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Why The Newcastle Opportunity Is Also Huge For Rafa Benitez

9:55 am, Monday, May 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 74 Comments

What we sometimes fail to see is when Rafa Benitez signs to stay at Newcastle ae least for the next three years, it is a huge opportunity in the career of Rafa Benitez.

It also comes at a good time for him, as he wants to be a lot closer to his wife and two daughters in the Wirral, Cheshire than he’s been in his last two jobs at Naples in Italy and more recently at Real Madrid in Spain.

rafa benitez training

Rafa Benitez taking the training at Benton

Since Rafa left Liverpool after six years in charge in 2010, he had a short six months at Inter before taking over at Chelsea in late 2012 on an interim basis, when Roberto Di Matteo was fired after winning the Champions league with them six months earlier.

For some reason he was unpopular with the Chelsea fans, but still managed to win the Europa League for them in May of 2013 for the first time ever –  and had The Blues finish 3rd top of the Premier League.

He then agreed to a two year contract at Napoli, after newly appointed Watford manager Walter Mazzarri had resigned.

Benitez took the Italian club to victory in the Coppa Italia, beating Fiorentina 3–1 in the final, and took the club into the last 16 of the Europa League.

Napoli finished third in Serie A in 2013–14 to qualify for the Champions League and then Benítez announced that he would resign at the end of the 2014–15 season.

Around about this time Rafa wanted to be closer to his wife and two daughters in the Wirral, but he did get the opportunity to sign on at Real Madrid last summer, his former club, but he lasted only six months when he was replaced by former world-class player Zinedine Zidane.

We are hoping Rafa will now have a more settled and stable part of his career at Newcastle and will stay for many years to come and be very successful on Tyneside.

That’s the new hope for Newcastle fans after 12 years of misery and mediocrity – and it’s a real one.

And there’s good reason why the Liverpool fans still admire and revere the man who took them back to greatness and another European Champions League trophy in 2005.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League · Trophies

74 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // May 23, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    From previous –

    Slank – I think Munster made a valid point about Rafa demanding transfer funds based on percentage of earnings of the business. This might be as much a sticking point for Ashley as the loss of a friendly board member, seeing as NUFC has been his trusty merchandising mule for SD.

  • 2 Slank // May 23, 2016 at 9:59 AM


    Jail @ 5

    I almost forgot.

    He will want the dust and dirt in Trophy Room and Cabinet removed and generally cleaned up as it hasn’t been used for so long even the security guards possibly don’t know where it is located in the stadium !

  • 3 Jib // May 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    ”1 Rotonda heights // Dec 13, 2015 at 1:29 PM
    To think we could have got Dele Alli for 6M and are now offering 8M for a total headless chicken like Townsend.
    Sad times.
    We discard and ostracise most of our young players who do show promise like Abeid, Kemen, Aarons etc. Well if Townsend is the answer what the hell was the question.
    We’re always linked with c–p Brit managers and now an awful English player . If this club really had vision we’d move heaven and earth to get the Chile coach who just resigned.”

    Way to go
    Mr ”see me – I’ve got me coaching badges me”

  • 4 BandB // May 23, 2016 at 10:07 AM


    Ryder will be getting nothing from Rafa’s people.
    He always reports the club line.
    And you can read the tea leaves of these things.
    There was no fan backlash last week as the “Charnley to stay” rumours got about (Ryder being the first to float them)
    This could easily be a bit of kite flying to see whether Carr can also be saved.
    Do people think Ashley is going to sign away his treasured model without a fight?
    It was Ryder again who reported that Ashley had turned to Keith Bishop to plot a course through the coming weeks.

  • 5 Slank // May 23, 2016 at 10:07 AM


    That’s a very interesting theory from Munster.

    I’ve not heard of it been used elsewhere in the league although that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been used.

    When it comes to money and finances of the club I would imagine that Benetez is on sticky ground. To me, it’s not in any managers job description unless the manager is a proven winner and can realistically point towards the teams achievements and the corresponding rise in revenues. The only manager I can think of where it could be justified would be Sir Alex at ManU and maybe Wenger but no one else.

  • 6 Yo-yo // May 23, 2016 at 10:09 AM


    I think Carr will go.
    If Charmless ends up as Rafa’s bitch, just as a pen pusher, then justice may be seen to be done.

