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Rafa Benitez Will Give This Back To Newcastle Fans

9:25 am, Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 85 Comments

Newcastle fans are waiting rather anxiously to see if Rafa Benitez will commit long-term to Newcastle United and come in and manage the club in the Championship next season, with a plan to turn the club into a powerhouse in Europe just as quickly as he can.

His impact at Newcastle has already been immense, not just with the fans but with the players too.

We have all seen how a world-class manager goes about the business of sorting out the team – he dropped some of our best players – and what needs to be done to sort out the club – which has languished in the doldrums for far too long.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle United manager

Remember Rafa has twice been the UEFA Manager of the Year (2003-2004, 2004-2005) and voted the World’s Best Coach (La Gazzetta dello Sport’) in 2009.

The Benton training facilities are simply not good enough and our Youth Academy has failed badly since Mike Ashley bought the club back in 2007.

Those are just two of the areas that Rafa quickly identified as needing to have improvements carried out quickly, if he is to take the job at Newcastle.

It’s really hard to over-estimate what an impact this man can have at the club if he does sign on this week.

What he has already given to Newcastle fans is hope – which we haven’t had a for a long time.

And the pride has taken a hit over the last few years.

The Geordie Pride – and even though we were relegated last season in those last six games –  three wins (yes – wins) and three draws – especially the 5-1 humbling of Tottenham on the final day gave Newcastle fans their pride back.

Notice that we got one third of our 9 wins for the season in the final six games under Rafa!!

So make no mistake about it, if Rafa Benitez does sign – it will be simply monumental for the club.

It will give the Newcastle fans fresh hope when we need it the most – and that Geordie Pride will be back in full force – again.

Howay The Lads!

Tags: Coaching · European Champions League · European Competition · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

85 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // May 24, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Siem de Jong has been talking to Fox Sport in Holland and reckons the club have hinted to him that he will be loaned or sold.

    He would prefer to be sold back to Ajax.

  • 2 The overrated Frenchman // May 24, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    I just wish Charnley was gone. It’s hard for me to believe that anything really positive will happen under his watch. He’s one of those rare people who is actually as stupid as he looks…

  • 3 martoon // May 24, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    I have to say I’m not worried yet! I should imagine all the contract and legal docs have to be drafted, these will then be sent to Rafa’s legal team for scrutiny. They will probably want some changes and so be sent back to NUFC for adjustment etc. These things take time but I must admit if nothing happens by the end of this week then I will be worried.

  • 4 Ron Knee // May 24, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    “England and Newcastle winger Andros Townsend and West Brom midfielder Sandro have been linked with a move to Sporting Lisbon, according to Portuguese newspaper Record.”

  • 5 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Regarding the last article…


  • 6 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 10:02 AM


    Had a laugh at “at least the man u fans didnt have far to go home”! Well played!

  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    I apologise for my rant. I am just sick of the sensationalist scare articles. They are not required.

  • 8 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 10:06 AM


    Just hoping if rafa stays he can persuade townsend to stay. Not sure what he would gain from.a spell in portugal tbh

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    The man u situation is utterly different. They are the biggest club in England, and managers are queueing up in the hope of getting the job. It will not be even fractionally as hard to get the new guy to agree to a contract.

  • 10 geordieviking // May 24, 2016 at 10:09 AM


    Must admit my reaction was the same as yours. Thought an ex-IBMer would have better maths ability. ?

  • 11 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    I see 38yo distan is being released by Bournmouth. Too old?

  • 12 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 10:14 AM


    Yeah i would hope so.
    Mind, he is counting from the thursday after the mackems beat everton, even though rafa clearly wasn’t talking about it until after the spurs game. Ed is in panic mode.

  • 13 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 10:15 AM


    that does seem likely to happen, however I personally would keep him, the lad has never had a chance yet we know he has the ability but he wasn’t going to get in ahead of Gini and Sissoko, but the chances are both of those will be sold so De Jong could finally get a chance, injuries are an obvious fear so another attacking midfielder would be needed, could Shelvey play further up the pitch, if not then perhaps Will Hughes from Derby, he’s a good player and knows the league.

