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Guillem Balague Very Optimistic About Benitez’ Newcastle Deal

3:59 pm, Friday, May 20th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 155 Comments

Guillem Balague has tweeted some potentially good news for Newcastle fans and says we should all be very optimistic that the Rafa Benitez deal at Newcastle will go through.

Guillem has lots of contacts in football and especially about Rafa – so he will know exactly what’s going on.

Guillem Balague

Guillem Balague – fans should be very optimistic

Tags: Championship · Coaching · Contracts · Newcastle News · Other News

155 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    WTF!!! 😉

  • 2 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    That’s better Ed. No idea what the other gobblygook was about. 😉 In fairness, this guy has been pretty confident Rafa would stay from the word go, so he’s consistent at least.

  • 3 Shadow_Shearer // May 20, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    I told yous the last story about benitez deal becoming complex was bull.

  • 4 Shadow_Shearer // May 20, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Benitez will sign, & the sleeping giants will rise!

    I hope so anyway!! Lol

  • 5 JackButler // May 20, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    The longer this drags on, the more I think Charnleys managed to worm his way in and balls the whole think up

  • 6 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Jack, anyone might be forgiven for thinking you don’t like our residential cretin! 😉

  • 7 JackButler // May 20, 2016 at 4:18 PM


    As cretins go, he’s a total diamond, probably ranked amoungst the top cretins around today and no doubt has a room full of “Cretin of The Year” awards, I just wish he was a cretin elsewhere

  • 8 Belfast // May 20, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    If it wasn’t complex it would have been signed and sealed a few days ago Shadow Shearer.

    Fair play to him for wanting everything in writing, less chance of them shafting him a few months down the line.

  • 9 Offkey // May 20, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Opta stats on chronicle website are a bit embarrassing for some…….

  • 10 Offkey // May 20, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Cisse averaged a shot on target every 119 minutes….teamwork makes the dream work clearly.

  • 11 Shadow_Shearer // May 20, 2016 at 4:23 PM


    Benitez asked for 2 weeks. Let’s give him 2 weeks before blaming charnl.
    If this goes on for longer than 2 weeks, then I will fear charnley has balls the whole deal up aswel
    & if he does, surely he’s got to be sacked.

  • 12 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Offkey, that is sad for a so called striker. Cheer yourself up by going back a couple of pages and follow the link i posted. You get all 20 of Arma’s goals in the first video, then further down there’s a video of a goal he scored in a training match. Mouthwatering for next season! 😉

  • 13 JackButler // May 20, 2016 at 4:26 PM


    As long as there is the slightest chance of Charnley getting his slimy little fingers involved I’m going to be worried. Because if there is one person who could screw this up, it is our resident cretin. Not to mention if Ashley said it was a beautiful sunny day I’d go and ask McClaren to borrow his brolly.

    That’s what years of their BS have done to be I’m afraid

  • 14 JackButler // May 20, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    The stats on Cisse tell you more about the lack of chances created than they do about Cisse himself

  • 15 ShirebrookToon // May 20, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Maybe a chances created stat as a team rather than an individual as that’s been problem all season creating goal scoring opportunities.

  • 16 Shadow_Shearer // May 20, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    I don’t blame u jack. I don’t trust ashley as far as I can throw him. & u can’t throw a 20 stone man very far

  • 17 ShirebrookToon // May 20, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    You can if you hit him with a bus travelling at 60mph lol

  • 18 Bambams // May 20, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    I drove past the training ground this morning and there is the beginning of building work right in front of the existing building.

    It’s not obvious what is happening they have just scraped the top two feet of the grass and levelled it.

    Anyone know if this is owned by the club, it’s literally between Witley Rd and the training ground.

  • 19 nufc786 // May 20, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Has anyone seen this? Its about a West Ham amateur team that gets an opportunity to be coached by some of the west ham staff over a period of time and then play a game at Upton park. Its really interesting for those interested in the coaching side of football .

    This is the episode 5 link. Slaven Bilic gives the team a team talk

  • 20 Shadow_Shearer // May 20, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    When we finished 5th. Cisse hit 13 goals in 14 games. BUT . . . He had the services of Ben arfa & cabaye. All he had to do was finish.
    This season is a much different story.

  • 21 Hail Wor Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Takes two to tango.

    STs must get into position for crosses, make smart well-timed runs, gamble and get shots off early either by taking it first time or with a good first touch. Do all those more often and you’ll score more goals.

