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This Has To Be Mike Ashley’s New Crucial Role At Newcastle

7:41 pm, Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 65 Comments

The Newcastle fans for keep turning up and supporting the lads last season, even though some of the away performances were the worst in many years and some of our better players like Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum went missing far too many times.

They now are the two who can’t seem to get out of the door quickly enough – and we have just had the continuing soap opera of Moussa Sissoko – “I  want to play for a Champions League Club” plead quite shamelessly with Arsenal to sign him.

We have good news for Moussa – they can sign him – but it will cost them £20M for a player who thinks he’s worth that much.


rafa benitex newcastle manager

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

We’ll see who snaps up Moussa for that fee.

Let’s be clear here – the only reason there was a sold-out crowd on that final day of the season and the only reason we won that game 5-1 was down to one man – Rafa Benitez.

The only reason there have been no real protests at our rather pathetic relegation is because we have Rafa Benitez at the club and the fans believe in Rafa – completely.

The world-class manager not only had Newcastle getting 12 points over the last six games, but even had the defense looking good and we scored 12 goals and conceded only 4 goals in those games.

We are all hoping that is a prelude to even greater things from the new Newcastle United side that Rafa is building.

Mike Ashley is not stupid and he knew exactly what things would be like if he hadn’t persuaded Rafa to stay on.

But he did – and credit goes to him for that – the news is that he agreed willingly to everything that Rafa asked for – and now Mike has to stay out of the way and let Rafa get on with things.

That’s Mike’s new role at Newcastle and it’s crucial he not interfere if Rafa is to take us back to the heights we attained under both Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson in the Premier League.

For the first time in a long time we have somebody who really knows football who is almost completely in charge of Newcastle.

And add to that the fact that Rafe is ultra-ambitious – and the sky’s the limit as to where he can take Newcastle United.

Love it!


Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Financial Fair Play · Financials · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

65 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Average_Contents // Jun 8, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Bit strange to be having a new thread this early.

    Ed must sense something….

  • 2 ShirebrookToon // Jun 8, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Slow down ed!

  • 3 clinath@ed // Jun 8, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    I wonder if Gini taking that penalty on the last game pissed Townsend off. Assuming the players talk and get a feel for each other’s plans, it must come across a bit selfish of him….just thinking out loud.

  • 4 ZIPPIE57 // Jun 8, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Get Ross Mcormack in at all cost

  • 5 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    BandjB // Jun 8, 2016 at 6:57 PM


    It went a bit “Pete Tong” today, when I wasn’t around to answer you brave fellows. As it always does.
    I don’t recall making snide remarks about tramadol and other strong sedatives. You’ve turned King’s Evidence on that stuff quite nicely my slippery little friend.
    I’m going to make it up with bobby and adopt all his enemies as my own. What a team we’ll make

    Now now, BandB I’m no nark ( and no turncoat average) all my tired and inane jesting is still there for all to enjoy / despise. I just decided to a bobbys radginess and move on until the next time . I didn’t persuade you to latch on to ‘The Flash’ ha ha but it was fun. 🙂

    Slippery? Sheesh…

  • 6 clinath@ed // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Has anybody heard the disturbed’s version of ‘the sound of silence’ brilliant and moving.

  • 7 ShirebrookToon // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Shhhhhh clin lol

  • 8 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Clinath@ed I waffled on about that about three weeks ago ha ha. it’s a few months old that track but yeah it’s good enough enough make me like a S&G track 🙂 someone suggested another one by them but I forgot what it was before checking it out, also the person who told me lol. That’s one of the three things about age – your memory starts to go, your hair disappears and reappears in a different place, and the worst thing of all your memory starts to go.

  • 9 clinath@ed // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    I thought Tsunki’s contribution to the peace talks this morning was crucial in obtaining a successful conclusion.

  • 10 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Yeah too true it was I had the power in my hand to build or destroy. Or be a snitch and a weasel.

  • 11 clinath@ed // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Yep, I suffer from all those.
    I saw a recommendation for some of their other stuff, but it wasn’t for me. The Sound of Silence, however, that’s in a different class. Never really listed to the words before….very moving, and stops me in my tracks every time.
    Have you watched the video with it on YouTube? Really good too mate.

  • 12 welshgeordie9 // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    I mentioned disturbed a couple of months ago, the other song they have done is land of confusion by genesis.

  • 13 clinath@ed // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    I suffer from those too Tsunki, specially the memory one.

  • 14 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    It was welshie! Thanks Welsh! Better write it down quick…..

  • 15 clinath@ed // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    I’ll look that one up too Welshie…thanks for that.

  • 16 welshgeordie9 // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    It took around 4 hours to make the sound of silence video.

  • 17 Mister Tuff // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Looks like “Fight Night” has been cancelled.
    However, fight fans do not despair, I’m sure fights will break out later on amongst the crowd.

  • 18 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Yep that lads no oil painting but the most impressive thing about his voice is the control on the quieter verses at the start. Has a presence.

  • 19 welshgeordie9 // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Another band to look up if you haven’t heard of them. Rammstein, German band, very catchy music.

  • 20 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    …it’s an easy “yes” from me….

  • 21 Jib // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Mr Tuff
    stop looking at my arse you pervert

  • 22 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Mutter! Mein Herz Brennt! Ha ha class. Anyone been to one of their concerts? You’ll lose any hair you have there ha ha

  • 23 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Centipede by Knife Party. Catchy ditty

  • 24 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Spitfire by PSB another him along tuuuune

  • 25 welshgeordie9 // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:23 PM


    One of my mates has been to watch them live, he said they are a very good entertainers.

  • 26 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Hum along. Bah.

  • 27 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Did he dodge the flame throwers and the rocket launchers? 😀

  • 28 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    YouTube “mutter” one of my favourites. Weird video.

