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

7:51 am, Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 111 Comments

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.

rafa benitez traning

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.

Tags: Championship · Illness · Injuries · Medical · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League

111 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // May 22, 2016 at 8:02 AM

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

  • 2 lochinvar // May 22, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    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.

  • 3 Jib // May 22, 2016 at 8:04 AM

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

  • 4 Jib // May 22, 2016 at 8:09 AM

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

  • 5 Munster Mag // May 22, 2016 at 8:29 AM

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

  • 6 Munster Mag // May 22, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    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.

  • 7 posada // May 22, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    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 ?

  • 8 The overrated Frenchman // May 22, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    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.

  • 9 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    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.

  • 10 Wayayman // May 22, 2016 at 8:43 AM

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

  • 11 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    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.

  • 12 posada // May 22, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    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.

  • 13 geordiesteve520 // May 22, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    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.

  • 14 Ron Knee // May 22, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    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.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 9:08 AM

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

  • 16 Ron Knee // May 22, 2016 at 9:13 AM


    I imagine Charmless will survive – in some form.

  • 17 Munster Mag // May 22, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    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.

  • 18 Ron Knee // May 22, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Here’s another article, hot off the press:

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    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.

  • 20 Ron Knee // May 22, 2016 at 9:24 AM


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

  • 21 Munster Mag // May 22, 2016 at 9:24 AM

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

  • 22 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    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!

  • 23 Munster Mag // May 22, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Good point ron!

  • 24 Ron Knee // May 22, 2016 at 9:28 AM


    Russell Hughes is the spitting image of Buddy Holly!

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    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?

  • 26 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 9:39 AM

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

  • 27 Munster Mag // May 22, 2016 at 9:45 AM

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

  • 28 hibbitt // May 22, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    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 ???

  • 29 Jib // May 22, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    screensaver for everyone

  • 30 Jib // May 22, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    screensaver for Jail for Ashley

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 9:54 AM

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

  • 32 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    So after all this time jail is actually Lee Charnley.

    You couldn’t make it up

    Ha ha ha

  • 33 Ron Knee // May 22, 2016 at 9:55 AM


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

  • 34 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 10:09 AM

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

  • 35 Rotonda heights // May 22, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    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.

  • 36 Rotonda heights // May 22, 2016 at 10:28 AM


  • 37 Rotonda heights // May 22, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    compare that to an AP for example

  • 38 Rotonda heights // May 22, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    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.

  • 39 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    “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!


  • 40 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    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”?

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    No mention of captains though, yesper, stay where you are for now.

  • 42 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Rotonda- Delusional! What you mean like blaming Charnley for not appointing Remi Garde or Martinez as our manager?

    Whilst at the same time decrying the claims by a few posters of Pochettino as a top draw manager who would go on to excel. All on the grounds of being better informed because of having coaching badges.

    A bit like another blogger comparing and contrasting Damien Duff with Rafa Benitez.

  • 43 Tsunki // May 22, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Carr should be keeping a low profile in the boot room if he’s been instrumental in player purchase rather than just acting under strict financial controls. If Charnley really is that clueless after being exposed to the workings of a PL Club for many years, he is a dithering fool, but if it’s because he has abdicated that responsibility to Carr, and he has willingly took it upon himself to deliver the squad, then Carr can be added as an arrogant old fool. He should drive off. And with Charnley in the boot.

  • 44 Essex Geordie Bill // May 22, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    “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.”

    Don’t you meanWHEN Rafa joins us.

    See young Gillespie has been offered a new contract.

    If I recall it correctly didn’t CH use virtually the same team for the first 12 or more games of the promotion year without a lot on injuries.

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Would Remi Garde have done any worse than McCardew, I think it would have been a lift for the players if he had of been signed after Pardew legged it and would have came in under entirely different circumstances than he did at Villa. He would have eventually been let down by tge system he signed up to though. I bet Churnley is funing he never got Martinez, 12th with shyte football and recird breaking poor home form, he could have given him a 12 year deal and that would have been that side of the business wrapped up.

