Alan Shearer On What Rafa Benitez Has Given Newcastle


After Spurs were 2-0 ahead at half time at Stamford Bridge tonight but Chelsea came back with two second half goals and the game ended 2-2.

That means that Leicester City have won the Premier League – and maybe it´s one of the biggest upset in sports history – certainly in English football history.

It´s the very first English League title ever for Leicester  City – amazing.

But during the second half tonight, as the win was slipping away from them Spurs players lost their discipline and committed a number of bad fouls on the Chelsea player and Eric Diet for one should have seen a red card.

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Alan Shearer Rafa Benitez has given Newcastle one hell of a chance

But it means that Spurs will not be challenging for the Premier League when they visit Newcastle on the final day of the season, which we thought would be the case this morning.

Newcastle have two games left – Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday and then Spurs at home on the final day.

Alan Shearer has complimented our new manager Rafa Benitez on the amazing turnaround he has carried out in the last four games – which we have picked up 8 points – two wins and two draws.

This is what Alan Shearer has said on BBC:

“It took Rafa Benitez three or four games to get to know his players.” “Once he did, he left out ones that deserved to be left out.”

“He has now formed team spirit and togetherness that certainly wasn’t there before he arrived – he has given Newcastle one hell of a chance of staying in the Premier League.”

“Confidence is a huge thing and there is a feel good factor around Newcastle now, belief and a chance.”

“There is also that belief in the crowd, they are generating an atmosphere now that is good to play in, whereas three months ago with Steve McClaren it was all doom and gloom.”

“A month ago Newcastle had no chance, I hope they don’t regret not bringing in Rafa Benitez earlier – they should have.”

If we can stay up then there´s no reason, with Rafa clearing out some deadwood and bringing in some very good players this summer – that we cannot immediately be challenging next season for a top six place.

And given what Leicester have done this season – maybe even higher than top six?

But first things first – and we must still be in the Premier League next season.

That is job one – the only job Newcastle have to achieve this season.

Two wins is what the lads have to deliver in the last two games and then we are almost certain to survive relegation.

we believe

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55 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 2, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #1

    @Our Toon

    If we cant beat Villa then we deserve to go down

    My only worry about playing them is not having a striker who looks capable of the getting the goals we need

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  • stuart no9

    May 2, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #2

    ,,,,4 down – 2 to go
    6 stuart no9 // Apr 23, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    stuart no9 // Apr 19, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    2 stuart no9 // Apr 15, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    stuart no9 // Apr 11, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    we are not down yet ,
    3 poinrts v swansea
    1 point v city
    1 point v liverpool
    3 points v palace
    3 v villa
    3 v spurs coz leicester have won the title,
    another 14 points will be enough to keep us up
    AND raffa stays

    Of course we can still do it
    hahaha , come on lads, were nearly there
    hahahaah come on im on course for a full house , HWTL

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  • lesh

    May 2, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Out toon

    ….. and a defence that’s still a bit shaky.

    In any event, a great result that’ll make Leicester a very happy place.

    And maybe Sperz have had the wind knocked out of ’em.

    As someone said today, the stars are lining up for us so let’s hope, let’s fight, let’s survive.

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  • lesh

    May 2, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Stuart

    Hope you placed a bet!

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  • Bobbybee

    May 2, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #5

    On a more serious note, I think the fa want a good looking at for piling that sort of pressure on Clattenburg. Clearly spurs should have had reds on more than one occasion, but imagine if he had given them what they deserved? He’d be accused of sending players off to weaken spurs’ chances against us. Wtf were tge fa thinking of? So spurs probably felt protected by that and were downright reckless in their challenges. That should never have happened. Dodgy as it gets. Strange how it happens immediately after they highlighted the leicester connection. It’s downright wrong and i cannot believe someone at the fa couldn’t see the problem there.

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  • lesh

    May 2, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Bobby

    On the previous thread you were lmao – gan canny bonny lad, yi might hort yasell.

