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Benitez Deal Imminent – Why Newcastle Should Make A Big Splash

3:14 pm, Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 222 Comments

After what seems like a very long time and started the morning after we were relegated after Sunderland had easily beaten a listless Everton side 3-0 at the Stadium of Light, it’s now looking like the announcement of Rafa Benitez as the new Newcastle manager for at least the next three years is imminent.

The Telegraph had reported early yesterday the deal was set to be announced on Tuesday and then other reports said mid-week and then it was to be the end of the week.

But it seems we are now back to Tuesday, according to the latest reports in the Chronicle today and we wouldn’t be too surprised if it’s even announced tomorrow.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

There’s only so long it can take to write down the agreements and have them checked out by the two sets of lawyers.

Maybe they are working the weekend on the details to get it completed – they should be.

And that stuff about another Premier League  club coming in at the last moment to wisk Rafa away was hardly going to happen  – since Rafa would never join Everton after his very successful six years at Liverpool.

It does look like Lee Charnley will stay on, but we expect some restructuring of the Board with Rafa taking a prominent role in running most aspects of the club.

So if Lee has a reduced role, that even sounds about right and it seems he is willing to support Rafa 100% – and that would be good.

Once the announcement is made Newcastle should make a big splash of it in the press, because it’s not often a world-class manager is willing to go down with a club into England’s second division.

So a nice long press conference where Rafa can talk about his vision for the club and the areas he wants to improve with maybe a rough timeline would be great.

The news and the detail on what’s to come will give Newcastle United some great publicity – and we need some of that right now – and it will also send out a message to our players.

In addition it will send a message to other players we may be after this summer.

This will be the start of the  Rafa revolution on Tyneside and a new era at the famous Newcastle United Football Club.

FANTASTIC!!

Howay The Lads!!

we believe

 



Tags: Coaching · Contracts · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League · Press




222 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // May 22, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Steve Black says he couldn’t get ” a Kulcha of winning at SJP”
    Your’e not wrong their bonny lad.

  • 2 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Benitez in

  • 3 Jib // May 22, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    You’re

  • 4 shaun83 // May 22, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    I’m not really a fan of this Rafa runs the whole thing I.e basically ceo. We still need a ceo to run the business, it shouldn’t be a case of Charnley is rubbish Rafa can do it, if Charnley isn’t up to the job then bring in a new ceo. Rafa needs to concentrate on the football and he still needs a boss for healthy tension.

  • 5 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    But he would have a boss Shaun. He’d be the podgy bloke who sacked Charnley for being incompetent. There’s your fear.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Hopefully we’ll won’t be hearing carefully worded guff from Bishop/Churnley anymore and Rafa will let us know exactly what’s going on, with his role, what’s happening with the youth set up, training ground etc. Hopefully this really is a new dawn.

  • 7 Mister Tuff // May 22, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    If Penfold was truely operating the club himself -and therefore responsible for what has happened – anywhere else he would have been pedalled.

    Perhaps if he really was not in control and really it was Mr Tubbs behind the scenes who was in control and telling Penfold what to do – then I could see why he keeps his job.

    He’ll keep his job!

  • 8 Mister Tuff // May 22, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    Whilst I support Rafa and think he is a very good manager and hope he stays – one or two on here have been going over the top on the attributes they believe he has – Rafa think this, Rafa thinks that, Rafa believes in this Rafa believes in that, he likes this but does not like that. He has videos on this, he likes this player etc etc – and the list goes on purely inventions by the authors. Next they’ll suggest he craps golden turds.

  • 9 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    “Hopefully this really is a new dawn”
    Mr Tuff has historically had a well voiced view on this an doubtless would wish to enlighten the blog.
    Surely words and figures don’t differ on the question of communication ?

  • 10 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    And doubtless

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Ian Toon,
    Will you stop speaking in riddles, you claimed we were in a brave new world and that I was a relic of the past before you slank away with your foolish prediction, I’m hoping that Ashley having been forced in to a corner has no choice but to give Rafa full control. Hence I’m hoping for a new dawn.

  • 12 Laurent Robert 32 // May 22, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Funny when the Palace fans were doing the Poznan to the Man U fans then eventually lost.

    It’d be hilarious if every goal Palace conceded against another team had the opposition fans doing the embarrassing Pinocchio dance at him. He’ll never live that down. His ego was about to sonic boom doing that dance – thought he had it won.

    Prat.

  • 13 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Jail – Someone less charitable than me would think you were plain thick. Maybe you should engage your brain before your fingers.
    Unlike you not to get your words and figures lined up. Just imagine what it would be like if I did choose to post in riddles. Why don’t you sign up for English comprehension at night school.
    Enjoy your summer.

  • 14 Laurent Robert 32 // May 22, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Hopefully Rafa is officially announced in a couple of days and we can all really get behind a change for the better.

    A proper manager at last – dispelling the myth that a quality manager wouldn’t come here instead of Pinocchio.

    Ed, this type of managerial appointment is exactly what your friends the Sack Pardew crew/mob/rabble/unit/tribe/gathering/flock/team wanted, yet you’re over the moon if it comes off.

    If we’d kept quiet and accepted a lower league manager, the call for change would never have eventually occurred.

    If your car tyres are flat, inflate them or change them. Don’t just trundle along at 5mph because the car moves.

  • 15 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Jail- You don’t need to worry yourself. That is unless you start the dirty tricks with your mate and involve me yet again in your puerile games.

