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This Is Why You’ve Really Got To Admire Rafa Benitez

6:37 pm, Monday, April 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 114 Comments

The Chronicle is reporting this afternoon that Rafa Benitez called in his entire coaching staff plus the Newcastle playing squad yesterday to have a training session and he let the players know he wasn’t satisfied with the performance at Carrow Road on Saturday, where a last minute goal from Norwich put us a full 6 points behind the Canaries and we are now very likely to face the drop.

That’s unless a number of our players can wake up and not go to sleep at the end of each half.

We conceded against Sunderland in stoppage time in the first half and we conceded on Saturday in each of the two stoppage times – and it looks like Rafa is fed up with Newcastle players going to sleep and lacking concentration waiting for the whistle to blow to end a half.

Tell us about it.


Rafa Benitez – doing everything he possibly can
Great to see his dedication and determination

But you have to admire the no-nonsense approach of the new manager and his example alone will help wake up some of our players, because with only seven games to play we have to win four or five of those games to survive.

Rafa has been given very little time because the Board waited and waited for their second-rate appointment – Steve McClaren – to come good, but of course he didn’t and we simply wasted too much time – which is now of the essence if Rafa if to save us.

It looks like Rafa will only stay if we are a PL club in the summer and he’s doing all he can to try to make that happen.

If only some other people at Newcastle, including some of the players had the same work ethic as the former Liverpool manager.

But it’s still difficult to see how we can survive, but we are delighted that at least somebody at Newcastle is willing to work his socks off in the attempt.

That man’s name is Rafa Benitez – thank goodness he’s at the club and is unwilling to put up with the status quo of – well – just hoping for the best while doing nothing.

We love what Rafa is doing to try to save our club from dropping into oblivion.

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114 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Good for you Rafa. Tear a strip off them. I hope you’re enjoying the Manly Men Moustache Wax as well. Plenty more where that came from….

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    By the way Rafa would you like to try my new product Manly Men Fabulous Fuzz Hair Renewal? Guaranteed to have you looking like a shaggy musk ox in no time.

  • 3 9 // Apr 4, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Hello Rafa, goodbye Rafa, nice to have known you for (is it) 10 matches. I bet you’ll already be regretting your move. At least you’ll move on to another club in the summer – us suckers are stuck with the mess of potage NUFC has turned into. I wonder who is to blame for that?

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Ah, I can explain that to you 9 mate. It was entirely accidental. Nobody is to blame. We actually have excellent executives led by that genius Lee Charnley. And then there’s that other genius Graham Carr. And at the top is the actual mastermind Mike I Know Me Football Ashley….

  • 5 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Apparently it’s the same at Villa. Excellent executives and owner. The supporters love him as much as we do Ashley. Isn’t it grand at the bottom?

  • 6 9 // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Good lad, Geordie, ta for the explanation, I see all 3 relegated clubs have a log and proud history ( well, 2 of us have), what else to Sunderland, Villa and NUFC share?

  • 7 9 // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:10 PM


  • 8 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Get Wijnaldum out of there and start De Jong please Rafa. He wants to play and he can pass the ball effectively. Whenever he comes on we immediately pick up in attack. Works well with Perez. Get the ball to Townsend more often as well. Force Janmaat to stay in position instead of ending up 30 yards behind the play.

  • 9 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Somebody mentioned keeping Riviere on another blog. Oh God I’m going to be ill. I think he was just pulling my leg but still…… Horrible, just horrible….

  • 10 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    I think we should have Fong the Player You Hate Most Day at St. James after the last home match. Make it a family day. Executives can be included. Fong bats will be provided on a limited basis.

  • 11 Lindisfarne // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Guardian match analysis:
    ““We cannot wait for another reaction, we have to start the games in the right way,” said Benítez. “After the game heads were a little bit down and I was telling them we have to manage the momentum of the game much better when we were attacking and in the last minute we have to defend well. That is part of the work I have to do every week, give them some tips and be sure they know what to do when they are under pressure and maybe it is more difficult to think.”

