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This Is The Only Thing That Matters Now

4:05 pm, Sunday, May 8th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 184 Comments

With Newcastle almost certain to be relegated after failing to beat Aston Villa yesterday, there’s one thing that could significantly lessen the pain of another relegation – if we can keep Rafa Benitez.

We remember the last time we were relegated when  pundits said we would plunge down the leagues just like Leeds United had done earlier in the decade.

And when you are relegated nobody is your friend and the club will be ridiculed and the fans too – but hey that’s the way things are.

People and clubs are kicked  when they are down – we just have to take it and get on with it – life goes on even if Newcastle are relegated – or so they say.

rafa benitez arrives at st james pk

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

But when the Championship season started in early August back in 2009, oddly enough we were the favorites to be promoted and so it turned out.

Fans and pundits alike say we don’t have the characters in the team this time like Kevin Nolan, Nicky Butt, Alan Smith, Steven Harper and Joey Barton – but we do have some good young skillful players with excellent temperaments and attitudes.

Players like Jamaal Lascelles, Rob Elliot, Chancel Mbemba and others are good young professionals and will be good in the Championship for us – hopefully for just one season.

We will see a number of our top players leave the club this summer including Gini Wijnaldum – the invisible man in away games as he was again  yesterday.

Gini has been a huge disappointment in the second half of this season for his lack of fight and guts but he is almost certain to be sold this summer along with others lie Moussa Sissoko, Siem de Jong, Manu Riviere, Florian Thauvin, Remy Cabella and Daryl Janmaat among others.

And no doubt we will have a decent team once the new season does start in three months time –  and we should have also taken in some decent transfer money from selling players – which will help get us through the season financially with our significantly reduced revenues.

But the most important thing as far as we are concerned is the manager – and only the manager.

That has been shown the way John Carver (it was the players’ fault) and Steve McClaren (one step forward two steps back) struggled so much, but now that Rafa Benitez is on board the place has lightened up considerably and is much more positive and the players seem a lot happier too.

That’s even when it looks like the former Liverpool manager will not be able to save us, after all.

Newcastle are down and just about out at the moment as a Premier League club.

But the summer and next season could be a time of rebuilding and rejuvenation for the Newcastle club and the Newcastle team too, if Rafa stays with us for next season and starts to rebuild the club and the team this summer.

He has improved some of our players already, so it’s not like he would be starting from scratch and he will now know better the areas of the club that need work.

Maybe the £2M bonus he will not get for keeping us up, can be applied as a bonus if he can get us promoted straight back to the Premier League – that would be a good use of£2M.

Rafa has been very disciplined and has refused to talk about what will happen if he doesn’t save us from relegation – so it’s hard to read the tea leaves – because there aren’t any.

But let’s just point out very clearly that it will be another tragedy to go with relegation – a much worse tragedy in fact – if Rafa leaves us this summer.

We’re hoping for the best and that he stays – it’s the only thing that really matters now.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Financial Fair Play · Financials · Management · Newcastle News · Other News

184 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // May 8, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Spare you the repost on last thread.
    Rafa IN and Ashley Oot@

  • 2 Bambams // May 8, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    I can’t see Rafa staying to be honest. I think had we survived he could possibly have seen him given the chance to rebuild.

    But other clubs will come in and I can’t see Ash releasing much coin for the right type of players.

    Ash will expect our youth team to step up with just the odd player to be signed.

    I can see Carr now trying to convince Ash he knows the players we need…All from the second division in France.

    I know we are not down yet but Sunderland won’t squander this chance. They deserve to stay up on their last 6 performances. …unlike us

  • 3 stuart no9 // May 8, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Bambams — but we havnt lost in our last 5 games either so why dont we deserve to stay up //

  • 4 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Jail I don’t think its so much a conspiracy theory as a plausible financial scenario for several players who’ve seen the plot hole in the “bonus sysyem” and think they can make a fee-earning move by steering the club toward a clause-triggering get-out. It would be their way of playing Mike at his own game. I doubt they started that way, but once they saw us drop to the dregs and stay there, it must been a viable option. Looks like they get their wish, whoever is packing his bags last day of the season.

  • 5 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Their bags…

  • 6 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Bamboos it isn’t a step up from the reserves never mind the youths. They are so dire it would require a helicopter to lift them up to championship level.

  • 7 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Bambams. …this phone is starting to make life decisions for me now.

  • 8 lesh // May 8, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Those words of Charnley when he said they have every confidence we’ll be in the Prem next season are damning in themselves.

    The clown misjudged that one and add to that his taking Carr’s advise and getting Ashley’s approval to waste £82m in one season, his ill-judged appointment of McLaren, his failure to dismiss said same man when relegation became a real possibility before Christmas, his high-handed arrogance in his contempt for the Fans Forum and taking fans for granted.

    In decent companies, such arrogance coupled with his obvious incompetence as MD would have seen Charnley removed and replaced as MD.

    But oh no, not under Ashley who I’m confident would not tolerate such incompetence within his SD businesses.

    This is an opportunity for Ashley to make amends and we can only but hope he’s read the runes and is ready to appoint a competent MD who knows the business and offer Rafa whatever it takes to keep him at the Club – whether money, authority or both.

  • 9 wolfshead@toon // May 8, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    I can see Carr now trying to convince Ash he knows the players we need…All from the second division in France. it would be funny if it wasnt true

  • 10 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    There was definitely something off about yesterday’s game. It was back to normal service like someone had just re-hired McCarvew. Something funny went on there, I think there are a few in the dressing room who determined they wouldn’t show up.

  • 11 lesh // May 8, 2016 at 4:38 PM


    Maybe you could get your phone to make little decisions for Ashley? Now where would it start?