  • 22 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Shirebrook, only if you’re doing an insurance scam. The bus would be a write off. 😉

  • 23 The Newcastle Armchair // May 20, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Newcadtle relegated at the expense of Sunderland

    Rafa deal now made vulnerable

    All we need is Crystal Pardew to beat man u tonight and it’s the perfect shambles

  • 24 The Newcastle Armchair // May 20, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Newcastle ** obviously 😉

  • 25 ShirebrookToon // May 20, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    lol you read my mind Bobby as I was just about to put that 🙂

  • 26 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    Bambams, it’s a shallow grave for Charnley. Shhh. Nobody’s meant to know. 😉

  • 27 ShirebrookToon // May 20, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Bobby nah it’s going to be a sandpit for charnley. Keeps him out of the way of when rafa is negotiating transfers and contracts. Very clever thinking by Rafa me thinks

  • 28 Hail Wor Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 4:51 PM


    He was also still playing in the style that was so successful for him at Freiburg. Being Pardewed was a real thing, it’s not just attributable to Pardew though, any manager that starts meddling with a player’s natural style, movement and tendencies can do it. Then move them out of position, in Cisse’s case the RW to appease Ba, then you’ve took it to another level and also there’s a good chance you’ve demoralised a player and knocked their confidence, no matter how many soundbites they come out with about playing anywhere for the team.

  • 29 JackButler // May 20, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Looks like Pardew is getting a new deal off the back reaching a final, think the chairman must have overlooked the run of form leading towards the end of the season.

  • 30 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Shirebrook, make that a paddling pool and i’m happier. After all, i have heard that it’s possible to drown in just a few inches of water… 😉

  • 31 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    …especially with a foot on the head! 😉

  • 32 Shadow_Shearer // May 20, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Hail ashley

    Your bang on mate. The whole palace team is starting to be pardewed. From 5th place early in the season, to 5 bottom at end.

    & he messed up cisse.

  • 33 ShirebrookToon // May 20, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    He’d drown in a shot glass Bobby

  • 34 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Shirebrook, might wipe that insane grin off his face as well. 😉

  • 35 mindshaft // May 20, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Arma had a flying start at Cov but once other loan players had been recalled the goals dried up , that and teams working him out. He scored 1 goal in last 20 games !!
    Call it lack of service or whatever you want but think he’ll struggle to get into double figures in championship – hope I’m wrong as we already have 3 strikers who can barely score in Mitro, Cisse and Perez

  • 36 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Rogers new celtic gaffer.

  • 37 mindshaft // May 20, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    personally I don’t care about palace or Pardew , as he’s said himself – he did the job to the best of his ability … he was a bit of a tw@t but such is life – met him while out in London one night , he was alright although he tried to pull some girl by saying he was a prem manager … she was like who the f@@@ is the old guy

  • 38 ShirebrookToon // May 20, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Bobby it’s not a grin it’s trapped wind mate. He’s not allowed to smile because Mike will bring in the morale police 🙂

  • 39 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    I’ve just had a thought, could Rafa Benitez be the new Sir Bobby Robson, look at the Initals.

    Turn BR into RB, this could the new beginning, Detective WelshGeordie must be on to something there.

    I’m on the case.

  • 40 Hail Wor Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    It’s why I bang on about Perez being a poacher and nothing else, if he’s continued to be played wide or deep, he won’t ever fulfil his potential. All his best work is done in and just outside the box. He gambles, anticipates and gets in front of defenders, takes his shots early. When has he ever jinked past a few players and threaded a through ball, or teared down the wing and supplied a great cross, or cut inside and curl one into the far corner? He hasn’t, yet because he’s a willing type that won’t rock the boat, he gets stuck in positions to play for the team, to the detriment of him and the team.

    Next season he need to play as a ST.

  • 41 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Arma scored more than all our strikers combined. His goals would’ve graced any league. He’ll get better service next season and will have no trouble getting double figures.

  • 42 matt11_25 // May 20, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Rafa get us back in the PREM at first attempt and bring back the one and only HBA and I will name my first and second born after you, boys or girls.

  • 43 ShirebrookToon // May 20, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Cracking detective work Welsh mate

  • 44 matt11_25 // May 20, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    I hope that Shelvey stays and gets some of that form back when he would terrorize us for Swansea. He is probably the type of player that suffers more than others from poor performances around him as he needs space on the ball.

