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Rob Elliot Got New Deal – So Who’s Next?

8:42 am, Thursday, September 8th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 52 Comments

After the whirlwind that was the summer transfer window at Newcastle, Rafa Benitez keeps working hard and is ensuring he signs up players he sees as the future at Newcastle.

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot got a new and much improved contract at Newcastle yesterday and it was well deserved.

Rafa has already told Rob he sees him as one for the future at the club, but as always Rob must keep up the excellent form he showed last season when he was our Player of the Season.

rob elliot great game at Bournemouth

Rob Elliot new four year deal

We’re not sure how long Rob will still be out, but in their announcement of Rob’s four year deal yesterday the club said he was nearing full fitness, so his ACL knee injury must not be as bad as Tim Krul’s ACL.

Rob was delighted to get the new deal of course and it will help him in his recovery and maybe he can be playing again in late November?

This is what Rafa said about Rob yesterday:

“I’m really pleased that Rob has signed a new contract with the Club.”

“It shows our confidence in him as a goalkeeper for now and for the future. Hopefully he will be challenging for the goalkeeper position again very soon.”

We expect Rafa to keep giving key players new deals and if we were to guess, we’d say that Vurnon Anita has to be close to a new deal.

Rafa has often pointed out what an excellent professional Vurnon is and how he can do the multiple jobs asked of him when he plays for Newcastle.

At the moment Rafa is using him at right back and at the same time he brings in more competition with impressive 23 year-old American right back DeAndre Yedlin joining the club from Tottenham.

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Rafa Benitez trusts Vurnon Anita

The 27 year-old Dutch International is in the final year of his contract at Newcastle, since signing on for us in the summer of 2012 for £6.7M on a five year deal from Ajax.

We’d be surprised if he didn’t get a new deal before the end of the season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Contracts · Financials · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Rob Elliot · Vurnon Anita




52 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wayayman // Sep 8, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Firebug, from previous.

    But the fans have always been the problem since Mikey took over. Demanding a manager that isn’t a tactical vacuum, a bluffing bullsh1t artist, a foul-mouthed drunk or a blundering, out-of-his-depth, smirking umbrella model, they’ve not been happy with any of them and have had the sheer balls to voice displeasure at them. only after a few years mind. Or was it 5?

  • 2 WWSBRD // Sep 8, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    One for the future Ed? Also well deserved new contract? Half a season of good form in 5 years?

  • 3 hibbit // Sep 8, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    WWSBRD

    sorry mate but its not going to be a good day for you Vurnon Anita getting a new contract must have just spoiled your day LOL

  • 4 Tsunki // Sep 8, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    63jimmysmith // Sep 7, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Yes, Newcastle fans are a breed unto themselves. Salt of the earth to a man. Like the one who at that moment when he didn’t have a Sunderland fan at hand to punch in the face, punched a police horse in the face instead, as one example. Pardew was Ashley’s proxy, and so took levels of abuse that even his culpable boss didn’t deserve.

    Jimmy evidently on the same page as Ian. Still using all opportunities to lament Pardews “ill-treatment” and how good he would have been if given Benitez’s remit. This time he takes a swing at generalising Geordie fans as horse-punchers to back up Ians idea that protesting supporters were little more than disgusting louts.

    These two are a joke. Sorry, Jimmy, but in my view that us exactly the way a mackem would view a Mag.

  • 5 Tsunki // Sep 8, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Yo banging the Elliot Drum again 🙂

  • 6 Ibizatoon // Sep 8, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    What do I think, Ed?

    I think wor Yo is going to be an emotional wreck! He’s being pushed to the dark side, right before our eyes.

    It’s okay Yo, there is still joy in the world…stay strong.

  • 7 WWSBRD // Sep 8, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    hibbit
    Am not googling it again I know its not true haha

    Tsunki
    In my defense it is the topic of the thread

    Ibiza
    Am not so sure anymore, the nights are long these days, darkness takes over…

  • 8 Average_Contents // Sep 8, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Happy birthday Gary Speed. Can’t believe it’s been near 5 years. R.I.P

    Just watched a highlight video of his goals.

    The man was pure class.

  • 9 Average_Contents // Sep 8, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Here’s the link to watch it.

    http://c.newsnow.co.uk/A/2/848234890?-11058:809:0

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Sep 8, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    I feel sorry for Anita, full Dutch international in a good Ajax side, bought because Dirk Llambias thought he could get 20M for Cabaye or Tiote, greed got tye better of him and big Vurn was left in the lurch, Pardew didn’t want him and he had no position to make his own. By the time Cabaye did eventually force his move little Vurn was out of sorts. We’ll soon see what Rafa thinks of him when a new deal is or isn’t announced.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Sep 8, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Gary had a left foot, a right foot and a head.

