This Local Lad Is Excelling Under World-Class Rafa Benitez


20 year-old Jamie Sterry has looked very good for Newcastle at right-back in pre-season and he is attempting to be in the match-day squad for our first game of the Championship a week on Friday at Fulham.

There are only two pre-season friendlies left and the 20 year-old started the game at Lokeren last Saturday and he has appeared in every one of Newcastle’s three pre-season friendly games so far this summer.

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Jamie Sterry in action against Spurs in May

The local lad has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and he is pleased with his progress and he also hails Rafa as a world-class manager:

“Hopefully this season we can bounce back up.” “We are aiming for a good start to the season. This summer feels good with Rafa Benitez in charge.”

“He is one of the best managers in the world, everybody knows that.”

“I had been training really well and showed him that I am good enough.”  “Thankfully he realized that I can play, it was a great feeling to know I could be part of it.”

“It’s always in your head about making your debut for the first team and thankfully I got that against Tottenham on the last day of last season, now I am looking forward to the new season.”

Jamie certainly comes across as being upbeat there and not short on confidence in himself, which is good to see in youngsters.

As soon as Benitez arrived at Newcastle he seemed to pick out Sterry as one for the future, but then Rafa reduced the overcrowding at the Benton training grounds by moving the U-21 squad back to train on their own pitches and away from the first team squad.

But it was interesting that he kept Jamie training  with the first team squad and he was on the bench a few times before making his Premier League debut against Spurs in the final game of the season after 84 minutes.

We need youngsters like Jamie Sterry coming through the ranks for Newcastle to be a successful club again and it’s now going to be interesting to see if he can get a starting place at Fulham and win out over both Daryl Janmaat and new arrival Jesus Gamez for that right-back position.

That would be something.

Jamie Sterry is strong in the tackle and gets forward as much as he possibly can – and one of the interesting things about the Newcastle-born youngster is that he is eligible to play for Italy as well as for England, since his grandfather is Italian.

It’s really good to see Jamie doing so well in pre-season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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98 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Jul 25, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed,
    Everyone is kissing his axx and hailing him as the emperor in hopes of a place in the starting 11. Don’t want to be cynical but that’s what you get as a new manager.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 25, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #2

    BTW have no idea about this guy or even if he can kick a ball. Which would be an improvement on some of last year’s tossers.

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  • BandB

    Jul 25, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #3

    I managed to get Lallana and Henderson on Championship Manager, so who knows?
    Dare we dream?

    And I’ve still got five weeks holiday left.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 25, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #4

    By 20 years old, real talents make their mark, stake their place in a starting 11. So, it’s now or never son.
    Same holds for you too Arma. And the rest of you 20+s. If you can’t make it in a championship team, sayonara.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 25, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #5

    BTW Rafa, I realize this is sacrilege, but you get your ten games like everyone else. So, get me some wins.

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  • G

    Jul 25, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Cyprus mate, we have a motivator, ws have a man who is being allowed Carte Blanche in the squad, incoming and outgoing, for the first time in a very long time. We have our best shot at a fast return possible, and fair enough to you, there are never any guaruntees, there is I feel good enough reason to be positive. Cheer up mate.

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  • Jib

    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #7

    This is what is going to happen

    Sissoko is a gone goose – Real Madrid , Juventus , Arsenal really who gives a rat’s where he ends up !

    Shelvey looks back to his killer pass best .

    De Jong only has a tweaked hamstring ffs

    Thauvin is liked by our coaching team

    The six we bought look like auto starters.

    All of the above will chew up the Championship.

    When we are 10 points clear in January and jaws have dropped all over Europe at the phenomenal support for a 2nd tier side (well done Gallowgate flags) Rafa will have to beat off with a shitty stick players wanting to come to the Toon.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Still having problems with this block of cheese. When does my back stop hurting then?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Cyprus you’re more confident than you’re letting on aren’t you? I can tell you clever old dog……

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Are you a teacher then BandB? Enjoy those hols!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #11

    What’s the betting that Munster and Cyprus are the first to set up a Rafa out.com the first time we get beat.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Cyprus, Pardew got about 160 games, Mclaren about 30 and the half wit Carver around nineteen. Why should Rafa only have ten.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Jail is correct. Why should Rafa only have 10? If Johnny C. got 19 or so then Rafa should have an entire season! I’m not going to even consider less! Harrumph…

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #14

    G2…………. A bit unfair of you to question Cisse’s ball control. He did remarkably well considering he has a club foot.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #15

    cyprus and munster have rubbished rafa from day 1. very sad really.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #16

    And a tennis kneecap bettys. One of the best and one of the worst strikers we’ve ever had.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Once I saw Cisse try to trap a ball with his knee I knew his days were numbered with us…..

