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Newcastle Transfer Targets Will Have To Change

10:19 am, Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 146 Comments

If Newcastle cannot start picking up some wins very soon then there will have to be massive changes made at the club this summer, because we will find ourselves a Championship club for only the second time in 24 years – but the second time in seven years with Mike Ashley as the owner.

That stoppage time goal by Olsson yesterday will now make it very difficult for Newcastle to avoid the drop and while it’s not impossible that we can still survive it means we need to pick up four or five wins in our last seven games – that’s not going to be easy.

Since we beat West Brom at home 1-0 on 6th February – the first game after the January transfer closed – we have picked up just one point from the last six games – so no wonder we are now 6 points from safety – it just hasn’t been good enough and we only have ourselves to blame – especially those running the club at the top.

We have never been ahead in any one of those previous six games and our goal difference has has gone from -18 to -27.



Rafa Benitez pointing out the Norwich goal came way past the one minute added time in first half

And if we do go down it’s going to be all change in the transfer market this summer as our current targets will be shelved.

Newcastle will also look to sell some players like Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong, Georginio Wijnaldum and others who will not want to play second division football in England.

And players like Steven Taylor, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Yoan Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic, Emmanuel Riviere and others will be let go in a massive clear-out of players.

We just envision the conversation when Lee Charnley asks Graham Carr which French players he likes this summer and has lined up to come in and help Newcastle fight their way out of the second division at the first attempt.

We suggest there should not be too many – in fact none – and we will need to bring in some British players that have leadership skills, because we are really short of those players this season.

That’s one reason we are in the mess we are in right now.

It’s not certain we will be relegated, but the loss to Norwich yesterday makes that much more likely now.

And if it happens we will need to bring in a new manager to replace Rafa Benitez – who will leave for pastures anew if he cannot save us.

Relegation will be an utter and total catastrophe for Newcastle if it happens – but now unfortunately it’s more likely than not – after yesterday’s devastating loss.

Here are the current league positions at the bottom – our one chance was to catch Norwich.

Crystal Palace38-1242
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

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146 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Harley // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    If by some miracle we could actually win a few games, we could really do with Sunderland beating Norwich.
    I think it’s all for nothing now as yesterday probably sealed our fate.

  • 2 midweek weekend // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:28 AM


    I’ve said a few times before pardew was terrible but he somehow managed a 6 game win streak each season which would ultimately give us enough points not to get relegated.

    With mcclaren too many times one game wed actually play well but fail to get the result think the Chelsea 2-2 game and the Sunderland game before collo is sent off, under mcclaren a run of wins simply never happened and the truth is he should of been sacked way back October albeit benitez wouldn’t had been available at that time but holding on too mcclaren killed us.

    Each week wed lose and he comes out smiling grinning just didn’t make any sense but the underlying fact is who in their right mind appoints a failed championship manager when your supposed to be an established epl side.

    Mcclaren goal was the same as pardew simply keep us in the prem and everyone is happy the whole top 8 and trophies was an illusion. So January approaches and alarm bells are ringing and funds are used to attempt to save us the one goal of not to come in the bottom 3 was looking dodgy, and after no improvement benitez is brought in but at this point were clutching at straws.

    A premier league club which exists to survive has no place in this league we are an absolute disgrace to teams like Leicester who despite all their shortcomings play everything single match with a we will go out there and give our all mentality and actually try to win. Newcastle United a team that’s scared of securing European football cause that means we actually have to spend some money by buying additional players.

    A football club needs to set goals and slowly work towards them and naturally progress up the league and attempt to secure some trophies on the way, Newcastle players are happy just to get mid table to secure the bonus this football club has a let’s win some games but not too many eh don’t want that nasty European football do we don’t want to show the fans were too ambitious they might demand we buy some players, we finished 5th and signed ONE PLAYER IN ANITA.

    9 years under Ashley has equalled basically 2 relegations we won’t come back up cause we don’t have Barton Nolan Carroll even lovenkrands was decent, but one player I really liked in our last championship spell was Alan Smith past his best but gave 100% that team under Chris Houghton would not be relegated that team doesn’t lose to Sunderland, the reason chrisy got sacked was cause he couldn’t accept we wanted to simply exist and not thrive and progress, Newcastle United is a broken football club which needs saving before we’re lost forever in the football league only a new owner can change our fortunes this summer window will define us for the next 10-15 years.

    Sorry for long post

  • 3 Slank // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:35 AM


    The first half we were very poor and the blame rests entirely with Benetez. He selected the players and he determined the tactics. There is no way that eleven players decide to totally ignore their manager’s instructions.

    The second half we were very good and the stats for the game confirm this. Benetez takes credit for this as he made the substitutes and changed the tactics but alas he can’t do much for individual mistakes.

    On paper under the current circumstances Tiote, Cisse and Anita looked the right choice supported by many on this blog but Benetez clearly saw that Anita was being run ragged and was often found missing from the left back position. Additionally he provided little attacking movement. Same with Tiote who was very static and didn’t really compliment Shelvey who was too deep. In the second half Shelvey played higher up the field and had a greater impact as it was easier to find players. Sissoko provided the attacking threat down the left that was missing in the first half. Janmaat also played higher up the field.

    The puzzle for me is why is De Jomg not selected. It’s the complete opposite of Ameobi who was always selected irrespective of manager. De Jong is never selected irrespective of manager.

