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Mike Ashley To Meet With Rafa Benitez In Next 24 Hours

10:29 am, Sunday, May 15th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 95 Comments

The Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has planned a meeting in the next 24 hours with Rafa Benitez in order to try to persuade the former Liverpool manager to stay on as the Newcastle manager.

Ashley is said to be very willing to do everything possible to get Benitez to stay, with the 56 year-old world-class manager appearing in his press conference yesterday to be really keen on the job at Newcastle.

He laid out the discussions that are ongoing at Newcastle, but it was clear he’s even fallen in love with Newcastle and especially with the passionate fans – but don’t tell his wife Maria de Montserra that.



Rafa Benitez Mike Ashley meeting planned within 24 hours

It is generally believed that Rafa has the following four issues he needs resolved:

  1. Full control of all transfers into and out of the club
  2. A complete overhaul of the Youth Academy
  3. A complete overhaul of the Benton Training Facilities
  4. Control of the medical department

And it is thought after Rafa’s positive press conference yesterday, where he obviously wants to stay at the club – Mike Ashley will now move quickly and get the 56 year-old Spaniard committed to at least three years at Newcastle.

This is what Rafa is quoted in the Mirror today about the Ashley meeting and possibly staying on at Newcastle:

“I like the idea, I am really pleased here, I am flattered with the support that I have from everyone.”

“Mike Ashley is keen to talk and I am really pleased that we can sit down and talk. I don’t have any problem with that. The message he is sending is quite positive.”

“I have been so many years working so hard to win so many trophies that it is a question of now deciding whether you want to enjoy it, or you want to make money, or you want to win trophies.”

“And I would like to enjoy winning trophies.”

“At the moment I am really pleased with the reaction and I want to be sure that if I decide to stay it is because I want to win.”

“If I stay it is because I want to win, not because I want to stay here in the Championship for ten years. That is not my target. My target, if I stay, is one year and five in the Premier League.”

“The fans have done so much. Flattered is the word. They have been fantastic. Even today, the staff were showing me a video of the Newcastle fans singing my name.”

“It was like in Liverpool when we won the Champions League. You cannot expect more from them.”

“It is very similar to Liverpool, it was even the same song, the same way. It was very good. I was at Liverpool six years so the connection and the feelings are there.”

“The two cities are very similar.”

“They are working-class cities with the passion of the fans and the support of the team. There a lot of similarities. It is one of the reasons I decided to come.”

“This is a big club that needed to maybe wake up. It is just we have to make sure we have what we want for the future in terms of a strong team that can compete and be promoted again.”

“Relegation is really bad for anyone , no matter how big is the club, especially when you have been working so hard, fighting so much.”

“It’s really disappointing, but now you have to accept what is going on, and then think about the future.”

Those are simply great words from Rafa Benitez and his enthusiasm is infectious.

Where’s my boots!


And maybe Mike will go all in and offer more than three years on Tyneside.

It’s also known that Rafa has taken a helicopter back to his home in the Wirral (128 miles from Newcastle as the crow flies) , so maybe a helicopter will be made available to him for his commutes back home?

His vision for Newcastle  is exactly what Newcastle fans have always wanted – to have Newcastle United Football Club play at the highest level of European football.

This is very good news – and we hope Mike Ashley gives Rafa everything he asks for – after all –  it’s also within Mike’s best interests – he can (will) make the club great again.

We need Rafa signed up as the Newcastle manager for at least the next three years.

If Ashley can achieve that in tomorrow’s meeting, it will be the best thing he has ever done in his nine years at the club.

And if Benitez does sign it will also be news around the world and will show Newcastle United in good light – that a world-class manager like Rafa Benitez is willing to stay at the club – even though we have just  been relegated.

It’s the injection of ambition and real hope that Newcastle fans have been yearning for.

Comments welcome.

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95 responses so far ↓

  • 1 clinath@ed // May 15, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Does anyone else feel that us fans are just bargaining chips that both sides are playing.

  • 2 Bobbybee // May 15, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Morning munster. Arma is primarily a striker – a number nine who runs the channels to great effect. He can also play off a big striker, as a No10. The magic of the little man is that he can score from anywhere, so exactly where he plays doesn’t restrict him. I’d love to see him start today, ahead of Cisse. He’s quicker, controls the ball much better, has a better brain and scores goals. Everything Cisse is struggling with! 😉

  • 3 clinath@ed // May 15, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    No? Just me then.

