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Balague – Chanting Rafa’s Name Will Have A Huge Impact

9:46 pm, Friday, May 13th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 129 Comments

Guillem Balague is the Sky Sports journalist in Spain who knows all about Rafa Benitez and he knows an awful lot about Newcastle United too.

Guillem has written an exclusive article for Yahoo Sports on Rafa’s future and he thinks Rafa could well stay at Newcastle and one of the major reasons will be the Newcastle United fans and the bond he has already formed with them over the last nine weeks.

Guillem Balague

Guillem Balague – chanting his name will impact Rafa Benitez

This is some of what Guillem wrote for Yahoo Sports:

“Rafa Benitez will decide over the next few days whether or not to pledge his immediate future to getting Newcastle straight back into the Premier League – and it’s magnificent army of fans will certainly be one of the major factors influencing his decision.”

“I was told on social media recently that he could expect his name to be chanted for 90 minutes non-stop during the club’s final match of the season against Tottenham at the weekend as the crowd tries to play its part in persuading the Spaniard to stay at the club.”

:If that happens, knowing him as I do, I am absolutely convinced that it will have a major bearing on his decision.”

Balague has come up with at least five reasons why he thinks Rafa is seriously considering staying on Tyneside (we are using mostly Guillem’s words from his article for this list we created):

  1. Newcastle United are at an all time low –  Rafa will know better than most that, for him, the club and its fans, the only way is up.
  2. Newcastle United is a huge club, unquestionably one of the biggest in England, possibly Europe with one of the largest and most loyal fan bases in the world; a club for which the phrase ‘sleeping giant’ could have been invented.
  3. Rafa has seen enough in his short tenure to know just how much potential he has in his squad and he has already identified what changes need to made both tactically, technically and generally around the club’s whole structure.
  4. It’s also worth mentioning at this point that apart from trophies for the Championship that brought them back into the Premier League in 2010 this is a club that – despite a number of close calls – has won sweet diddly-squat since lifting the Inter Cities Fairs Cup way back in 1969.
  5. From the point of view of his home life it also suits him to remain in England where he has always had the family home back from his Liverpool days.

From what Guillem says it seems the chants and hopefully the banners on display at the Tottenham game on Sunday afternoon could well do the job and fully convince Rafa that his home should be Newcastle United for the next few years where he can build a great side that we haven’t had for far too long.

The Chronicle are doing a great job in bringing the fans together in an effort to convince Rafa to stay – and they have wisely asked that there are no demonstrations against the owner and the Board on Sunday afternoon.

Rather use the game to try to persuade the world-class manager to stay on Tyneside and give the Geordie fans some real hope for the future – for the first time in a long time.

It would be good to have a really good attendance at the game, but there will still be depression mixed with anger over the relegation.

But just think if Rafa pledges his future to Newcastle United this summer things could be really exciting – for a change!

Here is Guillem’s Yahoo exclusive.

The Chronicle have an open letter to Rafa and a petition for fans to sign – here’s where you can read the letter and sign the petition.

If you want to send a message to Rafa asking him to stay, here’s all the contact information for Newcastle United – here.

Here’s Rafa’s twitter account associated with his web-site.

Tags: Championship · Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League

129 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // May 13, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    The only way back up will be hard work and good football. Like last time except we don’t have anywhere near enough of the right type of players this time. Do you understand that Ashley?

  • 2 kikgras // May 13, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    like him or not, Ashley will back the team financially to get straight back up – its the smart play with all the TV revenue in the EPL. Its his ONLY play! Rafa, if you’ve been promised the keys to the castle, and most would have to believe you have…what is really stopping you? glory of the EPL midtable next year @ Everton? not with your liverpool background. Rafa is either here or he is off to a top 5-6 club…just my opinion. My hope is Rafa stays…bring the passion back to the pitch. Geordie nation will be there…all he need do is ask.

  • 3 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Sky Sports suggests the Ashley conflict of interests story may have some teeth after all.

    The key paragraphs are the following, which suggest Ashley may have to shell some of his hold on Rangers commercial interests, or put himself (and us) in the clarts with the entire Football League.

    Sanctions include exclusion from the entire league structure.

    “Regulation 98.2.4 states that no individual from one club is permitted “to have any power whatsoever to influence the financial, commercial or business affairs or the management or administration” of another.

    The Football League does allow its members to own up to 10 per cent of other clubs so long as the shares are bought “purely for investment purposes only”.

    As reported by Sky Sports.

  • 4 Jib // May 13, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Is it safe to come out yet ?

