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The New Gaffer Has Made Everybody Happy

6:15 pm, Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

Papiss Cisse believes that new manager (gaffer) Rafa Benitez has now got Newcastle playing near their best and it took a little time for Rafa to get some of his idea across to the players.

But two excellent performances in the last two games got us 4 points – a win against Swansea and a draw against Manchester City last night in what was a pulsating game.


Papiss Cisse – starting for Rafa

Rafa has used Papiss Cisse at the start of the last two games and brought on Aleksandar Mitrovic as an impact sub in the second half.

And certainly the Serbian made a huge difference when he came on in the final 10 minutes of the Swansea game and he had a hand in both late goals – so to speak.

This is what Papiss has said about the arrival of Rafa Benitez on Tyneside:

“One moment it’s difficult to get confidence when you’re working hard, but losing the game and your head’s going down.”

“But when the new gaffer came in he’s made everybody happy and given the chance for everyone to show the people how he’d like everyone to play.”

“Everyone has had this feeling to give 100% every time on the training ground and in the game. That is a good point too, because we have a connection with the gaffer, we speak to him and I think it’s a good thing.”

“It’s never going to be easy to go to Liverpool. But we have a team now who is ready to play take on any team and we have to do so.”

“We can change it – the away results. The work and the form we have at home, we have to take that into the away games. We need to do something at Anfield and try to win the game.”

“The team needs the fans. The fans tried to do their best for us and we tried to do our best to make the fans happy and to try to win the game because the position is not very good.”

“But everyone knows that and we are trying to do something to make it better.”

“All the players like to play like this and have the fans behind them. I just say to the fans that we have to keep going, because the players will keep going and working hard to get out of this.”

There are four games to go and Newcastle desperately need to win as many of their games as possible. otherwise it looks like we could take the drop – which would be an utter disaster for the club.

Next up is Liverpool and we haven’t won at Anfield since way back in 1994 – so it’s a great time to do just that on Saturday.

Here are the remaining games for Newcastle.

Sat 23	15:00	A	Liverpool	 		
Sat 30	15:00	H	Crystal Palace	 		
Sat 07	15:00	A	Aston Villa	 		
Sun 15	15:00	H	Tottenham	 

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64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Apr 20, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    If Rafa doesn’t stay and Ashley puts a second rater in charge if we get back to the PL there should be huge protests as the excuse that a good manager won’t come won’t wash anymore.

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Apr 20, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    We’re helping Rafa haul ass Ibiza mate. It’s our duty as the lunatic fringe! We haul ass! We do the dirty deeds that need doing! We pee in back pockets! We loose the honey badgers from hell. (Come on Ibiza, I explained all this at the last Lunatic Fringe meeting mate. Weren’t you listening? Harrumph…)

  • 3 GeordieTwo // Apr 20, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Ask not whose ass can be hauled for you lads. Ask what ass you can haul for the club!!! (I think that’s it, I’m a little confused about that one).

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Apr 20, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Once I get the Lunatic Fringe members sorted oot we’ll do the dirty deeds that need doing lads. Have no fear!!! Huzzah!!!!

  • 5 beermonkey // Apr 20, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    will cisse find the back of the net against fool

  • 6 Ibizatoon // Apr 20, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    Jail…Some nice pre-planning there.

    G2…TBF, that meeting was full of loonies. I wasn’t sure I was supposed to be taking it seriously. I’m sure I’ll have the meeting minutes somewhere around here. Ah yes, here they are.

    Seems I was doodling, not note taking. Apologies.

  • 7 beermonkey // Apr 20, 2016 at 6:44 PM


    u alright ?

    are u all set for summer season

  • 8 Ibizatoon // Apr 20, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    beermonkey…Doing pretty well, thanks. How’s things with you and yours?

    Not quite “all set” yet, but certainly on track.

    I have slight hopes that maybe, NUFC might be doing the same. Although I’m not convinced it’s simply too late in the day.

