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This Is The Benitez Project At Newcastle Defined

2:55 pm, Sunday, July 10th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 245 Comments

Sky Sports Spanish journalist Guillem Balague wrote a book about Benitez’s time at Liverpool called A Season on the Brink: Rafael Benitez, Liverpool and the Path to European Glory.

Like most Spanish journalists, Guillem is following Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle “project” and is fascinated to see how the renowned Spanish manager can do with a sleeping giant of a club called Newcastle United.

Guillem balague

Guillem Balague – extraordinary Rafa is at Newcastle United

For the first time in his career Rafa has been given total control of all football matters at a club and the 56 year-old has wasted no time in starting to transform the Magpies both on and off the field.

The change seen at Newcastle since he accepted the job permanently on May 25th following our relegation has been little short of amazing.

Rafa has already signed four new players with hopefully two more on the way in the next day or two.

New fields have been laid at Benton along with new 4G artificial turf pitches and the configuration of the dressing rooms and players quarters have been completely reconfigured at the direction of the manager.

Guillem Balague has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and he has said he will try to take in some of Newcastle’s Championship games this season in a league which could be really interesting.

This is what Balague has said in an exclusive interview in the Chronicle starting with how Newcastle were able to attract the world-class manager:

“I find it extraordinary.” “To be able to convince somebody like Rafa to come is extraordinary.”

“But at the same time, once he’d gone to Real Madrid and had the dream move he wanted, whatever happened there he was really wondering after that what was available?”

“He will never say I wanted to be at Newcastle since he’d been a boy or anything like that, but he knows that Newcastle can be one of the top seven or eight clubs in England.”

“They are simply going through bad times at the moment.” “Rafa will look at this as a professional challenge.”

“He will look where they go next and trying to bring them back to the Premier League is a fascinating challenge.”

“There are some big-name managers in the Championship this season and some Champions League winners in there like Roberto Di Matteo and Rafa.”

“It will be an exciting division next season and I won’t have enough hours in a day to watch all of the games!”

“I’m not sure how I will do that.” “I definitely want to go to Newcastle, go to Manchester, go to Barcelona and Madrid plus Valencia and Espanyol as they have Quique Sánchez Flores.”

“There’s so much going on, but I will find my way to Newcastle.”

“Real Madrid was very different and Benitez suggested things, but they didn’t always listen, but that’s how it works at big clubs.”

“Especially one where the business model is to be the galacticos.” “The manager at Real Madrid is always just another piece of the puzzle.”

“At Newcastle, he can get on with his challenge.”

Rafa is telling everybody who will listen to him that he has a very exciting project at Newcastle and he has started it in his usual workaholic no-holds barred approach to getting things done quickly.

Lee Charnley seems to be working well with him at the executive level too to move things along too, which is good.

Couple that with his unique coaching ability and man-management skills and the manager has already had a profound impact at Newcastle – at the football club – and also a profound effect on the City.

Rafa has said he wants to win trophies at Newcastle – something that hasn’t happened at the club for 47 years – since May, 1969.

To do that Rafa has to take Newcastle back to the top – the very top.

We love it!

Comments welcome.



Tags: Championship · Coaching · European Competition · Management · Newcastle News · Other News




245 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 10, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    Lets hope Ashley and Charnley dosn’t rock the boat or dismantle any good progress. Keep out of it!

    Replace outgoings quickly and give him the best chance at succeeding.

    Buzzing we have binned those transfer policies. Torture.

    Refreshing to see a manager actually backed at the Toon with his own players.

  • 2 Jib // Jul 10, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    I told you lot 2 days ago Wenger thinks he can deflect criticism by making Sissoko the new Viera !
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/arsene-wenger-talks-moussa-sissoko-11593993

  • 3 Sazzer // Jul 10, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    I think Markovic from Liverpool could be potentially good signing. So prefer including him over Ibe.

    Ings would be perfect but I think he would want to stay at Liverpool or another PL club for at least year before being prepared to do a Gayle.

  • 4 Our Toon // Jul 10, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Don’t think fans have realised we are in the championship, laughable names like Markovic and Carroll along with Ibe being thrown around. People need to get a grip and realise what league we are in.

    I said this yesterday but the FFP rule in the championship are a lot stricter than the prem, that’s why some of the big earners have gone. As for same of the names being thrown around…..be realistic man!!

  • 5 Novocastrian66 // Jul 10, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    I think the Hayden deal will be confirmed once Sissoko agrees to move the other way.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Jul 10, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Ivan Toney scores for the toon U21’s

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Jul 10, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Wenger praises Sissoko but is not looking to strengthen his midfield. Soooo hope he ends up at WBA for 18M or 10M + Beroniono. Make my summer that.

    http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/arsene-wenger-praises-remarkable-moussa-sissoko-for-france-displays-amid-arsenal-transfer-rumours-a3292261.html

  • 8 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Our Toon
    Why is Ibe laughable? Also on the fair play rule how come QPR still exists if it’s so strict? We’ve just been relegated with a boat load of cash pretty sure we will be alright

  • 9 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    JfA
    He will go to a CL club abroad mate we both know it, Maybe Liverpool as they love to sign a town player

  • 10 lesh // Jul 10, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Jail

    You know as well as most that Wenger’s not daft enough to say or suggest he might want Sissoko.

  • 11 nut meg // Jul 10, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    murray 2 sets up.