    This was Newcastle’s eighth consecutive away defeat so Benítez can at least take heart from the knowledge that four of his team’s remaining matches are at St James’ Park – and one of the away ones is against the pitiful Aston Villa. On Saturday Newcastle host Southampton and Benítez is wary about making make radical changes for that game lest he put further mental strain on his players. “You cannot change everything in a week – the players would be thinking: ‘What is going on?’” he said. “So you have to analyse the games and see if they do something good, then try to stick with these things. If they are confident doing these things it will be easier to win games.””

  • 12 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    I think we’ll finish in 15th place this season. Marveaux and Doumbia will save us. If we would’ve kept Santon and Ben Arfa we’d be in the top 10 now.

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    How do you think my positivity is going? We are about to be relegated in sux weeks time so what a ridiculous and spitefully petty question. I have complained over the last seven years as we have broken every unwanted PL record in our history while you have changed your moniker in honour of the buffoon that has caused it all. You have done nothing but whine since we signed one of the best managers around and then you question my positivity. You ball sack !

  • 14 Lindisfarne // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Can not agree with this conclusion more:

    “”For the first 15 minutes or so at Carrow Road, Newcastle were like a team trying to relearn how to play. They passed the ball around competently but with no obvious purpose beyond that. “We have to play simple and then have more confidence,” Rafael Benítez explained later. If such an approach is needed, then the Spaniard’s appointment has probably come too late, because the tail end of a relegation fight is no place to start elementary team building. Newcastle found urgency and took more risks in the second half and also went more direct after the introduction of Alexksandar Mitrovic, whose aerial power gave Benítez a strong pointer to the strategy he should prioritise for the run-in. This Newcastle team do not currently have the nerve, balance or concentration for any other style.””
    by Paul Doyle

  • 15 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Nice one Ketsy. Way to cheer us up. The Happy Pills are working then……

  • 16 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    We’re lacking flair players. Santon and Ben Arfa had flair. Wijnaldum is overrated and doesn’t do enough in matches. He’s like a ghost. He was like it against England. Sissoko is our best player. Townsend looks good. Janmaat is good going forward but awful in defence. Colback and Dummett are useless and they’re not even good enough for the Championship.

  • 17 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Abeid and Marveaux are better than Wijnaldum. Abeid shouldn’t have been sold. Siem De jong must be used in the next game.

  • 18 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Marveaux and Doumbia. Ahahahahahahaha! Yes, they’ve been brilliant for us so far Ketsy.

  • 19 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Santon was completely overrated. He could only use his right foot. How many LB’s can’t cross with their left foot? Hopeless. Caught out of position time and time again. That’s why he’s no longer with us.

  • 20 magicmac // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    We have a great manager in Rafa, we have the most amazing and loyal supporters in the business, but in all honesty we deserve to go down, and every Newcastle fans knows we are going from bad to worse under that scumbag Ashely, the man has no class, he is just like a leach or a vampire sucking the life out of Newcastle, he has no interest or no love for our club, he is only at Newcastle to promote sports dirrect, and cream of all the profits, dont be fooled by him spending money in the last 2 transfare windows, it was just panic, as he did not want to lose all the tv money on offer, plus he knows the championship wont promote his sports dirrect all over the world like the premiership, he has gambled with our premier league status from the moment he bought our great club, so his luck is coming to an end, also his gamble with appointing a bunch of yes men who know nothing about football and are not fit for purpose in charge of the club, well its not rocket science to know it was always going to end in tears, his luck has run out, i feel sorry for only the Newcastle fans who are the best in the business, and I also feel sorry for Rafa, the only 2 things that are class about our club are the fans and Rafa, Ashely and the so called board are just scumbags and clowns, the players well dont even start me on them, the least said about them the better, most of them are not fit to wear those famous Newcastle jerseys, and should never been anywhere near our great club, if you run a football club like a circus, and you leave the clowns in charge of the circus, then its always going to be a disaster and end in tears, but if it wipes that sick smile of that scumbag Ashelys face then that will make me very very happy, get out of our club ashely, and take your clowns with you Ashely, Howay the lads.

