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Fantastic Benitez Is Restoring Pride in Newcastle Players

9:18 am, Monday, April 18th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

21 year-old Chancel Mbemba seems to be in awe of his new manager Rafa Benitez – and he says it is an honor for him being so young,  to be coached by what he calls a fantastic coach and a fantastic man-manager.

He has said that Rafa motivates the players every single day in training.

Chancel had a good game alongside Jamaal Lascelles in central defense on Saturday in the 3-0 win at home to Swansea – and he has talked about how he is enjoying being coached by one the games  best coaches.

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Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba

This is what Chancel has said in the Chronicle today:

“For me, as a young player, it is absolutely fantastic to work with Rafa Benitez.” “He’s a fantastic coach and a fantastic man manager.”

“I have been lucky in my career to work with some fantastic managers,  but I am really proud to work with him on a personal note.”

“The win was for the fans this weekend. They motivated us, and so does the manager, every day in training.”

“We have so much pride to be able to work with him.” “We needed a win, it was vital for us.” “Every player went out there and we all knew we had to win.”

“We all knew we didn’t want to concede any goals, that’s what we worked hard at.”  “Football is a strange game but we just need to keep working hard to make sure we grind out those results.”

“We need to do that for the fans, they deserve that and it’s what we are working hard to do.” “It’s the same for any game – you have to go into it believing you can win.”  

“That’s what we had to do against Swansea.” “We believed we could win it from the outset.” “We watched Sunderland v Norwich who are the two teams we are targeting.”

“We must keep them in view and every single game we have to think positively that we can win it to help us stay in the Premier League.”

“We now need to focus on Manchester City.” “We need to make sure we give the performance the fans want from us.”

“They deserve it, they are always behind us and give us great motivation so we will go out there and give 100% for the shirt and the fans.”

Rafa Benitez has had great success at Valencia, Liverpool and Naples in his very successful career – and we are now hoping he will be successful at Newcastle United.

The disaster scenario for fans however – is Newcastle will be relegated and Rafa will leave in the summer.

But if we can keep winning games – like against the in-form Manchester City tomorrow night – we could stay up and Rafa will then stay on Tyneside.

That’s what we’re all hoping for.

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  • 1 beermonkey // Apr 18, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    i see leicster have been given 11 pens this season
    i am pretty sure we have had the odd season when we havent been given any
    how many years would it take for us reach 11 pens

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Apr 18, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Restoring pride in to a team where the upper management have no pride at all was always going to be a monumental task. Everyman and his dog new that when we looked safe the season was to be written off again and they followed this through with the sale of Santon, no new faces and keeping Carver while we waited for Mclaren to fail in the Championship. The players must have had a feeling that this underwhelming manager would be taking over as the watched his results go from bad to worse and when he eventually did arrive he looked at the fixture list and told them that the season starts in October. How can you expect even the most respectable pros to care too much when your bosses don’t care about winning every game but just enough to survive, let alone our fragile bunch of misfits here for a move elsewhere.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Apr 18, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    We might start getting a few now Rafa has us entering the opposition box.

  • 4 beermonkey // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:01 AM


    it might change under rafa

    maybe we will get a couple tomoz night

  • 5 WWSBRD // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    I think a lot of people ignore how that attitude affects our players, we can hate them for not caring but why would they? They are sold a dream of moving on from the second they sign then get stuck here under uncaring management

  • 6 stuart no9 // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    WWSBRD—- thats happened for years. you would have thought by now , players – like managers would have done their homework on the club before agreeing to come and should knowe exactly how NUFC work , the same as the recruiters at the club should have done their searches on certain playerrs before buying them . both seem to ignore this vital ” must do” before signing anything

  • 7 hibbitt // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    the rush to leave might not be as great with rafa in charge i honestly think even if we go down he would stay if he gets the guarantees he requires and ashley is prepared to back him

  • 8 WWSBRD // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Footballers are stupid it’s the advisers and agents who push them towards teams and they are motivated by money not football and we all know how NUFC are happy to give agents plenty of pound signs on the bank

    And NUFC go for resale value not characters, in fact we go for bad characters because they are cheaper to bring in

  • 9 Jib // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    I have just been watching an interview with Francesco Guidolin.
    He doesnt think NUFC are a “fragile bunch of misfits” he says the better team won on Saturday.