  • 4 lochinvar // May 15, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    No is the answer to the earlier question.
    Rafa is the genuine article.
    He doesn’t need everyday dug out management – of course he can be involved but Cathro can run the touch line so to speak .
    His real vision is Real – turn Newcastle into the Sporting Club of Newcastle that was first mooted all those years ago ( Hall ? ) .
    You would think that even Ashley can see the potential for that global recognition as being attractive. Sadly it’s beyond Charnley to have any vision other than blurred.

    There isn’t a single club in the UK that offers this unique opportunity.
    Man City are sorted
    Man Utd are in a mess
    Arsenal is a franchise.
    Spurs are another London franchise.
    West Ham have sold their soul.
    Liverpool – been there and done it.
    There isn’t a single other club in the Premier League or possibly Europe that has a pulse as big as ours. And size matters .

    Rafa – bring it on.

  • 5 clinath@ed // May 15, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    I agree Bobby

  • 6 expatmag // May 15, 2016 at 10:49 AM


    Of course we are. We have always been the meat in the sandwich under this regime

  • 7 Nufc-83 // May 15, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Hope I am wrong but pretty certain Rafa will be at Everton next season.

  • 8 BandB // May 15, 2016 at 10:53 AM


    I posted a couple of responses earlier, but thought we must be writing on the bleezer.

  • 9 lochinvar // May 15, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    All together now
    “The Reign from Spain stays mainly in the Toon “

  • 10 Mister Tuff // May 15, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Clearly the backing of the supporters is of benefit to Benitez – rather than it being of benefit to the hierarchy.
    Having support from the majority (?) populus can only strengthen his hand.
    The “other side” will know there will be a backlash against them if Benitez is not signed up – so I think they are going to have to relinquish some power. Dirty tricks later on could still happen though.
    Get a hint of Penfold not getting his just deserts and all the blame heaped on pops Carr.
    That Mark Douglas article suggests Penfold was turning down Carrs top choices for lesser players.

    Cannot see Penfold getting the boot – but with the millions he has lost – in any other busuness the whole lot of em would be pedalled.

  • 11 Munster Mag // May 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Bobby cud u see him in the 4231 yes? Where in the 3?

  • 12 hibbitt // May 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    good morning Paul good of you to join us

  • 13 Bobbybee // May 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    For a team just relegated, today has all the makings of a carnival atmosphere as we persuade Rafa this is where he wants to be next season. One season in the Championship is all we ask for, because one will be enough for Rafa. I know it won’t be a stroll in the park next season, but let’s not mess about – with the teams in the Championship it’s basically another PL, just not as good. A few extra games and a bit of fight more, but basically, the better teams get promoted. The Championship should hold no fears for us under Rafa. The level of the French league perhaps? As we see season on season, if you get promoted and don’t invest, you come back down rapidly. Rafa can handle the Championship nay bother. 😉

  • 14 Mister Tuff // May 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Make no mistake the fans backing will be a boost for Benitez -but NOT the deciding factor – it is the deal he does with Tubbs that will decide things.

  • 15 lochinvar // May 15, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Everton -nah
    Second City club that would be demotion for Rafa
    They can’t match Rafa’s ambition or his ego in a good way.
    They say you should never go back and that would be playing second fiddle to Klopp and the team he used to manage. He’s not daft and doesn’t need that sort of scrutiny.
    I know from sources that both Rafa and his family appreciate the warmth they feel at NUFC and in and around the Toon .
    He wants the challenge, he enjoys the love, he’s got the nous .

    How would you prefer to travel First Class with Newcastle or in the baggage car with Everton ?

  • 16 The overrated Frenchman // May 15, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    As someone said recently – can’t remember where – the fan-base and the stadium are the things the club has going for it. I guess it makes sense to make the fans (and the stadium when it’s packed with them) the focus of the pitch to Rafa. Any other decent club could match the money you’d think, and it’s not as if we have anything else to offer. We don’t have a winning culture, a thriving academy, a proper training facility, or upper echelon management providing any real vision – or intelligence for that matter.

