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Rafa Still Wants Four Or Five Players Brought In This Summer

5:09 pm, Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 75 Comments

Southend United manager Phil Brown has kind of spilled the beans a little bit when he was interviewed in the Journal today and said that Rafa Benitez told him he still wants four or five players brought in this summer.

That probably means Rafa still sees a number of players leaving Newcastle before September rolls around.

And Rafa wants to get promoted and also with the Championship, although that doesn’t come as a any big surprise.

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Phil Brown – Rafa wanted to talk about football

This is what Phil told the Journal today:

“I’ve just spoken with Rafa – he came into the dressing room not for a beer,  just for a chat.”

“He’s just said to me that he still wants to bring four or five players in and yet you look at the squad there and he can boast what 22 to 24 players in the squad here – and every one of them can play in the Championship.”

“But he wants better, he wants to get promoted, he wants to finish first, which is every Newcastle fan’s dream to finish as Champions of the league.”

“But it’s not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination. Everybody’s going to go to St James’ Park and it’s their cup final.”

“Everybody’s said that, and they’ve got to be mentally prepared for that.”

“Now listen, I’m a North-East man; I’m a Sunderland fan but I’m a North-East man so it’d be great to see Newcastle get promoted and see Sunderland and Middlesbrough stay up there.”

“We need to get the North East back on the map as a hotbed of football so it’s great to have three teams up there and challenging to be in the Premier League.”

“It’s a big year for Newcastle though, there’s no doubt about it.”

“There’s a lot of players at the club who are probably Premier League players, there’s no doubt about it, but it doesn’t matter; you’re in the Championship and your mentality has to be absolutely spot on.”

“I don’t need to tell Rafa that, I don’t need to tell Newcastle fans that – but sometimes the players need to hear that.”

We wouldn’t be too surprised if Thauvin, Sissoko, Tiote, Krul and maybe Janmaat all leave the club before September rolls around.

Phil is right that it would be very good for the region to have all three northeast clubs in the Premier League next May.

And yes – it’s all looking good for Newcastle right now, but after what has happened over the last two seasons we  take absolutely nothing for granted – with the emphasis on nothing.

Last year at about this time, after spending big money in the transfer market, there was one thing we were certain of – we wouldn’t be fighting relegation.

🙁

We will be very happy if we can get a win at Fulham a week on Friday and then we can take it from there.

🙂

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours




75 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonRich // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Jib // Jul 27, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    ToonRich // Jul 27, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Just read (source; Daily mail)…Barca considering Perez as backup to their strike trio :/

    That’s like 6 weeks old !

    What search engine are you using !

    Jib, think you must be sleeping today mate…
    http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/Sport/Football/Championship/Newcastle+United

    Been reporting this for past 8hrs (today)!!!

  • 2 JamesToon // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Quite exciting that Rafa still wants 4 or 5 players bouhgt in, interested to see who we get.

    1 left back, 1 defensive mid, 1 attacking mid, 1 winger and 1 striker.

    He wants the best squad, with a good hungry mentality, a balance of young, experienced, hungry, flair, hard working players.

  • 3 Essex Geordie Bill // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    I’ll keep re-posting this until the merry go round stops for the benefit of of late joiners to the blog who might be interested in a viewpoint of last nights game.

    Just want to ramble on a bit about last nights game at Southend.

    I was in the opposite end to the Toon supporters behind the goal and had a great view of the game.
    I was sat beside my mate who is a big bloke and a SUFC supporter who was even bigger so felt like a filling in a sandwich. The stadium is old and in my mates words really grim with very little leg room between the seats, but wasn’t too bad overall.

    I thought it was a good hard fought game and SUFC were a typical lower league team with good organisation and plenty of fight,. so didn’t make it easy for us which will probably be similar to many of our games this season.

    They had one player called A Trialist who seemed to be on and off the pitch for most of the game and I recko they must have used every player on their books during the game.

    The MOM award went to one of their players who must have been selected by his dad.
    The real MOM was Jonjo who covered every blade of grass in the game and was in no way like some the descriptions I’ve seen of him in this blog, he was positive, hard working and his passing and ball control was first class, very few uber passes attempted. Had this been a home game he would have been applauded off the pitch, I predict that if he continues in the same vein he will be a Tyneside hero this season and be playing for England.

