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Rafa Stresses What’s So Important For This Season

8:05 pm, Friday, August 12th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 96 Comments

One big reason Rafa Benitez decided to stay on at second division Newcastle this season was the fans – and he has asked a number of times that everybody associated with the club sticks together through the good and the bad – the thick and the thin.

Over the last several years it’s been mainly thin.

It wasn’t great at Fulham but there was also no overreaction as most fans have total confidence in  Rafa and believe he will fix things as he gets the game with his new team under his belt – so to speak.

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Rafa Benitez on the training field

In his press conference today, Rafa has again said the fans are so important to Newcastle.

It will be  a sell-out tomorrow for the visit of Huddersfield Town for our first home game and Rafa has said the tremendous fan support enabled the club to make some really good signings in the summer.

This is what Rafa said and his message to the Newcastle fans and everybody associated with Newcastle United:

“To see 52,000 fans shows how important the Club is for them, and we want to be sure that we give them as much as we can,”

“Sometimes you can win, sometimes you draw and sometimes you lose, but the main thing to be sure is that the players and everyone give everything to make sure we are where we want to be at the end of the season.”

“When I was talking with some of the players to bring them here, they were telling me about the stadium, the fans and playing in front of so many people.”   “That is a situation that we want to be an advantage for us.”

“This initiative of the fans has to be crucial. They are key for us because we are together until the end.”

“Even if we make mistakes, if they support the team it is easier for us to play better, it is easier for the players to have more confidence and quality to win more games.”

“It is for the benefit of everyone that we stick together from the first day to the last day. We have to give everything, the fans will give us everything, and that is good for the future.”

“Because of the fans, because of the stature of our Club, we know that every game will be more difficult.”

“But if you want to go up, you have to adapt to these situations.” “We know that Huddersfield will give everything, so we have to do the same and hope that we are better than them.”

“We know that we have to improve from Fulham and the main thing is make sure that every time we are improving a little bit and that we are much better.”

“Then, we can approach games with the confidence that we can win.”

Huddersfield won their first league game last Saturday against Brentford 2-1 at home, but then went down 2-1 at the hands of Shrewsbury Town in the EFL Cup during the week.

Rafa expects these games at home to be tough, and the lads have to be up for each game and we’re sure the fans will be in good voice tomorrow – so we can get our first win of the season.

That’s the goal for tomorrow and for every game this season come to think of it.


Howay The Lads!!

Tags: Championship · Coaching · Press · Press Conference

96 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NUFCPaul // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Rafa understands what we want – we don’t necessarily expect to win every single game, but we do expect to see each and every player making an effort for the full ninety minutes. That’s what they get paid for. Nobody wants to see someone shying away from challenges or not tracking back.

  • 2 NUFCPaul // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Mr Ash Tray is getting sued I see. Splendid!

  • 3 Our Toon // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:19 PM


    So why does Ronaldo get paid more than Bale?

    Why does Pelle in china get more than most premier league player if not all?

    They were daft enough to pay it and his agent good enough to negotiate it. Shelvey cost less than gini yet on more money!!

  • 4 Bobbybee // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Knockaert scores

  • 5 JamesToon // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Knockaert 1-0

  • 6 Our Toon // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Has he? Howay rafa make a bid for the lad

  • 7 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Looks a good player doesn’t he? Burke from Forest looks like a likely type, though still very raw.

  • 8 Bobbybee // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Offer brighton 12m and put 10g on his wages. Job done.

  • 9 nearly // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    our toon

    ronaldo maybe because he is probs the best player in the world
    pelle in china probs because their mega rich and barking mad
    shelvey vs gini love how you know what wages they are getting ,reminds me of a story about a players wage a while ago ,the rumour was he was getting this huge wage because somebody had cleaned his car out and the player had left his contract in the boot ,any way im getting bored now maybe another day

  • 10 Bobbybee // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Getting Knockaert is a double win and such a no brainer. Strengthen us and take the heart out of one of our serious contenders. I’d break the 12m record, or equal it, and boost his wages. He’s expressed a desire to come up here, so surely it wouldn’t take that much?

  • 11 Harley // Aug 12, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Win games.