  • 12 BandB // May 8, 2016 at 4:41 PM


    We have exactly the same number of points – nine – from our last six games as Sunderland.
    Which is mid-table form, and a decent hike in our points per game percentage.
    The damage, as we all know, had been done and was still being done while Charnley was waving away the concerns of Fans’ Forum members in the early Spring.

  • 13 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Lesh – they said they hadn’t discussed relegation contingencies at hoard level full stop. Not ” we aren’t talking about it at the minute” or “we will leave that until it becomes necessary” but they hadn’t even discussed alternative strategy. No plan B, nothing. Why would they have had it’s only a multi-million pound marketing and sports club? I wonder if they might stick it on the June agenda? Above the need for more domestos in the gents but below the allocation of staff parking bays.

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // May 8, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    You invented it, is it McCardew or McCarvew?

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // May 8, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    You haven’t just got an S6 by any chance have you ?

  • 16 stuart no9 // May 8, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    Tsunki@ 10 yep i think your right , and hopefully raffa has identified the culprits and have booked them on the first flight out of newcastle on sunday night with a one way ticket , assuming he his still manager of course!

  • 17 Jail for Ashley // May 8, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    I don’t get you, are you pro or anti Ashley.

  • 18 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Lesh – perhaps Mike is thinking he’s texting to Lee:

    “Buy whatever fresh players you need to make sure we’re top in the premiership”

    But Lee actually receives:

    “Buy whatever french players you need to make sure we drop into the championship”

    Righto boss! Good as Done! – Graaaaahaaaaaammm!

  • 19 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Jail – whichever you like, I don’t scorn rewrites 🙂

  • 20 stuart no9 // May 8, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    BandB Yep , the only difference being we have lost none in five while sunderland have one in five , so someone saying sunderland deserve to stay up for their last 6 performances is not exactly fair on our lads.

  • 21 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    i would hope newcastle have a statement ready regarding rafa’s,charnley and carrs future’s as soon as the season is over…not dilly dallying and dragging it out…it wont happen coz they are about as organised as a barrel of funkin monkeys tbh.

  • 22 BandB // May 8, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    I bet Mike wishes Charnley hadn’t bullied him into the football board idea.
    That Charnley ….eeeeee… he’s got a lot to answer for.
    You can see the way Mike defers to him in their body language.

  • 23 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Jail no it’s my work phone and for security and stability, BlackBerry still holds the fort. it’s a z30 but one of the lads has a Priv and they are pretty decent. Probably still send stupid emails you didn’t mean to entirely the wrong person of course but what can you do? Technology!

  • 24 Hail Wor Ashley // May 8, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Now Armstrong has played the final game of Coventry’s season, I’d bring him back and start him next weekend if possible. Might as well give him a taste of St James in the PL and he’s definitely a better finisher than any of the fraudsters we have.

  • 25 Hail Wor Ashley // May 8, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Only previous in the PL he has that I can remember was him getting threw on to the RW a couple of times with 5mins to go, when in losing positions. Pardew the master man manager at work.

  • 26 stuart no9 // May 8, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    HAIL—– I would go with that. a striker whos been scoring , ok in a lower league , but he could fit in just nicely instead of cisse, nother to pick from cant be that bad,

  • 27 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Hail, you took the words right out of my mouth marra. 20 goals this season. What’s that? More than all our strike force put together? He certainly wouldn’t miss the sitters we’ve been missing – the chances that have put us in this position. Of course, i would say that, as i’ve been championing Arma for years now, so it’s nice to hear i ain’t alone. Get him in, give him chances and watch the goals flow. 😉

  • 28 JP...from The Rock // May 8, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    I agree nothing to lose in putting Armstrong up front with Mitro beside him for our last game in this league.

  • 29 Sir Braveheart // May 8, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Didn’t Ashley say that he was basically leaving the board to get on with running the club but there was no more money being poured in?

    So basically whatever money we have as a club that’s all we have to work with. And given how we splurged most of it this season I’m guessing the coffers are empty and we’ll have to sell before we can buy.

    Grim prospects.

  • 30 Ron Knee // May 8, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    That De Bryne’s not bad!

  • 31 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    City 2-1. Another goal the keeper won’t want to see again. Still, that might confirm spuds as second place so wtf.

  • 32 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    OK ok order…Orderrrr!

    Right. First item on the agenda. Relegation Contingencies.

    Now this is very important, and must be settled today. As you know, we are officially relegated – I say this as we have just been passed a piece of paper saying so by players representative Mr Wijnam I says there – so it’s official. So we need to discuss what we are going to do now that we are depending on parachute payments rather than all that lovely TV lolly we were expecting to go on holi…invest in playing staff and the academy. Top and bottom of the plan is we must decide whether we stick with the balti *#+*ing pies or try out a new chicken and mushroom for our less discerning championship visitors. And like I say it has to be decided quickly because the Ginsters van is idling outside and the driver says the refrigeration Unit has packed in…

  • 33 wolfshead@toon // May 8, 2016 at 5:10 PM


    reading your posts makes me think of nufc as a 70;s sitcom i would say a cross between fawlty towers and are you being served

  • 34 Ron Knee // May 8, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    De Bruyne even, as jeff would say.

  • 35 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    if the worst happens on wed i would think making wholesale changes….
    i say wholesale but not that many different

  • 36 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    ….much like our first team has ha ha ha sorry…

  • 37 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Sir braveheart, i think Ashley’s comment that they would get no more money was aimed fairly and squarely at the current board. They blew over 80m and enough is enough. I think if Rafa stays, there will be money to spend, or he wouldn’t have signed for three years.