  • 46 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 22, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    I still can’t see Rafa joining us in the Championship. If he does I’ll still reserve judgement on how much control he’ll have over the hiring policy within the club such is the propensity for MA to c**k things up when they’re going well.

    This all feels like the Bishop PR machine going into overdrive and off the back of it a lot of people are forgetting – or dismissing – the fact that we’ve just been relegated.

    Keeping Rafa, whilst a coup, does not guarantee automatic promotion next season either, and could be an expensive experiment should he fail to guarantee immediate promotion.

    His appointment may herald an unprecedented change in the running of the club from the top, but history surely has taught us to be cautious.

  • 47 Veltmann // May 22, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    I thought it was only Catchy who is self obnoxious anti-Pardew brigade.I didn’t know there are one or two worse than him.Self obsessed Mackem springs to mind!

  • 48 Jib // May 22, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    “His appointment may herald an unprecedented change in the running of the club from the top, but history surely has taught us to be cautious.”

    The words of a “johnny come lately” outsider.

    If you knew anything of NUFC history you would know that the appointment in 1992 of a former playing hero as an untried manager “heralded an unprecedented change”.
    Until then it was safe pairs of hands that sometimes worked and sometimes didn’t.

    If we’d had the internet then , Ruddy would have been posting –
    “eeh we’d better watch what wer’e doing with Keegan – canny player but he’s been on Spanish golf courses for the last 5 years – better be cautious like”

  • 49 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Explain yourself. If you are going on about people not wanting to win a cup he cheated in the competition five times in a row, why foes he deserve to win it. Shame his runners up spot doesn’t get him an EL spot to moan about this time round.

  • 50 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 22, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    I was referencing Ashley’s tenure in isolation rather than the club’s entire history – but nice try Jib/Jeff/Jane/Carl/Ian

    Swing and a miss.

  • 51 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    No ciaran, what’s the point in supporting a football club if ALL you can be is pessimistic? I get that Ashley and his terrible running of the club has made you come to this conclusion but surely you must be getting sick of having no optimism? This is Rafa Benitez mate, who would have thought he would have come here? Especially after our last two managers/ that one head coach. His name alone should fill you with Joy and excitement, especially after how successful he has been around the world during his career.

    Honestly, I actually agree that you should have caution when it comes to our club, but every post just seems so morbid. Why haven’t you just given up on the club? It seems like your love for it is just hanging on by a thread.

    Rafa is going to want full control, that should be enough for you to recognise that Ashley is willing to change his stance on how he runs the club. It doesn’t matter if he has been forced into it because he now knows what Rafa can so for this club and the fans, why would he sabotage that?

    This should be a new era that breathes optimism, hence the lack of complaints at relegation since that could be our salvation all along. I’m personally sick of just watching our team only want to exist in the premier league, that’s not enough. Now let’s rebuild and enjoy the ride. Be pessimistic when what you are saying starts to appear. You could be right, but is feeling like that worth the depression?

    Sorry for the long post by the way. (even though you won’t read it anyway haha, my grammar must really get to you)

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Luckily we did have the Internet when Jibberish claimed that Mclaren should 100% be allowed to carry on in his job even if he continually kept missing his supposed target of eighth and a cup. More than happy for us to win fcuk all for another forty years because it’s been worse in the past.

  • 53 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 22, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    You’re right, I didn’t read your post because I don’t need to justify why I support our football club.

  • 54 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Wow that post really was unlike me, long and football related…

    Ha ha ha

  • 55 AncientC // May 22, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    I see Cabaye has been receiving some criticism from the Crystal Palace fans for his performance in the final.

    It would appear a few realizations are being made. There are not many/if any Crystal Palace supporters mocking Newcastle fans for their assessment of Pardew anymore, that ship has long sailed.