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  • Jib

    May 2, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Bobby
    I think whoever plays Spurs next will suffer a backlash.
    Fortunately it’s Soton on Sunday lunchtime at WHL Pochettino’s old club.
    The Saints have a very slim chance of making top five so De Boer will give it a good go.
    Expect more sparks to fly.
    Spurs should be totally cattled by the time they come to SJP the following Sunday 😀

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 2, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #8

    The scenes in Leicester are absolutely amazing !!

    Could you imagine if Rafa could win us a trophy ? Lets hope we stay up and he gets the backing he needs to turn us around

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  • JamesToon

    May 2, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Still can’t believe Leicester have won the league. A story to tell the grandchildren.

    But only if we stay up I will then say that this season will be a season to remember!!

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  • Nufc-83

    May 2, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Bobby I think you are thinking far too much into that the ref gave what he saw and let the game get a bit tasty at times. The only one which I thought he could have done more with which he seen was diers.

    Dembele should see retrospective action for the face gauge.

    All looking good I just pray we can beat villa and the other two lose as I will be flying on last day of season and can’t bear to think I won’t know until I land if we went down or not.

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  • U.S Magpie

    May 2, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Here’s the scenario that would be the better than winning the league, well for now. We beat Villa this weekend, that puts ur 4 point ahead of Sunderland and Norwich is they lose there games. One plays Man United and one plays Chelsea. We would have one game left on the last day of the season, but if Sunderland and Norwich lose there next two we are safe. No need to beat Spurs no pressure on the Toon. Now that secenario would be welcoming for the fans and Rafa. Let hope this secenario comes off, I would love to see what Rafa can do with our club if he is given control over things with players coming in and dead wood going out.

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  • lesh

    May 2, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Booby

    Maybe the FA should consider a charge of Sperz failing to control their players and retrospectively give reds to the main offenders.

    Might be asking too much but hope springs eternal

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 2, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Spurs were a disgrace tonight. How they didn’t get two or three players sent off is a mystery.

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 2, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Just watching John Terry being interviewed. I really can’t stand him, horrible, horrible man.

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  • lesh

    May 2, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #15

    US Mag

    Dream on pal and let’s pray your dream comes true.

    😀

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  • lesh

    May 2, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Bobby

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  • JamesToon

    May 2, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Here’s basically the scenarios providing we beat villa (cannot get complacent though)

    If we win last 2 games, then we can only afford sun and nor to get a max of 6 Pts from their last 3 games

    If we win and draw, then we can afford sun to get a max of 5pts and nor a max of 6pts

    If we win and lose, then we can afford sun to get a max of 4pts and nor a max of 5pts

    First lets just focus on villa as that’s another massive game and they’ll probably want to take us down with them.

    Howay the lads

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  • lesh

    May 2, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Bobby

    When it’s not been playing silly buggers, my phone’s had you called, Bibby, Bubby, Bubbly…..

    It’s useless autocorrect doesn’t suggest Berb.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 2, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Nova, it ain’t a mystery mate. Read my above. Am i really thinking too much into it? Can you imagine Hippo Heed ignoring it? Not a chance in a million. He’d be all over it – look at his last pathetic attempt at mind games! Why would the fa even put clattenburg in that position? Spurs should’ve had players sent off and another ref would’ve done it. He was under enormous pressure because he supports the Toon. Shocking decision by the fa.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 2, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Lesh, you never offend me marra. I took it as an error. 😉 (ha! So you think you got away with that one eh?) Evil laugh and rubbing of hands. 😉

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  • Bobbybee

    May 2, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #21

    I think the fa has just gone too far this time. We need to take up arms and put them all – the bloody lot – against the wall. Shocking treatment of mark clattenburg – a fellow magpie. Those silly old farts have held power for far too long. 😉

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  • Bobbybee

    May 2, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Lesh, you’re right marra – nail on the heed. Only fair thing to do is award the next two teams they play the points. If that affects us then it’s probably karma.
    Seriously though, if we were to beat spurs, then the six we’d have taken would look huge. 😉

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  • shaun83

    May 2, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Jamestoon- if we only pick up 3 points then we can only afford Sunderland to pick up 3. Another way of putting it is we need to match their points tally of their three games in our two

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 2, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Bobby; Don’t think anyone would argue if Walker, Rose, Dembele and Dier went. Possibly Lamella too.
    They completely lost the plot. They will be hammered or should be.