  • 7 Jib // May 23, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    I particularly like this insightful appraisal of 1 failed Spaniard and 2 failed Scandinavians

    Rotonda heights // Jan 9, 2014 at 8:55 AM
    It’s funny watching Man city and West ham last night
    Pellegrini representing the beautiful game the way football should be played and Allardyce anything but!
    Wherever they go, regardless of the players and squads they have, Allardyce, Pulis and Pardew and their kind will play a deadly ”containing” long ball game, whereas Pellegrini , Martinez, Laudrup, and Solksjaer etc will always be exciting, entertaining, attacking, full of flair and movement and great to watch

  • 8 BandB // May 23, 2016 at 10:13 AM


    The press corps has relaxed to the daily “comfortable but stable” bulletins and gone off to watch cricket and rugby league.
    It is now being reported as “end of the week’ again. And although Rafa is said to be “comfortable” with the pace of negotiations, I am now getting a faint whiff of rat myself.

  • 9 Jib // May 23, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    I just caught this headline too late to hear what was said on Spanish tv

    Benítez, ‘urraca’ hasta 2019

    It says Benítez, a magpie until 2019

  • 10 Yo-yo // May 23, 2016 at 10:14 AM


    Wow, was there really a Charmless must stay type sounding ?

    I think fans will tolerate him only as long as he is toothless. “Admin only” stamped on his revised job description.

    I’m less cynical than you about Ashley. His model has failed. He isn’t stupid enough to think it has worked. Why would he not adapt to the new situation of having recruited one of football’s genuine talents to get that ‘win something’ he promised this time a year ago. Maybe Charmless is purely symbolic – like the seahorses.

  • 11 Tsunki // May 23, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Still no doh-ray-mi’s from the amply – sized chantreuse.

    I suppose it’s off-season. Still shuttering the windows and stacking the loungers.

  • 12 The overrated Frenchman // May 23, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    For Charnley to stay on in any capacity he is implicitly being excused for his demonstrable, abject failure to do his job properly, resulting in a disastrous relegation – makes no sense at all to me.

  • 13 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 23, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    From last


    Ryder is a typical sensationalist journo. One of the first things we heard when rafa supposedly said he would stay, was that carr was going. Ryder is trying to drum up some interest, and doesn’t seem to care if it is nagative interest. This is why I hate the media.

  • 14 Yo-yo // May 23, 2016 at 10:19 AM


    Well done you, for finding a Rotonda quote from your archives that says it all about how we want the game played. Absolutely no disagreement from me about that analysis. There are undoubtedly managers who hoof and play the % game, and managers who prefer it on the ground and play with flair.

    Now what exactly is your jib with this ? Do explain.

  • 15 Rotonda heights // May 23, 2016 at 10:19 AM


    Now surely we don’t want me to go through all your endless howlers really do you? that’s a savage can of worms to open. I’d quit if I were you old son. How desperate is it trawling back through how many pages!! You do have a life to do something slightly more productive no?

    Ironically Townsend didn’t fit with Pochetinno who I would suggest has far more knowledge than either you or I. I have acknowledged countless times how Townsend has greatly and very pleasantly surprised me. Now if I was still saying he was a headless chicken, like some people still rate AP in the face of all sustained contradictory evidence, then that would just be stupid.

    And yes I do have my badges, SAF had none. We all have opinions, but when it comes to be being utterly pointless you simply have no peers.

  • 16 Tsunki // May 23, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Jib – not that I enjoy your hypocritical barbs drawn from the quiver of hindsight, but you might want to wait until Rotonda posts before releasing your arrows. 🙂

  • 17 Tsunki // May 23, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Oh, hello!


  • 18 Yo-yo // May 23, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    I agree but wouldn’t his retention but clear demotion serve the same purpose if it allowed Ashley to save some pride for his abysmal appointments ? He owns the club, salyl.

  • 19 BandB // May 23, 2016 at 10:21 AM


    I always thought Charnley would stay. He is a serviceable fellow in many ways, and he is a club man
    But Carr is different. He is Ashley’s personal player portfolio manager and part of his network.
    If Carr doesn’t want to go, Ashley will dig in.