    I remember Cabaye as being an inconsistent player, but was able to play through dips in form because he would hack down other players… which gives the illusion he is getting stuck in and being productive. When Cabaye first arrived he was sublime, but many will recall his bouts of unhappiness, and his problems settling down and producing his best football.

    Cabaye had 2 great spells with ourselves, the first when he arrived, the second when he was playing for his move away from the club. It looks like he may be going the same way at Crystal Palace, perhaps they can bring in Debuchy or other personal friends of his, in an attempt to get another good season out of him.

    To be fair, Cabaye’s form seems to correlate with Pardew’s, so the manager may have a hand in Cabaye’s inconsistency.

  • 56 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Look that’s fair enough, I’m just curious why you won’t allow this rafalution a chance? Are you excited like… At all?

  • 57 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Shit ………..
    I’ve made a big mistake.

    When actions, thoughts and words are disconnected you lack congruency. Maybe simply because it felt good grandstanding and saying it at the time; it seemed like a good idea.
    You’ve felt the need to manage down expectations .
    Wowee! It’s backtrack time and certainly time for one of my spectacular charm offensives.
    Oh know it’s not going well!! Go for the dead cat bounce approach.

  • 58 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    When Jibberish claimed that we shouldn’t sack Mclaren as that’s what mackems do we also had the internet. Ironically enough those trigger happy inbreeds down the road stayed up as we’d have done if we’d sacked Mclaren earlier.

  • 59 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 11:34 AM


    Where did your erroneous backing for our illustrious and superior head coach Mcclaren originate from? Sincere question…

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Ian Toon,
    I hope you’ve returned alone, I couldn’t handle all four or five of you and your nonsense.

  • 61 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Sooo, ermmmmm, who’s going to watch Townsend get a hattrick today? Hopefully he gets to those finals because he has been outstanding for us.

  • 62 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    When did people realise that this Ian fella was producing multiples on this blog? Personally I barely see Ian around at all on this blog.

  • 63 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    A friendly the day after the FA cup???

  • 64 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    YMFB– Leave Kieron/Ciaron he’s not waving but drowning.

  • 65 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Yeah jail, it’s a bit of a strange one.

  • 66 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    YMFB- It’s all a figment of a limited imagination.

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    So the England team will be without all the Man United players today, what is the point of that?

  • 68 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    I can see that Ian however I believe he could be saved from his fate. Actually… I don’t!

  • 69 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Well I’m off for a family Sunday roast. Thanks for the entertainment.

  • 70 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Yeah, no man utd players in the team for today. Not too bad though get to look at some fringe players. Rashford injury unlucky like.

  • 71 Veltmann // May 22, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Jail – honestly, don’t think IanToon talk or talked nonsense.I found you that is actually talking nonsense, particularly in the last few days.

  • 72 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    How many are in the squad. Rooney, Smalling, Rashford, anymore?

  • 73 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    What post do you find to be nonsense and I’ll explain it for you.

  • 74 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    So you understood that post @57 perfectly well. Fair play to you.

  • 75 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Jail that’s it for Manchester utd players, pretty sure he’s going to rest some of the Liverpool players after there Europe game aswell.

  • 76 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Just so there is no confusion.
    “spoken or written words that have no meaning or make no sense.”

  • 77 Belfast // May 22, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Glad you’re back Ian. The intelligent conversations have been limited in yer absence.

  • 78 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Belfast doesn’t get called a leg end anymore either!

  • 79 Jib // May 22, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Try to be adult.


    I have said this before.
    I cannot deny that I thought in McClaren we may have cracked it , after Pardew and Carver.
    He had a much better CV than those two and actually won leagues and cups.

    Boy was I wrong.

    If we had been hammered by Lpool at home and Spurs away (many forecast it) then we may have appointed someone else by Xmas but I strongly doubt it would have been Rafa.

  • 80 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Belfats youre not supposed to be on when I’m on. On that note, I’m off. Speak later.

