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Liverpool Legend – Newcastle Fans Are Class

1:05 pm, Sunday, May 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 110 Comments

It was very moving yesterday to hear the Newcastle fans sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” before the game in tribute to those 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster and the Liverpool fans have finally been cleared of any wrongdoing after 27 years.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has put on his Twitter account that tribute by our fans was really class.

Newcastle fans are class alright.

Tags: Coaching · Fans · Management · Newcastle Fans · Newcastle News · Other News

110 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BandB // May 1, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Lump in the throat time.

  • 2 Essex Geordie Bill // May 1, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    And we have moved on just as I finished typing!! It does get very annoying but I forgive Ed as he provides a bl**dy good forum for us to chunter on on.

    I was out last night and didn’t see MOTD till gone 3am.

    Thought it was a cliffhanger and Lascelles was majestic, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone made a really big bid for him during the Summer and we all know what MA’s reaction to that would be.

    I agree with whoever it was that said GD could be the decider, there’s been far to many games where we have bee hammered. It’s improved under Rafa but could be too late.
    The Sundaland and Norwich games were the possible killers for us, my worst memory was seeing one of ours standing like a statue as players ran past him.

    Still we are in with a real chance especially if the other two slip up, I reckon Norwich are down we just have to do better than Sundaland.

  • 3 Essex Geordie Bill // May 1, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    “Bee hammered” = Been hammered”

    Been signing to many petitions against ‘nictenoids’

  • 4 Essex Geordie Bill // May 1, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Or not enough even!!

  • 5 GeordieoftheSouth // May 1, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Sorry Ed but it’s not Stevie G… It’s a fan page

  • 6 magscar // May 1, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Repost again

    Ed what time is it over there? 🙂

    13 magscar // May 1, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    I think Marveuax and Obertran is a non-story – contracts up, not able to help on field and not getting a new contract so no need to delay their departure, If contracts paid up in full couple of months earlier so what?

    Overall surely a win win for all concerned – a (possibly disruptive?) Gallic influence removed from dressing room and they and their agents can start selling their abilities to other clubs soonest.

    The real mystery is that there was no similar announcement about Taylor who is contractually similar as far as I m aware?

  • 7 wolfshead@toon // May 1, 2016 at 1:33 PM


    well spotted a bit embarrassing never mind quickly start a new thread haha

  • 8 Mister Tuff // May 1, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Jib – earlier post and link.
    I really do not think you can suggest that Rafa had dossiers about loads of players whilst at Liverpool.
    That is not to say he did not have any personal knowledge of players – totally different things
    The link you provided did not support your post.
    What your link did do was to give me a bloody fright and a real fright at that.
    The list of players bought under his “tenure” at Liverpool is both lengthy and full of players I’ve never heard of and or who have never been heard of again.
    The list confirms millions wasted by Liverpool -really wasted -probably beyond the wastefullness of other clubs – in my opinion.

    Liverpool currently have this transfer board which the fans do not like – there are people still at the club from Rafas day -so I wonder really how much of these buys were down to him and not others.
    The list shows – in the immediate period after his appointment quite a few “nobodys’ from Spain being hired – folk never to be heard of again- by and large. Were these players”his influence” – probably but hard to say definitevely.

    Your link probably confirms (taking into account what I’ve said above) opinions already stated in the football world that Rafa is a better coach than buyer of players. But who is to say with any degree of certainty.
    The list of players is a shocker though.

  • 9 Jib // May 1, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Essex – bee hammered

  • 10 RolandoOverhead // May 1, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    16th May, will be the first time in memory where rather than thinking we should buy A, B, C and D I’ll be thinking, just buy whomever the gaffer wants.

    In Rafa we Trust

  • 11 Jib // May 1, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Tuff if you knew a bit more , you would know that Rafa rarely lost out on a player , even if they didn’t succeed he very rarely lost on a resale.
    Also some of the players ascribed to him were forced on him.

    With regard to his dossiers – a BBC film crew visited him at Melwood for Football Focus and were gobsmacked by his attention to detail , he had an entire room full of videos (at that time ) of players from all over the world.

