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Player Issues Rallying Cry – Put Things Right At Newcastle

7:47 am, Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

The last two seasons have been an absolute nightmare for Newcastle fans and after only just escaping relegation a year last May we thought we’d be OK last season when last summer we paid out over £50M to bring some good players in and then spent close to £30M in January to further strengthen the squad.

But the appointment of Steve McClaren by Lee Charnley and the Board as the head coach was just a terrible appointment – a disastrous appointment – and the former England manager simply wasn’t good enough.

To cut a long and painful story short – we were relegated in May.

jonjo shelvey rafa benitez training

Jonjo Shelvey and Rafa Benitez in pre-season
Rafa is just amazing – he’s so positive and upbeat

The really sad part about it was that we had by no means the worst squad in the Premier League and Rafa proved after he came in and we took Spurs apart 5-1 in that final game when we looked like a top six side.

But Rafa was brought in too late and at least for now we are second class citizens in English football and have a big fight on our hands to return to the Premier League next May.

Having smaller clubs with much less history and achievement in the game than Newcastle United –  like Hull City, Burnley, Watford, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Swansea, Stoke and West Brom in the Premier League is not good.

And for a player to move from Bournemouth to Newcastle in some people’s eyes now being seen as a drop down for him is unbelievable.

Who would have thought four years ago that would ever happen?

It’s a tough 46 game schedule coming up in the Championship and Jonjo Shelvey has today issued a rallying cry to his team mates to repair the terrible damage that was done last season and in previous seasons at Newcastle.

This is what Jonjo has said:

“I don’t think you can feel sorry yourself, and this certainly doesn’t feel like a club that’s feeling sorry for itself because of what happened.”

“We obviously deserved to go down because we weren’t good enough last year. It is what it is, and we are where we are, but it’s down to us now to put things right.”

“We’ve brought in some tremendous signings, and it’s obviously another big plus with the manager staying.”

“He’ll be giving it his best shot to try to get us out of the Championship. It’s down to us now to repay the fans for sticking by us.”

“There’s nothing better than being back playing games, that’s what you want to do as a footballer.”

“You want to play as many games as you can in the short space of time before the season begins, because that’s the best way to get fit and sharp.” 

“It’s good to be back out there.”

We have to remain positive of course and once the season gets underway we can start getting those wins on the board and hopefully start to prove we are on our way back to being a top Premier League club again.

We have every confidence in Rafa Benitez who seems just an amazing man – so confident and upbeat and staying at Newcastle in the second division showed his loyalty to the club, but especially to the fans.

We support Rafa in everything he’s doing at Newcastle.

If anybody can return the club to greatness again it’s Rafa Benitez.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Jonjo Shelvey · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Pre-season · Premier League

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    Good words, be nice if the squad can back those good words with good performances. Roll on the Fulham game.

  • 2 Slank // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:56 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.

  • 3 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    The PR machine in full swing with players all coming out and saying the right stuff.

    Mitrovic also gave an interview today.

    Aleksandar Mitrovic on why he could not walk away from amazing Newcastle fans

  • 4 Slank // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:58 AM


    As a post script.

    Chris Hughton was probably the least most experienced managers we have ever had in recent memory but he got us promoted.

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    You’re honestly not pointing out Souness’s trophies won in Scotland as a comparison?

  • 6 G // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    @4, and he gave Zurab K 7 matches to give the other teams a chance.

  • 7 Jib // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Jail meant NUFC manager with the best cv and you knew it
    Footy blogs the last refuge of boring nitpicking pedants

  • 8 Slank // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Jib @ 7

    Somebody has to do it.

    Must keep up the standards !

  • 9 jimmysmith // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Failed to keep us up! Dear me.

    The club was a basket case when he joined, he had ten games, and very nearly did it. Surely a manager of his stature deserves till Christmas. But he’ll need far less time to prove himself you’d imagine, if the last six games of last season, and his record is anything to go by.

  • 10 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    He won competitions, which is what you stated. I’m not making the comparison between the two. I hadn’t really planned on getting into a discussion on how I think Rafa is awful (as I don’t think that), all I was saying is that there isn’t a reason for criticising people who are taking a more pragmatic stance on judging Rafa than those who think he can do no wrong.

    I seem to remember Munster’s criticism of the Leicester game being that Rafa played Sissoko on the left. A fair criticism I think.

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