When A Club Like Newcastle Is Interested ……


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.



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65 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jul 13, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #1

    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.

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  • Jib

    Jul 13, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Cue a tsunki “Ashley out”
    What a knobber

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 13, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Ashley out

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 13, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #4

    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.

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  • ToonRich

    Jul 13, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #5

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 13, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Rafa doesn’t do video games.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 13, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #7

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

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 13, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #8

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

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 13, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #9

    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!

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 13, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #10

    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

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 13, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #11

    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?

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Jul 13, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #12

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

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 13, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #13

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

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 13, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #14

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 13, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #15

    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!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 13, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Not a chance Wandering mate.

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  • Jib

    Jul 13, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Well said David Cameron

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 13, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #18

    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).

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 13, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #19

    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….

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  • Jib

    Jul 13, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #20

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 13, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #21

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

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 13, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #22

    G2

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

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  • Jib

    Jul 13, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #23

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

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Jul 13, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #24

    If Benitez is in charge anything is possible

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 13, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #25

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

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Jul 13, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #26

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

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  • Belfast

    Jul 13, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #27

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

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jul 13, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #28

    gafternooon all…

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

    hope everyone is well…

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 13, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #29

    I’d rather have shefti Kuqi back than sign ballotelli

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 13, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #30

    What happened to the theory that Abeid was coming home ?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 13, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #31

    Hahahahahahahaha @ Baloteli in the championship.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 13, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #32

    I love footy humor 😀

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  • Veltmann

    Jul 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #33

    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.

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  • lesh

    Jul 13, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Charlie

    Which channel’s showing those games?

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 13, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #35

    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.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 13, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #36

    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

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  • carl

    Jul 13, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #37

    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.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 13, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #38

    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.

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  • toon kk

    Jul 13, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #39

    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.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 13, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #40

    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.

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