  • 9 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 20, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Really Mr Cisse, the team hasn’t been able to perform because the players need to be shown how to play.

    Am I missing something or is that was he is trying to say to us.

    So we have had a bunch of very well paid footballers not knowing what to do when they have been trotting out onto the pitch before Rafa came in to show them the way.

    Makes you want to cry with despair!!!

  • 10 jimiley // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Cisse could not trap a bag of cement. The ball cannons off his feet like a super ball. We are gannin doon with the Canaries. Scum to send us doon. Penfold left it too late. Why are Carr and Penfold still in a job??????

  • 11 WWSBRD // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    We just have to win 1 more than Sunderland and Norwich do and they are crap teams

    It’s doable

    Confidence is a huge factor right now and we have it but so do the mackems…we have better fixtures than them though it’ll be close this relegation run

  • 12 WWSBRD // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    That’s kind of the managers job mate, not often a team with no manager does particularly well is it?

  • 13 jimiley // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    We will lose to the bindippers. We always do. Its away remember and our away form is still crap. We will beat Palace and Villa but we dont want to be after points if Tottenham are after the league. I think we will get 7 points from 4 games. Thats 35 points.. The scum need six points from five games. Thats two wins. Look at their fixtures. We are gannin doon with the Canaries.

  • 14 beermonkey // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:10 PM


    allwell thanks

    there will be a few twists over the next few weeks but in a few days we have taken 4 point and swung our gd by 6 goals on norwich

    big point last night given the way they played againt chelsea i thought we were in for a hiding more so when they were given the goal

    and for the first time in a while we look like we can win and keep clean sheets

  • 15 beermonkey // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:19 PM


    given our woeful record against city
    Newcastle United have won none of the last 19 Premier League meetings against Manchester City (D3 L16).

    i think we can get another point at anfield and slight chance of 3 rafa will demand a good show at his former club

  • 16 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Best thing Rafa has done is make time of the essence. No days off, training even early yesterday to work on a few things. The minds are focussed after a good whip cracking. Even last night when asked about the offside, he said there’s no use in complaining now because it’s a waste of time. Doing a good job of personifying the urgency needed, no more sleepwalking into the depths.

    His demeanour on the touchline says it all when compared to Schteve. Analysing every moment wracking his brain on how we can improve, giving out instructions when he can.

    Seems to me with Ashley being hands-off, Charnley, Carr and particularly Schteve took liberties with their own workloads. Pardew before them.

    All we’d ever hear about regards to training is scheduled days off, 2 week training camps, which is plain to me now were just management putting their feet up to the detriment of the football, knowing they’ll be paid the same. No wonder our fitness levels have been shocking for a long time.

  • 17 Yo-yo // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:20 PM


    Score draw at Anfield
    Win against Palace
    Win at Villa
    Draw with Spuds

    8 points. Would that be enough ?

  • 18 GeordieTwo // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Aaaaoooogah! Attention please! Normal service has resumed. Lunatic Fringe back on the air….. Hmmmmm, very well then Ibiza mate @6. But take this with complete seriosity from now on! Harrumph…..We’ve got a lot of work to do. Battle thongs pressed and spruced up for Liverpool. Honey badgers to get fully aroused. Lots of beer to build up bladder pressure for use on available board members. Etc. etc.

  • 19 GeordieTwo // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Of course it would yo-yo mate @17. We’re dealing with dirty dingoes over there in scumderaland and Norwich don’t know what week it is. Clear sailing with Rafa hauling ass…..

  • 20 GeordieTwo // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Hoy, beermonkey. Are you building up bladder pressure mate? I’m counting on you…..

  • 21 jimiley // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Yo yo
    Can the Scum get 7 points from 5 games? We cannot save ourselves and must rely on others losing. A weak position. The Scum have a couple of games against teams with nothing to play for.