  • 4 one fine day // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    From previous
    See your point but I think we have to admit both Norwich and Sunderland have improved dramatically since the first time we played both this season.
    The confidence seems at an all time low ,other than mitrovic ,right now.
    In the derby do you think mac would have thrown on as many strikers as the laws allow to have a go and be proactive ?
    It got us a point and took two off Sunderland which still may count for something on the last day.
    It’s been said here so much but under mac we were Certs for the drop Rafa has come in and is trying everything to sort things but has zero time,my only criticism of him so far was cisse in for mitrovic but bringing him off the bench almost actually worked and had we nicked a point or even a winner we would be saying Rafa was a genius.

  • 5 Jib // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    one fine day
    I suppose repeating what we all know and what has been said so many times until it bores the cat , has a therapeutic effect.
    So if it stops you being horrible to the kids and shouting at the missus feel free to rant away

  • 6 NoahJ // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    I remember reading that shelvey and townsend both did not have a relegation clause in their contract. If they stayed, and we managed to keep hold of at least one of perez/ mitro, then the future in the championship looks way more encouraging (not saying these players are good, but they probably will be in the championship!)

    add Armstrong, Aarons, Toney to the mix, then that’s quite a nice attacking line-up

    the squad will look ridiculously thin though; can’t see anything other than getting rid of: sissoko, wiji, tiote, saivet, marveaux, oebrtan, gouffran, cisse, doumbia, coloccini, janmaat, krul, haidara, mbemba

  • 7 Slank // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:43 AM


    You are jumping the gun and making assumptions.

    The key question is whether the current team have a better chance of getting promotion with the players they have now or whether the majority of the current squad should be sold and replacements of less ability should be bought who have experience of the Championship ?

  • 8 Jib // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Sorry that post was for midweek weekend

  • 9 one fine day // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    My rant was addressed in response to nezza from previous three mate.
    Pretty sure most on here use it as an emotional crutch / self help group after one bad result after another.
    A bit like AA but you can visit more than just the first Tuesday of the month

  • 10 Jib // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Rafa just may fancy a complete rebuild at NUFC involving a relegation and promotion .

    Look what promotion has done for Leicester.

    Remember he knows all about the cream of Spain and Italy’s young players and has good contacts in Latin America.

  • 11 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    If Benitez is the manager he is cracked out to be then why in F**k’s name did he drop: Lascalles for that muppet Taylor.
    also Cisse for Mitro who is improving and scoring
    Where has Saviet gone –

    Sick of the same old same old
    Got nowt to lose why not play Saviet and De Jong next week instead of Winjammer and Tiote

  • 12 Slank // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Noah @ 6

    Looking at the players contracts many will be in their final year next season and except Wijnaldum, Sissoko, De Jong, Shelvey, Perez, Haidara, Janmaat, Saivet and Townsend.

  • 13 Jib // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Charlie the proof of the pudding etc.
    You’re having a pop at a manager over one or two selections you disagree with , but he’s walked the walk , the trophies are in the cabinets and on his cv.

  • 14 NoahJ // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    slank @12

    True, but I think this can be a good thing- e.g. finally getting rid of the likes of taylor, curtis good, obertan etc. these players are just completely unqualified

    If it’s true about the contract situation with shelvey and townsend (and possibly perez, who also re-signed recently), then I don’t see any reason why we should sell them, unless we get our money back (highly unlikely). they’d be more valuable to our promotion campaign than the equivalent we’d get for the money we’d otherwise get for them

  • 15 21st Century Schizoid Man // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    “it is irrelevant who owns the club.”


    “I must be mentally challenged ”
    “I hate sloppy thinkers me.”

    all 3 pure jibberish – the genuine article in know nowt bloggers

  • 16 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    I only saw the MOTD highlights but I was dismayed to see the team line up before they were shown’

    The living statue Taylor on for Lascelles, Duh!

    Mitrovic not starting. Duh!

    I have to say I was all for Rafa but already I am having doubts.

    What has been happening at Long Benton during the international break cos I don;t see any tangible improvements.

    Norwich should have been a very winnable game with the right team selection and tactics but we gave it to them.

    Exasperation, not halve!!!!!

  • 17 Ron Knee // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:18 AM


    It’s stretching it a bit to describe our bunch of misfits as a team!

  • 18 Lindisfarne // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    We have never been a pass and move side, the team does not have the technical skill, defensive ability or mobility to play that way. To continue trying is only flogging a dead horse and a more basic approach that galvanizes the players is required. Moving to a more direct tactical game will at least provide opportunities through probability rather than craft.

  • 19 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Yeah he has the trophies in the cabinet but he ain’t managed a team in a relegation fight (basically are shit and lack confidence).

    Seems you need a certain type of manager for the relegation fight and a certain type of manager to manage top teams to championships.

    Yes I would like Benitez to stay and sort out the mess we are.

    But would a ‘Pulis’ type of manager be better for the relegation battles we seem to have season after season.

  • 20 Lindisfarne // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Can someone not simply ask Benitez why de Jong, Saivet have not been given an opportunity in the three matches he has been in charge of. Even a politically correct and non-judgmental answer would give some kind of clarity, along with an assessment of playing Aarons, Lascelles and Good. Plus a statement about what he hopes Coliccini, Cisse and Tiote will bring to the table that they have so far failed to show in the past three seasons.

  • 21 Lindisfarne // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Forgot to add Taylor to that list of oldtimers at the end of @20.

