If Rafa Can Do This – It Will Be A Huge Step Forward


For at least ten years now, one of the things that have stopped Newcastle from having competition for places all over the pitch is our terrible injury record – and we are always top of the Injury League in the Premier League.

There’s something wrong somewhere in the way Newcastle deal with injuries and we are now hoping that Rafa Benitez can solve that mystery.

Rafa has asked to be in charge of the medical department so he can get to grips with what’s going on and why Newcastle always  have so many injuries.

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Rafa Benitez – will control medical department

First of all we have officially won the Injury League yet again – rather easily – and here are the final standings:

Final 15/16 Injury League Table

This season it has been embarrassing with both our left backs – Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara – being injury prone and when Rafa came in during March, we didn’t have a recognized left back and Vurnon Anita had to play there.

It begs the question as to why Lee Charnley very quickly sold Davide Santon a year last January to Inter-Milan – another stupid decision by the completely incompetent Managing Director.

If Rafa does join us this coming week – which we are told is almost a certainty – he will be given carte blanche and one of the areas he will be looking at closely is the medical department.

But it seems one obvious reason for our problems is that Newcastle bring back injured players far too quickly.

Ir was noticeable with Rafa that he didn’t do that – and the injuries tended to clear up once the former Liverpool manager came in and at the end of the season we had just five injured players.

If Rafa can just improve our injury situation next season, we will have more players available to play and more competition for places – that has to be a big positive.

It’s an area which can immediately improve the side if we can get to the bottom of what’s going on.

Somebody has to do that – and who better than Rafa Benitez?

Comments welcome.



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111 comments so far

  • Jib

    May 22, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #1

    There is little point in posting until the rapidfire clickbait slows down !

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  • lochinvar

    May 22, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #2

    The club needs to ensure that true fans can have affordable access to singing sections of the ground on a match by match basis and demote the tourist visitors to more remote sandwich bar sections of the ground. Many true fans who can’t afford season tickets might not be able to attend every game ( depending on work and cost ) but they must be encouraged to bring their vociferous support back to SJP. Too many clubs are turning football into Disney land franchises and are only one step away from castrating the atmosphere that is needed to motivate and support players and real fans alike.
    Point is that last time we came straight back up we had 102 points and thirty wins – to ensure those sort of results SJP needs to be a hostile place for visiting teams and not a day out on the back of a shopping trip to Eldon Square.
    If Rafa is here to sort out the team , the Academy , the Scouting and the Medical/fitness facilities Charnley or whoever needs to understand that SJP needs to be part of that action plan. And while it’s a pet hate ( apologies to the little uns ) the ball boys / girls need to be older , more aware of the rules and physically stronger to get the ball back to players and keepers to keep the momentum of games going.
    Youngsters in Level 7 should be entertained at half time by video highlights of great games, great players , great goals and club history rather than mundane party games on the pitch. Keep the atmosphere and the passion – it’s points we we will need and it all helps.

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  • Jib

    May 22, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #3

    I must say I was intrigued by Lochinvar’s Nuremburg rally vision of SJP.
    Maybe the ballboys/girls should all join the Rafayouth !

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  • Jib

    May 22, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #4

    ps
    how do you “castrate an atmosphere” ?
    With an airgun perhaps ?

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  • Munster Mag

    May 22, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #5

    “Who better than rafa benitez” ? Why, has rafa a history of solving injury problems at clubs? Nope, didnt think so.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 22, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Interesting point made by some journo in north east that sams football was perfectly ok to watch and they only scored a handful of headed goals all season. I tend to agree. I hate sam but much of his football is common in the prem league.

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  • posada

    May 22, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #7

    If you are not fit enough metally or physically to play at a certain level you will injure yourself.
    Therein lies the problem.
    Pre season will be very different with RB. Many at the club will simply not be able to handle it.
    In the past I think they have been allowed to cheat/pretend to be fit.
    Will they now ?

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    May 22, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m sure that part of our injury malaise is down to the fact that we always seem to have a squad with more than it’s fair share of malingerers. Coloccini is a prime example of course, and others such as Tiote, Cisse, Obertan have undoubtedly used injury as an excuse to pick and choose when they play. Hopefully a new recruiting regime will ensure that we sign players with a bit more moral fibre and mental toughness than we have done in recent years.

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  • Ian Toon

    May 22, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib- Ha Ha. Or a mission statement from the BBC claiming to enrich people’s lives with programmes that inform, educate and entertain.
    Lochinvar’s fundemental point is sound though because SJP in a Championship season needs to become a fortress- we take no prisoners. I visit infrequently these days but the atmosphere had noticeably lifted on my last visit- with Rafa very much at the helm.

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  • Wayayman

    May 22, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Lochinvar that’s a superb post mate. Totally agree.

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  • Ian Toon

    May 22, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Munster – It’s more a question of appointing the right people into areas of specialisation and then holding them accountable. That’s what Wenger has as the overlord at Arsenal, of all football related matters.

