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This Local Lad Is Excelling Under World-Class Rafa Benitez

8:21 pm, Monday, July 25th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 98 Comments

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.

Tags: Coaching · Friendlies · Jamie Sterry · Newcastle News · Newcastle Youth

98 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Jul 25, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    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.

  • 2 cyprus // Jul 25, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    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.

  • 3 BandB // Jul 25, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    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.

  • 4 cyprus // Jul 25, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    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.

  • 5 cyprus // Jul 25, 2016 at 8:38 PM

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

  • 6 G // Jul 25, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    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.

  • 7 Jib // Jul 25, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    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.

  • 8 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 9:08 PM

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

  • 9 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 9:09 PM

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

  • 10 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Are you a teacher then BandB? Enjoy those hols!

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Jul 25, 2016 at 9:18 PM

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

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Jul 25, 2016 at 9:21 PM

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

  • 13 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    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…

  • 14 bettyswallocks // Jul 25, 2016 at 9:30 PM

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

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Jul 25, 2016 at 9:31 PM

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

  • 16 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 9:36 PM

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

  • 17 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 9:39 PM

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

  • 18 ShirebrookToon // Jul 25, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Hes also got a head like a fifty pence piece!

  • 19 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 9:46 PM

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

  • 20 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 9:50 PM

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

  • 21 bettyswallocks // Jul 25, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Cyprus…….. Are you Ruddy in disguise?

  • 22 Jib // Jul 25, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    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

    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.

  • 23 ShirebrookToon // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:00 PM

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

  • 24 Belfast // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    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.

  • 25 Tsunki // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    But Marseilles will gladly pay you next Tuesday.

  • 26 Belfast // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:06 PM

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

  • 27 ShirebrookToon // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:07 PM

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

  • 28 Tsunki // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    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?

  • 29 Tsunki // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:08 PM

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

  • 30 Tsunki // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:09 PM

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

  • 31 ShirebrookToon // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:10 PM

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

  • 32 Belfast // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Hello Newcastle can we buy him over four years?

    No ferk off.

  • 33 ShirebrookToon // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:12 PM

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

  • 34 Yo-yo // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:13 PM


    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.

  • 35 BandB // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    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.

  • 36 ShirebrookToon // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    What about five years then?

    Fack off!

    Get a Wonga loan

  • 37 BandB // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    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.

  • 38 Moonraker15 // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    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!

  • 39 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    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.

  • 40 welshgeordie9 // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:44 PM

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

    Ha ha ha

  • 41 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    BandB@37. And if that comes to pass, I’d say “so what”. Is it any skin off our nose? We’ll have a bit of fun, get promoted, and then back into the life at the pointy end.

  • 42 bettyswallocks // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    BandB………. I think some of us quite like the idea of being a big fish in a smaller pool and winning some games for a change. Only for one season though until Rafa sorts things out and gets the team ready to bounce straight back up and challenge for a CL spot.

  • 43 BandB // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    From the very minute the “We’ll never get relegated, us like. Take it from me!” pronouncements croaked, the “relegation is the best thing that could have happened to us” schtick was being pedalled by the same people.

    It’s like a hokey old quack doctor, who, when his “Miracle Tonic” starts giving folks the shits, starts selling it as “Miracle Physic.”

    “But every night all the men around, and lay their money down.”

  • 44 jimmysmith // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    It’ll be fun as long as we get straight back. I’d bite your hand off, as they say, for sneaking sixth, and a lucky run in the play offs to get the job done, if offered right here and now.

  • 45 BandB // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Yer hands just aren’t safe round here!
    What with all the snatching, and taking and biting….if…….
    But everyone still has two 🙂
    Apart from Blackley, obviously, after his freak lawn-mowing accident.

  • 46 BandB // Jul 25, 2016 at 10:59 PM


    Can you remember settling for mid-table mediocrity?
    Some of you older people might remember that.
    It’s from 18 months ago.

  • 47 BandB // Jul 25, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    You come back for a neb just because Jail For Ashley has a campaign for you, and when you do, he ignores you just like always.
    What a bloke!

  • 48 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 25, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    BandB- so, are you saying we should just take our place in the Championship humbly, quietly, almost apologetically? “Don’t mind us, we won’t bother anybody”.