  • 38 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    i agree…i dont think rafa would of joined unless there was a warchest involved

  • 39 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Wolf’s head when hasn’t it looked like that? I picture Charnley with a pink shirt bursting at the buttons, with the round quarter stitched collar worn over the lapel of his fake tartan undersize sports jacket, complemented by half mast perma-crease mauve crimplene slacks with chukka boots to finish the ensemble. Heavy chain an medallion around around open neck, beads of sweat on his bright pink face as he strains to lean over to the drinks tray and spray the spatklets into a jolt of VAT69.

  • 40 Hail Wor Ashley // May 8, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Yeah, hindsight is great, I was all for him staying out on loan in Jan, but can’t help feel he’d have tucked away more than our sorry excuses have and he’s certainly more zippy and lively.

    Will be huge for us if we’re Championship and he’s one of very few silver linings.

    Alternatively Perez could’ve been the man to score our goals. He is an instinctive finisher in the box, a good opportunist that understands gambling, reacts quick and yet he’s always overlooked and played elsewhere because of his willingness to graft. For me he’s a ST only and could be a great poacher in the mould of Chicarito. doesn’t have the pace, vision or passing ability to play deeper or wide.

  • 41 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Springy, that’s pretty much the same as i’ve been saying. That team, with some experience thrown in, should be well good enough to bounce back. All that’s missing is our so called stars and we’ll be better off without them. That said, we ain’t down yet and if we stay up, Rafa will improve that side massively. We’ve got the makings of a good young side, who will all be better for a tough season. Plenty to be optimistic about. 😉

  • 42 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Carr would be the Workers representative on the board, long light brown overall coat, flat cap, penny glasses, fag behind one ear, pencil the other, copy of Sporting Life jutting out of one of his pockets.

  • 43 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    you like stuart are to be applauded for your optimism….we can all hope it goes our way…thats all…tbh i wish they were playing the morra to get it out the way….one way or the other.

  • 44 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Anyone quickly glancing at my posts might erroneously conclude that I hold our venerable board in less than the highest esteem.

  • 45 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Hail, being saying for the last three seasons that Arma is going to be a legend. By far and away the most natural finisher on our books. Rarely tap ins either, he’s scored some outstanding goals that would grace any league in the world. Oh, what a goal from Arsenal. 2-2

  • 46 Rotonda heights // May 8, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Gini, Moussa Sissoko, Siem de Jong, Manu Riviere, Florian Thauvin, Remy Cabella and Daryl Janmaat.

    wouldn’t miss a single one

  • 47 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    I think the preferred board meeting mood melody used is Neil “I’ve suffered for my music, now it’s your turn” Innes’ “How Sweet to be an Idiot”.

  • 48 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Tsunki, really? Never would’ve guessed! 😉

  • 49 Hail Wor Ashley // May 8, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Sir Braveheart

    If you look at the figures from the accounts, it’s plain to see that we used this season’s projected profits in advance, in addition to the balance of £30m+ we had already saved, in an effort to ensure we stayed in the PL as the whopping new contract begun. So yup, when Mash said the bank is almost empty, I think that was the truth.

    It’ll be money raised that will be the bulk of our kitty, maybe there’ll be £10m or so added.

    It’s also why I can’t see him sticking by Charnley and Carr, there’s just no way he will be able to ignore that level of staggering incompetence.

  • 50 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    I can relate to his line –

    ” as much imagination as a caravan site..”

  • 51 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    So we will have to make our own money before making any of our own luck because Ashley won’t be chipping in?

  • 52 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    When Arsene brought in Cech, he said he’d be worth ten to fifteen points a season. Don’t think costing them those points was quite what he had in mind! 😉

  • 53 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Well the club passed away peacefully in its sleep yesterday. Funeral on Wednesday. Wake will be held at Stadium of Plight where the celebrations really begin!

  • 54 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Charnley and Carr’s jobs. Look up in the dictionary under ‘untenable’. They might even get a mention! 😉

  • 55 stuart no9 // May 8, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    tsunki —- you cant go round changing a winning formular. the balti pies stay , however a little change that could save a few bob is those silly little f@@@ing stickers the door men stick on you in the platinum club as soon as you walk through the door, needless to say mine is on 30 seconds before being rolled up in a ball and flicked at the first person to serve me cold chips .
    You tally that cost up over the season , dosnt make good reading, but save the pie mate.

  • 56 welshgeordie9 // May 8, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Our problem is that the Mackems don’t have to win their last two games, two draws for them and we are down, it doesn’t matter if we beat spurs or not.

  • 57 toon22 // May 8, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Imho the club dont need a whole pile of cash spending,it needs to get rid of all the mercinaries dead wood and drifters we have aquired over the years.
    The players we need wether we stay up or not arnt ones whome Carr might profit from once again.
    We need a squad of players who will graft,fight and show some passion,all of which we currently dont have.Once you have that you then look for the one or two players who can add a bit of “spice” to the squad.
    Atm we have a squad of all gravy and no meat.

  • 58 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    just been watching arma’s goals on you tube,and when you see his play and finishing, he does look a very natural finisher…and tbh his movement pace and low centre of gravity does remind me of the bloke playing for city now..ageuro…..not saying he’s the same player before i get jumped all over for saying, but,they have a similar stature,and did remind me of him a little tbh.

  • 59 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Hail, when Macca took over, he talked about having 150m to spend over three windows. Sadly they blew 80+m of that, which will be why Ashley said they’d get no more. If we do survive, i imagine Rafa will get the remaining money, plus a bit more. He wouldn’t take the job on a shoestring budget, with so much rebuilding to be done, so i reckon it all depends on staying up and keeping Rafa. If we go down, then it’s fair to say whoever is in charge will have to sell to buy. With the kids we’ve got, we only need to spend on some good experience to blend in. That’s how i see it anyway.

