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Press Confererence At 7:00 pm To Unveil Rafa Benitez

5:50 pm, Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 63 Comments

There will be a press conference tonight at 7:00 pm, when Newcastle United will unveil Rafa Benitez as their new manager for at least the next three years – and hopefully for a lot longer than that.

This will be one of the most important appointments for Newcastle in recent memory and certainly since the great Sir Bobby Robson (then simply Bobby Robson) was appointed as the Newcastle manager in early September 1999.

Newcastle United will now be taken back to their former greatness by a certain Mr. Benitez – who is absolutely and utterly determined to be successful on Tyneside.

Sounds good to us – sounds great to us – sounds stupendous to us.

Where’s those blood pressure pills?

Howay The Lads!!

Tags: Championship · Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

63 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Average_Contents // May 25, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Get in. Hopefully.

  • 2 stuart no9 // May 25, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    stuart no9 // May 25, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    who else feels the same as me.??…. Over the last 5 or 6 people coming up to me and asking why im p@@sed off with the club , telling me how good of a manager weve got or Ashley doing everything for the club and that i should be happy that he took over NUFC and that we are where we are because we are no bigger than any other club and we have no right to be moaning about the club, the one thing they always said was ” we are impatiant ” which made my blood boil , now however , they are going to understand what NUFC is all about and let them see just why we wernt happy . now they are going to ”get it”

  • 3 GeordieTwo // May 25, 2016 at 5:57 PM×400.jpg
    Picture above is Mitro waiting while Rafa chooses which of the poor performers have their faces taped to his armpits……

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // May 25, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Can you watch the presser on one of these android boxes?

  • 5 GeordieTwo // May 25, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    It’s nearly over now Stuart…. we’re here for you mate. The wait for a decent manager finally comes to an end……

  • 6 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    “Glad you could all come here tonight. We have an important announcement to make – next week we will making an important announcement. Graeme, would you like to field some questions….”

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // May 25, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Just the man@4

  • 8 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 25, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    People who say we are impatient need to look at clubs like manu, manc, liverpool et.c.
    Wanting rid of thier managers because they only win 1 cup in three years,or only finish 4th. We have won nowt in decades, yet did we hound out keegan? SBR? HOOTS? ROEDER?

  • 9 GeordieTwo // May 25, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Graham Carr: “I would just like to say we will no longer be taping players faces to Mitro’s armpits. The Society for the Provention of Cruelty to Footy Players have contacted us and threatened legal action. It’s a shame really, because it was working really, really well….”

  • 10 BandB // May 25, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Poor Tyne Tees.
    Thirty five minutes notice.
    And I thoughtI was hacked off 🙂

  • 11 GeordieTwo // May 25, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Yes we did YCMIU mate @8. Errrm no, wait. No we didn’t! Well, what is the answer? We did but we didn’t mean to? I’m so confused now……

  • 12 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 25, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Important anouncement. Mike Ashleys good lady will be painting her nails green this summer. She will be wearing shoes to match. I hope this helps to give the fan base a much needed boost, and we can forget what has come before, and move forward together. Thanks.

  • 13 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    No Defence previous article – I wouldn’t be too hasty changing your name, but if you have to, the blog phantom Rob Vollans will be only too please to distribute his pamphlet on “So you have an outdated/compromised blog name – what now?”

  • 14 Blackley and Brownlie // May 25, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    28Bobbybee // May 25, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    B&B, were you in on the negotiations then? You know exactly how it went down? A quietly whispered ‘well done’ is hardly great praise, is it? You stay miserable, i’m happy as it gets. So what’s this then? Ashley just lulling us into a false sense of security before he sacks him? We wanted him to stay out of football. He did that. We wanted investment. He did that. We wanted Rafa. He’s changed everything in order to get him. He’s given Rafa everything he asked for. Some people will never be happy because they don’t want to be. That says more about the person than the situation though.


    Not sure why you’re focusing on events behind closed doors and questioning who is in the know?

    I’m not miserable. I’m sanguine. Unlike you, I’m not as happy as it gets.

    Every time Ashley’s been involved in footballing matters, he’s ballsed up. It’s not as if we haven’t seen such optimism before. Shearer and Keegan, for example.

    It was only a few weeks ago, after Ashley’s own man Charnley screwed up, Ashley warned that the club should not look to him for more money. If the club’s spent it, that’s it. His statement of intent went out the window in 12 short months and he washed his hands of responsibility, even though he was the one who said, “my door”. So you praise Mike if you want to.

    Actions speak louder than words. I’ll praise Ashley if he ever gets it right on the field and we win something. So far, it’s nearly a decade of my NUFC supporting life not just wasted but spent in varying degrees of humiliation.

