Newcastle Star Not Sure Where It All Went Wrong


Georginio Wijnaldum hasn’t thought too much about leaving Newcastle – yet – because he says he’s still too devastated and distraught about Newcastle being relegated.

And whereas Rafa Benitez has made it clear he would like to see Moussa Sissoko stay at Newcastle for next season, the manager has not said the same thing about the Dutch international.

Rafa could still want Gini to stay at the club for next season of course, but we think the Dutch International will want to move to pastures anew – but we could be wrong about that.

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Gini Wijnaldum – in action against Crystal Palace

One of the world’s best managers has shown everybody the way at Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez has fully committed himself to Newcastle for the next three years, even though that means a season in the English second division.

That shows real commitment from the man who has managed Valencia, Liverpool, Inter-Milan, Naples and at the start of season the Champions League winners of last Saturday – Real Madrid.

This is some of what Gini has said in the local papers today::

“It’s difficult to say where it went wrong, you have to analyze the whole season and then you can say that.” “It is still difficult to say directly after the season where it went wrong.”

“The fans gave me a good feeling by supporting us.” “Especially in the Tottenham game when the club had been relegated and the stadium was still full.”

“They were still singing for us and that gives us a good feeling.” “That’s what you have to do in football (just come back), you can do nothing else.”

“If something happens you have to stay calm and have confidence in yourself and as a team.” “You have to keep fighting.”

Rafa staying at the club should ensure he can keep all the players he wants to keep – we just don’t know exactly who those are yet – and whether they will include Gini Wijnaldum.

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91 comments so far

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 30, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Easy, Gini….

    Roughly around the time you went missing for away games. You and a few others.

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  • jimmysmith

    May 30, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #2

    If the club wants to buy and see the best out of a quality player like Widjnaldum, players used to performing in dominant sides at the top of the league, then it needs to put all the right pieces together around him, particularly in their first year.

    A central midfield of Anita and Colback was never going to win enough share of midfield battles to allow us to build attacking impetus. It did a far better job of exposing our frailties at the back. Mitrovic was too young and inexperienced to lead the line and score the necessary goals, and McClaren not capable of convincing the club to buy, or of finding a better approach with the players he had.

    Calling Widjnaldum a shirker is apportioning to much blame in one place, and possibly entirely too much.

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  • lukes26

    May 30, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #3

    i dont blame Gini too much.

    His best position is probably at #10, but we played him as a winger or DM most of the time

    the problem was that we had 4 players (ayoze, Gini, De Jong, sissoko) who’s (debatably) best position is #10 & newcastle’s formation for most the season didnt really utilize a #10

    absolute madness

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 30, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #4

    We have players that have played at internatuonal level, who have the talent. They could and should have led by example, and taken more responsibility upon themselves instead of going missing in games. Gini was certainly not the only one ( as i clearly pointed out in the first post). Not being bothered because the less talented players are not giving you enough ball is a poor excuse for a professional player not to try. Sissoko, Gini, Cisse and Shelvey are four main culprits of this. There were games where they quite simply DID NOT TRY. Now, should we cast them all aside? No. But a serious attitude adjustment is required if they are to stay.

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  • Tsunki

    May 30, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #5

    I didn’t vote for Tom as I don’t know much about the lad.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 30, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #6

    We have seen a slight change already, in sissoko. Now that may be because he wanted to be in the shop window, but I think it was more to do with Rada making him captain, and motivating him. It shows that it can be done with these players. Maybe cisse is a little long in the tooth, and may need to move on to finish off in a “retirement fund” league, but gini, sissoko and shelvey are in/entering thier prime footballing years, and have the attributes to become excellent servants for us. Do they all deserve another chance? I would say Gini and Shelvey do. Not sure if Sissoko will be popular, due to his constant wh0ring of himself all over the place

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 30, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Tsunki

    It’s Tim’s brother.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 30, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Do not know what I might have started here with Welshie -a later general knowledge quiz.
    I suspect some of the questions will be of a similar standard to the below samples:-
    1. How many legs has a dog
    2. How many ears has a cat.
    3. What are the animals called that live in the jungle and were once used in the PG Tips adverts.
    4. Do budgies have feathers or fur.