  • 16 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    The only reason we got rafa was that we were in great danger of going down
    last roll of the dice
    not because of the rabble crew etc
    pardew walked 1 1/2 years ago
    we wouldn’t have got rafa if we finished mid table or even just above relegation

  • 17 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Ian,
    Tsunki described ypu perfectly when he said you were like a guy who walks in to a room unnoticed, farts and walks back out again.

  • 18 Ron Knee // May 22, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    So Dummett is apparently wanted by Pulis, Pardew and Hughes. Lucky lad!

  • 19 Rotonda heights // May 22, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Ian / Carl

    Typical, insult someone and scurry off.

    You imply Jail is thick and then say:

    Jail ”Unlike you not to get your words and figures lined up.”
    – – – – –

    You do seem to be a very confused little chap Ian / Carl.

  • 20 Rotonda heights // May 22, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Ron

    yeah, not exactly the top 4, barely even 10 calling

  • 21 Laurent Robert 32 // May 22, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Manx, if he wasn’t under the pressure he was under, the opportunity to leave wouldn’t have arisen anywhere near as quickly. It was an easy escape to Palace – no surprise he’s nose-dived there as well with none of the long list of excuses he had here.

    How Rafa has turned up is irrelevant in as much as pressure mounted on a other manager who should also have not been employed. The simple way of looking at it is that hiring McCardew is unacceptable and displeasure should be voiced – it was.

    Just like the brilliant reception which many of us have given Rafa since he’s arrived and did against Spurs.

    Come on, Rafa!

  • 22 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    You’ll have to explain. Take your time. Or do you want to call a friend?
    In the real world I have just received a high grading in psychometric assessment, for specifically emotional intelligence – which is extremely important in my field. I really don’t care what you think- you’re not very good with those who don’t mirror your self image.

  • 23 Ron Knee // May 22, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    RH

    And three British managers too!

  • 24 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Rotunda – Your ma. In your 50’a grow up.

  • 25 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Must be the same linesman that we had in our game against city

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    manxpie,
    What was your statement in reply to?

  • 27 Shadow_Shearer // May 22, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Newcastle need to hire new lawyers. These guys are taken forever to write out a contract. The longer the deal takes, the more chance of another team hijacking the deal.

  • 28 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Jail the fact that rafa is here for any other reason than Ashley panicked
    not because he’s changed or has started listening to fans

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Have a clubs fans ever looked forward to a year in the Championship as much as us?

  • 30 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    manxpie,
    There are very few suggesting otherwise!

  • 31 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Jail people saying that the pardew out site did their job they clearly didn’t that’s my issue

  • 32 Graeme // May 22, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Jail @ 29 – This could be the best season since our last adventure in the Fizzy Pop!!!

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    manxpie,
    I disagree, they made him aware that he was so unwanted people were prepared to dedicate a website to him .If it wasn’t for them he might still be here guiding us to forty points a year and another six years of dross. It’s actually ironic that such a poor manager was such a perfect fit for their uninspiring system. There wasn’t another manager out there that could be a successful patsy which ultimately paved the way for Rafa. So well done Pardew out . com

  • 34 Belfast // May 22, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    The linesman was obviously sleeping he was easily two yards offside.

  • 35 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    So the plan was to get relegated or as close to on the of chance that a top manager might come in
    nah jail I’m not having that
    it had nothing to do with paving the way to rafa
    Ashley didn’t listen to it did he?
    As I said he panicked and his gamble didn’t work again

  • 36 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    The Ashleyout.com site shouldve been first and where is that now?
    we’ve just been relegated it had no where near the urgency that the pardew one had
    He must be doing a great job or is it okay now just that rafa might be in charge?

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    No manxpie,
    The plan was to get rid of a manager who had the worst stats in our history, played the most diabolical football and was firmly planted in the hoop of our owner.

  • 38 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Manx- Pardew had wanted to leave for Palace for a while. His family also wanted to move south and he was not averse simply because it would be to manage his team. Parish met Ashley’s asking price. The final and conclusive act of Ashley was to make Pardew aware that he could only buy in the January window if Sissoko was sold.

    Pardew had no second thoughts. Ashley would have resisted any further activist activity if he didn’t receive the release fee.
    At the time of Pardew’s departure we were in 10 Th place and had secured 40% of our total points for the season in November. Ashley has always run the club as a business why would he bow to a bunch of
    hotheads.

    Typing on a phone and in a crowd.

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Yes Ian,
    The season before we had done the same before going on the worst run of form in world football, lovely way to manage a club for an owner who doesn’t give a toss.

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    We now have a manager who isn’t prepared to exit the cups in the first round and would see tenth as a gross failure rather than an achievement!

  • 41 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    It didn’t work tho jail did it? Pardew walked when he wanted got a pay rise and has done his job at palace got them 2 years of top prem money
    where as we have been relegated and our owner has had no grief
    because he spent some money and now begrudgingly got a top manager in

  • 42 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Manx. an interesting perspective. Worrying defensively – England!!

  • 43 AncientC // May 22, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    “The final and conclusive act of Ashley was to make Pardew aware that he could only buy in the January window if Sissoko was sold.”

    Pardew didn’t have control of transfers, as he made known since moving to Palace, so that one doesn’t quite add up.

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    What didn’t work manx, Pardew isn’t here, he’s applying his shyte brand of football elsewhere now. What good is money if you’re continually going to be 10th-17th. I don’t know anyone that would be happier in the PL with him in charge as opposed to where we are now.

