than it is to Ashley’s percentage of SD.

    If the (free) SD advertising can be separated from the club – that would give the club a better chance of a replacement owner coming in.

    The club in the Premier League with free advertising makes the club worth more now to Ashley than anybody else who would own the club, in its current manifestation that is.

    Were the club suffering in the Championship without the advertising being worth much, that would mean that the club has little value or potential for higher value under Ashley’s ownership. On that basis, there has to come a point where another owner can get more value out of the club, than a failing Ashley can.

    I can see two scenarios where Ashley could sell.

    1. The club is relegated and Ashley’s inability to run the club properly means the club suffers and looks unlikely to come back up. At that point, an ambitious owner or group could see the huge potential that Ashley isn’t able to implement himself, and give Ashley an inflated price for a Championship side based on that potential.

    2. The club stays in the Premier League. With the new TV deal kicking in, Ashley could view this as the best time to sell the club at maximum value – this would be a straight up judgement call. Pros being the potential to hang around in the league and attempt for another decade of free advertising. Cons being the risk factor associated with Ashley’s incompetence when it comes to running a football club.

    Ashley’s quote today describes the problem…

    “I am wedded to Newcastle just like Sports Direct. They’ve got me and I’ve got them, that’s just the way it is.” “We’re stuck with each other.”

    It is not the marriage between owner and club that is the problem… it is the arranged marriage of SD to NUFC that is the true obstacle. Separate one from the other, and the Divorce proceedings wouldn’t be far behind.

    If the club stays up, Ashley would be a fool not to sell in the summer. We are a financial bubble, slowly deflating and waiting to burst under the guidance and management of Ashley.

  • 21 Jib // Mar 21, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    This was the last team against Norwich
    Janmaat— Mbemba—-Coloccini—-Dummett

  • 22 toonking // Mar 21, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    the next mike williamson

    saying it like that, us toon fans are ourselves at fault.
    I believe myself the current slide is just the finishing touches of a very long down fall ever since the loss of sir bobby robson.

    He won’t have remained on the job for as long as now but had we fans kept our mouths shut and waited for the man to retire on his own terms then we might have been able to find that decent manager but no we screamed for the sacking forcing shepard to do a more energercy appointment and ever since that day we’ve continued to go further and further down.

  • 23 beermonkey // Mar 21, 2016 at 8:25 PM


    if we go down all that will happen is the debt will go up to ashley as he will bank role us to come straight back up


    i dont expect to see tiote in a couple of weeks but townsend and shelvey and depending on injuries anita at left back

  • 24 Bri // Mar 21, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Will we beat Norwich?
    Will we stay up? time will tell.
    One thing i do know is that if we do manage to stay up a good few of our players need flung out the door.

  • 25 Moonraker15 // Mar 21, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    It’s not all doom and gloom! If you look at the mackems revival, they’ve won 1 game in the last 10 and Norwich have won 1 in 12 ! There is no evidence that they are going to win games whereas I’m pretty sure we will under Rafa! This could be the start of a great new era for the club! And by the way can’t see Palace pulling away from the bottom!?HWTL cheer up ffs!

  • 26 Thump // Mar 21, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    @Moonraker: Playing Newcastle is a good way for Norwich to win 2 in 13, mate.

  • 27 Moonraker15 // Mar 21, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Let’s just trust in Rafa! We’ve all got an opinion but definitely not as informed or skilled as he is. We’re not talking about a muppet like Pardew or McClaren; this guy has done it all and is still ambitious for a challenge! Leave it to him we will be ok!

  • 28 hibbitt // Mar 21, 2016 at 8:58 PM


    add to that list the defeatist throw the towel in bloggers who call themselves newcastle supporters but should be called newcastle moaners there doing the very thing they have accused the players of doing just giving up …..8 games to go we still have a chance of staying up but the so call experts on here have decided were down have a bit of faith give Rafa a chance if we go down lets go down fighting don’t just roll over…. i for one wont

  • 29 toon kk // Mar 21, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    We just lack quality in defence and upfront, Rafa can’t change that.
    The so called board new where our weaknesses were but chose to overlook them in the transfer windows. Most people said Macca had to go but we waited for to long to get rid.
    Now we’ve got the right manager but not the quality on the pitch.
    So ultimately poor decisions by the inept people running our club have basically gone into self distrust mode and will take us doon.

