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Rafa Sends Extremely Upbeat Message To Newcastle Fans

10:08 am, Thursday, July 14th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 49 Comments

Newcastle have been at Carton House in Dublin this week and that’s the exact same place Chris Hughton took the lads seven years ago after we were last relegated.

It’s there that Chris, with the help of assistant manager Colin Calderwood and some senior players – got that famous team spirit going which helped an awful lot as we ended up winning the Championship in 2010 with 102 points and got straight back up to the Premier League.

Let’s hope the same thing happens this time around.

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The Newcastle coaches in deep discussion in Ireland this week

Things have been very upbeat in the training camp this week with the emphasis on getting the players fit and getting across various tactics that Rafa will employ in the games this season.

The other important thing has been getting the squad to bond so that the team spirit is very strong – which is so important as we found out seven years ago.

Rafa seems to be delighted with the facilities available in Dublin and the hotel they are staying in is a short 100 yards from the facilities so everything seems to be compact and the lads can concentrate fully on getting the necessary work done.

Certainly there’s a huge buzz and feel-good factor that surrounds the club at the moment and let’s be honest – that’s due almost entirely to the new manager Rafa Benitez.

It helps he’s a world-class manager with a tremendous string of accomplishments in the game including winning the Champions League (also being beaten finalists in the same competition)  and winning the Europa League twice.

Certainly Rafa’s the best manager we have had since the great Sir Bobby Robson was sacked in 2004 for only finishing in 5th place in the Premier League.

Rafa Benitez was upbeat in this positive message to Newcastle fans today:

“We want to give the fans the message that everything is good.” “The reaction has been great, it’s been perfect.”

“We are the ones that have to make it stay that way.” “We are fine, everything is planned for pre-season and we are now away in Ireland.”

“We are working, and the facilities are fantastic.” “To come here and keep everybody all together for the whole week creates a better atmosphere and team spirit.”

“It’s a real positive. We don’t have too much time so we are working towards day one of the season at Fulham.”

The transfer window has so far gone very well but the proof of the pudding is in the results once the season starts – and we must start getting those wins to be at or near the top of the table and we know it will not be easy.

There has also been a surge in season ticket sales, but we’re not sure exactly where that stands, other than they are the best season tickets sales in a number of years – even though we are now in the second division.

Once the season starts we need wins, wins and more wins after going through defeats, defeats and more defeats over the last two and a half painful and tragic years for the club.

Howay The Lads!!

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Pre-season · Tour

49 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:10 AM


    That would be my ideal solution.

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    I really like the away strip. Shame about the sponsor, otherwise I might actually have bought it.

    Sissoko has absolutely no interest in playing championship football. The varied oppinions on his abilities are irrelevant. Do we want him moping around the pitch? He has shown himself to be unprofessional in attitude, so that is what we would get imo

  • 3 martoon // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    One thing that hasn’t improved is the box office organisation. I still haven’t heard from the club how they are going to give the 10% discount on my ST being on the 10 year DD scheme.

  • 4 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Benitez has apparently stated that NUFC will be the fittest team in the championship. He is really working them hard.

  • 5 SPRINGY // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    i think theres a good chance a few of these players will be only squad players a couple of years down the line, so cant spend more then we need to now so that we have the money to compete for players when promoted…hopefully.

  • 6 hibbitt // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    that would be great if it happened now
    but the longer these deals take the harder it will be to get the replacements we want / need through the door
    but i am sure Rafa knows this

  • 7 martoon // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    YCMIU – I said that a few days ago – what is the point of arguing about whether he is a good player or not? He obviously does not want to play in the Championship so let’s get the best price we can for him!

  • 8 Hail Wor Ashley // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Navy blue, vivid orange, purple, gold – luxurious colour choices for a Championship team.

    Maybe it’s a ploy to make our opposition subconsciously recognise, we a re better than you, we are richer than you, now get out of our way, or even better lay down in that puddle as we march over you on our way back to the PL.

  • 9 SPRINGY // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    good, hope he’s pushing them to be the fittest they can….but also use there heads better…be smarter, clever,there were times last season i was shouting at there stupidity….being switched on at the start of each half would be a start.