  • 14 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    The mag conveniently ignoring the fact that fans would also want exprience brought in.

    “How to misrepresent fans via subtle twists and ommision” – by the mag

  • 15 G // May 24, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Will Hughes is a good shout, was touted as the next big thing couple of years back. Doesnt seem to have progressed, but doesnt look any worse either. I would take a punt.

  • 16 geordie157 // May 24, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    I think we’ll buy a mix of championship players both young and more experienced with a couple of Spanish youngsters coming in.

    Then maybe one of Rafa’s old players he trusts ie Agger.

    McCormack, Hughes, Dunk come to mind as some likely targets. Although they got relegated Charlton’s Chris Solly is a good young right back.

    Would like to see Armstrong and possibly Bigi get chances to impress. Along with Sterry and Mbabu, hard to tell if any of the other youngsters are good enough. Believe Cameron did well at York and Gilliead impressed at Carlisle so maybe they come into contention.

  • 17 G // May 24, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Was watching the kids a few times this season, I think young McKenzie Heanney could get his chance this season, good left foot, thunderb@st@rd of a shot, gets the rest of the team more confidence around him.

  • 18 manxpie // May 24, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Will Hughes had a bad injury and was out for a year i think, only made his come back recently
    would love him here masses of experience for a young lad

  • 19 manxpie // May 24, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Saying that he’d probably be highly priced so no chance

  • 20 manxpie // May 24, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Ycmiu was just wondering if you were worried about how long it was taking for rafa to sign i mean it’s been over a week now? 🙂

  • 21 Ron Knee // May 24, 2016 at 10:55 AM


    If Benitez stays, perhaps a few of our ‘stars’ will be less inclined to want a move. IF!!!

  • 22 Ron Knee // May 24, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    For what it’s worth:

    “Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United have been in talks for more than a week-and-a-half now – and they have progressed to an extremely advanced stage.
    A comprehensive and complex contract is being drawn up and, though the lack of movement is frustrating, I understand there is no reason to be unduly concerned at this stage.
    My understanding is that Newcastle intend to hold a Press conference once the deal is finalised – which they hope will be later on this week.
    Benitez did set a two-week timeframe and, as seemingly with anything Newcastle do, the pace of developments have been agonisingly slow.”
    – Chris Waugh

  • 23 Essex Geordie Bill // May 24, 2016 at 11:03 AM


    I take it from your comment 7 you are a Brexit.

    Will Hughes yes!!

    Just hope Arma isn’t similar to HBA he was going to be our great weapon when he returned from injury and we all know how that turned out. We should stop hyping him up, give him space!

    Just thought I’d make all my comments in one hit.

  • 24 Slank // May 24, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Fans shouldn’t be over worried about the time taken to announce the arrival of Benetez.

    It’s not only his situation that has to be agreed but also all his back room staff as well. In addition, there is likely to be some departures of existing staff to attend to. Many, if not all, of Benetez’s team and possibly their families will have to be relocated and housed. If any of his team have children then schools need to be found. If any of his team have working wifes or partners then that complication needs to be sorted out. Benetez’s team came for a specified short term assignment which is completely different to committing for the longer term. Perhaps some of his team don’t fancy the North East.

    I would be worried if things were wrapped up very quickly as that tends to suggest that not all the ‘Ts’ have been crossed and all the ‘Is’ dotted.

    It seems ironic that many fans were critical of Ashley for not doing due diligence and now equally critical for Charnley (and presumably Ashley) and Benetez for taking their time as if the fans have detailed and intimate knowledge about conducting these types of negotiations.

  • 25 JP...from The Rock // May 24, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Get this Rafa contract sorted ASAP or else we will lose our best players due to this uncertainty, hence Townsend now linked with Sporting Lisbon.

  • 26 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    The prudent pace of the negotiations perfectly fits the narrative that a detailed, complex and watertight contract is being finalised and will be announced by the end of the week.
    But neither do it exclude the possibility that they are being extended until the sting has been drawn out of the relegation and fans have accepted that Charnley will be staying and Carr will be staying, both of which now look quite possible.
    Two weeks is a long time at Newcastle United. Memories are short and the fans’ natural tendency to accept their lot will have been carefully weighed up.