  • 5 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 10:03 PM


    You were keen to rubbish this story earlier.
    It appears “investment purposes only” may not cover giving Rangers 4p in the £ on sales in its own club shops.

  • 6 beermonkey // May 13, 2016 at 10:15 PM


    why is it an issue in the chamionship and not the prem??

  • 7 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    They have different rules, beer.
    That what they say in the link above…in direct quotations…it’s not my opinion.
    And it isn’t just the Championship. It’s the whole football league.

  • 8 bettyswallocks // May 13, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Appeasing the fans won’t be a priority after Sunday’s game so unless they announce Rafa as staying tomorrow or maybe at the match on Sunday then it’s likely he’ll be away.

  • 9 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Read this, particularly the last line.
    It doesn’t sound like they are funning.

    “Any breach of any of the foregoing Regulations 98 to 101 inclusive, including without limitation knowingly rendering incorrect or incomplete information pursuant to Regulations 101 and 103, shall constitute misconduct.

    “Without prejudice to the range of other sanctions that may be imposed in respect of such breach, any club in breach of any of the aforesaid regulations may with the sanction of a special resolution passed at an annual or extraordinary general meeting of the League, be expelled from the League. There shall be no right of appeal against such expulsion.”

  • 10 Jib // May 13, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    B and B
    I wasn’t keen to rubbish it as you put it.
    Like many you doubt any story in the media except if it is against your pet hate Ashley.
    I tend to look at everything journos say askance.

    For example I went to the effort of having a look at the rule myself and it would appear to apply to in clubs that operate under the aegis of the FA
    So as follows :-
    The Owners’ and Directors’ Test applies to all clubs in the Premier League, Football League, Football Conference, Isthmian League, Northern Premier League and Southern Football League. The purpose of the Test is for the owners, directors and officers of clubs in those leagues to meet standards greater than that required under law so as to protect the reputation and image of the game. The Premier League and Football League administer the Test for clubs in their leagues. Any queries in relation to the application of the Test to a club in membership of the Premier League or Football League should be addressed to the respective league. The FA administers the Test to clubs in membership of the Football Conference and the three leagues below.

  • 11 bettyswallocks // May 13, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Does anyone know if Ashley is planning to attend on Sunday?

  • 12 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    They are reporting the League rules Jib.
    Not having a pop at Ashley.
    You don’t seem willing to accept there is a difference.

  • 13 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    And naturally, the first thing you’ve found on Google will be superior to a report by the Press Association, which is trusted around the whole world.

  • 14 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    If the Queen dies tomorrow, the Palace will inform the Press Association.
    Not you.

  • 15 beermonkey // May 13, 2016 at 10:30 PM


    it is worse for charmless and co if he has to let go of his rangers deal
    he has made alot of cash them

    i didnt realise until today that us going down would impact his rangers deal

    although we must have talked about it all last season when we escaped

    so my memory must be pi55 poor

  • 16 Jib // May 13, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    The FA administers the Test to clubs in membership of the Football Conference and the three leagues below.
    I thought it was a bit draconian telling someone they couldn’t own shares in another association’s club.
    Regardless of this anyway , that pillar of society Dave King has made sure that Ashley has absolutely no say in the running of Rangers.

  • 17 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    If you just shout just a little bit louder Jib…I’m sure it will overwhelm all facts and reason.

  • 18 Jib // May 13, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    It’s when UEFA are involved that there is a clash of interest with Rangers although the chances of us playing in cups in Europe seems remote at the moment.

  • 19 stan anderson // May 13, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Did Alan Shearer not at some time say Mclaren is good coach
    Is he forgetting earlier quotes he made
    Ashley OOT

  • 20 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    It is about the competitions you are eligible for and entered in Jib.
    Not those who qualify for the final rounds.
    Ergo, it is about potential conflicts of interest.
    Though the substantive issue we are discussing is about Football League rules, and UEFA rules are a red herring you have just introduced.

  • 21 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    The chairman of Hartlepool United would also not be able to exercise commercial control over aspects of Rangers Football Club, despite the remote possibility they would meet in a Europa League Final.

  • 22 Jib // May 13, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    B and B

    Having heard you hint at your background.

    I will furnish you with this little snippet of info supplied to me by a good friend at Strathclyde University which may enlighten you.

    When Wier Pumps sent Dave King out to SA in the late 70’s he was in bluenose bigot’s heaven.
    Black servants to do his bidding
    He was actually warned a couple of times about their treatment.
    Warned by BJ Vorsters government about his attitude to blacks !!!

