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Darlow On How Tough It Is When You Are A Good Team

9:32 am, Friday, June 24th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

25 year-old Karl Darlow did himself no harm at all when he came in for the injured Rob Elliot and played very well for us in those final eight games of last season.

With Tim Krul and Rob Elliot still recovering from their serious ACL injuries they picked up playing for their countries last season, it could be that Karl starts as our number one goalkeeper next season.

Karl has shown himself to be a good goalkeeper with a good character and a good temperament for the big time.

He could become  extremely successful at Newcastle and the fans already have taken to him.

darlow and benitez after palace win

Karl Darlow and Rafa Benitez

Darlow is also realistic and has pointed out how tough the Championship is with more than 20% more games than in the Premier League, so we do need a bigger squad next season.

This is what Karl has said in the Chronicle today:

“It’s tough in there. You drop out the Premier League and go into the Championship and you are expected to bounce straight back up.”

“But so many clubs have found it difficult so we need to stick together and really grind out results week in, week out in this league.”

“It’s a tough schedule and we’ll be playing, Saturday-Tuesday, Saturday-Tuesday some weeks with cup fixtures thrown in so the squad will need to be used.”

“We must make sure we have good quality in the squad so that every game we can give the best show we can.”

“Clubs will come to St James’ Park and see it as their cup final. We need be aware of that.”

“But when you have 50,000 Geordies behind you it can be a daunting prospect for opponents. Especially if we can get on top of teams and really get at them.”

“You can see it both ways, it’s about the mindset of the opposition coming here and how they see it.”

“We know we can make this place a fortress so hopefully we can get through it and do well at home.”

“It’s football – you are always going to back to clubs you have been at before (like Nottingham Forest)” “We will just see what happens when I go there.”

“I will be excited to play against them and hopefully we can do well against them.”

Rafa made it very clear over the last two days that it’s the mindset of the Newcastle players themselves that’s the most important and not that of the opposition.

To become a good team you have to expect (and even hope for) teams trying to beat you and looking forward to the games as their top fixtures of the season.

That’s what fans and players alike thought of meeting Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson was the manager.

And that’s the level you need to try to reach to become a really top side and rather than think of that as a negative – it’s  a positive – a big positive.

We remember when we were relegated in 2009 we were surprised to hear Alan Shearer himself bemoan the fact that every Championship side would now be trying to beat Newcastle – as though that was a disadvantage and would make things more difficult.

Our lads should be looking forward to the season and knowing that in every single game they have to produce – and try to win the game.

They will get a lot of help from a certain Rafa Benitez to do exactly that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Coaching · Karl Darlow · Management · Newcastle News

45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jun 24, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    I think he should keep his place until his performances suggest otherwise.

  • 2 SPRINGY // Jun 24, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    sounds like rafas first signing is held up by someones jollys reading the shields gazette!lol….not sure who the 4 players are meant to be as well…..any clues?

  • 3 f // Jun 24, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Moussa out!

  • 4 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Ibiza – sorry mate it was me who started the ball rolling by asking the blog simply what they thought would happen with the euro vote thing. My bad. I didn’t see Pencil gate coming!

    Jib, no need to send me an app form for Shirebrook, I already heard they don’t intake overweight hairless schizoid midgets.

  • 5 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    I agree. Darlow has done little wrong, has better distribution than the first two, and looks a pretty decent instinctive shot stopper. He already seems to be commanding his area too. Championship should pose few problems for him

  • 6 lesh // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:08 AM


    You’ve no need to worry about getting a job at Shirebrook. Boris and his pals’ll make sure that you’ll be given every opportunity to apply your undoubted talents!

  • 7 SPRINGY // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    if he continues to play well he should be left in place…krul and elliot need to get back to fitness and sharpness,then earn the right to take his place….not just given it.

  • 8 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Sorry about bringing up the euro vote thing, but could this be Britain calling the EU bluff? They were so desperate we stayed in, but I remember it was DeGaulle who opposed us going in for years. Maybe some of the bureaucratic lunacy, slapdash border policy and tariffs might be eased to tempt us to hold another referendum to stay in? I’m just thinking of my holidays tbf ha ha.

  • 9 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Anyway there’s not much else to say ’bout that. Life is like a box of chocolates – they are much more expensive to buy now we aren’t in europe:)

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


    Looking forward to Prime Minister Johnson?

  • 11 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    BoJo PrimeMoFo

  • 12 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    He would just need a squirty flower in his baggy suit lapel and a smile painted on and we would finally have a real clown in at Number Ten. Ha ha that would be funny. Wouldn’t it? Eh? Eh?

  • 13 Jib // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Rafa has worked with two of the best goalkeeping coaches in Xavi Valero and José Manuel Ochoterena.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if one or other of them doesn’t pitch up at Benton in the near future.

