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When A Club Like Newcastle Is Interested ……

3:36 pm, Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 65 Comments

One thing we have noticed about Rafa’s five signings so far this summer is that they really want to join Newcastle and already seem to hold the club in great esteem.

The second thing we have noticed is they are only too keen to join Newcastle now that Rafa Benitez is the manager.

Maybe they see Newcastle becoming a powerful force again in English football with the world-class manager in complete control of all football matters at the club?

matt ritchie training

Matt Ritchie – in training at Benton

£10M signing Matt Ritchie is no exception and he has talked about joining Newcastle to BBC Radio Solent:

“It is going to be a really exciting season and something I really want to be part of.” “As soon as I heard, it was something that excited me.”

“The size of the football club, the manager and when you look a bit deeper, the squad we have got.”

“I’m sure if the offer of a new contract had come at a different time, or if I’d come back from Scotland duty with no interest from other clubs, there would’ve been some sort of agreement.”

“I think it was flattering West Ham made initial contact about a potential transfer, but nothing came of it.”

“I was working hard as if I was coming back to Bournemouth from international duty with Scotland and had nothing else on my mind.”

“But when things do come up and you hear of interest from other clubs, you have to deal with it and that’s football.”

“When a club like Newcastle is interested, I wanted to pursue it – I’m delighted to be here, it is a fantastic club.”

If things go as well as we are expecting over the next two or three years then there will be calls – maybe even form Rafa Benitez himself – that Newcastle raise the total attendance at St. James’ Park to around 60,000.

That’s something Freddie Shepherd was thinking of doing over a decade ago.

When we have a really good side and can easily fill the stadium is when to do that expansion,

That could be a short two or three years down the road and it will make St. James’ Park even better than it is today.

Just a thought.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Championship · Matt Ritchie · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours




65 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    The really noticeable thing about Rafa’s signings is that he has always spent a lot of time talking to the signees. – they are under no illusions about what is expected of them.

  • 2 Jib // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Cue a tsunki “Ashley out”
    What a knobber

  • 3 WWSBRD // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Ashley out

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    I think a lot of players must be thinking the same thing about our exciting new project which is why I don’t understand what that knacker Townsend has done. If he’d said that when a London club came calling he couldn’t turn it down then fair enough. Footballing reasons??? Unless he’s one of the deluded masses that think Pardew done a good job wherever he’s been.

  • 5 ToonRich // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Anyone think a cheeky loan bid for Super Mario could work?

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Rafa doesn’t do video games.

  • 7 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 13, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Interesting thing about sissoko, wijnaldum & Janmaat, is they all can run like horses, & we all know rafa loves his grafters

  • 8 WWSBRD // Jul 13, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    JfA
    Tbf mate how many said the same when he joined relegation bound Newcastle?

  • 9 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Jib you’ve wrongly sensed my leaving. 🙂 no I don’t think I will ‘do one’ of whatever it is. Even Ian has a sense of humour, you just don’t even have sense, sadly. Jib Out!

  • 10 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 13, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Further matches that have been added to the TV schedule and announced today.

    Newcastle v Brighton Saturday 27 August 5.30pm

    Derby County v Newcastle Saturday 10 September 5.30pm

    Aston Villa v Newcastle Saturday 24 September 5.30pm

  • 11 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Anyway I thought you were in Spain cleaning out the bosses toilet ready for his hols? You got there quick – where did you get in the taxi? Alicante?

  • 12 Wandering Geordie // Jul 13, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    I posted the other day that Benitez is lining up Balotelli and this will shock the football world.

  • 13 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Unless you flew this time of course. Maybe misjudging you as a regular rider in the transeuropean battle bus 😀

  • 14 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Balotelli? Ha ha ha that’s class. A powerful morale booster.

  • 15 GeordieTwo // Jul 13, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Still can’t believe it. Big Sam for England and Steve McMuffin as Sunderland boss? This is hilarious. What are they thinking? Not much by the look of it. Hee hee!

  • 16 GeordieTwo // Jul 13, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Not a chance Wandering mate.

  • 17 Jib // Jul 13, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Well said David Cameron

  • 18 GeordieTwo // Jul 13, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Sissoko gone. Wini gone. They’re far too sulky to keep around. We should get around 35-40 M for the pair of them and spend it on 2 CB’s, another striker and a left winger or AM if we part with De Jong (who should go back to the Netherlands for his own future).

  • 19 GeordieTwo // Jul 13, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Have we sweetened the pot for Hanley again? I think our latest bid is 5M? We must be getting close to getting him now. Badly needed. No depth at CB right now. I would like another CB in who is older and more experienced as well. Here’s hoping….

  • 20 Jib // Jul 13, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Best to leave the Canadian empty – head and Tsunki burbling nonsense to each other methinks.

  • 21 GeordieTwo // Jul 13, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Why don’t you give the WUM routine a rest Jib?

  • 22 Ron Knee // Jul 13, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    G2

    According to the Chronic, Hanley wants to move to NUFC – which is all to the good. Compare and contrast with Thauvin!