  • 21 Lindisfarne // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    There may be bad blood between Rafa and Fat Sam, but we need to take a lesson from the same page. Play the probabilities, dominate territory, break the game up and pursue set pieces.

  • 22 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Santon has only 11 appearances with Inter this season. Marveaux was hopeless in most of his few appearances with us. And a sick note. Ben Arfa is long gone as well. As is Abeid. Time to wake up and smell the coffee Ketsy. We’re in 19th place and nobody is giving away points to us.

  • 23 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Santon was our best ever left back. He had everything. Our current left backs are terrible in possession and can’t get forward and put crosses in. I’m the one who knows. Look at Ben Arfa now.

  • 24 SPRINGY // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    santon might of made a decent rb or right mid field,cant have a go at his attitude and seemed like a team player, but really didnt like him at left back at all

  • 25 Lindisfarne // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Just for you Kets:

  • 26 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Santon was hopeless at left back. They tried him a few times at RB but gave up on it. All of our left backs are injured so hard to judge them. I don’t think Dummett will make it there in the Prem but probably ok for the Championsip. Haidara has been blighted with injuries. We’re not going to get somebody brilliant if we go down so it’s probably Dummett, Haidara, and Mbabu going forward. We have much bigger problems than that. Ben Arfa is in a different league now Ketsy. That’s why he’s doing so well. You may not have noticed. He’s better in a much less physically demanding league.

  • 27 SPRINGY // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    by the time the game finishes at st marys on sat we could be averaging 2 goals conceeded in every game,that is an absolutely shocking stat….its nearly that now.

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    The shambles we’re in as far as players are concerned is beyond belief. After just spending 80M pounds! That points straight at the scouting. And the owner who is a fool who thinks every French midfielder is going to be Cabaye and loves the idea of selling them on. A fool is born every minute. We have several of them in charge.

  • 29 Lindisfarne // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Who have we got that can defend against Graziano Pellè and Sadio Mane?

    Which midfielder can out play Dusan Tadic?

    I actually fancy Mitrovic to wind up Virgil van Dijk.

  • 30 Lindisfarne // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Clutching at straws to say Mitro is in a scoring streak:

    However he is the only one scoring!

  • 31 SPRINGY // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    i remember santon moving to right back/wing back against wigan after haidara was assaulted he did score that day…im not saying just coz he scored he would make a good rb but he did seem a lot more comfortable there…might be personal preference but as i prefer my fullbacks able to whip ball in to dangerous positions without having to cut inside and change feet to cross…i feel the attacking players lose the advantage when that happens.

  • 32 Lindisfarne // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Leave you with this to entertain you:

  • 33 SPRINGY // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    pelle will have a field day if he gets the chance to get on any crosses…so they’ve got to graft there arses off to close them down quick to stop the crosses….but our lot cant do it….either cant b arsed or to thick to remember that for a full match

  • 34 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Good thoughts Springy mate. I just feel he didn’t fit the league, like many who come from the continent. They just can’t handle the physical side well enough. His knee was always a problem as well. For now I think we’re stuck with what we’ve got. Good questions Lindisfarne mate. It’s going to be very difficult for us but we must get started getting points and Southampton aren’t as good as they were. Throw the gauntlet down Rafa?

  • 35 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    I don’t think too many would support you in your theory Santon was our best ever LB Ketsy. Maybe one other person who’s too young to have actually seen a good LB playing for us?

  • 36 Toon Tang // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    7 cup finals lads..

  • 37 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    If we keep Rafa and give him full control we could get back to a cup final. But it would take several years and the owner growing a pair.

  • 38 geordielad880 // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Janmaat is so overated, never liked him before we signed him, unfortunately we dont have many other options, we should never have let danny simpson go, solid defensively, and rarely injured.



    ———————-de jong

  • 39 SPRINGY // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    cant see rafa changing his mind but i would like to see 2 upfront someone pacy with mitro,try and worry there back line then if were defending like i expecct we will be at when we clear it the pace thats up front can chase and harrass there back line and not allow them to look up and pick passes….defend from the front,chase absolutely everything down.