  • 10 beermonkey // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:35 AM


    not so sure he will stay from real madrid to the championship in a few months is a bit to far to fall

  • 11 stuart no9 // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    hibbit — i totally agree , rafa is concentrating too much on getting his zonal marking tactics across to players .
    This system is totally alien to NUFC, He could have come in with 10 games left and let them carry on with man to man untill the end of season , then if we went dwn he would leave or if we stay up , then implement zonal marking next season when he can get rid of certain players and bring his wn payers in who he knows what he wants and are intelligent enough to carry it out . the fact h has brought it instraght away tells me he is here for the long haul , regardess what league we are in.
    i was at the game on saurday and you could see the players that he would wat to keep and the players he wouldnt cisse being one of them , he did nt know what day it was , he has to go.

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    So are you denying that a team with a minus 25 goal difference from numerous spankings haven’t behaved like a fagile group of misfits. We are slowly being repaired by a top class manager that should have been here five years ago.

  • 13 jayphoto // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    @beermonkey – the laws of probability and averages suggest you’re 100% more likely to win a penalty if you have players in the box… might explain why we don’t win many 😉

  • 14 Jib // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Try looking forward – instead of whining about past errors , you sound like a nagging wife.

  • 15 WWSBRD // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Yeah Jail forget the past I mean geez we won a game rainbows, butterfly’s and puppy dogs now mate

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Just commenting on the topic headline. So you’re admitting there’s been errors now. Everything was rosy a couple of months back?

  • 17 jayphoto // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Great win on Saturday! Swansea were on the beach for sure but Newcastle needed to overcome that mental block! We were virtually down if we lost so we can’t under estimate the pressure they played under!
    Fair play to Benitez. I slated making Sissoko captain before kick off but that just shows why Benitez is a manager and I’m a photographer ha! Sissoko took on the responsibility and it seemed to motivate him! Hopefully that remains. I can see the logic in it now, if Sissoko is a player a lot of the dressing room respect it makes sense! Hes shown in interviews hes pretty outspoken and upfront. The captaincy seemed too much for Shelvey and there isn’t too many candidates!
    Not entirely sure the team weren’t just motivated by the man mountain lascelles KO’ing them if they lost. Big lad, from a place you need to know how to handle yourself too. If we go down he needs to have the defence built around him in the championship because he could be top player for us for 10 years. No coincidence we finally get a clean sheet with Jamal, Mbemba and tiote all on the pitch!

  • 18 beermonkey // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:50 AM


    like our gd its another sad stat
    but lets not forget the last 2 managers before mclaren claimed to be front foot attack minded lol

  • 19 jayphoto // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Gotta say too, not seen much said but Anita and Dummett did well considering one was just back from injury and the other out of position.
    Anyone remember Montero absolutely massacred Janmaat earlier in the season. Had him on toast! Both did their part without being spectacular.

  • 20 Jib // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Nobody has said forget the past crap.
    We are all aware of it.
    Jail goes on and on like a broken record
    Every post he has a dig at the regime
    It’s really tedious.
    As Magscar once said
    “we get it – honest – we get it “

  • 21 jayphoto // Apr 18, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    @beermonkey Pardew does play some lovely stuff if you listen to him. The man is made for Westminster! He makes alister Campbell look straight laced.
    Still feel for McClaren. He had to go, and should never have come but I saw what he was trying to do and the football improved but it was glaringly obvious the players had no respect for him. I think he’d be a good shout for Villa next year

  • 22 beermonkey // Apr 18, 2016 at 11:05 AM


    mclaren came for the cash and he underestimated the task infront of him
    i think it was also pretty clear the established players at the club just saw him as a failed championship manager

  • 23 WWSBRD // Apr 18, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    It’s his right to post what he wants (an excuse Uve used a fair few times) also if we stop talking about how Ashley has ruined our club then we will forget which will add to the huge apathy felt by fans