  • 81 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 12:01 PM


    Great reply buddy, love people that admit to there mistakes, real courage. To be fair I was pretty happy with him after a couple of weeks in when the players said that they were using the football more in training. Guess they meant kicking the ball off of the pitch when trying to find a teammate.

  • 82 Belfast // May 22, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Ian emails me regularly actually, and always refers to me as legend. 🙂

  • 83 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    We all get things wrong but your habit of gloating over others mistakes makes you look all the more foolish over your uncountable gaffes.

  • 84 Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Belfast- Gooday sport. How – right yer!
    Oh sorry we’ve finished with the Pommy chat.
    As far as I am concerned you’re always going to be a blog legend. Mr Reliability- Best Regards to you and yours.

  • 85 Rotonda heights // May 22, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    aside from the nauseating undying declaration of love for his besty mate AP, Ian has had some decent contributions on here.

  • 86 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    You thought we may have cracked what though. The ability to stay in tenth with slightly better football.

  • 87 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Paul Merson is a first class tit.

    According to the mag

    Paul Merson has criticised Roy Hodgson for selecting Andros Townsend in his 26 man provisional Euros squad.

    Hodgson said that the winger had been unlucky to be dropped from the England squad due to Mauricio Pochettino freezing him totally out of the Spurs first team picture.

    The England boss further explained that Andros Townsend had earned his place in the squad because of the outstanding form he had shown since arriving at Newcastle.

    However, according to Paul Merson…’Andros Townsend has only turned up in about three games all season’.

    Well, seen as he wasn’t given a chance at Tottenham in the first six months of the season, it wasn’t as though he was playing rubbish, just not Pochettino’s type of player in the style he wanted to play.

    However, since arriving at St James Park Andros Townsend has been outstanding, scoring four brilliant goals and creating a number of others, all in the space of 12 Premier League starts and one substitute appearance.

    The winger was by far the biggest factor in Newcastle almost staying up from what looked an impossible position.

    In those 12 starts I would say that Andros Townsend was probably Newcastle’s best outfield player in at least seven or eight of those games.

    – See more at:

  • 88 Jib // May 22, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    I point out an error and move on.
    The chest beating gloater is your father-in-law Mr Tuff !

    When Voltaire wrote Candide his permanently optimistic hero Pangloss provided a model for my life.
    “everything happens for the best in this best of all possible worlds”

  • 89 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Same could be said about your nauseating undying hate for your enemy AP Mr Rotonda hahaha. However I sit firmly in your camp in terms of Alan Pardew.

  • 90 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 22, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    To answer your question Burnley, I will struggle to get excited about any supposed developments in our football club until Mike Ashley is no longer at the club.

    If Rafa does join and we see a marked and drastic change in how the football club is ran – at all levels on the field and off the field from boardroom to back office – then I may change my approach.

    Rafa taking charge in the Championship and getting promoted would be step 1 in a long battle towards change, but I firmly believe it is a change that can not take proper root until Ashley leaves the club. MA may relinquish control short-term to appease angry fans, hoodwink us following relegation as well as (hopefully) gaining instant promotion back to the big bucks, only for him to then re-take control of the reigns and run us on the shoestring budget that has predicated our relegation this season.

    Unashamedly cynical, but with good reason.

  • 91 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 12:19 PM


    I would say more Tarzan and Jane.

    Ha ha ha

  • 92 Rotonda heights // May 22, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Ian / Carl

    Martinez first season at Everton, 5th into europe and most goals ever scored in their history in one season and he did actually win a cup and generally his team play exciting football.

    Sadly my crystal ball didn’t tell me that coleman and baines’ form would go to s–t, Stones would have his head turned, Lukaku would miss 7 chances, inc a pen v Manu and that he would ultimately then lose the dressing room at Everton.