  • 12 stephen1971 // Aug 12, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    our toon, the price the club pays for a player has nothing to do with wages, look at shearer for eg, did he not have a contract with us that statedhe got paid 10k more than next highest player ? a big jump when they signed owen

  • 13 Jib // Aug 12, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Diamé would appear to be wearing number 27 – which is Jesus Gamez’ number.
    The plot thickens

  • 14 Our Toon // Aug 12, 2016 at 9:29 PM


    His agent negotiated the deal for implemented because we really wanted him. Did Owen cost more than shearer? Can’t remember that!!

    Nearly – Yes I know shelvey was on more than Gini, believe it or not he had to have contracts drawn up for his pad in Ponteland, they have to disclose the amount they are on…..nothing like cleaning out the car story.

    The fee dictates how much in wages someone gets, interesting

  • 15 Our Toon // Aug 12, 2016 at 9:30 PM


    Contracts clauses and transfer fees are complete separate entities!!

  • 16 Rotonda heights // Aug 12, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    wish we had paid the money for knockaert instead of hanley and clark

  • 17 Sir Eric // Aug 12, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    @ Our Toon.

    Owen is our record signing at 17mil pounds, Shearer was 15mil.

  • 18 Our Toon // Aug 12, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Thank you Sir Eric, makes me wonder why shearer was on more wages because he cost less!!

  • 19 welshgeordie9 // Aug 12, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Why do people say do you know what i mean every couple of seconds in a conversation, as if you are thick, yes i know what you mean but you don’t have to say do you know what i mean all the time, ffs.

  • 20 Our Toon // Aug 12, 2016 at 9:45 PM


    Think Bobby bee had been championing knockaert since the beginning of the summer. Got to agree though he should have been a priority along with forresteri.

    I’d be made up with them 2 players

  • 21 welshgeordie9 // Aug 12, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Rotonda heights

    Can’t really put him up against Hanley and Clarke.

  • 22 jimmysmith // Aug 12, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    I suppose the wage reflects the stature of the player, while the transfer fee is dependent not only on the stature of the player, but also heavily on how far he is into his contract and to a degree his age.

    Hopefully Sissoko plays and has a stormer. I’m one of the minority that want him to stay, but the success of that would hinge entirely on whether Rafa can get the necessary commitment from him. That’s part and parcel of Benitez’s job though, and I’d expect him to be capable of it, or at least recognise if he can, before making the decision to keep him or sell him.
    It is looking increasingly like he’ll stay, if only because he won’t want to lose such an influential player late in the window, with little or no time to replace him.


  • 23 jimmysmith // Aug 12, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    ……and how good a negotiator your agent is, and the need and financial state of the club. Pogba to money bags Man U for example, so desperate to regain their lost place at the highest echelon of the game, for all that money, and that wage, and 20 million to his agent. That adds up to way more than Villa went for. Amazing.

  • 24 bettyswallocks // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    After listening to Hughton being interviewed after the match, no way does he want to sell Knockaert. He rates him as their best player by the sound of it.

  • 25 bettyswallocks // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Welshie………. I’m really expecting a good performance and a convincing win tomorrow. Do you know what I mean?

  • 26 geordie157 // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Brighton will be a contender, good solid performance tonight. Expected a bit more from forest but aside from lansbury, Assombolonga and burke I don’t see much quality in that side.

  • 27 welshgeordie9 // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Those words are so frigging annoying.

  • 28 Sir Eric // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:25 PM


    Crazy for as much money as the agent made on the Pogba deal, he’s also the same agent for a lot of the other players that Man Utd bought this summer…

  • 29 Rafa Revolution // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    Has Diame got a number yet?

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Welshie @19, don’t worry mate we know what you mean….

  • 31 GeordieTwo // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    I mean, who wouldn’t know what you mean welshie. For gosh darn’s sake. We really do!

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Rafa mate, it’s going to be a very large number. Seven hundred and something I’ve heard. I think he’s just showing off……

  • 33 GeordieTwo // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    I mean, who needs a number in the seven hundreds? It’s just ridiculous. And I won’t ask if you know what I mean because I know you do mate……

  • 34 GeordieTwo // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    I just hope we’ve cleared that all up now welshie and you can move on. Just start fresh lad. I think we had to talk about it though. That’s always best if you……. oh, I was going to say again there…..