  • 23 Jib // Jul 13, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Charlie
    They are actually potentially 3 cracking games.
    Bring it on !
    HWTL!!!!!!

  • 24 Wandering Geordie // Jul 13, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    If Benitez is in charge anything is possible

  • 25 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Cut Jib some slack G2, he hasn’t got another routine.

  • 26 Wandering Geordie // Jul 13, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    A swap with Sissoko could be on the cards since Klopp has told Balotelli he is not required

  • 27 Belfast // Jul 13, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Swapping one lazy bar steward for another wouldn’t be a great idea.

  • 28 dok - the horrid colonial // Jul 13, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    gafternooon all…

    nice to be getting in players early, and get them ready for the season, unlike past years..

    hope everyone is well…

  • 29 ShirebrookToon // Jul 13, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    I’d rather have shefti Kuqi back than sign ballotelli

  • 30 lochinvar // Jul 13, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    What happened to the theory that Abeid was coming home ?

  • 31 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 13, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Hahahahahahahaha @ Baloteli in the championship.

  • 32 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 13, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    I love footy humor 😀

  • 33 Veltmann // Jul 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Looks like it’s safe to blog?The place looked dull and less of exciting in the last few days and wouldn’t bother replying to insults,w/h is sthg coming from narrow minded and immature people..
    I’d take Balotelli,simply because haven’t felt confident about the strikers we currently have,and haven’t been excited with the strikers we’ve been linked.Bamford haven’t had a good spell in his previous 2 clubs.The best and safest choice for me is to get Danny Ings.I am sure he will not get enough games at Liverpool.

  • 34 lesh // Jul 13, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Charlie

    Which channel’s showing those games?

  • 35 SPRINGY // Jul 13, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    shelvey got himself a personal trainer over the break and lost 7 kilos…..got to say,good on him….knew what was wrong and why he was dropped then sorted it…will be interesting to see how he does.

  • 36 Our Toon // Jul 13, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Shelvey wasn’t only dropped for his weight but also he’s poor attitude, pointing at others on the pitch to do the running for him whilst he jogs back, throwing his hands around when his pass goes wrong.

    As for Balotelli, seriously some of you news to get a grip and realise what league we are playing in. My southern mates always call us deluded and I tell them all we want is a team that tries…..then you come on here and read comments like Ibe or Balotelli.

    Balotelli will be on £100k plus, he won’t come here because he’s not wanted here and he doesn’t want to come to this club. Realism people we are a championship team, that’s why we are buying players for for the championship

  • 37 carl // Jul 13, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    14carl // Jun 16, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Cyprus
    Shelvey is overweight and not currently an athlete. He’s been told to work on his overall fitness He apparently agrees with Rafa’s verdict of the need to stop eating junk food and eating between meals. His argument apparently was that he was into hotel room service and he will address before and during pre season training.

  • 38 SPRINGY // Jul 13, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    did’nt see that carl…i read it on the news now feed today…a month late like!lol…. a fit shelvey must be an asset especially at this level.

  • 39 toon kk // Jul 13, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Looking forward to the season starting. But like ourtoon pointed out we’re a championship club now. Of course cirtain players will want to jump ship, like Townsend. We have to be realistic which players we can attract also, I’m sure Rafa will have us ready for the new season although I hope the Crouch tale is just that a tale.

  • 40 SPRINGY // Jul 13, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    toon kk
    i wouldnt want balotelli even if we were in the prem,he’s a heed-a-ball,very stroppy and does’nt graft,…the reality is we have done well to attract some..at first look…decent players…i think hanley for5-6-7m is a decent deal tbh…24,international with champ experience….i doubt u would get better unless we fluke some young prospect or it would be an aging slow player looking at one last pay day.

  • 41 toonincheek // Jul 13, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Our Toon –
    Are you a Geordie?
    If you are, why aren’t you Wor Toon?

  • 42 Our Toon // Jul 13, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Toonincheek

    Everyone on here is a geordie, as for the name, wor is slang not much more than that mate, I don’t use wor at all…..sorry

  • 43 toon kk // Jul 13, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Springy
    I wouldn’t want Balotelli either.
    We have attracted some decent players. I just hope our players give their all, last season was disgraceful tbh but it was always going to be tuff with no prolific striker.

  • 44 hibbitt // Jul 13, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Crouch Balotelli are just names to sell news papers / tv headlines

  • 45 GeordieTwo // Jul 13, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    I suppose you’re right Tsunki mate. Also looking forward to the next season where we actually have players willing to give it their all for the club. Players need to accept the responsibility they have to at least try to earn the absurd amounts of money they’re paid.

  • 46 Wandering Geordie // Jul 13, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    As I said before ,with Benitez at the helm anything is possible at the moment.

    Id love to see Messi here but it ant gonna happen..or will it? lol

  • 47 GeordieTwo // Jul 13, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Think of paying Gru 70K or 80K a week. The room service thing is hilarious. Just lying around eating meat pies and watching telly. No wonder he needs a personal trainer. Rafa will soon run the fat off him. Harrumph….