  • 49 bettyswallocks // Jul 25, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    BandB……….. The Rafa factor changes so many things on so many levels. The man oozes confidence and positivity which we have been starved of for so so long and we actually have some hope and belief for the future.
    I think 95 per cent are acceptant of a season down below as long as we retained Rafa.

  • 50 JamesToon // Jul 25, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Hope we can go and get a flair type attacking midfielder almost “mecurial/hollywood” player like HBA/Payet from La Liga to replace Gini, maybe Marco Asensio on loan from Real? Oliver or Angel Correa on loan from Atletico? A bit unrealistic but maybe with Rafa’s contacts we could potentially get some player who’d want to play for us at this level, who can change a game on their own. Then get a winger and left back.

    Its absolutely vital we get off to a winning start at Fulham, no draw or loss where we were unlucky or play absolute crap, we need to win, in whatever way possible.

  • 51 JamesToon // Jul 25, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Would like to think we are going to win this league convincingly, hope theres no complacency, hope we see some real togetherness and fighting team spirit to get us a through a long hard season.

  • 52 JamesToon // Jul 25, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    We need one of our strikers to really take the bull by the horns and bang the goals in as well, hopefully all of mitro/gayle/perez will fire us up

  • 53 BandB // Jul 25, 2016 at 11:28 PM


    Was getting relegated the devil’s deal we had to strike to keep Rafa?
    We traded off being relegated for Rafa?
    Rafa signed because we were relegated?
    No relegation. No Rafa?

    I’m confused.

    I agree with this thought, but. If he fails to get us up first go and into the top eight on his first season back, he will have failed by his own lights, and will be a busted flush as an A-list manager..

  • 54 expatmag // Jul 25, 2016 at 11:29 PM


    Been waay for a whike. Whats has happened to old Blackers then?

  • 55 BandB // Jul 25, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    No Pain, No Spain?

  • 56 BandB // Jul 25, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Sorry expat.

    I’d be breaking a fundamental law of time and space to discuss it.
    He came out of that hopper in three bins bags. Only identifiable by his yellow trousers, apparently. Nasty business.
    How are things in the bleak midwinter?

  • 57 nufc786 // Jul 25, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Hopefully if Thauvin stays, he can be moved in to the middle and rise to the fore this season and kick on from there.. he definitely has the talent to be our flair player

  • 58 jimmysmith // Jul 25, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Yes, the Benitez factor. I’d back the current group, even without Sissoko, not just to win it, but to stay up once back even without addition.

    I’m sure that theory won’t be put to the test, even if Mike Ashley might fancy giving it a shot in private moments, while dreaming wistfully back to a time he could get away with it.

  • 59 expatmag // Jul 25, 2016 at 11:44 PM



    Pretty dsmn freezing down here….
    Cold wet and windy….top of 12 degrees and the heater is on full…….lol

    I was thinking about venturing up to the MCG tonight to watch Spurs play Juventus reserves and then i thought……….nahhhhhh

  • 60 bettyswallocks // Jul 25, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    BandB…….. It’s not confusing. We were going down for sure with the grinning buffoon , Rafa was installed just a bit too late to save us from the drop. A season in the Championship under McC would probably have lead to several more.

  • 61 BandB // Jul 25, 2016 at 11:53 PM

    Heater on expat?
    That bleak, huh?
    I don’t think Spurs are big enough for the MSG.
    Footsteps of giants…..

    Blackley has left a legacy.
    I have a badly torn pair of purple and yellow trousers (Loons, would you believe?)
    They also have an unused 2016-17 Huddersfield Town season ticket in the back pocket, and the fly pocket contains a signed photo of Jackie Pallo battling Les Kellett at Batley Town Hall in 1967 (badly shredded.)
    Offers welcome.
    All proceeds to the Injured Jockeys’ Fund.

  • 62 expatmag // Jul 26, 2016 at 12:12 AM


    GEEZ….you admitting to spending time in those 2 notable northern towns of Batley and Huddrsfield?

    That would make a night out in Raqqa sound like a gentle stroll in the countryside……lol

    Sitting here at 9 in the morning, the missus has gone to work. The kid is away on a 4 day school trip and it is persisting down outside……great way to celebrate my 62nd birthday…….lol

  • 63 lesh // Jul 26, 2016 at 12:26 AM

    Sterry’s good going forward in the right channel and if he could be trained to play on the left too, he’d be able to play both channels, Stereo?

  • 64 lesh // Jul 26, 2016 at 12:31 AM


    Our lads aren’t the only ones singing their gaffer’s praises. Rooney was waxing lyrical about Allardyce.

