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Benitez Has Even Done This To Try To Save Newcastle

7:51 am, Friday, April 8th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

Tomorrow could be a sorry day for Newcastle fans with Sunderland having a chance to shock Leicester City at the Stadium of Light and it would only take Norwich City to beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park to put Newcastle even further from safety.

While it would be a shock if we don´t lose at St. Mary´s tomorrow anything is still possible and we have to keep the faith.

And Rafa Benitez had even held one-on-one meetings with some of the senior Newcastle players in his drive to save Newcastle from relegation and get the best out of the players.

rafa benitez papiss cisse sunderland

Rafa Benitez talks to Papiss Cisse at Sunderland game

Those players have included Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote who are two of our most experienced Premier League players in the squad.

Two home wins and two home draws from 12 league games this year, with one point from the last six games tells Newcastle´s sorry story.

Rafa has said this in the Chronicle today:

“They realized the situation and they want to fight and do everything to stay up.”

“Papiss is somebody who is so positive in the training sessions. I spent some time talking with him and I was impressed.”

“He wants to win, score goals and give 100%.” “We will try. We have been talking about Mitrovic and crosses for him.”

“We have to play quickly if we can for Papiss – we will try to do that, but obviously we don’t have too much time.”

“We can make profit from the quality of these players.”

Rafa is obviously doing everything he can possibly do, but it still looks to will be a failing effort at this point with the league looking like this at the bottom.

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

The Newcastle players will have to share the responsibility for relegation this season, assuming we do take the drop, and too many of our very highly paid stars have not performed well enough for the club this season.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lindisfarne // Apr 8, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    Ed Harrison

    Take a look at my analysis derived from the above quote and see if you can make an article of it!

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

    Looking at the table on the previous post, natural progression 102 points and promotion, then a steady if not spectacular finish then an unbelievable fifth. Unfortunately a deliberately calculated and callous decision to take us backward rather than progress has ultimately ended up where we are now. After a fifth place finish, with our resources we should have been competing with Spurs by now.

  • 3 Jib // Apr 8, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Articles like the previous one on the execs are pointless until seasons end.

    There will be plenty of time for the long knives this summer .

    At the moment there are 7 cup finals to focus on.
    It’s a bit like the pilot of Germanwings 9525 as it plunges towards the Alps shouting through the locked flight deck door – “Andreas your’e sacked !!!”

  • 4 Jib // Apr 8, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    you’re even

  • 5 Jib // Apr 8, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Jail for Ashley
    The huge irony is that the early exits from cup competition and the avoidance of Euro qualification was expressly planned to avoid any danger of relegation.
    Survival at all costs

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Apr 8, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    For all your accusations toward those who disagree with the way the club is being run as being anti NUFC your smiley face on the sad irony of our plight and personally enjoying our flirting with relegation would suggest you are not all that keen on the club after all but just a big fan of Mikey.

  • 7 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 8, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Its amazing how far Spurs have went ahead of us and they are constantly trying to get new investment and progress whereas we still give Ashley free advertising and make no attempt to get a bigger sponsorship deal than Wonga !!!

    In today’s premier league with companies from USA, China and the Middle East all looking to get a piece of the most watched league in the world there is no reason why we shouldn’t be making even more money than we already do !!!

  • 8 Toon_Tom // Apr 8, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Im sure they all want to win, they all give 100%, but in most cases their 100% isn’t good enough or their 100%, in their eyes, simply means running around for 90mins with no real purpose.

    We have some awful players on our books, with no passion or drive amongst them.

    We will get beat tomorrow and the realisation of Championship football next season will be kicked in to gear

  • 9 SA Toon // Apr 8, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    I may be showing my age, but I’ve lived through 3 relegations and I am simply not ready to face it again. Living in South Africa I am so far from SJP, but we have brilliant EPL coverage. Most weekends we get to watch the NUFC game live, and it is only if we’re playing on a Saturday afternoon with all the other “big” clubs playing against minnows that we might miss out. If we drop to the Championship that will all change, and I’ll be scratching and scraping to try and find coverage of our games. We simply have to find something within ourselves to put in a late burst! It’s still not too late, although I don’t fancy Pardew doing us any favours this weekend. Keep the faith!!!!

  • 10 Magtoonpie // Apr 8, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    It’s a conundrum, do you notice that there were attempts or do you only notice the failure. Yes there is a motive for the investment but survival is mutually beneficial. Ineptness does not equal intention. My issue is why so late but we may still have MA 20 down the line so that may also be a moot point. DAdvovate.

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