    Lascelles ran him close and as my mate observed SUFC won next to nowt in the air, the whole back line were good and solid its going to be hard for teams to score against us with high long hopeful balls, our big weakness in the past.

    Dummet was good and both of the goals were well taken, Goufron on this showing could be the surprise of the season.

    Gayle for me was very disappointing and didn’t really show.

    Hanley looked like another good big-un.

    The game could have ended 3-1 or 4-1 one as Darlow pulled off a great save in the dying minutes and their goalie had a great game.

    I can’t see why Rafa was disappointed as SUFC defended doggedly and weren’t easy to break down all in all I think it was a good result.

    Oh and by the way the Toon supporters were great and in fine voice and could someone tell me what they were singing?
    Anyway that’s me done for a few more months.

    Back to work

  • 4 JamesToon // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    However priorities should be:

    Gini replacement
    Sissoko replacement
    Left back
    Tiote replacement
    Striker

  • 5 JamesToon // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Essex

    Good review, mate, by the way if your wondering what the rafa benitez song it was: rafaa benitez, rafa benitez, benitezzz, chancel mbemba, f*** off wijnaldun, shelvey and perez!

  • 6 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    I remember Rafa told me: “If you follow my instructions you will become a great player.”

    From Koulibaly who developed under Benitez at Napoli is now having Chelsea bid 38 million for his services !!

  • 7 lesh // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Essex

    Good to see you actually got to the match. Presumably your mate gave you a lift as you always seem to miss buses!!

    😉

  • 8 Ian Toon // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Alex Pritchard my nomination as attacking midfielder. Pochettino is singing the praises of 17 year old wonder kid Marcus Edwards according to press reporting from Spurs tour of Australia.

    This hasn’t stopped Daniel Levy holding out for in excess of £10 million for Pritchard.

  • 9 Belfast // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    A good review Bill but not as good as Ian Toons exclusive interview and match review for the daily planet.

  • 10 jazzyp // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Essex
    I’ll be more than happy to be proven wrong mate, But I to am not really that impressed with Gayle. He hasn’t really showed anything as yet to Make me think he is going to be a massive success.
    But then again some on here think Gouffran will still be a good player to keep !!

  • 11 Belfast // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    He did look very good at Brentford under Warburton from what I saw Ian.

  • 12 JamesToon // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    jazzyp

    only pre season mate hopefully should see the real deal in the actual season, hes the kind of striker weve needed for a long time, someone with pace who will run in behind, but a mitro kind of player will be more effective against teams who park the bus

  • 13 Moonraker15 // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Essex
    Thanks for the positive report on the Southend game. Did you report that you hadn’t been up to SJP in recent years? If so I recommend that you treat yourself and come up for a big game; it is a tremendous experience and to me there’s nothing like being there for a Toon win especially as we’ve now got a worldly manager. It makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck when they play local hero before the start. Apologies if I’ve got it wrong ! Anyway I’m looking forward to the coming season and if Rafa gets us promoted, hold on tight for the following season! HWTL

  • 14 SPRINGY // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    i think we have enough def/mid in hayden,saivet,anita,colback even mbemba could drop in there if we get down to the bones…..we need creativity and wingers,possibly a quality left back if one become available….but creativity would be my priority.

  • 15 Ian Toon // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Belfast – Hiya Buster. I haven’t seen him play but Spurs fans rate him highly. Good to see you in person.

  • 16 SPRINGY // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    is it the open training session on the 1st at SJP?

  • 17 SPRINGY // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    i see nzogbia offered contract by the great unwashed,funny we were just talking about that this morning on here!lol

  • 18 Wayayman // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Springy, Yep. 9am open. 9.30am academy players & coaching session and the first team out at 10.30am. Should be good un for the kids.

  • 19 SPRINGY // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    cheers wayayman,thought it was, but a little unsure of me sell.

  • 20 Our Toon // Jul 27, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    The way some go on about rafa is like he’s the 2nd coming, let’s hope 6 months from now you aren’t calling for his head!!

  • 21 jazzyp // Jul 27, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Jamestown

    Hope ya right pal. Gonna need every man and his dog for this season.
    What’s all this chatter about Perez for 15 mill ??

