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Newcastle Defender – Rafa Is A Massive Positive For Newcastle

3:37 pm, Friday, July 15th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Local lad Paul Dummett has been interviewed today in the Chronicle and he has talked about the influence the new manager Rafa Benitez is having on Tyneside and how he’s just a massive positive for Newcastle United.

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Paul Dummett manhandling Rolando Aarons in Ireland

This is some of what Paul has said today about Rafa:

“When the manager came in we improved a lot and the fans saw that.”

“The way the fans backed us when the manager came in and the way they sang for him on the last day of the season was amazing.”

“A lot of teams’ fans wouldn’t be like that just days after relegation.” “I think they wanted to show how much they wanted the manager to stay.”

“The club did everything they could to make that happen.” “That is a massive positive and a big boost.”

“I have read in the papers about the season ticket sales have been higher than this time last year.”

“That just shows that people want the manager to stay and it’s a massive boost to players and fans.”

“The manager has already done a lot of things, including in the community to make it the fans’ club again.”

Rafa has clarified today how he is working hand in hand with Lee Charnley on transfers and that Lee is in charge of handling the mechanics of the transfers into the club.

But Rafa is in contact with the Managing Director every day as Newcastle try to get more good players into the club – like Blackburn’s Grant Hanley as one example.

Comments welcome.

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Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Other News · Paul Dummett · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours




11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bobbybee // Jul 15, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Go easy on him paul, you know how fragile he is! 😉 I hope Aarons can stay fit this season as it could be the making of the lad. The more games he can string together the better he’ll get. I think most our players are good enough for the PL, but for too many it came too early. The whole side will be better for a season below imo, in order to build confidence and technique ready for next season. They’ll have to work hard at it though, because it won’t be a cakewalk – although we should win it.

  • 2 lesh // Jul 15, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Rafa needs to be sitting over Charnley to make sure he is actually trying his best to bring players in.

    Charnley won’t want to part with the money after he’s spent hours polishing the coins, putting them into neat piles, counting the piles, bagging them then putting them into his little piggy-bank before he counts them again next day.

    In the meantime, there’s teabags to be dried and reused.

    He’s a busy little bunny so less of the sarcasm that’s directed at Ashley’s little soldier.

  • 3 Mister Tuff // Jul 15, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Bobby Bee or should I now say Blobby Bee – having a poke and calling me Tuffty – and you call me childish. Look in the mirror.

    Why are my comments about Armstrong a poke at you – plenty other folk do not think he’ll be starting this season not just me. Is comment about Armstrong off limits because you want/think he will be the no 9 this season and you do not want to hear other opinions.

    No bother on here whilst you were missing and you return to goad.
    Give it a rest man. You say you can but straight back with a dig.

  • 4 sing in the corner // Jul 15, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    The mood is upbeat. Appointing a proven world class manager who the players and fans trust does wonders for everyone’s morale and confidence.
    You wouldn’t have thought we just had a disastrous season and relegation a few weeks ago. Rafa’s goal seems to be getting them fitter than our squad has been for years while bonding the group tightly together. On top of that making signings early and cutting back the deadwood. I feel like it’s all coming together, just need to get rid of the wants ways if the price is right, cover the remaining gaps and we’re off…

  • 5 sing in the corner // Jul 15, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    *wantaways

  • 6 GeordieTwo // Jul 15, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Boom, boom, boom boom boom!
    Boom boom boom boom!
    Rafa!!!

  • 7 GeordieTwo // Jul 15, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    De Jong is a real mystery to me. How could he have come to us so out of shape? And then all the injuries. The fire seems to be gone. Possible a season in the Championship will get him going again. He’s still only 27 and has 4 years left on his contract.

  • 8 G // Jul 15, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Hamstring injuries are part of the game, I don’t feel this new injury is in any way related to his (SDJs) run with us, its just down to bad luck. Give him a chance, the guys a game-changer.

  • 9 Ron Knee // Jul 15, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    It will be interesting to see if Janmaat, Wijnaldum and Thauvin play tomorrow.

  • 10 Wayayman // Jul 15, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Got to feel for DeJong. Seems like a genuine & intelligent bloke but by god is he the unluckiest player we’ve ever had? Such a shame as I think he’d be superb for us if he could string more than one game together!

  • 11 Wayayman // Jul 15, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Also, just a thought about Arma and his ‘injury’ thaty prevented him from playing at the U19 Euros for England that are on right now. He looks pretty lively in the pictures from Ireland that the club put out each day. I know he went back to Newcastle to meet Rafa when he was appointed, could he be doing the smart thing and staying with the first team to try to prove his worth to the big man instead of going away on on England youth tournament? Good on him if that’s the case.




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