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How Things Can Change So Quickly In Football

1:23 pm, Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 100 Comments

Jamaal Lascelles has developed a lot since Rafa Benitez joined Newcastle on March 13th when Jamaal went from a player who had hardly played under the very woeful Steve McClaren – to a regular for Rafa in the last several games of last season.

And in the summer, Rafa made Jamaal captain after the 22 year-old had shown some real leadership previously.

One example of that was at half time during the game at Southampton when  more experienced and older players said nothing.

rafa benitez jamaal lascelles

Newcastle manager with his captain

Jamaal has been talking about how things have changed so quickly for him over these last six months or so:

“I’m very comfortable being captain. I’m outspoken and will say what needs to be said. You can’t just have players with talent and flair.”

“You need to make sure players are dedicated and are putting a shift in too.”

 “It is a big responsibility. As an individual I’ve got to stay positive all the time, even if I want to lose my head or whatever or get angry.”

“I’m only 22 but the other lads do look up to me and you’ve got to stay positive. It is a big responsibility, but I’m a big enough character to deal with it. All the lads are backing me.”

“On the pitch I’m not the only one with a voice. We’ve got some big characters on the pitch who are helping me.”

“When we beat Norwich 6-2 I was watching from the box. It just goes to show how much football can change,”

“I’ve gone from being out of the squad to being captain – hard work can get you there.”

Jamaal is right to say things can change quickly in football and they often do.

In the summer of last year after Chelsea had won the Premier League in Jose Mourinho’s second season back at Stamford Bridge, who would have thought he would be fired before the end of last year?

And about 40 hours ago before the news broke in the Telegraph, who would have thought that Sam Allardyce would be out as the England manager?

Yes – things do change quickly in football and in life too – as it turns out.

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100 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonBano // Sep 28, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Things can change quick

    ….just ask Gouffran

  • 2 nut meg // Sep 28, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Ha ha great minds etc, i’m quite confident of getting 3 points tonight and 5 points points each for me & you.

  • 3 nut meg // Sep 28, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    points points…a bit of a stutter there.

  • 4 hibbit // Sep 28, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Rafa’s bingo V Norwich

    Yedlin M’Bemba Lascelles Dummet
    …………..Shelvey Colback…………….
    ………Ritchie Gayle Gouffran………..

  • 5 JP...from The Rock // Sep 28, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Rafa bingo then, here is my two cents;


    Yedlin Lascelles Mbemba Dummett

    Colback Shelvey

    Ritchie Perez Gouffran


  • 6 JP...from The Rock // Sep 28, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Looking at my team I think we need height in there vs Norwich and my team lacks it, yet I still think that is the team Rafa will put out. And if we need height then Rafa can bring in Murphey, Mitro and Diame later on.

  • 7 Krul To Be Kind // Sep 28, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    I think Murphy will get a start tonight… he’ll be chomping at the bit to get one over Norwich because of his Ipswich links!

    If he does I’ll have a fiver on him for first scorer toon to win!


  • 8 Belfast // Sep 28, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    *Crosses picket line*

    Am I allowed to re enter ?? 🙂

    Rafa bingo
    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
    Colback Shelvey
    Ritchie Gayle Goofy

    Would be appreciated if you could make a note of this one Jail.

  • 9 Belfast // Sep 28, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Or there will be a riot.

  • 10 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 28, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Just catching up with this thread this is a repost.

    I see that Ed has moved on but Jail i believe wants our predictions on this thread.

    Jail Rafa bingo confirmed

    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
    Colback Shelvey
    Ritchie Perez Goufron

    I really wanted to pick Darlow but I think he will fielding Sels and I reckon Gayle or Mitrovic will probably be preferred to Murphy but Rafa does tend to surprise us.

  • 11 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 28, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    There doesn’t seem to be any games on TV tonight and only highlights of the European Games.??

  • 12 chicousa // Sep 28, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Rafa Bingo


    Yedlin Lascelles Mbemba Dummett

    Colback Shelvey

    Ritchie Perez Gouffran


    Mitrovic to score a brace. Score 3-1. Would like to see Darlow start but don’t think Rafa wants to bruise Sels confidence any more than it has been from the stick he was getting via twitter…

  • 13 sing in the corner // Sep 28, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Nice stat:
    There were 13 goals in the two games between the Toon and Norwich last season.
    Nailed on nil nil tonight then!

  • 14 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Good afternoon bloggers and a very merry matchday to you all. Can’t wait to get in my seat tonight. Really looking forward to this game for certain.
    Ed saying fans are worrying about promotion. Really? A win tonight puts us within three points of top place – don’t worry be happy. Going up up up!