  • 60 sing in the corner // May 8, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Oh champion, didn’t realise the makems game was live on Sky wednesday night. Another evening squinting through my fingers at the tv then.

  • 61 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    was announced about ten mins after the final whistle yesterday….even sky trying to stick the boot in!lol

  • 62 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Springy, he’s been doing that for the last three seasons at least, first with our academy, then the U21’s and now for Coventry. In between all that he’s been scoring at nearly a goal a game for England youth teams. He is very much in the Aguero mould, with good upper body strength and a natural finisher. One day he’ll be as good imo.

  • 63 stuart no9 // May 8, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    its not over till the fat charners sings , so untill i hear his rendition of raffa benitez, chancel mbemba, gini wijmaldum, shelvey and perez at 4-45 on sunday we are still in there people

  • 64 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    aye he looks a very similar player and very quick and sharp over 10-20 yrds,i hope ya right and he is doing that for newcastle….like i said i would play the side i put up earlier and hope thats the team we might see next season if relegated.

  • 65 bettyswallocks // May 8, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Fkn hell Welsh. What would we do without your observational skills?

  • 66 stuart no9 // May 8, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    welsh @56—-absolutely correct , but , they have to get them first,

  • 67 sing in the corner // May 8, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Callum Roberts will be another season further on too!

  • 68 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    is it me or does yaya look like he’s been scoffing greggs pasties and kebabs.

  • 69 BandB // May 8, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    So Spurs come here needing a point to stay above Arsenal for North London bragging rights.

  • 70 bettyswallocks // May 8, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    What’s the difference between Neil Armstrong and Welshie?

    One walks on the moon, the other fcuks sheep.

  • 71 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Springy, have ya seen his goal today v oldham? Great movement, great control, followed by a lovely little cut back to leave the defender on his ass, before blasting it past the keeper. Everything we’ve been missing this season tbh. I’d start him ahead of cisse on sunday without any qualms. Hopefully, he’ll put in a good week in training and Rafa will see how good he is. That said, i’m not sure about the smallprint in his loan, buT i can’t see that posing a problem.

  • 72 BandB // May 8, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    The “Spurs on the beach” theory bites the dust.

  • 73 lochinvar // May 8, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Does Carr attend any games ?
    As Board Members why don’t we hear anything from him or Moncur.
    Along with Charnley those three wouldn’t look out of place with Mr. Grainger on the Board of Grace Brothers . Are we being served ? Only sh!te.

  • 74 welshgeordie9 // May 8, 2016 at 5:56 PM


    Kiss my arse, you are a first class tit, i was only saying, ffs.

  • 75 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    nar havent seen it tbh, al try and find it now,for me i would rather start riviere then cisse his control is nothing short of pathetic,and he does’nt even look like scoring when he gets a easy chance.

  • 76 BandB // May 8, 2016 at 5:56 PM


    There isn’t a board.
    It’s just pretendy.

  • 77 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Sitc, callum roberts can take townsends place if he moves on. We are blessed with some great young lads fortunately, it’s just the so called stars that have let us down badly.

  • 78 bettyswallocks // May 8, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Welsh……. We all knew how many points Sunlun need we’re not thick.
    It’s stating the obvious, like you with the sheep.

  • 79 BandB // May 8, 2016 at 6:02 PM


    Quell the relegation disbursements, my brave little soldier.
    I thought “it wasn’t over til it was over” and you wouldn’t even be thinking about it?

  • 80 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    BandB, if the mackems blow it on wednesday, which is out of our hands either way, then the team has to do it the hard way. Just watched spurs and they look a bit sorry for themselves, so we can do it. Then, it’s whether warford can do us a favour. In this most bizarre of seasons, another twist in the tale would not be a massive surprise.

  • 81 BandB // May 8, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Good lad!

  • 82 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Watford even! 😉

  • 83 stuart no9 // May 8, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Wow wow wow, City fans dont stay behind to applaud the team and pelligrini on his last home game . how shocking is that ? fans ? their having a laugh arnt they ?/ we win a game they have to call out northumberland police to get us out of the area , gobsmacked to say the least on the reception the fans are giving city , just dont get it

  • 84 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    just watched it canny finish,theres a kid playing in the same team,playing down the left… very very quick.

  • 85 BandB // May 8, 2016 at 6:08 PM


    No class whatsoever.

  • 86 stuart no9 // May 8, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    pelligrini delivers 3 trophys in 3 years and that is the reception he gets . nothing short of embarrising .

  • 87 BandB // May 8, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    On the subject of having no class whatsoever….where is that Horrid Colonial?

  • 88 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    man city have let themselves down there

  • 89 welshgeordie9 // May 8, 2016 at 6:10 PM


    I know Geordies are not thick, it’s just you, besides don’t everyone on here state the bloody obvious.

  • 90 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    BandB, personally i ain’t given up and never will, but my posts are in reply to those who are saying we won’t bounce back IF the worst happens. Simply pointing out their folly. Then again, i think you know that, but can’t resist. You had us relegated a while ago if you care to recall. I never have and won’t until it happens. Pointing out what might happen is a million miles away from giving up, i think you’ll find.

  • 91 BandB // May 8, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    I did Bobs,

    And Macca would have done it too if it wasn’t for them meddling kids!

  • 92 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Stuart, you ain’t wrong marra. Back in the 70’s and 80’s City always had a fanbase to match ours and i always respected them for it. Didn’t like them, but respected them. Nowadays it’s all about winning unfortunately and they have shown their true colours sadly. Their turnout at SJP last Tuesday was abysmal and today they’ve just crumbled in my estimation. That resect is long gone.

  • 93 bettyswallocks // May 8, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Welsh…… Your problem is you just don’t get logic.

    Question:- If you were crawling across the floor with spunk dribbling out of both sides of your mouth,in exact equal quantities. What would that tell Us?