    Why do you think after making his fortune in SA (and paying no taxes ) he’s back in Glasgow ?

  • 23 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Under Football League rules.
    Which journos did not write.

  • 24 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Slavver, slavver, slavver Jib.

  • 25 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Though I have to say, you do at least try to advance an argument.
    Which I do respect.
    I remember when folks thought YOU had a lousy temper.

  • 26 welshgeordie9 // May 13, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Has anyone watched the the True Geordies new video on us getting relegated, all i can say is wow, it must be his biggest rant ever and rightly so, his attack on the three stooges is very good to watch, wouldn’t like to be in the same room as him if I was one of those three, his best rant ever.

  • 27 Jib // May 13, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    B and B

  • 28 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    That’s a white girl Jib.

  • 29 toon kk // May 13, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Our current squad weather people admit it or realise it would not hack championship football. There is some good players in the championship, but most of all its the work rate that is so strong. We’ll need the right player’s or we could be there for years.

  • 30 Jib // May 13, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    I actually preferred the True Geordie on Adam Johnson – he was quite thoughtful and avoided using it as an excuse to have a pop at Sunlun.
    Never seen him humble before !

  • 31 stuart no9 // May 13, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    ive always said , rafas name should be sang throughout the full 90 mins on sunday , some think chants should be directed at the owners , not that i disagree with giving them grief , but sunday is all about raffa .
    Why not form at the directors entrance after the game and protest with a sit in or whatever is needed but durung then game , there is only 1 person that matters .

  • 32 Jib // May 13, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    You get the idea

  • 33 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    I don’t actually.
    Are you suggesting that you are making all the self-evidently sensible points and I am not listening to them?

  • 34 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Or wa the dave King point your coup de grace?

  • 35 welshgeordie9 // May 13, 2016 at 11:06 PM


    I just think he’s brilliant to watch, really entertaining.

  • 36 welshgeordie9 // May 13, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    What does BandB mean anyway.

  • 37 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    It means bed and breakfast Welsh.
    Ya warra mean, like 😉
    By blog repute I give hand shandies to guests in the back yard, while bleeding through the mouth, once a month.
    Though you have never said that. Nor Jeff or Jib. Or magscar. Nor anyone else who I have taken the time to argue with.
    It’s tended to come from voice off.
    I hope that isn’t going to start now.

  • 38 brklyngeordie // May 13, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    So now that we know where we stand do we give anyone of our youth players a shot this week? Woodman , Sterry maybe, anyone else I have not mentioned.

    With that being said who is really going to stick with us in the Championship who currently on squad is going to be ready for the grind with a 46 game season not including cups (not that we play many of those games).

    Who do you believe will keep their head up if Rafa walks and still have the heart and belief to get us back up next season I don’t see many on this team and the few who may might not be around.

    Only players I see as must stay and keep is Lascelles and Mbemba the longer we can keep them together hopefully the better they will be for it. Look forward to seeing what Armstrong will be like as well even Toney bout time some English players were given a chance to wear the shirt. Forgot to mention Townsend as well but cant blame him if he leaves he tried his best not his fault we didnt bring him in earlier but instead went with Carr’s fascination with Thauvin who he was tracking for years.

    Aaronns I would mention as well but dont know how I feel about him seems to have talent but always hurt and not sure he really lusts to wear the shirt which is disappointing give me players who wear it with pride because we will need a lot of it in the Championship not going to be easy with midweek fixtures at some smaller grounds with clubs looking to claim our scalp so character will be needed in abundance.

  • 39 welshgeordie9 // May 13, 2016 at 11:19 PM


    Perhaps you should change it, come up with something a little bit imaginative.

  • 40 welshgeordie9 // May 13, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Wow imaginative that’s a long word for me.

  • 41 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    You are an amusing fellow.
    Nighty night boys.

  • 42 bettyswallocks // May 13, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Wow that was a bit graphic B. Sounds like what Donald Trump said to that Fox News woman. Amazing what they can get away with over there and to think he’s running for president. Our Jib would be in his element.

  • 43 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Actually, you’ve used it yourself betty.
    Would you lie me to repost it?

  • 44 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    But that was then….

  • 45 bettyswallocks // May 13, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    No . that was during my argumentative period. I’ve mellowed since then.

  • 46 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    But no denial.
    I’ve mellowed too.
    I’m a Mellow Bird.
    I’ll make you smile.

  • 47 welshgeordie9 // May 13, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Mellowed my arse.

