Rafa Readies Major Clear-Out At Newcastle


After what has been a nervous and tentative two games and two defeats for Newcastle, as we start in the Championship for the first time since 2009, let’s hope it’s just some teething problems with our new team under Rafa Benitez.

There seems to be some instability being caused by players wanting to leave the club – among them being players like Emmanuel Riviere, Moussa Sissoko and Henri Saivet – and it looks like St. Etienne are willing to take Henri on loan for next season and pay some of his wages.

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Emmanuel Riviere – to be moved out

Saivet is yet another poor signing that we have to loan out after he has only been at the club for seven months and has five years left on his Newcastle contract and is on high wages of close to £40K/week.

That will make it difficult to sell Saivet any time soon.

The Chronicle is reporting today that Rafa wants to clear out players before the end of August who have no future at Newcastle and they include Emmanuel Riviere, Henri Saivet,  Yoan Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic.

Sammy and Haris should have already been moved out of the club last summer, but they were kept on because of the chance they could shine on loan last season – they didn’t.

Moussa Sissoko will stay at Newcastle unless some club comes in with a £35M bid for him and the same essentially goes for Cheick Tiote, who is also said to want to leave the club.

Unless an acceptable bid comes in for Cheick he will also stay on Tyneside.

So if we still have Moussa and Cheick come September,  they both had better be prepared to knuckle down and help Newcastle start winning some games.

Rafa wants to bring in an other striker in the mold of Aleksandar Mitrovic before September and we are still hoping to get 20 year-old left-back Brendan Galloway in from Everton on a season long loan deal, even though Middlesbrough have now made a move for him.

Let’s hope we can get a win at home to Reading on Wednesday night – we must get a win as soon as possible so our players can get some of their confidence back.

And that goes for our supporters too!

Howay The Lads!!

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157 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #1

    easier said than done

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  • hibbitt

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #2

    jazzyp

    last night i thought Yarm was a long drive god knows what was going through your mind !!!

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Another shocking performance yesterday, reality check for our fans who instantly hype players without any merit. I keep reading 4-2-3-1 doesn’t work in the championship etc. Bollocks does it not, it works if played right and you have the right personnel to play the formation.

    In the summer Rafa has wasted money on duds, bang average players. I had a dig at Aaron’s on Thursday by stating he hasn’t done anything since he broke into the team. The hype around him is hilarious

    Lascelles, I said it wouldn’t be long till people had a go at him, should never be captain, has promise as a younger players but the hype he was getting was again ridiculous.

    Perez apparently plays like Suarez according to some on here or is of similar style, another lad that is poor!!

    I have no issues with the formation rafa chooses to play, he needs to drop Anita from RW, it’s embarrassing for a club like this that we can’t find a RW. We’ve loaned some lads that would have been better off staying

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  • SPRINGY

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #4

    would keep rivvy,we striker options,moussa if the money is right,saivet…never really seen the bloke but he must not of impressed along vuckic,goofy and ameobi……these last 3 can all play down the left side….and our left side is piss poor…so how bad have these lot been?

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Munster
    The rule appears to be: You’re not allowed to criticise anyone who is sanctified. If you do, it means you want to see them crucified.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Hobbit
    3hrs of anger mate let me tell ya. Especially as there is 13 mile of road works on the A1as well… Just to send me over the edge lol

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Hibbitt my apologies, damn mobile

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  • BandB

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #8

    jazzyp,

    If Rafa thinks he’s on the receiving end of the club’s dark arts he won’t stick around to be made a patsy for business as usual.
    Take away the fig-leaf of Rafa, and what we are seeing is a club making itself comfortable in this division.
    Before Rafa signed I said there was a touch of Don Quixote about him…a man with a taste for noble causes that look lost. The problem with Don Quixote was that he didn’t always see things for what they were. He may have imagined himself as a white knight riding to the rescue. When he might have just bitten off more than he, or anyone else, can chew.
    As I’ve said many times before, some companies always try to solve their problems with a PR coup. They have no intention of changing their ways or fixing their customer care.
    Last season it was “the board” and “Old Man Carr” left holding the baby. This year it will be Rafa, if he fails to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
    It’s started already.
    Things will not get better if he quits.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Jazzy

    I share that pain of over a 3 hour drive back home mate. It’s not nice

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  • expatmag

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #10

    He he….Hobbit

    Must be short hairy dwarf from new zealand…..lol

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  • Mag52

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #11

    If we don’t win on Wednesday, my prediction with Martoon of a fifth place finish will even start to look a bit optimistic.

