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Poll – Who Was Newcastle’s Player Of The Season?

11:17 pm, Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 150 Comments

This has been one of Newcastle’s worst seasons since 1992 and the second time we have been relegated from the Premier League, but this time we did it to ourselves – it was all self-inflicted.

The reason for our relegation was ineptitude and incompetence from those running the club from the top.

That’s one big reason we hope Rafa agrees to join us – and he can then make all the decisions that are football related at the club – so others will have much less scope in which to screw up.

rafa benitez in training

Rafa Benitez taking the  training

A real  football person with massive experience making all the football related decisions – what a concept – soon hopefully coming to Newcastle.

Once Rafa is appointed we will be able to put this season behind us and get massively behind Rafa and the players as he tries to make Newcastle great again – we bet he will be (very) successful in that endeavor.

Let us know who you think was the Player of the Season – the requirement is to have appeared in 10 league games this season.

Who Was Newcastle's Player Of The Season?

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150 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // May 18, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    I don’t know who the player of the season was but Ibiza was Blogger of the Season apparently. I’m re-checking my ratings……seems unlikely to me……
    Hmmmm….Rating tampering going on possibly?

  • 2 GeordieTwo // May 18, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    I’m not sure we should have a player of the season since we’ve been relegated. I can think of several players who tried hard to make a difference. Mbemba, Lascelles, and both Eliot and Darlow all gave it their best.

  • 3 Graeme // May 18, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    G2 – I hope Ibiza hasn’t been sending you pics of scantily clad young ladies from the Island!! Although, Ibiza being a gentleman, wouldn’t even contemplate such things!!!!

  • 4 U.S Magpie // May 18, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    I’m going with Tm Krul. He didn’t concede many this year.

  • 5 manxpie // May 18, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    voted for elliot for season but townsend for second easily
    i seriously havent seen a winger with such consistancy as him apart from obviously mahrez
    in a long long time
    for me he’s a starter for england who else can fill that position!?
    i heard plenty of people complaining about his inclusion but seriously who has been better than him this season
    50 mill sterling not a chance injury prone walcott again not a chance

  • 6 WWSBRD // May 18, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    From previous
    Reading what U write about Mitro makes me want him to stay but remembering his games in a toon shirt makes me not bothered

    in a years time maybe I will be calling him next new Shearer but I reckon we will still be debating his anger issues

  • 7 lesh // May 18, 2016 at 11:31 PM


    You weren’t in Stockholm last weekend were you? The judging there was a tad err, interesting.

    Ah well, that’s my blog rating ‘reviewed’.

  • 8 GeordieTwo // May 18, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    No, and I have to say I’m quite disappointed about that Graeme mate. Harrumph!!!

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // May 18, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie
    May 18, 2016
    I’m a defender, and primarily work on the defensive aspect of any players I coach or work with(probably explains my dislike of flair players who do tricks just for the sake of it). I liked Simpson. If we wanted to kick on, he probably needed competition ahead of him at NUFC, but I never understood why he was let go/allowed to leave.

    Dummet has improved as he has gained experience I think, as most do, but I also think he improved with most injuries because the squad was woefully in equipped. He is a solid Championship player, and a decent Premier league player. I would have preferred, and said it numerous times last summer, Robertson to come in who is better defensively and offensively.

    Johnny Howson, Snodgrass. Fillers in the Orem, but seasoned performers at this level.

  • 10 manxpie // May 18, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    and his workrate is unbelievable its as like he’s built up all his energy over the years
    i still think people want to see arfa instead of him which is a real real shame as he has given us the lot
    and actually showed us wat arfa should have been!

  • 11 GeordieTwo // May 18, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    I decided to give it a pass this year lesh mate. I was behind on my Blogger of the Year Ratings and last year they wouldn’t let me in with my Rhinestone Thong on.

  • 12 MacToon // May 18, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    I voted for Lascelles but really for me he became the “most improved” player over the season.
    Mitro is my favourite player and a special shout out to Elliot and Darlow who both performed much better than expected.
    Mbemba did ok in his 1st season on the whole considering his off field problems/situation.
    Apart from a few others I really couldn’t care much for the rest as I feel they’ve betrayed us all.
    A special mention for McClaren who should never have been appointed but also stayed well past his sell-by-date.

    Shame Rafa came in far too late, he appears to have already made some vast improvements.

    Onwards and upwards.

  • 13 GeordieTwo // May 18, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Townsend was a huge breath of fresh air for me as well. Brilliant efforts. I hope we can keep him.