  • 12 welshgeordie9 // Jul 10, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Swap Cisse for Charlie Austin and Swap rivière for Andy Carroll, I’m sure he would like to go back home to the North East.

  • 13 welshgeordie9 // Jul 10, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Once we have stopped fannying about trying to get Hanley, go for caulker and that Bristol city defender instead plus the Leeds left back and then everyone will be happy, well i say everyone…………….

  • 14 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    On ffp we made a huge profit last set of accounts especially in football terms so we should have a huge margin to play with before we get close to getting in trouble there
    plus it sounds like season tickets are selling very well so that’s money in the bank already which is 2,3,4,5 times as many as other clubs in the championship
    so yeah I think we might be fine in that department

  • 15 Belfast // Jul 10, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    The financial expert Manxpie has spoken!! 🙂

  • 16 firebug666 // Jul 10, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    10 minutes to go Newcastle under 21s 0-2 up. Looks like a winning start.

  • 17 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    Well I’ve worked on my adding up Belfast i thought you’d be proud 🙂

  • 18 firebug666 // Jul 10, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    0-3 now young guns working hard.

  • 19 Sazzer // Jul 10, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Our Toon
    Since I was throwing in Markovic name in the mix. Here is my reasoning.

    He’s on around £60,000 a week at Liverpool and far away from their starting 11. So Liverpool will probably look to loan him out again like last season to get rid of his wages.

    We signed Ritchie for £55,000 a week and so it’s not a big difference.

    I don’t think our big earners have left because FFP. Townsend release clause was triggered. Cisse, S.Taylor and Colo would probably have been moved on even if we were still in PL.

    If we would have to sell because of FFP then there would me rumours of the club having to sell players like Mitrovic and Shelvey as well.

    In the case of Markovic, the question is really would he like to play another year in Turkey/Portugal, sit on the bench at Liverpool or play in the Championship under Rafa with his buddy Mitrovic?

  • 20 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    Yeah just seen that firebug can’t believe we’ve got a player called broccoli tho we’ve only just got rid of a turnip!

  • 21 firebug666 // Jul 10, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    manxpie

    PMSL

    That 3rd goal was scored by a trialist called C. Sharp

  • 22 nut meg // Jul 10, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    murray wins it in 3 sets.
    Hamilton as well,great day for British sport fans. Congrats to both.

  • 23 Ron Knee // Jul 10, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    nut meg

    Beat me to it! We won’t mention the football, though!

  • 24 croftus5678 // Jul 10, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    the rafa effect is in full flow atm the 2 other trialists we have atm played in the u21s last night with harvey assisting and silva scoring the 3rd !

    could be another 2 very good u21s to join the 2 we just signed.

  • 25 jazzyp // Jul 10, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Any truth in the Danny Ings rumours lads ??

  • 26 Our Toon // Jul 10, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    Wwsbrd

    QPR existing has nothing to do with FFP, they’ve sold players to try to balance the books hence why they haven’t bought themselves back into the championship. I believe Austin, Phillips, Fer etc have been sold without massive amounts being spent, it’s also the reason they got caulker off the books

  • 27 Jib // Jul 10, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Cissé is gone.
    Dwight Gayle was wearing Number 9 training in Ireland today.
    Why would anybody be interested in Danny Ings when he has been injured for 9 months ?

  • 28 Our Toon // Jul 10, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Sazzer

    The rules around the championship should be read regarding FFP, have a look into them although I agree with you these players were likely to leave but maybe not colo who only last year got a new contract and we rejected a bid from palace for.

    As for Markovic he’d rather play in Turkey or Portugal than to drop down to the championship especially if the team he decides to go to plays in CL. Like I say come back to reality ppl

  • 29 Jib // Jul 10, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    The French media have gone crazy for Sissoko – if he has a good game tonight we will get huge money for him.

  • 30 Our Toon // Jul 10, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Manxpie

    Yes me made a profit on accounts last published last season, did they take into account the 50m plus spent in transfer fees? The increase in wages? For season gone we will see a very different set of accounts which is why I believe we are budgeting

  • 31 Our Toon // Jul 10, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Jib

    Not often I agree with you but on ings I agree, he’s been out for an entire season with an injury, what kind of shape will he be in, think Jay Rodriguez at Southampton who was out with the same injury, that lad has since struggled time and time again with other injuries. Risk not worth taking

  • 32 Jib // Jul 10, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Last month the PL paid NUFC £72.7 million for season 2015/16
    The transfer fees paid last summer were from an existing cash pot
    Budget Schmudget !

  • 33 Jib // Jul 10, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Our Toon
    Normal Service has been resumed
    😀

  • 34 awaydays // Jul 10, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Why don’t we sign Victor Moses if I’m right he’s at Chelsea and just gets sent out on loan every year … might be pricey but he’s class

  • 35 Our Toon // Jul 10, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Jib

    Power of Google eh some things never change ahaha, I’ll continue to believe what I’ve stated, if that wasn’t the case then we wouldn’t see outgoings immediately being replaced or vice versa with incoming following outgoings. Net spend is at 3m and no doubt the wage budget has been bought down quite a bit with the sale and release of players.

    The pot you speak of though wouldn’t have taken into account relegation and the cost it would be to the club something Google hasn’t factored in…..you’d have to engage your brain for that one though…..normal service has indeed been resumed!!