  • 27 martoon // May 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Slank @24 – I agree with you about ‘crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s’ but surely finding houses for his staff and schools for their kids comes afterwards otherwise we’ll be waiting till Christmas before the deal is done!

  • 28 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 11:19 AM


    although I’m not concerned about the time it’s taking for Rafa to say that he is staying I still feel that you have got it slightly wrong, as far as I was aware Rafa and his team signed a three year contract with an escape clause in it, having an escape clause doesn’t make it a short term deal it still makes it three years, so most of what you have said isn’t really applicable.

  • 29 martoon // May 24, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    I’m not sure if I’m being perverse but now I’ve got over the disappointment of relegation I’m actually quite looking forward to next season assuming Rafa stays. Hopefully we’ll get rid of the deadwood and bring in some new players. We get more matches against different teams and hopefully we’ll win the majority of our games playing some decent football.

  • 30 Moonraker15 // May 24, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    I would doubt Sporting can afford Townsend’s wages?

  • 31 JAMSHA // May 24, 2016 at 11:27 AM


  • 32 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 11:30 AM


    I agree that Charnley is likely to stay, after all it was him who brought Rafa to us, expecting that Rafa will stay which I feel he will, most of us agree that the Rafa coup if it comes off will be one of the best deals this club of ours has ever pulled off so to get rid of the man very shortly after making that deal would be a bit contradictory would it not, but Carr I feel would be a goner, certainly from the power position that he currently has, it he stays it could only be as a standard scout and nothing more.

  • 33 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 11:31 AM


    Keith Bishop will be perfectly well aware that relegation has been swallowed with resignation bordering on mild optimism and will be reporting that to his boss.
    It does nothing at all to strengthen Rafa’s hand.
    If this goes into next week, I would say the chances of him signing would be starting to recede.
    I believe both narratives are still in play.

  • 34 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    There’s no harm in letting them know we won’t accept a lot of crocodile tears and shrugging if Rafa grows frustrated and walks.

  • 35 carl // May 24, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    I saw your comment this morning in support of Ed Harrison. He does do a good job and has since April 2007.

    This is from the archives – Everton Well Prepared for Newcastle Game.

    12:34 pm, Sunday, October 7th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

    David Moyes says his Everton team are well prepared for the upcoming game with Newcastle today, because following their UEFA cup games on Thursday, they are ready and know they have to get the job done on the following Sundays in the premiership.

    Let’s take a look at what David had to say.

    As a point of interest this is the 1,000th article written for the Newcastle United Blog since we started back on April 23rd, 2007 – we’d like to thank all our readers for their great support of this web site.

  • 36 carl // May 24, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    When do the Championship fixtures come out?

  • 37 Slank // May 24, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Martoon @ 27

    I disagree about sorting the houses and schools out afterwards.

    If you are relocating a family the person who has received the offer of employment should only sign once he is satisfied himself that his family are satisfied with the new arrangements. Having been relocated myself to the Far East I know that this is of paramount importance otherwise the family becomes fractured and the new employee becomes unhappy and doesn’t perform to the best of his ability. Nobody wins in these circumstances.

  • 38 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 11:42 AM


    I doubt that it strengthens nor weakens Rafa’s hand if their is reason for it to be weakened or strengthened, what may now be optimism as you rightly say will very quickly turn to anger if we don’t get Rafa and have to make do with another yes man instead, we have had enough of this regime but finally it appears as if their could be a silver lining to the verry very dark cloud that we have endured for far too long, if that lining is stripped now the revolt will be huge, that will also be uppermost on their minds as well, don’t fear, we will get Rafa, not even this regime are foolish enough not to make this happen.

    If there were problems they would be getting leaked, the way I read is that an agreement must be close, if it wasn’t then Rafa would now be gone, you can’t persuade men like him to be puppets who would accept what this regime has offered managers in the past, the outlook of the club has changed, it must have because if it hadn’t then Rafa would have been long gone by now.