  • 30 Moonraker15 // Mar 21, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    We are going to stay up with or without your optimism!

  • 31 hibbitt // Mar 21, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    toon kk

    100% on the money we all know what need to be done and wasn’t but move on we have 8 game’s it’s football thing’s can change a little luck 1 or 2 players coming into a bit of form players adapting to rafa’s way we know the problem but can rafa find the solutions …..i for think he can

  • 32 AncientC // Mar 21, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    “if we go down all that will happen is the debt will go up to ashley as he will bank role us to come straight back up”

    Beermonkey, yes, but I was suggesting what could happen if the club does not come back up on the first attempt. That would be two seasons of Premier League money lost, and I believe the stadium naming rights would be up for lease around that time too.

    You would also have to think that SD shares wouldn’t be doing terribly well, with their main advertising vehicle out of the limelight.

    Ashley can run up the debt as he sees fit, the debt has never bothered him so far, he is certainly not in any rush to have it paid back. Reality will truly set in though, if he puts the club into a position where he has no hope of ever getting his debt back, with the knock-out blow being the free advertising not being worth much more than he is paying for it.

    And there you could have it… a club unable to pay its debt, with an owner unable to siphon off much value in the way of advertising revenue, who by that point anyway should be a little more concerned with the debt than the revenue margins he makes from hooking NUFC up to SD like a saline drip.

  • 33 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 21, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Hibbitt, Moonraker, and Stuart, good words from you.

    I’m fully behind Rafa as well.

    We’ve lost 6 in a row to Sunderland before, Rafa is in for 9 days and he manages to get a point from a ruined side with a cobbled together back line. Remarkable.

    I hope we keep the full scale developing going and I’m backing him 100%. I don’t understand how it can be any other way. World class manager for the first time since Sir Bobby, I’m over the moon we have someone of his calibre.

  • 34 hibbitt // Mar 21, 2016 at 9:19 PM


    so whats your view if we stay up………… the way i read your last post your going to be very disappointed if we do stay up ????

  • 35 Bri // Mar 21, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    A score draw against Sunderland at home remarkable.

  • 36 Tsunki // Mar 21, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Toonking I remember that article well enough to read it again to the end, well observed as sour grapes from Bellers, and nail on the head about our young ‘stars’ of the day who let SBR down. The minority of complaining ‘fans’ who were pounced on by Sky blew the whole thing out of proportion to where FFS, by his own admission, overreacted.

    Saying a change of managers changed the whole structure, direction,managememt and outlook of the club and not the owner who did the changing is breathtakingly infantile in it’s conception.

  • 37 AncientC // Mar 21, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    hibbitt – No, I want the club to stay up, by all means. I just happen to think Mike Ashley is being very foolish if he is insistent on not selling the club, should we be in the Premier League next season.

    Has there every been a better time to sell a Premier league club? Compare that with the trajectory that the club is on…

  • 38 Tsunki // Mar 21, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    By the same logic as Ashleys die hard buddies, we could say that a bus swerving down the street crashing into cars hitting walls and careering toward the river should be blamed on the steering, the wheels, the brakes – but definitely not the driver listening to his mp3 player and fumbling in the foot well for his polo mints.

  • 39 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 21, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Bri, we’re second bottom of the league and have been well beaten against Sunderland on SIX prior occasions and just got a new manager in after some heavy defeats. Yes, I do find that remarkable.

