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This Is A Sad Day In Newcastle’s History

9:23 am, Sunday, May 15th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

This is a unique and sad day in Newcastle’s long history, because it’s the first time a Newcastle team will play in the Premier League when we have already been relegated from the Premier League.

The last time we were relegated was seven years ago when we went to Aston Villa  on the final day of the season and lost 1-0 – and that  sealed our first relegation ever from the Premier League.

Well it’s happened again – this time completely due to the ineptitude and incompetence of those running the club – and it’s a relegation that was completely avoidable – if we had sane people running the club – but we don’t.

lee charnley and mike ashley

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley a year ago at West Ham game
Things have gone downhill since then

One of the quotes attributed to Albert Einstein was the following one – one which is apt for those incompetents running Newcastle:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”.

The way the club has been run for nine years has never worked,  but they keep on doing the same things and we keep finishing in the bottom half of the league table and with two relegations now – it just doesn’t work guys.

The game against Tottenham today could also be the last time Rafa Benita manages a game for Newcastle, although he seems to want to stay and bring Newcastle back to greatness.

Not only to the Premier League at the very first attempt – that’s small potatoes for him – but on from there so Newcastle can play at what he calls the “maximum level”.

Rafa wants to win the Champions League with Newcastle, but that may be too much to take in one go for the likes of owner Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley – they could still mess it up – after completely messing up this season.

Maybe Mike should think of how much he could sell Newcastle United for if Rafa does manage to win the Champions League –  think of those massive profits Mike.

We have to remain positive and  hope they will (have?) come to their senses and realize the last nine years have been completely disastrous for everybody concerned and that huge changes are now required.

The great Rafa Benitez is available to make those changes.

If they do come to their senses in time and get Rafa signed up – this will be a new age at Newcastle – not another false dawn – Rafa means business.

The fans mean business too and all Mike Ashley has to do is to sign Rafa up and let him get on with it – and keep out of his way – simply support what he wants to do.

That’s the great hope with which we enter the last game in the Premier League for at least a year.

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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.

By the way that’s a fantastic letter from the Chronicle to Rafa – it’s perfect!

Tags: Championship · Financial Fair Play · Financials · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 expatmag // May 15, 2016 at 9:27 AM


    From the last thread:

    So, it is Warnock then??????????

    If that was the case, I would follow Rugby League or AFL instead

  • 2 WWSBRD // May 15, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Ashley’s gift to us has been a steady stream of sad days

  • 3 hibbitt // May 15, 2016 at 9:39 AM


    i might be an old fool but i think they will cave in and give Rafa what he wants
    i think Carr will go but i think Rafa can and will work with Charnley
    Moncur needs to retire
    i would suggest Shearer as the new board member

  • 4 sickandtired // May 15, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Relegated twice in 9 seasons, never mind several other close shaves. That is the legacy of Mike Ashley on this club. He’s acheived records unmatched by any previous ownership or management.

  • 5 Bambams // May 15, 2016 at 9:49 AM


    I/We have said for years only a club as badly run fail to utilise the top scoring striker in the PL….

    Whether or not Ashley would work with Al…..Stubborn to a fault.

    Boys I don’t know what to think about Rafa staying. I hope he does and he gets the backing he is asking for…..Just cannot see ash spending money and wages on the type of players Rafa will demand whilst we are in the championship

    Neil warnock comes in and that’s it for me

  • 6 clinath@ed // May 15, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    It is a failing of mine to alway suspect someone who tells me what I want to hear.
    I sincerely hop Rafa is being honest with us.

  • 7 DubaiMicky // May 15, 2016 at 9:51 AM


    I agree with most of your points, but NO WAY Shearer should be on the board.

  • 8 lochinvar // May 15, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Neil Warnock – ha
    Another dinosaur belonging to the Charnleyasurus era.
    No doubt he would bring Carver with him as an assistant and invite back the experienced McClaren as Chief Scout.
    Like a bad rash .

    Joseph Swan invented the light bulb on the Tyne and the filament is flickering.

    Rafa Benitez can switch it back on.
    Power to the people !

  • 9 Novocastrian66 // May 15, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    The Rafa situation is the same one as the Shearer one, the last time we were relegated. A load of positive rhetoric but ultimately Shearer left. The same will happen with Rafa. He will go off on holiday and the situation will drift while Newcastle United sleep walks into disaster.