  • 45 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Jail- You could well be right on the question of Pardew : Benitez mentality. However you would be comparing PL: Championship.
    Let’s secure his signature first.

  • 46 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Jail- Palace performed well and arguably could have taken the lead much earlier but for poor refereeing.

  • 47 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    AncientC,
    Aren’t you aware that Ian advises Alan on which eyewear to sport in public so is privvy to such information!

  • 48 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    Palace performed well, two counter attacks!

  • 49 AncientC // May 22, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Jail, it could only be inside information. It’s the first time I have heard of it.

  • 50 Laurent Robert 32 // May 22, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Manx, the site wasn’t the whole reason he left. However it, and everyone who contributed, like me, made it known to him, the club and everyone that this lower level calibre of serial underachiever is not the correct type of man for the job.

    Many of the same voices of displeasure were raised again with Wally.

    Simple: Get the right type of manager, give him an opportunity to develop the team/club and most people would back that scenario.

    Regardless of how the others were released, the focus remained to show displeasure at obviously incorrect managers and backing for the correct type of manager.

    Had everyone hushed up and taken what they were given with McCardew they’d probably still be here.

    Wally took a battering from the fans at the home game before he left, I contributed. Voices of displeasure once again made an impression.

    If it’s broken, fix it!

    The backing for Rafa has been great so far and the Spurs game songs for the Spaniard were great. Support for a proper manager, a better decision by the morons running the club, as will hopefully be the revamp of the setup as of next week.

    Tip of the day – Don’t accept rubbish.

  • 51 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    The pardewout site jail he walked not fired
    then we got carver so it really really didn’t work did it?

  • 52 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Jail- Ha Ha.
    It’s common knowledge try looking on I think it was NUFC. Com or BBC sport football app. Maybe my powers of retention are better than yours

  • 53 Yo-yo // May 22, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    “In the real world I have just received a high grading in psychometric assessment, for specifically emotional intelligence – which is extremely important in my field.”

    Ian – so obviously you didn’t get a high enough mark to realise how bloggers on here usually react to the conceited, puffed up type of comment you have just made above ?

  • 54 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Laurent jail the problem isn’t the manager tho is it that’s my point it’s the same person that has got away with it more or less for nearly 10 years terrible decision after terrible decision
    If you want the club to change surely aiming everything at the owner is the answer

  • 55 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    manx,
    Not being pedantic here but it was a Pardew out site not a Pardew fired, we wanted him out, he went. Rafa is here now. Simples

  • 56 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Haven’t got any better at penalties by the looks of it

  • 57 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Yo-yo it’s hard to let that gem slide by isn’t it? Especially when it comes with serial rebuffs if various posters and includes the nugget “I really don’t care what you think” ha ha ha Psychometric Gold.

  • 58 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Yeah great in the championship with the owner still making shite decisions
    with no pressure on him looking likely

  • 59 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    So manx,
    You’d rather still be in the PL with no hope or belief with Pardew in charge?

  • 60 Laurent Robert 32 // May 22, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    I have been behind getting Ashley out as well, Manx. It’s one in the same. Poor owner making poor decisions. I boycotted about 4/5 games to make a point as a group effort with like-minded fans.

    Pardew is poor and is highly limited in what he can achieve as he’s shown at his other clubs as well as his current one.

    Ashley, however, as bad as he’s been, actually has a better chance of changing. He can take better advice, (Rafa) change approaches with a good manager and setup. That looks to be happening now.

    The removal of an imbecile manager is a lot easier than getting someone to fork out hundreds of millions of pounds to buy the club.

    If he won’t sell, I’d prefer at least to have a competent manager in charge until he does. Rafa is that guy and it’s gone way beyond just management if he can build the whole club from scratch. That looks like it might happen.

    If it does, I’m very much looking forward to next year.

  • 61 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Are we really defence the vile sponge Pardew again . Surely the thin camouflage of the wispy mists of time are hardly enough to provide cover for his apologists to prance out of the shadows to spray his foul record with perfume again?

    Pardew Out was totally right and although he went of his own volition, he realised his tenure here was a thankless and ultimately pointless one. How can his residency be whitewashed with the brush of Carver and McLaren? That’s not the fault of the Crowd/Crew/gaggle/mob.. is it? Surely it’s the incompetent Charnley and the ambitious old coot acting under the strict money-in remit of Ashley?

    Ultimately the whole dissatisfaction bunch/gathering/flock/rabble… have ultimately been right if they’ve backed the regime into.finally seeing the light and appointing recognised personnel, haven’t they? Or should we have paid our money and bought the shirts and pies and sat quietly while the burley/dowie/warnock… contingent filed through?

    Crazy thinking from some untenable argumentation

  • 62 hibbitt // May 22, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    ian toon

    pardue never brought his family to live in newcastle

  • 63 Laurent Robert 32 // May 22, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Tsunk, right on.

  • 64 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    No jail I’d rather be in the prem with a top manager but Wat has changed since pardew left?
    Wat might have been if all the pressure was directed at Ashley and charnley and all that money that was spent was spent on Ashley out charnley out
    2 full years of it

  • 65 Laurent Robert 32 // May 22, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    *Tsunki (typing quickly on phone)

  • 66 JamesToon // May 22, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Why are we still going on about pardew, fingers crossed he stays we now have a world class manager who’s a million miles ahead of pardew, in Rafa.