  • 40 beermonkey // Mar 21, 2016 at 9:34 PM


    sports direct isnt doint to well at the moment for various reasons
    i dont think us going down will hurt there advertising ( although were a great advert)

    not sure were there main advert they do alot of normal tv adverts and seem to have linked with little mix i think that would prove a good move

    sports direct have more or less wiped out there main rivals how much advertising do they need to do

  • 41 toon kk // Mar 21, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Tbf we all want us to survive, well I can’t believe someone can call themselves a fan if they don’t. But we all have to accept the reality of we will probably go down. Carr, Charnless and Co have to take responsibility along with Macca and our players, but you can’t give players quality they haven’t got.
    SHAME if we do go down but we can only support our club and hope we bounce back up.
    In the mean time let’s hope Rafa Can motivate our players and we can get a few wins to keep us in the premier league.

  • 42 jimmysmith // Mar 21, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    We have a one in three chance of staying up, so little is the difference in form between the three of us. I personally think Norwich are the most likely to go down, because of a severe lack of goal threat and there relatively small support, despite their win at Brom.

    Who ever stays up might do it with as few as 33 or 34 points, which tells its own story of how bad we have been, but I think you’d need a lobotomy to feel positive considering our position, and inadequacies in both defence and attack.

  • 43 AncientC // Mar 21, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    beermonkey – you don’t think Newcastle being relegated would hurt SD? if that was the case, then the club would be charging for its advertising space.

    Let’s say that the SD advertising is worth 8 million per year – now, let’s say that Ashley keeps that free advertising in place for 20 years. That = £160 million in free advertising, more than even the club debt.

    The advertising has a material value, that value goes to SD and not the club.

    Even if the advertising generates an extra £5 million per year profits for Sports Direct, SD profit is £180 million per year. What would happen to company shares, when a business that once made £180 million per year, loses £5 million of that?

    “The Premier League is broadcast in 212 territories around the world, working with 80 different broadcasters.

    The TV audience for Premier League games is 4.7bn”

  • 44 Moonraker15 // Mar 21, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    I am not saying there’s no chance of us going down, but I think on balance we have more chance of staying up than Norwich and Sunderland; mainly because of Rafa and we shall definitely improve for the remaining games. I think we’ll beat Norwich, Swansea, Palace, Villa and pick up at least 2 draws. Should be enough to stay up ! Howay the lads!

  • 45 Belfast // Mar 21, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    I definitely feel more confident that the manager can fix it when we go behind or we aren’t playing well now.

    His subs yesterday did seem weird at the time but it definitely worked.

    I still find it really bizarre that we didn’t change manager after the Chelsea game though. If we do get relegated that decision to stick by McClaren at that point will have played a major part in it.

  • 46 Belfast // Mar 21, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    That would have been a fortnight with the new manager and six extra points to play for. Perfect timing to make the change.

    That was a major c*** up.

  • 47 Jib // Mar 21, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Belfast getting scudded away to Chelsea 5 -1 is just not the same as getting molested 3 -0 at home off Bournemouth

  • 48 beermonkey // Mar 21, 2016 at 10:24 PM


    sports direct dont pay a penny its a gift from ashley
    and i am sure when sports direct plan there adverting i bet the club are not mentioned

    ashley has shown time and time again he doesnt care what his share holder think and more or less does as he pleases
    sports direct have had 9 years free advertising if they lose if for a few season will they complain no if it means that much to them they will go and pay for it at another club in the prem

    in the championship it win win for sd they dont pay the only losers are the club with loss of revenue

  • 49 Belfast // Mar 21, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    I know that Jib but that wasn’t your normal swashbuckling Chelsea. It was a team out of sorts and we made them look like Barcelona.

    And it wasn’t the first time we made the opposition look like Barcelona Palace Everton etc etc

  • 50 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 21, 2016 at 10:32 PM


    I like your optimism, and though it’s a very tough uphill struggle to get points from 6 of our last 8 matches, I think Rafa is one of very few managers who could achieve that.

    I’m hoping beyond hope that he does, because I want to enjoy the ride of next season with him in charge.

    Okay so 4-2-3-1 isn’t always pretty and we’ll get the tacticians on here arguing for 4-4-2 or 4-3-3, but we have to put our trust in him to get it right. There is no-one else. Relegation would mean what ? Who would be our Championship manager if he walked ? Scary prospect.