  • 36 JamesToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Some dodgy rumours saying we’re willing to offer Danny Ings £150,000 a week

  • 37 Belfast // Jul 10, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    I’m not sure on this but I think the ffp in the championship cuts you some slack for the first season and then yer in trouble. I think Qpr had already broken these rules before and that’s why they where in trouble as soon as they went down.

  • 38 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 10, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    That’s that Indy Kaila guy who tweeted that, James. He probably plucked that figure out of the sky. We won’t be paying that at the moment.

  • 39 Jib // Jul 10, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    Interesting that 90% of the French team play in England !

  • 40 Our Toon // Jul 10, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    Belfast

    I might be wrong but they were in line to get a fine of 50m for reporting losses of 65m, even though they got promoted to prem. Will be settled out of court for a heck of a lot less but rules stipulate that you can’t make more than 8m loss for all clubs. Relegated teams get parachute payments so have more income than those already in league and it’s to counter this rule otherwise all relegated teams would get fined.

  • 41 Our Toon // Jul 10, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    For every player sold we’ve bought in replacements on less wages so can’t believe for a second that we’d pay ings 150k a week. Not to mention it goes against everything Ashley stands for. Another reason why the likes of Markovic, Ibe, Carroll are just pipe dreams

  • 42 Sazzer // Jul 10, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Our Toon
    I’m going to look it to the financial fair play rules but would be suprised if Markovic isn’t a possible signing because of them given that we signed Ritchie.

    Thus I think he could be possible target even if I agree that it is probably a bigger chance he will go abroad again.

  • 43 Nufc-83 // Jul 10, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Haha james toon 150k!!! Whoever is reporting that should be shut down.

  • 44 Our Toon // Jul 10, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Sazzer

    Aye it’s worth checking into with the championship rules, I’d love Markovic here but I can’t see it happening mate. The big difference with Ritchie and Markovic is ability and reputation as well as wages….in fact there’s a lot of differences. Markovic was once regarded as one of the best upcoming youngsters in the game, he still has a good reputation in Europe. Ritchie is known in Europe but not by many who think he’d be good enough compared to Markovic.

    Other things to considering would be signing on fees for both would be very different with Markovic looking for more money and the small matter if getting his country into the world cup which he won’t by playing in championship

  • 45 Jib // Jul 10, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Markovic and big Al mucking about on Partizan TV
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E3Zx6GpzxM

  • 46 lochinvar // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Murray Hamilton – legend F1 commentator and winning names today !

  • 47 Jib // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Walker

  • 48 Belfast // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    I was just about too say is it not Murray Walker lol

  • 49 Mister Tuff // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Allez les blues.
    I presume Sissoko is starting. Interesting to see how he fares tonight especially after Wenger has heaped praise on him.
    Good debate potential afterwards about his performance/abilities.

    Plus/hopefully hissy fit from CR7.

  • 50 Back Door Man // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Does anybody know if ANY media outlet (broadcast or online steaming) plan to offer a Sky type of catch-up or highlights service for next season’s Championship … like they do for the EPL? Or do we have to take potluck with a few live games from Sky?

  • 51 martoon // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Evening guys. On the subject of FFP in the Championship as I understand it if you fall foul of it but you get promoted to the Premiership then all they can do is fine you an amount proportionate to how far over you infringed FFP. However if you are still in the Championship or league 1 or 2 then they can issue you with a transfer embargo. So you can take a chance but if you don’t get promoted then the embargo will hit you hard.

  • 52 Belfast // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Channel five show the highlights on Saturday night and sky usually have a highlights programme on a Monday I think.

  • 53 Sazzer // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Our Toon
    It would national manager a trip to Turkey if Markovic came and played with his buddy Mitrovic in Championship though. =)

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Well I want Portugal to win, as much as he is disliked I think a player of Ronaldos talent should have an international honour.

  • 55 Back Door Man // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Why doesn’t anybody like that arrogant, preening prick, Ronaldo?

    Allez les drageons escargot.

  • 56 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Can’t wait for this game I won’t lie, who ever wins will be great. France have been the best team and deserve it but Ronaldo is phenomenal and actually has a decent team around him

  • 57 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    @Back Door Man

    Channel 5 in the UK are doing the Saturday night highlights !

    Someone on here mentioned that a USA/Canadian channel is picking up our games next season so there should be streams available of most games

    Also Sky Sports News Soccer Saturday usually show the goals as they go in in the championship

  • 58 Belfast // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    The channel five show was awful when it started last season like, but seemed to improve as the season drew to a close.

    I would guess there will be plenty of our games on tv.

  • 59 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    JfA
    It’ll be a travesty for him to end his career without an international medal, same with Messi though he is choosing to end his chances

  • 60 Back Door Man // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    I was thinking programming more like Sky’s match choice extended highlights of a choosen match … I can’t remember what the programme is called.

  • 61 welshgeordie9 // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Come on France, I seem them winning 2-0 man of the match sissoko, then signs a new 5 year contract with us.

  • 62 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Actually Messi has won the copa America hasn’t he? Still an absolute tart quitting

  • 63 Jib // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Channel 5 readily acknowledged that last season’s effort was pitiful and have promised to kick on next season .
    Also there is a lower league show after Motd on Sarradays

  • 64 martoon // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    As much as we knock Sissoko he will have a Euro final on his CV and I was trying to think has a toon player ever played in a Euro final before – I can’t think of one?