  • 48 bettyswallocks // May 13, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Don’t play the sexist card though. You’re one ert lads and more than capable of holding your own in the bear pit. You don’t like chivalry as I remember.

  • 49 welshgeordie9 // May 13, 2016 at 11:32 PM


    You argued with me last week

    Ha ha ha

  • 50 Tsunki // May 13, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    Oh, sorry. I appear to have opened the wrong door. I beg your pardon, I’ll let myself out. Don’t get up!

  • 51 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    I like it a lot betty.
    As long as it doesn’t end with the word “pet”

  • 52 bettyswallocks // May 13, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    Who asked you , you sheep flonking Welsh t..t . Only teasing x

  • 53 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    No, I’m just off Tsunki, pet.

  • 54 welshgeordie9 // May 13, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Anyway let’s talk about something new, let me see ………………… Charlie Austin story we haven’t done for a while or maybe Mr P ……………

  • 55 Tsunki // May 13, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    BandB you need to take care with that sherry that comes in a plastic bottle. It’ll take the laminate off your sideboard and make your double glazed units must up. 🙂

  • 56 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    See, all the real crap comes from the voices off.

  • 57 bettyswallocks // May 13, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    BandB……. I feel in that case that I need to tell you what people are saying behind your back :- Phwoah look at the arse on that.

  • 58 welshgeordie9 // May 13, 2016 at 11:37 PM


    This sheep flonking Welsh t..t . Is in the premier league next season.

    Sorry only teasing.

  • 59 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 11:37 PM


  • 60 welshgeordie9 // May 13, 2016 at 11:39 PM


    If you want my honest opinion then yes you do look fat in that dress.

    Ha ha ha

  • 61 bettyswallocks // May 13, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Thanks sweetie.

  • 62 Belfast // May 13, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    Can’t see him staying at all sorry…

    Just don’t believe Ashley will provide the necessary funds or give him free reign on everything.

    You’ve also got other clubs sniffing around and talk of the Spanish job being a possibility.

    I really do hope he stays though, just can’t see it.

  • 63 bettyswallocks // May 13, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    I used to drink too much. I still do but I used to too.

  • 64 Tsunki // May 13, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    So what odds have been settled on? Mike and his little band huddling together, a few palliative soundbites to take the edge off the disillusionment, then it’s never mind, Rafa did his best, but to take us forward we need someone who understands the demands of the championship, who can work with the promising stars of the future we will invest in. We believe George is the best fit for the job, always had a deep respect, etc……

  • 65 Tsunki // May 13, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Having said that about the sherry, right now I’m airport hotel side and, as you do in such situations, I’m drinking a nice Blair Athol out of a plastic cup. Classy.

  • 66 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Not you betty.
    I like sherry.
    It’s a brilliant codeword.
    One of Jib’s favourites.

  • 67 bettyswallocks // May 13, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Belfast….. Hope you’re wrong. I think he’s our only realistic hope of salvaging something from this mess.

  • 68 Tsunki // May 13, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    To brighten up the mood, can I just state on record that I will be staying. At least for give minutes. Maybe less. I don’t know.

  • 69 Tsunki // May 13, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Five minutes

  • 70 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 11:49 PM


  • 71 bettyswallocks // May 13, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    I like a really nice cold fino with my tapas.

  • 72 Tsunki // May 13, 2016 at 11:53 PM

    Well isn’t this nice.

  • 73 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    I’ve decided to stay too.
    Maybe we could discuss out taste in sherry Tsunks
    Mine tastes of cat pee.
    Maybe we could just discuss our taste?

  • 74 bettyswallocks // May 13, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Tsunki…. Lull before the storm. Batteries being recharged.

  • 75 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    No I’m off.
    Before my sides split.

  • 76 Tsunki // May 13, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Betty for goodness sake man give your self a shake down and slap yourself soundly on both cheeks. We’re a championship club. We are getting a championship Manager. On trainee championship Manager wages. Over 8 years. OTE two bob and a blood orange, every other Sunday off.

  • 77 Tsunki // May 13, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    I think mine is cat pee. I usually use it to power my camping stove. I speak from experience and serve to warn the unwary and uninitiated.

  • 78 bettyswallocks // May 13, 2016 at 11:58 PM

    What time do you have to be in?

  • 79 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    I think we’re getting mixed messages from Big Micky Ash. On the one hand, he’s saying he is lying he’s just going to stuff it up us again like he always does, yet on the other hand he’s saying we’re a bunch of gullible yokels easily parted from our benefit handouts and precious lotto punt money. I don’t get where he coming from.