  • 35 GeordieTwo // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Sorry, I’ve had a few today. I hope it’s not affecting my penmanship……… I’m glad I could help welshie out though. Sort of payback for all those bad puns (hee, hee).

  • 36 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    If we bring in Knockeart, Galloway and Castagnos and keep Sissoko, I think we’ll be in for a good season. Possible FA cup winners.

  • 37 Fostino // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    A convincing win to restore our favourites for the title tag and knockeart might find us irresistible if we come knocking. Hughton is an honourable man and strikes me as someone who won’t stand in the way of a player if he wants to go. Get this waddle St and Galloway and we are set to go with a few going the other way.

    Also start sissoko tomorrow. ..There’s mutual respect between himself and toon. We are not the bad guys after all. No team has stomped up the cash yet.

  • 38 GeordieTwo // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    But we’re not going to do that ketsy mate. Nope, not a chance…..

  • 39 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    If we sell Sissoko, we’ll need a playmaker. I’m happy playing Janmaat on the right wing. The next 3 signings have to be quality. Knockeart wants to come and it’s worth paying £10m for him.

  • 40 GeordieTwo // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    But you just said we have to keep Sissoko to have a good season ketsy.

  • 41 GeordieTwo // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Beermonkey could explain it better than I can ketsy. It goes something like this: we cans sell Sissoko for lots of dosh, buy good players with it and do well. Or we can keep Sissy, watch him sulk his way through the season and wish we had sold him. The frustrating part is that he’s not worth what we’re reportedly asking for him….

  • 42 GeordieTwo // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    You see? I’m slurring my words there. We cans sell Sissoko…..Harrumph!

  • 43 bettyswallocks // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Sissoko can not stay now after all his bleatings. His position at the club has become untenable . Do yer knaa wodda mean like.

  • 44 GeordieTwo // Aug 12, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    It sounds like you’re telling ketsy we won’t have a good season bettys mate. I mean what with selling Sissy and all.

  • 45 GeordieTwo // Aug 12, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Is it just me or does welshie seem a lot more sensible these days? I mean he’s still annoying with his humour but now I really know what he means a lot of the time…..

  • 46 GeordieTwo // Aug 12, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Wow, that’s pathetic from Hope Solo. Calling the Swedish women a bunch of cowards. Talk about a poor loser. Reminds me of what it’s going to be like after Trump loses the election.

  • 47 GeordieTwo // Aug 12, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    I’m just teasing ketsy and welshie. Have a great weekend.

  • 48 Tsunki // Aug 12, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Ah it’s Ketsy again, I say as I wipe a tear of laughter from my eye at the line “FA Cup Winners” ha ha ha we’re going to win the FA Cup in the championship when we never did in the pl? Keep ’em coming…. 🙂

  • 49 toon22 // Aug 12, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    Id agree Sissoko has to go but for once we are actually doing buisness in the right way.
    If you want top money for anything you cant say you dont want it,you say its unsellable etc.
    Simple tactics here.

    If you take a look at the market atm most people are yet to make their move,Sissoko is part of that domino effect.

    Once sold his money will be reinvested,if it means we have to wait to get the right price so we get the right players for it its worth it.

    Its been YEARS since we actually acted like a football club,chill ppl they have it in hand.

    In Rafa i trust.

  • 50 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 13, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    We have Rafa Benitez as manager. He’s won the Champions league before.

  • 51 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 13, 2016 at 12:21 AM

    Quite a few Championship teams make the semi’s. Millwall got to the final not long back. It can be done. Got to get those 3 players in first.

  • 52 lesh // Aug 13, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    Rafa took a lot of words to ask fans not to boo Sissoko tomorrow

  • 53 jimmysmith // Aug 13, 2016 at 1:03 AM

    At least he’s up front with his bullshit, not like Townsend or Widjnaldum, and it really isn’t bullshit either, it’s ambition. He’s given us three and a half years, he’s in the prime of his career, he is good enough to get the move, we’re relegated, and he hasn’t said anything negative about the club. He’ll be booed by a section of the crowd I guess, and he’ll need to cop that, but I just hope he plays well and helps us get the three points.