  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // May 18, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Sheared wasn’t exactly a shrinking violet. Maybe Mitro just needs to be cleverer with it. I’ll never forget Sheared playing for Blackburn at SJP, and he hooked the defenders arm right by the East Stand touch line, from the Refs angle it looked like the defender had pulled him back, but from the fans view you could see it was the other way round. Fans were up in arms, Sheared just turned and pulled a face at the fans. Sheared was cleverly dirty. Mitro has bull in a China shop e

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // May 18, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Sheared wasn’t exactly a shrinking violet. Maybe Mitro just needs to be cleverer with it. I’ll never forget Sheared playing for Blackburn at SJP, and he hooked the defenders arm right by the East Stand touch line, from the Refs angle it looked like the defender had pulled him back, but from the fans view you could see it was the other way round. Fans were up in arms, Sheared just turned and pulled a face at the fans. Sheared was cleverly dirty. Mitro has bull in a China shop exuberance, and is subsequently dirty. Hopefully he will learn, but he would benefit from experience around him.

  • 16 Lilongwe Geordie // May 18, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Ignore the first one, although they are almost identical. Effing phone. Can’t wait for my new computer charger to arrive…..

    As for player of the year, it has to be Elliot for me, although Darlow and Lascelles stepped up well.

  • 17 GeordieTwo // May 18, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    I’m worried Mitro has been watching Jack Nicholson in The Shining too often. They both have a completely mental look in their eyes. I’m surprised the ref didn’t wet himself with Mitro glaring and striding toward him.

  • 18 Lilongwe Geordie // May 18, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Thank you very much for my 8.5, joint highest with Ibiza from the few I saw. I’m sure someone got higher, but very happy indeed with my score!

  • 19 manxpie // May 18, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    aye lilo i understand the need nowadays for an attacking fullback who also defends well
    but i still like the ones who defend well 1st tbh lol
    and i bet most managers do too
    and with simpson in the team lets face it we defended well for most of that season we finshed 5th no fancy stuff
    dummet for me still gets caught out a bit to much but always puts the hard tackle in and usually perfectly which always puts off the wingers in this league and also has alot more pace than people give him credit for
    we could do a hell of alot worse put it that way lol

  • 20 Lilongwe Geordie // May 18, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    I promise, I do know he is called Shearer and not Sheared….

  • 21 Lilongwe Geordie // May 18, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Yeah, the defensive aspect of defending has become a bit muddled in this strive for universality/total football, whichever label you like to give it. But unless you are in the top few teams globally then a defender should always be a better defender than support player.

    The best ball playing defenders are still primarily excellent defenders.

  • 22 GeordieTwo // May 18, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Your welcome Lilongwe mate. Much deserved. Happy to have you on here to share your knowledge of the game.

  • 23 Lilongwe Geordie // May 18, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    From previous. Everyone is to blame to a certain degree. However in the last 4 years we have consistently got decent results in games against big clubs, regardless of the manager. To me that suggests an issue of mentality amongst the players, rather than squad composition, coaching, tactics. We took more points off the top 3 then we did the 3 other bottom 4 sides.

    Roy Keane says it better than I ever could ” if they played like that every week, they wouldn’t be playing for sh1t like Norwich”

  • 24 GeordieTwo // May 18, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    I’m interested to see who Rafa will bring in if he stays. I would say he’ll go after a big central defender first surely? Such a huge weakness at the club over the last few seasons.

  • 25 GeordieTwo // May 18, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Of course it’s also going to depend on who leaves us. Surely Taylor is done though as his contract expires in June.

  • 26 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    absolutley agree lilo so why the hell didn’t we pay for van dijk ffs!
    seriously tho i hope fans expectations on this blog after this season especially don’t write players off so easily
    dummet is currently our best LB even if hiadara was fit
    anita amazingly is a better RB than janmaat!
    and townsend has stuffed a whole lot of early critisism down peoples throats tenfold!
    shelvey for me to has been unlucky we should have scored an extra 2 goals on sunday from his early thinking but we fluffed the chances
    he has suffered from bad forward play by our so called stars

  • 27 Lilongwe Geordie // May 19, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Rumours are Agger is a target. Given his and our respective injury woes it could be a disaster. When fit though, he is probably exactly what we need. Only 31. A friend who coaches in Denmark reckons it is done, I’m not convinced on that though. He knows his stuff on pitch, but not sure how he would know it was done. He also thinks he isn’t fit, and has coasted the last 12 to 18 months when available.

  • 28 Lilongwe Geordie // May 19, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    Hands up, I slated Townsend. Haven’t seen the same player as I had seen at Spurs mind, but sometimes a different environment is all it takes. Still, more than happy to be

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    I voted for Lascelles as well for having the balls to speak out against the shower of shyte he was having to play and deal with.