    Your hero AP had one good season but got charlton relegated and very nearly us and WHU with record breaking losing runs, playing god awful negative sh–e football a la yesterday , yet you deem him to be a good manager, because you regularly stalked him at matches. HTF does that work?

  • 93 Rotonda heights // May 22, 2016 at 12:23 PM


    It just anoys me when people have a go at the sack pardew lot implying they were a bunch of loons. If the deal was rafa in the championship or still pardew in the PL, then Burton and Rotherham here I come.

  • 94 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    The Saddest thing ciaran is that that is probably the most realistic view to have in this situation. The fact that Ashley has made fans feel this particular way through his shambolic running of the club is enough of a reason to despise his tenure and to hold back any excitement until he departs. Although I may not fully agree with your opinion I still understand it and respect it. Sorry if we got off on the wrong foot.

  • 95 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    You and Jib are like George and Lennie meets the Krankies. Very dysfunctional!

  • 96 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Agreed Rotonda, the sack pardew lot was definately a blessing for this club. Not the problem.

  • 97 Jib // May 22, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Hereford leading 1-0 against Morpeth Town


  • 98 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Although the bigger picture has always been Ashley.

  • 99 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    I wonder if Townsend start today, the thing is with him i want him to do well in the friendlies and if picked in the Euros but not too well if that’s going to make other clubs come in for him.

  • 100 magpie6699 // May 22, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Why do I keep having this nagging feeling that I will wake up to headlines like “Rafa deal hits snag” or Premier League club to entice Rafa away from Toon”.
    Can I get tablets for it?

  • 101 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 12:31 PM


    If he does good I’m happy for him. I’m pretty sure we could just loan him to a team.

  • 102 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    I think the vast majority of fans would swap the Championship and Rafa for the PL and McCardew.

  • 103 Rotonda heights // May 22, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Ian / Carl

    As you’re a bit of a trainspotter who loves stats but somehow still manages to ignore facts, please find one thread when I said anything about me not rating or decrying Pochetinno in any way, shape or form.

    I don’t know how any times you need telling I would have absolutely loved Pochetinno. I don’t why you keep throwing that out there based on precisely. . . . nada!.

    It may have been the case that back in the day Poch was less attainable, but Poch was the total opposite of AP. Great pass and move football , high pressing, his teams are fit etc, etc.

    I suspect that in keeping with your multiple personas you have just fantasised once too often and possibly confused yourself again.
    Just for future reference and let’s hope you / Carl can absorb this this time. I am a massive Pochetinno fan. Aside from sampauli and Rafa, Poch is tops.

  • 104 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 12:36 PM


    Why loan him, he’s going to be one of our key players next season if he stays.

  • 105 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Soon we hear about Benitez the quicker I can relax and enjoy next season.

  • 106 welshgeordie9 // May 22, 2016 at 12:37 PM


  • 107 Jail for Ashley // May 22, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    There should have been a sackmack campaign.

  • 108 Rotonda heights // May 22, 2016 at 12:39 PM


    not sure which way round to read that. McCardew were only a stay of execution from the championship. so either having a top manager in the championship who will hopefully get us straight back up on his own terms v the previous puppets in a perennial relegation battle, playing s—e football.

  • 109 wolfshead@toon // May 22, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    its funny if someone asked me who is likely to stalk pardew on here i would say rotonda i could see him doing a seles haha

    i thought palace were unlucky yesterday i cant believe clattenburg is going to referee in the euros

  • 110 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 22, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Welsh, I meant in terms of him doing good at the euros where a team may want him. We could loan him for the season if he doesn’t want to play in the championship and then get him back when we promote.

  • 111 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 22, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Thing is, the choice at the time of AP was not him or raffa, it was him or carver/mclarren/worse manager. No one would have predicted that Raffa would come here before march, and certainly no one would have predicted he would even consider staying in the championship! So, at the time, I would rather have had Pardew than Carver/mcclaren/worse. Mid table mediocrity would have been better than relegation under a worse manager any day of the week.

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