    Answer:- That the floor is level.

  • 94 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    BandB. 😉

  • 95 wolfshead@toon // May 8, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    very true bobby they have become spoiled brats

  • 96 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Betty and welshie. Are you two husband and wife? Just asking like. 😉 😉

  • 97 Ron Knee // May 8, 2016 at 6:19 PM


    Where can you watch Armstrong’s goal? Couldn’t find it on YouTube.

  • 98 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    ron knee
    i had to google it and it was on sky sports somewhere

  • 99 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    ron try this….

  • 100 welshgeordie9 // May 8, 2016 at 6:22 PM


    Married to that no way, sounds like a nagging wife.

    No offence BandB

    Ha ha ha

  • 101 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    shit just noticed wrong game…..bollicks

  • 102 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 6:23 PM

  • 103 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Wolfie, their lack of respect for pelligrini is disgraceful. Can’t even be bothered to stay behind and thank him for the trophies he’s won them. This is what i mean about our fans. We wouldn’t do that to a manager who’d won us anything. If this was twenty years ago the stadium would be still full and showing him respect. The only lack of respect on display today is their own self respect. A sad sign of the times i’m afraid.

  • 104 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    try that one mate

  • 105 BandB // May 8, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    I would wish even a nagging wife on you Welsh.
    If you think about it, your ancestors have been attractive and charming enough to find a mate right the way back to primordial slime.
    That makes you an evolutionary miracle.
    Hard to believe, isn’t it?

  • 106 Ron Knee // May 8, 2016 at 6:27 PM


    Nice goal. Somebody should sign that boy up!

  • 107 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    ron knee

  • 108 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    ron knee
    his goals compilation is canny on you tube,looks a natural finisher tbh

  • 109 bettyswallocks // May 8, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Bobby….. I like his banter normally but he needs to sharpen up a bit.

    He’s never quite got over walking in on his dad backscuttling his mam. His dad was grinning and said ,”Get out you little rascal, you shouldn’t be watching this.”
    When his dad heard a commotion in the kitchen he saw Welshie doing the same to his gran. He looked up at his dad and said,”See how you like it when it’s your mam.”

  • 110 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    with pace,something we have lacked most of the season

  • 111 Ron Knee // May 8, 2016 at 6:31 PM


    He’d do well for us in the Championship, paired with Nitro – if he stays.

  • 112 SPRINGY // May 8, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    aye they do look like they would compliment each others game….granted nowts a certainty like.

  • 113 welshgeordie9 // May 8, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Strange that Betty, considering my gran died 15 years ago, thanks for that you little prick.

  • 114 stuart no9 // May 8, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    bobby — dont forget , pelligrini never won them the CL .
    What a B@@@rd eh , fancy not winning them the champions league , after all its not that long ago city were playing in the league 2 playoffs at wembley, now they expect to clean up and when they dont, the manager can f@@ck off , lets see what pep can bring them next season – it better be the CL or hell be on the first flight back to espania.

  • 115 Ron Knee // May 8, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Or Armstrong-Perez, provided the latter passes the ball!

  • 116 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    If we’d had him this season and he only scored 10, would we be struggling? The lad will score in any game, any league, anywhere if the chances are created. Even without, he still scores belter individual goals. He just a natural – like i’ve been banging on about him! 😉 Regardless of what anybody else might say, i truly believe he’ll be a legend. How long we can keep him is another matter. That’s why i put my bet on him breaking Charlton’s England record, not any record here. Kerching!

  • 117 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Stuart, you sum it up perfectly mate.

  • 118 Munster Mag // May 8, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Bobby is he as good am michael owen was at that age? Cant imagine so and not sure he is as fast? Good finisher though for sure

  • 119 Essex Geordie Bill // May 8, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    I see that the experts on the Championship show are saying that one of the relegated teams will be favourite get immediate promotion. Must mean us.

    Providing Sundaland don’t go and screw themselves up, You never know!!

  • 120 Essex Geordie Bill // May 8, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Welsh, I agree that joke is beyond the edge of good taste,
    no matter how any one feels about some one else there is no need for that sort of nasty comment.

  • 121 Jib // May 8, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Overstepped the mark there like !

  • 122 Yo-yo // May 8, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Pal who’s an Everton fan reckons they might turn up Weds – at least the players vying for an England place, especially after their dismal showing at Foxes. I can’t see the unwashed failing to get a draw myself, but while there’e life…

  • 123 Nufc-83 // May 8, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    My take on the players:

    Krul – overrated poor distribution and commanding of his area but will fetch a decent fee SOLD

    Elliot – proved he is good enough this season and although not a top top prem keeper will be good enough for our no1 in the champ. STAY

    Darlow – good enough to be no2 and fight for his place – STAY

    Colo- get rid well past his best -SOLD/released

    Taylor – absolute clown and completely useless- RELEASE

    Dummet- Very Good defensively but God he is a disgrace when in posession. Need a new LB for me but Dummet should convert to CB. STAY

    Mbemba- I think he has overall been good this season especially as he’s so young. We need to keep him at the club. STAY

    Lascelles- Has been outsanding since he come in and should form with Mbemba the partnership to bring us straight back to the prem (future captain). STAY

    Jaanmat- I actually think he’s a good player (although not played well this year) but he will be sold this summer and he is gutless so not going to miss him at all. SOLD

    Anita- not good enough for me in cm as he just doesn’t offer enough physically to be our starting cdm and nothing at all going forward. we will need to buy a new rb and he could be a squad player if he remained to fill in as he’s performed well the last few weeks. In my opinion he will be SOLD.

    Tiote- when he plays well the team plays well and we have seen his performances improve recently but I’m not sure if he is consistent enough now and we all know he wants away anyway so he will be SOLD.