  • 12 Tsunki // May 1, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Oops Ed never mind though the sentiment us what counts. I’m more impressed that a fan group would appreciate it than an ex player tbf. A proud moment for us as much maligned idiot fans at times.

  • 13 Tsunki // May 1, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    “like it or not, join the populus and refuse to see reason…”

    Come on, mate – joining the rabble for the sake of it? Moi? Low blow.

    “…but that man has served us well, he has got us a not notch manager and got the owner to spend money, what more can we ask from him…”

    It depends on which criteria you say he served us well. In the accounts business, maybe. In the sporting academic side…please…really?

    “…seriously I don’t know what else we could ask from him, some will sarcastically say his resignation, but where would we go and who with !”

    Aahhhh. The old “better stick with him the next guy could be worse” principle. Nuff said.

  • 14 Mister Tuff // May 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Jib – I confess I am not knowledgable about Liverpool Football Club – being a Toon fan and would in this instance bow to your superior knowledge.
    I would be obliged if you could therefore let me know/ provide a list of players that were forced upon Rafa – I would be most interested – as it lends itself to the debate about who has the first and final say about new signings.
    If you are inclined to assist my interest further -do you know how many of the players from acrosss the world who starred in his videos were bought by Liverpool.
    Many thanks – in advance of your information.

  • 15 bettyswallocks // May 1, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Dare we believe it’s a strong possibility now rather than a hopeful one. Still think there will be further twists but it’s nice to feel that our position on the table can allow us to relax a little better.

  • 16 Tsunki // May 1, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Let’s just straighten a few links here.

    Charnley is a number shuffler, an economics and statistics student. A faithful servant of the club remit as imposed in armour plated fashion by Ashley.

    He is also a bumbler and procrastinator, with little knowledge of the Game in any of it’s nuances. He does not understand the correlation between sporting success and building a robust brand and future financial stability. He is a short sighted, short term gains, turnover operative.

    This means that whilst he can make sweeping financial decisions via the “in” and “out” columns, decisions that have impact on the lasting sporting legacy are far beyond his ken.

    He is straddling two jobs, one of which he cannot do, or comprehend.

  • 17 bettyswallocks // May 1, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Should read… In the table.

  • 18 Tsunki // May 1, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Conclusion – useful in accounts but needs to be suitably sidelined so as not to interfere with the football division.

  • 19 Tsunki // May 1, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Betty – should read. Full stop. It would help you. 🙂

  • 20 Tsunki // May 1, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Mr T. Ooh ooh don’t forget to ask him if they were vhs or betamax. Or that daft video 2000 thingy.

  • 21 BandB // May 1, 2016 at 2:08 PM


    I don’t know about Charnley being an assassin.
    But he sure is quiet.
    As a mouse.

  • 22 Jib // May 1, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Mister Tuff // May 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM
    Jib – I confess I am not knowledgable


    stick to fishing in canals

  • 23 Tsunki // May 1, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Has anyone told Rafa about YouTube? Somebody could drop him a line. Ian Toon maybe. He has the managers email address. Or was it the coaches email address?

  • 24 Tsunki // May 1, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Assasin? Probably the first parts right.

  • 25 Tsunki // May 1, 2016 at 2:10 PM


  • 26 Tsunki // May 1, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    The only thing useful to come from Charnley would be just WeightWatchers login. He isn’t using it and Rob Vollans could do with something else to occupy himself with.

  • 27 Tsunki // May 1, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    *his. 🙁

  • 28 magscar // May 1, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Spoof@14 last thread ( unless it has moved again)

    Sorry but can only dip in and out at minute and Tour De Yorks is coming nearby soon so off out.

    As you say it is all perception which is severely clouded because of a lack of clear communication. I agree that something has changed and that it was because of another total crisis!!

    I have little faith that Charnley (driven by Carr’s advice or not but having just picked a largely failed manager not suited to current PL or a massive job at this club) could suddenly have seen the light and gone out for Rafa, Yes he had some involvement but not enough in my view for me to revise my opinion.