    Why don’t u ignore Jails posts if they upset u so much (again a phrase Uve used a fair few times)

  • 24 jayphoto // Apr 18, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    @beermonkey – agree with that! I think the media alone have made it impossible for McClaren to manage in the premier league. He garners no respect.
    Hes a good coach, and younger players at derby took to him well and he was apparently decent working with redknapp at QPR but the Newcastle job was always far too big for him. Too big a club, too big a job. We have the kind of players where the manager that comes in needs to be a bigger personality with a bigger reputation than the players and have the power to bin them if need be. Rafa has that, McClaren didn’t. Carver didn’t. I think Pardew had the right players on his side through pandering rather than respect which kept us mid table-ish

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Apr 18, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Have to disagree on Mclaren and I’ve got no sympathy at all for him. He turned us down twice as he didn’t want to come and work under our ridiculous policies, absolutely shat on Derby then came anyway when we were hos last chance.

  • 26 jayphoto // Apr 18, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    @WWSBRD – Agree with that. Its truly staggering what Ashley has done to this club from top to bottom.
    He’s turned us into a football equivalent of Sports Direct. The ground and its advertisement is embarrassingly tacky. He’s put incompetent people in key positions. To be linked with a company like Wonga is the worst for me. A company that makes its profits by ripping off predominantly hard working, and usually northern families with no place else to turn to make ends meet.
    Newcastle has always been the pride of the North East supporting North east people and business and important in the community. Under keegan, under robson, even souness/Roeder. Ashley doesn’t get it. Its fair enough to not run it himself, but he has so little understanding of how much the club means to the people that he puts someone like Charnley in charge. Like wise. Like Kinnear…
    Hes a man that has vilified , disrespected and mistreated club legends. Men like keegan and shearer. Geordies who fought for us and have the club in their hearts.
    He treats the club as no more than USC, or Soul Cal, or Lonsdale. We truly are going nowhere under him up until now. Its important not to forget this!

  • 27 spaghetti bandit // Apr 18, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    We need atleast a 25 percent increase in our play to get something tomorrow,, people who are saying it’s no surprise we got a clean sheet with lascelles n mbemba at th back needto reremember we wa carved open 3 or 4 times ,, montero defdefinitely should of scored williams had a gd chance gomis was clean through man City will not let us off th hook.. It was a decent/ lucky clean sheet rather than a all round kept them at bay defensive masterclass

  • 28 WWSBRD // Apr 18, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    It begs the question how would other clubs react to Ashley’s plans? Would similar clubs treat him the same?

    I think he has had quite an easy ride all things considered

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // Apr 18, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Be careful lads you might upset Jib!

  • 30 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 18, 2016 at 11:53 AM


    “Why don’t u ignore Jails posts if they upset u so much (again a phrase Uve used a fair few times)”

    Because he like to argue? 🙂

    Footballers are such a mentally fragile breed they need to have their ego’s constantly massaged, That’s a condition of having to exist on £10k plus per week, poor things.

  • 31 WWSBRD // Apr 18, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    He certainly does unless it’s people arguing with him then he’s the poorest of poor victims…I can’t be chewed with that

    As for players I agree most are awful human beings but the rarely need to be anything better, culture can affect them am sure but would anyone argue that the current NUFC culture would be beneficial to anyone?

  • 32 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 18, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Just for some variety to the chat, I bought the ‘Ticket To Ride’ board game, if anyone enjoys board games it’s brilliant.

    My missus likes it so much she got the PC version, keeps her quiet! 😉

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Apr 18, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Is BandB banned or something. Bring back B!!!

  • 34 catchy in norway // Apr 18, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    the 2 games against palace and villa are both winnable imo, I only hope we can take at least 1 win from pool, cty, or the spuds last game, hopefully spuds have nothing to play for in that game.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Apr 18, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    If Churnley isn’t sacked at the end of the season then there is something even more seriously wrong than we thought. Carr, Monkers and Beardo should be booted out with him as well.