  • 17 SA Toon // May 15, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Clinath@ed You say that like it’s a bad thing. Rafa is aligning himself with the fans, and the fans with him. It’s putting pressure on management, because they know what we want and what they have to do to get it for us. I have no doubt that they also know that if they don’t get him to stay they will struggle to keep us on sides. Fan power! Let’s push that message home this afternoon.

  • 18 Bobbybee // May 15, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Munster, he’d ideally be the 1, leading the line like Aguero does. Not saying he’s that good, just pointing out that a little guy can play there. If not, he’d play directly behind the 1, the No10 position. No point playing him wide, you’d be wasting his natural finishing power.

  • 19 Munster Mag // May 15, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Lochinvar, everton is an answer. To be the first boss to manage red and blue? I hear an everton journo on irish radio and he said it was unlikely that mgt or fans at everton wanted rafa. Their main choice is the Sevilla guy who is obviously v good. Everton didnt seem to rate rafa. Best of luck to them.

  • 20 Munster Mag // May 15, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Bobby rafa wont play him on the point i reckon. He likes more power there. A 442 manager wud suit arma more but rafa invented 4231 apparently?

  • 21 hibbitt // May 15, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    SA Toon

    thats what its all about
    today of all days fan power could carry Rafa over the line
    but only on his terms

  • 22 Nufc-83 // May 15, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Lochinvar Everton will now have major investment so if you think we are a bigger and better club at the moment you are clearly deluded. I believe the biggest factor for Rafa is being close to his family and they live in Caldy which is about 20 mins from Everton.

    If Everton approach him I think he’s gone so let’s hope they have someone else in mind

  • 23 Bobbybee // May 15, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Munster, Rafa will play whoever he feels is best imo. This kid is the next big thing and you wouldn’t leave a prolific striker – which is what he is – on the bench. Rafa will find a way to play him, if not build the attack round him. He’s going to continue improving and the Championship won’t do him any harm. When you’ve got a player who finishes like Arma does, you get him in your team regardless. 😉

  • 24 SA Toon // May 15, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Hibbitt Absolutely right. Stand aside Charnley, this is all about Ashley. If Rafa stays it will be because Ashley gave him the guarantees he needs. If he goes, it will be because he did not. It’s yours to stuff up Mr Ashley!

  • 25 Hail Wor Ashley // May 15, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    If Rafa stays I can see it swaying the likes of Townsend to remain too. Perez will probably kept also.

  • 26 Our Toon // May 15, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    A lot of hype over young Armstrong, he’s had a good season at Coventry, superb first half and shocking 2nd half to the season. Yes Coventry did have as strong as team 2nd half of the season but the lad failed as well which is a learning curve for him. He will have learnt more in that 2nd half to the season than the first. He can obviously make that step up next season but let’s not expect fireworks, let him ease in rather than the big pressure some are putting on him

  • 27 Munster Mag // May 15, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Lochinvar dont know if you posted it before me the other nite but i think rafa sees a dynasty being built here and this being his last club if it works. Even if he got us close to the europa league final we wud love him. Mind u p**dew did that and he’s hardly loved here! :). It comes down to ashleys willingness to invest. And personally i think he is willing to spend. Its the structure around senior decision making, scouting approach and the academy and injuries history that has to change. Im not too worried about transfer budgets. Ashley has been fine on that level this year. Its who decides on the players, thats the key issue. Rafa cud probably list 11 players he would like, at fair value, on the back of a cigarette packet. He knows who he needs already i would think. Its just a question of who makes the decion to buy player x y or z. If we get a strong team and bench, the bigger strategic issues like the academy will follow.

  • 28 Bobbybee // May 15, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Talk of other teams coming in for Rafa is either here nor there. He’s actually contracted to us unless he chooses his opt out clause. We are his first choice, it all depends on how Ashley approaches it. I’m not even sure if other clubs can approach him unless he does opt out. Right now he’s our manager and it’s up to the management and fans to persuade him this is where his future lies. We’ll be doing our bit today, i guarantee it. Over to you them Mike?

  • 29 SA Toon // May 15, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    We’ll be watching the game on TV in Johannesburg this afternoon and making a lot of noise. Those of you lucky enough to be at the game must leave MA with no doubt what he needs to do. Funny that no one’s really talking about the game, but I think the players have their own part to play. I hope they realize the importance of staging their own Rafa protest. They must show him they have the stomach for the fight. Hopefully they’ll pick up the mood in the stands and respond.