  • 22 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    ED . how to you know Raffa is leaving at the end of the season ? has he told you ? untill he makes a statement saying hes leaving – hes staying .
    Ok its not looking great this morning , however by the law of averages we are due a win , A draw at saints next week is not going to be a decider but we MUST take all 3 against swansea, 1 point against M city, zilch against liverpool, 3 against palace, 3 against villa and 3 against spurs coz the title will be won by the time we play i can see 14 points that are acheivable . 14 plus 25 =39 . enough to stay up this season . thats it we are safe. benitez stays and we kick on next season

  • 23 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    morning all
    cisse probably got the nod as i doubt he was away on internatrional duty and has been training the last 2 weeks in a set formation…he had a couple of half chances…that may have had a lot to do with rafas choice to start him…. in this league over the course of a season you get what you deserve…defensively we have always been weak even when we finished 5th a few years back,i remember afew games where we got an absolute beating and we’ve struggled to stay clear of relegation by the skin of our teeth for a number of years….no matter what the manager or how much the management above him has failed,the player recruitment, and loyalty to poor players is all part of the problem which looks like it may take us down….these players are not as good as they or we believe they are,whether thats due to confidence or quality,its not good enough unfortunately.

  • 24 Lindisfarne // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    There is no knowing what will happen in the short term future, or who will be in charge next year as it is all dependent upon what occurs in the next seven matches. In terms of results and the positive / negative reaction of Players, Fans and Directors.

  • 25 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    if we go down… i wonder if de jong would stay if played?

  • 26 Ron Knee // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Many managers seem tempted to rely on ‘experience’ when a club is in dire straits.

  • 27 Lindisfarne // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    SPRINGY – to true

  • 28 Lindisfarne // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Ron Knee – it is a natural and logical route to start with, I just hope Rafa can adapt quickly to the realisation that its the senior players that have got us into this position.

  • 29 NoahJ // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:37 AM


    The more I think about it, the more I think it’s not so ridiculous that Rafa might stay:

    1. his life is in England- his home, wife and children were here, even when he was in Italy and Spain… and this is demonstrated by the fact that he chose to come to Newcastle, when he could have gotten another top job abroad

    2. no other top English team are looking for a new manager apart from probably Man U (and possibly Arsenal), but I don’t think either would go for him; Chelsea and Man City are already spoken for

    3. he likes a challenge, and he’s admitted that he likes this club and sees the potential in it. The idea of having full control and starting from scratch and bringing in his own players and staff must appeal to him

    4. I posted on here yesterday that I think he should come out one way or the other, but actually, if he does choose to stay, the timing would be best when we do get relegated- it would be a nice boost to soften the blow, and give us fans something to hope for next season

    …. don’t get me wrong, I’m 75% sure he will leave (probably because he’ll be offered a top job somewhere), but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility for him to stay.

    And, if he stayed, I would have 100x more confidence that we could come straight back up

  • 30 Ron Knee // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    That’s why I put ‘experience’ in quotes!

  • 31 Ron Knee // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    “Three Premier League clubs have denied “false” doping allegations made by the Sunday Times newspaper.”

    On this season’s performances NUFC are totally innocent!

  • 32 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    i read or heard…he did say something a long the lines of he would review the situation and discuss everything at the end of the season…but i think he would want total control and a healthy supply of transfer funds….if the club is wanting to do things right they would back him…but its whether they want to do things right,which could mean selling our best players if they want to leave,taking heavy losses on players that are just not good enough and then strengthening at all levels which could be very costly….im not so sure ashley/charnley would be willing to do that.

  • 33 Slank // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    Lindisfarne @ 20

    My own view of those players you mentioned:

    De Jong – mystery man. Why don’t successive managers select him ?
    Saivet – hasn’t looked good when selected. Perhaps he isn’t any good ?
    Aarons – flatters to deceive. Perhaps he can’t deceive managers ?
    Lascelles – looks good. Quick and commanding. Not For Sale.
    Good – not made the grade. For Sale.
    Collocini – best days are behind him. Retirement.
    Cisse – best days are also behind him. For Sale.
    Tiote – interested only in Chinese takeaways. For Sale.

  • 34 Slank // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Stuart @ 22

    It is believed that he has the option to walk away without compensation should Newcastle be relegated.

  • 35 Lindisfarne // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate – IMO Rafa is being true to his word that all the players will have a chance to pull us out of the mess we are in. But if he is attempting to minimise injuries by using the wider squad, then why do Sissoko, Shelvey and Wijnaldum keep getting 90 minutes?

    And why does Cisse get a game, who did not travel Internationally and also Mbemba, who did, goes straight into the starting eleven?

    At a guess it would be horses for courses and each position individually decided by non-general criteria. However, the fact is we are running out of games and the only criteria needed is to score first and score more than once. Unfortunately, this has not been the natural way of play this season, or the last, or the one before….you get the picture and through personal experience.

  • 36 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    i do have a little worry that if we go down and rafa walks the club may turn to colo as manager….some may think im doolally…. but this nufc ….crazy shit happens here!!

  • 37 midweek weekend // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Sorry jib

    I dont post regularly so I was just giving my views on the whole situation/seasons if I posted more often I wouldn’t be so doom and gloom but this season hasn’t had anything to get excited about, so as we face yet another relegation is it so surprising the mood on the blog is a poor one, we simply got nothing to cheer about have we

  • 38 Lindisfarne // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:58 AM


    “”Saivet – hasn’t looked good when selected. Perhaps he isn’t any good ?””

    A lot of players do not look good to begin with and take time to coming to terms with the speed of PL games. Rightly or wrongly he has not been given enough match time.

    And we forgot Gouffran but we need not mention him.

  • 39 jimiley // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:59 AM


    You have called on Mike Ashley to resign. Good on you. But its FIVE YEARS too late. You criticize Charmless for failing to act and doing his job and you do exactly the same thing. I was calling for a boycott five years ago and have not been to the ground for three years for that very reason. You would not support a boycott and came up with the woolly reasoning that Ashley was good for the club because what is good for Ashley will be good for the Toon. He would not hurt the club because he would be hurting himself. I argued it was bollocks then. How can constantly selling your best players and buying cheap imported and unproven foreigners be a recipe for success? The best advice I would give to any fan is STAY AWAY. You are a real mug if you keep paying him. Like a crack junkie who cannot help themselves. Delusional fans.