  • 45 Hail Wor Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Ahem, it’s SBR to Welsh peasants.

  • 46 Hail Wor Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Shelvey needs an intense fitness programme or he’ll become another Huddlestone. Talented technician but held back by his lack of commitment to getting into good enough athletic shape befitting a top level CM. Pirlo isn’t particularly renowned for his stamina, yet he would outlast both on a bleep test and he’s 15 years Shelvey’s senior.

  • 47 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Just checking the blog still has a pulse

  • 48 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Yep it’s faint but it’s there..

  • 49 Jib // May 20, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    I think people look at the crass exaggeration of Hail’s last post and go “Nah – I don’t think I’ll bother “

  • 50 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Hail Wor Ashley

    How am i a peasant

    SFB springs to mind

  • 51 Graeme // May 20, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    All our players will do well after an intense “Rafa Pre-Season” there will be no place for lame, sick or unwilling!!!

  • 52 Lindisfarne // May 20, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Wanna laugh?

  • 53 Novocastrian66 // May 20, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Tsunki; Think everyone was watching Jimmy Anderson polish of the Sri Lankans.

  • 54 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Probably get Bobby zamora on a free now.

  • 55 Jib // May 20, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    To me the Brendan Rodgers appointment confirms Rafa to us.
    The craic was Rodgers really fancied managing us and his opting for the bhoys indicates that he’s been told Rafa has pipped him .

  • 56 Mister Tuff // May 20, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    “welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 5:10 PM
    I’ve just had a thought,…”

    By the law of averages it had to happen eventually. Congratulations.

  • 57 Belfast // May 20, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Good too see the reverend Ian toon back on the blog scene.

  • 58 Belfast // May 20, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    The king he’s alive!

  • 59 Belfast // May 20, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Bobby I don’t think yer man crush Armstrong will get much game time to be honest. Infact I think Rafas first post of call after singing a centre back will be a striker probably from Spain who is comfortable in the 4231 system.

  • 60 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Grumpy Tuff

    Thanks for that honey.

  • 61 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Of course the King is alive, his name his WelshGeordie9.

  • 62 Jail for Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    I don’t agree on Armstrong, the next step for him was a move to a Championship club. I think he will be given till the window shuts to prove himself then we might buy a ST.

  • 63 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Still no news on Benitez, if this going to be like us waiting for the club to sign players then we are gonna be waiting a long time.

  • 64 JackButler // May 20, 2016 at 7:48 PM


    Why does Rodgers to Celtic mean Raffa is ours?

    Do you think for a single second that there is a Plan B in place?

    If Raffa doesn’t happen for any reason then they will simply hit the panic button before checking who is atop the managerial scrap heap

  • 65 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 7:50 PM


    i disagree, I think he might get a chance

  • 66 Jail for Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    I’m fairly confident he will sign, I think those 30% season ticket losses will be snapped back up.

  • 67 Back Door Man // May 20, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Cor blimey, Shirebrook!  That’s just like one of those O’level Maths questions …

    If a 30 ton bus, travelling at 60 miles per hour, hit a 20 stone man how far would the man be thrown?

    Let’s see how many on the blog get the right answer. Professor BDM will mark the papers. Mind, I’m not expecting much as most here obviously failed to scrape a Maths F grade in GCSE.

  • 68 Belfast // May 20, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Aye he may get the chance in pre season and take it, but I just can’t see him leading the line to be honest. I fully expect a striker to be signed.

  • 69 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    If we don’t get Benitez would anyone take Ian Holloway.

  • 70 Yo-yo // May 20, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Charmless is to be retained by the club with a new job description. He is the fall guy. Rafa has an insurance policy with Penfold. If something does go wrong he has a ready made idiot ready to take the blame.
    As his track record is so poor, nobody would suspect Penfold wasn’t to blame. Simples.

  • 71 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Belfast, natural goalscorers like Arma don’t grow on trees marra, they’re few and far between – and Rafa knows that. I take it you’ve seen his goals over the past three plus years? Take a look at the training game goal i’ve linked. Purely instinct and wonderful technique. I’ve made my call on watching him develop over those years and he just keeps on improving. I’ll remind you of this when he’s top scorer next season. 😉

  • 72 JackButler // May 20, 2016 at 7:59 PM


    I’m am hopeful he will sign, I really am, it’s just knowing who is running around the halls of SJP and knowing how monumentally inept their are, I’ll believe it when the contract is signed and not before

  • 73 stuart no9 // May 20, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    welsh —– would that be the same holloway that got booted out if millwall ???