  • 54 jimmysmith // Aug 13, 2016 at 1:20 AM


  • 55 manxpie // Aug 13, 2016 at 1:51 AM

    not said anything negative about the club!!!!?
    so constantly bleating about moving to a “big club” or “an elite club” isn’t a negative to you jimmy?
    it is to me especially when his performances are part of the main reasons we were relegated!
    he signed a contract with us that he was very obviously happy with but now due to his very poor performances (and others) we’ve been relegated you think he deserves his move?
    the offers for him are deafening so far, from the minute his “great” euros had finished he was in the interview room selling himself and it hasn’t stopped since!
    its not ambition it’s entitlement and what is so so wrong with football
    he hasn’t earned a big move but he’ll be surrounded by people blowing smoke up his arse like you jimmy that he thinks he deserves one!
    i’ll be smiling if he gets booed tomorrow because he deserves it wether he scores or not he deserves it for showing total disrespect to the club that pays him so well

  • 56 manxpie // Aug 13, 2016 at 2:13 AM

    and btw jimmy WE have GIVEN HIM 3 and a half years of his career not the other way round at 1 of the highest levels of football
    this kind of nonsense really annoys me,! that we should feel sorry for them and i feel its only gonna get alot worse until agents are taken out of the game
    sisko has been a grade A kernt since the end of the season to every fan and fans who support that kind of thing sorry but they are the same tbh

  • 57 jimmysmith // Aug 13, 2016 at 2:17 AM

    Well we’re certainly a big and elite club in the Championship, I’ll give you that.

  • 58 manxpie // Aug 13, 2016 at 2:29 AM

    thanks in part to him jimmy
    and especially when we were in the prem remember that? you know last season which he was such an integral part of?
    do you think he deserves a “big” move jimmy?
    i mean he has served us so well in his 3 and a half years hasn’t he?
    i remember saying a few weeks ago your love for him was more than for the club it seems i was right

  • 59 jimmysmith // Aug 13, 2016 at 2:37 AM

    I’m quite indifferent to him personally to be honest. I already prefer Ritchie, but I do want a player of his calibre in the side this season, as I’d quite like us to go back up.

  • 60 manxpie // Aug 13, 2016 at 2:44 AM

    we all want to go back up but you still haven’t answered the question tho jimmy do you think he deserves a “big” move?
    its just you seem to keep on making excuses for him and saying how great he is etc etc……….

  • 61 jimmysmith // Aug 13, 2016 at 2:57 AM

    I think if he get’s it, then fair enough. He is good enough to get it, in my opinion, and if he does we’ll have done remarkably well out of him, but we’ll be weakened because we most likely won’t be able to replace him with any one near as good, until this time next year, and only then should we go up.

    Who cares if he’s actually earned it, or what you and I think about that.

    Did Widjnaldum earn it? If a club is prepared to stump up, then they I assume think he’s earned it, surely that’s all that matters and Rafa must like him, he’s holding out for 35 million quid.

  • 62 manxpie // Aug 13, 2016 at 3:16 AM

    again football bollocks jimmy
    sorry but you sound like an agent how can’t we replace him with better?
    he scored 1 goal last season as an att mid!?
    ok the prem is a higher calibre but mahrez who came up tore the league up
    sisko showed glimpses here and there but never consistantly which we were warned about and if he weren’t in the france squad which on performances for us he shouldn’t have been he wouldn’t have that price tag infact most of us would be happy with 10 mill right now!
    but thats why football is crazy and i reckon rafa is as desperate as me for him to go if we can sell him at that!

    gini scored some goals from mid so yes he earned it in a sense but as we watched him every minute we can say we robbed liverpool as he never showed it consistantly infact most of his goals were from delivery not from his great play so even more so.

    i care if he’s earned it especially when people say that he has given us 3 years and don’t have a problem with him disrespecting the club!