  • 22 JamesToon // Jul 27, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    jazzyp

    dont think theres much in it, certainly not barca anyway

  • 23 Ibizatoon // Jul 27, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Wasn’t the original story when Perez signed that both Barca and Real had been hot on the case, but he picked us because he thought he’d get first team football and develop better?

    Not sure why that would have changed in such a short time.

    Heck, he made that call with Pardew as manager.

    Maybe he doesn’t rate Rafa as the manager to develop him? (tongue firmly in cheek…in case it wasn’t clear)

    On thread, It’s good to hear Rafa still wants more, as we still need more (signings that is). A long season lies ahead and we still have a few within the ranks that have yet to prove they can last the season without considerable time on the treatment table.

  • 24 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 27, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    N’Zogbia and the mackems deserve each other. He was a player I had no time for. One of these overrated Frenchmen who put in a shift when he felt like it. Big opinion of himself, but really he’s had a pretty average career when you look at it.

  • 25 Ibizatoon // Jul 27, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    TOF…Only the very worst people on the planet “deserve” mackems.

  • 26 Essex Geordie Bill // Jul 27, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    JamesToon

    Thanks for the info, have I misread your reply though, as Shelvey was brilliant as Phil Brown also said. Can’t see him being told to f…….. off, not last night anyway. Perez had a canny game as well.

    Lesh

    We walked to the ground from my mates house about one and a half miles. My missus and his sat in her little garden cabin knocking back two bottles of Prosecco and putting the world to rights. Very merry by the time we got back.

    Moonraker
    Its on a to-do list.

    Wayayman

    Did you go to the game, what did you think of it. By the way I managed not to get into trouble. 🙂

    jazzyp

    Didn’t really see that much of Goufron or Armstrong for that matter as changes were happening fast and furious but his goal was well taken, given the chance I think he could shine though.

  • 27 north_country_boy // Jul 27, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Anyone else think Ulloa at Leicester maybe worth a punt? Might be a bit much to ask a Prem League winner to drop down a league but Rafa is a persuasive chap, only 30 but he’s just dropped down the pecking order after Vardy, Okazaki and Musa the new signing, scored plenty for Brighton in this league and prob wouldn’t cost the world?

  • 28 Essex Geordie Bill // Jul 27, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Got to go friends turning up!

  • 29 Yo-yo // Jul 27, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    EGB @3

    Thanks for that post.
    Here’s to another 4 or 5 players

  • 30 Wayayman // Jul 27, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Hi Essex Geordie Bill

    I was at the match last night wih my 13yr old son.
    Great atmosphere last night. Hard to judge tactically anything in these games but we did change tactics a few times even in the first half. Shelvey was always looking for Gayle who was trying to play on the shoulder of the last defender and but for better delivery would have been in at least 3 times in the first half.
    We seem to have a problem on the left… Who knew?!? Dummet was left with 1 on 1 when in possession and failed to take their fullback on each time. Aarons for some reason was coming infield rather than making an earlier run down the wing so Dummy could pass. Aarons did nothing to show he’s ready to start.

    Hayden is a very tidy player, likes a tackle and can pass well. Other than that, watching the warm ups was interesting, especially Darlow and Sels passing 60-70 yarders to each other. Sels was pinging in right to Darlow’s feet every single time.

  • 31 Wayayman // Jul 27, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    North country Boy, I’d snap their hands off for Ulloa.

  • 32 Tsunki // Jul 27, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Shocked, stunned and not a little disappointed that Dummet is no more than a stolid defender. Evidently he is not our latest offering of a full back who should be converted to a winger.

  • 33 Essex Geordie // Jul 27, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Hi all

    Just wanted to support Essex Geordie Bill report on the game. I was there and sitting with the travelling toon army who were in great voice and I live the Rafa song. I thought the team played well within themselves and towards the possibly got a little bored particularly Karl Darlow. The stand outs for me were Hayden, Shelvey, Perez and all the defenders. Agree about Gayle and Aaron’s. Really looking forward to lighting up the Championship. Finally was great to stuff Phil Brown after what he did to us on the last day of the season when we last got relegated.
    HWTL

  • 34 Ibizatoon // Jul 27, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Tsunki…Personally I’m not a fan of stolid players. Show me the passion.