  • 74 stuart no9 // May 20, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    * of millwall*

  • 75 Back Door Man // May 20, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    I said a few weeks ago, and I quote; ” …98% of the stuff posted on here is clearly bollocks. All the the talk about the players’ contracts, Manuel’s contract, Ashley’s intentions, and so on, is only guesswork by the uninformed, and what research (if any!) that might be carried out is from other dodgy websites. All the real stuff is covered by commercial confidentiality so the details aren’t in the public domain for those here to feast on. Yep, all the guff being spouted here helps pass the time but it’s all gobshite but can be thoroughly entertaining.

    With increasing frequency this place gets infected with nowt but cliches or porkies. the same “Manuel’s dog walker says he wants total control”, “Carr to be put out to pasture”, “howay the lads”, “my team for Saturday is…”, “it’s a six-pointer”, “hope X does us a favour”, “Arma will score 60 goals”, and so on.  In the absence of these platitudes all that’s left is incoherent nastiness – but we can have some fun with that.

    Anyway, thank goodness Pearson has gone to Jockoland!

  • 76 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    BDM. The answer is either-

    A/ No distance at all.
    B/ Grapefruit.

    I’m going with…..C/.

  • 77 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 8:06 PM


    That might be the case but he did well with Blackpool.

  • 78 JackButler // May 20, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Back Door Man

    You highly impartial, insightful and well thought out post has lightened up my otherwise dreary day.

    There’s nothing better, more grounding and inspiring than someone like your good self, coming on here and pointing out our obvious flaws and failings.

    I, as a long time poster to this blog, suggest we all, to a man, kneel and pray at your feet in the hope you can guide us to a better blog for all to enjoy.

  • 79 Jail for Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Squelch me old mucka,
    Is it fun having a thirty year old body and a twelve year old brain?

  • 80 lesh // May 20, 2016 at 8:11 PM


    The complexity of Rafa’s contract is baffling Charmless. He can’t get beyond the opening paragraph!

  • 81 JackButler // May 20, 2016 at 8:11 PM


    To go from Raffa to Holloway is a leap worthy of the great Charnley himself

  • 82 Jail for Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    He probably thinks you mean that!

  • 83 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    BDM – should anyone be in any doubt about the utter faecality of your preposterous and misaligned musings, allow me a moment to illuminate how erroneous you are in virtually every observation you make.

    Let’s start with the correct part – supposition. Of course it’s all speculation, gossip, whispers and assumption. it’s a world-spanning public chatosphere (I made that up, I’m still deciding whether I like it or not) , ergo this is what will be generated by it’s populace.

    Now to the error – What are you expecting in it’s stead? Cutting edge investigative journalism? Insightful commentary? Revelation? Are you a completely oblivious airbag? I feel so. And herein lies the conclusion of the matter – that ironically, it is you who endeavour to, and admirably succeed in, supplying the orally-ejected effluent you ascribe to everyone else.

    That having been said, I do find your rants amusing.

  • 84 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 8:12 PM


    That’s not very nice thing to say.

  • 85 Shadow_Shearer // May 20, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Wouldn’t like to sound negative. But if rafa signs his contract, it still doesn’t guarantee he will be here for 3 years. It means is he’s entitled to Compensation if he’s fired, which will be highly unlikely if Pardew, carver & charnley didn’t get fired.
    Rafa could walk away from the contract after signing.

  • 86 JackButler // May 20, 2016 at 8:13 PM


    It’s either confused the hell out of him or made him blush………..either way I’m a winner 🙂

  • 87 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Although I’m leaning towards Jails version as opposed to mine 😐

  • 88 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    BDM, in which case, my belief in Arma’s ability is only based on research, having watched him religiously throughout his time in the Academy and U21’s in person. Then watched on the box as he banged in the goals for England’s youth set ups and his time at Coventry. No hearsay. Do i get my scouts research badge when he turns out to be a legend in the future? 😉

  • 89 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Welsh if that wasn’t a nice thing to say I have to say you’re a hard one to please. 🙂

  • 90 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    I’ve been thinking, yes i know twice in one day, everyone wants Benitez yes he’s done great once over here once with Liverpool and abroad but what the difference between him and Souness, yes i know he wasn’t great here but everywhere else he’s won everything from player to manager so what is Benitez going to do that’s different and before you start having a go i want Benitez in ASAP, just want people’s thoughts on it.

