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Newcastle Star’s Surprising Statement About Norwich Game

8:54 am, Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 3 Comments

If Rafa Benitez does save us from relegation and stays on at Newcastle,  then it’s clear there will be huge changes made at the club and those changes will be directed by the manager himself, who only agreed to come to the club if he could be fully in control of things – including the transfers.

And certainly it shows what a big club Newcastle still is,  that somebody of Benitez’ standing in football was willing to come to Tyneside when we are in such a terrible position in the league table and still odds-on favorites to be relegated this season.

What other club would have 52,000 sell-out crowds at their home games when we are second bottom of the league table?

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Andros Townsend – in action against Sunderland

The Newcastle Board haven’t done much to be proud of this season, but getting Rafa in was a huge coup and it seems they have simply put their trust in Benitez that he can somehow extricate us from the terrible situation we are in at the moment.

Rafa seems to relish the  challenge and today our new signing from Tottenham, Andros Townsend, talks about how the next eight games will  be the biggest games of the careers of our players.

This is what the 24 year-old has said in the Chronicle today:

“Getting Rafa Benitez to come to Newcastle just shows how big the club is..” “He’s won everything around the world and managed the best players, so it can only be a positive for us..”

“We can stay up this season and we can keep one of the best managers at Newcastle.” “It’s been fantastic with Rafa coming in, but it’s no secret I was disappointed when McClaren left.”

“They paid a lot of money to get me here and it was Steve who put his faith in me to get me here.” “This is football, and you need to move on.”

“You could have said the derby was the biggest one of all time.”  “Now, it’s Norwich and that’s the biggest game of our careers. Then it’ll be the game after that.”

“We have eight cup finals to come and we need to treat them like that.” “We need to start picking up points sooner rather than later.”

Norwich will be the biggest game of the players’ careers – maybe that’s some of what Rafa has been telling them to motivate the  players to start playing well – as though their lives depended on it.

We don’t know if Benitez – if he stays – will want to sign more English players for Newcastle, but we have been impressed with the mentality of the two English players we signed in January – Jonjo Shelvey and Andros.

They have been more than willing to roll up their sleeves and immediately fight for the cause and they have both had an immediate impact.

Those are the only two of the four we signed in January that Rafa seems to want to use through the end of the season, with striker Seydou Doumbia and central midfield player Henri Saivet not being used too much – yet.

We just hope it’s not too late for Benitez to work his magic at the club and save us and sooner rather than later.

But we must keep the faith.

Howay The Lads!!



Tags: Andros Townsend · Coaching · Leadership · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League




3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mag52 // Mar 29, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Still awaiting an answer to that pretty straightforward grammatical question Mr.Tuff.

  • 2 Jib // Mar 29, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    That comment by Townsend shows that input into transfers had already shifted somewhat more to the coach /manager than previous windows.

    It is a bit like Lennon & McCartney songs , you can generally tell who was the main inspiration behind each one.

    I think Shelvey and Townsend were SM signings and Saivet may have been Carr’s last bit of input.

    Everywhere Benitez has been he has always brought good Spanish players into his sides.
    I think he still has his finger on the pulse of Spanish football especially after his time at Real Madrid. If Ayoze Perez is anything to go by a few more young Spaniards (and even some established stars) wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen!

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Mar 29, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    JimmySmith,
    I hope you’re about and reading this. Jib commended me on my honesty but has no scruples when posting blatantly misleading links to back his point. You were right the first time Jimmy over the sale of Milner and that interview KK gave saying it was his decision was under a lot of strain in the hope of saving and resolving a situation that was turning in to a farce. In fact, as I’ve stated before it was that interview that started my intense dislike of Ashley and his policies and started the chain of events that ended in relegation. KK had just said previously that the selling of Milner would be unthinkable, he was told more signings would be coming in with him thing Sebastian Schweinzeger being one of them. When Xisco and Gonzales were bought KK resigned. It is inconceivable that we would not have gained one more point with Milner in the side. That single act of greed combined with lies and false promises cost us KK and relegation. Truly amazing if arch Ashley apologist Jib believes that KK sanctioned a sale that he later resigned/ was constructively dismissed over.
    Here’s a more acurate link.




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