    Shelvey- if we can get him alongside a real cdm powerhouse he could be a top class player. He has suffered recently the fact we don’t have any movement in the side (apart from Townsend) so when he picks up the ball he can’t find anyone. That being said he hasn’t played well recently and I would have though he would not drop to the champ bit as he’s been on the bench it’s possible he will remain at the club. STAY

    Coldback- for me not big and powerful enough to be a cdm (or not dynamic enough to be a smaller cdm). Offers good work rate and average ability. Should be retained as a squad player. STAY

    Sissokho- great athlete but technically very poor and has failed to deliver all season. Get rid -SOLD

    Gini- The invisible man- looked like we had found a gem early on and I think he will be a top player for another side but been shocking for most of the season and so needs to go -SOLD

    Townsend- along with possibly loosing Rafa the biggest kick in the teeth will be selling him as he’s too good for the champ. I pray we could get him out on season long loan but that’s doubtful- SOLD 🙁

    Aaron’s – burst on to the scene last year before picking up injury and then looked our best player in pre season before picking up another injury. Has not done very good in the cameos since coming back especially since we have been crying out for a left winger. Hopefully can stay fit and bring us back up- STAY

    Cisse- biggest waste of space I have ever seen up top. Poor finisher, poor technical ability, not strong not fast I can’t see what he brings to the table at all. Get rid fast – SOLD

    Mitro- think he could become a good player and think the championship will benefit him. Should not have been a starting striker this season and it’s a joke we had to rely on him at times. STAY

    Perez- I think he has bags of talent although performances have not been great recently (although we never play him as a striker which is what he should be). Hopefully we can keep him with mitro and Armstrong for our striking options next season. STAY

    Siem de Jong – has looked good in his sub appearances and not sure why managers don’t play him in behind as he’s one of the most intelligent players we have with a good shot. I think it’s clear he will be gone- SOLD

  • 124 bettyswallocks // May 8, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Jib…… Ok. You would know, so I’ll pay heed.

    Welsh.. Really sorry if that hit a nerve . Not intended I assure you.

  • 125 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Munster, probably not, but as ya know, early starters generally burn themselves out early. Pacewise, over fifty metres owen might beat him, but his first ten yards are truly electric. Normally ten yards is more than enough to get his shot away. There are similarities, but they’re different in many ways. I’d certainly put arma as a better finisher, both close up and long distance. Owen had virtually peaked at 19, up to 24, whereas arma is still improving. He’s not the finished product yet, so the sky’s the limit. Very very exciting prospect – and he’s one of our own! 😉

  • 126 Jib // May 8, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Well fronted up Betty

  • 127 Jib // May 8, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Now give Weshie a big kiss

  • 128 Jib // May 8, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Welshie even

  • 129 BandB // May 8, 2016 at 8:09 PM


    Owen had won and retained the Premier League Golden Boot at a similar age, and finished second to Zinedine Zidane as World Player of the Year.
    But apart from that, their impact has been very similar.

  • 130 Jail for Ashley // May 8, 2016 at 8:15 PM


  • 131 welshgeordie9 // May 8, 2016 at 8:19 PM


    No problem

  • 132 Munster Mag // May 8, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Bobby I feel that you exaggerate this boy but appreciate your strength of feeling on his ability. Wasn’t Owen frightening Argentina by now? Its hard t imagine a bloke loaned out to Cov being in the same class but who knows. I think the bookies are safe with your bet but Rafa should have taken him back earlier. Mind you we barely have a passer in the team to get him in or goal! If Rafa stays, he will refuse to play 442 so Arma might have to fit in as one of three behind Mitro.

  • 133 Jib // May 8, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    B and B
    You cannot win the golden boot if you aren’t in the competition .
    ZiZi won the world player 3 times the runners up were Ronaldo mk1 , Luis Figo and Thierry Henry – the only Englishmen to get a mention are Lampard , Beckham , Lineker and a certain Shearer

  • 134 BandB // May 8, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    No Jib
    That’s right.
    You can’t win the Premier League Golden Boot playing in League Two.

  • 135 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 8, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    The only thing that matters now is keeping Rafa Benitez? How in merciful f**king Christ is that the lesson? Ed, take your head out of your ass and actually read the tripe you’re spewing.

    Nothing matters. We’ve a club with an awful owner who has created the situation we are in but what’s worse is that we have a “loyal fan base” who have stood by stupidly while it was all happening.

    We’re getting relegated and we deserve it. You all deserve it.

  • 136 BandB // May 8, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    League One…bloody phone calls.

  • 137 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    BandB, like i said, not as good yet, but with the potential to be. The clue being not the finished product bit. Did you read that bit? Owen was a bit of freak after all, but lets be honest, by the time he came here he was a busted flush. Shine bright, burn out quickly. Arma is progressing very nicely and will go on to be a special player, who will, injuries apart, play for longer. Was anybody as good as Owen at his age? Like i say, bit of a freak. Nowhere will you find me comparing the two at this early age. I answered a question to the best of my ability. But then, I’ve physically watched him, I’m not relying on second hand information. Potentially, the sky’s the limit for Arma – as it was for Owen. I will go on record to say that i believe Arma will finish with a better goalscoring record than Owen – in fact i’ve already put money on it. 😉

  • 138 Jib // May 8, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    B and B
    Ha ha I’ve just looked at Wiki – He was World Soccer magazine player of the year you Silly Willemina

  • 139 bettyswallocks // May 8, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Thanks for the sympathy Ruddy. I won’t say what you deserve, I’m already in trouble.


  • 140 Jib // May 8, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    That Ruddy eh ?
    What a little Tinker !
    For those who don’t know – he’s part of Newcastle’s huge student population , with no association with the area or NUFC other than he chose to study and spend his grant here .