    Quite frankly if Rafa didn’t stay, and you offered me the chance to have Pardew back, I would say no, never wanted Pardew and never liked him, the head butts, foul mouthing, pushing linesman, dire football, would never take him back.

    His dance yesterday just summed up how much of an egotistical tw*t he is

  • 67 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Don’t accept rubbish
    charnley is still here
    Ashley hasn’t changed

  • 68 Laurent Robert 32 // May 22, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see which players come in and which players stay. I hope Townsend will stay, and others.

    If we have a strong team, they must look forward to battering some teams, playing decent football and making the squad into a well oiled unit to play in the Premier League.

  • 69 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Doesn’t look good for townsend
    3 of the hopefulls getting game time and not him
    how sterling is a starter after the season he’s had is ridiculous

  • 70 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Manx

    Townsend will start next game.

  • 71 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Tsunki Wat have they ultimately been right about?

  • 72 Laurent Robert 32 // May 22, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Manx, if Rafa stays and all his conditions are met, that is certainly a change for the better as long as they don’t meddle with the plan. Rafa’s lawyers will hopefully assure him of those conditions.

    Charnely’s role in diminished somewhat as Rafa is already here. He just has to conclude deals. He shouldn’t be employed in that capacity, but Rafa is calling the majority of the shots now. That is a good thing. He won’t be mugged off by these dimwits.

  • 73 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    manxpie,
    A completely moot point as I’d rather have had a top manager after Hoots was sacked, that bollox that we could never attract a top manager, apart from being bollox in the first place was blown out of the water when Rafa was signed. A manager of his calibre should have been here five years ago. Don’t even begin to lecture me on Ashley, I jave been on here for the last seven years trying to convince people Ashley is a wrong ‘un and sometimes as a very lone voice. If you stopped letting your love of Pardew cloud what everyone thinks of Ashley you might sound more agreeable!

  • 74 toonluvva // May 22, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    We might have brought in Rafa, but the main problem still remains- Mr Ashley is still the owner.

    He needed to bring in Rafa, too late of course, to protect his SD advertising on Sky.

    I just hope that Mr Ashley has finally woken up to the danger of always taking a “just above 17th is fine” approach. This season the wheels have fallen off.

    Let’s see just how much power Mr Ashley has handed over to Rafa. But! It will be harder to return to the PL than it would have been to stay there in the first place.

  • 75 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Luarent i will believe it when i see it
    It’s all press talk at the minute

  • 76 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Jail so you think rafa would be here at the start of the season under the same rules as pardew and mcclaren
    not a chance he came as it was a win win for him

  • 77 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Manxpie – they’ve been right that a succession of cut price has-beens and never-was’s is not the answer to mid table stability and healthy turnover. A sporting institution has a huge bearing on the financial long term of it’s business. In fact, unless you look after that diligently, the brand dives. Hence we are now at the low point of realisation. it’s for sale to make or ruin.

    In my opinion, Pardew Out! Just wasn’t forceful enough to push for a good change early enough to save us from a second relegation. I put that reticence down in large part to the discouraging voices of naysayers such as yourself, who are afraid the status quo is better than the unknown step into the dark. In other words cowardice dressed up as prudence. Said it.

  • 78 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Ashley to make or ruin dammit!

  • 79 JamesToon // May 22, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    JFA and LR32

    It’s a bit of a joke how supposedly when Pardew was here he would spend 4 days of the week working with the defence and carver and stone would spend time on attacking, yet we still conceding sh*t tonnes of goals, and we never played as a unit, there was no real togetherness. In 10 games we looked like all of that under Rafa, our defending is miles better, more organised and looked more together and more of a cohesive unit

  • 80 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    manxpie,
    Heezus Christos man. No I don’t, a decent manager wouldn’t have come in under the circumstances hence the need to get rid of cnuts like Pardew. Ffs man what bit don’t you get!!!

  • 81 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Wat my love of pardew? Pardew has nothing to do with my point
    the point is the things that should have been targeted haven’t and the main problems have remained
    I said at the time it should be an Ashley out site

  • 82 Laurent Robert 32 // May 22, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    James, exactly what I’ve banging on about for years. A capable manager. Poor manager, over time, generally has decent players under-performing as a team. The inverse happens with a good manager.

  • 83 JamesToon // May 22, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Manxpie

    Would you rather

    Be in the championship but with Rafa in charge

    Or

    Still be in the premier league with pardew

  • 84 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    The point that attacking manager instead of the actual people that have let this club go to ruin Wat part of that point dont you get
    pardew went nothing changed
    Then a year later under the same crappy decisions recruitment everything we are relegated

  • 85 JamesToon // May 22, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Manxpie

    Yes mate but the fans didn’t exactly expect McCarver to replace him. I think the fans deserve a little more than a typical English journeyman manager. And if you remember the protests were also targeted at Ashley as well as pardew

  • 86 JamesToon // May 22, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Pretty sure most of the palace fanbase want him out now, long ball football and the poor team selections

  • 87 Munster Mag // May 22, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Much as i want rafa, typically nufc fans are prostrating themselves before the messiah here. Nufc is probably the only gig going in england now for rafa in terms of jobs with big clubs who want him ( ie not everton) . Moreover, we only won a couple of games with him and we were awful in the three crunch 6 pointers, the really vital games. So lets not deify him when he hasnt signed yet, and hasnt managed a game in the champ yet.