  • 15 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    “Many have seen the news stories surrounding the “presencia espanol” at nufc of late, and we feel it’s important to state categorically there will be NO change to the catering on matchday. The Balti pie will be here for a long time at SJP. In fact most of them have been. But you won’t be getting Albondigas and a Dorada in the meal deal any time soon. Thank you.”

  • 16 Average_Contents // May 25, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    I should imagine you’d be able to watch the presser on your box if it’s on ssn jfa.

    Try mobdro on your phone if it’s android operated and if it is on ssn your laughing lad.

  • 17 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 25, 2016 at 6:10 PM


    A lot of people say stuff about Mccormack but guessing not many people have watched him play? Hes only just turned 29 has plenty of experience scores all types of goals excelled in the championship with Fulham who are rubbish so imagine the goals he will score in a good team in that league!?Hes exactly what we need in the championship and then would provide decent backup in the top league for a few seasons

    He also plays wide left in a 4231 which is where he would probably play under Rafa with Townsend on the other side both cutting in for goals !!

  • 18 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Jail? Laughing? Ha ha. Don’t make me laugh

  • 19 GeordieTwo // May 25, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    But you are sanguine B&B mate? According to google that means blood-red. Or optimistic in an apparently bad or difficult situation. I think we’re all a bit cautious knowing Ashley as we do. This is all to get back into the Prem as quickly as possibly of course. But if Rafa makes us a decent or even great club I’ll take it!

  • 20 BandB // May 25, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    I’ve just seen the press release from the Fans’ Forum.
    It welcomes tonight’s press conference to announce that its long campaign for the fair distribution of BeeFee crisps in the Milburn stand has ended in victory.

  • 21 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    I think they’re going to get Lee to say that Rafa won’t be signing after all. But he’ll be naked with just a pink sparkly balloon to hide his bits. Just to take the edge off the mood.

  • 22 Average_Contents // May 25, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    If not, use the box and try looking for a ssn stream within kodi.

    Not sure of the best addons that would show it though, maybe UK turks or phoenix.

  • 23 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    The Fans Forum still have unfinished business with Graeme Carr not handing their teeth back.

  • 24 GeordieTwo // May 25, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    In fact if we win a cup next season I’ll tart meself up and give No Defence a big kiss!

  • 25 The overrated Frenchman // May 25, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    3am here. Can’t go to sleep till it’s actually announced. The sad life of the NUFC fan, desperate for any scrap of optimism…pathetic really

  • 26 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    I have just heard that Benitez will be staying on but that it’s only for three months until they find a suitable replacement as he is close to agreeing a deal with Galatasaray!

  • 27 GeordieTwo // May 25, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Rafa will be naked with a pink, sparkly balloon or Charnley will be Tsunki mate? I’m a big Rafa supporter so I’m happy with anything he wants to wear as long as he shows up!

  • 28 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 25, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    So does this mean the conference is live on the club website?

  • 29 Novocastrian66 // May 25, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party; If you mean that he has just turned 29 in the last 12 months, you’re right. He is 30 in August.

  • 30 BandB // May 25, 2016 at 6:19 PM


    It was announced at 10.30am.
    Just not by the club.
    It’s done.

  • 31 Average_Contents // May 25, 2016 at 6:19 PM


    I don’t know what I was thinking. Although in my defence jfa has been chirping a happy tune of late.

    Ok, happy..ish

  • 32 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 25, 2016 at 6:20 PM


    Thats fine we had Marveux and Obertan here for 5 years at around 90k a week between them and they did nothing at all ! Regardless of age they never made a contribution at all

  • 33 giimps // May 25, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    I would imagine it will be live on BBC radio Newcastle , unless they’re covering the lettuce loaning competition scheduled for 7-30

  • 34 BandB // May 25, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Mrs JFA will be looking for a new man who’s a bit less fun to be around.

  • 35 Average_Contents // May 25, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    T minus 35 minutes until Lee, via intermediaries, informs the universe that the club will no longer be buying rich tea and that hobnobs are the future.

    It was a very hard decision and the budget will be stretched to the limit but it’s what you fans deserve.

    Only the best will do from now on.

    You heard it here first.

  • 36 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Hmm. This scaremongering isn’t as easy as I thought.

  • 37 BandB // May 25, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Although, won’t we all.

  • 38 Tsunki // May 25, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    BandB @4 hmm tough call that.