  • 30 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    can you think of a better winger bar mahrez in the prem than townsend lilo?
    be interested as i still cant believe the replies to his inclusion in the england squad
    its the hardest position in football i feel

  • 31 Lilongwe Geordie // May 19, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    Hands up, I slated Townsend. Haven’t seen the same player as I had seen at Spurs mind, but sometimes a different environment is all it takes. Still, more than happy to be proved wrong on him.

    Shelvey needs to improve work rate and attitude. He looks like a player who has done it and has lost any drive. Can play great passes, but doesn’t do the simple stuff enough or at a good level.

    Anita is an intelligent footballer, and quite probably can work to instruction better. He knows how to mark, press, delay and when to make the challenge. He also covers others far better. As a squad player he has always been of value. Just not sure where he fits regularly moving forward.

  • 32 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    Agger? Hmmm. At 31. Had only 23 total appearances in 2013-2014. I’ve seen him play some excellent games. A whole different level to some of our CB’s. If he’s good with youngsters it might be a good bet Lilongwe.

  • 33 Lilongwe Geordie // May 19, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    England don’t really play with natural width, so he fits in well as a player who could cut in whilst a Vardy type pulls a centre half into the channel creating a gap.

    There are very few genuine wingers in the game these days. They are all inverted, or play more as inside forwards.

    I think he is probably one of 5 that are under consideration to be dropped. Wilshere, Delph, Townsend, Rashford and Clyne.

  • 34 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    lilo i sent that begfore i seen your last post but when he signed i did say he’s wat we need i remember rotonda giving him grief about just doing the same thing then shooting into row z
    but you seen him for england he was tenacious to say the least but tbf i usually give players the chance
    i could have seen his workrate though wich really dragged us as close as we got!
    imagine the same as him on the left!

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    We had this conversation before he signed, I remember his England debut, he was brilliant, but a good few didn’t rate him on here, nobody can get everything right.

  • 36 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    I’ve always like Curtis Davies. He’s 31 as well now. Very steady when I’ve seen him. A huge step up from Steve Taylor.

  • 37 Lilongwe Geordie // May 19, 2016 at 12:14 AM

    He was also poor for Spurs more often than not. Anyway, he has been great for us and I’m more than happy to hold my hands up on that. He has shown us what someone with drive and desire can actually do from the wing, compared with what we have put up with.

  • 38 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 12:18 AM

    Do you fancy England at the European Championships Lilongwe? I could see a quarter final but that’s about it. They are very decent under Roy but they would have to play the tournament of their lives to win it.

  • 39 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    i think he is a shoe in now i hope i don’t jinx him but he has been a favourite under hodgson and is well in form
    put it this way if delph or wilshere get in its a crime to england and football
    wilshere who hasn’t performed in at least 2 years
    and delph who hasn’t performed again in over a year

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    I’ll hold my hands up too, I’ve bèn wrong about Ashley all these years……..

  • 41 Lilongwe Geordie // May 19, 2016 at 12:23 AM

    Simply put, no. They had an easy qualifying route and did it well. Quarters is probably fair. Semis if they all perform to their most individually and as a unit. Winners? Can’t see it.

    I think it is either/or for Delphi and Wilshere. Delphi being in case Wilshere isn’t fully fit. Can’t see Rashford making the cut. So leaves Townsend and Clyne. For me, it would be Townsend, there are a number who can cover right back if required.

    Mind you, Rashford wouldn’t be anywhere near the 26 for me. So who knows.

  • 42 Lilongwe Geordie // May 19, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Plenty said that last summer…..

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 12:27 AM

    We won’t trust me!

  • 44 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 12:28 AM

    watch it jail thats now on record!!!!!

  • 45 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    watch booby bollick bring that up at some point

  • 46 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    that covers 2 posters btw!

  • 47 jimmysmith // May 19, 2016 at 12:33 AM

    Look, the players lift for the big games and that takes immense effort, but the season is one long unremitting grind. You need to seek a better greater balance among the squad to grind out points. We raise our game against the senior sides because of adrenaline, and that isn’t sustainable for anyone. Watch junior sides come to St James’ next season and play out of their skins.

  • 48 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 12:34 AM

    lilo i dont understand the wilshere thing tbh i have never seen him play well consistantly infact i think he’s fusked himself up his thighs are bigger than weight lifters!!
    it looks as though he’s spent all his rehab (which is a long time!) on his arse pumping his legs
    i cant see where the hype has come from! him instead of noble is ridiculouse tbh

  • 49 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    jimmy maybe so but sisko hasn’t full stop seriously tell me another game apart from chelseas in his 1st home game or spurs in his last that was better
    thats alot of games inbetween where he didn’t show up same with alot of players we have over alot of years but that is down to their mentality

  • 50 jimmysmith // May 19, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    Lil, Roy Keane is hardly the most objective judge. He had a freakish level of adrenaline, far higher than the average, and spent by far the greater part of his career surrounded by players of the highest calibre. Players play for Norwich not Man U, primarily because they aren’t as good, not because they are so much less committed.