  • 65 Oldgit1 // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Stuck in a village outside Paris, loads of frenchies peeping their bloody horns, god help us if France win, no sleep for us, can see this lot celebrating till the early hours. Plenty of parties in neighbourhood going off.

    Oh why didn’t England make the final.

  • 66 welshgeordie9 // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Good final so far, all France at the moment.

  • 67 toonbrother // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Sissoko=LEGEND!
    Going to miss him at SJP

  • 68 toonbrother // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    ronaldo off
    this game is over

  • 69 sing in the corner // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Mr Tuff will be enjoying this moment…

  • 70 bettyswallocks // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Moussa actually looks like a footballer. Trapping it properly, close control good when running with it. What’s going on?

  • 71 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    He’s on TV in the Euro final Betty with the whole world watching lol

  • 72 NUFCPaul // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Absolutely shocking performance from Sissoko so far, shocking. He’s had a few good runs (with no end product mind) and actually looks interested. Why shocking? Because it’s been so long since we’ve seen him give two sh*ts.

    Hope he scores the winner so we can cash in for some serious money.

  • 73 Ron Knee // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    It would be ironic if Portugal won this.

  • 74 toonbrother // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    lol sissoko what a player!

  • 75 Nufc-83 // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Been hammering Sissokho recently but the way he’s playing tonight is top class. This performance will almost certainly rubber stamp his move away for 25+m

  • 76 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    I cant describe how furious I am wihh Sissoko.

  • 77 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    With

  • 78 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Well the bonus this is Sissoko is worth well over 30 mill now 😀

  • 79 Nufc-83 // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    He’s still only using his one attribute though which is being a great athlete. He still shows poor technique but I will say he is playing well.

  • 80 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Didn’t dabizas win it or had he already left us by then?

  • 81 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    We’ve “missed” sissoko at SJP for at least 2 seasons ffs.

  • 82 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp<<< why??

    I can't wait to get rod of that twat. We will make a fortune out of his lazy ass..

  • 83 sing in the corner // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Pogba: ‘you’re just a sh@t Carlton Palmer…’

  • 84 welshgeordie9 // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    I’m sure Sissoko is trying to wind us up, best player on the pitch so far, so why the frig couldn’t he do that for us last season.

  • 85 JamesToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Sissoko really is trying to push through a transfer isn’t he…

  • 86 Mister Tuff // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Cannot believe this Sissoko must have a twin brother.

  • 87 welshgeordie9 // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Carlton Palmer

    Ha ha ha

    That’s got me in stiches.

  • 88 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Nothing worse that a solid player with a crappy attitude…

    His pace will fall after few years and he will be worth crap. 0 technique, 0 vision. tackling ability next to none.

    Benitez is laughing all the way to the bank.

  • 89 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    He only turns up when it’s a big game

  • 90 Yo-yo // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    We all knew Sissoko could play like this…
    We all wondered why he hasn’t shown up for the Toon .

  • 91 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    I’ve never seen sisko do clever little flicks ever yet here he’s done 2 as well as a great turn unbelievable

  • 92 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Gorgonzola

    I see where you are coming from…. but i am incensed that he hasnt done it for us for ages. Its infuriating

  • 93 toonbrother // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    he was always an excellent player
    unfortunately he was playing under a terrible coach and an atrocious captain

  • 94 bettyswallocks // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Moussa m.o.m. by a mile. He looks like the £100m. pound man never mind Pogba.

  • 95 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    There we go. Toonbrother the simpleton strikes again.

  • 96 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Heart broken for Ronaldo but him being off makes Portugal a stronger unit defensively, huge shame though

    As for Sissoko maybe this is what he looks like with confidence and a good team who move and make space?

  • 97 lesh // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Sissoko’s price’s going up by the minute. Just hope that a deal’s not been agreed already!

  • 98 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    You cant even explain why our defence did not improve despite coloccinis absence. It didnt improve until Janmaat got injured and Anita played RB.

  • 99 welshgeordie9 // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    He’s probably been reading the papers, and cause he’s been linked with Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool he’s thinking crap I better get off my arse, then again if he played like that last season like he’s doing tonight then he would have got his wish.

  • 100 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Nah ww karma always catches up with ya lol
    it is a shame to end like that would’ve preferred to see the tears at the end

  • 101 welshgeordie9 // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Betty

    I agree, Pogba has been pants.

  • 102 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    We will make a fortune out of him I hope, which is great we need that now.

    Who care if he hasn’t done it for us. We are in the Championship because of the likes of him. I don’t want him. I hope we make a killing by selling him and invest in other areas.

  • 103 SUTTY1978 // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Think Sissoko and Pogba have done a Face/off
    Pogba looks like he can’t be arsed and Sissoko looks like he’s the one worth £100m

  • 104 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Welsh

    If he had done that last season,not only would he have got his wish, but we would have had a better survival hope.

  • 105 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Rafa could get this out of Sissoko imo back in the 10 role without running himself ragged tracking back allows his bursts forward more often and in a dominate team where opponents will have to cover more than just him

  • 106 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Gorgonzola

    “We are in the championship because of the likes of him”

    That, my freind, is EXACTLY why I am so angry 😀

  • 107 welshgeordie9 // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Sissoko is going to score, can’t wait for the bids to start coming, so Rafa do us all a favour when the bids come in tell them all start from 80 million.