    It would be a massive shift in power and why we’re all waiting with bated breath for definitive news Rafa’s lawyer(s) are inscribing the aforementioned into a watertight contract. This will enable Rafa to undertake the root and branch work to turn us into a modern progressive football club.

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  • posada

    May 22, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #12

    That should read mentaly and physically.Typing on here is a nightmare.
    Anyway. Can one man re invent a football club.
    We were/are very superficial. Absent owner, absent Director of Football (chief scout so called).
    Nothing at the club behind the players and the manager apart from eh who o yeh Charnley.

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  • geordiesteve520

    May 22, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Just reading that Skrtel is on his way out of Liverpool; anyone else think he’d be perfect – knows Rafa like the back of his hand (and vice versa), strong and is a good leader. Get him in.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 22, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Mark Douglas:

    “United expect to confirm Benitez on Tuesday after a week of negotiating budgets, conditions and the Spaniard’s remit.

    There is also expected to be a boardroom reshuffle, with possible redrawing of the power lines at St James’ Park.”

    Roll on Tuesday, if true.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 22, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #15

    Ron Knee,
    Seeing as we’ve never heard from Churnley it would be good if we never have to see him again either.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 22, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Jail

    I imagine Charmless will survive – in some form.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 22, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Frenchman.. Agree. To see a,skacker like cisse leave the treatment room for rafa was instructive. I see norwich are a fit squad so they will be again next year. I hope hull go up as bruce is a v good manager down there.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 22, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #18
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 22, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #19

    Ron Knee,
    No doubt he will but it would make me a whole lot happier if Ed stopped posting those obscene images of him. Hopefully if he is reshuffled out of sight Ed won’t feel the need to keep violating our screens with his unsightly mug.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 22, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #20

    Munster

    That should be “down here”, not “down there”, unfortunately!

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  • Munster Mag

    May 22, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #21

    Does anyone read the American site newcastle toons? Stupid name, and what a geeky looking 15 yr old bolkocks!

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  • Tsunki

    May 22, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Well, who better to offer critique on your Mission Statement than the Missionary himself? Consider yourself honoured, Lochinvar.

    Wow that’s some good news about that league up there! We totally smashed it! Nobody even close this time! Woop wooooop!

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  • Munster Mag

    May 22, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #23

    Good point ron!

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  • Ron Knee

    May 22, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #24

    Munster

    Russell Hughes is the spitting image of Buddy Holly!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 22, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #25

    So will Rafa get an eight year deal if he guides us to the CL and wins the FA cup, or do you only get offered that for third round exits and tenth?

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  • Tsunki

    May 22, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #26

    No Munster I don’t read those American sites, they’re all run by Gaijin……..oh….wait..

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  • Munster Mag

    May 22, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #27

    At least our american isnt under 18 🙂 . Go on ed ya good thing!

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  • hibbitt

    May 22, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #28

    so what will the new board look like ?
    Moncur thinks his times up
    Carr looks like he’s going
    Charnley is the teacher’s pet so i think he will stay
    will that be it Charnley and Rafa ???

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  • Jib

    May 22, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #29
  • Jib

    May 22, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #30
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 22, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #31

    Hibbitt,
    They would do well to advertise the position for board members and get some qualified people in for a change.

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 22, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #32

    So after all this time jail is actually Lee Charnley.

    You couldn’t make it up

    Ha ha ha

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  • Ron Knee

    May 22, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #33

    hibbitt

    I see Martin Bain, SAFC’s new boss, started his career in modelling and marketing. Charmless can’t match that!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 22, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #34

    Welsh,
    Apart from the obvious what other disadvantages are there by having turnip for brains.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 22, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #35

    I am worried that carr hasn’t gone yet. carr very arrogantly, despite his awful record on signings in the last 2 years, was said to be upset at rafa having potentially more power!

    We do seem to breed some totally delusional frauds at NUFC. Charnless probably thinks he’s doing a great job too.

    Watching the totally sh–e negative football from CP yesterday reminded me how poor AP really is. Hard lines on LVG, do manu fans think they will see great football from park the bus Mourinho.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 22, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #37

    compare that to an AP for example

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 22, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #38

    classic AP with ben arfa. 4 months out with a serious injury, brings him back and plays him for 90 mins on a plastic pitch in sub zero conditions.

    with muppets like that and SM going against medical advice is it really that odd we have so many injuries.

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  • Tsunki

    May 22, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #39

    “At Valencia, the co-ordination between the medical staff and technical staff enabled us to use the famous rotation system when few people were using it and to maximise the players’ performance…”

    Jesper! Rafa uses the Rotation System! Jesper! Jeeeessssssspppppeerrrrr!

    😀

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  • Tsunki

    May 22, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #40

    Rotonda Re HBA could it have simply been that The King couldn’t give a monkeys about HBA at that time and thought “stuff him – I’m not playing him any other time soon so it doesn’t matter if he crocks himself”?

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