    Valero still maintains a house on Merseyside but may be difficult to prise away from Real Madrid.

  • 14 cyprus // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    It may well be that he loves us and our city. But if he’s on that kind of money he’s making way more than any manager in Italy, for example.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    And your point is?

  • 16 lochinvar // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Following Brexit and our friendlies in Ireland can we now say that we’re playing in Europe ?

    And well done to Newcastle for beating Sunderland to the count, first derby win for a long time !

  • 17 Jib // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    I have a feeling (no evidence to support it)
    that Rafa will bring in a couple of “Spanish” defenders – Arbeloa and a.n.other and maybe Diego Lopez the AC Milan goalie.

  • 18 cyprus // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Well that it may well be that he loves us and our city. But if he’s on that kind of money he’s making way more than any manager in Italy, for example.

  • 19 cyprus // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Put another way, money helps

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    You already said that!

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Did SBR or Shearer come on the cheap?

  • 22 Jib // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Roberto Mancini at Inter is the top earning serie A manager at €4 million per annum.

  • 23 lesh // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:51 AM


    Oh yes, Der Führer’s reborn.

    Heaven forbid

  • 24 cyprus // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Don’t know about those. Just pointing out that he’s making a couple mil more than Mancini for example. It may have helped a little.

    What’s the highest salary ever in the championship? Or what’s the combined salary of all the rest?

  • 25 lesh // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:55 AM


    The opportunity to renegotiate terms have gone. 17m Brits have been conned into bringing about the rebirth of Europe’s far right.

  • 26 cyprus // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    That’s even with the devalued pound 🙂

  • 27 lesh // Jun 24, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    And that’s no more politics from me.

    Hwtl, hwtf

  • 28 AncientC // Jun 24, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    I wonder if Bobbybee has adjusted his “fix” theory. Maybe the NWO wanted Britain to leave the EU after all.

  • 29 AncientC // Jun 24, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    It will be interesting to see how Britain competes with Europe, now that China is restructuring the face of the world with its ‘one belt, one road’ project. Indeed, what should happen to Britain’s security if the U.S. votes in a man that has called NATO obsolete.

  • 30 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    I think there’s nothing like a jolly good bout of scaremongering. 🙂 I’m going down to the scaremonger now for a supply of pencils. Anybody want anything whole I’m there? England flags? Ukip badges? 😀

  • 31 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    I said it before, I think Britain will be towed away from Europe and become an island off the US East coast. The weather should be better.

  • 32 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    In ten years time it’ll be like 28 days later here ha ha

  • 33 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Actually Im worried about the British pencil manufacturing industry now. And the crayon industry. who’s going to sell us rubber for erasers? We didn’t think this through, Britain! Damn you! Damn you to helllllll!

  • 34 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Slow footy news day again…

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Jun 24, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    They might just get us there in time to bear the brunt of the tsunami created when Tenerife collapses into the sea.

  • 36 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Plus point for Jib is that maybe now the Spanish will save him the trouble and open up his property for him.

  • 37 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Do you think when we go travelling in Europe that the europers will hate us now? More, I mean

    it’s like we broke off with them by text lol

  • 38 AncientC // Jun 24, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    And predictably… “Nicola Sturgeon announces plans for second Scottish independence referendum”.

  • 39 Belfast // Jun 24, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    I think it will all fall down like a pack of cards now skunki. There will certainly be more referendums in other countries.

    And it’s definitely time to scrap those stupid uk polls of 5000 people when there’s 46 million elegible to vote. 🙂

  • 40 Jib // Jun 24, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Comments Policy
    The purpose of the comments is simply to allow Newcastle supporters around the world to express their views on the news of the day regarding Newcastle United.
    Please respect the views of others, remember there’s no place for religion or politics in these discussions.

    Obviously it is an unusual day and some comment on the vote is unavoidable – however news updates from AncientC is overstepping the mark.

  • 41 AncientC // Jun 24, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Jib – were you not updating the blog on some shooting in the U.S. last week?

    I am aware of the code of conduct on the blog. Britain has just broken away from the EU, the Prime Minister has stood down, and Scotland now wants to break away from Britain, all of which indirectly affect NUFC which is a football club, based in Britain.

  • 42 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Well it’s a big news day Jib, I think the comments policy is to discourage inflammation and argumentation precipitated by contention over core beliefs, ( we get enough personal rancour over footy matters anyway, dont we?) which can become very serious. Simply passing comments or humour on news of the day needn’t be political per se.

    Thanks but you can take your Blog Police Volunteer cap off now.

  • 43 AncientC // Jun 24, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    I have not noticed anybody on the blog getting into heated arguments over politics. I do not see a problem.

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Jun 24, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    We’ll have to queue in the non EU lines now in passport control.

  • 45 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Ancient C that’s a lie and a typically commie thing to say! 🙂

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