  • 40 Lindisfarne // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Despite all the hullabullo about Leicester, this is actually a good read:

  • 41 Jib // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    midweek weekend
    We should all have a group hug

    21st Century Schizoid Muppet
    It’s weird having a stalker
    Kind of creepy and exciting and flattering all at the same time.

  • 42 reilly // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    there will be some tasty games in the championship next season.

  • 43 Lindisfarne // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:12 PM


    Rafa Benitez says he has no regrets about not starting with Aleksandar Mitrovic during the 3-2 loss at Norwich.

    The Serbian international took his tally for the season to eight goals after coming off the bench to bag a brace at Carrow Road.

    But his efforts fell short of delivering a much-needed point as his defence let him down.

    Benitez had began the match with Mitrovic as sub and started the game with Papiss Cisse in attack.

    When asked if he regretted his decision Benitez said: “Not really, he came late after the international break.

    “We have players flying around the world and players training with you.

    “When we were 1-0 down we had to play everyone in attack.

    “The substitutions worked well but you have to decide before the game who is in form or who has done well in training during the whole week.

    “You need to see who can help.”

    Now Benitez hopes that Mitrovic can lead the charge to safety and believes he will go into the last seven games with his confidence boosted.

    He said: “It happened like this but it was good for Mitrovic because he scored two and it can be good for his confidence and the rest of the season if he keeps scoring goals.”

  • 44 Jib // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    I dont know if you saw the Sunday supplement on SS1 this morning.
    A journo there who claims to have the inside track on the Foxes claims the avuncular figure with broken English of the pressers is totally different on the training field.
    He has no communication problems and regularly blasts players ears off.

  • 45 Jib // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Sorry again about this
    For Lesh read Lindisfarne

  • 46 Moonraker15 // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    There may yet be a sting in the tail, as we do have winnable games and provided Norwich and Sunderland don’t win we can still do it! Unlikely I know but we were unlucky yesterday! Stranger things have happened and we should win against Swansea, Palace, Villa and Spurs if they’re out of the Championship by then. 12 points plus any scraps we can get from S’ton, Man city and Liverpool! Who knows, but I can’t even contemplate relegation!

  • 47 jimiley // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Even now our delusional fans think that Rafa will stay when we get relegated. Unbelievable. Like bairns who hope we will sign Messi. Why not ? He has not said no!!! Asked about his plans for next season Rafa would not elaborate. Because it does not look very professional to the players to say that these wasters got us in this position and I will be off when we get relegated. That will really motivate the wasters. If he intends to stay on he would just say I am staying on in the Championship His silence speaks louder than any words

  • 48 Belfast // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Rafa will not be staying and there won’t be any transfer targets.

    They’ll spend the summer slashing the wage bill and moving on anybody that’s worth anything and then the new manager will be told to go with what he has.

    There won’t be anything built from that.

  • 49 JamesToon // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    I for one am looking forward to Rotherham away next season lol

    Worst nightmare would be another sh*te journeyman manager like Bruce or Neil Warnock to take charge in the summer

  • 50 jimiley // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    But our crazy fans think that we will be OK and get promoted and we can keep MA. Death by a thousand cuts. The same process all over again. Ashley, Charmless and Carr. Joke club. Rafa has made a massive mistake and will not stay in the madhouse any longer than necessary. It will be a disaster for the club if it gets promoted at the first attempt.

  • 51 Pitmatic // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Not much being made of the clear handball in the run-up to Olsson’s goal yesterday. The likes of Allardyce, Pullis, Hughes and Martinez would not have shut up about it post-match, and with good reason. I remember Viduka having a legitimate goal ruled out against Fulham last time we went down; another refereeing error might well have decided our fate. A point yesterday and I think most on here would have fancied that three wins keeps us up. Now we need something unexpected in at least one of the tougher games. Stranger things have happened though. They need to come out swinging against Southampton next week, whatever the result.

  • 52 Moonraker15 // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    In truth we’ve done absolutely fcuk all since Ashley took over and very little prior to that. It’s ironic that the year we spend big again we find ourselves where we are. Total and utter incompetence at the top !

  • 53 Slank // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:26 PM


    Benetez is in a win-win situation and has no need to explain himself.

    If the club is relegated it’s not his fault. The damage had already been done. His reputation remains intact.

    If the club escapes relegation his reputation is enhanced.

    He is quite rightly keeping his own council.

  • 54 jimiley // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:26 PM


    But you know the nightmares will keep coming. Some asshole will trundle up like Bruce and talk about a sleeping giant. You just know he is going to fail

  • 55 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    i wonder if most signings…if not all.. have relegation clauses in there contracts,wage reductions,sell on price reductions things like that…there might not be a lot players worth a lot in a relegation side.

  • 56 jimiley // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Rafa has that McClaren look on his face of puzzlement after a few games. He does not know what to do. But you can hardly blame him. He talks about taking each game at a time and seeing where we are at the end of the season. We will be relegated Rafa. You are doomed when the manager goes on the defensive with such comments

  • 57 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    slank – i know what you say about raffa having the option of leaving at the end of season, but football can change so quickly. why does everyone or most people think he will leave if we go down ? for a bigger club ? cant see that. which club is looking for a new manager apart from M UTD .. so i suppose yeah thats possible, but if its just a big club he wants so he can turn round and say ‘ ive made the big time ‘ dont forget he done the big time many times, done that , been there. got the t shirt , not impressed anymore , give me a club with loyal fans , a nice place to work where i can show my face around town being idolised by the locals for getting beat on a saturday , a club that has the potential to be one of the best in europe through my leadership. a legend in the making . or go to man utd when where if they lose a fews games off the belt the fans make sure hes sacked. what has he got to prove at a big club ? nowt , what has he got to prove at newcastle ? his ability as a br4illiant manager . and he will if he stays.

