When Benitez Came In It Had This Effect On The City

Karl Darlow did himself a lot of good in the final eight games of the season when he came in after Rob Elliot was seriously injured playing for Ireland and is now out until close to the end of the year with an ACL knee injury.

Karl has made his league debut at West Brom late last year and he looked a little shaky, but in that case he only knew he would play after Rob had taken sick during the warm-up for the game with the effects of food poisoning.

Karl showed himself to be a very good goalkeeper in the making and he should have a good career ahead of him and the fans have already taken to him.

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Rafa Benitez – to sign this week

Karl gave a master display against Crystal Palace in front of a full house at St. James’ Park when he magnificently saved a penalty from former player Yohan Cabaye that secured all 3 points for us.

Karl has talked about what it was like in early March when Newcastle announced that world-class manager Rafa Benitez would be coming in as the new Newcastle manager:

“It’ll be interesting to see what happens, but it’s up to the Board and the manager to see what they want to do player wise. If we keep the majority of the lads here, I don’t think we’ll have a problem next year.”

“It was a massive lift all around the city when Benitez came in.” “It meant a lot within the changing room that a manager of that caliber came in to Newcastle United to try to keep us up when he had no reason to come really. ”

“Keeping hold of him would be a massive coup and we’re all really desperate for him to stay.”

Rafa made an immediate difference in all areas of the club and insiders were immensely impressed with the 56 year-old.

The effect it had on the City was also immense as Geordies were finding out what it’s like to have a well-respected world-class manager at the helm of the club again.


The former Liverpool manager had only initially agreed to stay on if he could save us from relegation – but he was unwilling to be drawn on what he would do if he couldn’t prevent the drop.

It seems Rafa has fallen in love with the club and the fans especially who simply adore the man – and it’s now expected he will become our permanent manager this week.

That will be a massive coup for Newcastle United and will be the start of a new era for the club after 12 years in the shadows since Sir Bobby Robson left the club in late August, 2004.

Newcastle should make a big deal of the announcement this week, because it’s not often that a world-class manager wants to stay at a club he’s just joined, after they have been relegated.

It’s a huge story in football and reflects so well on the massive untapped potential of our great club.

It will be a great day this week when Rafa Benitez agrees to stay with us – a new exciting era will begin at Newcastle United.

Howay The Lads!!

10 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Not a bad set up keeper wise, it’ll be awhile before Elliott is back so I think Krul will get the nod and now would be the perfect time to get Woodman out on loan. Then we could have a situation where the keeper is chosen on merit rather than what colour hisvststus bar is.

  • outside the box

    May 23, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #2

    pardew trying to do …the bobby robson shuffle…highlight of the week??

  • outside the box

    May 23, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    i,ll start my campaign early….left footed defensive centre back number one priority….maybe rafa the gaffa will oblige

  • carl

    May 23, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Rotonda- Mate I first posted on here back in the day. I left because of types like you, Jail, Tuff, Rudde who constantly made life difficult when I came on. I don’t know Ian although i like his posts. Please give it a rest at concentrate on the football. There could be good news tomorrow I hear.

    5carl // Jun 9, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    i think ben haim and rozehnal would make an excellent pairing at centre back with taylor and ramage as backup.my only worry is our midfield as i dont think emre,butt,dyer,duff,solano is world class.but maybe these players will thrive under allardyce.emre i think will do better but their are more talented players out there.maybes these players will get us through next season and into europe and then we can attract the bigger players.id love to see jouiquinn at the toon and maybes a sneaky bid for ballack!!?

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #5

    What do we all think Rafas demands are realistcally.
    Final decision on players in.
    Purple policy and bonus schemes assigned to the dustbin.
    Complete over haul of youth set up with his own hand picked U18 and U21 managers.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Unless you’re a different lower case carl you have said in the past you do know Ian through uni and one of onlt three posters to use the term “yer right”. Give it it up man.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 23, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7


    It is deffo the same call. The icon on the mobile site is identical, i checked it out last time this discussion popped up.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 23, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    *the same carl

  • Slank

    May 23, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Jail @ 5

    If he comes (as its all hyped up speculation at the moment) I would imagine he would want:

    1. His own people in all key training positions with one or two exceptions (Cathro and possibly Beardsley but why the latter I’m not too sure).

    2. His own people on the medical side to what extent and in which positions I don’t know.

    3. His own people for the selection and general scouting of new players.

    4. His control of over which players arrives and which players leaves.

    5. A written commitment on funds available for transfers on the foreseeable future (how far in the future will probably depend on how well he does and / or meets the clubs objectives which I’m sure will be written into his contract).

    6. A commitment to bring the training facilities up to standard as defined by himself.

    Everything else I would imagine will be handled by Charnley. I think the jury might be out on whether the ‘Board’ remains in its current form. I don’t see Ashley getting involved in the day to day running of the club. That’s down to Charnley and Benetez.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    May 23, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    The sweetest news I could hear tomorrow would be of the departure of Charnley and Carr. I’m in complete agreement with Ed that it is quite unbelievable that Charnley looks like retaining his job. He has been the architect of our relegation and should have been first out the door, followed by Carr in short order. Even if the Rafa appointment comes to pass, having this buffoon at the top of the pecking order fills me with dread for next season. He is quite capable of masterminding another drop and Ashley’s apparent blind faith in him is hard to fathom. You can tell he is an idiot just by looking at him.


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