  • 10 hibbitt // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    he never wanted to play for us in the prem never mind the championship
    get rid

  • 11 SPRINGY // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    maybe the talk of sinclair is to fill the space sissoko is going to leave…just a thought like….hopefully the “few deals” rafa was talking about is some way to getting these players out.

  • 12 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:25 AM


    Yeah, its sad but true. He just does not want to be here, and hasnt for a while


    I am sure he will be. The whole set up is so much more professional.

  • 13 Ron Knee // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    We saw in the Euros that organisation, commitment and self-belief can take you far. Let’s hope Benitez can do the same for NUFC.

  • 14 SPRINGY // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    still think rafa will wait till sissoko’s back and have a sit down with him and gini and have it out…nee papers,media,agents or bollicks just straight talk.

  • 15 SPRINGY // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    and then sell him!lol

  • 16 SPRINGY // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    and sell them,sorry

  • 17 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    If he does have those conversations, it will only be because he wants them to stay.

  • 18 Ron Knee // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:31 AM


    What are the latest rumours about Wijnaldum? I haven’t heard anything lately.

  • 19 Jib // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Rafa is looking at another Central defensive lump.
    The 6’4″ Swdish International Filip Helander.

    He won’t be joining the squad soon as Sweden are competing in the Rio Olympics.

    Guess what ?

    He plays for Hellas Verona managed by Rafa’s old mucker Fabio Pecchia !

    It’s not what you know but who you know I guess.

  • 20 SPRINGY // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    apparently everton inquired yesterday i believe,about his availablity….depending on which pic you see floating the web its hard to get a read on gini….some pics he looks well pissed off and moody…others laughing and happy….not sure whats going to happen tbh.

  • 21 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:38 AM


    Of course he would prefer them to stay, but he wont hold on to them if they are not going to be commited. Gini might decide to put a shift in, rafa may be able to persuade him, but Sissoko just absolutely does not want to be here. He has openly said as much more than once. Rafa wont be begging him thats for sure.

  • 22 Jib // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Swedish even

  • 23 Ron Knee // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:40 AM


    I read that report too! (Sh*t. Short-term memory problem!!!)

  • 24 SPRINGY // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    understandable mate…theres that many stories flying around your bound to forget at least one or ten!lol

  • 25 martoon // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Maybe we are getting Gini superfit before selling him, a bit like fattening up a turkey before Christmas 😀

  • 26 Hail Wor Ashley // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Hope there’s no convincing of a player to stay. It’s not possible no matter how much they say they have done a u-turn for them to ever regain full favour and form. Like Colo, it only leads to rot and a dressing room not all pulling in the same direction. Get rid of anybody that isn’t 100% committed to NUFC – simple.

    If the rumoured £25m fee Everton are prepared to pay for Gini is true, snap their hand off.

    I said £45m would be good for Gini and Sissoko, if Gini goes for £25m that can be upped to a minimum of £50m – ridiculous cash for 2 part-timers. Count ourselves lucky.

  • 27 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    “Of course he would prefer them to stay”, I tend to agree, others on here don’t seem to think it relevant.

  • 28 Mister Tuff // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Sissoko wants away – he has made his position clear – get him flogged.
    (jib Jibberish – that does not mean hitting him -to flog – but to sell him).

    If anybody had really studied Sissokos footballing career they would probably conclude that he is not a skilfull footballer and his consistancy is being inconsistant.

    Getting nearly as boring as the Armstrong for centre forward this season debate.

  • 29 giimps // Jul 14, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Speaking of Armstrong, where is Bobby?

  • 30 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    It really isn’t boring. He’s our best player, it speaks to the integrity of the ownership past and present, and the position and strength of the manager, and our prospects for this most important season and beyond.

    To be frank, the question of whether Rafa wants to keep Sissoko, Widjnaldum and Janmaat, and if so, can keep them, is the most significant issue at the moment by some margin.

  • 31 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 14, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Improving basic fitness is a good start, that’s for sure. I reckon we were habitually the most unfit team in the Premiership. At least it seemed that way. Maybe it was as much about our players not really putting in the effort. In any event, every other team always seemed to have more run in their legs than us.