  • 58 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    jim ….. what do you want him to say ??

  • 59 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    ok , so raffas going to leave if we go down . where to ???

  • 60 AncientC // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    If Rafa was staying he would have committed… there was no guarantee he was going to stay even if the club survived, judging by his comments.

    Even if you believe Benitez may want to stay after relegation, you may want to consider that he is easily on £4+ million per season. The club is not going to sanction that kind of salary in the championship.

    According to some accounts, Rafa is on £6.5 (I doubt it) million per season. The club would only receive £25 million in the first installment of the parachute payment, and the players wages are something like £60+ million a season alone.

    Charnley had better get busy on his calculator if he believes the club isn’t in crisis.

  • 61 lesh // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    I’m sure Benitez could be persuaded to stay if we went down. But the sort of persuasion he’d be looking for (over and above a financially attractive deal) could include Ashley’s assurances that:

    He wants the Club back in the Prem at first go;

    He wants to develop the Club into genuine competitors for Prem along with domestic and European trophies;

    His backroom staff will remain;

    He will have full authority over footballing matters including player transfers, scouting and player development at all levels – subject to finances and Chief Exec (aka Ashley) approval.

    However, it would seem that Keegan was given such assurances and we all know what happened thereafter.

    Sadly, I can’t see Ashley committing to and honouring those assurances – hence the Club’s option to terminate Rafa’s three year contract after three months.

    So, for the sake of making and honouring commitments that might well stretch the Club’s finances for a season, we’ll likely be faced with yet another failed HC search that’ll result in the appointment of yet another malleable minion who’ll fit in with the Ashley-Charnley board model. But on the upside, we’ll be assured of more of the same fare that we’ve so enjoyed in the course of Ashley ownership.

    It’s both a shame and a bl**dy disgrace.

  • 62 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Ancient —— thats different if its going to be ashleys decision to get rid of him . but leaving on his own accord ? i cant see a better option

  • 63 nearly // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    i think its benitez that has the option to walk away ,i dont think the club have the option to terminate his contract after 3 months

  • 64 Jail for Ashley // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Howay lads,
    Having a go at Benitez over his tactics, we are talking about a multiple trophy winner here who explained exactly why he started who he did. If the players can’t motivate themselves to play for a big name like that do you think Pearson or Pulis could have got them going, a lot of them have decided, like our cowardly captain, that they do not want to be here. Coupled with the utter incompetence that saw no defenders brought into one of the consistently worst defences in the PL has brought about the mess we are in.

  • 65 lesh // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Ron Knee

  • 66 AncientC // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    There are teams in the Championship that would gobble us up. It is possibly the most competitive division in world football right now.

    Imagine if he we started the season in the Championship, and our first run of 6 games were.

    Derby A
    Nottingham Forest H
    Hull A (If they don’t come up)
    Cardiff H
    Sunderland A
    Reading H

    Even teams like Leeds, Blackburn, QPR, and Fulham are struggling in the championship.

    I personally enjoyed the last season in the Championship after all the depression of going down, it was nice to win games again. This time, it is going to be a completely different prospect.

  • 67 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    The ball was handled twice and clearly visible to the ref. But refs appear to have it in for us.
    Nearly fell off my chair when we got a penalty!

  • 68 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    belfast @48 ,, after that i cant see the point of living mate ,, why dont we all go to the swansea game , get on top of the milburn stand and say goodbye to life and just end it there and then ??? jeez ffs man cheer up .

  • 69 lesh // Apr 3, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Ron Knee

    Judging by our lackluster performances, are you really convinced that doping may have affects our players. Trouble is it’s probably performance and mind-dulling stuff!

    So, who’s putting what in their drinks? We have a right to know!!!

  • 70 Ron Knee // Apr 3, 2016 at 1:03 PM


    Charnley took Carr’s advice and bought a cheap job lot off the internet!

  • 71 lesh // Apr 3, 2016 at 1:03 PM


    You’re not being fair on yesterday’s ref. We got a penalty and they’ve been as rare as rocking-horse excrement or whatever word you’d prefer to use!

  • 72 lesh // Apr 3, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Ron Knee

    Aye, Carr recommended Viagra but Charnley bought Niagara!

  • 73 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    it seems most think its up to rafa if he stays or goes…..the club may want him to leave if we are relegated because paying the money he is on in the championship, is something the club may not want to do or afford to do…most think restarting in the championship with a rafa as manager and the club on a total rethink at all levels would be the best all round for the future of the club, but there is no way of knowing if this is something the club can do,is willing to do,is able to do…theres a lot needs sorting whether we stay up or get relegated.

  • 74 marshy // Apr 3, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    fatash said he would stay until we won something, well it looks like he is going to win us relegation so heres hoping.

  • 75 Slank // Apr 3, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Stuart @ 57

    The best (possibly the only) club for Benetez would be Everton.

    He and his family live on the Wirrel and Everton have had a cash injection from a new investor and remain in the Premiership with some world class players.

    But you are right, there is no certainty that he will leave or stay irrespective of where we finish this season.