  • 39 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 25, 2016 at 6:27 PM


    I was ridiculed for biscuit jokes a couple of weeks back. Just be careful,you may incur some wrath yourself 😮

  • 40 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 25, 2016 at 6:28 PM


    I, for one,can confirm i will not be looking for a somber man, or any other man for that matter 😀

  • 41 Novocastrian66 // May 25, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party; Fair point but I’m not sure what that has to do with Mc Cormack’s age.
    I’m not bothered about how old a player is, if he is good enough. I would hope we set our sights a bit higher than Mc Cormack, even though he has an excellent record at Championship level.

  • 42 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 25, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Rafas to do list quite extensive !!

  • 43 Hail Wor Ashley // May 25, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Zlatan will be revealed in the new strip also.

  • 44 Average_Contents // May 25, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    I eat wrath for brekkie laaa.

    Bring it on ya’s biscuit bashing spunktrumpets!

    My teas ready so I’m off.

    Have fun.

  • 45 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 25, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Haha. Enjoy your hobnobs for tea.

  • 46 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 25, 2016 at 6:40 PM


    Think you are forgetting which league we are in!! We will need players who are the best players in that league to get us out of it !

    Yes we will buy players that can grow with the club but the most important thing is automatic promotion next season by any means necessary !

    Cant just rely on Mitrovic and Perez for goals as they might not be prolific and then we wont score enough goals !

    Brighton only lost 5 games all season and still ended up not getting promoted !! So its not a foregone conclusion that we will walk the league

  • 47 Average_Contents // May 25, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Just a quicky

    Ssn streams are working on mobdro if they are to show it, the second ones better.

    Just type in sky sports and they’ll all come up.

  • 48 Average_Contents // May 25, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    Hobnobs lol.

    Ribeye with wedges and sweetcorn.

    Now fcukoff 😉

  • 49 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 25, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    So the official nufc site has confirmed rafa. Its been on the fb page Initial 3 year deal. The presser is just for the rest of the world…. and ssn have just anounced it

  • 50 stuart no9 // May 25, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    tsunki …… the balti pies were always going to be part of the negotiations along with players funds, medical team and the refurb of the training facilities, however , i dont think its right that tapas are only going to be sold in the platinum club . i understand this was also in the contract, but what about the poor people in the gallowgate ? tattas bravas would sell just as much in the gallowgate as the platinum – ok some may have to share and only have a half of saint michael than a pint but at least we should have that option . sad times ahead really …

  • 51 BandB // May 25, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Rafa “relaxed and smiling like the Sun King.”

  • 52 GeordieTwo // May 25, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Let’s try to eat healthy people. Have a Happy Carrot. Then tell me you’re not happy…. Harrumph.

  • 53 toonfan76 // May 25, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Hi everyone, long time reader and occasional poster here! Haven’t posted for a good while but wanted to ask for some opinions on the current situation. My question is this: If we get straight back to the Prem and we somehow manage to win a cup in the time Rafa is here, should we then become pro Ashley? For the record I’m neither pro or anti Ashley. Feel free to answer or not. Rafa is confirmed btw.

  • 54 Ron Knee // May 25, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Watch him sign on the dotted line:

  • 55 GeordieTwo // May 25, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Rafa’s signed then? Well that makes me very happy. We can all celebrate now for 5 minutes. Then back to work you lot! Harrumph. Trying to use this as an excuse to skive off. Well it won’t work!

  • 56 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 25, 2016 at 6:49 PM


    Ashley has a while to go this is a good start if he allows Rafa to get on with the job and he actually manages to win a trophy then fair play nothing is guaranteed but hopefully the ambition will be there now !

    Who knows Ashley might even start to enjoy running a football club the right way ? Maybe could employ some of the practices across his other companies……. Ha ha

  • 57 BandB // May 25, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    That’s an odd question in these particular circumstances,toonfan76.
    But not, I suppose for a long time…..oh, we, you know the craic.
    Is that the burning issue that has caused your to break your long silence after a do or die relegation season?
    I doubt it, frankly.

  • 58 GeordieTwo // May 25, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    We should be anti-Ashley no matter what happens toonfan76. That’s the safest position to take. Pro-Rafa, anti-Ashley. He was hatched in Satan’s underpants after all…..

  • 59 Mister Tuff // May 25, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Official statement:-

  • 60 BandB // May 25, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Oh how I loathe these “long time reader, no fan of Ashle, blah blah” posts.
    Do you think we were born yesterday?

    Club has confirmed Rafa.

  • 61 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 25, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    So is the presser cancelled? Not that I am bothered. This is surely one of the best things to happen at nufc for a lonnnnnng time

  • 62 lochinvar // May 25, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Name two ways to confuse a mackem

    1. Ask them to organise a marathon

    2. Ask them to pronounce Rafa

  • 63 Jail for Ashley // May 25, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    It will take three league titles in a row, a double, treble and a Super cup for me to be pro Ashley.

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