  • 12 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Sep 8, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Speed. What a player. Rip.

  • 13 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 8, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    New Deal….. RAFA!!

  • 14 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Tsunki // Sep 8, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    63jimmysmith // Sep 7, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Yes, Newcastle fans are a breed unto themselves. Salt of the earth to a man. Like the one who at that moment when he didn’t have a Sunderland fan at hand to punch in the face, punched a police horse in the face instead, as one example. Pardew was Ashley’s proxy, and so took levels of abuse that even his culpable boss didn’t deserve.

    Jimmy evidently on the same page as Ian. Still using all opportunities to lament Pardews “ill-treatment” and how good he would have been if given Benitez’s remit. This time he takes a swing at generalising Geordie fans as horse-punchers to back up Ians idea that protesting supporters were little more than disgusting louts.

    These two are a joke. Sorry, Jimmy, but in my view that us exactly the way a mackem would view a Mag.

    4jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    I view Newcastle supporters in the same way as I view Sunderland supporters. The greater majority decent, most often passionate and thoughtful fans. As with all clubs however, a small, often highly vocal section aren’t, and it was that group, with a few under their belts, that were at the heart of the bitterness towards Pardew, who I thought of then, and still do now, a hardworking, committed and capable manager who was well liked by the players. Not an elite manager by any means, no Rafa Benitez certainly, but not at all deserving of the torrents of abuse that rained down on him from some of our own. Being accused of thinking like a Mackem doesn’t bother me. I’m not a Mackem, but they have a fine club, just as we do.

  • 15 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    This particular cheap shot – “Jimmy evidently on the same page as Ian. Still using all opportunities to lament Pardews “ill-treatment” and how good he would have been if given Benitez’s remit “- a response to this recent post.

    jimmysmith // Sep 7, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    It would have been interesting had Pardew been given the same rope as Benitez. I know we aren’t talking the same calibre of manager, but still, mighty short leash he was on. If the club had wanted the security of mid table finishes, that would have been its better bet in hindsight.

  • 16 Novocastrian66 // Sep 8, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Pardew was, is a nugget. I do not know any Newcastle supporters who did not want him out. It wasn’t a small section of supporters who couldn’t stand the odious cretin.

  • 17 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    “nugget, odious cretin”. I recognised his time was up, I knew long before that his boss had time and time again left him short handed, but I don’t think for one second it was anything other than a small section of fans that view him, or many other individuals they encounter in life as “odious cretins”.

  • 18 Mister Tuff // Sep 8, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Wow – another of the newly formed dance troupe comes out.
    The King Percy Dance Club seems to be getting a few new members.
    Jimmy.
    Get down and do dem funky moves.

  • 19 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Pardew’s gone, we’ve upgraded substantially, and I’ve never been much of a dancer.

  • 20 Ian Toon // Sep 8, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Jimmy- You mention the essential truth about football. There are those of all persuasions who attend matches with family and friends and have an emotional connection to supporting their team.

    Tribalism still exists – as it will at Derby tomorrow – but without the underlying menace of violence. I am looking forward to it.

  • 21 Mister Tuff // Sep 8, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Do good blokes have these qualities.
    Racist views
    Serial shagger
    Shagging players wives
    Stealing an underlings meal.
    Branded a liar in public.

  • 22 Mister Tuff // Sep 8, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Hahaha – I was going to post that ssshhh -you know who – would be along giving Jimmy a hoop licking – but thought better of it.
    Hey presto – he appears.

  • 23 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Not knowing him personally, I wouldn’t know if he’s a good bloke or not. I’ve never referenced his character though in any post, other than his attributes and flaws as a manager as I saw them, and the fact the players respected and liked him.

  • 24 Mister Tuff // Sep 8, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Jimmy – well if you are not very good at dancing you need to observe some of the “fancy footwork” exhibited on here – quite outstanding sometimes.

  • 25 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Anyway, I’m on the record here now and many times before on Pardew, so I’ll leave it at that.