  • 39 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 11:44 AM


    Talks are said to be at a very advanced stage.
    I expect him to sign by the end of the week.
    As manager.

  • 40 Slank // May 24, 2016 at 11:47 AM


    You are right about the original contract which was reported as having ‘get out’ clauses but that contract is now dead and Benetez and his team are now much wiser and knowledgeable about the club and the region.

    The original contract was primarily to save the club from relegation. A new contract will possibly have other and different objectives and probably price tags to go with it.

  • 41 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 11:49 AM


    how old are the kids, if there are any, Rafa is what, 54/55 something like that, I assume most of his staff are of the same or similar age so I would assume that at there age their families would now be up and away, not that it matters one jot because if Rafa does stay and they then decide they don’t want to commit then they will be replaced, seriously I just cannot see relocation as being a possible stumbling block !

  • 42 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 11:50 AM


    It was a three year contract with a 10 week opt-out clause.
    While it is true aspects of it, including targets and budgets, will need to be reviewed, it is not true to say it is “dead.”
    Nor is it being negotiated again from scratch.

  • 43 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Ashley offered Benitez an extension of his powers after the Spurs game. The scope of these powers is what is being set in stone.

  • 44 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 11:54 AM


    It was a three year contract, so how could it possibly be a contract so save us from relegation, you just cannot give someone three years to stave off relegation, we could be playing non-league football in that time frame.

  • 45 Toonfan8 // May 24, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Why would anyone sell Gini for 17M?? He had just first year in England and was far from being disaster. He scored 11 goals and is our most talented player, we should give him next year under Rafa, I would sell S.De Jong (always injured), Cisse (not able to score), Collocini (big wage), release S.Taylor (injured more than SDJ), sell Gouffran (didn´t make an impact), C.Good (if not available, release him too),Riviere (didn´t make an impact)…
    GK:Krul,Elliot,Darlow,Woodman (loan out)
    24 man squad and we need to bring at least 1CB Agger at minimum and 1 striker….
    this team is good enough and with players like Elliot,Mbabu,Dummett,Colback,Anita,Thauvin,Aarons,Saivet,Perez,Armstrong,Toney on the bench we have enough quality to go straight up

  • 46 Slank // May 24, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Spoof @ 41

    I am giving examples of things that must be taken into consideration when hiring staff and ensuring that they and they family are newly and happily settled into a new job and environment.

    A company which cares about this will get a happier and more productive new employee. A company which doesn’t bother should not be surprised when things don’t work out for their new employee.

    Despite what some fans are saying as if they are facts, nobody but the parties involved know the confidential details of the contracts.

  • 47 Laurent Robert 32 // May 24, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    I actually like how long it’s is taking so far. It needs to be done right, and Rafa will have all the important aspects in there and legally bound as well.

    It might be a bit like Fantasy Football for him in that at least he would know of a specific budget to work to. I.e. Purchase this player and wages means you can only have this other player on this wages. It’s a nice clear goal for him to work and plan to.

  • 48 Ron Knee // May 24, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Do managers’ contracts usually contain clauses on transfer budgets, etc.?

  • 49 Laurent Robert 32 // May 24, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    There are lots of elements to these negotiations. Just need patience to make sure it is done correctly.

  • 50 Laurent Robert 32 // May 24, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    They probably will in this case, Ron. That is a good thing.

  • 51 Slank // May 24, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    BandB @ 42

    To the best of my knowledge the contracts between Benetez and the club never appeared in public. The only gossip was that there was a ‘get out’ clause if the club was relegated. All other clauses, conditions and priorities were never aired in public.

    If the paramount priority was saving the club from relegation I’m sure, as a person who used to write these types of contracts, that many if not all of the remaining clauses would be null and void. In fact, Dead.

  • 52 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 24, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Everton are said to have 9 managers short-listed for interview shortly could Rafa be on that list?

  • 53 Ron Knee // May 24, 2016 at 12:18 PM


    I agree, but is it standard practice to stipulate how much a manager has to spend?

  • 54 WWSBRD // May 24, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    If he wont try in the PL what makes u think he will try in the Championship?