  • 88 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Tsunki so it has nothing to do with going after the wrong people then?
    Because lots changed after that didn’t it?
    I I wanted change and charnley should have been the 1st to go
    James neither I’d rather be in the prem with rafa

  • 89 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Manxpie,
    We have a top manager in charge now, a manager who has come in and said if this doesn’t change I will not sign, that’s what we’ve needed for a long time. The pardew out rabble etc realised it would be much easier to get rid of his patsy first, imo they succeeded, he ferked off. The AshleyOut.com died when he spent 50M on players then a further 30M, there didn’t have to be a Mclaren out campaign as he invented it himself . If Pardew was still here what woul? have changed?

  • 90 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Manxpie read my post again. Getting at Pardew was targeting the root of the problem. No more substandard management. Ashley chose to defy that, the mealy mouthed whisperer who said ” Oh no let’s be quiet in case he does even worse” won the day and Ashley installed his “board” of penny counters to do his bidding. Ok, so it’s taken a relegation, again, to get the heat of dissatisfaction on him again, and he may finally have been made to realise he can’t keep doing it his way. But if we’d ridden the pardew/carver/mclaren train without any complaint, as people like you seem to be suggesting, we would be on to the next gem, Bruce or the likes and you would be happy as chart in the middle of the championship year on year?

  • 91 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    James i don’t give a damn about pardew i just don’t agree that that protest was right and that they should get praise as well as Ashley getting praise for bringing in rafa let alone charnley

  • 92 Munster Mag // May 22, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    James apart from the spurs bonkers game our football under rafa was about the same as fat sams and a little better than pardews once his decline started. Despite having guys like wiji and perez, fat sams football was no worse than ours. A lot of liverpool fans found rafa v defensive and constantly changed teams that were winning. I aint expecting exciting football from rafa, that would be foolish.

  • 93 Munster Mag // May 22, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Tsunki if we dont get rafa i want bruce cos he wud get us uo,but only in a 1 yr contract. The beauty of rafa is that he can force change in how the club is run

  • 94 JamesToon // May 22, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Manxpie

    Yes Liverpool fans did think him as a bit defensive, but still against Swansea we played some decent football. He knows how to organise a defence which is what we have needed for years. But I don’t think he’s that pragmatic that we’ll go to button away and set up not to get beat.

  • 95 JamesToon // May 22, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    *burton away

  • 96 JamesToon // May 22, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    Sorry that post was meant for munster

  • 97 JamesToon // May 22, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    The club needs a strong personality and a person who is bigger than all the players, and most importantly understands the fans, Rafa is exactly that.

  • 98 toon22 // May 22, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    I think knocking Rafa on his record at the toon isnt really fair.
    He took over an utter shambles,a one thats trundled on since Charver.
    Yes we bottled it in those 3 crunch games but imho at least we almost made it,without Rafa im sure we would have sunk without a trace ages before our final demise.
    Secondly we have,hopefully,finally gotten a manager who actually knows his stuff and is respected throughout the game,it also seems he will get free reign at the club so someone can finally sort out the utter shambles behind the scenes thats gone on since MA bought us.
    In short myself and a whole bunch of other people think Rafa migh actually sort out the mess we are in without having to hope someone buys us.

  • 99 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Tsunki the problem is and always has been above the managers though
    Rafa couldn’t save us as we had a shocking squad simple after years and years of shocking recruitment
    we had the best squad ever to some on here until that was totally exposed

  • 100 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Manxpie yes Ashley has always been the problem, but he was got at by the fans no doubt about that. We are the paying customers, so whatever it is that gets him to the point of ok’ing Rafa Benitez as manager works imho.

    Munster you have to be joking, right? I’d take a “defensive” Benitez and see us playing defensive champions league and defensive cups rather than the sexy ‘front foot’ football delivered by Steve Jacomo Bruce (credit nufc.com). I would, really I would!

  • 101 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Manxpie actually not a lot wrong about your last post. I just find the idea of leaving Pardew and his successors alone because it ain’t their fault untenable.

  • 102 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Can’t believe any Toon fan would want to see that fat bent-faced knackerball roll up to sjp. In a million years. What a truly horrific day that would be when we bent over in welcome for that outsize mackem reject Geordie traitor

  • 103 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    If only Pardew done what Benitez is doing now, having the balls to go up to Charnley and Ashley and tell them i will join if i get full control, Pardew would still be here now if he did the same.

  • 104 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Aye Welshie but they said ” guaranteed top flight job for eight years, Alan – does that suit yooooou?”

    And after loosening his belt, Alan promptly signed.

  • 105 Laurent Robert 32 // May 22, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    We scored in 7 games in a row which we hadn’t done all season. 4 was the longest run. In Rafa’s his second game, he’d halted an embarrassing run of results against Sunderland where not only had we not won, we hadn’t scored either. Mitro got a few goals more, the players looked far better balanced, albeit nervous. A couple of poor games is bound to happen, we’re bottom of the league!

    Rafa even said himself that he wasn’t going to give them too many changes in terms of strategy – Another logical decision.

    If he stays, I’m absolutely looking forward to next season. If not, the backlash will be huge.

  • 106 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    If you have been there Welsh, you would probably have witnessed his dance a long time before he did it the other day.