  • 51 jimmysmith // May 19, 2016 at 12:51 AM

    Manx, Sissoko had a run of games the season before last, when played centrally where he was great, and received a string of plaudits for. It really hasn’t been dross, bookended by 9 out of 10 performances as you suggest, and all the while he’s been good enough to be picked consistently for his country. He can do much better, we all know that, and I’m sure Rafa, like McC, and Pardew before him rates him, and is banking on getting more from him. Watch him restructure the side to do just that, if we can hold on to them both.

  • 52 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    jimmy he has been shite centrally simple as that his first touch is on par as cisse’s if not worse
    he has played his best wide right mainly because he keeps hold of the ball
    i remember when we signed him i think it was jayphoto who actually warned us about his inconcistency and supposedly he was a def mid!!
    he’s been shocking when you look at wat he is capable of on sunday no if’s or but’s

  • 53 jimmysmith // May 19, 2016 at 1:00 AM

    Shite isn’t an appropriate word for Sissoko. Inconsistent, in an underperforming side, far better for mine.

  • 54 Tsunki // May 19, 2016 at 1:03 AM

    Hard to see how a player who hasn’t played all season can be player of it. I’ll go with Mbemba, consistent and kept trying despite being hang up to dry by a succession of absolutely risible defensive formations.

    Can’t vote for Townsend or Lascelles or Darlington because they’ve hardly played. Can’t vote for the rest because they are largely pointless.

  • 55 Tsunki // May 19, 2016 at 1:04 AM

    Darlow. Short for Darlington, don’t you know…

  • 56 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 1:04 AM

    nope not for me shite fits exactly wat i feel
    how can yo say otherwise when you see wat he is capable from especially when he constantly spouts he’s a champions league player
    he has played 90% shite the time he has played here!
    you can’t even mention 1 game he’s played better than when he signed and his last game for us!

  • 57 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 1:07 AM

    tsunki really mbemba fair enough for newcomer but jesus he was shocking for quite a few games like
    put it this way if taylor did his mistakes he would have a contract out on him

  • 58 jimmysmith // May 19, 2016 at 1:08 AM

    No worries. I’m not trying to dissuade you from your take. Just explaining my own.

  • 59 Tsunki // May 19, 2016 at 1:09 AM

    Sissoko? Largely a hindrance and an unbalancing effect on the side. I hope he is on the shortlist for the airport taxi.

  • 60 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 1:10 AM

    btw jimmy thinking about it inconsistent equals shite really doesn’t it?
    unless your an inconsistent lottery winner it usually means you aint good most of the time regardless

  • 61 Tsunki // May 19, 2016 at 1:10 AM

    Coloccini can go in the luggage. In as many bags as it takes. Wijnaldum can get the bus.

  • 62 Tsunki // May 19, 2016 at 1:12 AM

    Wijnaldum got votes for player of the season. it’s official there are some imbeciles who read this blog.

  • 63 lesh // May 19, 2016 at 1:13 AM


    Very astute judgement on your part. The Eurovis voting was always going to be more suspect than ever so best avoided this year.

    Concentrating on the Blogger of the Year requires vision, wit and integrity – some of your many qualities.

    (Is that enough to prompt you to reconsider some assessments or would a little cash help?)


  • 64 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 19, 2016 at 1:13 AM

    Real shame about Wijnaldum, has everything but the bottle. So excited when we signed him however I feel we got to over reliant after his great start. When he started going missing that’s when you could see our performances drop drastically.

  • 65 jimmysmith // May 19, 2016 at 1:13 AM

    Mate everyone clearly remembers that debut, and our last game. That’s hardly evidence of what actually went on in the countless games between, which were a mixed bag true enough. Are you going to insist I trawl back through that lot to quote chapter and verse?

  • 66 Tsunki // May 19, 2016 at 1:14 AM

    And who are the 2 morons who thought it was funny to vote for Krul? It wasn’t you and your lad was it, Ed? I mean, you did actually put his name in the list!

  • 67 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 1:14 AM

    as long as the bus is driven by stevie wonder!

  • 68 jimmysmith // May 19, 2016 at 1:15 AM

    Shite means shite. Inconsistent means good, bad and degrees of.

  • 69 jimmysmith // May 19, 2016 at 1:19 AM

    You’re laying the reasons his inconsistency squarely at his door. I’m not. But I will concede his mentality does need some work too. Cue Rafa.