  • 30 hibbitt // May 15, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    SA Toon

    don’t go worrying about the fans in the WE WILL DO OUR JOB guranteed
    good luck toon army

  • 31 Bobbybee // May 15, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Our toon, Arma still got into those crucial positions in the second half of the season, but a depleted midfield failed to find him. I’ve personally watched the kid grow up as a footballer and imo hype or not, he’s going to be a star. Don’t forget he missed a good few games for Coventry, due to England youth call ups. He scored for England when he was struggling for service at Coventry, which speaks volumes. Let’s be honest, what we think, or expect, has zero bearing on his ability. Rafa will do what he feels best and Arma will do the rest.

  • 32 BandB // May 15, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    It’s a three year contract with an opt-out clause.
    I’m hoping the discussions going on now are simply to fine-tune and underline a new job description already written into Rafa’s contract. He may want to change things on the basis of what he has seen in nine weeks. That’s right and proper.
    There is one false note that’s nagging at the back of my mind.
    Rafa said he wanted was holding out for the title of manager before he came. I assumed that was his title.
    But a few weeks after he came he said he was only the head coach. My heart sank a little at that.
    Rafa has the chops and the clout to change the way this club is on and off the pitch for the foreseeable future. The future of the club lies in his hands.
    I hope he is not going to cut a lesser deal.

  • 33 ToonRich // May 15, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Todays line up from what I’m reading here:

    Arma – Arma – Arma – Arma
    Arma — Arma — Arma


  • 34 BandB // May 15, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    I want Rafa for manager.
    I wouldn’t sing for less.
    If has settled for head coach, I’d rather he left.

  • 35 Bobbybee // May 15, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    BandB, I can’t see him settling for anything less than what he wants, can you? Doesn’t strike me as that sort of person. He knows exactly what he wants and it’s up to Ashley to give him it. We’ll do our bit to pile the pressure on today, that’s for certain. Let’s hope it all ends up rosy in the garden. 😉

  • 36 Our Toon // May 15, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Bobby bee

    I’ve seen enough young talent come through at various clubs and fail for one reason or another, some more talented than Armstrong. Not saying Armstrong will fail but it will be tough for the kid as ability alone doesn’t dictate whether you make the step up

  • 37 BandB // May 15, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    We are on the same page bobby.
    I thought he had held out for the manager title when he signed, so I was surprised when he said he was just head coach.
    No-one has ever had the prestige to ask Ashley to tear up the recruitment blueprint. I doubt anyone will again.
    So I hope he takes his chance.

  • 38 hibbitt // May 15, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    i think rafa has all the cards
    if they don’t give what wants
    he will walk
    the clowns know a lot of fans will walk with him

  • 39 clinath@ed // May 15, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    SA Toon, good or bad? Not really important, just an observation on my part.
    Rafa knows he’s in the box seat, with the majority of the fans seeing him as the only solution for a rapid return. Also, he wants to reshape the cub from top to bottom in his image, so wants/needs as much leverage as podssible.
    Ashley may not be prepared to fund, or generally accede to that much control….but he does not want a riot at st James today, so he too is making all the right noises to keep us happy.
    As others have said, let’s see what happen after today before we judge.

  • 40 Nufc-83 // May 15, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Bobby Everton will make their intentions known if they did want Rafa even if not through the politically correct channels. How do you know we are Rafa’s first choice he will understand what clubs are after him and if he finds it more attractive he will activate his release clause it’s that simple. Ashley coukd offer him anything and he could still walk. Let’s hope that’s not the case but your making out he’s already made his choice.

  • 41 firebug666 // May 15, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    hibbitt @38

    I agree mate, Rafa has offers on the table, though I doubt he would go to Everton given his Liverpool connection but you never know.

    From what I have read this morning, Rafa want to and is quite happy to stay with us, However he has to get what he want’s and to do that he has to deal with the incompetence of the highest order, and the slimy fat man who warmly shakes you by one hand while picking your pockets with the other.

    Here’s hoping he can negotiate his way around the traps and pitfalls that await.