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  • John Tudor

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #12

    start with any of our starting elevens

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  • SPRINGY

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #13

    shirebrook
    good job you and jazzy were’nt in the same car…..coz would of been a toxic drive back!!lol

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Well put blackley. In my case my questions re rafa football approach has meant fellas saying i want pardew back! Maybe ritchie broke a defensive shape in training and got dropped. I jest! But rafa has signed one of the best centre backs, best ri7ght wingers in recent years ( and played him on left) , best midfielder maybe (diame) and 5 others so we need to buck up. The club hasnt let rafa down in any way. Problem is, if mitro played yesterday wud we have won? Cos if not, we have a real problem

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Springy

    The roadworks wouldn’t have helped either lol

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  • SPRINGY

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #16

    shirebrook
    glad i was’nt there for that!lol

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  • SPRINGY

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #17

    so is sissoko back in the rading game then?…..if so where…and for who?

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Bandb – while not saying it’s actually happening yet, what I fear is the parade being packed away, the ticker tape and confetti bagged, and the “Business as Usual” sign going up. But I disagree about the part that Benitez will be this seasons patsy. If and when there is a parting if the ways, I think by then most will realise that even with the best man at the helm, a rusty hulk given minimal maintenance is the problem behind the lack of sea worthiness. I’m troubled by thoughts of Carr and Charnleys continued input to the finances and dealings of our transfers. it’s all starting to look like Rafa is not the puppet master he was projected to be. I’m hoping of course that this is merely a blip in a transitional phase, and that in the coming weeks we will see Rafas team vision shaping up. Still…this is Mike Ashleys Newcastle, isn’t it? 😐

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  • SPRINGY

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #19

    in for the reading game#

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Band B

    As cynical as we have become i don’t think it’s in ashleys best interests to miss out on these obscene tv deals. He surely wants us back in the promised land asap. What he wants after that is another matter entirely. I quite like the idea of NUFC being Dulcinea to Benitez’s Don Quixote !

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Springy

    I would play him in the number 10 role and move Diame to DM alongside Shelvey. But then we’re still short in LM. Knockeart would fill that gap but can’t see it happening

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  • BandB

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Tsunki

    My point was that the effort is already underway to ensure that the heat of any fan discontent is channelled and applied to Rafa’s feet. Rafa was a God with the fans two weeks ago. Some have clearly registered that he will have to be subjected to a daily campaign to undermine that popularity to ensure there’s no backlash if he leaves.

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  • SPRINGY

    Aug 14, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #23

    shirebrook
    not sure diame next to shelvey would give enough cover in front of the defence,it may end up being one or the other….the left mid is very weak at the minute….aarons looked like a 7yr old playing footy with adults…just bouncing off people,dont know if he’s carrying an slight knock or maybe not quite up to speed at the minute….rivvy,goofy,vuckic,ameobi have all played that position in the past at some stage but non are looking like they are likely to challenge….sad really.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Shirebrook
    Did ya go game mate ??

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Jazzy

    No mate. Hoping to get up there soon though

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #26

    But I know that feeling you had yesterday mate lol

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Bandb – sadly it would make sense for Benitez to be hung out ready for praise or just to dry. Carr and Charnley did well to evade being bundled out of a moving metro carriage following the McLaren fiasco – surviving that episode by hiring Benitez places them in an almost invulnerable position. “What more could we have done” is the headline of the club statement that has probably undergone preparation already. However, if Benitez fails to get this side into the premier league, there may be scrutiny at how he came to assemble such a paltry squad from so much money – the keen observer will note I have not enthused or commented on our transfer dealings as I find the entire mob less than inspiring, Ritchie and possibly Diame excluded. It hasn’t surprised me there has been a rocky start, I said this would happen. That’s because the team as it stands is rubbish, even for this league. As it stands.