  • 70 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 1:19 AM

    jimmy nah ofcourse not just remember like i havent seen him play anywhere near the same
    i have watched every game except the early cup games so essentially every game since
    the facts are he hasn’t played that way ,to his potential or more in the games he’s played which is criminal and why he gets stick
    its you who said he had mate please tell us when because i must’ve missed it

  • 71 Tsunki // May 19, 2016 at 1:20 AM

    Manxpie certainly no more shocking than anyone else and in an impossible situation grew up pretty quickly. Asked to cover huge areas not really in his zone of responsibility, cruelly exposed at times by his rubbish rubbish teammates, and almost constantly under pressure by bumbling and fouling weak willed crabs like colback in particular and the aimless possession squandering of sissoko, wijnaldum in general. Alongside Lascelles and with a solid DM like Tiote in front, he looks pretty much at ease. And Taylor does make those mistakes. And yes, Taylor does have a contract out on him.

  • 72 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 1:22 AM

    mentality means exactly that
    no more or less
    if his mentality wanted to play to his best he would of
    thats my issue

  • 73 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 1:26 AM

    look at townsend since he signed
    great chance and took every minute of it and now looking to go to the euros even tho less than 6 months ago he was playing youth football and for 3 years had no hope!
    that means his mentality was immense work hard good things will come!

    sisko the opposite

  • 74 jimmysmith // May 19, 2016 at 1:30 AM

    Manx that’s not what Ive been saying at all. I’ve been saying we’ve seen a MIXED BAG from him, but he’s not PRIMARILY to blame.

  • 75 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 1:34 AM

    tsunki nah i totally disagree wat i do agree is most improved but some of his defending even willo would have been embarrassed
    he was shocking on a number of occasions like
    but got away with it obviously because he was new
    his honey moon period was great but over the new year was shocking and as much stick as taylor got vs southampton it was his fault that opemned up that situation!
    elliot saved us from going down far earlier than we did i feel he did his job!

  • 76 manxpie // May 19, 2016 at 1:38 AM

    he is as our attacking play hasn’t been good enough and has actually played the most games since he’s been here!
    its official
    ok he might not primarily be to blame but he is certainly the most important attackicking force!

  • 77 jimmysmith // May 19, 2016 at 2:57 AM

    Certainly not primarily to blame for our toothless attacking form. I mean not primarily to blame for his own patchy form. It took Benitez to sort the teams shape and tactics out, before we saw any sort of consistent quality from him and the others, including Townsend.

  • 78 chicousa // May 19, 2016 at 3:20 AM

    I picked Mbemba. I was tempted to pick Mitro, just because I love his passion and the impact he consistently has on a game….yeah I know he sometimes goes completely mental, but he is young and will learn. In the end decided to go with Mbemba as a player of season, who despite a few howlers, was consistently decent and played the vast majority of games with energy and skill. Would have picked Elliot if he had played more games.

  • 79 Spoof // May 19, 2016 at 4:43 AM

    Nitro for me, if all our squad showed the same desire and willingness then we would have stayed up

  • 80 Spoof // May 19, 2016 at 4:44 AM

    Nitro -Mitro

  • 81 Santon03 // May 19, 2016 at 4:44 AM

    my best player simply Anita.
    He is probably the smallest player in the league, he has to go against players bigger than him all the time and managed to do well. He has played RB/LB/DM so far, no fuss no complain always did his best. He scored against city as RB, a great goal. He has to work twice harder than other players because of his size. Even though he is a squad player but I admire him the most.

  • 82 chicousa // May 19, 2016 at 5:20 AM

    Gotta admit I thought Anita was terrible previous 2 seasons. But he played very well this season, and as you say, played in 3 different positions. I thought he played especially well at RB when Janmatt went down.

    Whatever he is called, Mitro or Nitro or the Big Serb, he is a force! As some will argue he had a difficult time finding the back of the net at times, but his hold up play and his assists inside the box for Gini, Ayoze, et al show he can do more than just poach a few goals. His first touch and passing is so much better than Cisse it it not even close! But he does need to learn to control his anger! But gotta love his passion!

  • 83 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 5:53 AM

    I’m not sure what my take is on Sissoko anymore, if we’re going on the past there’s only one more player I’d like to see the back of more. Deliberate sendings off, hiding when it matters and constantly talking about a move away an utter shite house of a player. But if Rafa sees him as captain and gets some form of commitment out of him then we could be on to a winner with him.

  • 84 Santon03 // May 19, 2016 at 6:15 AM


    I thought he was good even previous 2 seasons, he was rarely play under pardew, sometimes he has bad game but that’s normal every player has bad day.