  • 91 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Having read that post I’d say twice was enough for one day Welsh.

  • 92 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Shadow, why would he walk away after signing? If he wanted to walk away he’d be gone by now surely? He could still be sued for breach of contract – unless he had that specifically entered into the contract, which would immediately result in Ashley quite rightly refusing to sign his end off i imagine. What situation do you envisage where he signs a deal and legs it?

  • 93 Moonraker15 // May 20, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    As far as I am aware, Souness won f..all as a manager! Correct me if I’m wrong!

  • 94 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    I don’t get why Benitez would flush his reputation down the pan for good by shafting a club owner in such a gratuitous way. What sort of stick do you think any protective future employers would push him away with? I think Jib will tell you about the outstanding feature of that stick. 😀

  • 95 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Moonraker – salient point, eloquently posited.

  • 96 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Welshie, winning as a player isn’t the same as winning as a manager. Anything Souness won was with an inherited team and in a slightly different era. Rafa’s victories are in the current era and leave Souness miles adrift.

  • 97 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    BDM – my oh my it’s taking you a while. it’s getting a little embarrassing waiting for you to collate your thoughts, or perhaps your emotions? Well put it down to spending time figuring out what the “L” and the “R” stands for on your shoes.

  • 98 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 8:33 PM


  • 99 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    I think BDM is still reeling from the news that a Thesaurus isn’t a dinosaur after all.

  • 100 Jib // May 20, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    7 cups as player manager of Rangers
    FA cup liverpool
    League cup Blackburn
    Cups in Turkey with Galatasaray

    Apart from that nowt

  • 101 Jail for Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Cups in Scotland don’t count.

  • 102 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Nor turkey for that matter! 😉

  • 103 Jib // May 20, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Moonshagger said
    As far as I am aware, Souness won f..all as a manager!

  • 104 Moonraker15 // May 20, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    As I said, basically f…all ! Compared to Rafa that is!

  • 105 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Worth a quick peek. I’m sure Loony Souny’s record holds up really well against that. I hope they haven’t forgotten his Junior All-Accrington Junior Schools’ Shove Ha’Penny Challenge Shield Runners Up medal.

  • 106 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Didn’t Graeme get a ribbon for flag planting in Turkey? There’s a true pro for you. 🙂

  • 107 Moonraker15 // May 20, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Don’t start me off about Souness after some of his “great” signings for us!

  • 108 bettyswallocks // May 20, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Welshie……. I don’t know what makes you so stupid but it really works. You are in a permanent state of euphoria as ignorance is bliss. How can you suggest Holloway you rarebit?

  • 109 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 9:09 PM


    Plenty years of training to get where i am today.

    Ha ha ha

  • 110 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Player Edit
    Tottenham Hotspur
    FA Youth Cup: 1969–70
    Football League Second Division: 1973–74
    Football League First Division (5): 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84
    League Cup (4): 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84
    FA Charity Shield (3): 1979, 1980, 1982
    European Cup (3): 1977–78, 1980–81, 1983–84
    Coppa Italia: 1984–85
    Player-Manager Edit
    Scottish Premier Division (3): 1986–87, 1988–89, 1989–90
    Scottish League Cup (4): 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1990–91
    Manager Edit
    FA Cup: 1991–92
    Turkish Cup: 1995–96
    Turkish Super Cup: 1996–97
    Blackburn Rovers
    League Cup: 2001–02

  • 111 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    I think BDM is hoping I expire due to asphyxia due to holding my breath for his pithy retort. I think we can all move on from his latest blog-pummeling slur-fest. I know I have.

    Credit to welshie though. A random Souness V Benitez smack down certainly revived the chat ha ha.

  • 112 JackButler // May 20, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Sourness will always be remembered as a great players but a decidedly poor manager just like Roy Keane

  • 113 bettyswallocks // May 20, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Welshie……. I m just feeling sorry for that thought that you said crossed your mind. It must have been such a long, lonely journey.

  • 114 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Like I said just wanted an opinion, sorry i bloody asked now.

    Ha ha ha

  • 115 Jail for Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    I was standing on a pair of step ladders on a job in Pallion when I received a call from a mate in Dublin saying Souness was the new manager, I remember it as clear as the day Lennon was shot!