  • 22 GeordieTwo // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    A lot of you have been asking “G2 how do I get in this wonderful Lunatic Fringe of yours?” Harrumph…..good question lads. Well……. there’s no easy answer you see? It took me years to build up my levels of Fringiness. And look at Ibiza…. do you think he did that overnight? No, definitely not. And as for beermonkey, he’s in a league of his own out there. You lads definitely have your work cut out…..

  • 23 beermonkey // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:29 PM


    i dont know but i think the days off culture was here when mclaren took over he was to weak to come in and tackle it and let it go

    we have been unfit for good few years now

  • 24 GeordieTwo // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    But scum don’t have Rafa hauling ass for them jimiley mate. Think about that and then get back to me…..

  • 25 GeordieTwo // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    I’ve put the evil eye relegation zone you’re down for a certainty curse on them scum lads so don’t worry about that lot.

  • 26 beefman13 // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Most of us on here are like gambling addicts, we have 19 bets in a row on 20/1 shots , they all loose then the 20th one wins! everything is rosey in the garden again, its our never ending hope isnt it, the whole club from top to bottom footballing wise is a mirror virtually, i mentioned the other day no other british owner has spent more money than MA, and i stuck up for him many times but the sheer volume of bad appointments is just unforgivable, Only Benitez imo has been a valid appointment in all his time here, and that it is looking is to late.

    If Rafa stays then he needs to be given free reign, no spitting dummies out when he cant have what he wants as he has to know, there isnt a bottomless pit, sensible controlled appointments and signings. along with the structure of the football at the club.

    Charnley and Carr have to go for starters, a massive upheaval is needed, those two are first on my list.

  • 27 Ibizatoon // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Beefy…Thanks for reminding me of that comment.

    Is that right that “no other british owner has spent more money than MA”?

    In total, including buying the club / loans or are we talking players?

  • 28 Jib // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    That’s right Jimiley – Cisse’s crap

  • 29 beefman13 // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Ibiza,On players i should have said, you can look at Martin Edwards at Man Utd, and that is the only doubt, incredibly MA has made 24 million profit on transfers to boot, we all know he has his ways about him, but he has put his hand in his poke, but maybe it was all to little to late, he has caused me nothing but aggravation since he came, arguing over every one of his decisions for 8 years, in all he has not deserved my support for all this monumental bad footballing decisions that he has put all of us through.

  • 30 Mister Tuff // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Whilst all the board need sacking – it would be most interesting to know what exactly takes place when potential new signings were being discussed.
    Had Carr reccommended some stars but Penfold said no – but he agreed players way down Carrs’ list -who were cheaper.
    Also -who was the driving force behind the Berahino bids- seems to me he was not worth the cash being offered.

  • 31 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 20, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    We still dont get enough service into the box for Cisse to be effective hes not even had a decent half chance in the last 2 games !

    But he is a striker who will eventually fluke one in and go a run which might be enough to win us games in the next 4 !

  • 32 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 20, 2016 at 8:00 PM


    Win tonight and then rest players against us please !

    Watford and Everton last games for both Norwich and Sunderland do worry me although that might be the only points both teams get !

  • 33 welshgeordie9 // Apr 20, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Come on Everton, Sturridge to get injured and the rest all have red cards so they will be out of this weekends game.

  • 34 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 20, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Even with Everton on the beach they should have enough about them going forward to smash Sunderland !! They are massively underachieving with Martinez in charge this season!

    Man Utd winning is good keeps them keen against Norwich and Arsenal on their toes

  • 35 Ibizatoon // Apr 20, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Beefy…What about Levy?

    He hasn’t put his hand in his pocket for transfers, he put his hands in his pockets to buy the club and then “loan” it money for old debts and then relegation costs.

    This years Swiss Ramble report is out. Interesting read.