  • 76 Mag52 // Apr 3, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    I was one who welcomed Benitez here with open arms ( not literally) just as soon as I’d got over the surprise that he’d accepted the job.
    I still maintain, however, that my choice of the @rse kicker Pearson would have stood as good a chance of working a miracle, if not a better one, than Rafa.
    If ever @rse needed a big boot it was Janmaat yesterday. His “defending” in the 93rd. minute of the game was an absolute disgrace as, I’m afraid, it has been for most of the season to be honest.

  • 77 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    slank — i think that would be more of a convienience move than an ambitious one moving to everton, but ,,,,as you say who knows what hes intending come may, i just think we have a good as chance as any club in keeping him

  • 78 posada // Apr 3, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    All of their goals were down to poor defending.
    Some of the attempted blocks, their second in particular, were just pathetic.

    In many ways I feel it is our fault. The anger and disgust after the Bournemouth game should have been there 2 years ago. At the end of last season. On the appointment of SM. After 10 games with SM.
    We just take this year in year out.

  • 79 Belfast // Apr 3, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    I am quite cheerful Stuart it’s only football after all. I’m just being a realist.

    Relegation = Slash the wage bill, cut costs (including management) and sell anything that’s worth anything.

    Do you think Benitez will stick around and accept that? Hardly going to build a dynasty on that are ya?

    The championship is also a lot tougher now, far too tough for our pansys whoever’s at the helm.

  • 80 Belfast // Apr 3, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Benitez back to Valencia in the summer. That’s my prediction. His family have always lived in the Wirral while he’s worked abroad.

  • 81 Belfast // Apr 3, 2016 at 1:44 PM


  • 82 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Apr 3, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    I must admit that I never actually thought we would be relegated this season. I thought we had too much quality, that there were others who were significantly worse than ourselves and following Rafa’s appointment I was nearly certain we would do enough to stay up.

    It’s a sad day as we’re pretty much guaranteed to be relegated. With away games to Southampton and Liverpool, and home games against Spurs and Man City littered in our run in, there is absolutely no chance of us staying up.

    Regardless of results, Norwich could consign us to Championship if they pick up wins against Palace and Sunderland, so even if we did by some miracle pick up a few points, it’s impossible to pick up enough to make a difference.

    No, Rafa will not be staying, and that expensive wage bill will need to be slashed so await a summer gutting of the squad.

    We’re f***ked. Frankly, we deserve to be too.

  • 83 Keith in France // Apr 3, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Despite the 7 games to go – we have no chance of staying up. All the teams around us are picking up points and will continue to do so – can anyone seriously say they see enough in our team for them to get four or five wins?
    At least in the Championship we will have some good young players like Armstrong and Lascelles etc and I think one or two of the ‘bigger ‘ names will also stay.
    As far as Rafa is concerned don’t know if he will be up to the challenge but hope he would take it on to prove he can take us up .
    I enjoyed it when we were last in the Championship – we were winning for fun and scoring lots of goals – when did that last happen?

  • 84 toon kk // Apr 3, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    NUFC has been a rotten egg for a long time, half of our players are no more than league 1 quality, our better player’s can’t play to there potential because of their team mates. So many fans think our players are better than they are because they play in a black and white shirt. Also they have take there share of blame for supporting MA regime. Rangers fans wanted more.
    I said before the season kicked off we’d be relegated and we will be. I’ll also predict us struggling next season in the championship.
    Realistically Rafa is a great manager but he’s not a magician and he didn’t bring any players with him. So ultimately the board are victims of there own downfall. Apointing Wally and not strengthening key areas has taken us down.

  • 85 davetoon // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Leicester get away with clear Danny Simpson handball. Some people get all the luck

  • 86 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    belfast ,,, of course there will have to be commitment from ashley , on those terms yout talking about, yeah he will leave , however what about if he is giving guarantees ,?? why shouldnt he stay ??

  • 87 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    sorry to have to post this again , but im going to post it on every topic untill we are relegated.

    ,,,stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    ED . how to you know Raffa is leaving at the end of the season ? has he told you ? untill he makes a statement saying hes leaving – hes staying .
    Ok its not looking great this morning , however by the law of averages we are due a win , A draw at saints next week is not going to be a decider but we MUST take all 3 against swansea, 1 point against M city, zilch against liverpool, 3 against palace, 3 against villa and 3 against spurs coz the title will be won by the time we play i can see 14 points that are acheivable . 14 plus 25 =39 . enough to stay up this season . thats it we are safe. benitez stays and we kick on next season

  • 88 Jib // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Surely if Rafa went to Everton (as some on here think)
    The obvious thing would be a straight swap for Martinez who has experience bringing teams up from the Championship

  • 89 toon kk // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    People MUST get into there heads it doesn’t matter who manages our players we’d still go down. We lack quality in key areas. Simple.
    Other clubs have recruited better than us so we’re actually just falling further behind.

  • 90 Rotonda heights // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:09 PM


    not sure about that, people still say shearer was a failure. Some things can stick, fairly or not.

  • 91 Rotonda heights // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:10 PM


  • 92 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    jib — martinez would be a good bet as you say to get us promoted , but its kicking on from there into europe where raffas experience would make us a good euro side , hes just different gear from anyone weve had since the great BR,

  • 93 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Toonkk ,,,, leicester nearly got relegated last year with practically the same players who will win the league this season , why .? good manager . its building a team with the players you have . they dont have to be great to build a great team

  • 94 reilly // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    we will not come straight back up from the championship.
    and theres no way rafa will be here next season in the championship.there will be bigger clubs in for him at the end of the season.