  • 32 SPRINGY // Jul 14, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    we’ve read rafa wants to keep both gini and sissoko,not heard him say that about janmaat like but al he can do is try to convince them to stay…sissoko…said all last season he wanted to play for a champ league side..which when u are part of a relegation threatened side was either stupid or ill advised,he does not want to play for this club and since relegation has repeatedly said he wants a move,gini may be swayed as he was more focused on playing then talking up a move…anything other then sissoko leaving would be a surprise, so may as well get rid soon as so it does’nt effect our season to much as we’ll need to replace him.

  • 33 SPRINGY // Jul 14, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    might explain the amount of injuries we’ve had over the years as well,not at there fittest.

  • 34 Jib // Jul 14, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Janmaat’s agent in an interview on Dutch Foxsports

    “We HAVE talked to Watford as have NUFC but nothing concrete and Darryl is quite happy to stay as he believes Newcastle will immediately return to the PL”

  • 35 Hail Wor Ashley // Jul 14, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Very glad to hear Shelvey has lost weight.

    End of last season I said it was precisely what he needed to do if he was ever going to fulfil his potential. Was obvious he’d gotten used to relying solely on his ability and matches where just whizzing around him when we lost control. Cannot be an A-grade technician whilst being an F-grade athlete in today’s game, might have worked 20 years ago, but not these days. Look at Huddlestone, very much like Shelvey, fortunately Shelvey has time on his side whereas Huddlesone never got his head down and thus his career has never made it above mediocre.

    Shelvey will dominate most games in the Championship if he maintains his fitness and keeps the mentality of continual improvement. With Rafa in his corner he’s got every chance of fulfilling his potential.

  • 36 SPRINGY // Jul 14, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    thats interesting statement,has janmaat made a statement that he wanted to leave or was it a general assumption or wish of the fan base?…,could just be coz the deal fell thru like!lol

  • 37 SPRINGY // Jul 14, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    i wonder how many newcastle players will get england call ups in the next few years if allerdyce in charge?lol

  • 38 Phatoon // Jul 14, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    I’d like Janmaat to stay, however I’d rather see him pushed a bit further forward. He lacks a bit of “eagerness” to get back when he pushes on. He may be better as a winger or wing-back than right-back

  • 39 martoon // Jul 14, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Jib @34 – Google translate interprets it differently:-
    “There has been talk between Watford and Newcastle United, but at present it does not appear that this’m also going to be. Newcastle will be key players, including some Daryl, do not let go just like that. The club wants as soon as possible back to the Premier League and does not need the money, “says Jansen.

  • 40 Jib // Jul 14, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Koeman has spoken with GW and the club.

    NUFC are asking for £25 million.

  • 41 SPRINGY // Jul 14, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    i may be wrong but when we signed him i thought he was originally a wing back?….like i say its just something that comes to mind when janmaats play is mentioned….so may be wrong.

  • 42 Jib // Jul 14, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    That’s why I put the links up so folk can work their own spin out.
    His agent was asked if the story in the Mirror about Watford was true. He’s Dutch so he gave a n honest answer !
    Quite rare I know.

  • 43 SPRINGY // Jul 14, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    thats what thru me jib…..honesty in football!lol

  • 44 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 14, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Hail – that’s a fair comparison, Shelvey and Huddlestone. I’ve seen us on the wrong end of matches where they dominated in that deep-lying playmaker role. But they both seem to lack that ability to graft, as you suggest. Rafa obviously saw that in Shelvey pretty quickly.

  • 45 Son of Geordie // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Looking forward to a winning season.
    Division who cares. I qualify that straightaway.
    Yes I care, would prefer PL, but at least we get to play some different teams throughout the land.

  • 46 Son of Geordie // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    Sissoko out for a good price, 50mil, onyerbike
    Sick an tired of moussa disrespecting the club

  • 47 Son of Geordie // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Sad to see Townsend go.
    WTF to pardwho, and I predict Andros will regret the move when we beat crystal palace next season.

  • 48 ToonRich // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    On the kits…I personally dont like the style of them (the collar on the away/3rd are awful). Puma should have used their euro’16 kits as a standard template of style, or something like this years Borussia’s or last years Rangers!!
    If Real Madrid do want Sissoko, how about taking Martin Ødegaard off their hands, even if only for a season loan?
    I hope we secure Hanley, he’d add some much needed experience, strength and leadership at the back.
    Gini to Everton? Do they not have any good youngsters to nab?!

  • 49 Son of Geordie // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Slow on the blog

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