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  • jimmysmith

    May 30, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #9

    I think this is our best team for the Championship, and Rafa would take it comfortably to promotion.

    ………………………….Krul..
    ..Janmaat……Mbemba…..Collocini…Haidarra..

    …………………Tiote…………..Shelvey…….

    …..Townsend……….Sissoko……..Widjnaldum…

    …………………………Mitrovic….

    Still allows an excellent bench by Championship standards, and a starting 11 with plenty of ability and attacking impetus.

    The defence and midfield would need an overhaul once back up, and Cisse replaced with a 20 goal striker. But lets not try to buy those players now, unless they are young and outstanding, or older and on a free, that we can sign on a two year deal, because otherwise we won’t attract the necessary quality.

    The likes of McCormack really aren’t good enough.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 30, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #10

    I always thought budgies wore trousers that were slightly too short.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 30, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Jimmy

    If they all stay, then i would agree with the personel. I would, however, swap gini and sissoko, but only because sissoko tends to play in a wider role for france (when he gets a game), often either side in a front 3.

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  • Tsunki

    May 30, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #12

    We didn’t use the right players in the right formations because McCarvew didn’t have any confidence in the quality or morale of his squad, that’s why he tried a holding game and maybe counter on the break which of course didn’t work because we had a shocking defensive midfield which crucially also lacked the skill to make play go forward.

    As for Gini, sorry but being played slightly out of your natural position does not result in your name not being mentioned in commentary for 15 minute+ spells during many many games.

    I disagree with you Jimmy except for the part where you touch on him requiring a dominant team, a team of creative individuals around him to give him the freedom to look good. Unfortunately we needed him to be one of those creative players, not the guy holding onto the shirt of them.

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  • Tsunki

    May 30, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Mark oh I see well if he’s half as good as his brother…

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  • jimmysmith

    May 30, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Yeah, too many 10’s. You might also sell one and bring in an Agger type and a couple of top prospects in other positions. A winger certainly, to compete with Aarons, Thauvin and Townsend.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 30, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Aye, the blog’s not the same in the close season without Pied-billed Toon, Pied-tailToon, ToonTurkey9, Black-backed Toon, ToonWarbler, TitToon etc

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  • Tsunki

    May 30, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #16

    I wonder where BlackToon & BrownToon are these days? It’s nesting season though.

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  • Tsunki

    May 30, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Actually I toyed with the idea of using Toonpole Tudor once (see what I did there, eh? Eh?) but I couldn’t raise enough enthusiasm after the Pokat debacle. 🙂

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  • lesh

    May 30, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Tuff

    Welshyboy’s struggling with your questions – there’s too many all at once.

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  • JamesToon

    May 30, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Jimmy

    Why do you want collo still??? It’s evident he wants out, he maybe championship quality but he clearly doesn’t want to be here, that goes the same with Janmaat and the likes of sissoko and wijnaldum, unless of course they commit themselves

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 30, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Here’s a question for all literary buffs.

    Which novel relative to one of our best loved posters was published in 1960, went on to win a Pulitzer Prize and was later made into a film.
    It was written by American author Harper Lee.

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  • Tsunki

    May 30, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Betty are you hammering your bird – centric humour to death? 🙂

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  • JamesToon

    May 30, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Providing we keep Gini and sissoko and Townsend and get rid of the likes of Cisse, Riviere, gouffran, Janmaat, Taylor and Collo, I think we’ll need a commanding centre half (Lewis Dunk), a central midfielder (and a defensive mid if Tiote leaves) who could be either Hughes, Cook (£5m release clause) or Carroll. I’d get Carrick if Tiote leaves. Then a left back which I think Charlie Taylor would be a great choice from Leeds. Then finally a striker like McCormack or Nahki Wells

    …………………Darlow

    Anita…Mbemba…Lascelles…Taylor

    …………..Carrick…Shelvey…………….

