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Alan Shearer On What Rafa Benitez Has Given Newcastle

10:48 pm, Monday, May 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 55 Comments

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.

Alan Shearer +Emeralds+Ivy+Ball+Arrivals+xjLhBDsSJyPl

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

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

55 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 2, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    @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

  • 2 stuart no9 // May 2, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    ,,,,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

  • 3 lesh // May 2, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    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.

  • 4 lesh // May 2, 2016 at 10:57 PM


    Hope you placed a bet!

  • 5 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    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.

  • 6 lesh // May 2, 2016 at 11:06 PM


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

  • 7 Jib // May 2, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    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 😀

  • 8 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 2, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    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

  • 9 JamesToon // May 2, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    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!!

  • 10 Nufc-83 // May 2, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    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.

  • 11 U.S Magpie // May 2, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    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.

  • 12 lesh // May 2, 2016 at 11:21 PM


    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

  • 13 Novocastrian66 // May 2, 2016 at 11:22 PM

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

  • 14 bettyswallocks // May 2, 2016 at 11:23 PM

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

  • 15 lesh // May 2, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    US Mag

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


  • 16 lesh // May 2, 2016 at 11:25 PM


  • 17 JamesToon // May 2, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    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

  • 18 lesh // May 2, 2016 at 11:27 PM


    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.

  • 19 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    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.

  • 20 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    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. 😉

  • 21 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    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. 😉

  • 22 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    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. 😉

  • 23 shaun83 // May 2, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    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

  • 24 Novocastrian66 // May 2, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    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.

  • 25 Sawbuck // May 2, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    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.

  • 26 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    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.

  • 27 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    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! 😉

  • 28 Munster Mag // May 2, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    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.

  • 29 Sawbuck // May 2, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    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.

  • 30 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 2, 2016 at 11:53 PM

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

  • 31 Mister Tuff // May 2, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    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.

  • 32 Munster Mag // May 2, 2016 at 11:58 PM

    What a cnut

  • 33 Bobbybee // May 3, 2016 at 12:01 AM

    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! 😉

  • 34 Bobbybee // May 3, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    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? 😉

  • 35 Munster Mag // May 3, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    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?

  • 36 Novocastrian66 // May 3, 2016 at 12:08 AM

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

  • 37 Munster Mag // May 3, 2016 at 12:09 AM

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

  • 38 Bobbybee // May 3, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    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? 🙂 😉

  • 39 Our Toon // May 3, 2016 at 12:14 AM


    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

  • 40 Bobbybee // May 3, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    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. 😉

  • 41 Bobbybee // May 3, 2016 at 12:25 AM

    It’s not a conspiracy theory. I’m saying he should never have been put in that position because of the ructions that would have followed had he been less lenient. There were incidents of violent conduct. The gouging and the kick off the ball from the one who’s name has just flown out of my head. On the wing? Worse than Beckham. Why did they take the ref out of the Leicester game then? In case – nothing more, just in case – anybody could read anything into it. They left him out to dry. If you can’t see why that might have ruined his career, i can’t help ya. It was wrong and it was unnecessary. That’s my opinion and i bet i’m not the only one. Why on earth would they leave it open to interpretation when another ref could have taken the game?

  • 42 Our Toon // May 3, 2016 at 12:39 AM


    I don’t understand how they hung him out to dry mate. Anything he missed will be punished retrospectively, Dembele will defo get done so no harm with that, think the other incident you are referring to is with Walker, if they deem it a red card offence he’ll also get done.

    It was a very hard game to ref, I wouldn’t wanna try to ref that type of game… also what made it so good to watch. Clattenburg can’t have eyes everywhere but his linesman was looking straight at the incident with Dembele and should have raised it. Both teams will get fined for failing to control players but either way the FA will back Clattenburg by handing out a ban for Dembele.

  • 43 Bobbybee // May 3, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    Our toon. Forget it matey, you’re not getting the point and i’m not going to keep repeating myself. What would Hippo Heed be saying now? If clatters had rightly sent two off, there would be accusations flung around willy nilly. He should never have been appointed to that game. Simple enough. I’m out of here anyway.

  • 44 Our Toon // May 3, 2016 at 12:52 AM


    Hippo heed would have a say and even if he did so what. Any double yellows from tonight would have ruled players out of the Southampton game not the newcastle game. Those players receiving double yellows tonight would have returned for the newcastle game feeling more refreshed because they had a 2 week break.

    Any big incidents he missed such as Dembele which is the only real big one really, is a non incident and if anything helps us as spurs gained a point with eleven players and with 10 they’d have probably lost….it’s a non incident because he’s going to get banned retrospectively.

    You had a rant about clattenburg which just didn’t make sense to me mate that’s all, hence why I called it a conspiracy theory because it had no actual point other than in your mind!!