  • 80 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:01 AM

    Betty – in what? If you’re suggesting the gox, no I don’ wanna go gack in de gox.

  • 81 bettyswallocks // May 14, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    It hasn’t actually sunk in yet that were down .I’m not the best at watching England games but it’s gonna be very hard to enthuse this summer.

  • 82 bettyswallocks // May 14, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    I thought you said you were out and only had 5 mins.left.

  • 83 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    For season ticket sales this next year, I wonder if Mike’s considered google adwords? SEO is all the rage now. He could flog a few seats to plastic fans on the interwebcomnet. Gotta get with the modern age. Can’t stick with Thompson local forever. He could also try a few car boot sales at SJP. Done wonders for the Burruh.

  • 84 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    It was metric minutes Betty I’m going abroad.

  • 85 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    I think BandB has left the building. Probably threatened by my indomitable ability to lower the tone.

  • 86 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    And it’s also a leap hour, Betty.

  • 87 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    That’s done the job. Good coat of Ash dampens the blog down for the night.

  • 88 BandB // May 14, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    I’m actually driving to your house in Peterlee Tsunks.
    To burn it down.
    Before you do,

  • 89 jane // May 14, 2016 at 12:10 AM

    Mike Ashley’s plan to string out progress over many years is working like a dream. think about if he had thrown money at it and got success quickly as soon as things went backwards expectations would be too high. genius!

  • 90 bettyswallocks // May 14, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Where are you going? Somewhere nice?

  • 91 bettyswallocks // May 14, 2016 at 12:13 AM

    She’s not so easily offended after a sherry or two.

  • 92 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    I notice that BDM, for all his florally-necklaced scripture is restricted to only a few short essays in any 24 hours. It would be suspicious of me to insinuate that it takes him an aeon to compile his faecal prose and edit it for release into the blog effluent.

    I think hes a bit of a fragrance-free fart personally. A lot of effort, much expectation, little satisfaction.

  • 93 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    BandB not if I beat you to it 🙂 I hated that place.

  • 94 bettyswallocks // May 14, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    Jane….. I’ve never blogged with you before. How do you feel about relegation?:-

  • 95 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:17 AM

    Betty – no. The canaries. That’s not a place it’s a random exclamation about birds.

  • 96 bettyswallocks // May 14, 2016 at 12:18 AM

    Tsunki…. You would give him a run for his money. You can be quite eloquent when the mood takes you.

  • 97 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    There’s not much of Peterlee that I wouldn’t like to see consumed by an inferno. Sorry sorry that does come across as a little infernist.

  • 98 bettyswallocks // May 14, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    I was convinced that BDM was Blackley but he says not.

  • 99 bettyswallocks // May 14, 2016 at 12:22 AM

    Jane… Have I offended you ?

  • 100 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:22 AM

    Betty I try to amuse, maybe make you laugh as well as think. Mostly though I appear to garner an appreciable amount of pity. And a tiny bit of loathing. Well a lot of the last stuff in reality.

  • 101 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:23 AM

    Wouldn’t be alone let’s face it Betty. 🙂

  • 102 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    I get the feeling that the blog is always haunted by the ghost of Beattie past……..

  • 103 BandB // May 14, 2016 at 12:25 AM

    It once held the highest rate for insurance based arson claims in the UK Tsunki.
    When they lived to claim.

  • 104 bettyswallocks // May 14, 2016 at 12:28 AM

    Maybe Beattie. I’m not sure he was blessed with such a good command of the English language.

    The blog will certainly need some humour now for those looking to find solace on here.

  • 105 bettyswallocks // May 14, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    BandB…… You’re staying the course well. Be careful you don’t end up under that table.

  • 106 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:33 AM

    Peterlee holds many records. I once smashed my teeth falling off my Raleigh Chopper racing round the subways at the top of the shopping precinct. Not sure if that’s a record though.

  • 107 BandB // May 14, 2016 at 12:35 AM

    I’m drinking milk, eating biscuits and watching the Selfish Giant with my baby betty, as its a weekend and we can.

  • 108 bettyswallocks // May 14, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    There was a lot of arson about in them days.

  • 109 BandB // May 14, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    I’ll try not to let you spoil it 🙂

  • 110 bettyswallocks // May 14, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    Good girl. You do right lass.

  • 111 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    I always remember the job centre having bigger queues than Hintons. And the escalators never worked from new ha ha. Also when the town centre was being built we used to get up on the peaked roofs and run up and down them while being shouted at by security guards. Simple pleasures.