  • 40 Lindisfarne // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Just whilst I am contemplating the next match:

    ___Wijnaldum___Shelvey___de Jong___Sissoko

    Coloccini does not do a lot of jumping, heading and lacks pace.
    Janmaat can not be relied on to defend.
    Townsend has to play on the left and both wing backs need to provide plenty of crosses.
    Gini / Socks need to be both attacking and defensive.
    Shelvey / de Jong need to control the ball and help each other get forward.
    Mitro needs to work harder than ever.

    The right hand side have performed well together on a number of occasions creating scoring opportunities, without getting the result and is highly rated as strong part of our team.
    The left hand has always been an issue but has provided Wijnaldum with the best platform to perform from and should benefit from a capable left footer going beyond him.

  • 41 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Keep up the youthful enthusiasm Ketsy. You add some interesting things to the blog.

  • 42 Ibizatoon // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Tang…If we win one of the cup finals, do you think that’d be good enough for Ashley to sell up?

    “To definitely win something and, by the way, I won’t be selling (the Club) until I do.”

  • 43 SPRINGY // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    adventurous side not knocking it as trying any thing positive would be a bonus,but i really dont think our players have the intelligence to change the shape of the side and perform decent….leicester at the weekend changed mid-game coz southampton were starting to get the upper hand and did it without a struggle….when we’ve moved players around thru injury or other they look absolutely clueless

  • 44 Lindisfarne // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Hello Ibizatoon!

    MA could include wining the Championship, however we would struggle to win League 1 at the moment.

  • 45 SPRINGY // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    evening ibiza
    i dont think that counts for ashley……ego and that!lol

  • 46 Lindisfarne // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:27 PM


    By all reports Rafa also does not want to mentally strain the lads with changing things too much. Paradoxically trying something new would at least move us away from the “same old same old”.

  • 47 Ibizatoon // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Lindisfarne & Springy…I think I’ve got it! Let’s do a raffle, send Ashley a ticket. There’ll only be one.

    Everyones a winner. Did he specify that it’s NUFC that needs to win something?

  • 48 toon22 // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Sissoko has to play at LB,its his best possition and we are getting hammered there.
    Taylor needs replacing with Lacelles.
    Away from home Wini shouldnt play.
    As much as he has scored of late they have all been from the bench so Mitro should be a sub.
    Colback should be alongside Shelvey in the middle as atleast we have some sort of CM with him playing.
    Townsend is a non entity for us atm would be better with Arrons or Perez out there,maybe sub for Townsend in 2nd half.
    DeJong seems to be the key player if we can get him in a No10 type possition.
    Cisse seems to play well in the 1st half so sub him for Mitro 50 mins into game.

  • 49 SPRINGY // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    i think the mental strain on the fans watchin this shower of shite outways the the spoilt lazy sods,coz at the end of the season when we are trying to pull our heeds oot our arses after relegation,they’ll be sitting in the maldives champagne in hand deciding which club they can fleece next…..sorry rant over….would rather see a change in shape and lose then do nowt…and lose!

  • 50 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Manly Men Elixir of Youth. Rub it on your heeds. Rub it wherever you want. Bring back that youthful passion for footy in the Championship. Get it while it lasts lads.

  • 51 Lindisfarne // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Too right Springy

    Fine idea Ibiza

  • 52 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    And for Ibiza, the Manly Men Chest Hair MiniVac. For those long days on the beaches. Don’t bring the beach back to your flat. Use your MiniVac…..

  • 53 toon22 // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Janmat – Mbemba – Laceles – Sissoko
    Tiote – Shelvey -Colback
    Perez – Cisse – DeJong

    Sub Cisse for Mitro and DeJong for Townsend or Arrons.

  • 54 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    And tell jesper to get back on here Ibiza mate.

  • 55 SPRINGY // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    toon 22
    for me aarons has’nt shown enough, so not sure if he would work,townsend left,perez right,sissoko at lb….not sure about that he’s not been playing well in midfield,at lb he’s done a job….i doubt his ego would cope aat being pushed to leftback

  • 56 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Townsend set up Mitro’s first goal with a beautiful pass toon22. He’s been in on several of our goals. I don’t think he’s the culprit you’re looking for mate.

