Newcastle Training Photos From Wednesday

Rafa Benitez is ramping up the training at Newcastle and here are some of the training photos from Wednesday.

The latest news on the transfer front is that Jesus Gamez, a 31 year-old highly rated full back at Atletico Madrid turned down some Premier League clubs and is almost certain to sign for Newcastle.

He is expected to be Tyneside on Thursday to sign for the Magpies.

The fee should be around £5M with Jesus having just one year left on his contract and it looks like he will be a great signing for us – a very good and reliable defensive full-back.

benitez tiote training

Rafa Benitez directing operations

training 1

Kevin Mbabu and Florian Thauvin watched by Rafa

karl darlow training

Karl Darlow sharpening up in training

training 2

Siem de Jong with the ball – others want it?

jonjo shelvey rafa benitez training

Jonjo Shelvey talking to a smiling Rafa Benitez

siem de jong - aleksandar mitrovic training

Aleksander Mitrovic having a cheeky word with Siem de Jong

matz sels training

Matz Sels on the ground in training routine

antonio gomez perez training

Assistant coach Antonio Gomes Perez

ikel antia assistant manager training

Newcastle assistant manager Mikel Antia

franciso de miguel moreni training

Newcastle Fitness coach Francsco de Miguel Moreno

ian cathro training

An almost smiling Ian Cathro – assistant coach

53 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 6, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #1

    manx – no warnings.Clearly Ed would not warn an honest poster but he did issue another general reminder earlier on about blog behaviour – inserted at the end of one of his threads.
    My radar however is working at max output as I smell mischief.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 6, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #2

    welsh – unusually I agree with you about CR7’s goal celebration – standing legs akimbo then thrusting his arms down by his sides – into a rigid pose.
    Do not know if it has a name or copied from someone else – seen it before though -cannot remember who did it.
    Cocky and arrogant at its’ worst.

  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 6, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Where’s spoof? Don’t let him see these training photos otherwise he’ll be on here whining about how boring they are again.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 6, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Mister Tuff

    After what Ed said today forget about previous posts, no hard feelings, as for Ronaldo, he’s so far up his own backside its unbelievable.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 6, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Hopefully we will hear some news tomorrow about that Spanish full back, signed up would be nice.

  • lesh

    Jul 6, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Mr Tuff

    Maybe Ronaldo’s pose reminded you of Eric Cantona’s Gallic arrogance?

  • manxpie

    Jul 6, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #7

    ah rite tuff just thought you were acting very weird lol
    nearly normal 🙂

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 6, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Welshie………. Before the tournament qualifiers began you would have taken semi finals. If they keep finding players then Wales won’t be just there to make the numbers up in future tournaments. Coleman is a very good manager.

    I think Bale tried to do it all by himself tonight and most of his passes were over hit. Maybe the occasion went to his head. Oops sorry did I mention his head.

  • manxpie

    Jul 6, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #9

    ronaldo wants his own celebration on the next fifa
    problem is its shite but he’s probably the kind of guy that has so many arse suckers they tell him how brilliant it is

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 6, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Mr. Tuff ………. Ed didn’t say we can’t post funny vids and have a laugh.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 6, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #11


    The thing is about tonight, it’s just didn’t click, against Belgium we had chances and put them away, but tonight the passing was not there, that final ball, but you are right, for once bale tried to do everything on his own, could have done with Ramsey tonight with his passing to help him.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 6, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #12

    betty – but we should not offend others who do not have a similar sense of humour – or erm eh or possibly no sense of humour at all.
    Or even possibly a hatred of specific individuals humour – they probably laugh their socks off but then complain. Usual suspects.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 6, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Want France to win it now but the bloody Germans will probably switch into machine mode and win.
    Portugal will not win it.
    Good thing if France win and Sissoko does not make any gaffes he’ll be away – hopefully at a decent price.
    Still cannot see how some say he has played well – he’s been average at best.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Welshie ……… Focus on the toon now. Onwards and upwards with Rafa doing the steering.

    Mister Tuff…….. I’m sure you’ll remain you’re own man and retain your sense of humour. Don’t really know who has upset you but it seems to have got to you.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 7, 2016 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Betty – I remain resolute- nobody on the blog effects me at all – take it in my stride. There is a reasonable mix of good posters, those good at tactics, those with good assessments of players, plus a range of folk with other general knowledge input both about football and “general knowledge”. There are equally just a few idiots/those who have hissy fits/faux victims – more like gnats who need the occasional swat.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 7, 2016 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Well done Wales, who obviously missed Ramsey, one of the players of the tournament, but overall gave us so much pleasure. Have always admired Ronaldo, but do agree his goal celebration is embarrassing, and surely must stop taking those wasteful freekicks, but that leap and header was sublime, and his workmate exemplary.

  • expatmag

    Jul 7, 2016 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #17


    Just as long as you remember that you are my bitch……

  • Back Door Man

    Jul 7, 2016 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #18

    At least we were spared the inarticulate mutterings from Glenn Hoddle in the co-commentators chair during the match.  Whenever he’s on I have to turn the sound off on the telly … I really can’t stand listening to him.  Mind, that Welsh fella they had co-commentating almost sent me into a trance with his monotone Mogadon voice.

  • Back Door Man

    Jul 7, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #19

    The ‘fighting’ taffs just didn’t turn-up;  it was a fairly insipid performance by comparison to the Belgium game.  Too cagey, too slow, too many misplaced passes (Allen and Bale especially).

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 7, 2016 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #20

    expat – well I really do not know what to say about that. I won’t engage in anything I’m not comfortable with.

  • expatmag

    Jul 7, 2016 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #21


    Hmmmmm…….where has your sense of fun gone to?????????