  • 63 jimmysmith // Aug 13, 2016 at 3:41 AM

    Hah! Jimmysmith obviously fails to concur, but I must say goodnight to you comrade Manx. Work beckons.

  • 64 loonie-toon // Aug 13, 2016 at 4:22 AM


    fink rafa gunner start with something like this

  • 65 Kabul Fish // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:43 AM

    It’s MATCHDAY!!!!!

    Come on!!!!! Good a good feeling about the match today (said the same last week though ha ha).
    I bet the atmosphere will be awesome – lets hope the players give it their all. HWTL

    Loonie-toon – good line up not sure about LB as I assume Dummet will start. Hoping for Sissoko to start and boss the game……will be interesting to see Rafa’s selection for the first home game.

    Proper excited. Gonna be a long day at work today….

  • 66 ToonMauritius // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:52 AM

    Yessssssss. Today – Matchday
    A very good morning from Mauritius.
    I feel that today will be a special day at St Jamea Park.
    Come on the TOON ARMY

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:54 AM

    When you’re about again could you tell us what exactly Sissoko has given us over the last three and a half years. True he is a product of the poisonous set up Ashley put in place but he’s been happy to become a millionaire here, in return for what?

  • 68 Kabul Fish // Aug 13, 2016 at 6:02 AM

    ToonMauritius – good morning from Afghanistan 🙂

    I hope today is special for us. HWTL

  • 69 Jail for Ashley // Aug 13, 2016 at 6:06 AM

    Big win today hopefully, any win 😮

  • 70 Kabul Fish // Aug 13, 2016 at 6:19 AM

    Any win Jail mate!!!!! Gotta get off the mark with 3 points at home!!!!! Come on 🙂

  • 71 Kabul Fish // Aug 13, 2016 at 6:22 AM

    Jail, true that Sissoko is a spoilt brat but if he applied himself he could tear this league up…..prob not in his make up to give 100% every time.
    Just hope the situation gets resolved soon

  • 72 jimmysmith // Aug 13, 2016 at 6:40 AM

    He’s clearly a good player. Picked week in week out. The club was a pile of shite, not him. He’s not to blame. In fact the club stand to make 35 million, and the beef is over some indirect slur on the club, we aren’t even sure he actually even made, much less intended, such are the vagaries of sports journalism.

  • 73 Nufc-83 // Aug 13, 2016 at 6:55 AM

    Simon from a few days ago just because the game is being shown on highlight show doesn’t meant it will be streamed. The game has to be shown live on a tv channel for a link to be available what do you think they hack into the camera feed from the match lol.

  • 74 Nufc-83 // Aug 13, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    Trust me no links available so if anyone starts posting dead end YouTube links prior to the game I will hunt them down Taken style 🙂

    Somebody take a good camera phone and periscope it please haha

  • 75 hibbitt // Aug 13, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    direct quote from Rafa

    “As a manager, he is a good player and I rate him really high. He is a good professional and he is a nice person.

    “As a fan, I would not be very happy because he is saying the things he is saying.

    “As a person that has to deal with them as part of the club we told him that the transfer could happen and the best way to deal with them is to stay calm and do your job. We told him to leave the agents to do their jobs.”


    how come Rafa can confirm the things he has been saying are out of order yet you blame every one but him

  • 76 hibbitt // Aug 13, 2016 at 7:05 AM

    thats it no more posts today going to the match going to enjoy it going to support our team on the road back to the premiership

    good luck toon army

  • 77 Mister Tuff // Aug 13, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    wow – world conspiracy by the press to invent derogatory quotes by Sissoko.
    Jimmy – very interesting – do not think your take on this is correct but as always you are entitled to your opinion (even though it’s quite ridiculous).

  • 78 jimmysmith // Aug 13, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    He wants to play Champions league, and he’s up front about it. I don’t see that as disrespectful. Other fans might, I don’t. I think if we’d had a lb, cb, and cf of the same calibre we wouldn’t be relegated even with McC as manager.

    “As a manager, he is a good player and I rate him really high. He is a good professional and he is a nice person.”

    He’s not on my list of villains. Since Rafa arrived I barely have one anymore.

  • 79 jimmysmith // Aug 13, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    Where are the derogatory quotes. You’d find plenty on here about the club, but where from Sissoko.