    So far, the club has signed a few personnel, but it is still in the business of saving money. If bwnitez is still left short handed come the end of this window, and it is still handsomely in the black, I will be a tad suspicious of what would seem to be the same old same old with the poster boy Benitez in the style of Stakhanov, fronting the same old flawed regime.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Shirebrook

    It’s even worse now pal with the road works on the A1.
    50 mph speed restrictions for 13 mile.
    Oh well things we do for love of a club eh!!
    What part of the ground do ya sit ??. I am block 12 Platinum.

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #29

    BandB- Don’t go looking for problems that don’t exist. You’re misrepresenting the situation. Expectation was way too high with the revamp of a failed brand. It will take time for so many new players to gel and for Rafa to sift the wheat from the chaff- probably until around the closing of the transfer window. All of which I highlighted a month ago when deciding not to join the mass euphorhia and forecast winning promotion in a canter. Talk of this was not in the script is nonsense because many did see the Rafa Revolution as a work in progress in a marathon and not a sprint. Along with Jimmy Smith a number of us have constantly said you dilute the brand by selling your best players. I did again yesterday pre match.

    We currently lack creativity and a cutting edge. Mitrovic’s return will aid Gayle and cease to make so many balls into the box futile.

    Yesterday saw us create very little from a lot of possession. The defence was again a shambles for their goals. Lascalles is nervous and I can see a further revamp of the defence in coming days. Colback does the simple things well in a dogged resolute way. Blend is all important it’s the difference between functioning and not. Colback would have been the easy short ball out from the back. Lascalles is not a Rio or Stones. Link play at pace without misfiring DM’s is called for.

    With so much possession we created a number of chances but invariably selected the wrong option; Gale who was subdued will blend with someone like Mitrovic in a 4-4-2. The preferred option at home with so much possession.

    I disagree with Blackley the crowd were abysmal because they should make much more effort to spark the team into life. Janmaat is not being helped by the limited Anita who impedes flow. The pairing of Dummett with the nervous Aarons meant we only were a threat when Ritchie was introduced out wide.

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  • BandB

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Well Ian,

    There I go again, suggesting things that are never going to happen……

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Ian sounds a lot like what Mr Charnley would be looking for in a PR handout.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Well I hope Rafas rafalution fairs better than Maccas brave new world Ian he he

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #33

    😀 Belfast aye that’s the one. Now that one DID come with enthused hand rubbing.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #34

    …amongst other things

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Jazzy

    Family area mate as usually go with my mate and his lad. Thinking about becoming a member though as its not the best seats

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #36

    So, Belfast… did Jesper the Danish Jester turn up after all? I didn’t think he could resist apportioning the blame on Benitez for his lack of skipper-spinning ha ha.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Was forestieri’s agent at st James’ yesterday or was that bollox?

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  • Belfast

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #38

    No sign of Jesper whatsoever. I think he’s retired.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #39

    Yeah we members bud.
    Seats a bit expensive but cracking uninterrupted views of the pitch.
    Give us a shout next time ya up and we’ll have a pint pal

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  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 14, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #40

    Tsunki……… To suggest there is some club conspiracy between Ashley and Charnley going on behind the scenes to underspend and be prepared to fail is total nonsense.
    The object of the exercise is to put a squad together capable of winning games and getting us back in the PL. Rafa hasn’t got a winning team together as yet. Most of us are hoping he succeeds in his quest.
    To suggest that Ashley is responsible for our two dismal displays and has a hidden agenda appears to be just another effort to get the Ashley discussion going again.

    Picking players, choosing formations, and instilling confidence and a winning mentality into the team is Rafa’a job and f..k all to do with Ashley.

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