  • 36 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 20, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Watford looking like they are on the beach now as well getting spanked off West Ham

  • 37 welshgeordie9 // Apr 20, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Liverpool haven’t impressed me this season, yes they beat Dortmund and played well against them but they don’t play like that all the time, that’s why I think it will be a long time before they win the premier league,

  • 38 welshgeordie9 // Apr 20, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    We can easily match them this weekend, play mitrovic from the start up against Liverpools defence they will crap themselves.

  • 39 jimiley // Apr 20, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Agreed Welsh,
    Liverpool look dodgy in defence, have no ability in midfield and toothless in attack. We have a much better team And a much better manager.. I reckon Cisse might score a hattrick with the right service. 4 0 to the Toon.

  • 40 hibbitt // Apr 20, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    liverpool 2 everton 0

  • 41 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 20, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Everton getting spanked at the moment but there is weaknesses with Liverpool at the back the full backs leave a lot of space for someone like Townsend to exploit

  • 42 Fostino // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    The genius of Benetez

    Make sissoko captain and play him in the middle. ..all if a sudden he’s running ivee 11km in a match instead of 10. He’s setting an example for everyone to follow. He was awesome monday.

    Colback too was a terrier in the engine room, closing everyone down. Townsand too never stopped and has good end product too

    Tiote..particularly in the 2nd half rediscovered the talent he had 2 years ago. Kept it simple.

    The back 4 were 100% committed and looked the part. Lascalles is like a young Ashley Williams. .A good comparison I read on this blog yesterday. Darlow too growing in confidence.

    The only disappointments from Monday night was watching cisse pretending to be a Pl striker. He’s list his touch. Mitro looks more dangerous.

    I taught perez too failed yo flatter and lost it too much. He does have an x factor but looks more promising coming off the bench. Hopefully wini git tbe kick up the arse he needed

    We’ve great options off the bench ..De jong..arrons (great to see Benetez rates him like we do..shelvey..cisse..perez

  • 43 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:12 PM


    Yeah I mentioned Lascalles looked like a young Ashley Willams after the Swansea game hes got it all and with Mbemba they could grow together into our defence for years if we can just get through this season !

    Origi injured for Liverpool !! He wont be risked this weekend against us but Sturridge is still a danger !

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Some article that mind, how does that guy find time to do his research?
    That must have gone down a treat with the players, save a fortune in bonus wages by getting a numpty like Carver in and then make a top ten finish just as unlikely the season after by getting the equally hopeless Mclaren in. I bet Churers was having a little giggle to himself when he was thinking Steve will never get them tenth, they’ll be sick as chips when they come in 14th or 15th. He he he.
    Not as sick as your Gaffa when he realises what’s happened!

  • 45 beermonkey // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    lee charnley

    just got to out the fullback positions and we might have the makings of a half decent defence

    if colo is gets fit will rafa risk dropping lashelles again

  • 46 Average_Contents // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Who was it that said fatty would have his ‘generous’ loan secured on club assets. Tsunki I think. Well he’s got it secured on future TV revenues. How very nice of him.

    Best owner ever. The club’s best interests at heart.

    Perhaps the theories have a grain of truth. In that he could (and probably would because he’s a cnut) rip us apart by selling everything thus getting his money back.

    Gross debt was unchanged at £129 million, entirely owed to Ashley: £18 million repayable on demand and £111 million repayable after more than one year. This debt is interest-free, secured on future broadcasting income and repayable on demand.

    Gross debt has therefore been cut by £21 million from the peak of £150 million, but this is still £52 million higher than the £77 million debt Ashley inherited in 2007.

  • 47 croftus5678 // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    if we do stay up even with our current team and adding arma with a fair few going out the door i’m really thinking we could push for europe even with our current squad as everyone seems to have grown a pair….well apart from obv saylor and yet to be seen colo ect.

  • 48 croftus5678 // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    no matter what happens i’d still get rid of;

    and doumbia will be going back.

  • 49 Harley // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Oh hell Liverpool have hit form just at the wrong time!!!!! 4-0.