  • 95 Novocastrian66 // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    We’re down. It’s a simple as that. We’ve got to climb two places and that won’t happen. The law of averages doesn’t exist except in the heads of losers, who continually back themselves to win next time. Even if it did we would have to win next time and the time after that and the time after that and so on.

  • 96 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    stuart no9
    but the players have to have good attitude and be willing to work damn hard all game and intelligence to learn if the manager is to get the best out of them,our lot dont do any of that.

  • 97 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:30 PM


    When we are relegated – if we get the right manager in and with the parachute payment size of ground, crowd, potential etc.,

    And the right scouting set up

    We could buy a decent team of Championship players who the manager can gell into a championship team to get us straight back up

  • 98 toon kk // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    This is what so many Newcastle fans just can’t seem to see. You have to have something to work with for a good manager to work. Our defensive players will never in a million years become part of a top four squad. Then I’ll will say Mitrovic will be class in a couple of seasons but he still needs time, we have some decent players but nothing exceptional compared to any other club. We’re in the bottom three for a reason, lack of quality in the squad, can’t you see?

  • 99 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:35 PM


    I didn’t see the whole of the game so can’t comment on the refs overall performance.

    I was making an observation about refs in general over the season in games concerning us.

  • 100 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Wih ganna deeh a Leicester.

  • 101 Ron Knee // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    The management have learnt nothing from their mistakes so far. Why should it be any different next season?

  • 102 toon kk // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Also players have to be willing to work hard and show anitiative, something alot of our players aren’t prepared to do for No one.

  • 103 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    have we actually been out the bottom 4 at any stage this season?…i dont think so…so now we need to win 4-5 games out 7 when we’ve won 6 out 31 all season…highly unlikely,scored the lowest away from home out of all top english leagues and conceeded the second highest in the league….im not convinced we will win again this season…been left to late by the club,wally should of been panned after villa draw in december to have any chance…..its depressing to read and i still hold out some hope we get out of it but realistically yesterday it actually sank in we were down.

  • 104 lochinvar // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Watching the start of yesterday’s game it was fairly obvious that it was possible to get round or by pass the Norwich full backs and we did so on a few occasions but failed to cut the ball back to the edge of the box for oncoming attackers – a basic move that even the Mackems and Defoe and other clubs seem to understand.
    The Norwich right back and right sided centre back were replacements for the pairing that payed in their previous game – why didn’t we attack them to unnerve them – they worked out how to have a go at Anita. Tactics seemed strange in the circumstances. I guess Rafa expected to be at 0-0 half way through the second half and that bringing on Petez and Mitro would give us the goals for a win. Too late – that was a McClaren thought process. Get in front and stay in front, lead from the front would seem to make sense especially with our defence.

  • 105 Jib // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    This was Leicester last season with 7 games left

  • 106 reilly // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    last season leicester were only 3 points off 17th.we are 7 big difference.

  • 107 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    aye but look at there form going into them 7 games won 2 drew 2 lost 2….there goals against 10-15 better then ours is now.

  • 108 lochinvar // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Sunday papers carry mischievous story about doping in sport, allegedly implicating some top football clubs. Clearly scurrilous allegations which Arsenal, Chelsea & Leicester deny as ‘false’ claims.

    However if any part of such a report were to have substance would the FA relegate Arsenal and Chelsea ( leave Leicester alone ) along with Villa ? That would be a useful result.

  • 109 davetoon // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Watching every single Leicester player giving 110% today makes you realise just how far off player commitment is at Newcastle

  • 110 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    we’ve won 2 and drawn 2 out of our last 12

  • 111 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    forster has had a couple of cracking saves as well….looks we backed the wrong pony in krul!!lol

  • 112 lochinvar // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    More damming is the statistic at that time showing NUFC as the only club to have lost five consecutive games.
    Nothing changes.

    Sack Charnley and Carr.
    Let Moncur retire gracefully
    Appoint Rafa as Director of Football and Cathro as coach.
    Restructure the whole set up from top down.
    Build a new Academy at Bullocksteads – the grass is less injury prone than at Benton.
    Appoint teenagers not kids as ball boys/girls.
    Improve the pies and sell more health food for the fans diets – all this stress is just causing me to eat more and put weight on.

  • 113 davetoon // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    We had that intent a few years back. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself and giving embarrassing interviews leading up to game about how the players are trying – they just did it on the pitch

  • 114 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    novocastrian 66,,,,,,” Even if it did we would have to win next time and the time after that and the time after that and so on” ok but what about if norwich lost next time and the next time and the time after that ,? would we be in with a shout ????

  • 115 davetoon // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    If Southampton were playing us today they would be up 4 or 5 nil by now. Leicesters defence are like a brick wall

  • 116 Jib // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    It’s a good time for Rafa to get us on a 5 match winning run

  • 117 Jib // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    davetoon – Leicesters defence are like a brick wall
    Helped by the occasional handball by Huth

  • 118 TudorCrisps // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Bring back Armstrong start him and mitro up front and for fcuk sake drop sissoko

  • 119 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    toon kk —- yes i do see, but i never mentioned keeping these players , of course we will have to ship out and trust in rafa to use his experience in moulding a set of players to form the basis of a good euro squad. , but keeping what weve got ? no chance

  • 120 Novocastrian66 // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Stu; only if we win, which is unlikely. We need Sunderland to lose as well as Norwich.

  • 121 jimiley // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Leicester have a really good defence. Ours is rubbish. They really try but only a few of our players do. We are ganninn doon with the Mackems. We have got rid of better players than the ones we have now. Complete mismanagement for 20 years. Fraser Forster anyone? The centre of Leicester defence must be good because they are carrying Simpson ffs. Gannin doon for years. Deserved but I will take that if it means getting rid of MR Ashley.