  • 108 sing in the corner // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Either way it’s all good. Fingers crossed for a cracking bit of business coming our way. What did he cost us,couple of million or summat??

  • 109 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    manx
    Karma for being the best in the world at his sport?

  • 110 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    I hope Sissoko has amazing game. He will add £5 or £10m to his price if he scores. I’d wouldn’t mind keeping him and have him work with Rafa, but he’ll be sold, I’m sure.
    He was
    already much improved under Benitez. No surprise when you’re not working with a numbskull of a manager like the last ones.

  • 111 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    welshgeordie9

    Amen.

  • 112 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Wwsbrd

    Hasn’t he been playing on one side of the three behind the striker for France, though? He is proving he can do it well, so it just adds to my anger that he couldnt/wouldnt do it for us

  • 113 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Messi is better than Ronaldo, and is less of a twat even WITH the tax evadion thing.

  • 114 martoon // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    manxpie @80 Good idea but I’ve just looked on Wiki – Dabizas left us for Leicester in Jan 2004 and won the Euros with Greece in July 2004!

  • 115 Yo-yo // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    Karma for Moussa would be getting his transfer to the Gooners, and then having an injury that keeps him out the side.

  • 116 welshgeordie9 // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Youcouldntmakeitup

    Yeah I know mate, the thing is if Rafa was in from the start of last season i think we would have seen that kind of a performance all season from him, he’s a very good player but not consistent enough which winds me up because i do like the player.

  • 117 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    YCMIU
    But he’s not having to track back with the CMs covering everything he’s also not being covered by 3 players every time he touches the ball

    And I disagree on Ronaldo vs Messi

  • 118 welshgeordie9 // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    But as much as I like him, he needs to go, can’t afford to carry him this season, everyone needs to put a shift in.

  • 119 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Wwsbrd

    On Messi v Ronaldo…. its a discussion that has no end. The world agrees to differ with each other 😀

    On sissoko… well yes, thats true, but his application and attitude at nufc in recent seasons has left a lot to be desired.

  • 120 Our Toon // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Could it be sissoko is showing what he can do under a proper manager and a team that moves for him? I said the same after the quarters and semi’s, he’s looking confident.

    If we do get rid then we need someone to come in who’s a quick player as well otherwise the starting xi will be filled with slow players…..an argument most had last season

  • 121 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Welsh

    I do agree he would have done better under better managers. But he has to take some responsibility and be proffessional.

  • 122 Rafa Revolution // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Where has this Sissoko been hiding?

  • 123 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    YCMIU
    It certainly is mate let’s not get into it haha I will always prefer Ronaldo personally but he is certainly at least in the top 2 in the world and it’s a shame for football that he’s unable to finish this game

    As for Sissoko oh year he’s been a attitude filled lemon but he’s only seen a terrible Newcastle under poor management and a general poisonous atmosphere…has also been moved everywhere in the pitch and had to carry the team. Under Rafa that’ll change (he started to show that at the back end of the season tbf)

  • 124 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    As much as i liked Hal robson kanus little turn, i am gonna say Shaquiri is my favorite goal from that lot.

  • 125 tomtoon13 // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Au revoir Sissoko, thanks for the lack of memories, pretty sure every Toon supporter thought we had some player after his 1st few matches in the Black n White stripes. Sadly not though. Great to see your adding millions to your transfer fee mon ami.

  • 126 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Well, apparently Sissoko has hacked Pepe’s legs off with a blunt axe.

  • 127 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Nah ww for being an arrogant tosspot that should come with being the best player in the world
    i reckon the Iceland fans must’ve put a curse on him

  • 128 Average_Contents // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Sissoko. No cameras. Acts like a Twatface.

    Sissoko. Cameras. Acts like an even bigger Twatface because we’ve seen what he can do.

    At least we should get a decent fee for the most inconsistent player on planet earth over the last 2-3 seasons. Scant consolation but if he wants to go then get to fcuk.

  • 129 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    “Shouldn’t”

  • 130 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Ah rite martoon mighty close then

  • 131 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Poor shot from Carlton Palmer there lol

  • 132 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Average after this he won’t be just saying champions league he’ll be talking about his dream team of barca or real until the windows shuts!

  • 133 Jib // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    I’ll laugh me sox off if Portugal win this on pens !

    We needed the wisdom of Toonbrother to makes things clear.
    Sissoko was shit because Coloccini was a bad captain !!!!!!

  • 134 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    We had a World Cup winner play for the toon. Does the name Stéphane Guivarc’h ring a bell lol

  • 135 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    manx
    It’s not arrogant when it’s true

  • 136 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    Well we see him differently then he’s extremely arrogant imo unlike Messi Murray bolt all of which don’t come across arrogant

  • 137 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Bloody hell how’d he miss that!

  • 138 martoon // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    manxpie @129 Aye close but no cigar 🙂
    ShirebrookToon @133 – From memory didn’t we sign him after the World Cup?

  • 139 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Arrogance is not dependent on whether something is true or not. If you are good at what you do, and somone else isn’t, it does not give you the right to act high and mighty and pretend you are a better person just because you have a betrer skill set. Ronaldo is the personification of arrogance. The argument of him or messi being the best player will run forever, but there is no doubt, however, about the who the most arrogant footballer ever seen is. Step forward CR7

  • 140 Jail for Ashley // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Should be really proud to have one of ours in a major final but instead he’s boiling my pi $$, if he’d played like that just half a dozen times last season we’d be in the PL right now.