  • 57 SPRINGY // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    if rafa decided to match southampton
    sissoko and townsend wing backs

  • 58 Sawbuck // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Ibiza Let’s go and eat out Grandma

  • 59 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    Ah well I’m off. Enjoy your evenings mates. It’s sad to see a lot of the old time bloggers disappear.

  • 60 Ibizatoon // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Sawbuck…Excuse me?

    G2…I don’t think he wants to come out to play.

  • 61 beermonkey // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:57 PM


    hpw r u

  • 62 NUFCPaul // Apr 4, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Ketsbaia – You think Santon was our best EVER left back? You’re on drugs.

  • 63 Ibizatoon // Apr 4, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    beermonkey…Sorry mate, stomach needed filling.

    I’m doing good thanks. Just getting the season started over here. How’s things with you?

    Paul…Aren’t you? Personally I blame it on NUFC.

  • 64 Sawbuck // Apr 4, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    I don’t know Ibiza I’m glad to say 🙂

  • 65 Ibizatoon // Apr 4, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Sawbuck…Fair enough, I suppose.

  • 66 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Youthful exuberance. That’s what the club needs going forward. Mark my words. Youthful exuberance. You saw it here first lads. Ibiza, make him come out and play. Don’t take no for an answer. Only “yes I will come out and play Ibiza”. That’s what we’re looking for.

  • 67 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    And don’t worry Ibiza the Chest Hair MiniVac is on its way. Use it carefully. It’s very powerful. You don’t want to lose a nipple.

  • 68 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Did I mention youthful exuberance? Well I should have if I didn’t.

  • 69 brklyngeordie // Apr 4, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Ok while some of you are still holding on to hope I have already conceded that we are going down call me what you will I admire Rafa for taking on task and all and know he didn’t have to come but just like everything about the club from management to players he to came for a pay day with only a win win situation for him keep us up and he gets praised and payed a lot if not still gets payed and reputation still in tact fair play to him but now for the real work to begin..

    Who will we hire to get us out of the Championship and will this circus that we have in place right now still be making the big decisions on who that will be and what players come and go?

    Championship starts early August and big decisions will have to be made very quickly I am very afraid as to who will make them..

    Very interested as to who next manager or head coach will be would like to hear some suggestions? And realistic ones

  • 70 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Paris FC have done very poorly this season brklyn mate. Only 2 wins. Their manager will probably be available. If we can still afford him that is. Mike says we’ve spent all the money.

  • 71 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    I’m comforted by the fact that beermonkey is ready, willing and able to pee in the back pockets of all our executives come the end of the season. It’s a lovely gesture beermonkey mate. Ta from all of us.

  • 72 Jib // Apr 4, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Look on the positive side
    If we are in the championship we will have a game against Reading away and Ibiza’s mummy will let him attend (as long as he’s back for his tea)

  • 73 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Why don’t people understand me? I make the big effort. I change my underpants regularly and still nobody gets me. Jesper used to get me. But he’s gone now. It’s very sad. I’ve got some tremendous new ideas but all the Old Ones are gone. Nobody to share them with.

  • 74 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Come on lads, give brklyn your managerial possibilities. Aitor Karanka! Sing it out. Aitor Karanka!

  • 75 Jib // Apr 4, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    This was our exciting pre season schedule the last time we were relegated.

    Shamrock Rovers
    Huddersfield Town
    Leyton Orient
    Leeds United
    Dundee United

    One consolation was a Toon supporter tried to chin Llambias at Darlo.

  • 76 Ibizatoon // Apr 4, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    G2…I think you’re understood. It’s thongs of gloom time for most.

    brklyn…As you say, who is going to be making those decisions? The changes need to be higher up than the manager for anything to really change.

  • 77 Sir Braveheart // Apr 4, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Ha ha ha… oh Kets…never change mate.

    Marveux and Doumbia to save us? I’ll buy you a pint if either of them plays between now and the end of the season!

  • 78 Ibizatoon // Apr 4, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Good evening Sir, hope you’re well.

