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Newcastle´s Only Hope Is This Man

9:14 am, Friday, April 15th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

We wrote a piece yesterday on how it could be appealing to Rafa Benitez to stay at Newcastle even if we are relegated, but only if he is given complete control of things at the club and it would have to expand beyond just control of the playing side of things.

Newcastle have proven over these last couple of years that those running the club at all levels haven´t got a clue,  but Rafa has been impressive behind the scenes at Newcastle and seems to have impressed everybody at the club – according to the Shields Gazette today.

But that hasn´t shown (yet) in the results on the field.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager – our only hope

We are almost certain to be relegated and that may become even clearer after the weekend games and if Rafa then leaves next month there is little hope of Newcastle coming straight back up next season.

Changes in the way the club is run have to be made and they need to be big changes.

The club is at its lowest ebb since Mike Ashley bought the club back in June 2007 and this blog was created only weeks before that happened.

Yes – it was all our fault.

If those running Newcastle are not now going all out to see what it would take to keep Rafa at the club even if we are relegated, they should be.

But yes – Lee Charnley would probably say to that that he still thinks we will survive in the Premier League.

That would be (yet) another nothing statement from the top executive.

There are some hints that Rafa may be open to rebuilding Newcastle from the bottom up and as we said yesterday it would be a terrific opportunity for him to awaken what he has said is a sleeping giant of a club at Newcastle.

Some comments he made at last week´s press conference offer some hope:

“I want to stay here for a while, so I’m really pleased to have this challenge. For me it is a challenge.”

“I am the Newcastle manager and I want to be the Newcastle manager next year.”

There could be more questions on this at Refa´s press conference today for tomorrow´s game at home to Swansea, where we will attempt to get our first win since February 6th.

Since beating West Brom 1-0 we have played 7 games with just one point against Sunderland at home.

It couldn´t have been much worse than that at the business end of the season – one point worse we suppose.

Newcastle have completely imploded this year and the defeats have been at every level of the club – first team, U21 and U18 and we even have players who don´t seem to even want to play for Newcastle.

There is a losing mentality at the club.

It´s that bad.



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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 firebug666 // Apr 15, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Oh this has been coming for a long time, all the fans knew, we have been run by incompetent fool who were brought in by the biggest fool of the all……. What else did anyone expect

  • 2 lochinvar // Apr 15, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Newcastle´s Only Hope Is This Man

    or is Divine Intervention allowed as well ?

    If the Aliens landed from Mars at SJP and insisted ” take me to your leader ” they would be sorely disappointed ( Rafa apart ) .
    Perhaps they could take Ashley and Charnley home in their UFO for some further investigation of that species

  • 3 Rotonda heights // Apr 15, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Who’d have thought it. AP dismissed as telling porkies and lacking credibility at Jonas’s tribunal.

  • 4 Harley // Apr 15, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Obi wan kanobi?

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Apr 15, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Rotonda,
    Who’d have thouggt he would have delivered those lies confidently as well. I wonder how many times he scratched his nose during the interview?

  • 6 Ibizatoon // Apr 15, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    I’m at a loss to why some are questioning Jonas’ international credentials.

    I believe the line was “established”, not “current” or “starter”. Jonas is an established international player. He’s played over 20 times for his national team.
    I don’t think too many have objected to the idea that the club bought two England “internationals” in the winter, who betweem them have mustered up 16 international appearances, over 4 years.

  • 7 VanToonMan // Apr 15, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Fellas – I hope everyone has still got faith and their hopes up – of course if we lose or draw to swansea then I understand every single person giving up on us staying up.

    BUT – we NEED norwich-sunderland to draw and if we beat Swansea – we really could be in the mix! At home against their team – I don’t see why we can’t really beat them by a fair few goals too!

    We need to earmark this game and the home game to Palace for goal difference boosting.

  • 8 VanToonMan // Apr 15, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    With that in mind – what are people’s suggested teams for tomorrow?

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Apr 15, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    More deafening silence from the cowardly bills son on our best ever owner!

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Apr 15, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    What’s even more surprising is that one of the major figures of our recruitment team doesn’t even know how many internationals we have in the squad?




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