  • 10 Jib // May 15, 2016 at 9:58 AM

  • 11 Transfer Sage // May 15, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Heard from somebody within the club (very reliable, feel free to make your own judgement) that Rafa has been offered good money to stay, talk of 5mil over the next two years for him with promotion bonus too.

    Also been told he can sell who he wants and buy (within reason of course), but will have significantly the biggest budget in the championship.

    I trust the source of this info, family, obviously not everyone will but that’s what I’ve heard.

  • 12 NoahJ // May 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    I’ve read the latest interview with rafa, and I have to say I’m very encouraged! at least now we will know that if he doesn’t stay it will because ashley has failed to match his ambition to win trophies

  • 13 one fine day // May 15, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    1expatmag // May 15, 2016 at 9:27 AM


    From the last thread:

    So, it is Warnock then??????????

    If that was the case, I would follow Rugby League or AFL instead
    Expat ,
    As bad as things get nrl ?
    I work for syd roosters and even the big games ( other that ste of origin) bore me to tears .
    I think the emirates has most atmosphere … Just

  • 14 Laurent Robert 32 // May 15, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Transfer, that is very good new news if that is the case. 🙂

  • 15 Transfer Sage // May 15, 2016 at 10:10 AM


    Apparently Rafa takes no rubbish. Has team rules plastered around the place. Players previously were apparently turning up to training late, sat on their phones not listening, etc….he’s stopped that and they have embraced it from what I’m told.

    I think if Ashley gives him what he needs he will stay. If this is just all talk and Ashley doesn’t deliver what he has promised Rafa will walk away, too big of a name to take rubbish.

  • 16 one fine day // May 15, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Be interesting to see gone team today
    Hopefully we never see the likes of gini ,sissoko , cisse Jaanmatt ( the truse Geordies summary on in is both disturbing and hilarious)
    Again in the shirt .T hey were found wanting in every way when it got to the pointy end and don’t deserve to walk out in front of us again.
    Give the kids some game time the result is academic now .
    Love to see arma given some time JPEG front with mitrovic no pressure just to see what he has got against arguably one of the better defences in the prem .

  • 17 BandB // May 15, 2016 at 10:12 AM


    I hope he’s being utterly straight too.
    My biggest fear is that he signs up and let’s slip in a couple of months that he “only coaches the team.”

  • 18 BandB // May 15, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    What was in the original three-year contract anyway….the one he could opt out of?
    A lot of us imagined this control he’s supposed to be negotiating now was already in that.

  • 19 one fine day // May 15, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    9Novocastrian66 // May 15, 2016 at 9:57 AM
    I think the biggest difference between shearer and Rafa ( massive) is track record .
    Both have( had ) good intentions and fans onside but with shearer he had zero experience behind him and still hasn’t .
    Something alan seems to gorges easily when sat on his beeb couch saying what’s right and wrong with nufc

  • 20 Munster Mag // May 15, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Those of you at the game have a duty to raise the roof for rafa,on behalf of the rest of us who cant be there. I really hope we can shift guys like rivi and gouffran. They may be ok at championship level buts its a better league than we saw a few years ago and we need to be ready. If rafa stays expect a mini spanish revolution, with many spaniards arriving, which suits me as its a better league than france. We need fitter stronger faster players throughout the club, and a far stronger leadership spine. We need to find a roy keane type of leader for midfield, a proper left back, another big centre half (taller than mbemba) and a striker who has height power and pace. As i said before, rafa may see this as his last club and wants to leave a legacy. Stay rafa – just make sure you attack a bit more!

  • 21 SA Toon // May 15, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    One fine day The sight of Cisse ‘swinging and missing’ time and again in front of open goal is just ridiculous. For me, one of the few bright spots of being in the Championship is that Arma should now stay at home and get a run. Had we stayed up, I think he would’ve gone out on loan to a Championship side anyway.

  • 22 ashleysmate // May 15, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    If Raffa stays,why not make an audacious bid for John Terry pay him silly money for two years and get someone to play under his wing to see how it’s done by one of the best defenders (never rated him as a bloke though)…just a thought?

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