  • 107 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    It’s not pardews fault the club were stupid enough to give him a lengthy contract, it’s like you getting called in to see the chairman you see your contract on the table you look at it and say to yourself 80 grand a week they nuts giving me that, but you will still sign it with a smile on your face, anyone would.

  • 108 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Welsh it doesn’t stop him from being a steaming turd.

  • 109 toon22 // May 22, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    AP has been and still is a disaster at every club he has ended up at.
    CP will see the usual run of record worst before he is sacked,before he is finally kicked he will have served up some shockingly poor football,again.

    To try and claim he would have been better staying is so bizzare id think a troll we doth have.

  • 110 Yo-yo // May 22, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    I’m not sure there is a majority of Palace fans calling for Pardew’s head.
    They don’t have amazingly high expectations. A friend of mine who’s been supporting them for 40 years is quite happy. AP got them to the FA Cup final FFS. They could have won too.

  • 111 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    It’s all about the board backing the manager, Benitez will be given everything which others didn’t that’s all I’m saying.

  • 112 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Troll my arse, just an opinion that’s all.

  • 113 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Welsh I’ll give that a miss thabks

  • 114 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Thabks but no thabks.

  • 115 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Well it seems the BullScheizer tank has run dry it look like the Pardew Crease – Licking has finally stopped. 🙂

  • 116 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    The am9unt of time taken for this has been right imo. Some clubs spend a month on tying up a new manager. Since rafa was already here, i think just over a week making new arrangements for a spell in the championship is fair. I will even find it in my heart to say “well done” to the club, once rafa signs on the line. I still fully believe, unless Spain come calling (unlikely now), that the papers are right for once and he is our man.

  • 117 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Maybe those who seemed hell bent on wedging their face in Pards’ Crevice have decided your trolling offer is better, Welsh?

    😀

  • 118 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    manxpie,
    You’re trying to convince a now largely anti Ashley blog that Ashley is the main problem. Good luck with your innovation!

  • 119 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Tsunki

    I have just eaten. Please dont make me think of such horrific things

  • 120 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    haha jail it was you who picked up on my earlier point
    which was the wrath should have been aimed elsewhere
    not my fault its taken this long and many circles later for you to understand it

  • 121 Nufc-83 // May 22, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Jail and manpixie that was one of the most pointless debates (if you can call it that) I have ever witnessed on this blog. I can’t believe seconds of my life have been taken up reading that.

  • 122 lesh // May 22, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Mr Tuff

    Heard from a reliable source that Rafa really does pass golden turds. So, there you’ve had your premonition fulfilled.

  • 123 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Barca down to 10 men Mascherano sent off.

  • 124 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    nufc83 tell me about it lol

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FONN-0uoTHI

  • 125 jimmysmith // May 22, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Rafa’s record tells us he’s the real deal, and we saw it in our final six games, although that doesn’t guarantee success, or even a quick return to the top flight. But it’s much more than his quality than has bred this sense the worm has turned. It’s also the leverage he now has to force Ashley into correctly backing the football side, and to get it in writing, that augers so well for us.

    You could take a cautious and pessimistic view considering Ashley’s ownership has been littered with pulled punches, or you could take an optimistic one, it’s all on the cards. But this is clearly new ground for us.

    Rafa is far better than Alan Pardew, who kept us in the EPL, and guided us to fifth, and the last stages of the Europa league, with the sort of bare bones backing, that Rafa just won’t tolerate.

  • 126 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    You’d think it was seville down to 10

  • 127 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Sevilla

  • 128 lesh // May 22, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    A thought which probably occurred to wiser posters days ago: If Rafa likes to rotate his squad, that would imply a squad made up of equally talented players….

    And that should mean the end of the Purples malarky.

  • 129 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Manx

    Thats often the case with Barca

  • 130 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Wonder if luis enrique will put a defender on

  • 131 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Aye you’d still fancy them with 8 players
    cathro on at half time he’s not as depressing as he looks either missed the start so has he said anything about us?

  • 132 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Maybe take rakitic off for a cb, play alves, new cb and pique in a 342. Use alba and neymar the wide players. Iniesta and brusquets in mf, messi playing off suarez up front.

  • 133 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Manx

    Cathro wasnt asked about us, i suspect he has already told them he cant comment. You know how it is at our illustrious club 😀

  • 134 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Nearly right. Rakitic off for mathieu, but he has gone 423

  • 135 manxpie // May 22, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Cheers aye most probably wouldn’t surprise me if sky had to sign something too

  • 136 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Messi has a clonk on the heed, but playing on
    Suarez has twanged his hammy, and is off. Not going well for Barca

  • 137 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Raffina on. Hes more a midfeilder than a forward. Thats now effectively 432 messi and neymar up front.

  • 138 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Jimmy,
    If I was more literate I would have said exactly the same myself. Excellent post!

  • 139 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 22, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Benitez went unbeaten for us once he had a fit left back !

    Next season if he is in charge there will be some strength in depth were we will no longer be playing midfielders at fullback!

  • 140 Mister Tuff // May 22, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Ian Toon what’s all this about :-
    ““Hopefully this really is a new dawn”
    Mr Tuff has historically had a well voiced view on this an doubtless would wish to enlighten the blog.
    Surely words and figures don’t differ on the question of communication ?”

    Indeed I did have a viewpoint if you are talking about your invention “Maccas Bwave New World”
    As I’ve said before and again now – What a load of shyte.
    Last sentence -what the hell are you on about.