  • 55 stuart no9 // May 24, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    What’s this rumour Townsend off to Lisbon

  • 56 Essex Geordie Bill // May 24, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Can I join the club?

    Actually no I’ll take the Groucho line of thought.

  • 57 Toonfan8 // May 24, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    so who tried if he didn´t? we had Cisse and yes he tried, but how many goals did he score? or sissoko? nobody had good season, but it was down to SMC, now under Benitez we played better football and had better results. We played some good football in the end, so I can´t see the reason to sell two or three best in our team, who will replace them? championship proven? In which world championship proven players are better than Holland or France full internationals?

  • 58 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Ron Knee

    I doubt a specific figure could be promised as the club would not know for certain how much cash would be generated, just looking at this season and how it affects next season, Leicester due to CL football will be able to give Ranieri a hell of lot more this summer than what was predicted 12 months ago, whereas we will not be able to spend this summer what we did last summer due to relegation, I would imagine that it’s a case of Rafa insisting on making sure he decides where we spend whatever the amount is.

  • 59 Slank // May 24, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Ron @ 48

    I would imagine there would be clauses in the contract about transfers and budgets because transfers are an essential element in a managers ability to manage a team / club without which he is totally hamstrung.

    How the two elements are linked I’m not too sure especially as Ashley has publicly stated ‘the cupboard is bare’. I suppose this is a complication that isn’t easily and quickly solved as I doubt Charnley has the powers by himself alone to take out a bank loan to give to Benetez. Ashley as the pay master needs to be involved and I’m not sure whether that’s a quick ‘yep no problem’ or ‘I think you and I need to have frank talk about this’ !

  • 60 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 24, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    @Stuart No 9

    Its not even a rumour where are Sporting Lisbon ever going to be able to afford him?!

  • 61 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    I would love to see Gini stay to see just how good he could be, but I fully expect to see him gone, I doubt that we could keep him, but it would be great if we could.

  • 62 Toonfan8 // May 24, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    if we can hold this team together and bring our youngsters through like Mbabu,Sterry,Armstrong,Toney, we will then have a good young squad with great potential….

  • 63 Toonfan8 // May 24, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    i don´t want to see collo,s.taylor,cisse,gouffran…we have talented players who should be given chance in first team…

  • 64 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 24, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Chronicle also had a report that we had 8 players missing over 50% of the season just past !! 8 PLAYERS!!

    Obertan , Saylor and Marveux should be gone from that list they need to be replaced with guys who can play at least 20 or 30 games a season !

  • 65 WWSBRD // May 24, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    He is only a good player if he puts the effort in and he doesnt, invisible man sums him up. Away from home we started with 10 men whenever he got the nod

    Not sure how keeping a man who put no effort in during 90% of a PL campaign will be good in the Championship

    As for who will replace him, an actual LW would be a start

  • 66 Slank // May 24, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Spoof @ 61

    I too would like to see Gini and Sissoko stay.

    Benetez showed what a difference he made to these two players, especially Sissoko.

    Would Benetez sign a new contract if he was told he had to sell the club’s top scorer and the player with the most assists ?

    If Benetez didn’t rate them he wouldn’t have selected them and definitely not hand the captains arm band to Sissoko.

    I would think that Benetez now knows he has the nucleus of a very strong team and to weaken it would surely be counterproductive to securing promotion.

  • 67 Ron Knee // May 24, 2016 at 12:37 PM


    So it’s more a question of who decides, rather than how much he has to spend?

  • 68 Toonfan8 // May 24, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    so you want out players who has most talent in our squad? he, sissoko and townsend should all stay in this team and we will be going for record in the championship, maybee they aren´t like Nolan,Barton or so, but they have much more potential than them…under Rafa we played good football in this league, and championship is level down and I think when these players hit the form in the championship, it will be joy to watch

  • 69 Slank // May 24, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    WWSBRD @ 65

    What we don’t know but probably suspect is that the previous managers tenure may, but possibly more than likely, to have been instrumental in the loss of form of Gini and Sissoko.