  • 116 bettyswallocks // May 20, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Tsunki…….. BDM has only got one post in him and that’s holding him together.
    I told you he wouldn’t be able to cope with a real wordsmith.

  • 117 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 9:27 PM


    Don’t worry i had plenty of company when i went through my training, people like jail, average and tuff joined in.

    Ha ha ha

  • 118 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    And, like Roy Keane, a bit of a thug on the pitch.

  • 119 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    So who’s going to win tomorrow’s fa cup final

    Van Gaal or Mr P down at selhurst park

  • 120 JackButler // May 20, 2016 at 9:30 PM


    Raffa and Sourness are chalk and cheese mate.

    Ask yourself this.

    How would you feel if, when Raffa is installed as our manager?

    Opposed to……

    How would you feel if Sourness was unveiled as our new manager?

    Therein lies the answer my friend

  • 121 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 9:31 PM


    What was the question.

  • 122 JackButler // May 20, 2016 at 9:32 PM


    Nothing wrong with being a bit of a thug on the pitch, in fact, its something we have been desperately short of for a very long time

  • 123 bettyswallocks // May 20, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Welshie……… I’m not saying you’re stupid. Perhaps you just have bad luck when thinking.

  • 124 JackButler // May 20, 2016 at 9:33 PM


    You asked what was the difference between the two

  • 125 lochinvar // May 20, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Guillem Balague – make him our new PR guru and get rid of Bishop

  • 126 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Right so you lot don’t like the idea of Holloway, well if we don’t get Benitez who the hell are we going to get because after today you can rule out Brendan Rodgers.

  • 127 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 9:36 PM


    Perhaps mentioning souness wasn’t a good idea.

    Ha ha ha

  • 128 Jib // May 20, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Legal people really like their weekends off.

    I bet the contracts were all done and dusted by this evening.

    They won’t announce it tomorrow with all the FA cup hoohaa

    Sunday with the families

    Monday mid morning the media will be summoned to a presser plastered with SD propaganda.

  • 129 JackButler // May 20, 2016 at 9:38 PM


    No mate, not the best example to chose from

  • 130 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Jack, love a hard tackle as much as anyone, but deliberately finishing another players career with a cowardly assault? I kinda draw the line there myself! 🙂

  • 131 JackButler // May 20, 2016 at 10:02 PM


    That challenge by Keane was disgraceful, no doubt, and sadly he will always be remembered for it, but he was one hell of a player and if we had just one player with half as much heart and commitment in our team this season I doubt we’d be facing up to life in the championship

  • 132 Novocastrian66 // May 20, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    I see the new Villa owner is endearing himself to the Villa die hards. He wants to rename Villa park to Lotus Villa Park. Apparently it’s after the health product company he owns. Sounds familiar.

  • 133 Mister Tuff // May 20, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Welshie – just so you do not get mixed up.
    Reference has just been made to a “hard tackle”.
    This is not the same as “tackle which is hard” – which you may experience when hunting in the pastures of the Valleys.

  • 134 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    You are a first class SFB.

  • 135 Our Toon // May 20, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Roy Keane was immense in his prime, world class midfielder but also a coward for the way he injured Haaland and finished his career. As a player though the bloke was different class.

    On the Armstrong debate, I think there’s more to it than Coventry getting rid of better players in 2nd half of season, I think teams had worked the youngster out with managers becoming more aware of his movements etc. Could be wrong but he was virtually unknown in English football at senior level so hit the ground running, the more he played though the less effective he became toward the back end of last season

  • 136 stuart no9 // May 20, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    welsh @126 how about Paul Hurst the grimsby town manager???

  • 137 stan anderson // May 20, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Why has Charnley still got any say what is best for NUFC.we all know he is not capable of doing anything concerning football
    Ashley OOT

  • 138 Jail for Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    We have to presume that LC was following orders and therefore hasn’t done anything wrong in our best ever owners eyes.

  • 139 jimmysmith // May 20, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Souness was a great footballer. Really would have made a huge difference to us if we’d had a player of his drive and calibre in our engine room. Nowhere near as successful as a manager, though certainly he had his moments, although I think he did inherit quality sides, and that Rangers stuff a drovers dog probably could have won. He is a very fine pundit though I think.

  • 140 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    I’m still wondering who the scurrilous poster was who said Ashley set us up deliberately to ruin us. I must have missed that one.