  • 85 Santon03 // May 19, 2016 at 6:18 AM


    I think he has changed under Rafa.
    Under previous managers, he was bigger than them, they worshiped him, irreplaceable. But under Rafa he has to give it all and no guarantee to start. He plays in mid now and has more freedom to go right or left.
    I hope SDJ will stay and Rafa will use him more, good competition for Sisso.

  • 86 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 6:38 AM

    Under Rafa, the players just like the fans now have something to believe in where as before we have literally been going through the motions trying to get the season out of the way as soon as it has began.

  • 87 hibbitt // May 19, 2016 at 6:47 AM

    just hope Rafa signs ASP and the board don’t muck it up

  • 88 Bambams // May 19, 2016 at 6:51 AM

    I think the slight hold up might be in relation to other members of staff Rafa wants to bring in. I would imagine contact will be needed with their clubs, compenation and contracts.

    Only when they are signed up will Rafa sign his contract. I don’t think there is anything to worry about.

    His team will be just what we need re the medical situ. Steve Black might have a few less hours as well…..

  • 89 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 6:54 AM

    I’m fairly confident it’s going to happen but I think, just my opinion of course is that the delay is from Rafas side while he gets his legal team to make sure he can’t be shafted. I think it was BandB that made a good point that he obviously sees us as a long term project and doesn’t want to be shipped off for a McCardew IV when he’s got us back in the money league. He’ll be all too aware of the shenanigans with KK and will know exactly that Pardew took the despots shilling to fend off silverware. Rafa is here because he wants a bronze statue and he’s making sure everythings in place so that he can get one.

  • 90 catchy in norway // May 19, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    I went for mbemba, he has been our best defender all season,
    Elliotte has made huge progress this season , and is miles better than I gave him credit for, but he did not play the full season, nor did Jamal. but Jamal could be our future captain,

  • 91 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Each to their own, I like Mbemba and think he’s going to be a star but he made far too many mistakes for my liking. Not his fault at all though. Like Mitrovich he should never have been bought to slot straight in to the first team. A dominant top quality CB should have been bought with him to play along side Collo and him and Lascelles should have been slowly allowed to build an understanding of the PL and each other.

  • 92 catchy in norway // May 19, 2016 at 7:09 AM


    I think Anita is a good little player who NEVER really lets us down, I think he has been unlucky not to play more than he has.
    he is better than jack in DMC,
    he is better than jaanmat at RB,

  • 93 LGFUAD21 // May 19, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    It took me ages to make a decision

    Top 3 were
    Elliott – tap most saved us some points.
    Townsend- enough said.

    I went for Lascelles even though he only featured towards the end. Mainly because we would’ve been relegated long before had he not stood up to be counter. I think he should 100% be captain next year.

  • 94 catchy in norway // May 19, 2016 at 7:11 AM


    who did you vote for,

    and bare in mind that I voted for him because he played almost a full season.

  • 95 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    I voted with my heart and not my head and went for Lascelles because of the way he came out spoke his mind. Best performing player was probably Rob Elliott.

  • 96 Ron Knee // May 19, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    Mark Douglas:-

    “United and Benitez continue to work towards an agreement for him to continue at the club next season. Talks in the early part of the week were positive and both parties are relaxed about the state of the deal, with next week now looking likely for confirmation that Benitez will continue as manager in the Championship.”

    Let’s hope he’s right.

  • 97 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 7:19 AM

    Hopefully Taylor and Collocini will be gone next season. So with Mbemba and Lascelles as the main pairing and Dummet as back up we’re going to need a fourth choice CB, oh how Willo would have come in handy for want of a million quid. Is Curtis Good still able to play football?

  • 98 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    Ron Knee,
    I’d take relegation and Rafa over survival and McCardew IV all day long.

  • 99 Ron Knee // May 19, 2016 at 7:25 AM


    Me too.

  • 100 catchy in norway // May 19, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    I totally agree with your reasoning, but like I said , it’s about the full season, and Mbemba started great then became ok then put in some good displays towards the end.

    Jamal, scored, defended, and was more vocal.

    Big rob was nervous to start the after a good performance became a hero and did not let anyone down, played with a injury for to long. his kicking suffered

  • 101 Lindisfarne // May 19, 2016 at 7:30 AM

    Mister Tuff

    We are no longer living in the 1960/70’s and The Who are now considered to be a classic rock band. They are far removed from being popular with the kids and making appearances on Top of the Pops!

  • 102 Santon03 // May 19, 2016 at 7:31 AM


    also under Rafa no guarantee to play.
    under pardew and steve some players are irreplaceable doesn’t matter they were performing or not and the players who were performing but doesn’t have “superstar status” will only play backup role then straight back to the bench next game. This is why it’s so annoying to watch our team play under those managers, lack of effort and fighting spirits. Gini, Mitro, Colo, Sisso and others will never see bench under those managers even if we keep losing.
    Appointment of Rafa was too late, but better late than never.