  • 42 one fine day // May 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Agree on storm
    They have the advantage of being a one team one city team (nrl) anyway so have tapped a good loyal support base unlike Nsw where a lot are fighting over the support .
    Makes you wonder again where nufc went so wrong with guaranteed 52k
    Maybe the guaranteed was the problem in itself .
    Barossa Shiraz.? Nice drop
    Doing a very nice d’arenburg mclaren vale myself trying to numb the pain of later tonight ( mclaren vale …? ) let’s not go there

  • 43 ShirebrookToon // May 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Arma will also provide more of an outlet for Shelvey, he plays off the last man and likes to get in behind and use his pace. Something we have lacked immensely this season

  • 44 ShirebrookToon // May 15, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    FDB is favourite for Everton job along with the Sevilla manager I think

  • 45 BandB // May 15, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    I believe over half of us had Aarons down as a key player at the start of the season.

  • 46 Nufc-83 // May 15, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Fingers crossed.

  • 47 Our Toon // May 15, 2016 at 12:04 PM


    I hope not, shelvey is utter shite and on 80k wages….hopefully one of the first we offload

  • 48 Nufc-83 // May 15, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Agree on Arma providing an outlet for Shelvey it’s exactly what he needs or it’s not worth having him as he doesn’t offer a great deal of work rate etc

  • 49 Bobbybee // May 15, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    NUFC83, i think we’re his first choice because he signed a three year deal. Had we stayed up, this wouldn’t even be an issue.

    Our toon, like yourself, i too have seen young talent burn out for whatever reason. Never understood the hype over the other Adam myself, but because others have failed, does that mean Arma has to fail? Had you taken any notice of Arma at Coventry, you’d know the second half wasn’t a disaster for the kid. He kept making the runs and even Mowbray was double quick to point out the drying up of goals had more to do with service than Arma. And he would know. What we express on here has no affect on the kid – he probably doesn’t even read it.

  • 50 Our Toon // May 15, 2016 at 12:06 PM


    Very true about Aaron’s, shocking season for the lad in what ye contributed absolutely nothing of a positive note. Shows why kids often fail to make the jump

  • 51 Essex Geordie Bill // May 15, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    If Arma does play today and scores a hat trick there’s going to be some pretty upset people on Tyneside.

  • 52 Nufc-83 // May 15, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Bobby first choice when he signed is a totally different situation to saying we are first choice now.

  • 53 ShirebrookToon // May 15, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Shelvey will be better suited for championship as its played at a slower pace and will have more time on the ball.

  • 54 expatmag // May 15, 2016 at 12:11 PM


    Nixe one mate. Enjoy the fame or mire so, the atmisphete as I feel the result us insignificant as ipposed to the armosphere created by yhe fans.

  • 55 Our Toon // May 15, 2016 at 12:11 PM


    Here’s to hoping mate, it’ll be good for the lad to get a run out today along with some of the other youngsters. Leave out the likes of gini, sissoko etc

  • 56 expatmag // May 15, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Jeez…problems with my phone
    Apologies for tbe spelling

  • 57 Bobbybee // May 15, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    BandB, Aarons can still make it, but his game goes in and out too much just now. Injuries haven’t helped the lad either. Arma is different, not least because they play in different positions, but because he’s scored over a goal every two games since he was a bairn. It’s all natural progression and he’s coming along very nicely. 😉 I think everyone is in for a lovely surprise.

  • 58 Our Toon // May 15, 2016 at 12:14 PM


    The championship will require a lot of graft, hardworking players, shelvey may have ability on the ball but when his Hollywood pass goes wrong he’ll stand around and start gesticulating to his team mates. A passenger who Swansea were right to get rid of and we were stupid enough to sign

  • 59 BandB // May 15, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    The Armasphere was happy happenstance though, expat.

  • 60 one fine day // May 15, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    So the mackums are planning another aeroplane banner over st james today?
    Utter bell ends
    Simple question where would you rather be ?
    Us ( with Rafa in place obviously) preparing to completely rebuild the club for the future and see real ambition to come up and build a top class football club for the first team in a generation .
    Sunderland ,
    Looking forward to another season of humiliating defeats and dross foot ball under hippo heed whilst the only ambition /mission statement is to finish above the mags .? Whilst not relying on the 6 points per season gifted to them by Pardue/ mac. Had it not been for a goal from a convicted pedo them they’d be down by now .
    Think I know I know who I’d choose.