  • 36 beermonkey // Apr 18, 2016 at 12:44 PM


    I play hungry hungry hippo with my misses
    I throw lots of bon bons over the floor then let her in
    If some go under the sofa she is there for hrs

  • 37 jayphoto // Apr 18, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    @catchy – Im fairly optimistic for city. Apparantly they are without Clichy, Silva, Sterling, Kompany and is rumoured they may rest Aguero and De Bruyne. They still have good players beyond those but its not the same side.
    Spurs too, we beat earlier in the season and Pocchetino has rested very few players and they have a young young squad that have covered a lot of miles. At the moment they are running on the adrenaline of the title race but if that’s over by the end of the season I think they will have had the motivation and energy knocked out of them….
    Similarly Liverpool can get champions league if they win the Europa league which they are favourites to do. Have to think their eyes may be on that. Klopp played a very young side against Bournemouth tho they still won, have to think he may do that a few times more.
    We are lucky enough to be playing 2 teams with eyes on other things and hopefully spurs with nothing to play for…
    if we can’t beat palace and villa we deserve to drop…
    Im quite optimistic

  • 38 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 18, 2016 at 12:48 PM


    A Stoke win tonight would be a good result.

  • 39 Sir Braveheart // Apr 18, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    “They’re 11 men and just because they’ve got a blue shirt on doesn’t mean they have to win. If you have a bit of fight and get after them it doesn’t matter.”

    Jamaal Lascelles speaking after Saturday’s win.

    Fair play to the lad. Thems fightin’ words!!

  • 40 lesh // Apr 18, 2016 at 12:55 PM


    Ticket to Ride keeps Mrs Essex quiet?

    Where can I order 50 for mine?

    *Ducks to evade plate*

  • 41 lesh // Apr 18, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    * evade = avoid!

  • 42 bettyswallocks // Apr 18, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    I hope Anita keeps his place. He played well on Saturday and hopefully he can reproduce the battling performance he showed last game against West Ham last season when we needed it . We need strong minded battlers now and I’d rather have Anita than Janmaat.

  • 43 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    If you are being serious, my missus went through Steam.

    You should get plastic plates. 🙂

  • 44 Lindisfarne // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    My team for City:


  • 45 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Lesh that last post was to you.

  • 46 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:05 PM


    Yes to that team with Perez starting.

  • 47 Jail for Ashley // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Didn’t De Jong help tear City a new one in the CL. Could be worth a shout over Colback who I thought was bang average on Saturday.

  • 48 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    BandB is missing on the blog? Sad…

  • 49 WWSBRD // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Strong minded battlers and Anita in the same sentence?

  • 50 jayphoto // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Doumbia is another who’s ripped city a new one in the champions league before…

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Complete mystery as to what’s going on with him, I thought he looked quite lively against Stoke. Hope we never see Riverie in a black and white shirt again.

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    I thought Colback would have came off before Tiote, maybe it was to save him being booked.

  • 53 funguswatty // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Darlow,s interview off nufc site
    Goalkeeper Karl Darlow marked his top-flight home debut with a clean sheet in Newcastle United’s 3-0 home win over Swansea City on Saturday.
    Jamaal Lascelles’ first half header – followed by late goals from stand-in captain Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend – secured a vital three points for the Magpies, who are now just three points from safety.
    And Darlow believes the manner in which United won could give them a big confidence boost going into the remaining five Barclays Premier League fixtures.
    “It’s a huge relief for everyone,” Darlow told “Obviously we knew the Sunderland score before we went out and we knew that we had to win.
    “But we needed the three points no matter what the results were elsewhere – we just had to keep focused on winning this game and thankfully we came out and showed some real grit and desire to come away with three points.
    “At 1-0 we were getting a bit edgy, Swansea had a few good chances but then when we scored the second with 10 minutes to go it really calmed things down.
    “We were clinical with the three goals and I don’t think 3-0 flattered us at all really. We played some really good football and we were rewarded for that.
    “The lads defended brilliantly as well, they kept organised and made things very difficult for Swansea.
    “This was my first home game for Newcastle and it was great to see and hear the crowd get behind us the way they did.
    “Fortunately we gave them the result and the performance their support deserves.”
    Despite the win, Darlow knows the Magpies still have a huge task ahead of them if they want to secure their top-flight status.
    “It was crucial that we won today,” continued the Newcastle United stopper.
    “Come the end of the season this result could be massive but we have to keep focused and try to win every game because this is just one win.
    “But it does put us right back in the mix and gives us a big confidence boost ahead of the game here on Tuesday.”
    Newcastle welcome Manchester City to St. James’ Park on Tuesday evening (7.45pm kick-off) knowing that a win will take them out of the relegation zone.