  • 141 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Martoon

    Yeah we signed him after the WC, on the basis he was the only actual striker in the france squad (Henry was still a wide left sided attacker). It worked out so well for us and him 😀

  • 142 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Wat ycmiu said!

  • 143 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    manx
    Messi not arrogant? He didn’t think he needed to pay tax. Murray as in Andy Murray? Yeah he’s as arrogant as they come (disliked by many of his opponents because of it, that and his foul attitude). And Bolt is a very funny man but if u don’t believe he thinks he is better than everyone else ur kidding urself mate

    Fact is Ronaldo is a phenomenal footballer and we should all realise how lucky we are to have him and Messi battling it out as best in the world, maybe if he publicised how much he does for charity etc people would have a different view of him but honestly he doesn’t care what people think he knows he’s the best in the world. The Anderson Silva level of gift to the sport so who why would he bother trying to win people over

  • 144 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Martoon, yes he signed after the World Cup and was in and out of toon quicker than you can say alessandro pistone pmsl

  • 145 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    I said it a while back but it seems to much of a coincidence now
    we buy french players their team turns to shite
    we then start buying Dutch their team turns to shite so will it be the Spanish next

  • 146 Jail for Ashley // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Danny Murphy mentioned that we haven’t seen this type of form from him since his first month in English football, that hasn’t gone unnoticed but hopefully won’t stop WBA from shelling out 20M

  • 147 Belfast // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Absolutely shite final like. Ze Germans and Wales would have been my pick.

  • 148 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    YCMIU
    Sorry mate definition of being arrogant is an exaggerated sense of importance, it’s not exaggerated if ur the best

  • 149 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    The usual sisko there lol

  • 150 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Using the tax thing to call Messi arrogant, is weak at best. Ignorant at what was going on with his finances, yes, but arrogant? No. Ignorance is no excuse, he should have paid more heed to his dosh, so no excuses for that. But it matches no definition of arrogance i have ever seen.

  • 151 lesh // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Sissoko’s performances of late confirm that he gives his all when he’s 100% committed to a cause.

    Nearing the end of last season we saw him raise his game when it was obvious that staying with us, a club with no ambition other than avoiding relegation, wouldn’t bring him the attention he needs. Was it Rafa who spurred him on or was it his despair at Newcastle United.

    That’s life and he will achieve his ambition but sadly away from the Club.

    However, onward and upward with Rafa who’ll take us forward.

  • 152 martoon // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    YMCIU & manxpie – I thought so. So Sissoko is the first Toon player in a Euro or World Cup final. We should be proud but as Jails says it is so annoying. Wait a minute that’s more like the Sisssoko we saw last season.

  • 153 Moonraker15 // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Watching Sissoko in the Euro final makes me sick. I would love it if Rafa made him stay at Newcastle next season lazy cnut !

  • 154 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Good defending by Giroud there to stop Griezmann

  • 155 Belfast // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Exactly why you won’t get the fee that some on here mention jail. Everyone knows he only turns up once in a blue moon.

  • 156 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Ww nah confidence is fine arrogance isn’t
    he is the type if he has a shocker it’s somebody else’s fault
    arrogance isn’t a good trait

  • 157 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Wtf was lloris doing there

  • 158 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Wwsbrd

    Ronaldo thinks the entire football world revolves around him. No matter how good he is, he does not have the right to act that way. Im sorry, but if you want to say he is the best in the world, then thats fine. Yoir oppinion, but to deny he is arrogant? Really? Thats blind, mate. The way he belittled icelands efforts, and his tantrum repeated on field tantrums are proof beyond doubt.

  • 159 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Marton i suppose the next best thing is a toon supporting ref in the final lol

  • 160 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    And yes. To whoever said it, this final is w@nk.

  • 161 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    In a toon shirt that would of went for a throw

  • 162 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    YCMIU
    Ignorant of his finances? Howay man give over. And it’s as good as a reason to call him arrogant as Ronaldo, he could just as easily of been arrogant enough to think he was above paying tax and he’d get away with it as he didn’t pay attention to his finances

    No proof either way just a PR campaign and his word

  • 163 Nufc-83 // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Am I seeing things??? Did Moussa actually hit a decent shot :0

  • 164 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Yeah the highlight of the whole game has been the moth tbh

  • 165 davetoon // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    We should put sissoko on a one month rolling contract

  • 166 davetoon // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    He only tries when he’s on tv

  • 167 Belfast // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    It’s actually perked up a bit from I mentioned it Markass, although I assure you extra time will be a bore fest if we get there.

  • 168 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Apparently that moth has got his own Twitter account and has already got 10,000 followers

  • 169 Yo-yo // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Belfast

    As long as we had Ramsey

  • 170 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Right. Im sorry. But that is inane. The debate of skills between the two? Fine. Ongoing. Nover reach and end. But out arrogance? Messi and no other sportsman in my lifetime)l are in the same league as Christiano “toys oot the pram when it doesn’t go my way” Ronaldo. The tax thing is the ONLY blemish on Messi, and anyone who has ever mentioned any sort of meeting with the guy has said what a nice bloke he is, and how humble he is.