  • 65 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 26, 2016 at 12:31 AM

    Make yourself a coffee and put a slug of scotch in it expat. I’m just about to go out pruning, and that’s got me up and going. Feels like it’s going to snow up in the valley today.

  • 66 lesh // Jul 26, 2016 at 12:35 AM


    Where’d you hear we’re in for Carte Blanche?

  • 67 lesh // Jul 26, 2016 at 12:40 AM


    I like your optimism; it’s refreshing. Have another brandy and life’ll seem even rosier.

  • 68 lesh // Jul 26, 2016 at 12:45 AM


    Somebody filling their pockets on the back of Marseilles eh? I wonder how much input Mondial’s had into various deals?

  • 69 lesh // Jul 26, 2016 at 12:53 AM


    If this is your first week of five weeks holiday, you seem a tad angry tonight.

    If you’re missing school (teaching that is) already, do we need to wear hard hats when reading the blog?

  • 70 expatmag // Jul 26, 2016 at 2:38 AM


    I can imagine a snowbound Fergusons Winery mate……lol

    Cold enough to snow here on the Peninsula too. No beach to see here in Dromana

  • 71 cyprus // Jul 26, 2016 at 5:28 AM

    Sorry to have upset the blog 🙂

    Gave the wrong impression, of course I’m optimistic. Not sure we’ll walk it though, as others are confident we’ll do.

  • 72 Ron Knee // Jul 26, 2016 at 5:48 AM


    How about ‘cautiously optimistic’? Beware of hubris, and all that!

  • 73 Average_Contents // Jul 26, 2016 at 6:29 AM

    Ron knee

    Cautiously optimistic is about right for me.

    Don’t think it’ll be easy but I reckon we’ll do it. Hopefully anyway.

  • 74 Ron Knee // Jul 26, 2016 at 6:33 AM


    Of the three friendlies played so far, I think the Doncaster match came closest to reality in the Championship.

  • 75 G // Jul 26, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    @73, I can see every team we play upping thier game against us this season, because of the team, the crowd, and the manager, after all, we will be a big scalp for the Burton Albions of this world. I expect both manager and team to be ready for this effect, and to play the majority of teams off the park. I don’t think this will be easy by any stretch, but if we did so under Houghton with Zurab K in the squad, then I have a passing fancy under Rafa with Mbemba in the squad that we may just pull it off.

  • 76 Average_Contents // Jul 26, 2016 at 6:42 AM


    Agreed. That’s why I think rafa is building what he believes to be a competitive squad for this league. Hard grafters with fizzy pop experience and a lot of heart.

    Getting rid of players who don’t want to be here was/is step one of the process to achieving this imo.

  • 77 Ron Knee // Jul 26, 2016 at 6:47 AM


    I think he’s made some shrewd buys so far. It’ll be interesting to see who else he brings in.

  • 78 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 26, 2016 at 6:51 AM

    I guess Cyprus and Munster are just judging Rafa on what he does and has done here. We can wax lyrical al we want, but the simple facts are that had we beaten Sunderland we would have stayed up, and Rafa couldn’t motivate them, or get them to do it. He also couldn’t manage to beat Villa or Norwich. Essentially, he failed last season so why shouldn’t people pull him up on it?

  • 79 Average_Contents // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:05 AM


    We perhaps should of won those games but look at what he came into, a complete and utter shambles with players who just couldn’t be arsed and had accepted relegation already imo.

    The scum game I thought was OK considering we’d lost the last 6 and not scored for ages against them. He stopped that rot anyway.

  • 80 hibbitt // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    its not going to be as easy as many on here think teams are not going to roll over for us they are going to want our scalp we will be a trophy for a lot of them a cup final in front of 50000 thousand fans the highlight of the season

    can we do it i think we can but it wont be easy
    as Ron says cautiously optimistic fits my feelings

  • 81 Ron Knee // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:10 AM


    He failed to avoid relegation, but look at what he inherited – a team in which very few were prepared to pull their weight and a club without ambition or direction. Things are different now (I hope).

  • 82 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    We scraped a draw. I’m not saying Rafa isn’t a good appointment, but there is no reason to give him a free pass on it without any questions being asked.

  • 83 Ron Knee // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:13 AM


    Let’s hope we get a couple more signings before the window closes.