    Townsend……Sissoko…..Wijnaldum

    ……………….McCormack……………….

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  • Tsunki

    May 30, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Actually Jib is a mockingbird isn’t he. Or he could be a Common Shag.

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 30, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Well done Tsunki. I wouldn’t want to see him killed though.

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  • carl

    May 30, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #25

    Why do so many take anything The Mag has to say seriously ?
    It seems to me that they are more pro the mackems than us and took delight in what they openly stated was a lost cause to bring in a worthwhile Manager.

    Dale Foster writing in The Mag before Benitez signed a 3 year contract accused the fans of being deluded and questioned the believe of ever getting a worthwhile manager under Ashley. Anybody can see they have learnt nothing he stated.
    “I’m not sure who is more deluded; the Newcastle fans who really believe David Moyes, Rafa Benitez or Brendan Rodgers could be the next NUFC manager, or the newspapers who run the articles and expect the punter in the street to believe them?

    After almost nine years of Mike Ashley have Newcastle supporters really learnt nothing. Ashley’s first managerial appointment was Kevin Keegan and the fans were elated, both because of the anticipation of the football that would be played and also the fact that they trusted him. If KK had taken the job then obviously Ashley had accepted that he had to trust somebody who knew what he was doing and would let him get on with the job….. .

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  • Belfast

    May 30, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #26

    I see the ahem comedy acts are still as poor as ever ahem.

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  • Belfast

    May 30, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #27

    Time for retirement skunki.

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 30, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #28

    What is a female swan called.

    No cheating people.

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 30, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Can’t believe Mister Tuff didn’t know my elephant question.

    Seriously, you could not make it up.

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  • G

    May 30, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #30

    Why does everybody think signing Carrick would be a good thing? Few years ago, yes, now when his legs have gone, madness.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 30, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #31

    Welsh
    Elephant question. What’s the difference between a post box and an elephant’s arse?

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 30, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Blackley

    I take it that you didn’t do well in school because they put people like you at the back of the class.

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  • carl

    May 30, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #33

    Belfast
    And what’s with Back Door man? He seems fixated with Tsunki.
    This used to be a football blog with humour but it’s long been in short supply. A number don’t post but from the voting still read.
    You and a number rarely post these days.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 30, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #34

    G, i had the same discussion the other day mate. I can’t see how Rafa would even consider Carrick as a step forward. He’ll be more interested in building a team capable of stepping seemlessly back into the PL. Carrick’s never wanted to come here for starters and he’ll be another year older when we step back up. Personally I think he’ll go for a younger option, or hope to improve Shelvey. Talk of Carrick or Gerrard is just that – talk imo.

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  • Belfast

    May 30, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Like many others skunkis bad comedy is driving me away Carl lol

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  • G

    May 30, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Bobby, I can’t see Rafa even considering a player whom has less than 20 games a season left in him who limps off the field after he plays.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 30, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #37

    Welsh
    You don’t know the difference between a post box and an elephant’s arse? No wonder they don’t send you to post letters in your village.

    BTW, do you know where ToonyPandy is these days?

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 30, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Welsh it is called a pen.
    A male swan is called a cob – as it has a large knob on it’s beak.
    This does not mean there is a big tadger on the swans beak – just a large bump.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 30, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #39

    You and me both G, but the usual suspects managed to turn it unto a row. 😉 Then again, that might have been because it was me and nowt to do with the subject. The guy’s well past his prime and couldn’t live with sat-tues-sat games – not a chance in hell. I see our future as bright and forward thinking now, with Rafa in charge.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 30, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #40

    You have to feel for poor Gini like. Most of us that really care – the fans – have managed to come to terms with relegation, but the poor lamb is still devastated. I’m sure he’ll recover once he gets the move he craves for. 😉

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