  • 20 Rotonda heights // May 23, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Cheers yo yo

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    I don’t believe for a minute that Rafa would be asking for a percentage of profit for transfers when he knows Ashley is bent as a nine bob note and owns the mostly carefully and expertly cooked books in the league. It would be far too easy for them to come up with excuses not to deliver funds.
    Beardsley and Watson should be removed at once from their posts, Watsons U18’s having a whopping minus 32 GD the worst in their division by far. Beardsley has already relegated the U21’s and has the second worse GD in the division but with an 48 against, the worst in the division by a country mile. This losing mentality and settling for shyte has to be eradicated. I don’t care what happens to Watson but Beardsley should be put on stadium tours and meet and greet otherwise get a job at Blyth Spartans if they’d have him.

  • 22 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 23, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Martinez is exactly like pardew 8n one major respect…… They have no plan b whatsoever! It just so happens that Martinez’ plan a was more attractive than pardews. Both those managers would have had us languishing in 13th-15th nearly every season. Still better than what Carver and mcwally have done, but, as I and others have said, had we been psychic, I would have ripped your hands off for one season in the champs with rafa coming in.

  • 23 lesh // May 23, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Good morning all and in particular our own little ray of sunshine that is BandB.

  • 24 BandB // May 23, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Over to you Lesh.
    Looking forward to your enthralling input…..its all yours.

  • 25 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 23, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Not sure if i detect romance, or animosity 😮

    Just kidding. I will stay out of it 😛

  • 26 Bambams // May 23, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Beardsley was my all time favourite player but there were the rumours quite a few years ago (Kenny Wharton was also there) that he was not putting any effort into coaching and there was a bullying mentality in the youth teams.

    I am sure there was some sort of investigation towards them both.

    Anyway Pedro has had long enough and the reserves/under 21’s are not producing much at all.

    I can honestly see Rafa in time replacing ‘jobs for the boys’ with his own ‘jobs for the boys’ but hope they are an improvement.

  • 27 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 23, 2016 at 10:40 AM


    To me it seems that Pedro isn’t strong enougj to be a head coach of an acadamey. To me, he should be a skills coach. His game heavily revolved around his dribbling and creativity, so i would put him in a role that just taught that. Somebody more organised should be in charge.

  • 28 The overrated Frenchman // May 23, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    If Rafa does come, and Carr doesn’t go, it will be a bun-fight. Can you see Rafa turning a blind eye to the dirty deals with Mondial and so on? It could end in tears, and very quickly.

  • 29 Jib // May 23, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Jail for Ashley —- Beardsley and Watson should be removed at once from their posts, Watsons U18’s having a whopping minus 32 GD the worst in their division by far.

    You’d think sides above them had plundered goalies and defenders!

  • 30 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Not producing much, they conceded 48 goals mate and finished third bottom of the second division. McCardew were too busy looking after their own interests to get involved, surely it can’t have gone unnoticed how poor Watson and Beardsley are performing. They crashed out of a compitition in HK yesterday in the group stages ffs.

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Jib, how many U21 defenders played for the first team.

  • 32 Jib // May 23, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    I think the fine detail of Rafa’s contract involves working out what percentage of sell on profit an an unearthed diamond goes to the club and how much to Senor Benitez.

    One of the things that must have effected Rafa’s thinking was the Fernando Torres situation , when he had to beg the powers that be at Anfeld to buy him for £25 million , and then 2 years later Liverpool double their money selling him to Chelsea.
    Ashley’s boys will counter –
    The other Fernando — Morientes , that Rafa got was a total flop at £6 million.
    They’ll be working out some sort of formula to allow for both scenarios.
    I’m of the opinion that if a manager spots , and nurtures a talent which makes pots of money , he deserves some reward , over and above his normal salary offset by his occasional expensive dropped goolies.

  • 33 Jib // May 23, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    If the 1st team starts plundering players the domino effect always hits the lowest team.

    Surprised I have to explain that to an expert like you.

  • 34 jayphoto // May 23, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    @Jib -to be fair, any different times a lot of people on here have clamoured for all 3 of those managers!
    To be fair, they all approach the game in the right way, Martinez is tactically a bit immature, but rather a manager that attacks too much than one that defends too much like we’d had! Solksjaer I think is a good manager, he did well in Norway and made the wrong choice in going to Cardiff . wrong time, wrong job!
    Pretty sure if Benitez left, many on here would still take Laudrup. He’s hardly tarnished his reputation since

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    So I’ll ask again then, how many U21’s played for the first team last year, no more or less than any other club, so why aren’t all teams conceding so many goals. Of course you’re happy to put up with serial losers as you think it represents a warped sense of loyalty. Just as you were prepared to back Mclaren even if he continually failed to meet his targets.