  • expatmag

    Jul 7, 2016 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #22


    Shame about the result tonight. I had tipped you guys to win. Anyway, congratulations on a great tournament and putting those dozy overated Poms to shame

  • Rafa Revolution

    Jul 7, 2016 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #23

    Cathro looks like he smelt a fart

  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 7, 2016 at 4:44 AM

    Comment #24

    Jail and NUFC Paul
    With respect to what you said about the defence in another post I don’t see where you are coming from.

    It’s pointless going on about having a bad defence for the last five years when Lascelles only arrived last season and Mbemba hasn’t been there five years.

    I said we needed cover.

    I also said Mcclaren didnt pick his best defence so its pointless saying how many we conceded for us to go down.

    Mbabu, Mbemba, Lascelles and Jaanmaat is a very very strong defence and also a pacy and intelligent one.

    Then you look at Anita and Dummett and you know that although not spectactular they will do a job.

    The likes of Collo and Taylor should never have been picked and they have been to blame for our poor record in recent years.

    As I say, we have a strong defence but we need extra cover.

    If you Pick our worst players, as previous managers have done, then we have a weak defence.

  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 7, 2016 at 4:55 AM

    Comment #25

    Just want to say well done to Wales.
    They did Britain pround.
    People go on about there being not enough English players because of so many foreign players but Wales have shown that to be nonsense.
    England struggle because they always take players who have just came back from injury and others who are not in form.

    They also go out of their way to play any other way but the English way.

    The last two times we had a successful time in competition on the world stage was under Sir Bob and Venables.

    Both attacked the game and played in a way that their players did for their clubs at the time.

  • cyprus

    Jul 7, 2016 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #26

    Rafa is truly omnipercipient if he can watch those two from the back of his head 🙂

  • Veltmann

    Jul 7, 2016 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #27

    Gamez at 31 looks a bit old to me.Couldn’t they move for a younger option? Apparently Tottenham want Wijnaldum, so they could have tempted away Trippier from them as part of the deal.Gamez looks a straight replacement for Janmaat,who may end up in Italy.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2016 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #28

    Take away the last five years when Mbemba and Lascelles weren’t here. We still conceded 65 goals last year. Mbemba has a lot to learn, Dummet isn’t good enough for the first eleven. The back up to that defence is made up of Haidara, Anita who isn’t a defender and youngsters who hardly have a first team game between them We do not have a strong defence without another three additions.

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2016 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #29

    Bobby Bee is going to be frustrated !
    Rafa has given a big hint that he considers Adam Armstrong isn’t ready and needs another loan period.

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #30

    I wonder how Ivan Toney is progressing ?
    I hope Dwight Gayle stays healthy.

  • nut meg

    Jul 7, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #31

    Rafa wants and needs more experience in the defence to form a solid base. he’s building a squad to give us the best possible chance of promotion at the first time of asking.
    As the saying goes …..forwards win games…defenders win titles.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #32

    And what do you mean Mclaren never picked his best defence, you mean he played Collo over Lascelles. We simply do not have enough defenders to say we have a strong defence.

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #33

    Defence starts with the midfielders
    Saying we conceded X number of goals so get some new defenders in and solve that problem is way too simplistic a view of modern footy.
    I now doubt whether Colo was still injured by the time Rafa arrived.
    It seems to me that Rafa had a look at Colo and decided he wasn’t up to the rigours of PL defending any more.
    As funlovingexpress @24 says once the old Toon philosophy of players walking into the side on the strength of previous performances was abandoned the back 4 looked a much better unit.

  • firebug666

    Jul 7, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #34

    I think we have some good defenders, for me the problem has always been a lack of understanding at the back. When defenders are not picking up players, or standing with their hands on their hips as the ball comes in, you have to assume that they do not know what they are suppose to be doing or where they should be.

    Poor coaching, poor tactics, poor fitness and zero leadership cost us far to many goals.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 7, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #35

    As Jib says, defending isn’t just about your defenders. Defending is a whole team process. Forwards, midfielders, defenders keeper. If even just one of those units doesn’t put the hard yards in then unless you have exceptional talents you are exposed.

    A lot of goals we have conceded over the last few years have come from midfielders and forwards not doing their job, as well as tactics that saw us launch the ball repeatedly to the opposition whilst we sat deep and invited wave after wave of attack onto us.

  • Nufc-83

    Jul 7, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #36

    Apparently Gamez is a more defensively sound full back. Don’t mind that as long as he doesn’t treat the ball like a bomb and provides an attacking outlet to create space for the likes of Richie.

  • Nufc-83

    Jul 7, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #37

    On why we conceded so many goals it was a combination of both pretty poor defenders such as Steven Taylor getting game time and tactics such as sitting deep and inviting wave after wave of attack.

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #38

    Rafa worked a minor miracle last season coming in and reshaping the side and giving the players a different mindset all with the backdrop of a relegation dogfight.
    The prospect of what he may now achieve with the pressure off and players of his own choosing is mouthwatering.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 7, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #39

    We certainly need defenders in, and ones that are good enough to challenge for a first team spot, otherwise complacency sets in. Going into the season thinking Lascelles and Mbemba are the main two and the rest back up is a ridiculous notion. Lascelles has never shown consistency. He had a decent run at the back end of last year, but it wasn’t a large number of games.

    Mbemba is still very naive and cost us a number of goals. Young and will learn, but there has been zero interest from any other side in him for a reason.

    I’d say the main reason we started looking more compact and better organised defensively wasn’t due to the defenders being better, more to do with having Townsend’s work rate (to a lesser extent Perez), plus Tiote and Colback in front of the defence and playing in a better organised shape.

  • Spoof

    Jul 7, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #40


    Lovely photo’s aren’t they—————— you cheeky bugger you lol


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