    And what’s all this about :-
    “….Typing on a phone and in a crowd.”

    Probably not a crowd but a gathering of Toon fans who have recognised you – and intend to give you a thrahsing. Run to save your worthless hide.

  • 141 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 22, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Jimmy

    The pessimist (realist) in me says that you’re right – Rafa won’t tolerate the frugal policies Ashley has operated with in running our club.

    Which will be why he’ll leave when they’re reintroduced. The worm has not turned, maybe temporarily it has, but the “Rafalution” will not last long.

    It has made a lot of people more positive about relegation – anyone think that this was perhaps the intention all along?

  • 142 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Sevilla down to 10! Injury time. Barce fk edge of box. Wrong side for messi (if there is such a thing) and maybe too close

  • 143 Mister Tuff // May 22, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Continued ineptitude over a prolonged period might well look like a deliberate act – when viewed by those with a bit of sense and responsibility.
    However when such actions are conducted by arrogant clots who do not see the error of their ways (and never will) a deliberate act diminishes in favour of pure ineptitude with no intended malfeasance.
    In other words they are just a set of knobbers.

  • 144 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Oooooooooo

  • 145 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    @140 !!!

  • 146 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    All kicking off now. There has been enough cards given to tile a bathroom

  • 147 Novocastrian66 // May 22, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    The Spanish cup final is better than yesterday’s FA cup final at every level.

  • 148 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Extra time it is. 10 a side.

  • 149 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Novo

    Agreed. Even though its 0-0, its had everything else

  • 150 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 22, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    @Novacastrian

    Should have watched the Scottish Cup Final yesterday was better than both games put together !

    Even had a royal rumble at the end of the game !

  • 151 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Get in there, little Jordi Alba!

  • 152 Novocastrian66 // May 22, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    I was at graft but watched the highlights later on it and it was certainly entertaining.

  • 153 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Lcbp

    Yeah i saw the end of that. Hibs fans goading rangers players, rangers fans taking exception. Poor form all in all.

  • 154 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    1-0 Barca. Going to be tough for sevilla now.

  • 155 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Stupid foul from konoplyankerplunkkaplaa

  • 156 jimmysmith // May 22, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Yeah, a bust up is likely somewhere along the line, and tense confrontations beforehand almost guaranteed. Even so, Rafa took on the owners of Liverpool and got what he wanted, and Ashley would surely be unable to knife Rafa in the back, without knifing us in the guts at the same time. It reminds me of the playwright Bertolt Brecht, claiming that each successive explosion in a performance has to be bigger than the last, in order to satisfy the audience. This does look like Ashley’s final hurrah and last throw of the dice, even bearing in mind how slippery he certainly is.

  • 157 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Sevilla hacking all over now

  • 158 Novocastrian66 // May 22, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Two cracking saves from Rico.

  • 159 bettyswallocks // May 22, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Ruddy …… Everyone on this blog knows what your real agenda is as you’ve tried to ram it down our throats for long enough.
    Don’t be false now that things are maybe changing for the better. Just be yourself so that we can hate you for what you are.

  • 160 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    Novo

    Yeah hes just about kept them in it. Always half a chance at 1-0 down

  • 161 Munster Mag // May 22, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Toon 22 there is no major fan unrest v pardew at palace. He kept a pretty so so club in the prem and got to a cup final. I know a few palace fans and they were disappointed with the second half of league, thats all. Pardew is limited but we gave him one player, anita, when he needed more funds after 5th in the prem. We all think he’s a tool ( nice dance al) but most see him as a below average mgr, far from inept as some portray on here. We get a bit myopic and bitter here.

  • 162 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Spanish cup final is a bit boring.

  • 163 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Welsh

    What game you watching? Its had everything except goals!

  • 164 Munster Mag // May 22, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    That said, the scouser national journo who suggested that english guys like pardew were being overlooked for the man u job was pretty bonkers.

  • 165 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Neymar should have made it 2 before. He is a little greedy fcuk

  • 166 Munster Mag // May 22, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Jeez i love iniesta

  • 167 Novocastrian66 // May 22, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    The refs injured! Seen it all now the ref getting a rub down.

  • 168 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Munster

    He has been fantastic tonight. Sailing past players, gliding through their midfeild like they are no there. Everyone goes on about messi neymar et.c, but i have always thought Barca just ticks over better when iniesta is in the side. He has to be one of the best central creative mfs in the world

  • 169 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    THE best imo

  • 170 Novocastrian66 // May 22, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    That must that famous Welsh humour.

  • 171 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Might have had everything apart from goals, but that eaxatly why people go to matches and watch it on tv is for the goals, Scottish cup yesterday was more entertaining.

  • 172 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Novo

    It’s famous Welsh something, alright. Not sure ‘humor’ is the correct term 😀

  • 173 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    *humour

  • 174 Novocastrian66 // May 22, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    They go on about the Premier League being faced paced but this match has been relentless and high quality.

  • 175 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    Welsh

    A game can have 10 goals and be dull as fk. A hard fought victory can be really exciting.

  • 176 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    That should have been 2-0 and goodnight.

  • 177 Novocastrian66 // May 22, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Fast paced that is.

  • 178 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Nothing wrong with our humour thank you very much, considering there’s about 90 per cent of moaners on here i find that comment very funny.

  • 179 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Novo

    This game has been more like a war. And as I say that, another sevilla player sent off. First yellow harsh, second yellow for decent. Harsh over all.