  • 36 Ron Knee // May 23, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    I see LvG turned up for training today. Could Manure be taking lessons from NUFC in how not to sack your manager?

  • 37 Jib // May 23, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    You know it was always a problem when teaching what to do about the odd kid that just never “got” it .
    You try to explain something coming at it from as many angles as possible but nope ,every time the hand would go up “but sir!”
    Sometimes it would be a comprehension problem other times a clever dick workie ticket.
    One last time
    I’ll use a rugby analogy – for the moment forget the age thing – most 1st class clubs run 5 teams – I remember dreading Monday night selection committee if I had to select the 5th team – the whole evening would consist of the 2nds giving up a player or 2 to the !st team the 3rds to the 2nds and so on until the 5th team on occasion may have to turn out with colts or veterans.

    Poor Pedro is the 5th team selector.

    Jail if you don’t get it this time I may have to ask the Head to put you in a remedial class !

  • 38 ArtyH // May 23, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Cannot understand why he was only offered a 3 year contract when all the other numpties were offered 7 year ones??? Is there something off here???

  • 39 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 23, 2016 at 11:38 AM


    Jails response is also simple to understand, so why can’t you? Our youth teams were no more or less ‘plundered’ than any other clubs. So pedro and co are still under performing compared to the other coaches of youth teams.

  • 40 jayphoto // May 23, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    @Ron Knee – I’m hoping man utd give LVG the director of football role. Mourinho working under LVG would be car crash comedy.
    Be interesting to see Jose at Man Utd, he’s not one for playing young players so it’ll be interesting to see where he goes with Rashford, Fosu-Mensah, Lingard etc. They look like good players in the making but chances are they’ll spend 250m and undo all their positives from this season!

  • 41 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 23, 2016 at 11:41 AM


    Because the numpties were probably taking 7 years of poor pay loaded with clauses that take away a lot of control.

    Rafa is going to want a wage becoming of a top top manager, and all the trimmings. No way Ashley is going to commit to 7 years of that!

  • 42 jayphoto // May 23, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    @Arty – pretty sure the others all had a whole bunch of one year pay off get out clauses etc. Pardew’s contract was the 4th lowest in the league at 800k per annum.
    Bit of a difference paying off Pardew over 3-4-5 years if need be at that rate, or Carver on peanuts than Benitez on over 5m per year

  • 43 jayphoto // May 23, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    With 2 relegations now, surely even MASH knows his system is floored! If you can’t trust a managers ideas and views enough to let him bring in what he needs, then he shouldn’t be your choice of manager in the first place! To hire average managers in the first place like SM or pardew or Carver, and then not even let them have the players they want only handicaps their limited ability further!

  • 44 andrew84 // May 23, 2016 at 11:50 AM


    Sorry fella but a bloke who coveted McClaren to the extent that you did, and even stated on here that he should be allowed to see out his contract regardless of how crap a job he did, should be the last person to pull other people up on their past ‘howlers’. Yours will always take the biscuit.

  • 45 Hail Wor Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 11:53 AM


    I think you have the greatest differential between actual intelligence and self-assessed intelligence of all the bloggers on here.

  • 46 Ron Knee // May 23, 2016 at 11:54 AM


    As a neutral observer, I much preferred watching Citeh to Mourinho’s Chelsea. It was the manager, rather than the team, that had all the pizzazz.

  • 47 Ron Knee // May 23, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    According to The Chronic:-

    “Rafa Benitez has had the assurances that he wants and contracts have been drawn up that formalise the arrangement between Newcastle and himself to continue on a three-year contract.

    It’s very unlikely to be announced today though. Club continue to work as if it’ll happen soon.

    The delay was down to the nitty gritty of the deal being worked out: budgets, the fate of Graham Carr and the formal power lines being redrawn at St James’ Park. It’s unclear at this stage whether Carr and Bob Moncur’s futures will be resolved when the decision is announced formally towards the end of the week.

    The only thing that would stop this deal from being done now is if a Premier League club sacks it’s (sic) manager and approaches Benitez. Manchester United have done that today, but Jose Mourinho’s taking over. There’s been no interest from Everton.