  • 61 BandB // May 15, 2016 at 12:17 PM


    I’m not in any way rubbishing your opinion, and I hope yours proves right.
    But my reservations will wait (in hope) until I see him doing it again at the next level.

  • 62 Essex Geordie Bill // May 15, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    The Chronicle petition has 21736 signatures so far,
    3246 needed to reach 25000.

  • 63 Bobbybee // May 15, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Our toon, with ye on that one! I’d play the kids myself and stuff the ‘stars’ who’ve let us down all season. The sooner they’re out the door the better. Bitterly disappointed in Gini, I thought he would excel but he’s looked disinterested most of the season.

    Mbabu, Lascelles, Mbemba Dummett
    Colback Tiote
    Townsend De Jong. Aarons
    Or something similar. Not set in stone, but without the players we’ve carried all season. Shame on them.

  • 64 hibbitt // May 15, 2016 at 12:22 PM


    like yourself i have seen a lot of Arma over the last few years but now it’s up to him if he gets a chance and i think he should he has to take it

  • 65 BandB // May 15, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    I hope one or two of them get an early substitution today so the crowd can thank them in an appropriate way for their efforts this season.

  • 66 ShirebrookToon // May 15, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Our toon

    Were not going to be fighting off the clubs queuing for his signature so we’re stuck with him mate I think

  • 67 Essex Geordie Bill // May 15, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Why the criticism of Aarons, he came back from a bad injury into a poorly set up team and to cap it all was stuck at LB.

    Just what do some of the idiots on here expect from him.

  • 68 hibbitt // May 15, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    thats me off to the game
    enjoy the game wherever you are

  • 69 BandB // May 15, 2016 at 12:27 PM


    I was merely pointing out that his season did not meet with the widespread assumption he was going to be a star.
    His injury situation was well-known to everyone who expected his to be a regular starter and admitted by himself long ago.
    I don’t see anything idiotic in that.

  • 70 Bobbybee // May 15, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    BandB, so am I! I think he’ll make it and his gradual progression points to it, but time will tell. He just excites me as a player and that’s half of it. Gets you off your seat. Never been this excited by a prospect since Gazza burst on the scene. Had a bet on him that he would be England captain by 26 when he was 16. Fell short on that one, but had he not clowned around so much, I reckon i’d’ve collected on that too. 😉 You know when you ‘just know’ something? You feel it in your bones? (Might be just my bones i suppose. 😉 ) It’s like that with Arma and me. I just feel he’s got what it takes to be a huge star. We all need to hope I’m right, because if I am, we’re all in for a massive treat. 😉

  • 71 Bobbybee // May 15, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    And so, once more, it’s that time. SJP is calling and it’s my duty to respond. 😉 Enjoy the game wherever you’re watching from, although the result for once isn’t top of the list today. Got my little list for those not able to make it and will come back suitably hoarse. Come on Newcastle!!!

  • 72 BandB // May 15, 2016 at 12:36 PM


    I think progression is the right word.
    I was pretty hopeful about Aarons myself, and it is good to have young players coming through to anticipate.
    Where I worry is when, as in the case of Aarons, people are saying “we don’t need to buy a left winger…we have Aarons!”
    A young player should establish himself by taking their chance when it comes to force a first team regular of decent quality out of the team, and become automatic first choice their place.
    Not because there is no competition for the place.

  • 73 Rotonda heights // May 15, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    benitez or warnock .

    Just pray just for once ash does the right thing.
    There are these promotion specialists like warnock who are immediatey exposed in higher company as they simply have no plan B.

    All the things Rafa wants to be in charge of can not be allowed to fester under another Z lister, of which prior to Rafa, we’ve endured so many.

    1) All transfers. Carr has been an absolute catastrophe, after being exposed for years just piggybacking on Mondial.

    2) Youth set up . Beardo and Watson not fit for purpose.

    3) Medical set – up has been a joke for years and just seeing that shaven headed goon steve whatshisface makes me wince

    Shame rafa can’t get us a new MD and sponsor too.

  • 74 Our Toon // May 15, 2016 at 12:46 PM


    Aaron’s contributed as much as you or I did this season, he’s a sick note. For someone so young to be out with injury after injury doesn’t bode well….he would have made the same contribution had he not been at the club

  • 75 SA Toon // May 15, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Thanks Bobby. Enjoy the game.

  • 76 Rotonda heights // May 15, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    would be very surprised if de jong, tiote and cisse were still here.