  • 180 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    How can this be a fast paced match, when the match is stopped every five minutes when yellows cards are flying out and red cards.

  • 181 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    And that, ladies and gentlemen of the jury,is game over. Messi 2 assists. Alba and neymar 1 goal each

  • 182 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    It’s taken extra time to get 2 goals, wow.

  • 183 Novocastrian66 // May 22, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Feel a bit sorry for Sevilla but Barca are superb.

  • 184 bettyswallocks // May 22, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Welsh…… Is it true that sheep are just like the real thing.? Just wondered like.

  • 185 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Its been end to end, with players knocking chunks out of each other.

  • 186 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Glad that’s over.

  • 187 Munster Mag // May 22, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Tsunki very few managers get their chairmen to guarantee funds. Control of transfers, yes, but i think rafa is forcing ashley to agree either a figure of a % of turnover. That wud be amazing if it happened. I cant see why the contract has taken so long unless these financial details of transfer funding are involved. Its not about rafa having total control etc, otherwise the process wud have been quicker

  • 188 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Ok,so games are only exciting if there are loads of goals? Thats a very simplistic view of football. And total bollox, i might add.

  • 189 Novocastrian66 // May 22, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    No running the ball in the corner and time wasting. Thoroughly entertaining match. Welshie you might want to start watching basketball. Loads of goals in that or whatever they call them..

  • 190 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Nobody forced you to watch it.

  • 191 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Betty

    Haven’t they got sheep in England then, surly you must have seen one when you are out and about or do you stay indoors 7 days a week because you have got no mates.

  • 192 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Two well worked goals, totally worth waiting for.

  • 193 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    How much is a ticket to watch that match, probably a fortune.

  • 194 Munster Mag // May 22, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    I dont think rafa has any other offers. No way will he be offered spain job. Too defensive. I cudnt believe he got the madrid job. Totally unsuited to their style. Same with spain and i am pretty sure rafa knows it.i also think he cud retire with us, unless he gets a team like valencia as one last gig at home.

  • 195 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Right lads,he’s just trying to start another argument. Ignore it.

  • 196 bettyswallocks // May 22, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Why did the Welshman cross the road?

    Answer:- Because he was still stuck up the chicken.
    A little variation for you Welshie as I know you get bored of the sheep.

  • 197 Novocastrian66 // May 22, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Don’t know Welshie, I watched it on the telly.

  • 198 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Munster

    Thinking about it,he would have probably suited Athletico more than Real. Mind, international football is about winning, and he is a winner. Since del bosques team and style is past its best, it is not impossible that he would be offered the spain job…..although i think it would have happened by now

  • 199 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Not starting another arguement, just like to see goals to get my moneys worth, everyone’s different.

  • 200 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Won’t mention the game again.

  • 201 Novocastrian66 // May 22, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    What I really hate about the FA cup final now is the way they blast music at the end of the games. Drowns out the fans. None of that nonesence in Spain.

  • 202 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Liking goals is one thing, but to pass a game off as boring just because its low scoring is insane.

  • 203 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Anyway. Work tomorow. Bed time. Catch you all after rafa signs 😉

  • 204 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    I didn’t call it boring because it was low scoring, it was boring before they scored, like I said it took extra time to get the goals, if that was a league match, would that be with worth the price of the ticket you paid, don’t think so somehow.

  • 205 bettyswallocks // May 22, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Welshie… Have you got a headache?

  • 206 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    If 0-0 match is worth 60 to 80 pounds ticket then sorry i don’t agree.

  • 207 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Haven’t got a headache, but having problems with my tooth if you want to know, thanks for asking.

  • 208 Novocastrian66 // May 22, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Thought you weren’t going to mention it again? Oh no cue the music.

  • 209 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    So if a game is 0-0 in the league, you want your money back? Thats silly. I have seen some very exciting games that ended 0-0. Great saves, woodwork hit, solid defences. It happens, and it isn’t always boring. Tonights game was end to end from the start.

  • 210 Munster Mag // May 22, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    Ycmiu, no way mate. Spain are still a flair team. Rafa is not a flair manager. Agree re athletico. Hope their mgr stays, cant remember his name. I like this spanish celebration , its very cultured. Gotta say i like athletico though.

  • 211 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Ok, both sides should let some goals in on purpose just so fans get monies worth. Never mind trying to keep a clean sheet and win.

  • 212 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Munster

    Spain are still a flair team, but it was to thier cost in the last WC. The players are aging, del bosques is old and didnt know any other way to play. He is quiting after the euros, and any new manager will inevitably change the style.

  • 213 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Anyway, i must get some sleep. Goodnight all.

  • 214 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    If anyone’s interested, they showing Newcastle vs Arsenal match 2011.

  • 215 Munster Mag // May 22, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Toon V arsenal 2011 on sky!

  • 216 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Sky sports 1 i forgot to add.

  • 217 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Sorry Munster beat you to it.

  • 218 Novocastrian66 // May 22, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    The Arsenal 4-4 is on Sky Sports 1

  • 219 bettyswallocks // May 22, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Welsh……. No headache. Any chance then?

  • 220 jimmysmith // May 23, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    https://youtu.be/e2E4MhSv7fk

  • 221 Munster Mag // May 23, 2016 at 1:21 AM

    Oh arse why am i still up?

  • 222 Ian Toon // May 23, 2016 at 6:13 AM

    Betty @ 159 “it’s better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not”




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