  • 141 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Betty you shouldn’t close your eyes when you do that. Welshie is now standing up, turning around and facing you. 🙂

  • 142 Tsunki // May 8, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Ruddy you deserve it.

  • 143 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Munster, read what i’ve written marra. I’m not comparing them at this age. Was anybody as good as owen at that age? I’ve never said he was mate. Will he finish up with a better record is a fairer question, although again, it’s speculation. I believe he will, because i believe he’ll play longer. Owen was fantanstic at 17, but that didn’t really last. When he left us he was virtually finished – some might argue before he joined us. They’re totally different players, the only resemblance being height. I’ve watched football all my life and i can fairly say he’s the best prospect to leave our academy since gazza. That’s my opinion and like i say, i’ve put my money where my mouth is. Might i be wrong? Of course i might – we all are sometimes. I was asked my opinion and i shared it. Make of it what you will. But when you look at the goals he’s scored for England youth, our academy etc, thete’s no denying he has what it takes. In the last England programme, he got a full page write up, so I’m far from being the only one who rates him highly. 😉

  • 144 bettyswallocks // May 8, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Jib…… I think he just wants to enlarge the circle of his friends!

  • 145 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    Jib, then he wouldn’t have a clue why we’re loyal, so i’ll ignore it. We don’t get to choose our team, birthright does it for us. Far too much emphasis put on winning these days. Anyone who arrived when we were half decent didn’t do due dilligence. We support the Toon because it’s the toon, not for glory. Definitely not for glory!!! 😉

  • 146 Jib // May 8, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    I met a nice student once ( I found out later he was really a bin man )

  • 147 lesh // May 8, 2016 at 9:00 PM


    I am most certainly not pro Ashley!

    But the inevitability is that we’re stuck with him until decides to get the hell out of it.

    What I am puzzled about is how on earth he could be persuaded to give Charnley free rein. Unless and it seems more and more obvious that he cares nothing for the Club and its fans. His investment’s safe and ge knows it but where’s his self-respect and pride?

    We’re stuck with him and ordinarily a demo at the Spurs game wouldn’t go amiss but there’s the real risk that a demo would drive Rafa away – he’ll not want to be among unrest and controversy.

    If only Ashley would fo the best for all concerned and sling his hook.

  • 148 Essex Geordie Bill // May 8, 2016 at 9:00 PM


    You’r are saying the same things about Arma that I was saying about Carroll even when he was being a bad boy our on loan. Turned out good for us whilst we had him prior to Ashley selling the fatted calf.

    Trouble is if he continues to form (Ashley that is) then if he does turn out as good as you are predicting then he”ll be off to LPool, ManU, or somewhere similar. Be raedy for that.

  • 149 Mister Tuff // May 8, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Welshie -in anticipation will be getting excited and preparing a sheepskin rug to throw over Betty.

  • 150 BandB // May 8, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Things certainly get a bit more lively when Old Lord Rudheart shows up.
    Sticks the nut on someone, lobs one of those fizzy bombs, admits to feeling more comfy in a dress, and departs with a “see ya suckers!”

  • 151 Essex Geordie Bill // May 8, 2016 at 9:05 PM


    I wouldn’t say no to a bit of glory for us, if teams like Leicester and possibly CP can get it then so should we.

    No matter how committed you are to your team ( I’m using that as a generic term) you don’t want to watch perennial losers.

  • 152 Belfast // May 8, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    I’m finding some positives here.

    No Andy Carroll rumours this summer!

  • 153 Belfast // May 8, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Or Charlie Austin talk.

  • 154 Belfast // May 8, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Just the two positives thus far.

  • 155 Essex Geordie Bill // May 8, 2016 at 9:08 PM


    A lot of ex-students are bin men nowadays.

  • 156 bettyswallocks // May 8, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Jib…….. Re comment at 144 . Read a bit deeper. You’ll find it has a ring to it.

  • 157 Essex Geordie Bill // May 8, 2016 at 9:10 PM


    I aint going to say the obvious to those (152/153) comments.

  • 158 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Bill, don’t i know it!!! I’d settle for him being here until he’s 25, then selling him for 100 million. 😉 The advantage is he’s a geordie through and through and all he wants to do is play for Newcastle. Nobody knows what the future holds bill, anything can happen before then. Ashley might back Rafa because he trusts him with his investment, or sell up to someone willing to supply the money to take us forward. There was a reason i bet on Arma breaking records for England, not Newcastle, and that was because we will get silly offers for him in a season or two and i imagine Ashley will take one of them. Then again, i might be a million miles off and he might flop. Not seeing it yet though, he just keeps improving at a steady pace. 😉

  • 159 Belfast // May 8, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Ruddy tut tut I was just about to suggest we all head over to yer blog if Ed shuts up shop.

    That won’t be happening now. It’s the nufc digest for me…

  • 160 Moonraker15 // May 8, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    The point is if we stay up, we won’t but just if then we need Rafa for continuity and if we go down, we will then we need Rafa to continue and rebuild. That’s what Ed means and I agree so shut the fcuk up will you !

  • 161 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Bill, i’d love a bit of glory. I wasn’t allowed to go to the Fairs Cup – homework etc – so i’ve never seen us win anything in my 58 years. Really my point was that winning isn’t connected in any way to our support. It’s unconditional. 😉

  • 162 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Belfast, readers digest would be better than ruddy’s blog ffs, let alone nufc digest! 😉

  • 163 bettyswallocks // May 8, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Mr. Tuff……. I can bur ewelogise.