  • 122 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    jib,,,,, that league table is wrong from last season..
    there is no way a team can have 25 points with 7 games to go and stay up . it is impossible , no way can that happen , there nust be a mistake coz leicester are going to win the prem this year so there is no way possible they could have been on 25 points with 7 games to go , avoid relagation – then win the prem this year . sorry mate , it just dosnt happen fella, lol

  • 123 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    is this a joke or something ? is someone winding us up??

    20 Leicester City 31 6 7 18 32 51 3 5 6 15 18 3 2 12 17 33 -19 25

  • 124 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    sorry the copy and paste didnt work

  • 125 davetoon // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    How many of the current Leicester defence were in the side that was bottom of the table in Jan 2015?

  • 126 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    davetoon ,,, dont know , how many?

  • 127 jimiley // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Leicester were 5000/1 in August. Unique achievement. I would doubt a 50/1 shot has won the title never mind 5000/1. Of course the Toon will never win anything because the club is cursed. Cursed by its owners. Its managers and the stench of death which must get to the players. Of course the club is also cursed by the mercenary players who do not give a toss. Wasters. And the fans do not help because they will put up with all the s…t that is thrown at them. Note the difference between Rangersd and Toon supporters. They were bleating a few years ago about not being able to do anything and supporting the wasters and not the regime. Too thick to realize they are one and the same thing.

  • 128 beefman13 // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Bartholomew or Nathanael
    James, the Elder, left
    James, the Lesser or Younger
    Jude or Thaddeus
    Matthew or Levi
    Peter or Simon Peter
    Simon the Zealot

    Squad for next season, if owt there will be a proper spirit and belief!

  • 129 davetoon // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    @stuart haha i was hoping someone else would answer that question. Had a quick look and it looks like only Fuchs wasnt there this time last year

  • 130 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    haha just had a look my self… on 28th dec simpson and morgan played…not sure when huth joined.. but fuchs joined this summer i believe.

  • 131 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    dec 28th against hull 2014

  • 132 toon kk // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    But we’re stuck with these current players until the end of the season, by then we’ll be relegated and unfortunately Rafa will probably be gone.
    Tbf I don’t really blame MA for this season although he should have known better than to stick with Charnley and old man Carr, the reasons for wasting millions and not strengthening our weaknesses which I suppose MA created in the first place.
    We’re a poorly run club, which has a knock on effect which also seems to come across on the pitch.

  • 133 davetoon // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Huth was there last season on loan. I remember a lot of posters here were saying that we should have gone after him

  • 134 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    he must of been injured that day then,i wasnt sure if huth joined at the start of the season 2014 or in the january transfer window 2015

  • 135 reilly // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    we had a chance to sign huth but club rejected it as he was to old.

  • 136 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    same reason why they didnt chase payet from what believe

  • 137 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    davetoon —- so it is possible to turn shyte into champions ???

  • 138 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 3, 2016 at 3:59 PM


    We could do with Jude now, if ever there was a lost cause!!!

  • 139 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Anyone regret the selling of Williamson?

  • 140 Toon Tang // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Congratulations Leicester on winning the league. Put our bunch of idiots to absolute shame.

    When you look at the fact the whole Leicester first team is worth less than one of the mid priced big names in a mancity or a Chelsea (etc) squad it just goes to show you that good management and hard graft with a little bit of flair can take down the money teams.

    Van gaal, a quarter of a billion pound later still can’t get anywhere near what they’ve done this season and the pundits say he needs to spend another 100 million to compete.


    Is it not just the fact that he’s a bollocks manager who earned his rep by winning titles in leagues where you are guaranteed to win a title due to no decent competition.

  • 141 davetoon // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Theres no way our side is in the worst 3 squads in the league. Its down to effort and also the pressure the players are feeling or you could call it lack of confidence

  • 142 jimiley // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    No chance Colo will be back before the end of the season. He can sod off back to Argentina

  • 143 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    the amount of times we give the ball away or cross over the bar,not missing the first man,crap corners and free kicks,poor passing,lack of control..yes confidence is a big part of that, but it does look like there is a lack of quality as well as confidence.

  • 144 toonking // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Last season leister city were bottom of the table and sitting 9 points behind hull who were themselves the 3rd team to drop and had just 9 games remaining

    We ourselves are currently sitting 6 points behind Norwich and 9 behind palace. Things haven’t starting similar, we’ve lost the first 2 where as Leicester city won it’s first two. If other teams get the victories against Norwich and palace. The question is will we try and mimic them or will we remain like this. One part of recent history shows managers are break alot of records. Will rafa do the same and be the first one to make a team survive having a maximum of 10 games remaining or is this a record that will remain as it is?

    Well done to Leicester and I think the title is certain to be theirs now.

  • 145 lochinvar // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Leicester City fans were treated to a free beer and a doughnut at the sell-out game against Southampton, as it was the owners birthday.

    Ashley offered £1.99 shell suits for £9.99 to the first 50,000 NUFC who wanted them, but no one wanted to take out a Wonga loan due to the cost of extortionate interest repayments.

    Be careful what you wish for ?
    Na – I didn’t wish for any of the shite peddled by Sports Direct, Wonga, Ashley, Charnley, Carr, Carver or McClaren.
    And I don’t think one single person on the planet did either.

    I really understand now how revolutions start.

  • 146 Graeme // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    NoahJ – hopefully you are right! I can see why Rafa would buy into it. The biggest problem is getting the owner to buy into it, fully commit to it and put Penfold back to his duties as a Clerk, rather than a CEO for which he is completely underwhelming and grossly out of his depth!!!

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