  • 77 bettyswallocks // May 15, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Jail…… Forgive me if you have stated it on a previous thread but I haven’t seen any confirmation as to whether or not you will be attending the match today. Could you also tell us where you will be seated in the ground (assuming you will be attending of course) and the ticketing arrangements you have made, ie. Cost , type of ticket etc. Thanks.

  • 78 manxpie // May 15, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    I hope townsend gets the same love from the crowds today as well as we could really do with him next season
    plus i wouldn’t put it past Ashley to sign rafa up and then make a load of compo on him at the 1st opportunity

  • 79 Rotonda heights // May 15, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    our toon

    our medical record speaks for itself

  • 80 BandB // May 15, 2016 at 12:54 PM


    I wouldn’t have dared post that 🙂

  • 81 Rotonda heights // May 15, 2016 at 12:55 PM


    i think it might finally have dawned on ash that employing 3rd raters is spectacularly false economy given where we find ourselves again

  • 82 manxpie // May 15, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    On the youth set up you only have to look at the youth players that the likes of Liverpool spurs Chelsea man City even Westbrom have put out this season to show how far behind we are
    Ours are nowhere near that level or talent

  • 83 manxpie // May 15, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Well bandb under anyone else it wouldn’t be a thought but for some reason Ashley brings out the cynic in me

  • 84 BandB // May 15, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    It flashed across my mind too manx, but I thought “Nah, fingers on lips.”

  • 85 manxpie // May 15, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Here’s hoping rotunda Next few weeks Iis seriously gonna make or break Ashley and charnley

  • 86 clinath@ed // May 15, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    The side Rafa picks today may give us an cite into his state of mind. If he intends to stop, the preseason starts today, so his selection should reflect that, where possible.
    Arma should get a run out.

  • 87 Our Toon // May 15, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Is Arma registered to play in the prem? Do kids need to be registered or is it 21 and over?

  • 88 expatmag // May 15, 2016 at 1:28 PM


    Thanx for pointing out some of my inadequacies which may I say, are hampered by a shite out of date mobile phone and has absolutely nothing to do with the copious amounts of red wine consumed this evening.

    It took me 43 minutes to type this post…

  • 89 expatmag // May 15, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    A bit yaldy in old Melbourne town this evening so I am happily ensconced in front of the fire, a nice pot of PJ Tips, getting ready for a feast of fun and frivality. Howay Toon

  • 90 Mister Tuff // May 15, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    There is no way young Armstrong is going to get a game today.

  • 91 Nufc-83 // May 15, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Very harsh on Aaron’s. He was amazing when he burst onto the scene last season before getting injured. He was then our best player in pre season before getting injured again. Come back playing lb when I think I could be a better lb than him. In my opinion he will be a good lw for us in seasons to come.

  • 92 Our Toon // May 15, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Nufc 83

    Aaron’s will only be good for us once he can consistently be fit, at this point it’s a debatable question as to whether or not he gets a new deal. I said earlier talent alone means nothing, if he can’t stay fit he shouldn’t be at the club. Same for Haidara, plenty gave SDJ stick for his injury record yet Aaron’s gets away scot free as he’s a kid. If his body can’t handle the rigours of modern day football then he’s simply not cut out, I reiterate…..a kid his age shouldn’t be on the injury table as much as he has been, doesn’t bode well for the future. Look at Vuckic to see what injuries do to youngsters!! You may think I’m being harsh but I think it’s about being realistic, I’m not including the games he had to cover at LB

  • 93 Jail for Ashley // May 15, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    I’m at work and unfortunately won’t be able to attend to day, I will be returning early to the main platform though for a safety brief which will allow me to watch some football today, I would have thought one of the Manchester teams will be live, or both!

  • 94 ROSHAN MAGPIE // May 15, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    #nufcDarlow, Janmaat, Taylor, Mbemba, Dummett, Townsend, Tiote, Colback, Sissoko, Winaldum, Mitrovic

  • 95 JP...from The Rock // May 15, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Sissoko having his best game for us in our last day in the EPL. What a game our players are having. I’m happy and sad at the same time. Why on earth couldn’t we do this earlier in the season.

    5-1!!! Lolol shocking. We ate undoubtedly the most bizarre and most unpredictable team in the whole football world.

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