    Like all of Ashley’s employees he is hamstrung by what ever restrictions are placed on him but not only did he get McClaren’s appointment wrong but he dithered far too long from misguided loyalty (and fear and stubbornness?) in not moving earlier and just allowing us to drift ( perhaps only names on shortlist had been Garde and McClaren?).

    Best I could say for him ( in what some would argue was a difficult role) is that he didn’t mess it up. I suspect that Ashley as he had done in crisis before ( Llambias not closing transfer deals) stepped in ( as only he could I suppose being The Man) but it is all just piecing together a jigsaw without the box lid cover.

  • 29 Jib // May 1, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Big crowd Sutton Bank

  • 30 welshgeordie9 // May 1, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    What a performance today by the swans, wonder if Leicester get the next goal, good match so far.

  • 31 Mister Tuff // May 1, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Jib – I am very disappointed that you were not able to provide the information as I had thought you had some relevant information suggested in your posts. Clearly no information then – I am very disappointed.

    Can you help out here then – I am only trying to tap into your knowledge base – to further inform myself on these matters.

    Your list from earlier reports under Rafas tenure a net spend of £230,000.000 and a net income of £162,000,000 recouped on players sales.
    This by my accounting suggests a loss of
    How therefore if Rafa had players forced upon him can we say he did not lose out financially on a resale – when overall the club lost money and we do not know who he actually bought.

    Many thanks in advance of the information being provided.

  • 32 BandB // May 1, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    The scuttlebutt was that the Rafa deal was done through intermediaries, but I don’t know who they were and if others did, they didn’t say.
    Rafa seems to have seen it, as I said, as a “They Might Be Giants” scenario and fancied the unlikely romance aspect of it…the chance to be a hero.
    He has little to lose by failing in this environment.
    If Charnley himself has intermediaries I am flummoxed to imagine who they could be.
    Ashley may just have said “Get Him!” when the opportunity arose. It was a desperate situation and we were going down the pan.
    He has mates and satellites who are probably on terms with Rafa and his people. Could have been Harry who passed the messages back and forth….. who knows?
    I doubt if it was Richard Keys 🙂
    It was almost certainly done through informal channels.

  • 33 bettyswallocks // May 1, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Charnley could well be the silent assassin, more like a sniper.

  • 34 magscar // May 1, 2016 at 2:43 PM


    It is well supported all over Yorkshire in now 2cnd year ( and even Teesside/ Langbaugh !) – can be long wait for something that literally goes by in a flash.

    Catch all later

  • 35 Jib // May 1, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Mr Tuff
    You can lead a horse to water but you cannot stop it being thick as pigshit.
    The figures you use are for Rafa’s tenure at Liverpool – however for example Torres was sold for £50 million after he left – DOH !

  • 36 BandB // May 1, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    There’s a reason why Keith Bishop has taken Ashley’s place at the games.
    There’s a reason why McClaren was pleading with Bishop and not Charnley for his job after the Bournemouth game.
    Bishop is the eminence gris, the one Ashley listens too.
    I doubt any of the “board” were much in the loop over the Rafa deal, as McClaren was one of them and the responsibility for appointing him had been lobbed into Charnley’s lap.
    They bungled his sacking because they were waiting for updates from above.

  • 37 bettyswallocks // May 1, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    I’m sure Charnley will be kept on in some form of administrative capacity. There is a huge amount of work to do behind the scenes to keep a football club running . A manager in the old days would be responsible for the running of the club from top to bottom with only a few secretaries to help. Nowadays there is only so much a manager can do,so players contracts, hiring and firing other personnel, etc. etc needs to be taken care of by someone.

    As long as Rafa is given control of all footballing decisions then I’m sure that’s plenty to keep him busy and as long as the bumbling cumberworld Charnley doesn’t interfere then I think it will work out ok. He knows the internal workings of the club inside out and Ashley seems comfortable with him.

  • 38 Blackley and Brownlie // May 1, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    You talk about leading a horse to water and folk being thick as pigshit. I think Tuff’s point is drifting well over your head, mate.

  • 39 Thump // May 1, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Aye, just before KO all you could hear in town was the stadium singing. Class touch, and glad it happened.