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  • Sawbuck

    May 2, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #25

    At first You’d think Villa would want to hurt us as much as possible. But from their logic it’s probably better that they don’t drag us down with them. They must think they have a good chance bounce up quick and that would be easier without us.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 2, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Exactly, and imagine the uproar if clatters had sent them off? He was put in an impossible situation and spurs exploited it to the max. He could’ve had his career wrecked and its all wrong.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 2, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Sawbuck, it would most definitely be in their favour if we don’t go down, you’re right about that. Just not sure they’re bright enough to work it out! 😉

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  • Munster Mag

    May 2, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Jeez fat sam is some mouthy git slagging off rafa’s training methods. He may be right re double sessions ( see liverpool injury list) but he is one hell of a mouth.

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  • Sawbuck

    May 2, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Bobby and you’re right about the FA. they’ve lived in Fat City long enough . Time to move the HQ to Leeds or better yet Newcastle. Even Sunderland would be better base that the corrupt faggots in London.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 2, 2016 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #30

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3570242/Rafa-Benitez-blame-Newcastle-injuries-claims-rival-Sam-Allardyce.html

    Allardyce is starting to lose the plot I think he knows Sunderland wont get the points and is hoping we mess up instead

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 2, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #31

    I reckon the Spurs lot will be at each others throats -this season was as open as it could ever possibly be -with the so called big teams not up to it this season. They’ll all be spending big money in the summer and this Roy of the Rovers stuff may never happen again for a long time.
    Spurs were in with a shout this season – they know they fluffed it – there will be recriminations and they’ll probably be at each others throats behind the scenes.
    A nice bit of disruption is my take on it.

    That gouging incident was absolutely disgraceful no place for that type of thuggery. As was that Fellaini incident with Huth. Disgraceful.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 2, 2016 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #32

    What a cnut

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  • Bobbybee

    May 3, 2016 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #33

    Lee, ha ha ha ha! That muppet has totally lost the plot. How many trophy’s has Hippo Heed won? Rafa? Facts speak louder than his big mouth. Who have the scum still got to play? Foreign managers? I think so. Send them that as motivation! 😉

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  • Bobbybee

    May 3, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #34

    Munster, That said, they appear to be working just as Hippo Heeds lot starts to stumble. 😉 Seriously, he’s lost it. Can’t hack it after all, a real relegation fight. Rafa remains totally cool and just sniggers at him. There’s only one man under pressure and it ain’t Rafa. 😉 You not seen that exorcist yet? 😉

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  • Munster Mag

    May 3, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #35

    Bobby is there any truth in sams spew though? Liverpool have had piles of soft tissue injuries since klopp came with double training regime? Obviously sam is a tool. I would assume spurs do same and they are fit?

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 3, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #36

    Fat Sam has completely lost the plot. The club and manager are well suited.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 3, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #37

    Bobby i’ll need more than that if we go down and they stay up!

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  • Bobbybee

    May 3, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #38

    Mind games marra, nothing more. Let’s be honest, you can injure yourself getting out the car. We needed knocking into shape and he’s succeeded in doing so. Two more games and we’re on a run. Why change anything now. Trust in the man! Get HH out of your head, he’s gonna lose his one claim to fame this season. Not exactly fame though is it? 🙂 😉

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  • Our Toon

    May 3, 2016 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #39

    Bobby

    If spurs did have any player sent off they’d get a 1 game ban which would have ruled them out of Southampton game. A double yellow carries a 1 match ban, a straight red would have carried a 3 match ban expect for a professional foul.

    Not sure why the conspiracy theory on Clattenburg mate

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  • Bobbybee

    May 3, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #40

    Munster, it might happen marra, and that’s the time to be down. But there’s a 50/50 chance we can stay up and the emotions are brilliant. Best we’ve had for years lmao! I’m enjoying it coz i seriously think we’ll do it. If we’re not, i’ve still enjoyed the buzz whilst it lasted and will then assume devasted mode. 😉

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