  • 171 Belfast // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    You would have had Ramsey for the semi only some eejit came up with that daft yellow card rule.

  • 172 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Belfast

    It has pens written all over it. France should have put this to be bed by now

  • 173 Yo-yo // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    is Pogba really a £100m player ?

  • 174 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    And how is it still 0-0 after that ffs!?!?!

  • 175 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Yo-yo

    Not after tonight 😀

  • 176 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    YCMIU
    Different players encourage themselves in different ways some need to be loved, some hated and some need the world to be against them, Ronaldo is the latter (learnt it from Fergy I’d bet). His tantrums are because he can’t blame himself or his head will drop and his performance suffers

    Look at his teammates when he flips they barely react because they understand why he does it and his leadership is unquestionable on and off the pitch (recently he got the Monaco lad to take a pen and believe in himself by taking the pressure off him)

    U see arrogance I see unquestioning confidence. Personally I don’t really care what he’s like he’s a footballer not a role model (though I wager he’s a lot nicer than people expect) what he does on the pitch is what matters

  • 177 martoon // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    On Twitter somebody has set an account called Ronaldo’s Moth and it has already got over 8000 followers – it is funny mind you.

  • 178 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    YCMIU
    Only blemish u know of mate. Also I’ve heard plenty of stories about Ronaldo being a gent meeting people, what’s ur point? Proves nothing both of them have PR people and both are media trained to a incredible level

    But hey ho let’s leave it bud am tired and I’d rather watch the match than discuss opinions on players

  • 179 santon3 // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    So.. who will wear #9 shirt?

    hopefully Rafa will sign Santon 🙂

  • 180 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Wwsbrd

    Ok. We will have to agree to differ on that too. Mind,if I was an iceland fan, I’d be sending the boys round in the Longboat to do your house over, after what he said about them 😀

  • 181 nightfa11 // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Sissoko is off..he already thinks hes too good for us..But after euros hell be thinking he should be at real.. But it would be funny if hed score an own goal 😀

  • 182 Son of Geordie // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Extra time in Euro, sissoko making an impact, the players all look tired. France dominating play.

  • 183 sing in the corner // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    I just hope Sissoko doesn’t do something daft like shank the crucial pen, then we’re home free, £££ to spend on consistently committed players

  • 184 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    YCMIU
    Haha fair doos haha I quite liked Iceland though added something to the tournament certainly. I may end up hating them when their celebration is adopted by every bleeding club adopts it

    I maybe hurt myself if we do it

  • 185 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Nice 70’s porn tash on carvhalio there

  • 186 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Brace yourselves. Peneltehs are commin’.
    Send a raven, ya bastard

  • 187 Son of Geordie // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Wasted corner

  • 188 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Wwsbrd

    Iceland played simple and mostly effective football. I think mant teams, england in particular over complicate matters.

    Oooh……..oooh…..oooh….oooh…oooh..oooh.oooh

  • 189 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    YCMIU
    Oh aye the story was more entertaining than their football but they were functional and did what they needed too, like Wales and Portugal really. I think they got further than they deserved to though (as unpopular of a opinion that is) great viewing but better teams went out before them

    Not sure how much effect the increase tournament size had though, certainly not been an amazing event imo

  • 190 Yo-yo // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    yep
    Moussa misses crucial pen would knock all those lovely ££££ off his value.

  • 191 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    My word Eder

  • 192 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    What a strike

  • 193 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Well well well

  • 194 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Didn’t he play for Swansea

  • 195 manxpie // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Wat a goal that was hopefully France actually go for it now

  • 196 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Sissoko get the blame there? Pogba screamed at him it looked like?

  • 197 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Am I right in thinking they’ve won only 1 game in 90 minutes? During this tournament?

  • 198 sing in the corner // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    Portugal doing a Greece, but fair play to em looks like they’ve snatched it!

  • 199 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Yes that’s true WW

  • 200 welshgeordie9 // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    100 million for Pogba, and who gets the first goal, ex swans player, well it would a swans player to get the first goal.

    Although he was like gomis but worse.

    Ha ha ha

  • 201 welshgeordie9 // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    What’s pissing me off that could have been Wales that scored in the final.

  • 202 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    And I was expecting Sissoko to score the dramatic winner but it was and ex swans player lol

  • 203 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Portugal have nicked this. And they did it without ronaldo (although he will be given credit). Regardless of what anyone thinks of him as a footballer or a person,the fact is he has had an average tournament.

  • 204 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    See comentators already saying ronaldo this and ronaldo that! It was the other fcuking players that did it!

  • 205 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Outstanding

  • 206 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Listen to them ffs

  • 207 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Well done to Portugal! But really, BBC, have some respect to the other players. Shocking.

  • 208 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    YCMIU
    Commentary is truly awful, the spouting on about Martial was cringe worthy

  • 209 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    France have them selves to blame. They had plenty chances

  • 210 clinath@ed // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Portugal were a better team after he went off. This obsession with personalities in football is killing the sport.

  • 211 Our Toon // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Portugal have won the euros by winning 1 game in 90mins, 1 game over extra time and 1 game over pens and finishing 3rd in the group. Does no-one else find that a bit wrong?

    Well done to them and happy for Ronaldo but someone needs to look at the format of the groups

  • 212 Belfast // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    France used up all their luck against Ze Germans.