    Might also be worth noting, Ed – that isn’t Gerrard.

  • 40 Jib // May 1, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Being called mate (or fella for that matter ) by you grosses me out .

  • 41 Blackley and Brownlie // May 1, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Never mind that, mate. Now that you’ve had some rest, would you now like to explain how highlighting three decisions of Mike Dean, all of which he got right, supports your comment that Dean was at fault yesterday? Please never offer advocacy services, marra.

  • 42 Jib // May 1, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    I guess players see things different !^tfw

  • 43 Jib // May 1, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie

    ” would you now like to explain ”

    I have about 2 or 3 threads ago.

    This is not debate you stupid man – Tsunki got it right you are a pigeon on a chess board

  • 44 sing in the corner // May 1, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Feels so good to see some smiles on toon PLAYERS’ faces as well. Really pleased for Darlow. His face was a picture coming off at the end. As a fan you want to believe the players care, you want to see them trying their hearts out. Him and Lascelles, Colback, Townsend, Dummett, they’re leading the way. And Even Tiote now, he nearly pulled Darlow’s heed off his shoulders when he saved the pen!
    Even if the unmentionable still happens, we’re at least making a fight of it!!

  • 45 sing in the corner // May 1, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Forgot Anita … I’ve given him stick in the past but he’s really putting 100% in every week for the cause.

  • 46 Blackley and Brownlie // May 1, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    I saw a couple of threads ago you come up with a lame response that didn’t answer the question.

    I would remind you that I’m still waiting for you to lead us horses to water and to explain your method of ignoring our “big loss” games in order to work out our goal difference and hence stay up.

    So are you going to give Tuff the full facts and figures that you were relying on to make your point? Or just change the subject and complain about how you are addressed?

    Have you learnt how to spell “awesome” yet? If you”re going to be the grammar police, you really need to be spot on every time.

  • 47 Thump // May 1, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Anything other than a win for Spurs tomorrow and they’ve lost the title.

    Come on Chelsea (ugh.)

  • 48 Blackley and Brownlie // May 1, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    How “awsome” were Leicester today? And no “marquee” signings.

  • 49 Hail Wor Ashley // May 1, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Now expect Leicester to be crowned tomorrow night.

    Man Utd are shadows of their former selves. Eyesore style. More resemble Stoke in their prime Pulis years with Crouch, Fellaini pretty much their only way to goal.

  • 50 sing in the corner // May 1, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Nah man, Chelsea should rest their entire first eleven against Tottingham and get them fully charged for the scum game next weekend! 🙂

  • 51 Rotonda heights // May 1, 2016 at 4:17 PM


    pretty sure i’d heard of someone called rashford

  • 52 Hail Wor Ashley // May 1, 2016 at 4:20 PM


    Yeah, me too.

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // May 1, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    I think we’d beat Spurs regardless of what they need to do!

  • 54 Back Door Man // May 1, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    You’ll recall that daft suggestion the other day that the glorious Mr Tuff was only a “wingman”;  the poster was soon disabused of the slander when Tuff confessed that he always flew solo – he was being modest as usual.  He is, in fact,  the blog’s Chief Air Marshal whose call sign is ‘Badger-Biggles’ and is usually found at the controls of his B52 bomber, the Bee Zapper Boy. 

  • 55 Back Door Man // May 1, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    His last successful mission was against his old adversary Baron von Jib who was spotted flying his Fu*ka tri-plane over the strategically important St James Park.  Badger was scrambled, ‘Angels, one five.  Angels, one five’, ready to meet von Jib in combat in the skies above the Toon.  Badger had some secondary targets to deal with enroute;  he strafed a hill farm in Wales known as Welsheez Hareem, then onto the Lancashire town of Burnley to carpet bomb a cave where a young, obscure agitator was holed up.

  • 56 Jib // May 1, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    I see Mark Allison (Run Geordie Run) has started the European leg of his round the world marathon – 3,400 miles – sheesh !