  • 164 jimmysmith // May 8, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Out of a fairly lily livered and self centred group of players we need to identify those we want to keep, persuade them to stay, and motivate them. As well as get a decent price for those we don’t, but get rid none the less, no shirkers stinking up the joint, and find the right replacements to flesh out a full and balanced squad. All in a few short months, with no quality and already immersed lieutenant like Chris Hughton ready to step in and fill the breach, and Lee Charnley and Graham Carr pulling the strings, for an absent owner who has “more important things to worry about”. Sure, what could possibly go wrong? Epic disaster.

  • 165 Essex Geordie Bill // May 8, 2016 at 9:22 PM


    True, I’d probably follow them in the conference, though hopefully we won’t have to. 🙂

  • 166 Essex Geordie Bill // May 8, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    I think workyticket’s might still be going.

  • 167 bettyswallocks // May 8, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Bobby…… He hasn’t got the bottle to come back on and substantiate those comments. I hope he does , I’m in the right mood for him today.

    Went to Asda earlier and the car park was full. Had to park in disabled bay. Jobsworth parking attendant sees me get out of the car and says,”What’s your disability like? I replied, “Tourettes, Now fcuk off you Cnut.”

  • 168 Essex Geordie Bill // May 8, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Yep, just looked it is.

  • 169 BandB // May 8, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Hiya Jimmy

    Best thing on the blog. I’m saving and appending your observations for a biography I intend to call The Chant of Jimmysmith.
    If you don’t mind.

  • 170 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Betty, class! 😉 😉

  • 171 Munster Mag // May 8, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Jimmy they truly are a staggeringly inept cowardly bunch of mercenaries, with a few notable exceptions like Dummett, the keepers etc. As I have said before, rafa will be ruthless in clearing out the wasters. But he too needs to look at the errors he has made ( Sissoko on left was all wrong, as I kept saying ) especially in terms of his obsession with shape and defensiveness. We will need to batter some of those teams if we go down and not display the sort of fear of attacking that we did v Sunderland and Villa, when shape was all the buzz. Didn’t the Sky guy say at one stage that he couldn’t understand why we only had a few in the box for a corner – against Villa ffs , when we needed the win?? One memory I have of that league was how easy it was to get the ball back, because the standard of passing was so poor. But it needs fitness for the long slog, dedication an belief, and very few of our lot have any of this. Who knows, Everton might surprise us yet, but I have argued with Catchy and Rotunda for two years that Martinez is crap so I don’t have much hope.

  • 172 welshgeordie9 // May 8, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    cheap digs tonight, if i was you i would be more worried of my own team than having a dig at someone else’s.

  • 173 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 8, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    A few games under Benitez it looked like we played with the handbrake on but I do suspect its because he doesn’t have confidence in the whole squad to go all out attack

    I mean in terms of quality who out of our team would get into the Liverpool team he used to have ? Townsend maybe for Kuyt but that would be about it

  • 174 lochinvar // May 8, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Spurs loose at home to Southampton 1-2 and see who helped keep their attack quite. Some random large unit of a player that most people here though would be a good fit for Newcastle but as he wasn’t in France and isn’t on Modial’s books so “he slipped under the radar” or what ever excuses out Directors want to come out with.

    Centre-back Virgil van Dijk, who recently signed a new six-year deal, showed why there may be interest from bigger clubs with an accomplished performance to keep Harry Kane at bay and with 12 clearances in the match.

  • 175 jimmysmith // May 8, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Ha, catchy title. It’s gonna need it pal.

  • 176 Jib // May 8, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Yeah Koeman and Van Dijk both played for Groningen and speak Dutch and Ronnie coached him for Netherlands U18 – but our directors screwed up !
    Keep your whingeing real – young’un

  • 177 Jib // May 8, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Oh Dear
    Where’s Geordie 2 ?
    I hope he hasn’t been burned trying to save his Honey Badgers !

  • 178 jimiley // May 8, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    As long as we beat Spurs I do not think that the scum will get more than one point in their last two games. It is all to play for and we might just sneak it. Keep the faith in Rafa to save us

  • 179 jimiley // May 8, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    If Rafa cannot save us, we might spend 5 years or more in the scum division. The good news is that the fat man might leave. NUFC will never be defeated. A decent size club which does a lot of yoyo ing.

  • 180 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Lee, i know exactly where you’re coming from in your post. He inherited a squad bereft of confidence and zero self belief. He needed those games to try and change a complete mindset and convince them they weren’t as bad as results claimed. First thing was to try and make us hard to beat, but that couldn’t happen overnight. We were terrible after all. Had he had a month more i reckon we’d be safe now. It was a difficult job yet he nearly made it. Just one chance v villa converted and who knows. It was never going to be pretty, but survival was all that mattered in those circumstances. Keep us up and rebuild in the summer, but our strange ability to miss sitters is what’s got us in this mess.

  • 181 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    By nearly made it, i mean winning at villa, which was clearly one of the games he targetted for three points.

  • 182 jimiley // May 8, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Strange ability to miss sitters is called crap strikers. Cisse and Mitro are both crap. The lack of strikers ie goals, sends most clubs down Not the defence. We are following a well trodden path to relegation

  • 183 Bobbybee // May 8, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Jim, yup, crap strikers sums them up nicely. 😉 Dunno why i was even trying to be less harsh than they deserve to be honest. No excuses either, we had the money to buy one in January, let alone the summer, yet we chose to spend it on Saivet and Shelvey – more midfielders we could’ve done without. That’s why the board has to go and i reckon they will. If they had any self respect they would fall on their own swords, but apparently they ain’t got none.

  • 184 davis_toons // May 9, 2016 at 2:08 AM

    Could Colback be betting on us not to win on Villa? What did he bet on?

    Bordeaux fans was having a Real crack at us. Obviously, something is going on at our recruitment. Waiting for the owner to look into it.

    …finally when patience runs out ..Mike Ashley OUT!

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