Assistant Manager Heaps Praise On Meticulous Newcastle Man


Rafa Benitez knew exactly what he was doing when he brought in Bournemouth’s 26 year-old winger Matt Ritchie on July 1st, once he knew that Andros Townsend wanted to leave Newcastle for Crystal Palace.

Matt has been great for us so far this season,  not only on the field of play – but he’s a great lad too with a terrific attitude.

And that has not gone unnoticed by Scottish officials either,  with Matt playing well in Malta yesterday in Scotland’s very good 5-1 win in their first World Cup qualifier.

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Matt Ritchie in action last night in Malta

Manager Gordon Strachan has already said he thought Matt was brilliant in the game last night.

But now it’s his assistant manager Mark McGhee who has been praising the Scottish International, who was born on the English south coast in Gosport.

This is what Mark has said on the Sky Sports Jim White show:

“He’s been terrific,”

“I’ve said it before, he’s one of these boys who is meticulous in the way he prepares.”

“He’s one of these boys, you know – he’s got muscles in his eyebrows. Everything about him is athletic.”

“He’s brilliant as a character as well – and loves coming and playing for Scotland.”

You know we’d even hazard a guess that Matt had a really good game last night – and he is most likely already seeing the benefits of Rafa Benitez’ coaching.

With his great attitude, his obsession to improve his game and his obvious natural ability and athleticism – Matt Ritchie could become some player for Newcastle and for Scotland in the years ahead.

Hope so.

Comments welcome.



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53 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 5, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #1

    What a shame he never opted to play for England, would be great if he took Townsends place after he left for footballing reasons.

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  • lochinvar

    Sep 5, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #2

    ” Muscles in his eyebrows” – does he soak them in Irn Bru ?

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  • ZIPPIE57

    Sep 5, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Already forgot Andros who?
    Ritchie is a class act who will only get better

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  • FollowFollow

    Sep 5, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m not surprised at this praise being heaped on Ritchie. The only surprise is how we got him to the Championship.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 5, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Now now.

    No hard feelings towards Andros from me. He playing in a top league and you can’t kid yourself, most of our players would rather be up there.

    Kudos to Matt for taking the step down with us though.

    Imagine if we had both. Then we’d be a team. Good replacement for a good player that shouldve gone to the Euros on the back of his efforts here.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 5, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #6

    LFGUAD

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 5, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s the way he done it, talked about how great the manager was, how he felt he was here to get us back up blah blah, then forked off at the first offer. Fair enough for Lpool or West Ham even. But for Palace and football reasons???

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 5, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Gaz 44, on other thread, I remember a link in the Chronicle with Xavi, but I’m sure that was before Ashley came. Allardyce was in charge. It could have carried over when he arrived, who knows.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 5, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #9

    JFA

    Yes football reasons like I want to play at a higher level.

    He’d just started getting regular game time in the league.

    He tried when he was here. I dont think you can begrudge him for leaving. If you werent a Newcastle fan you wouldnt either.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 5, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #10

    That’s my point LG, he went and joined a manager who plays anti football, why didn’t he just keep his mouth shut about staying instead of getting people’s hopes up. He will get absolutely tortured if we meet Palace again soon.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 5, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #11

    The best British player in Europe is going to score tonight.

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  • clinath@ed

    Sep 5, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Does anyone know if he’s ever played as a no. 10? With the wingers at the club now, and his ability to use both feet, and athleticism maybe he’d be a good fit!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 5, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #13

    I wonder if sissoko will regret leaving us when the season ends, I suppose someone has got to keep the bench warm.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 5, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Is that the one that looks like Cornelius welshie me auld mucka?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 5, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Jail, dosent matter what he looks like when he’s a class player, besides he probably say the same about you.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 5, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #16

    laurent

    imagine if xavi had played for fat sham. the short pass master supreme, in amongst the land of the hoofball giants.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #17

    I suppose it’s a good moral filter, if an aspiring international player can’t see the value of an opportunity to work under a top coach who could refine his game at a big club, albeit in the championship and of course not without graft and commitment, then he’s better off seeking premier league shop window at an also-ran club trying with relegation under a shambolic embarrassment of a ‘coach’. And we’re better off without him and his mentality. I also would have thought nothing of it if Andros hadn’t been swooning over the great Rafa and what a big club Newcastle are etc etc puke gag..then on the first bus down the Smoke.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Tbf I think he’s cuter than that more like Caesar.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Doesn’t Bale have his own clothing brand? I’m sure I’ve seen his face on t-shirts for yonks now. Must have started the firm when he was very small.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Do Wales have a match tonight Welsh? If so, are they playing?

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  • Belfast

    Sep 5, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #21

    The place is on it’s knees at the moment.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 5, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #22

    They play Moldova Tsunki. I’m gonna give the Serbia Ireland game a shot myself.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #23

    I think Welsh is too preoccupied to take a blog beating I’ll try later. I agree Belfast yer Serbia game is the better option.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 5, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Republic of Ireland XI: Randolph, Coleman, O’Shea, Keogh, Whelan, Long, Brady, James McClean, Hendrick, Ward, Walters

    Serbia XI: Rajkovic, Rukavina, Gudelj, Nastasic, Ivanovic, Mitrovic, Tadic, Mladenovic, Milivojevic, Kostic, Vukovic.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 5, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #25

    Welshie….. Bale is indeed a great player but he should score more with his heed .

    http://www.grimmemennesker.dk/data/media/1/SCOTTY_FUNNY_5.jpg

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 5, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Rotonda, it’d have been more crimes to football.

    We were linked with Luis Enrique fairly heavily at one or two stages before then.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 5, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #27

    I remember when Keegan had a deal agreed for Sweinsteiger to come for £3m but Dennis Wise wouldn’t go for it

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  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 5, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #28

    I take it Cairan Clark must be injured? Surely he isn’t that shit that John O’shea can get in a team ahead of him on merit?

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 5, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Come on mighty Mitro

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 5, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Clark is on the bench.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 5, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m detecting “Sissoko” has replaced “Carver” on Ed’s keyboard? I had better not speak too soon. Perhaps he can get them both into one article? Even one sentence. A prize for anyone who can come up with the best suggestion for one typical Ed sentence that would include the two.

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  • manxpie

    Sep 5, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Serbia look good…… and are sky using a camera from a satellite!??

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  • hibbit

    Sep 5, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Blackley and Brownlie

    seen your post the other night but for some reason the site would not let me post
    how did the boy do ?
    i know he’s very disappointed at the moment 3 clubs want him on loan but forest said no
    what do you think of him ??

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 5, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Hibbitt
    He’s got a good strong physique, strong runner with the ball, good movement, always looked a threat. I was impressed by him. He was unlucky not to score but I understand he had a good record at u18s. He put a couple of dangerous crosses in too. Forest look a strong side.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #35

    He could have gone with “Tottenham swoop for Newcastle midfielder – Sissoko pictured in car very shortly to become Spurs player”

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #36

    The simian Galactico scores again for the Taff’s.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #37

    Enter Murphy.

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  • manxpie

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #38

    murpppppppppppppphhhhhhhhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #39

    And he scores!

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  • manxpie

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #40

    great flick on just before aswell

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