  • 70 hibbitt // May 24, 2016 at 12:43 PM


    that would depend on Rafa’s assessment of the 2 players you name we don’t know what he thinks of them ?

  • 71 Slank // May 24, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Ron @ 67

    It’s always the employer, never the employee who decides.

    If the negotiations have gone well it will probably be a compromise.

  • 72 WWSBRD // May 24, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    No I want those who didnt try and got us relegated, U can put it all on McClaren if u want but those players dont care about the club. Id keep Townsend (I doubt we will but I would) Gini and Sissoko both want away and their NUFC careers have been filled with no effort (atleast Sissoko can state how often he was played out of position which his stamina couldnt handle)

    They arent the only players in the world

  • 73 WWSBRD // May 24, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    McClaren didnt send Gini out on to the pitch with the instructions to avoid the ball and hide

  • 74 Slank // May 24, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Hibbitt @ 70

    That is perfectly true.

    But I suspect that he rates them highly otherwise surely he wouldn’t have selected them every game.

    Could be wrong and he is now regretting letting Obertan and Marveaux leave !

  • 75 martoon // May 24, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Slank @37 – Of course that’s important when you are moving to a new job but this contract is between NUFC & Rafa – his backroom staff will be sorted out afterwards or are you trying to tell me that the delay is because his coaches cannot decide whether Royal Grammar or Dame Allan’s will be the bet choice?

  • 76 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 12:54 PM


    I have always liked Sissoko, prehaps not as much as he likes himself but anyway I do like the lad and have always thought that it was unfair when he got the lazy not trying tag, I never saw that as I though he did put the effort in but to many people looked at his style and manner and got him totally wrong, not sure of your age but can you remember Chris Waddle when he broke onto the seen with us, you looked at him and thought what a waste of space as he is clearly just not interested, however he was but it was just his languid style which gave a false impression, I feel Sissoko has a similar problem with how he appears, putting that aside Rafa will want to put his own stamp on the side and with Sissoko, De Jong and Wignaldum then he could sacrifice one or two to raise some extra cash, as great as it would be to have them, would a want a way player be any good to us in the cut and thrust of the championship.

  • 77 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    We can always rely on Slank for an insight into how the other half lives 🙂

  • 78 hibbitt // May 24, 2016 at 12:56 PM


    perfectly true but what other choice did he have both were fit and at the time they were the best option

    not sure he had any say in the oberton mareaux decision

  • 79 stuart no9 // May 24, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    It was on the newcastle united app.about townsend . load of crap though

  • 80 martoon // May 24, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    BandB @33 – I did say “if Rafa stays”. If he doesn’t I can see a lot of ST’s being returned before next season.
    Carl @35 Thanks (I think) I’m not quite sure what point you were trying to make. No idea when the fixtures come out!

  • 81 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 12:59 PM


    I know you did. No quibbles.

  • 82 Slank // May 24, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Martoon @ 75

    I’m saying that family factors have to be taken into consideration and it is these factors which often take the time but I don’t know whether this is an issue in these negotiations.

    I doubt the negotiations are only about Benetez and the club. It would appear that Benetez values his staff he brought with him. I’m sure he will want them to be satisfied with the new arrangements.

  • 83 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    I hate quibbles. They keep raiding my cupboards and eating all my biscuits!

  • 84 toonincheek // May 24, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Gini and Sissoko didn’t show themselves to be highly motivated to give 100%.

    I don’t doubt that part of that was due to the managers, nor that Rafa will do much better.

    But – can you really see them being motivated when playing in the Championship?
    I can’t.

  • 85 Slank // May 24, 2016 at 1:15 PM


    There were alternatives (Shelvey, De Jong, Perez and to a lesser extent Aarons) but he selected Gini and Sissoko (for better or worse !).

    Benetez definitely got the best out of Sissoko. I was taken aback when he gave the captains armband to him but clearly Benetez saw something many fans, myself included, didn’t see.

    When Mitrovic got the red card and moved forward to argue with the ref Sissoko took command and stuck out his arm and pushed Mitrovic away. To me, that said ‘I’m captain, leave it out’.

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