  • 57 wolfshead@toon // May 1, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    tuffers is a front door man checking to see if your name is down on his blacklist

  • 58 Back Door Man // May 1, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Badger soon located von Jib who was conducting his favourite manoeuvre, flying round and round in circles.  The enemy was engaged, hit in the tail with a large number of incendary rounds and began to lose height, smoke trailing from his behind.  Von Jib managed to exist his blazing plane and parachute to safety  taking refuge in a cow shed.  Badger decided to finish him off using a 50 megaton nukkie which he decided to steer himself.  In later de-briefings his crew members stated they last saw Badger astride the nukkie, waving his stetson hat and shouting, “Yee haa”.  They said it was just like the actor Slim Pickens in the final scene from the film Dr Strangelove.

  • 59 Back Door Man // May 1, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    But we all know that Badger is invincible, immortal, devine, indestructable … he walked away from the fireball.  He was reported to be back with his squadron ready for the next sortie against the Forces of Darkness.

    *our younger viewers and those without any cultural hinterland might wish to Jigoogle some of the references above.

  • 60 Hail Wor Ashley // May 1, 2016 at 4:51 PM


    You ought to get a refund on your creative writing course.

  • 61 Back Door Man // May 1, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    repost …

    I watched the match with nowt but a queasy sense of doom in the first half which, metaphorically left me squirming on the netty during half-time.

    The second half performance only had two standout moments, that great goal and the penalty save. In awarding that penalty Dean proved he is hopelessly sparring out of his weight division.  In matches as critical as these we need Shami Chakrabarti type honesty from the officials … the handball WASN’T deliberate so the penalty shouldn’t have been given.  Yep, I know Sissoko was a dick for raising his arm.

  • 62 sing in the corner // May 1, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    without wanting to be too unkind, what is the meaning of that twaddle?

  • 63 Back Door Man // May 1, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Hail … it’ s a natural, priceless gift.

  • 64 sing in the corner // May 1, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Wow, aSaints very easy on the eye this aft.. Superb goal.

  • 65 Fostino // May 1, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    So happy the fans sang this before kick off

  • 66 Jail for Ashley // May 1, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    What utter twaddle it is too, I’ve got a real aversion to “new” posters with impeccable blog history as they remind me of the creepy lengths Ian Toon posting as sack Llambias would go to try and discredit another poster.

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // May 1, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    It was good yesterday how the fans got at Pardew by constantly singing Rafa Benitez and Rafa Rafael completely ignored him otherwise.

  • 68 Back Door Man // May 1, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Sing … my purpose is to build a kinder, gentler blog in which it is possible, without a shred of malevolence or serious discrimination, to take the piss out of everyone and everything – white or black, male or female, straight or gay, fat or thin.  Nobody should really mind because my stuff is infused with affection and humanity ‘cos we’re all Toon fans here.

    They certainly shouldn’t erupt in fury , outrage or any of those other febrile nounes which are the tedious vocabulary of today’s politically correct zealots, obsessed with “safe places” or “no-platforming”.

  • 69 EllaGuru // May 1, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Lascelles was brilliant yesterday. Hardly put a foot wrong all day, and that sliding tackle was immense.
    I love the way he is so vocal. We could really be on to a winner here!

  • 70 Back Door Man // May 1, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    nouns even.

  • 71 sing in the corner // May 1, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Oh I see…
    Just say no man.

  • 72 bettyswallocks // May 1, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    BDM……. The concept sounds good. You’ll have your work cut out on here though Bonny lad. It’ll be amusing to follow your attempts mind.

  • 73 BandB // May 1, 2016 at 5:22 PM


    I haven’t seen the game yet as it wasn’t a football day for me yesterday.
    I liked him from the start because he would step out to intercept crosses before they got into the box. And that’s something only Williamson had done previously.
    A kid prepared to say “that’s MINE!” is great, and I hope he’ll be allowed the inevitable naive blooper without being crucified.

  • 74 bettyswallocks // May 1, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    BDM……… You will have to pass your initiation period and convince everyone that your intentions are as stated but in all sincerity it will be nice to have someone put a different spin on things. Good luck.

  • 75 bettyswallocks // May 1, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    It will be nice to have something bring something different to the table.