  • 35 JamesToon // Jul 27, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Essex

    Ah, it meant to say “F off wijnaldum”!

  • 36 JamesToon // Jul 27, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Without anymore potential signings, what are everyones lineups for fulham? only 9 days to go cant wait!

    Mine: 4-2-3-1

    Darlow

    Janmaat
    Mbemba
    Lascelles (c)
    Gamez

    Shelvey
    Hayden

    Ritchie
    Perez
    Aarons

    Gayle

  • 37 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 27, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Who was the name replaced in the Rafa song for Gini, last night?

  • 38 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 27, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    We’re expecting another 5 deals, but transfer news seems to be slow these days.

  • 39 Toonces // Jul 27, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    LR32 they sang F___ Off Wijnaldum

  • 40 carl // Jul 27, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Permatanned Phil just couldn’t wait to blab what Rafa had mentioned to him. Guess he doesn’t have a captive audience anymore and craves the attention.

    We’ve sold 36,000 season tickets and had to buy today a £30 ticket in the Johnny Haynes Lower Stand at the cottage. Quite a few members but not season ticket holders have apparently done the same thing. This could well be a feature of the support home and away this season. Particularly if we get off to a good start.The things you do for love.

    It’s an interesting study though in human nature when you cast your mind back to the morons on here and elsewhere saying we were traitors to the NUST and Labour Club movement to buy season tickets and feed the destruction of our football club. Support the team and not the regime. We still get the odd waif and stray but much happier atmosphere prevails.

  • 41 Our Toon // Jul 27, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Jamestoon

    Only change I’d make from your team is darlow out and Sels in. Darlow is an average keeper with a big error in him, wouldn’t mind seeing how the new fella does between the sticks. Especially considering his supposed to be commanding for crosses

  • 42 carl // Jul 27, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    One further thing. Benitez will have focussed on the ill discipline we showed at the beginning of last seasons. Janmaat had a red card at Swansea and Mitrovic against Arsenal both in August. What a handicap.

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Jul 27, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Turd!

  • 44 JamesToon // Jul 27, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    ourtoon

    fair enough but i’d debate that darlow was decent under rafa last season, and sels has looked a bit of a liabiltiy when hes on the ball, that mistake against doncaster! darlow made a terrific save last night, but we’ll see

  • 45 Ibizatoon // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    carl…You wouldn’t by any chance be fishing for a ruck, would you?

    Have you not noticed how peaceful and happy the blog is? Why bring up old issues and call people morons?

    There is an alternative view to yours, as you are well aware.

  • 46 jazzyp // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    well its looking like Lascelles is going to the new captain for the upcoming campaign with vice captain ??
    Was it Sdj last season which i find hard to fathom considering he is always on the physio’s table.
    On Darlow maybe if we gave him a prolonged run in the team. There is every chance he could good like Lascelles.

  • 47 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Thanks for the match report Essex Geordie Bill and Essex Geordie. Good to know who actually performed well. It’s sounds promising except possibly for Gayle? If Rafa wants 4 or 5 more in it should continue to be a very interesting window.

  • 48 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Ian/carl/pushy, it’s improved because of one man, Rafa.

    Thousands of us wanted the other serial managerial underachievers out, and showed our displeasure at why that change should have been made years ago. The crew, mob, team etc… No surprises now someone of quality is in it feels like a new and bright dawn to everyone – which it certainly does.

    A ‘moron’, like you described, is not a person who fights for the best interests of the club by being active and standing up against the disgrace we’ve been force fed for years. The voting with your feet angle is of a group movement in order to make the club aware that their actions are not wanted.

    Much better than accepting obvious wrong-doing and outright carelessness by the regime whilst wearing those W*%#a tops while they got on with running the club into the ground by doing whatever they pleased.

    But hey, I know you like to troll.

  • 49 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    We’ll all be a little jittery until we have a few matches to comment on. Looking at the first 5 it’s Fulham (a), Huddersfield (h), Reading (h), Bristol (a) and Brighton (h). From that lot I would hope for 11 points. No less than 8 please Rafa.

  • 50 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Apparently SDJ is undergoing emergency cheese treatments as advised by Felix Magath for all his ailments. Cheese poultices, cheese compresses, and a cheese head bag to wear while sleeping. I think we’ll see some tremendous improvement.