    Some of Benitez’s backroom staff have begun the process of relocating to Newcastle in recent days.

    Weekend reports claimed there may still be a role for Carr at the club but whether he has the enthusiasm, at 71, to take a spot on the board when his power has been vastly reduced is another thing.”

  • 48 Slank // May 23, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    I’m surprised at how many on this blog want to see so many players sold.

    We will need a large squad in the Championship as the attrition rate could be quite severe. We will have to play 8 more league games than we did in the Premier League. Perhaps more games in the two cups. And for many games we will be team that all the others wish to beat. Many teams will do their utmost to beat us. It will be a most talked about scalp for their fans for years.

    Rafa demonstrated how he turned around some of our ‘wayward players’. I would not get rid of Sissoko and Gini. Which team would get rid of their top scorer and the player who,provided the most assists ?

    I would also keep Tiote and Janmaat but not Cisse or Colo. I might let Krul go as we have three good keepers two of whom are proven. I might keep Saylor but as a standby as the centre defenders in the reserves have not as yet shown they can hack it at a higher level but this could be more to do with previous managers than the players themselves.

    Rivière and Gouffran can go. I’m uncertain on De Jong and Shelvey. For different reasons they don’t look like they could cope with the Championship.

  • 49 Slank // May 23, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Ron @ 47

    That all sounds good. It wouldn’t surprise me if the club offered a role to Carr that they knew he would refuse and resign.

  • 50 Ron Knee // May 23, 2016 at 12:08 PM


    Carr has overstayed his welcome. He should have retired earlier with his reputation – more or less – intact.

  • 51 hibbitt // May 23, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    ron @47

    moncur was saying to anyone who would listen at the spurs game that his time on the board was coming to a natrual end

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    If we remember, Gouffran was actually a striker once, I think he could be cabable of getting fifteen in the Championship. Riverie looks like an ancient Egyptian hod carrier and would be more suited to shifting slabs of rock than playing any level of football.

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    I don’t think anyone wants players sold but accept the fact there will be and therefore the discussion of who they’d like to see the back of comes up.

  • 54 Ron Knee // May 23, 2016 at 12:21 PM


    Could be the perfect slot for Beardsley!

  • 55 jayphoto // May 23, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Slank – gotta disagree on Shelvey. Hes far too good for the championship. Only reason he was benched was because benitez didn’t have time or space to get the team fully playing his style and system and we were fighting for For our lives and we just needed battlers, wasn’t the time to change too many things! But at every side he’s managed hes always used a deep lying play maker similar to shelvey with huge passing range (almost a quarterback position) next to a destroyer. Wouldn’t surprise me if the team is built around Shelvey with preseason to work on it.
    Similarly De Jong, the championship is alot more accommodating for players with less pace. We’ll also be dominating possession against most teams now rather than counter attacking. Technical players like De Jong and Shelvey will get the added time on the ball and space to have an impact.
    The championship isn’t a bad league, but the difference compared to the Premier League is huge. Much more time, space, more chances for strikers etc
    Players like De Jong and Shelvey are far and above in ability to the likes of what anyone outside the top 6 in the championship will have in their line up and seeing as about 80% of our games will be against teams outside that top 6, the likes of Preston, Rotherham, Leeds, these are the games we’ll need to win and i’d take what we have in our squad other theres any day of the week!

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Ron Knee,
    Noooo please. No more jobs for the boys qualified staff only.

  • 57 jayphoto // May 23, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Similarly, Riviere will be an asset in the championship! He scored goals against better defenders and better set up sides in Ligue1 than he’ll meet in the championship! Hes quick and strong, he’ll get far more time, space and efforts at this level! If you look at players like Forestieri, Donaldson, Kodijia – all score goals in the championship for fun and all are far away from being Premier league level.
    Said it before , a 6/10 premier league player becomes an 8/10 or 9/10 championship player. We saw it when we dropped! Shola looked like Ibrahimovic, Smith looked like Ronald Koeman etc
    It should mean players like Dummett, Colback, Riviere, who i personally don’t think were good enough for our 11 in the EPL become some of the better players in the league.

  • 58 hibbitt // May 23, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    ron @ 54

    definitely not the type we need
    to much of a brown nose
    would just toe the party line

  • 59 bettyswallocks // May 23, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    I’m surprised Townsend didn’t get a run out last night. England are going to have to improve from that performance to do any good this summer. I think Hodgson intends to keep him in the squad though with maybe Drinkwater and Delph missing out.