  • 76 bettyswallocks // May 1, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Someone… Sorry

  • 77 BandB // May 1, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Like your dinner, betty?

  • 78 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Another judgment day is coming for Charnley and Carr as soon as the season is over. Whatever happens with Rafa (and I pray he stays) they must be gotten rid of. To build on this bit of good will generated for the club with Rafa coming in there must be positive change at all levels. No more football ignorant butt kissers. The time has come to stand up, confess your total ignorance of the game and hand the club over to Rafa or someone he can recommend. Simple as that Ashley. Otherwise sell up and get out Ashley.

  • 79 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    And my porpoise is to build a stranger, more unsettling blog with numerous incursions into salsa dancing, classic music (not classical), witchcraft, and some white water canoeing BDM. May the best man win… Harrumph.

  • 80 Thump // May 1, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    @Sing: Now that would be something to see!

  • 81 Thump // May 1, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    @GeordieTwo: I’m not sure what a dolphin has to do with the blog, but I back you 100% in your endeavours.

  • 82 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Point well taken Thump mate. And I back myself 100% in my endeavours also. Harrumph…..

  • 83 Yo-yo // May 1, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    I’m really interested in the Rafa did/didn’t waste millions at Liverpool argument.
    Is there any reliable information on purchase and sale price of all the players he signed/sanctioned ?
    He did sign a lot of players, and had mixed results. He may or may not have done loads of research. His transfer dud % might be interesting by comparison with our very own chief scout. Anybody ?

    The Jib/Tuff debate is totally fruitless as you can’t get a straight answer from Jib except that anybody questioning him is mentally defective.
    The ‘ad hominem’ attack is usually employed by those who haven’t got a scooby as a diversionary tactic anyway, so no change there.

  • 84 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Well spotted yo-yo mate @83. We need some proper information on Rafa’s signings and player sales at Binderland. But I do know he rebuilt their academy to great effect. His management with us has been spot on. A mile better than the laughables we had before him.

  • 85 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    And now for some relaxing Motown funk:
    Look over yonder
    What do you see?
    The sun is a-risin’
    Most definitely
    A new day is comin’, whoo-hoo
    People are changin’
    Ain’t it beautiful, whoo-hoo
    Crystal blue persuasion
    I particularly like the whoo-hoo in there.

  • 86 reilly // May 1, 2016 at 5:53 PM

  • 87 beermonkey // May 1, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    yo yo

    have a look there rafa was there 2004 2010 will give you a look at who was bought while there

  • 88 reilly // May 1, 2016 at 5:58 PM

  • 89 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Good work beermonkey and reilly. That will take a lot of number crunching to go through. Fortunately I have my number crunching coveralls on today. I’m just going to do some light calisthenics and then dive in at the deep end.

  • 90 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    While listening to some old classics of course…..

  • 91 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 1, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Are people already starting to mock Rafa’s transfer record already!!

    He signed Torres, Reina , Mascherano , Alonso, Garcia, Zenden, Agger , Bellamy, Skrtel , Sterling and our very own Shelvey

    Most of those players on that list if signed for the Toon in their peak would have been club legends as good as anything we have ever had !!!

    He did sign a lot of young players that didn’t do the business but there was a few occasions where his first choices were not always picked by the board !

    He wanted to sign Alves the year before he signed for Barcelona , Aguero while he was in Argentina and had already spoken to Suarez the year before he signed but a lot of time was told funds were not available to sign

    In his last few jobs he has not really had a lot of time or power to sign the players he wants but I think he will be able to work wonders here with a good budget

    A good mixture of British players with some Spanish flair and work ethic would be great to watch imagine having a team who fight for everything like Atletico every week?!

  • 92 Jail for Ashley // May 1, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    So Rafa spent a few quid but didn’t win the league, Jack Walker spent relatively little but a huge amount at the time and “bought” the league. LVG has spent an absolute fortune and the fortunes the four stooges have squandered is criminal. Yet some people are calling Rafa out despite winning footballs holy grail.

  • 93 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    I hope people are practicing their best salsa moves. There will be an exam later in the off season.