  • 79 Sir Braveheart // Apr 4, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    As well as any toon fan can expect to be these days. How are you?

    I am smack bang in the middle of writing my dissertation so not got a lot of time to join the discussions lately. However you’ll be pleased to hear my degree is counselling and psychotherapy so when the inevitable happens you’re all covered. 😉

  • 80 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    I will definitely need some counseling and psychotherapy Sir Braveheart mate. Can you book me and Ibiza back to back please? I want to discuss several important issues with him. His choice of thongwear for example….

  • 81 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Have to go now but please consider Aitor Karanka lads. You know we hold a lot of power over Mike so if I can convince you lot he will have to give in…..

  • 82 welshgeordie9 // Apr 4, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    If we do go down, look on the bright side, it will be a nice change of scenery.

  • 83 GeordieTwo // Apr 4, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    And we’ll see some young’uns get a chance.

  • 84 lesh // Apr 4, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    When will Ashley realise that there’s more to running a football club than buying and selling players in the hope that there’s a profit in them?

    Surely he must see that any profit on livestock husbandry is peanuts compared to the money available through running a club that’s successful on the pitch? Who in hell’s advising him? Maybe relegation might just focus his eyes on where the money’s to be had.

    Ashley’s clearly left Charnley in charge of things, a Managing Director in name only, in the hope that retaining our Prem status is a foregone conclusion. Again, who’s advising Ashley? But that idea’s been well and truly junked when we’ve never been out of the bottom four all season.

    Although Ashley must carry the ultimate responsibility for matters NUFC, he surely must be rid of Charnley and his accomplice in mis-management born of incompetence and dereliction of his responsibilities. But will he?

    If Ashley had any sense, he’d guarantee Rafa whatever it takes to keep him – relegation or no relegation.

    He must realise he’s not running high street shops where overheads are stripped right down to assure profits on cheaply priced goods. He must also realise that he has a responsibility to satisfy the many thousands of fans who part with their cash to support their club. He must realise that although he might own Newcastle United as a business entity, there’s an army of supporters out their who feel Tha they own the Club, the Club that’s in their hearts and souls.

    Big asks? Yes but we can only hope – or make it abundantly clear to Ashley that he is merely the custodian of Newcastle United, not the owner in the emotional sense.

  • 85 Graeme // Apr 4, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Lesh, getting Rafa signed up to a Contract to remain and see us back into the Prem, is likely Ashley’s only hope of getting promotion within 2 seasons!!

    Is the rotund one smart enough to give Rafa the control needed to deliver the remit?? Charnley can stay as a Senior Clerk only, Carr has to go as I’m sure Rafa has access to scouting reports from all over the world. Moncur can keep his day job, glad-handing the punters in the posh bars. Rafa has to be given total control o the playing staff.

  • 86 Online Guy // Apr 4, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    We were always going to be in trouble this season with Howard Webb picking the ref’s for our games.

    .He chooses who the ref’s for all games , wonder if he puts a little pressure on any ref that takes our games ..

    He has a nasty streak when it comes to reffing our games History shows,,he was always mean to us

    Remember the trip /kick/hack by Ferdinand on Demba Ba..? he was right on top of it and waved away the most blatant penalty claim I have ever witnessed ..the Man is a cheat .He proved it that night..

    So what’s he saying to any one he chooses to ref our games ? even in jest ..the promise of advancement and the big games ..?

    Just a thought , stranger things and all that ..

  • 87 SPRINGY // Apr 4, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    if we go down i hope they take the opportunity to get rid of the players that are not good enough even if they say they want to stay and fight…get rid and start a fresh….yes its risky to bring unknown players in and try to build a team whilst trying to get back to the premiership..but as its shown over the last few years theres to many poor,weak,untalented and totally void of giving a shit players for this club to do anything but struggle year in year out,and the same needs to be done at board level…seems to be a lot to do in such a short time.