  • 29 Yo-yo // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Wow some interesting medical experiences there !
    I swapped from co-codamol to Tramadol/paracetemol about a year ago as my hips both need replacing but I can’t get it done till early 2017.
    It removed all pain at first, but is an opioid – artificial opiate and can be highly addictive, and the pain relieving effects wear off after a while which encourages you to up the dose. I do not want to do a Prince.
    I take up to eight a day, every day. If I’m on my desk job three days a week then I can cut that by half, but if I’m physically active or walking any distance I take six and reserve the full eight for a really bad day or damp and cold weather. It is sensible to keep the dose as low as possible though, as you’ve all recommended.
    Side effects are awful at first, but these wear off, except the opiate dreams which are interesting when you can recall them. These did not include Rafa staying at the Toon.

    Anyway back to business.
    Let’s hope peace does break out, or at least an armed truce. Irony at twelve paces. Last night’s comments did not merit any response.
    Remember folks, blessed are the cheesemakers.

  • 30 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    We should get Mccormack he will get us enough goals to be promoted and he can either be a squad player when we are back in the premiership or we could still make most of our money back with another championship team

    Also get either Gayle , Bamford or Rodriguez on loan which would then give us decent depth with Perez, Mitrovic , Armstrong and Toney available as well

    Get Skrtel in who is being made available Rafa signed him for Liverpool and he is out of contract next season experienced centre half and then get that Reece defender who is available for free from West Ham

  • 31 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    I only took tramadol once in hospital and I hated it. I still remember not just the nightmares but the colours in them to this day, 12 years later. Awful stuff.

  • 32 welshgeordie9 // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:30 PM


    Try looking the words up in English to that song.

  • 33 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    I have they are weird to say the least.

  • 34 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Wouldn’t sing it to the kids

  • 35 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Well nobody’s honest at me looks like I’ve successfully turned informant 🙂

    I never did it guv but I knows who did….

  • 36 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Honest at me? Going at me! OK I’m off

  • 37 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    I think Eds gone right off Moussa btw. Just a hunch.

  • 38 Jib // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Yo-yo // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:26 PM
    Wow some interesting medical experiences there
    I swapped from co-codamol to Tramadol paracetemol about a year ago as my hips both need replacing.

    Do you think BandB is going to believe that shyte ?

  • 39 Our Toon // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    We need CBs and a left winger along with RB before we even look at strikers, I’m happy going into the season with what we have upfront currently with cisse leaving and arma replacing him

  • 40 clinath@ed // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Sorry, tea called.
    Just listened to “Mutter”, very catchy…that style of music really suit the German (guttural) language eh?

  • 41 Average_Contents // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:43 PM


    Wouldn’t need two strips for what? The back spasms or being stuck in that aforementioned room

  • 42 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Yo-yo – you weren’t a real yo-yo were you? Would explain the hip thing 🙂

  • 43 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    That’s why I never took up skydiving, Yo-yo.

  • 44 clinath@ed // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    I knew there was joke in there somewhere Tsunki….

  • 45 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Disturbed also did a cover of shout, by tears for fears…

  • 46 BandB // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    The killing yourself AC.

  • 47 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Oops time I scarpered …

  • 48 clinath@ed // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Fkn Ell Tsunki, just had the English lyrics up for that Mutter….ill have nightmares for a week.

  • 49 Average_Contents // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Without anyone reading back that sounds extremely bad. Thanks lol.

  • 50 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    I don’t think it translates from the German very well. A bit like that guy with the dodgy moustache in the forties…

  • 51 clinath@ed // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Who, Charlie Chaplin?

  • 52 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Welcome to Eds Blog. Barney-Free since 16:30

  • 53 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    That’s the one, clinath@ed, that’s the evil despot right there…

  • 54 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    …responsible for untold misery for millions…

  • 55 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    He was played by that funny German guy in “The Dictator ” the one that shouted a lot and waved his arm like a semaphore. Hilarious.

  • 56 clinath@ed // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    11:58 peace broke out remember…

  • 57 Tsunki // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Anyway must run. The Firm is after me.


  • 58 clinath@ed // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Your getting mixed up with Groucho Marks and communism mate.

  • 59 bettyswallocks // Jun 8, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Welsh….. I see you have Van Gogh’s ear for music.

  • 60 welshgeordie9 // Jun 8, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    I forgot to warn the mutter song might freak some people out.

    Sorry guys.

    Ha ha ha

  • 61 Yo-yo // Jun 8, 2016 at 9:28 PM


    Doesn’t mix with single malt that well.
    No, have kept pretty busy but running down mountains and ocean sailing didn’t do my hips any good, nor working at sea. Knees are the other bits that usually go wrong, but mine are okay for now.

    Unlike you JIB I don’t have any problems with BandB.
    Nor, unlike you, do any real or imagined other bloggers stare at my arse, either longingly or with amazement that I can talk through it.

  • 62 BandB // Jun 8, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Do you have a problem with me Jib?

    Last night and this morning you seemed more offended by my squibs against Mike and belatedly hopped aboard the bobby issue when that got more purchase.

    And don’t mind people throwing humourless radgies or talking about their illnesses. I can empathise with both.

    Its when a self-pitying mega rant aimed at people you detest is followed by “must go, my ambulance is here” that it looks kinda clunky.

  • 63 BandB // Jun 8, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    It’s like “don’t hit me, I’m wearing glasses.”

  • 64 welshgeordie9 // Jun 8, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    As Green Day are one of my favourite bands i reckon for this blog our them song should be basket case because beginning of that song it’s starts with…………..


  • 65 monty // Jun 9, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Ed must sense there’s a right load of Lee Charnley type bull being posted recently.

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