  • 103 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    Who won the vote?

  • 104 Ron Knee // May 19, 2016 at 7:32 AM


    And half of them are dead, anyway.

  • 105 Santon03 // May 19, 2016 at 7:34 AM


    Now everything has changed under Rafa, he will get more playing time. We have a manager who will select players who fight 100% and performing doesn’t matter the status. Rafa have big ego, he will not submit to any players ego.

  • 106 Lindisfarne // May 19, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    I was going to vote for Lascelles as he coincided with the up turn in performances and made a mockery of not giving him an opportunity. But I went for Mbemba as, apart from Townsend none of the ‘attacking’ players desrve it, showed he had the skills and consistent quality in his first year playing in the PL.

  • 107 Santon03 // May 19, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    even if Rafa decided not to stay, I think everyone especially MA and LC has already seen what good manager can do with this team.
    The benchmark of manager quality has been lifted, hopefully. Because so far the benchmark is fkn pardew, it’s pathetic.

  • 108 Santon03 // May 19, 2016 at 7:39 AM

    so far before Rafa*

  • 109 Average_Contents // May 19, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    It’s telling how Townsend’s got 18% and he’s been here less than half a season.

    I voted lascelles. Leader when we had none.

    Worst player?

    Curly haired bottler.

  • 110 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    I think that problem has been down to a few different factors, a lack of players to fill slots, the manager being scared that if he upsets a big player he will jack for the season and not get his forty points and we don’t know how much influence “the board” has had in making sure certain players get put in the shop window. We have to presume that one of Rafa’s demands is that this ridiculous “purple” policy is well consigned to the trash can.

  • 111 Average_Contents // May 19, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Everyone else’s worse player?

  • 112 Average_Contents // May 19, 2016 at 7:50 AM


  • 113 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    If Rafa doesn’t stay we’re well and truly ferked. Rafa was a gift from nowhere and the goons in charge will not have a clue what to do next if he walks. Would it surprise you if all these talks were being secretly recorded and his blueprints for success written down and then played and shown to Stuart Pearce.

  • 114 catchy in norway // May 19, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    the only thing that has saved sissoko from being my worst player is his last 5 games,
    Colo bottled it all season, he gets my vote, some games he was good, but not good enough for a captain,

  • 115 Jib // May 19, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Good to see

  • 116 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Stick or twist with Collo. Championship experienced defender who’s probably found his level and there’s going to be 50+ games this season. Personally I’d get rid of the tellow bellied shirker and his losing mentality. Would love to see Joey Barton back in the team.

  • 117 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Jaanmatt, Sissoko or Collo they get 33.3°% of my vote.

  • 118 hibbitt // May 19, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    worst player by a country mile captain courageous Fabricio Coloccini

  • 119 firebug666 // May 19, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Did we have any good players?

    Damn I must have missed it!

  • 120 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 19, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Janmaat for me. He has been as much use as t1ts on a bull. Our goals against did not improve when colo cried off, but did start to improve once Anita played at RB. I like Anita, he gives his all, and is more than competent in a few positions, but there is no way a utility player (even a good one) should be better than your specialist right back. Colo is a close second for being a pansy every time the chips were down.

  • 121 sing in the corner // May 19, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Colo out…18 months ago preferably. But better late than never though.. His presence is a constant reminder of shocking, faulty retention, selection, reward issues that have dogged us for years.

  • 122 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    He is the cowardly lion, the tin woidman without a heart and scarecrow all rolled in to one. He is the complete epitome of Mike Ashleys time at the club.

  • 123 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Yup, I’ll go along with that.

  • 124 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 19, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    I have gone for townsend as best because he WOULD have walked it had he been playing under raffa for the entire half season.

  • 125 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 19, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Jail and SITC

    Even though i have put him second worst, I still completely understand your points of view. He is a complete coward.