  • 51 toon22 // Mar 21, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    When we are religated lets hope Rafa can be pursuaded to stay with a mountain of cash and total free reign of every aspect of our club.

  • 52 AncientC // Mar 21, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    beermonkey – The subject of SD free advertising must be “The love that dare not speak its name” when it comes to talks between Ashley and his Shareholders. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Nobody talks about it, but everybody knows.

  • 53 beermonkey // Mar 21, 2016 at 10:45 PM


    for us fans its a real problem because the way the club is run
    also no1 can seem to agree its true worth

    i saw a piece in the paper the other day about topgear and one of there stunts and the car had advertinsing on it and they reckon it was worth around 2 mill top gear shown all over the world like the prem and for a 5 10 min bit on there they reckon 2mill
    does that mean our advertising is worth nearly 80mill no way its a complicated thing to work out

    we are a benefit to SD i think thats where it ends
    they have no say as we have no say

  • 54 JamesToon // Mar 21, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Bit worried about Ashley’s interview where he says he regrets buying us, and that we’ve completely emptied the bank this season…

    And says he won’t increase his stake in rangers because he doesn’t want to be involved in football anymore, OK…so why still own a football club??!!

  • 55 AncientC // Mar 21, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    This is from 2014:

    “In the last season before Ashley arrived the Commercial revenue at Newcastle was £27.6m, after six years under Mike Ashley‘s ownership the Commercial revenue in the recently released 2012/13 figures was £17.1m. A shocking state of affairs that sees the club turning over £10.5m less per season than United did six years previously. Astounding.

    What makes it so much worse though is that EVERY other Premier League club has seen their commercial revenue go up.

    While Newcastle’s commercial revenue has dropped by almost 40% in that six year period, all of our competitors have benefited from a rise.”

    Commercial revenue is up since then, but nowhere near as high as it should be, imo.

  • 56 Jib // Mar 21, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    James Toon
    You’d be less worried if you didn’t make shit up

  • 57 beermonkey // Mar 21, 2016 at 11:06 PM


    we are shockingly badly run if it wasnt for the tv money going up we would be right in the sh1t but the owner seems happy with it

    with the like of west ham spurs liverpool any advantage our 50k stadium has in terms of revenue will soon fo with them all set for new stadia or upgrading

  • 58 Fostino // Mar 21, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    I Look around at players like rashFord. .the arsenal young lad iwobi..ibe..Ward prose to name a few and wonder why we are letting d young talent like Armstrong on loan ..or arrons on the bench…young guns like that can create moments of genius and really get the crowd going.

  • 59 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 21, 2016 at 11:36 PM


    Is that comment in response to what I said earlier, if so thank you, glad someone is responding.

  • 60 U.S Magpie // Mar 21, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    Jib, on your team selection. Isn’t Colback suspended now for two games for his tenth yellow card?

  • 61 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 22, 2016 at 12:28 AM

    Dead on here tonight, the international break is so boring.

  • 62 stuart no9 // Mar 22, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    for the people on here who didnt think the 1-1 draw on sunday was good enough and believe nothing has changed over the last 2 weeks — would macca have got 1 point or 3 against the mackems.?? yes or no ?????

  • 63 Mister Tuff // Mar 22, 2016 at 1:02 AM

    Jib Jibberish see you were having a pop earlier on – trying to goad. Surprised non of the gobshites appeared to tick you of for your behaviour.
    Well not really surprised at their selective targets for a rebuke (hypocrites comes to mind).

    Anyway whats the post at number 1 on this thread :-

    “Jib // Mar 21, 2016 at 5:35 PM
    I had a feeling about 10 minutes into the game if we could hold on until halftime that Rafa would sort it out .
    I also thought exactly the same as Shearer that give Defoe more than a couple of chances he will punish you.”