  • 26 Novocastrian66 // Sep 8, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Jimmy; I think you will find that there is a substantial majority of Newcastle supporters cannot stand Pardew. He treat the Newcastle supporters with contempt. Nothing was ever and I mean ever his fault. He was a fully paid up member of Ashley’s strategy. He has come out and said after leaving that his hands were tied. However whenever we got a decent win he would dedicate it to his big pal Mike. He said he was delighted with his squad he never once stated he wasn’t happy with the transfer activities of the club.
    It will not be long before he gets the bullet from Crystal Palace.

  • 27 Wayayman // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Jimmysmith, the thing is, Pardew wouldnt have been given what Rafa has simply because he’s not in the same league as Rafa and doesnt command the same respect. Football matters aside, there’s been nothing at all stopping any of our managers reaching out to the fans and community the way Rafa has in a few short months. Pardew could have at least tried t get a feel for the fans, the club and listened to them, or strengthen ties within junior football in the area etc. Instead he went along easy street. That’s not his fault though, he was simply out of his depth and new he was lucky to be in charge of such a huge club. Rafa on the other hand knows very well that we are very lucky to have him and that the fans appreciate his dedication to submersing himself in our city and mindset. What a blookdy fantastic time to support us eh? The future is full of actual obtainable possibilities rather than optimistic wishful thinking.

  • 28 hibbit // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Jimmy its fairly obvious you haven’t been in the city or st james park for a long time
    if you had you would have been more in tune with peoples feeling towards Pardue in other words you haven’t got a clue have you
    your so out of touch with the fans feelings it’s laughable
    if Pardue was so badly done to he should have walked he didn’t why because he was part of it not the innocent victim

  • 29 geordie157 // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    I think if we start well and silence the crowd on Saturday, we will win. Derby have looked poor so far and aren’t scoring goals, think pressure is already building on Pearson.

    Predicting our starting line up isn’t too hard but choosing who’s on the bench is.

    I don’t see Hanley making the bench and maybe not Colback either.

  • 30 Ian Toon // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Jimmy- Barney Ronay, wrote a great piece on Pardew, “the River Island Tony Pulis”. A few years ago but he got it wrong about toon fans being deluded thinking of Klopp, Frank de Boer, Rafael Benitez amongst those that might manage the club.

    He does make a fair point of the feeling of broader alienation unlikely to be dissipated by Pardew’s departure. Jogging on most of us at Derby tomorrow will be looking forward and without the disjunct between supporter expectation and any limit to the role.

  • 31 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Hibbit, my view of the fans attitude is that there was ultimately a substantial dissatisfaction with Pardew, largely because of his failure to rouse us for the derbies, and much smaller pockets of enmity towards him, but greater dissatisfaction with the owner and greater enmity toward him also. I don’t live in Newcastle anymore, but I follow the clubs fortunes closely, watch the matches on telly, read the press, and recognise that people everywhere are essentially the same. Am I so laughably wide of the mark?

  • 32 Wayayman // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Saturday, Ian. Saturday. Unless you bought a ticket off Barry the Tout?

  • 33 Ian Toon // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Ha Ha – Thanks. I was thinking of the Fulham game. It’s been a long week..

  • 34 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Ian/pushy/carl, from last night – Earning respect does not stem from making multiple accounts and then lying and denying that you do.

    To those who didn’t see it before:

    Pushy Pardew // Dec 4, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Ian Toon
    Hope you don’t feel as bad as me this morning. Your much heralded
    4-2-3-1 was seen and 4-4-2 at times. Shows need for good players to adjust. Thought Anita the pick along with Sylvian good to see more movement off the ball and closing down. Agree on Ba we need to keep him he takes responsibility and changes games. Cisse closed down their left side.
    Rotonda
    It was not about systems or formations but movement and closing players down when we did not have the ball.

    —————

    Pushy Pardew // Dec 4, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Pushy- Good morning. Did have a few but not as many as you by the sound of it. Played more like the envisaged side pre season. Good to see Anita and Marve blending together so well. We must keep Ba. Anita is just the player we saw at Ajax with added strength from a lot of hard gym work. I have to go. Have a good one.

    ————-

    That is you caught out. Case closed.

    Master multiple match: 100%

    To confirm your mistake, you added this as well by trying to refer to ‘pushy’ and transfer whilst accidentally still logged into your ‘Pushy’ account instead of Ian Toon:

    Pushy Pardew // Dec 4, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    PushyTransfer – I saw the Fulham game last season and we played in the first half but fell apart. Interesting to see the team Pardew turns out against Bordeaux.

    ————

    Your explanation on this please?