  • 126 catchy in norway // May 19, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    The one player I think could make a huge impact next season is Adam Armstrong, 20 goals in league 1 says he is to good for that league, and when you see some of them, there top draw goals. him and Mitro up front

  • 127 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    I think it goes without saying. The next step for him was to be loaned out to a Championship club so we’ve gone and saved ourselves all the hassle of finding somewhere for him to go. Him and Mitro could be frightening under Rafa, our first two twenty goal a pice strikers since I can remember. In fact it’s going to be ferkin brilliant watching us next season.
    If Rafa stays :O

  • 128 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 8:42 AM


  • 129 Santon03 // May 19, 2016 at 8:46 AM


    I don’t think LC and MA have any influence on the team since they are not footballing people more like business minded, i don’t know about Carr influence in the board tbh.
    LC and MA business minded, I’m pretty sure they can calculate the loss now that we are relegated. MA has invested 80mil and lose a lot of money with relegation, I think and I hope he has learned this time that no matter how much money he invested in the team without good manager at helm you will still go down. Relegation and that 5-1 victory and Leicester story will definitely open his eyes that the key ingredient is the manager.
    Rafa, LC, MA are logical people I’m pretty sure they will work something out, if Rafa walks then they will big problem getting replacement his caliber for championship side. Let’s hope every detail will be finalized soon. I really really hope he stays, because I’m really feeling upbeat even after relegated. It is weird.

  • 130 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    No influence on the team….. are you sure, Collocini two year deal????

  • 131 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    I’m actually looki g forward to seeing some thre and six nil wins again 😀

  • 132 Jib // May 19, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    If Rafa walks it will be Neil Warnock – nailed on.

  • 133 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    If Neil Warnock comes anywhere near the club it will be the biggest let down we’ve ever faced, worse than McCardew or Souness. I don’t know how the club will recover if that goon is put in charge with Churnley and co running the show. It just doesn’t bear thinking about.

  • 134 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 19, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    One for the ‘Rumour Mill’

    could RAFA be staying – heard this morning that Rafa has instructed the ground staff on how he wants the playing surface at SJP mowed!!!!!?????

  • 135 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Grassy ass 😀

  • 136 BandB // May 19, 2016 at 9:11 AM


    Rafa is in post at the moment.
    He would be making preparations for the new season to some extent whether his contract was being reviewed or not.
    The club would be foolish to put him on ice until he signs on the dotted line.

  • 137 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Charlie, hibbitt,
    Seeing as your both about. As ST holders and regular attendees to our famous stadium, have I ever criticised you for going to games.

  • 138 BandB // May 19, 2016 at 9:15 AM


    I would let this drop if I was you, man.
    It’s a one man wind-up and no-one else cares.
    It’s your business and no-one else’s.
    Do you need bobbybee to sign you in to SJP or something?

  • 139 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    I think Rafas team is busy making ammendments to the original three year deal to suit his new demands and life in the Championship.

  • 140 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Thanks for the advice but I’d like to hear from Charlie and hibbitt thankyou very much.

  • 141 BandB // May 19, 2016 at 9:18 AM


    He was signed to keep us up. We were relegated.
    Naturally the terms and targets will need amending and agreeing.
    We are only vulnerable if Rafa himself has one-eye on another job.

  • 142 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Are you sure that is all that makes us vulnerable to him walking, do you think Mikey is willing to completely tear up his model and give Rafa full control.

  • 143 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Until it is confirmed we’ll all be a bit twitchy in case he doesn’t.

  • 144 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 19, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    No – not on going to the matches – supporting the TOON
    Yes – for sticking with Ashley – my biggest worry he sells up who the F**k would come in – could be out of the frying pan into the fire!

  • 145 BandB // May 19, 2016 at 9:25 AM


    I meant the process of negotiation will continue to it’s conclusion (whatever that is) but that Rafa getting an offer he can’t refuse is always on the cards.
    People I trust believe something like full control is on the table and was the offer Ashley came to make on Sunday.

  • 146 martoon // May 19, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    JFA – Although we’ve had our differences in the past you’ve always been consistent with your view – very anti-Ashley (obviously) but supportive of the team. I can’t ever remember you slagging of supporters who attend games.
    However there are quite a few on here who do, call us sheep etc. and that is what annoys me and obviously Bobby – however I think he is mistaken about who actually does this but I know!

  • 147 BandB // May 19, 2016 at 9:45 AM


    I too have been strong in my criticism of Ashley and those who I thought made excuses for him.
    I have also spoken out against the use of terms like “sheep” and “scabs” at the cost of some personal blog friendships.
    This is on the blog record, whatever other people may chose to recall.

  • 148 The overrated Frenchman // May 19, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Couldn’t give him player of the season, but Mitrovic was the one who gave me a buzz with his aggression and good old fashioned centre forward style play. Biggest disappointment for me was Perez, who didn’t take the step up I expected him to. Always seemed to be on the periphery of things, never really having an influence on the game. Worst performer has to go to Colo, a player with genuine ability, but absolutely devoid of mental strength and an appalling captain. The last man you’d want beside you in the trenches.

  • 149 martoon // May 19, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    No problem BandB – I can assure you that you were NOT one of the people I had in mind.

  • 150 BandB // May 19, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Thank you Martoon.
    Better times ahead, I hope.

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