    Wow – impressive stuff – not only do you offer a Google searching service, usually misinterpreted, but now you are offering psychic predictions and mind reading Shearer. (the bloke yopu were slagging off a few weeks
    so what is your secret -tarot cards, ouija board, reading the tea leaves ?
    Or is it just getting sloshed and making up any old shyte.
    Your crap post destroyer would kill you off in a day.
    What a knacker – but always good for a laugh (ridicule).

  • 64 jimmysmith // Mar 22, 2016 at 2:26 AM





    Possibly Tiote in for Shelvey, who appears to be trying too hard, if anything, and rushing his football. But there is plenty of quality and experience in that side for Rafa to work with.

    To be frank, the likes of Perez, Mitro and Lascelles don’t fill me with confidence in this intensely pressurised, almost desperate, situation.

  • 65 jimmysmith // Mar 22, 2016 at 2:33 AM

    Bench, Mitro, Aarons, Perez, Anita, Taylor, no one else would really seems that much use, and the Saivet and Doumbia signings appear pathetic.

  • 66 Veltman // Mar 22, 2016 at 4:21 AM

    I don’t care whether Janmaat gets injured or not.
    He has been poor the whole season.He is one player I like to see shipped out and replaced by the likes of Keiran Trippier in the summer.Anita can do a better job than him at right back.I like to see Haidara back at lb.At least he is more flexible and can make good crosses down the wing than Dummett and colback .
    Saivet and Doumbia must have been poor.I haven’t impressed by Saivet the way I saw him against Everton.Doumbia has been poor in top leagues (Italy).No surprises here as well.Two poor signings and looked panic buys.Luckily,
    Doumbia is on loan.Is carr’s eyes run out of juice?

  • 67 EllaGuru // Mar 22, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Mbemba looked especially nervous in the first half against Sunderland. A number of stray passes and dodgy, rushed clearances. Lascelles on the other hand I thought looked quite composed and calm. I think we have a decent CB partnership here if we can bed the two of them in. The matter that remains to be solved is the wingbacks.

    @jimmysmith 64
    You say Lascelles does not fill you with confidence, yet Colo does? Colo is the most dishonest CB in the Premier League. He has no fight, desire nor leadership skills. Yes he has a decent first touch, but lacks all the other attributes required of a CB in the Premier League.

  • 68 firebug666 // Mar 22, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    It would seem Carr is weighing up his options, If Rafa keeps us up he will leave Newcastle as Rafa will stay and have total control over transfers.

    But Rafa may leave if we go down.

    I think Carr should ship out now (he is 71) and take that Charnley fella with him.

  • 69 EllaGuru // Mar 22, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    Does anyone know what the situation is with Mbabu and Hairdryer? Are they both still injured?

  • 70 Ian Toon // Mar 22, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    I see the usual incoherent rants against all things Ashley without any balance or a case being made. What mistakes has Ashley made this season.?

    Belfast – Though lays the blame quite rightly at the hands of the Board. There was a clear case of dereliction of duty by the board in dithering when after the Chelsea game Macca should have been sacked.. Again urgency was in short supply. We weren’t supposed to lose at home to Bournemouth and there was no contingency plan. The Board were caught on the hop yet again.
    They are to be congratulated on the appointment of Rafa Benitez a first class appointment. This though doesn’t alter the fact that their dithering cost Benitez vital weeks on the training pitch; if they’d bit the bullet on Macca when they should have.
    It also impacted the players mindset that the board might plan to stick with Macca, to give him another game or two to turn things around. It was complacency, a dereliction of duty and hindered our chances of still being in the PL next season. Tbe Board wilfully neglected their duties. Whatever happens between now and the end of the season Macca and Ashley should not be scapegoats for the failings of others.

  • 71 Jib // Mar 22, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    Ian Toon
    If press rumours are to be believed , it was Benitez’ people that actually approached the Toon.
    If that is true then possibly Charnley had decided to limp along until seasons end with McClaren.
    So the question of getting Rafa in before the La Manga trip had never entered anyone’s head.
    For Manuel García Quilón to believe NUFC would listen favourably to an approach and contemplate sacking SM , someone would have had to to put it out there on the grapevine , Ashley associates perhaps ?

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