  • 35 sussextoon // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    I’ve got a spare ticket for QPR game if anyone’s interested? Ordered one for me and one for my girlfriend but they’re not sitting together so she doesn’t want to go now and can’t be swapped as its sold out. Will sell for face value (£29.00). Let me know ASAP if any of you want it as I need to send back to the club today to get a refund. Thought I’d check here first.

  • 36 hibbit // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    jimmy sorry mate you are
    the fans feelings towards Pardue would not be grasped for tv coverage and certainly not from the southern press
    the man was complicit in the downfall of nufc happy to take his masters 30 piece of silver
    not the innocent victim as you and others would have him painted

  • 37 Ian Toon // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Laurent- You’re a fool. Why wuld someone like me who responds to your critical posts want to undertake such practice.
    Ed – Stated at the time that there was no casual link.

    You clearly didn’t see the posting involving a poster who showed how such posting could be falsified . Ibizatoon was taken in and ended up by spotting it but then being embarrassed enough to go off the blog. This was probably about 4-6 weeks ago.
    Check it out –

  • 38 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    I never “Hated” pardew. But he is a bit of a rediculous human being,and a dull manager. Appart from the one season where he managed to get things right most of the time, and got fifth, he basically would still have us lower mid table every season. He wouldn’t have got us relegated, but we would never have won owt either. Je was obviously better than Carver and wally. We have a chance of getting back to the top and even winning something with rafa.

  • 39 Wayayman // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Sussextoon, if you don’t get any joy on here, try @toontickets on Twitter as they’ll retweet the details for you.

  • 40 Tsunki // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    What a circus.

    Ian – you are Clamped.

    Jimmy – wriggle away, what you said is there, no facts twisted.

  • 41 sussextoon // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Thanks Wayayman I’ll give it a try

  • 42 Novocastrian66 // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Jimmy; you’re a mile away and people from everywhere are not the same. I would also add that the press were as equally miles away in their assessment of Pardew’s performance as Newcastle manager. The general consensus in the media was that what more could we, the fans expect and that Pardew was doing a good job.
    The derby games were an issue, but if they were one aborations on an otherwise solid season they would soon be forgotten. Ultimately they were a magnification of how pathetic we were as a club and how he was as a manager.
    I would add that if the players respected him as much as you state the had a funny way of showing it as they rarely performed for him on the pitch. Looking back, I would say that just about all the players, the manager and certainly the owner had their own agendas for being at the club. Giving their best for the club was not on their agendas unless there was an ulteriar motive.
    The hopes and dreams of the supporters were dismissed out of hand and Pardew was as complicit as Ashley.

  • 43 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    OK, Ian.

  • 44 Hail Wor Ashley // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Well goalkeeping expert WWSBRD thinks Elliot isn’t any good, so Rafa must have made a big mistake on this one.

    Though I do recall WWSBRD once going by WWJBD (Joey Barton), so maybe not the best to give him too much credence.

    Expect the same team as last time except Gayle for Perez and possibly Lazaar coming in at either LB or LW.

  • 45 Ian Toon // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Tsunki- Have you ever done jury service?

  • 46 Jail for Ashley // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Ian, carl, Pushy, Jack Root, Sack Llambias,
    Root and branch. Marauding runs, yer right, your a not you’re a. The same petty dislikes of the same posters, you’ve been caught so many times it’s untrue. You even had the gallery to call out Rob Vollans for it. You are a despicable member of this forum, a devisive snivelling turd.

  • 47 Jail for Ashley // Sep 8, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Not to mention Stones being the best thing since Rio or the extract from the book Carra. We’ll forget about carl getting you work at uni then denying knowing you as well.

  • 48 Ian Toon // Sep 8, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Divisive

  • 49 Ian Toon // Sep 8, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    You could use buccaneering instead of marauding if you prefer!

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // Sep 8, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Aren’t you embarrassed at?

  • 51 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    He’s not blameless, obviously. Didn’t have the gravitas to get what was needed for the team from the owner, chose instead to get on with his inadequate remit and did so reasonably capably, who knows, maybe he believed Ashley would finally come good with the finances, but ultimately lost the support of the fans and rightly went. He should certainly have said more in my opinion, he should have walked earlier in protest if he couldn’t persuade the owner to alter the approach. He hung on too long. Some say he was complicit, I don’t even accept that Ashley had to be cynical, just that he was certainly wrong. That’s essentially Pardew at Newcastle for me. Ashley’s Newcastle.

  • 52 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Wriggle? It IS all there, as you say.




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