  • 88 lesh // Apr 4, 2016 at 11:21 PM


    Of course Ashley must give Rafa all he wants but whoever he (Ashley) has as MD, must understand and respect Rafa’s role and responsibilities and that any commitments made to Rafa, must, must be honoured, within the agreed, realistic budget – unlike the way Keegan was the victim of, shall we say, misunderstandings

  • 89 beermonkey // Apr 4, 2016 at 11:27 PM


    not only do we need to rid of the ones that aint good enough
    but on of the biggest drains on the club are these bloody players that are always injured
    every1 of them needs cutting lose

  • 90 SPRINGY // Apr 4, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    agreed…total clean, fresh start

  • 91 Online Guy // Apr 4, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    There’s a few clubs who work the oracle every game ,

    They go down not far short of the box ..its easy for the ref to give a free kick there rather than making a decision on a penalty .inside

    Norwich were at it, Everton the same ..and Sunderbland Borini , ..another conman..seems dishonesty and cheating is paying off for some clubs..

    Watch some recent games ..they are all at it on the periphery ..its crept in to the game kicks within 15 yards and closer, Anyone noticed the regularity of it nowadays ?

  • 92 SPRINGY // Apr 4, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    i see the under 21’s got hammered again tonight…good lasted till half time not sure if he went off thru injury or just coz he had’nt played in 5 years but good to see this is’nt just a first team think… looks like we are complete fubar on all levels!

  • 93 SPRINGY // Apr 4, 2016 at 11:38 PM


  • 94 beermonkey // Apr 4, 2016 at 11:41 PM


    not that many of our current team i would keep

    the biggest problem if we drop and rafa goes
    getting the right manager,
    i cant see carr and charmless getting it right

    behind the scenes there is something wrong and not sorting it was mclarens down fall
    why on earth did it take rafa coming in to get this lot working and doing extra training
    why since the season we finished 5th we have looked the unfittest team out there
    and this habbit of playing well for 20mins a match and coasting the 70mins

  • 95 beermonkey // Apr 4, 2016 at 11:42 PM


    this negative culture is through out the club

  • 96 SPRINGY // Apr 4, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    think there has been a serious attitude problem for years…and that comes across as unfit,not saying what you say is’nt true as i believe your right,but i also think theres a serious attitude problem as well…not a winning attitude,but a… as long as i show up that’ll do attitude…….. but if theres no fear of getting dropped,getting a bollicking, then that attitude will creep in.

  • 97 SPRINGY // Apr 4, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    when u consider how hard other teams work like leicester, and thats for 90+ mins,then u see our lot its like chalk and cheese,its funny but if you remember anita last game last season,chasing grafting,tackling and a lot of people gave him man of the match, but thats normal for the likes of leicester and we have watch so much shite for so long that our standards must of dropped

  • 98 beermonkey // Apr 4, 2016 at 11:57 PM


    thats it
    if the likes of sissoko gini and the other internationals new there was some1 waiting to take there place and put there internaional spot in danger it would give them an incentive to do better

    as a club do we guarentee players if ur fot we will play u, in an attemped to lure them to us

    look how elliot has played i bet when krul comes back he will play better

  • 99 beefman13 // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:01 AM

    Mike splashed the cash, but he gave the wrong person the bit to do it, the same person who employed Mclaren, its a massive failure on the owners behalf and as he says the buck stops with him.

    Graham Carr by the way has turned in to a disaster area, he has to many pally agents, the players he is advising to bring in have no heart arnt up for the battle and are lilly livered, his position has to be looked at seriously, hes well past his sell by date im afraid.

  • 100 beermonkey // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:02 AM


    it developed under pards
    who i think wanted out along time before palace came along i think he thought he might get a better offer after we finished 5th

    niether carver nor mclaren were strong enough to stop it
    rafa on the other hand. he has enough about him to rid us all of this sh1t
    if he is given the time

  • 101 SPRINGY // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    i think if rafa stays, carr is gone,but if rafa walks charnley will keep carr there as hes to clueless to make a decision by himself