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #18

    G2/betty
    Hes also got a head like a fifty pence piece!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #19

    The most excellent season, she is coming our way. Prepare yourselves people…..

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #20

    I am liking your thoughts on this Shirebrook mate. He was quite a character but why did his skills disappear so often?

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Cyprus…….. Are you Ruddy in disguise?

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  • Jib

    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #22

    This is what is going to happen

    Sissoko is a gone goose – Real Madrid , Juventus , Arsenal really who gives a rat’s where he ends up !

    Shelvey looks back to his killer pass best .

    De Jong only has a tweaked hamstring ffs

    Thauvin is liked by our coaching team

    The six we bought look like auto starters.

    Then we have
    Lascelles
    Colback
    Anita
    M’Bemba
    Mitrovic
    Dummett
    Perez
    Janmaat
    Saivet
    Aarons
    Gouffran
    Haidara
    Tiote
    Toney
    Armstrong
    Sterry
    M’Babu
    Roberts
    Satka
    Riviere

    All of the above will chew up the Championship.

    When we are 10 points clear in January and jaws have dropped all over Europe at the phenomenal support for a 2nd tier side (well done Gallowgate flags) Rafa will have to beat off with a shitty stick players wanting to come to the Toon.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #23

    His skills disappeared at the beginning of his first full season at the toon G2 mate. Very puzzling if you ask me

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  • Belfast

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #24

    I would tell Marseille to ferk off with their loan deal for Thauvin. Buy him now or do one. They’re always pleading poverty that club. They can only cover 50% of Gomis wages apparently, oh and it’s another loan deal.

    Bunch a chancers that lot.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #25

    But Marseilles will gladly pay you next Tuesday.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Think someone is filling their pockets because they’re always selling players.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Think a season in the Champ would do Thauvin the world of good. He could be a real threat for us

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #28

    Im just wondering if Benitez is slightly less average than Pardew? After all Pardew is average, not good, not bad, just…average. So is Benitez just a little bit less average? Under par for example?

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Shirebrook, you mean Fret, don’t you? 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #30

    Jib, hate to break it to you but most of those players are only known to nufc fans.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #31

    My apologies on the typo error. Fret was the word I was trying to type tsunki

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  • Belfast

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #32

    Hello Newcastle can we buy him over four years?

    No ferk off.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Think there’s a few names on that list jib has posted that will surprise us this season

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  • Yo-yo

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #34

    JIB

    Please do not make any predictions as to the success of the Toon next season as you were 100% wrong last season and are probably a total jinx.

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  • BandB

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #35

    In general, if you drop from open to handicap class, you’d expect to look good.
    Oh, how we used to laugh at the Mackems for their puny ambitions to tear the Championship a new one.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #36

    What about five years then?

    Fack off!

    Get a Wonga loan

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  • BandB

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #37

    I understand the urge up here to put a brave face on things.
    And we are no snobs.
    We’ll play football against anyone, us.
    But if we are not careful, these brave blandishments about how much more fun and how much nicer the beer is down here in remedial grade football could very easily be misinterpreted as a signal that us uncomplicated northern types have actually been hankering for a more muck and brass brand of football. Thankfully well away from those toffee-nosed Spurs and Arsenal types, and aspirational Mancs.

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  • Moonraker15

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Jib
    I believe confidence is the key and as you rightly say that squad should “walk” the Championship. We will have teams coming to SJP as if it were a cup tie, but most will collapse under the weight of support and the quality of our players who will actually be working for one of the best managers in the world and with a game plan! Those managers who came after SBR were in awe of the club and saw it as a good one for the cv. Rafa sees it as a project and won’t be happy until we are back as a top club but winning trophies. I hope Newcastle is his last club and he’s here for 10 years because that will mean we are successful. Rafa is the best thing to happen to Nufc since KK in ’92 and we are on the way up! HWTL!

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Jib, do you see Hanley starting ahead of either Lascelles or M’Bemba? Personally I’m not sure. I guess Rafa didn’t chase him to sit him on the bench. It will be interesting.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Can’t wait for the season to start, always get the results right during matches.

    Ha ha ha

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