  • 84 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    Ron Knee,
    So he failed to motivate the players? Yet we have been hailing him as a great motivator to inspire some of the players? He inherited a better squad than our relegation rivals had.

    Like I said, pleased we have him, but no reason to vilify Cyprus and Munster for having a greater degree of realism to their opinions, rather than just waxing lyrical about Benitez.

  • 85 Slank // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    Lil @ 78

    I quite agree.

    Rafa is an experienced manager but that does mean his experience will get us promoted.

    There is no correlation between the two.

    If there was Hull would never have been promoted to the Premier League as almost all people on this blog think Steve Bruce useless !

  • 86 Ron Knee // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:22 AM


    Playing devil’s advocate this morning?

    ‘A better squad’ – in what sense?

  • 87 Tsunki // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    We managed last time in the championship despite every team we played at home going for it like a cup final. But last time it was a team effort where the want aways were shown the door by their peers. This time we still few of the characters whose head would drop the minute we conceded a goal. I fear we may still have one or two of them lurking come the first half of the season. That’s why I kind of expect a rocky start and not the barnstorming assault many expect. I remember team sheet from last season, glowing predictions and race reviews of the quality of the squad. Let’s just see, shall we? Just remember, this ship has many holes, it may be seaworthy now but there might be work in it yet to make it a racing vessel.

  • 88 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:30 AM

    Maybe playing devils advocate, but also I don’t think managers should get a free pass based on their historical performance. It is about here and now, and Rafa didn’t keep us up, so there is no reason not to question him for what he has done here, and that is all Munster and Cyprus have done.

    A better squad in just about every sense. How many players from each of the rest the bottom 5 would we swap for players in our squad? Maybe 1 or 2 from each, if that?

  • 89 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    We are wrongly classed as a bunch of deluded fans when all we’ve really expected was a league cup. When fans start nit picking against the most successful manager in our 134 year history then they might have a point. A certain core of players seemed hell bent on taking us down as a way out and there was a losing mentality built over four long years. Munsters latest snipe was to pour scorn on Rafas assessment of Hanley and Cyprus’s to say Rafa is only worth ten games despite the dross served up by Pardew for a hundred and sixty odd.

  • 90 Mag52 // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Regarding Hughton, he will be one of the toughest obstacles facing us in the season ahead. He’s narrowly missed out on promotion in the last two seasons and is, I’d suggest, more aware of what’s required to compete in the championship than we are.
    Derby will be there or thereabouts as will Sheffield Utd., and possibly Norwich, while there’s usually a surprise team up there competing for top six.
    It most certainly will not be the procession it was for us the last time we were in the championship.

  • 91 Slank // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    Jail @ 89

    ‘…the most successful manager in our 134 year history..’

    Who is or was that ?

  • 92 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:43 AM

    No other manager in our employees has won more trophies than Rafa.

  • 93 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:45 AM


  • 94 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Does Pardew’s tenure have any influence over the success or failure of Rafa? Not sure it is relevant. It isn’t nitpicking to say he failed to sufficiently improve us enough to keep us up. We had all the teams around us to play. Beating them keeps us up.

    If Rafa failed to win half of our opening 10 games should we just ignore it? Cyprus is offering nothing more than a realistic viewpoint on how to judge him. Does having historical success elsewhere mean that he can struggle here without repercussion?

  • 95 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    In our employ!

  • 96 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    He has one more trophy than Souness. Does that make Souness the second best manager in our 134 year history?

  • 97 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    He has just started here, what he has achieved so far in lifting the place, gaining concessions to move us forward and getting people back to believing in the club is immeasurable. I don’t believe any manager could have kept us up with ten games to so deep was the malaise within the club. I’m pointing out Pardew being shite as Munster regularly defended his corner after four years of dross yet has been on Rafas case from game two. Can’t remember his criticism tactics over the Leicester game.
    Of course past success buys you leeway, when you’ve had success everywhere you’ve been your very likely to repeat it.

  • 98 Slank // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Jail @ 92

    It must be the way you wrote it originally as Rafa is probably one of the least most successful managers whilst being employed by Newcastle United if you base his record purely on his achievements or not whilst being manager of Newcastle United. No trophies. One relegation.

    Very pedantic I know but let us not get ahead of ourselves. Yes he is an experienced manager and while that should in itself logically give him a better chance than many other managers in the same league it doesn’t guarantee that he will get us promoted.

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