  • 60 neverwin // May 23, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    I think the truth is that only Nufc and Benitez actually know the situation as well as the lawyers.

    None of the so called Media Partners have come out with anything specific and everything is just speculation

    One thing for certain is that the Alan Oliver clone Ryder will be the very last to find out what is happening.

    Benitez said two weeks – so let it be. If announcement is sooner then good.

    I do think that if he stays it is a positive but I also believe that the hype is way OTT.

  • 61 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    The hype OTT? Have you looked at his CV?

  • 62 bettyswallocks // May 23, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    I also think Rivière might have more to offer than he has shown us so far. He needed to score a few to get his confidence going and the longer he went without scoring the more he lost confidence in front of goal.
    If not he could always carry some hods when they start building the new training ground.

  • 63 jimmysmith // May 23, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    I agree. We have a squad that should nail The Championship under Benitez. Considering the cost of not returning first time, the only reshaping that should occur would be to rid ourselves of those that wouldn’t feature when we return, for young quality players who would. Some of the ilk of Cisse, Colo, Rivierre, Gouffran, Taylor, Thauvin, Cabella might well be moved on, but it’s hard to see the merit in bringing in hard nosed Championship players in for one season to replace them. You might as well keep them for one more season, if you aren’t going to upgrade or buy quality youth.

  • 64 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    See Van Arnot picked for the Dutch squad. I thought he was good for us, shame we passed him over when he was for sale, would have solved our on going LB problem.

  • 65 Ron Knee // May 23, 2016 at 12:57 PM


    A succinct job description! Now we would just need somebody to teach him tact and diplomacy.

  • 66 cyprus // May 23, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Not sure why there’s so much demand for Dummett. Anyway think he’ll do well in the division.
    Hope we keep our best two players, Ginei and Sissoko, despite the poor displays. They’ll be needed in our fight to come up. Average players will give us average results, we need to keep some pl quality.
    The championship won’t be a breeze as many believe.

  • 67 snowdone // May 23, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    I enjoyed JFA’s reference to the Egyptian hod carrier. It did make me smile. The blog can can only benefit from humour! Like Gouffran scoring a hatful next season!

  • 68 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    If the stories are true it’s probably because he’s home grown and as a LB and CB quite a useful squad player cabable enough for the bench and to keep the first choice LB and CB on their toes. I don’t think they’ll be selling him mind.

  • 69 bettyswallocks // May 23, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Apparently Charnley has been offered a job with Northumbria Police training the police horses. If they walk past him without shying they’re trained.

  • 70 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    I do think he could do a job at that level, he scored a few in a row once in the Prem. Probably on the same level as Leon Best who was goid in the Championship. Where as watching Riverie against Bournemouth he looked literally clueless, jumping for balls ten yards in front him. He didn’t look like a footballer.

  • 71 Lincoln toon // May 23, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Now then, long time reader but first time poster. Great article in the chronicle. Just wondered what everyone else’s views are on it. Will give my thoughts on it in due course. Completely personifies the farcical policies and structures of the club.

  • 72 MadisonToon // May 23, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    I think Dummett is a hot commodity because he is English and would be a suitable squad player for anyone but the big clubs. There aren’t too many British left backs of note which increases his stock. He’s still Dummett who will never be even close to a great player, but the way the league is setup and the dearth of other Prem-proven homegrown LBs means he is attractive to some clubs. Although it should be a requirement for LBs, he is left-footed which is also a positive.

    Personally, I think we could sell him and upgrade but he could be perfect for the Championship run and then make the swap for a better player at the end of next season. I don’t really see him leaving but you never know.

  • 73 Lincoln toon // May 23, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    REPOST from last thread:

    Now then, long time reader but first time poster. Great article in the chronicle. Just wondered what everyone else’s views are on it. Will give my thoughts on it in due course. Completely personifies the farcical policies and structures of the club.

  • 74 Moonraker15 // May 23, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    There’s no doubt we have had some very good players over the Ashley era and Carr has been the man behind it. Unfortunately there was no will at the top to make a successful team, therefore the club the prime ambition and players were sold on for profit. If Rafa signs up he will be driving towards a successful club and all acquisitions will be towards that end. Hopefully, Ashley will get it at last and let him just do it!

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