  • 50 beermonkey // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:35 PM


    were miles from pushing for europe

    out of our current 25 players there are not that many worth keeping

    sissoko done ok last couple of games but for me both him and janmatt can sod off

  • 51 Fostino // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Lee Charney bunga party.

    It was a good comparison. Natural leader too.

  • 52 Fostino // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    It suddenly dawned on me yesterday. Shelvey may be a good athlete he is not. His physical cindition has always let him down in his career. We can’t afford to carry him in midfield. This was never more evident at Sunderland. With the extra burden of captaincy he tried to set an good example by putting in the yards but physically he looked knackered and was very poor that day. Making sissoko captain and playing him in the middle is a masterstroke. Credit to the manager. Just wish he spotted this sooner

  • 53 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:47 PM


    Colo should only get back in if there are injuries to the current lads !

    I actually think because we have 4 players who want to defend its making us have a proper defence look at Leicester their back 4 is championship at best on paper but it works because they want to defend

  • 54 Tsunki // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    A good read that Swiss ramble. It could be headed “How the Goose that lays Golden Eggs is being strangled”

    It shows the blog consensus is not far wrong. I see that his “free” loan is apparently secured against assets – the nice floaty kind; the already – assured TV rights payments which Mike has first dibs on. And payable on demand. Mmmmm.

    I like the simple explanation of the concept of player amortisation that most bloggers fail to realise when attributing Ashleys spending to the financial year players are bought in :-

    “So, when a club buys a player, it does not show the full transfer fee in the accounts in that year, but writes-down the cost (evenly) over the length of the player’s contract. To illustrate how this works, if Newcastle paid £15 million for a new player with a five-year contract, the annual expense would only be £3 million (£15 million divided by 5 years) in player amortisation (on top of wages).”

    Of course the long contracts run the inevitable risk of players getting older, crocked and losing form and value. So selling stall, and ergo buying stalls, cue no players bought for a year and a half.

    And then there’s the massive decrease in wages ( forget your bonuses, lads) and heaping on the demoralisation by executives getting fat pay rises ( Charnley getting 40% rise? )

    They actually did make all this up. Incredible. And the gamble stands to lose them what, £70m + in the next year in loss of TV money alone, never mind baling players, falling match day revenue in the championship… nice one, lads.

  • 55 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Klopp’s told them to go guns blazing tonight because he’s throwing the match at the weekend with his eyes set on the Europa League…….. I hope.

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    You’re making that up!

  • 57 bettyswallocks // Apr 20, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Tsunki……. Can you explain that again in lay mans terms

  • 58 Toon Tang // Apr 20, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Good awld fashioned dry bumming for Martinez and the lads tonight eh

  • 59 Toon Tang // Apr 20, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Unless Martinez wins the FA cup I can’t see him being in that job much longer.

    Would Rafa take that job if it came up, with his family being in Merseyside? Maybe if its fat enough money but would Rafa go to his old friends rivals?

    All good Q’s that require A’s

  • 60 Toon Tang // Apr 20, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    I say rivals in the nicest possible terms as its not a proper derby is it.

    You can’t have a proper derby with rival fans sitting in your stands, it doesn’t feel right to me.

  • 61 Toon Tang // Apr 20, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Its like having your fat hag of a mother in law sat on your side at a wedding.

    Tears flying all in your confetti and rendering it useless.

  • 62 beermonkey // Apr 20, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    lee charnley

    it helps that the team is working as a team alot better
    rafa pointed out that anita knows when to attack and when to stick and defend where as janmatt just attacks leaving holes
    with anita and dummet being more defence minded gives us a better platform to attack from

  • 63 Toon Tang // Apr 20, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Would be more a stoning once it had dried as an amalgamated globular mass.

  • 64 bettyswallocks // Apr 20, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Tsunki………… What do you think about the idea of a rotating board. It might keep them on their toes and stop anymore of that nonsense.

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