  • 51 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    There’s even a rumour that he may have a cheese blintz wrapped around his left knee.

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Kaas gezicht, the Dutch don’t like being called that G2.

  • 53 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Still, if it works Jail then all the players will want a cheese head bag. I’m just saying. This is top, top medical advice we’re getting from Magath mate.

  • 54 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    It’s only on this blog that you’ll get all the hot inside information lads. Just eat it up like pickles and cheese mates.

  • 55 Our Toon // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    James

    Darlow was awful under Rafa, the goals he conceded cost us points and more importantly he conceded them at bad times.

    Wba game he was flapping all game and eventually his error cost us, Norwich he conceded that 2nd goal when he dived past the ball as it went over him…..horrible keeping, and then the last game of the season against spurs, I still can’t work out how he got beat from that position. I don’t rate the bloke at all and nor does he fill me with any confidence.

    As for Sels yes he made a huge error bit that was in a friendly, Gamez got sent off in a friendly doesn’t mean he should be excluded. Let’s see how Sels does in a competitive game, darlow I’ve seen enough of and he had a good run in which his performances were below average

  • 56 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    You know those big dill pickles with some nice sharp Stilton? Mmmmmm.

  • 57 Tsunki // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    The Right Rev. Ian Toon, part time continuity advisor on Postman Pat and Holder of the Front Page for the Pedicurists Gazette, unable to resist resurrecting the pushy carl.

    “Support the Team and not the Regime” is an example of a catchy jingoistic phrase that is the encapsulation of moronic behaviour. It suggests that by investing heavily in tickets is supporting the team without encouraging the Fat Man Upstairs to keep shoving that investment I to his deeply pocketed trousers. Carl, sorry, carl – stop stirring up old residue that’s not currently relevant you selective nincompoop.

  • 58 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Our Toon.

    3 errors? Damn you’re hard to please. He was actually very solid for us considering how poor our defence was.

  • 59 Wayayman // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Tsunki, on that Dummet comment: I’m guessing that was in answer to what I said about him not beating a man once last night while he had multiple opportunities. I agree he’s not a winger, but my point was that neither him nor Aarons were going past these league one full backs last night and there was zero link up between them. I think we all agree that a staple part of a modern full backs game is to be part of an offensive movement when given the opportunity and space? Not sure why the sarky comment though.

  • 60 Ibizatoon // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Wayaman…With regards to “modern full backs”, is that what Rafa is after?

    Worth considering that Danny Simpson just won the PL title with Leicester. Maybe defenders who defend is what we need. I can be convinced either way, horses for courses, etc.

    Mind, Danny did cost us Champions League football a few years back. Swings and roundabouts I guess 🙂

  • 61 Our Toon // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Young magpie

    3 errors in less than 10 games, that’s not a good ratio mate, he’s good at reflex stops but the rest of his keeping including his distribution is poor

  • 62 SUTTY1978 // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Aarons & Haidara link well, seem to be on a similar wavelength. I remember the home game against Crystal Palace a couple of seasons ago that ended 3-3, the pair of the ripped palace apart down the left

  • 63 Our Toon // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Tsunki

    I ignored Carl, he was clearly looking for a bite.

  • 64 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    I see carl/pushy/Ian are still up to their old tricks “for whatever reason” but it’s good to have comic relief alive and kicking on the blog.

    Totally agree with LR32 that things have only improved because we’ve got a world class manager at the helm. I can’t fully rest easy whilst Ashley is still in charge of the club and will never fully trust the actions of the club until the last remnants of his stewardship are but a distant memory but I am at least excited by the prospects on the field.

    We’re blood letting once more which is a good sign, and starting to bring in solid young players and building a good core. However, we did that in 2010 and MA allowed that to be dismantled so I won’t be getting ahead of myself.

    Positive signs, good transfer activity, right noises coming from the right places so let’s smash this league starting with a solid win against Fulham.

    Still here Ian. Silly tosser 😉

  • 65 SUTTY1978 // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Let’s just stick to the football chat.

  • 66 Ibizatoon // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    It’s Ruddy good to see you old chap.

    Positive signs I can work with. As you say, we’ve been here before though.

    Still, some potential enjoyment is always welcome.

    Hope all’s well.