  • 54 LGFUAD21 // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Jail for Ashley

    It’s interesting on Colback.

    He can’t tackle, doesnt have great vision.

    But I watched him very carefully with interest on Saturday and his off the ball work rate and position are fantastic.

    My point is that, while it may seem as though he was average I actually thing he was helping the team through the chaos he was creating.

    For me I’d like to see Tiote start but dont really have a preference between Jonjo and Colback next to him. I just want to see a DM play DM.

    My team for City

    Anita — Mbemba — Lascelles — Dummet
    Townsend———De Jong————-Sissoko

    I can understand Rafa’s logic in starting Cisse because he stretches defences more than Mitro but without Mitro’s hold up against City it’ll be a siege for 90 minutes. We need his outlet just to take some pressure off the back 6 (inc Tiote) and allowing the team to re-organise after attacks)

    I would also play De Jong for 2 reasons:
    1) Gini has hardly been setting the world alight.
    2) He looks after the ball
    3) He is very good at flitting between attack and midfield so he could help Mitro more than Gini in pressuring Man City’s defence
    4) He’s very intelligent and selfless so I think he’s work well playing as a second striker. He’ll pull defenders away from Mitro.

    As far as I’m concerned we have 3 solid options to play behind the striker:

    Gini – See my above point
    De Jong ( See my above)
    Perez – Tries to do too much, gets bullied out of games by lack of space, time and phsyical nature

    Shelvey and Moussa have played there before but Moussa doesn’t offer enough of a goal threat and Shelvey seems to loose his creative side when advanced.

    Our best bet is to go direct (I dont mean long balls) but we need to get the ball up field fast and by passing.

    Towsend and Moussa are our runners. Lets get Mitro and De Jong playing up against defenders on the break and with some luck we’ll create some decent chances.

  • 55 LGFUAD21 // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    A big worry for me though was the subs and controlling the game.

    Benitez corrected it fast but there was a hairy point where Swansea made 3 pretty solid chances that Man City would score from with their eyes closed (no disrespect to Swansea)

    I think the Tiote sub was risky and the delay in putting Mitro on when everyone could see it was needed was odd.

  • 56 Ibizatoon // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Jail…The blog, as always, could use BandB’s input.

    Sadly, she is unable to do so, as she cannot log in.

    She had tried to create a new account, but is struggling to get it verified. Ed appears to have his hands full and I would presume is waiting to see what the fate of NUFC this season, and therefore this blog.

    Not sure how difficult it would to get her back on though, in the meantime, Ed.

    Bring back BandB!

  • 57 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:32 PM


    Just realised you didn’t have Mitro in your team, he has to start, Perez to come on in 2nd halve.

  • 58 Ibizatoon // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Really pleased with the game at the weekend.

    Only caught the second half, and whilst in some cases we did get lucky…I would say we created that luck by chasing and pushing, something we haven’t been doing.

    Can’t ask for much more. I just hope they keep it going now.

  • 59 mickybraham // Apr 18, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    LGFUAD21 – Totally agree with your assessment of colback & the changes needed for City. Not glamorous but he leads by example and puts the work in, encouraging others to do the same!

    I think in the past SMC, carver or pardew would play the same winning side. But I think Rafa will have the balls and the experience to know that we need someone to hold the ball up against them! Still think Gini will have the nod over de jong if only for his pace on the counter.

    For me, the only change should be mitro over cisse

  • 60 lesh // Apr 18, 2016 at 4:28 PM


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