  • 112 bettyswallocks // May 14, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    I didn’t know your baby was called Betty.

  • 113 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:40 AM

    “Peterlee is the Place to be..” the sign on the A19 said. I was always wondering when they were going to put up the other half of the sign. The suspense was excruciating.

  • 114 bettyswallocks // May 14, 2016 at 12:41 AM

    I grew up in Newburn and one of my childhood memories was going up to Throckley and trying to get a peep through the fence at the nudist colony. We never , ever saw a nudist despite numerous attempts.

  • 115 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    And if you’re going past it on the A19, it’s curious but true that it has a single road going in, but a dual carriageway coming out. Hartlepool is much the same.

  • 116 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    Betty I doubt there were sufficient numbers of naked people brave enough to colonise the North East.

  • 117 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:44 AM

    Plane to catch in the morning. Time to retire.

  • 118 bettyswallocks // May 14, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    They’re still very sensitive in Hartlepool if you mention rope.

  • 119 bettyswallocks // May 14, 2016 at 12:47 AM

    Have a great hol.

  • 120 Tsunki // May 14, 2016 at 12:52 AM


  • 121 Novocastrian66 // May 14, 2016 at 12:54 AM

    Burton Albion? Burton Albion? My oh my.

  • 122 jimmysmith // May 14, 2016 at 4:42 AM

    Rafa might well be the best thing to have happened to Ashley. Frankly they are both formidable, but football is Rafa’s area of expertise, and I’m sure Ashley recognises this.

    I think Ashley has matured and mellowed, and just as importantly grown richer, and if he is to come good, this is perhaps our moment. This idea of Ashley being Neo-liberal isn’t set in stone. I’m hopeful, but of course somewhat snakebit too.

  • 123 Dennis Twice // May 14, 2016 at 7:07 AM

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • 124 sing in the corner // May 14, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    For once… Not now dennis

  • 125 Laurent Robert 32 // May 14, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    I’m glad Guillem has said this. He usually knows his stuff, and with his Rafa connection, it’s certainly a nod in the right direction if we can persuade Rafa to stay. I’ll be helping to sing his name all game tomorrow for sure.

  • 126 sing in the corner // May 14, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    I presume it has been said by bloggers before… But these open letters make me sick. It will unfortunately pull the wool over some neutral eyes and keep the myth going for a portion of the global audience (that Mike and his associates are caring, communicative custodians of the club and are dealing with an ungrateful deluded set of fans.)

  • 127 Jib // May 14, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Perhaps this should have been our starting line up last week

  • 128 Magpie Myles // May 14, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    What frustrates me the most about this relegation more than anything is that we actually spent £75,000,000 on players. We didn’t strengthen our Achilles heel which is our defence and has been for a looooooong time. Fair play to Ashley for spending but I can’t help but feel there is accountability somewhere for how this season has gone and I know where I am pointing the finger.
    Graham Carr needs to go, in any company if you got £75,000,000 and you were unable to produce a return and suddenly employees necks are on the line, you should be accountable. To sign players that go straight back on loan to their previous clubs is criminal and research wasn’t good enough!
    If Rafa stays we need rid of Graham Carr and Rafa needs his on scouting staff who he trusts and he needs full control of the transfers. Graham Carr should go, it’s as simple as that. I hold him responsible for this mess.

  • 129 lochinvar // May 14, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    So Everton now think they might like a Director of Football – have they been reading this blog ?
    And Jamie Carragher of Liverpool proposes that Benitez would be good for Everton – is he taking the p$ss out of everyone .
    At least a Frank de Boer is in their thinking.

    Rafa has unfinished business here.
    The Training Ground is being rebuilt.
    The Academy will be redeveloped.
    The medical and fitness facilities will be overhauled.
    The squad to be revitalised.
    Individual players to be coached to maximise their potential.
    50,000 fans to be given their mojo back.
    New Scouting network to be set up
    Existing Board to be dissolved.
    A Club fit for purpose to emerge from the ashes.
    A City to be lit up.
    A new Sporting club to be revealed to the world stage in the new era of Super Clubs. ( just not possible if you are the likes of Everton, Stoke, West Brom , Mackems – none of which have any appeal other than to their own local support )
    Newcastle – Rafa you know it’s a Passionate Place for Passionate People. The vista of the City is recognised around the world. The vibrancy of the fans is legend.
    Swan invented the light bulb here – Rafa, please switch it back on.

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