  • 80 Jib // Aug 13, 2016 at 7:24 AM

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  • 83 Jib // Aug 13, 2016 at 7:34 AM

  • 84 Nufc-83 // Aug 13, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    Jib you are an idiot if you think they will work and I am now on the hunt for you.

  • 85 Jib // Aug 13, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    One of the big Real supporting websites this morning is waxing lyrical about what a superb physical specimen Sissoko is – citing the fact he has played over 3000 minutes for NUFC without injury.
    Most fans can tell you why he went so long unscathed – cos for the majority of them he did sweet fanny adams !

  • 86 Jib // Aug 13, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    You child – it’s not a competition

    I found them – I put them up for my fellow fans.

    They may work
    They may not

    I have no idea – but they are not flybynight youtube links.

  • 87 cyprus // Aug 13, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Sissoko debate still.

    The thing is if he did nowt why the price tag? Why did Rafa make him captain? Why aren’t any of our other players being pursued by big clubs.

    Those people at Real don’t know their football. Same with Barcelona, the fools got HBA, whom we sold for… How much?

  • 88 jimmysmith // Aug 13, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    “World conspiracy” is a bit melodramatic Tuff. Simply pointing out that the angles taken by sports reports are not always entirely objective, particularly I would think those lifted in part and translated from a foreign language and very probably cobbled together second hand and on the run, so time poor are media outlets. Or is that a fantastic thing to think also? He’s been undiplomatic, and I’d agree should have shut up a while back, but that’s as far as I’d go. Rafa has rightly intervened.

  • 89 Nufc-83 // Aug 13, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Jib they won’t work the match is not being shown live anywhere in the world it’s as simple as that.

  • 90 jimmysmith // Aug 13, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    And they’d of course be wrong.

  • 91 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    I don’t have a problem with a player showing ambition and wanting to play at a higher level. So many bloggers speak as if they were present when decisisions were made.

    It seems highly likely to me that Sissoko had been lied to pre Benitez regarding his tenure at the toon. That’s how the likes of Cabaye were recruited and almost certainly Sissoko. Carr’s mantra was to identify talent that would justify their wage and with a view to selling at an acceptable profit. Subsequently Ashley favoured offloading those that didn’t justify their wage and had little likelihood of producing a profit . They were to be offloaded or loaned out. Jonas being a good example. Collocini after a number of years service was unlikely to secure a profit and so he was kept. This saved Ashley investing in a CB.

    It seems to me that most of the criticism of Moussa as a player relates to what happened before Benitez. He was arguably our best player in the run in to relegation and over performed in the Euro’s when compared with the likes of Pogba. The suggestion that journalists fabricate stories in a long running transfer saga is not at all surprising. Jimmy has been consistent along with a few others in making the point that you don’t improve the team by selling your best players. Unless of course you have quality signings lined up. Good players can play at any level because aside from technique the thought process is usually quicker.
    I personally remain of the belief that. Benitez wants to keep him but if he can’t he will get the best price to sell. Isn’t that how professional football clubs operate. Those long in the tooth should realise that the rest is frippery. Good to see someone who doesn’t just go with the flow but contributes an alternative point of view.

  • 92 Mister Tuff // Aug 13, 2016 at 8:17 AM



  • 93 Jib // Aug 13, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Ian mentions Carr – early doors (and still on transfermarkt) – Mondial is mentioned as Sissoko’s agent – when now he is clearly with another agent.
    I wonder if his rift with the favoured Mondial group is a factor in all this schemozzle?

  • 94 Jib // Aug 13, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Too many long words Mr Tuff ?
    They making your head hurt honey ?
    That’s right go to sleep – clever boy

  • 95 Mister Tuff // Aug 13, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Jib Jibberish (blog pest) aha – now getting a bit cocky seeing that your blog boss has just turned up out of nowhere.

    Jib – previously – acronyms aid memory -your effort yesterday for colours of the rainbow was laughable.
    Red,orange,yellow, green uhh errr uhh duh err.

  • 96 Mister Tuff // Aug 13, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    correction – acronyms = mnemonics

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