  • 213 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    If martial had more minutes France would have won….. Bollocks!!!!

  • 214 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    France will grow though, young team with some amazing players they just need to not fall out. Remind me of the German team in the South African World Cup

  • 215 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Wwsbrd

    Yeah. It should all be about the players on the field. They did fantastically well to nick that game. Eder should be portugals national hero for a while.

  • 216 Belfast // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Our toon I didn’t think any of them deserved to be in the final tbh Portugal limped to it and France should have went out last round.

  • 217 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Our toon

    Yeah,they wanted to expand the tournament, but it seemed a bit “thrown together” format wise, and a team that struggled has won it. It needs work.

  • 218 Our Toon // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Portugal manager has now won 2 euros with Greece and obviously today, in both finals absolutely dominated and beat hosts on both occasions. His teams are anti football, dull to watch but it works.

    France rue not taking game changers, Benzema and Arfa would have won this for them

  • 219 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    YCMIU
    Aye tbf he probably will be just not in our media…though Pepe was outstanding and their keeper has been great

  • 220 Our Toon // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Belfast

    I had no sympathy for the Germans, they took 1 striker to the finals and deserved to go out on the back of that once he got injured. Arrogance cost the Germans but France did ride their luck

  • 221 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    What now for Sissoko

  • 222 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Wwsbrd

    Our media will already be to busy deciding who Englands best players are so that the next manager picks the right ones 😀

  • 223 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Our toon

    Again, i agree. Germany were full of no.10s, and it eventually cost them. They were lucky to get as far as they did.

  • 224 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    Great lets get that turd Sissoko off our books…

  • 225 welshgeordie9 // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Been very quiet today on the transfer front, thought there would be something today about Grant Hanley, when and if we are going to make a 3rd bid, and when is Hayen going to sign.

  • 226 welshgeordie9 // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Hayden

  • 227 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    YCMIU
    Sad isn’t it! I don’t have enough knowledge on the media around the world but surely other countries don’t have the trouble we have in regards to that or do they?

  • 228 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Henry looks devastated

  • 229 geordie157 // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Agree that Raphael Guerriero had a great game, no way will he be at Lorient next season…..will probably end up at Palace

  • 230 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Welsh

    I reckon, now that the euros are done, this week is going to see the transfer market go up a few gears. Two more defenders in a toon shirt by wednesday imo.

  • 231 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    He’s signed for Dortmund Geordie157

  • 232 Our Toon // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    YCMIU

    It was a a poor tournament with poor quality in my opinion. 3 main highlights for me were

    1) Will Griggs on fire song which got everyone talking in France and around the world

    2) Icelandic fans with the war like chat and clapping of hands

    3) Shakiri overhead kick

  • 233 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Wwsbrd

    Like you,mate,i have no real experience of other countries media, but you never hear the kind of cr@p happening elswhere that you get here. I think one of the main changes england has to make is how the media are allowed to raise a players profile so high, it makes them undroppable.

  • 234 welshgeordie9 // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Youcouldntmakeitup

    I hope so mate, get them all in, full pre season under their belts.

  • 235 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    So Robson Kanu won goal of tournament

  • 236 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    Our toon

    Kanu won the goal of the tournament just now, but i think it’s british bias. Shearer gave an objective view and said Shaqs was the best because of the technique.

    All in all, i have not enjoyed the tournament as much as i could have. The panel aee busy agreeing with me and you.

  • 237 ShirebrookToon // Jul 10, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Role on the start of the championship season

  • 238 Our Toon // Jul 10, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Lads media on other countries is worse than ours. Copy America they had images of Higuain in a line up along with team members asking them for any last words before a firing squad shoots them. That was before the final, Messi was told not to return to Argentina if they didn’t win.

    Neymar look at the pressure he had on him but he single handedly took that pressure and lifted Brazil in the world cup

    Our players are unfortunately pampered which is why they never succeed, players from other countries especially in south america and Africa come from poverty, they have that fight because that’s all they know.

    Places like Germany youth players still clean boots of first team players and get paid for doing it. Our lot are spoilt rotten

  • 239 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    YCMIU
    Tbh mate I think our media needs looking at completely not just sports journalism but journalism in general but that’s a wider issue haha

    As for Euro 2016 was pretty crap unfortunately, I won’t remember it in a few years time which is damning for me. Very few genuine moments of greatness

  • 240 Our Toon // Jul 10, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    YCMIU

    Surprised Kanu won it, was shocking defending with all 3 defenders falling for the cruyff turn, wonder how much of the great man passing this year had to do with it and domestic bias

  • 241 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Ok gents. I am off to bed. Maybe in 2 years time we will be talking about a resurgent england team……….

    Bwahahahahahaha

  • 242 WWSBRD // Jul 10, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Anyway time to focus on the Rafa revolution again I expect some big movements now

    Cheers for the entertainment lads

  • 243 Hail Wor Ashley // Jul 10, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    So, hands up who still thinks Sissoko will go for less than £12m?

  • 244 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 10, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Sissoko is a very good player in patches. He can never keep it up. The longer the game went on the quieter he got. No matter who he plays for, he will always have that ego in him that will hold him back.

  • 245 geordie157 // Jul 10, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Will Grigg to replace Cisse, might not score many but we can all have a good sing song….ah wait that would make him like Gouffy. Some of our players shouldn’t get a song until they earn it!




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