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Shearer Details What Benitez Hopes For Next Season

9:09 am, Friday, June 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

Rafa Benitez showed yesterday how he can be both quick and decisive in making decisions, as he quickly replaced the departed Fabio Pecchia with new first team coach Mikel Antia, who used to play for Rafa for the Real Madrid B side back in the 1990s.

If the Newcastle Board had shown the same level decisiveness last season then Newcastle would not be a second division side now, but it’s happened and we have to move on – move forward.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

Rafa will completely overhaul the Newcastle squad this summer and get the team ready for an assault – if that’s the right word – on the Championship.

Hopefully we can be promoted at the very first attempt as we were when we were relegated back in 2009, but nothing is certain and yes – it’s  a very tough league.

Newcastle icon Alan Shearer has talked about what Rafa will be hoping for next season:

“We hope that they get off to a good start and that they’re only down there for one season and get back where they belong.”

“The longer you’re down there, the harder it is to get back,” “Obviously, Rafa believes he can get back at the first attempt, he won’t to hang around in the Championship, not a guy with his CV.”

“I’m sure that he’s working very hard – one, to sell players, and two, to bring in players as we speak.” 

“It will be an interesting time over the next few weeks to see what happens on that front.”

It will indeed be interesting to see who the five or six players are that Rafa will bring in over the summer months – and we still have a lot of deadwood that needs to be moved out this summer and who have been at the club far too long.

It would be good if Rafa can get one or maybe two new players in before next Friday when the Euro 2016 tournament kicks off in France.

Comments welcome.

Personal note: One of my sons Neil is in Newcastle this week and it’s the first time he’s been over there in 25 years.

He’s seen important parts of Newcastle already and will be on a tour of St. James’ Park on Sunday lunchtime with some of his aunts and uncles – he says he’s been surprised he stands out so much because of his accent – well it’s not a Newcastle one – that’s for sure.

The DNA is still Geordie however with two Newcastle born and bred parents.


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45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 expatmag // Jun 3, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Leys be honest here. Shearer know FCUK ALL about what Rafa wants to do with the club. He should do one and sod off.

    He is seriously p****** me off.

  • 2 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 3, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Some valuable insights there from Wor Al….

  • 3 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    One week Shearer is convinced Rafa will never sign —- the next he’s an expert on the inner workings of his mind !!!

  • 4 clinath@ed // Jun 3, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    sometimes it’s better to let people think you know nothing, than to say something that proves it to them

  • 5 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    I’m excited by Roma’s strong interest in Wijnaldum – they have a really good squad of players (apart from Seydou Doumbia that is !)

    They have Kevin Strootman just making a strong comeback after his 3rd (hopefully last) ACL op and Antonio Rudiger a defender of mixed German and Sierra Leonean descent we were linked with in the past (his agent is in London today)
    There will be loads of pre window horse trading going on at the moment.
    I love it !

  • 6 Bobbybee // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Jack, you don’t need anybody’s permission to post on here marra. It’s an open blog and although some people think they own it, they don’t in reality. They blame everyone else for rows on here, but in every row there is only one constant – them. Just post way and there’s plenty here who will give you football chat without the digs. Enjoy your blogging. 😉

  • 7 Bobbybee // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    The reality is, nobody knows what Rafa has in mind, except himself. We can guess away to our hearts content, but we’ll only find out when Rafa makes his move. I’m not sure Al has his ear any more than we do. Rumours will abound, as they already have, but he’s said he wants to see who’s staying before committing to buying and that makes sense. I

  • 8 Bobbybee // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Dunno where that I came from? 😉 Maybe it’s Al’s third eye, the one he’s keeping on Rafa!

  • 9 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    A passing thought
    I wonder how many BHS employees would take one of Mike Ashley’s wicked zero hour contracts this morning ?
    Ashley gets summonsed before Parliament and Sir Philip Green is blithely unmolested and left to his own devices.
    Well done you MP’s !!!

  • 10 Bobbybee // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Aye jib, but he’s a knight of the realm and consequently can do no wrong in the eyes of the establishment. 😉

  • 11 hibbitt // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Keith Downie ?@SkySports_Keith 1m1 minute ago
    Steven Taylor has left NUFC after turning down the offer of a new one-year deal. The long-serving defender has offers in England and abroad.

  • 12 Bobbybee // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Good luck to him then. Hope it works out for him.

  • 13 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    I think Sky may have it wrong.
    I think Taylor has been offered SFA

  • 14 cestriasteve // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:50 AM


    I was walking past the Metro Centre KFC and the manager there was taking down the positions vacant sign saying Steven Taylor had signed a 3 year deal ” negotiations were long and protracted as Stevie had counter offers from both Makky Dee’s and Burger King but the addition of an all you can eat Bucket and a corn dog per day swung the deal”

  • 15 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    If Steven is truly back to full fitness he should get a contract with a MLS side in the States.

  • 16 Bobbybee // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Been a good servant over the years, but injuries and loss of form have caught him up. Everybody moves on eventually and no question, this is the right thing to do. Good luck wherever you end up.

  • 17 Graeme // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    If its true, PLEASE let it be true, then they just need to get Colo on his way home and the heart of the defence can be re-formed around Mbemba & Lacelles.

    It has needed to happen for 2 or 3 seasons, so not before time!!