  • 48 GeordieTwo // Jul 13, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Aye no prolific striker and no defense toon kk mate. Shipping over 60 goals a season while the owner shakes his head a buys another useless midfielder.

  • 49 Our Toon // Jul 13, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    It wasn’t the defence or perceived lack of prolific goalscorer that got us relegated. It was a clueless and out of his depth manager who had no idea what his best team was or what formation he wanted to play.

  • 50 Jib // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Our Toon // It wasn’t the defence or perceived lack of prolific goalscorer that got us relegated. It was a clueless and out of his depth manager who had no idea what his best team was or what formation he wanted to play.

    Absolute bollocks

    But hey you know stuff

    It was so much more complicated than that !

    The frightening thing is SM would probably have scraped through!

    Where would we be now ?

    Circumstances conspired to give us a brilliant manager

    Just shut your hole and enjoy !

  • 51 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    OK everyone join in….

    “McLaren was just an average Manager but not a terrible Manager just an average one….”

  • 52 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Lesh
    been out just got your post on which channels…

    Here the playlist for august september…

    Friday 5th August 2016
    Fulham v Newcastle United Championship19:45Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
    Sunday 7th August 2016
    QPR v Leeds United Championship12:00Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
    Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa Championship16:30Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
    Friday 12th August 2016
    Brighton & Hove Albion v Nottingham Forest Championship19:45Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
    Saturday 13th August 2016
    Norwich City v Sheffield Wednesday Championship17:30Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
    Saturday 20th August 2016
    Derby County v Aston Villa Championship17:30Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
    Sunday 21st August 2016
    Ipswich Town v Norwich City Championship12:00Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
    Friday 26th August 2016
    Burton Albion v Derby County Championship19:45Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
    Saturday 27th August 2016
    Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion Championship17:30Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
    Friday 9th September 2016
    Reading v Ipswich Town Championship19:45Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
    Saturday 10th September 2016
    Derby County v Newcastle United Championship17:30Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
    Saturday 17th September 2016
    Cardiff City v Leeds United Championship12:30Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
    Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday Championship17:30Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
    Friday 23rd September 2016
    Preston North End v Wigan Athletic Championship19:45Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
    Saturday 24th September 2016
    Aston Villa v Newcastle United Championship17:30Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD

  • 53 Novocastrian66 // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    Does anyone know what the situation is with Ameobi and Vuckic? They both must be surplus to requirements. Are they on the Ireland trip?

  • 54 Our Toon // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    Jiblet very nice way to try to converse with someone on a blog…..you are nothing but a keyboard warrior who at times is racist and also someone who threatens other bloggers with comments like “I’ll post you banking details and pins on this blog”. I don’t know more than anyone else on this blog, not even you. Everyone gives an opinion, you unfortunately are nothing but a racist as your past actions have proven this to be the case. Think my advice to you was to engage your brain before you type, right after you threatened to post my private details such as banking etc on here…..you smartly disappeared for a bit realising the error of your ways.

    I could reply to you in a childish way and bring up some of your old clangers

    You still holding a grudge over the Google thing?

    How’s the search going for that club team named Brazil?

    More importantly how you getting on with the threat of posting my banking details and pin numbers on the blog?

    Getting back to the point I made, does anyone think we’d have gone down if Rafa was manager in January?

  • 55 lesh // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Charlie

    Thanks for the tv schedules – I’ll pencil our games into diary and then find an Eastbourne pub that’s showing ’em. That’ll be the tricky bit! But our game at Brighton’s a different kettle of fish and I’ll have to find a Brighton ST holder to get me into the Amex.

    Thanks again

  • 56 Belfast // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Should maybe start doing a nightly quiz here, atract some new punters. It’s a bit dead.

  • 57 Belfast // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    This wasn’t in the vote leave brochure.

    Come on come back….

  • 58 Our Toon // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Belfast

    Looks like those who claimed multiple posters were on the blog turned out to be right. Surely ppl weren’t just speaking to themselves were they?

  • 59 Belfast // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    I reckon we would have stayed up if McLaren was sacked after the Chelsea debacle our toon.

  • 60 Jib // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    I could be shot down in flames here
    But I do believe all L72 games will be available live and streaming somewhere.
    Check out this blog for further info

  • 61 Our Toon // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Belfast

    We had a big break in Feb think it was around 13 days or longer, perfect time to replace mcclaren. Not sure if that was after the Chelsea game but beyond belief we stuck with him a little longer!!

  • 62 Rotonda heights // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Veltmann

    You are happy to insult people but don’t like it coming the other way. Playing the ”victim”’ doesn’t really suit.

  • 63 JAMSHA // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Novocastrian66 // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:21 PM
    Does anyone know what the situation is
    with Ameobi and Vuckic? They both must
    be surplus to requirements. Are they on the
    Ireland trip?

    they are in the u21 squad playng some frndlys

  • 64 Belfast // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Our toon the theme song of this blog was man in the mirror for a good while. 🙂

  • 65 Belfast // Jul 13, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Aye there was an 18 day break and then two winnable games. We lost them both and then McLaren got the chop.




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