  • 94 bettyswallocks // May 1, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    BandB…….. Yes, I like my dinner. I love food I eat nothing else. Remember a way to a man’s stomach is through his mouth.

  • 95 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    “Criticizing a man who has won 11 major trophies already?” he asks disbelievingly. Are you lot off your hairy noodles? Let’s be sensible about this. Do you want Carver back? I mean I’m almost lost for words….. Just give me a moment here…….Unbelievable.

  • 96 sing in the corner // May 1, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    In short…Rafa is well connected throughout Europe, and he knows a good footballer when he sees one. He knows a dud too, crucially, and doesn’t mess about dispensing with them.
    Which makes him meat and drink for the toon.

  • 97 Blackley and Brownlie // May 1, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    I’m still waiting for Jib, the know-it-all, googlemeister, grammar police, to admit that his use of “between you and I” is grammatically incorrect. I forgot to ask him how his beloved Brazil United is doing this season.

  • 98 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    I sometimes force feed myself through my nostrils bettys mate. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it…..

  • 99 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Well said sing in the corner @96. Complete madness breaking oot on here…..

  • 100 sing in the corner // May 1, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    It’s gonna be all gravy. Oh hang on, we need to stay up fust.

  • 101 Jail for Ashley // May 1, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    I thought I’d heard it all until the crystal meth induced Spoof said that our “bright future” was a Lee Churnley inspired masterplan that he’d been keeping secret for awhile.

  • 102 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Lee Churnley inspired master plan Jail mate? Ahahahahahahaha! Oh my sides are hurting now. Yes Churnley suddenly became a genius when we weren’t looking. The man who wasted most of 80M pounds in the last year alone. Definitely very inspirational…..

  • 103 wolfshead@toon // May 1, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    very true sing the dick sucking should be put on hold till the final whistle of the last game of the season

  • 104 Moonraker15 // May 1, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    I don’t know what match you were watching but from where I was in the Milburn stand, the match was full of incident and some very good football from us particularly in the first 20 mins of the second half, during which we murdered them. I agree it was a dubious penalty but one of the best games I’ve seen this season and it bodes well for the last 2 games but unfortunately the goons left it too late in appointing Rafa so we are relying on others even if we win the games.

  • 105 Jail for Ashley // May 1, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    I thought we were absolutely dire in the first half and wanted a SBR treble substitution of Wijnaldum, Sissoko and Cisse as I didn’t even realise Wijnaldum was playing, Cisses touch was abysmal and Sissoko just didn’t look good enough.

  • 106 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 1, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    That’s the best thing with Rafa, even though we play really poor at times we still stay in the game at ALL times. Rather then Mcclaren where we always played bad and we’re never in games… Even when we scored first.

  • 107 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 1, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Rafa is just so much better then Mcclaren, Carver and Pardew put together. We’d be already relegated had we kept Mcclaren.

  • 108 Yo-yo // May 1, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Thank you Reilly and Beermonkey.

    The Rafa file would need to include only his signings and transfers out, which didn’t start or end with his period of managing the club to give us the full picture, but there is enough here to get a good idea. It doesn’t look like he has made any massively catastrophic signings and the £20-30 mill profit on Torres (difficult to compute precisely if wages and/or bonuses are included) will have cut the obvious deficit.

    He certainly did make some amazingly clever signings too – and some marred by players getting injured after showing good early form.

    It does look a bit of a myth that he was an expensive manager in terms of in/out goings over his whole period at the Fools.

  • 109 Moonraker15 // May 1, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    I know we aren’t where we want to be by a long chalk but the difference Rafa has made with a very average squad is incredible. If you aren’t happy with what’s going on I don’t know what to suggest but if Rafa keeps us up, and this is now a possibility, the future is very bright.

  • 110 Moonraker15 // May 1, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    I can’t believe some bloggers are apparently analysing Rafa’s record. He is a world class manager ffs get off his case. All managers buy duds and sell good prospects for all kinds of reasons. I have to laugh at you guys when I look at who we have had as manager recently; Carver, Pardew, JFK, and now we’re criticising a man who has won every award in the game! Get real PLEASE guys!

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