  • 102 SPRINGY // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:10 AM

    lets face it…the likes of colo and other players like him seem to have the run of the club,how can players be so poor,get injured,his replacements come in do better then he did, then when hes fit again gets straight back in the side and plays poor yet again…its nuts!…im referring to when colo was playing he got injured mbiwa took his place,mbiwa and williamson had three clean sheets which colo had’nt all season,then mbiwa was dropped soon as colo came back…nee the wonder mbiwa pissed off….theres to much wrong with so much at this club

  • 103 beermonkey // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:14 AM


    there was a article in a paper and it didnt say but it said the it was all over for mclaren when colo was signed for another year

    no proof but for me i think he is one of the biggest probs at the club

  • 104 beefman13 // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:21 AM

    Springy, yes, Benitez surely wont put up with the horseshit Carr is bringing in if we somehow manage to survive, Charnley has literally squandered 80 million quid, he really should get his P45 asap if we go down, how can MA keep him? nobody knows better than Mike that business is business surely.

  • 105 beefman13 // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:35 AM

    Vincente Del Bosque, has tipped and advised Spain to take Rafa Benitez on as the new national manage after the 2016 Euro Championships, now thats putting the cat among the pigeons.

  • 106 SPRINGY // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    the problem with ashley is charnley is a buffer for him,he does’nt get as much grief for the running of the club,so that maybe why ashley will keep him in place and tbh who would ashley bring in to replace him…he doe’snt know enough about running a club to hire the right person for the job…sounds daft but freddie sheppard could probs run the club better,deal with transfers…just dont let him near the cash!lol

  • 107 SPRINGY // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    if the offer of national manager is there, then theres a chance he could be on his way.

  • 108 Lindisfarne // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:52 AM

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  • 109 Santon03 // Apr 5, 2016 at 5:12 AM

    Sorry but any formation or tactics with Saylor in it will be doomed, the guy just don’t know how to defend probably off the game too long, I’m positive I’m better defender than him.

  • 110 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 5, 2016 at 5:21 AM

    We are paying for buying completely hopeless players who for strange reason never turn up on the pitch. Most clubs have one of them. We have so many.

    Doumbia, marveaux, riviere, De jong, ferrera. Can anyone understand anything from this signings??

    We are paying for the abysmal recruitment. Carr and Charnley completely to be blamed for this shambles.

    Relegation is expected. But the only way for us to progress with relegation is for Charnley and Carr to be dismissed!

  • 111 Jail for Ashley // Apr 5, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    There was a clear recruitment drive in place. Buy low sell high when at peak. Unfortunately the policy has been devised by a tatty sports chain owner and three very under qualified yes men willing to do as they are told, the policy is way too rigid and fraught with way too many risks. Santon is another example, we could have had Pieters who has become a no nonsense dependable LB who’s value is a little more than Stoke paid for him, we by passed him for an injured Santon who ended up being a poor defender who we took a loss on anyway. Collocini should have been let go but they would rather run him in to the ground like an old car rather than pay 10M for his replacement, a lot of money but when you look at what has been spent on shite, it’s chicken feed. Had we put the team before projected profit over the last four years we could have had a dependable back four that has not leaked sixty goals a season.

  • 112 Jail for Ashley // Apr 5, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Also wanted to add that the clear understanding that players are here to earn a move elsewhere has nurtured a whole team of players that do not give a flying fcuk about the club. I don’t think the Ashley apologists quite understand that the no cup, finish tenth for a bonus has also created a losing mentality that has spread to every level of the club.

  • 113 Jail for Ashley // Apr 5, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Just looking at the U21 table, we have conceded by a long way the most goals in the division and have the second worst GD yet Beardo and his pals will still be there coaching them all next season. Why, Jib. I’m sure you’ll have a good reason why you think club legend Peter Beardsley

  • 114 lochinvar // Apr 5, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Many of the goals conceded come from disorganisation at the back and the failure to force the opposition in the last few minutes of halves to play from deep in their own half. Playing the ball into those deep areas rather like they do in rugby to soak up time might be a start.
    More importantly a mouthy Captain or CB at the back screaming the odds and getting players to keep defensive shape and block spaces in front of them would be a start.
    And we’re likely to see Colo back next match – the quietest man on the pitch .
    Inspirational stuff.

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