  • 67 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 27, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    On the full-back issue, I’m a bit old fashioned in the sense that I want my defenders to, first and foremost, defend. Whilst we all want to see a Dani Alves type full-back beating his man and whipping a worldy into the box, it’s much more important that they track their men, stop the cross and put in a tackle.

    The best PL full-backs in my view have been the likes of Ashley Cole, Patrice Evra, Zabaleta, Dennis Irwin, Ivanovic et al. and while many (if not all of them) were very handy going forward, they were top class defenders primarily.

    A full back who can’t defend isn’t a full-back. Look at Davide Santon – I could defend better than that bloke. Janmaat can’t defend? Let’s not make him a winger let’s sell the lad for not being able to do his bloody job!

  • 68 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 27, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Ibiza

    This transfer window is much more positive than recent attempts to “throw money” at the issue. We’re making clever, seemingly thought out transfers, which must be the result of Rafa’s input.

    I’m almost more excited by the prospect of getting rid of the wastrels from our squad though!

    I fully expect a cake-walk season and will be disappointed if we don’t take the league at a canter. What the true test is will be when we’re back in the top flight – does MA resort back to his old tricks or does he back Rafa once we get back there?

  • 69 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 27, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    I’m also very well thanks, I hope you’re not too rushed off your feet, I know this time of year tends to be hectic for you!

  • 70 Jail for Ashley // Jul 27, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Why are people forgetting Jack Root in that triumvirate of to$$ers mentioned above. Not sure if it’s a deliberate masochistic wind up up like yer right but the only other person that regularly slated NUST was the right rev Ian Toon (and Jeff from Benwell who thought that any stand against Mikey was an ‘anging offence). Both carl and Ian claimed to have spoken for the NUST despite their dislike of it, all prominent members know each other yet those two don’t know each other at all (except when carl once found some work for IT at uni). You’ve been sussed out you worm, give it up man for the sake of the blog!!!

  • 71 Ibizatoon // Jul 27, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Ruddy…Thinking about it, what is giving me hope is that I don’t believe Rafa to be a lackey to Ashley. Yes, he views it is a job and in all lines of work, we often sacrifice. However, he commands respect and I think we’ll know if something is amiss.

    As for this window, it does appear that way. I don’t really know much about the players we’ve signed to be honest, but from what I’m reading, it does look good.

    Completely agree. It’s good to see the back of certain players. A few more to go I think. Can’t be having disharmony. Only those who want to fight for the club.

    Let’s deal with this canter first. Mike will surely be on best behaviour for the time being…

  • 72 Jail for Ashley // Jul 27, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    SUTTY,
    Yes let’s, so much better arguing over whether Riverie should be working as an extra in the remake of Cleopatra or helping out dish out bibs for the U11’s tournaments.

  • 73 Ibizatoon // Jul 27, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Jail…A stab at an answer, because he’s forgettable?

    I think after this length of time, we have to accept that pleas “for the sake of the blog” don’t register.

    Ruddy…Pleased to hear it. Definitely too rushed off my feet. Still, big push for August then it’ll slow down again.

  • 74 FollowFollow // Jul 27, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Chronicle article on 40 years (40!) ago today Supermac to Arsenal. So iconic to me. I was 9 at the league cup final defeat. I asked my dad why Supermac had gone to the corner flag on his own after the match (I can see him there crouched down clearly now) He told me it was because he knew he was going.

    I didn’t wash my hair for weeks after the man patted me on the head at Derby a couple of years earlier.

  • 75 jimmysmith // Jul 27, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Bloodletting? Not sure the club really will have wanted to sell all that will ultimately go, preferring to keep 3 or 4 of the very best ideally, but at least it will be a Rafa side when all said and done, and because of the financial clout we have, still highly competitive.

    Against that we really do need to go back first time, and we need to stay back that first season to avoid the very real prospect of being cut financially adrift, all of which makes this transfer window so critical.

    You’d be unthinking to not be at least somewhat concerned at the prospect of replacing up to ten players from a newly relegated squad in this season of transition toward mega money in the top flight, and so an even bigger gap between the two leagues from next season as the parachute payment for relegated clubs increases also.

    Whoever drops out of the epl this season, will be super competitive in the Championship the following, and we don’t want to be up against them striving to win promotion having failed to go back at the first time of asking.




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