  • 45 Essex Geordie Bill // May 3, 2016 at 1:17 AM

    I reckon the double training sessions probably were concentrating on tactics rather than heavy physical work,

    It is hard to work out why there weren’t red cards for Spurs but I would be surprised if Clattenberg bottled it although there were quite a few straight red candidates inflicted by them.

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

    Was it Walker who stepped on the hand, that didn’t look like an accident?

  • 47 Mister Tuff // May 3, 2016 at 2:13 AM

    Had to digest this debate about the FA and Clattenberg – think about it and prepare my input.
    Now I’ve thought about it here goes.
    (I’ll have to add here my annoyance at folk not knowing the rules of the game -like penalties not knowing the handball in the box considerations and invariably getting it wrong).
    Anyway here goes.
    Firstly the FA have SFA to do with appointing referees for Premier League matches. The body that does this is the PGMOL – The Professional Game Match Officials Limited.

    If you pardon my expression F**k me boys this is elementary stuff.

    The refs would have to divulge any conflict of interest for obvious reasons – and they would not be suitable to officiate in any games where there may be a conflict.

    PGMOL appoint the refs for PL games and they also remove referees from games if there is a conflict of interest and or which would put a referee under undue scrutiny. If they thought Clattenberg failed this test he would have been replaced. It would be correct IF there existed an issue – to replace him – this however would not include spurious claims by Hippo Heed.

    We can be assured that PGMOL do keep an eye on these matters and do act when it is right to do so.
    A recent example – funnily enough involving Spurs.
    Game – Spurs v Stoke about three weeks ago. The appointed ref was Kevin Friend – Spurs fans were up in arms about this as Friend is a self confessed Leicester. The gripe obviously was that Friend would rule against Spurs as he would want Leicester to win the League. So PGMOL withdrew him from that game and Neil Swarbrick was appointed.
    So the claim that the authorities do nothing on these matters is clearly not correct.

    Other point Clattenberg is a top FIFA ref- he does not bottle it – this season he’s second for issuing reds behind that knobber Mike Dean.

    This post issued purely to inform fellow posters about the correct position about the subject matter concerned and not posted in any way to invite hostility or belittle others and certainly not posted to invite a ruck from any of our more exotic posters. I love you all. Kiss Kiss.

  • 48 Mister Tuff // May 3, 2016 at 2:16 AM

    correction – Friend is a Leicester fan.

  • 49 terencelim // May 3, 2016 at 3:32 AM

    Over the years Ashley ass licking pets have been trying hard to convince other fans to lower their expectation to justify the owner’s ambition and failure.

    They said with rich clubs like ManCity, Manure, Chelsea and Liverpool the club should target around Position 10.

    Spurs and Leicester proved them wrong this season.

    It’s the owner’s intention and ambition that matters.

  • 50 Veltman // May 3, 2016 at 6:32 AM

    Leicester deserve the title, no surprise there.
    Didn’t understand Tottenham’s temper and aggressiveness though last night.They blew it already when they draw at home to westbrom.
    Totally unnecessary reaction from them yest’y.
    I won’t worried about the spurs game tho.All we need is both the Mackems & Norwich to lose this weekend.No draw or win,just lose.So long us we win,we ourselves will achieve one of the greatest escapes ever.Both Chelsea and Man utd look good and playing well,so plenty reason to feel optimistic about for the games ahead.

  • 51 stan anderson // May 3, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    If we do get relegated,would it come down to the Ref’s decision to help the Mackems when we were completely in charge at the Stadium of Shight and he decided to send Collo for a early bath.
    I think without that decision and also the Mancs offside goal we would be well safe by now.We would not have lost to the unwashed for sure.

  • 52 Jib // May 3, 2016 at 7:21 AM

  • 53 lochinvar // May 3, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    Aston Villa supporters are planning a march in protest against owner Randy Lerner before this weekend’s final Premier League match at Villa Park, plus “a mass release of energy” in the 74th minute of the match against Newcastle.(Birmingham Mail)

    Is that a coded message for “pitch invasion” or “walk out the stadium en masse ” ? Either way just make sure we are well ahead by then and let the police and FA deal with the dross.

  • 54 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 3, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    No excuses on the way we have played this season for the position we find ourselves in…


    also in the mackems away game we played didn’t here Hippo Heed mention that we should of had a penalty when Clattermole handled the ball then bundled Winjanum over to stop him putting it in the net.

    ansd the hat trick of offside goals Defoe scored against Swansea away

  • 55 giimps // May 3, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    It’s all well and good the referees not being allowed to officiate over teams they have an interest in, but the issue is more often than not the blindsmen, they can have as much of an influence on a game as the ref eg the Citeh goal by aguero and the sending off of coccocini in Mackems game.
    I doubt they are as hand chosen as the refs… our detriment, also, the fact we had our ref changed and ended up with Kevin” not the magpies “friend and his dodgy official ……was this not the combination vs the make sure too?
    Definitely dodgy, just like most of defies goals/penalty decisions

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