  • 141 jimmysmith // May 20, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    When Souness was manager of Liverpool and doing well, my coach in the Townsville North Qld 1st division, (think Sunday Pub League), was a guy called Peter Brine, and who was also the General Manager of The Townsville Sheraton Breakwater Casino and a top bloke.

    He played alongside Souness for the Boro 1st team int the old second and first divisions, and they were great pals. When we’d get thumped, which wasn’t rare, we’d waste little time reminding him how well Souness was getting on by comparison.

  • 142 Tsunki // May 21, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    Ahhh well…better turn in. Switch off the gas fire. Draw the curtains. Turn the big light off and get settled. Boil some milk. G’night all.

  • 143 Tsunki // May 21, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    Hot water bottle filled. ‘Jamas on and get tucked into the counterpein. Paraffin heater on the landing turned down low. Set the teasmade for the morning.

  • 144 Tsunki // May 21, 2016 at 12:07 AM


  • 145 Graeme // May 21, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    Night Night Tsunki – sweet dreams!!

  • 146 Tsunki // May 21, 2016 at 12:27 AM

    Don’t let the bed bugs bite..

  • 147 lesh // May 21, 2016 at 12:27 AM

    The Chron’s reporting Sky’s take on negotiations.

    It seems that Rafa wants written assurances that he’d:

    Be guaranteed transfer budgets, summer and Christmas – with figures;

    Complete control over player movements in or out and

    That he can bring in his own scouting staff.

  • 148 JAMSHA // May 21, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    if we dnt get rafa, its time to kick ashley out

  • 149 lesh // May 21, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    Damned phone! It seems to activate publish all by itself!

    Anyway, the three sticking points make up Carr’s major inputs and as Rafa was assured they’d become his, then it would seem that somebody’s got to act to clear the way.

    Charnley put off acting on McLaren until he was told to do it (reportedly) and I wonder whether Ashley’s expecting to do the necessary with Carr.

    He’s had opportunities to show he’s up to the job of MD at the Club and one would’ve expected him to go. Maybe Ashley’s just giving him a last opportunity to show he’s up to the job?

    As Ashley’s involved, Rafa will be signed up I’m sure but whether Charmless survives is another matter.

  • 150 jimmysmith // May 21, 2016 at 1:29 AM

    If Newcastle have only been signing Carr’s third and fourth choices, then giving him the old heave ho might well be a bit harsh. But he’ll get his severance, and I’m sure will survive. Another casualty of Mike’s failed regime?

    Charnley next? Although you really do get the feeling he for one has had it coming. Charnley is very young of course, and on a steep learning curve. That might just save him.

  • 151 Blofal // May 21, 2016 at 1:54 AM

    Jimmy I understand where you are coming from but for what Cabella and Thauvin cost there were far better players available even in the french market. Payet, Mahrez and Kante for example.

    Thauvin in particular annoys me because we had been after him for years, he didn’t want to come here and he ended up not being good enough.

    Carr also had a falling out with Pardew because Pardew wasn’t developing the players he bought in properly in his eyes. But that’s what happens when you buy players without consulting the manager and they don’t fit into the managers system.

    Carr had a vision of what he wanted the team to look like and bought in players accordingly. Him and Charnley weren’t consulting the manager. Even when McLaren started he stated he had seen the transfer plans for the next 3 windows. All recruitment had been decided before McLaren arrived and it was openly admitted. He had no say and the players didn’t fit his style of football. That is ultimately why we were relegated.

  • 152 The overrated Frenchman // May 21, 2016 at 2:59 AM

    Carr had a vision of what he wanted his bank account to look like, and in that he succeeded. It was a golden era for Carr and Mondial. They fleeced Ashley for millions, literally.

  • 153 Veltmann // May 21, 2016 at 4:26 AM

    Brendan Rodgers move to Celtic is a bit surprising – from high standard league to low standard league.I wanted him to manage here incase if we fail to tie up Benitez.Feeling positive though Rafa will sign soon but unlikely to attract big players.No Lacazatte,no Granit Xhaka and probably no top center back.Hope he is not going to stuck with the likes of Staylor and Reviere.

  • 154 Veltmann // May 21, 2016 at 4:48 AM

    Jordan Ibe,Tom Caroll,Thomas Kallas, Keiran Trippier, …

  • 155 Veltmann // May 21, 2016 at 5:08 AM

    Another obsessed Mackem.And the retired army haven’t seen much on here lately..

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