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.
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!!