  • 18 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Tayls defo won’t go to the Mackems.
    Fat Sam hardly picked him – it was only when KK came back that he started playing regularly.

  • 19 BandB // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:08 AM


    It is on the official NUFC website.

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    I’m surprised that he was offered a new deal at all even on a pay as you play deal it seems like he’d just be wasting a squad place due to his injuries. I think wherever he goes he will only get a basic wage with games played to make up his wage. I doubt he’ll need to flog his house in Darras hall or sell one of his Aston Martins though.

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    He was my favourite player a few years ago as well, I thought he was going to be the next Captain Marvel.

  • 22 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    I’m sure Rafa is grateful for your advice.

    But he semms to have got the message without your expertise !

    Leicester away Lascelles Taylor (M’Bemba was injured)
    Mackems at home Lascelles M’Bemba
    Norwich away M’Bemba Taylor
    Sotomn away Taylor M’bemba (Taylor subbed by Lascelles at halftime
    Swansea at home
    Man City at home
    Liverpool away
    Palace at home
    Villa away
    M’Bemba Lascelles
    Spurs at home Taylor M’Bemba – Lascelles had been sent home from training ill.
    The first 2 or 3 games he was looking at everyone

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Maybe they just offered him a deal he had to refuse just as a face saving exercise.

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Nice advice for the ‘new poster’ Jack Root, but don’t worry he will keep on blogging and has been for many years now!

  • 25 Rotonda heights // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    massive relief taylor finally gone. if only lascelles had played v bournemouth and soto instead while rafa was finding stuff out.

    taylor has stolen a living for years at nufc playing the geordie card while the physio department probably has it’s own taylor wing. Taylor was allegedly in receipt of an annual 250k ”loyalty” bonus. Oh the irony!

    Hopefully colo gone next.

  • 26 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:28 AM

  • 27 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    An honest, committed defender who in his better years made up for his technical deficiencies with pure heart and hard work. Well past it now and has his own personal bed in the treatment room. Thanks and Good luck to him, but glad he is on his way now.

  • 28 Rotonda heights // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    at 55 i think i still turn quicker than taylor and i don’t do the strut or stupid smirk.

  • 29 Rotonda heights // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:33 AM


    not exactly honest when he pretended to be shot or played keeper!!

  • 30 Rotonda heights // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    philip green makes ash look a model citizen!

  • 31 Mister Tuff // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Nothing on the club site saying he was offered a 1 year contract. Phew!

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:40 AM


    would love some roma players, but despite rafa, would they play in the championship?

  • 33 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:47 AM


    I know, but what i meant was he gave us everything he had to give which wasn’t always good enough, but i respect his attitude. Not every player can say they gave 100% every time they played. But as you say, in the end, he spent too much of his later years on the “Taylor wing” and he should have been put out to pasture at least 3 seasons ago

  • 34 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    Even at his fittest Saylor never demonstrated the concentration that Rafa requires of his defenders.
    Steve showed the heart of a lion at times but committed some terrible gaffes that would make Benitez apoplectic.

    I think part of the drawn out contractual stuff with Rafa was that he wanted to be able to offer top wages even when in the Championship ergo yes Roma players would still come.

  • 35 giimps // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Does anyone know the rules regarding squad size etc in the championship?
    Is there a 25 man limit , do u21 count towards it, how many have to be home grown?
    This may decide who Rafa goes for if we need a couple more home grown players, and do home countries players count as home grown when we leave the eu?
    Cheers for any help with this

  • 36 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    25 players over 21, 10 of whom must be homegrown, by which the League means players registered in domestic football for three seasons prior to their 21st birthday. Players under 21 face no restriction.
    It’s a UEFA rule applied throughout the leagues throughout Europe

  • 37 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    The UK Euro vote does not effect our membership of UEFA

  • 38 Mister Tuff // Jun 3, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Tremendous stuff on the blog today – cannot stop laughing.
    “……………but committed some terrible gaffes…”

    Aye displaying a bit of empathy methinks.
    You cannot make it up! Tremendous!

  • 39 Rotonda heights // Jun 3, 2016 at 12:05 PM


    would love to see that happen.

  • 40 Nufc-83 // Jun 3, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Jib the players you mention are some of the most highly rated players in Europe and you think just becuase rafa has been told he can pay decent wages (it will still be low compared to the top teams probably talking 40-50k week max) we can attract them?

    Any wonder why we get called deluded by other fans when people spout rubbish like this.

    The best we can hope for is some premiership fringe players like Caulker or some untapped young gems.

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Jun 3, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    It’s a shame when players like Taylor, Williamson, Ameobi and many more get targeted by fans because of their ability when more often than not they’ve given everything and played through injury, fans anger should have been directed at the powers that be that wanted them kept on as ‘purples’ but paying them as ‘lime greens’ and refused to replace them with better quality.

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Jun 3, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    If there is a limit on size then I’m surprised Taylor was offered a new deal, unless of course it was a token gesture they knew he wouldn’t take.

  • 43 expatmag // Jun 3, 2016 at 12:17 PM


    A bit boring this hounding niw. Time to give it a rest

  • 44 Mister Tuff // Jun 3, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    expat – just celebrating the blog humour.

  • 45 giimps // Jun 3, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Maybe to count as a homegrown without overpaying for one?

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