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Rafa´s Professional Response To Sam Allardyce

2:41 pm, Friday, April 29th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

Newcastle have got Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce worried and maybe it´s because of our excellent form in the last three games – well except for that first half at Anfield.

Sam was splashed around the papers yesterday claiming that it was almost a certainty that Newcastle would win against Crystal Palace tomorrow.

Sam thought that, because the Palace players would have been celebrating (on the pop) after they reached the FA Cup Final by beating Watford 2-1 last Sunday,  they wouldn´t even be trying too hard tomorrow.


Rafa Benitez – Newcastle United manager

Maybe that was Sam´s biggest nightmare?

Presumably Sam was hoping to cause some controversy that could maybe unsettle the Newcastle players or even Rafa Benitez himself.

Well the best of luck with that.

Here´s what Rafa said at his press conference today when told about Sam´s quotes:

“I don’t bet. Obviously, I agree we have to win.” “My experience is it’s the players who make the difference – not the managers.”

“I can prepare for the game, but to talk about mind games and press conferences, I don’t take too much notice.”

“My experience is the players make results not the managers.” “I prepare my players before the game. To talk about mind games and press conferences, not too much.”

“They (Sunderland) are in a better position than us for sure, but if we can win this then we will have more confidence, belief and we can approach the Aston Villa game.”

“The main one is this one. I am just looking at this game and we´ll see after that.”

Rafa is pragmatic, down to earth, single-minded and realistic – and refuses to talk about any other game but the next one.

If we can approach each of the final three games with a single-mined determination to win – who knows – we could even end the season with three successive wins – after winning only seven games in the first 35.

Wouldn´t that be something …..

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Prayer · Premier League · Press Conference

24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Apr 29, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Good for you Rafa, so classy. Wonder what pardew would have responded with had he still managed us, he definately would bite back though… Good old pards.

  • 2 manxpie // Apr 29, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    I’d rather JFK back here than martinez hate the guy even after the mctwaterman carry on I still couldn’t believe my ears him defending the challenge on origi plus with that Everton squad he should be at least fighting for top 6

  • 3 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Apr 29, 2016 at 2:54 PM


    Put all that hatred into something worthwhile.

  • 4 Back Door Man // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Joe, Joe, Joe Harveeee


    We are Joe Harvey’s boys.

    Chants to get the juices flowong back in the day.

    So, perhaps …

    Manuel, Manuel, Maneeee Beniteeeez


    We are Maneee Beneeetezzesss boys.

  • 5 Back Door Man // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    flowing even

  • 6 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Fat sam… I think i speak for most of us when I say “Shut the funk up, hippo heed”

  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    The bloke is a disgrace. Thuggish manager with thuggish teams. Bolton used to get away with it. When he tried it here he got found out. He will never be anything more than a manager who keeps teams up.

  • 8 Bobbybee // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    I still think we should usurp the minutes applause with a minute of YNWA. At least the club is doing something

  • 9 shaun83 // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Best case 9 points – likely worst case 4 points I’d say. Really don’t want Sunderland to win another game! Can see them picking up 5 or 6 though if form is to go by. Squeaky bum time for sure

  • 10 thejokethatisnufc // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Hippo head hahahaha

  • 11 Ibizatoon // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    Bobby…I noticed in the comments section for the mag article that others are suggesting the same thing too.

    I imagine a fair few are going to give it a go. So just be loud and hopefully enough will pick it up.

  • 12 Bobbybee // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    This nonsense is basically a carbon copy of what Fergie said during the great run in. It’s cheap and deserves to be treated with equal contempt. Flogging a dead horse with Rafa like!

    Ron, classic clip of tony green. If only…

  • 13 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:17 PM


    Sunderland specialise in animanagers!

    Peter reed, monkeys heed
    Howard wilkinson was roland rat
    Roy keane was just an animal anyway
    Mick Macarthey was sam the american eagle from the muppets.
    And now its a hippo.

  • 14 Bobbybee // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Ibiza, we’ll probably end up with a bit of a mix, but the message should come across either way. I’ll do my bit, fear not. 😉 Just the show of respect is a fine gesture and one that will be appreciated by the families who suffered on so many levels. I hope other clubs up and down the country do the same.

  • 15 Bobbybee // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    YCMIU. Like it. 😉

  • 16 Bobbybee // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    YCMIU Wouldn’t it be nice to see his one claim to fame taken off him, by seeing the mackems go down? Granted he’s never took a team down, but let’s be honest, he’s tried hard over the years! 😉

  • 17 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Allardyce has a cheek though ! No one brings up the fact he played that Beast Johnson in games when they knew he done wrong eh?!

  • 18 Bobbybee // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Lee, spot on marra! Surely they deserve a points deduction on those grounds? 😉

  • 19 Jib // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Back Door Man //

    Manuel, Manuel, Maneeee Beniteeeez
    We are Maneee Beneeetezzesss boys.

    I thought he was called Rafael or Rafa for short !

  • 20 manxpie // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    The other part is that they’ve got away with making people believe that only 1 person at the whole club supposedly knew about it which is a joke how there hasn’t been a further investigation into Wat went on is also a joke
    I bet she got a nice pay off taking the full blame

  • 21 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:55 PM


    Yeah they avoided all of that by the executive taking the hit! Like she was the only one who knew !!

    Would be even sweeter if we could send them down it really would

  • 22 Jib // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Manuel Benitez was the famous bullfighter El Cordobes he’s still alive – 80 next week !

  • 23 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:59 PM


    Yes, now would be a good time for Allarpottamus to finally fail. Especially since it’s us or them.

  • 24 Mister Tuff // Apr 29, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    I see Mr Tubbs has withdrawn his legal action against the Scottish FA re Dave King/Fit and proper person carry on.
    Tubbs spokesperson has spun this as a victory for Mash Holdings – and the SFA has responeded in stating Tubbs claim are delusional.
    Here is a bit of an extract of what Tubbs spokesperson said :-
    “A spokesman for Ashley’s business empire MASH Holdings said: “We are delighted that the wall of secrecy surrounding the SFA’s decision to declare Dave King a “fit and proper person” is finally crumbing.

    “As a result of legal action concluded today, the SFA has been forced to divulge documents in private to us that reveal the true reasons behind this controversial decision.

    “This represents a significant victory for MASH and we believe there is a strong public interest in this information now also being made available by the SFA to all football fans. We therefore urge the SFA to come clean with the public about all its dealings in relation to Dave King.”

    Highlighting some words from the above :-
    wall of secrecy
    true reasons
    strong public interest……for fans.
    come clean.

    They need/should consider their own spoutings and adhere to them when NUFC is concerned.
    Really duplicitous. Say one thing -do another.

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