    Rafa bingo for what it’s worth.


    Yedders Lascelles Mbemba. Dummett

    Colback Shelvey

    Ritchie Diame. The Gouff


    Time the beast was set loose on his old rivals Norwich. Better in the air than Mitro, I’m sorry to disappoint Mitro fans – including myself! 🙂 Horses for courses.

    Now watch Rafa blow us all out of the water. I think firebug has inside contacts 🙂

  • 15 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Bill, see how many times i missed the bus yesterday mate? Ed’s deffo onto us two my friend. Dunno what either of us have done like 🙂

  • 16 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    I’m not paranoid. It’s just all those plotting against me who claim I am. 🙂

  • 17 Blofal // Sep 28, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Yedlin – Hanley – Lascelles – Dummett
    Ritchie – Colback – Shelvey – Gouffran
    ————Mitrovic – Gayle

  • 18 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 28, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    rafa bingo…


  • 19 Shadow_Shearer // Sep 28, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Rafa bingo

    Yadlin lascelle clark dummy
    Shelvey colback
    Ritchie gayle gouffy

    Diame must be dropped for this one. The guy was firing blanks in the last game. Gayle may have been poor but at least his chances were on target.

    I reckon rafa will want a big man, since teams park the bus against us when we play at home, & I personally think that would be the best thing to do.

  • 20 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 28, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    If there’s one big plus about this league, it’s that we get to see more games. Looking forward to going tonight.

  • 21 Average_Contents // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:05 PM


  • 22 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    LR32, isn’t it just? I’m loving this 2/3 games a week mate, even though it leaves me crippled! I’m recovering from one game just in time for the next and I wouldn’t want it any other way. 🙂 keep them coming, I’m loving it like you.
    I do sympathise with those unable to attend though, it must be frustrating not geing able to watch. Best advice is listen to the radio and watch ssn simultaneously, because they show the goals as they go in. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than nothing.

  • 23 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Ha ha! ‘Not geing’. Bob the ventriloquist strikes again! 🙂

  • 24 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Enjoy a gottle of geer whilst listening too.

  • 25 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:14 PM


    Yeah, look out behind you!!

  • 26 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Jail, are you there mate? Someone was wanting a link to that radio link you listened to whilst working away, any chance you could post it so more can tune in? Damned if I can remember it. Lilo was wanting it too. Cheers.

  • 27 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Bloody hell bill, you made me spill my coffee there mate. 🙂

  • 28 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:20 PM


    Just in case Ed thinks we are whingeing to much, I think all of his threads are pre-set and I believe he has to have a certain amount out to collect some dollars.

    No problem with that we all have to live.

    It just gets annoying when you have written an opus and just posted it and bingo a new thread comes up.

    We still love him though


  • 29 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    You all should wait until I have posted the pre-game training pics before entering the Bingo.
    So many clues so little time !

  • 30 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:21 PM


    🙂 🙂

  • 31 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:24 PM


    That’s Sels but for a minute I thought bl00dy ell is Steve Taylor back with us. Dead ringer.

  • 32 clinath@ed // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:27 PM are saying the match is on 5live extra tonight

  • 33 nut meg // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    radio commentry

  • 34 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Caption Competiton

    Prize – One of Geordie 2’s honey badger fur lined thongs.

  • 35 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Nice one clint. It might well be on talksport2, i haven’t checked. Most people across the world can tune into 5live online so you’ve just made a lot of people happy.

  • 36 Chancel be a fine thing // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    confirmed rafa bingo lineup:

    yedlin lascelles clark dummet
    shelvy hayden
    Ritchie peres gouffran

  • 37 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    I’ll start the ball rolling

    “Beam me up Scotty – I’m in a spot of bother here “

  • 38 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    No flies on jib I see. 🙂 Never thought of that actually mate, but I will next time thank you! 🙂 If it wasn’t for those damn kids I would’ve got away with it!

  • 39 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:40 PM


    ‘Wheres me gum shipment, I’m a bit stressed’

  • 40 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Is 5live online audio or TV

  • 41 AncientC // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:43 PM


    At a complete guess. The only thing predictable is the dropping of Diame.

  • 42 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Digital radio or sky mate, the choice is yours.

  • 43 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    5 live EXTRA
    Ordinary 5 live is ManCity v Celtic

  • 44 clinath@ed // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    I live to serve Bobby

  • 45 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:47 PM

  • 46 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Ancient, that’s why I’ve picked him! 🙂 You just never know with Rafa.

  • 47 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:48 PM

  • 48 AncientC // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Another radio link – in case there are problems with others.

  • 49 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Gorrit at last

  • 50 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Not wanting to rub it in or anything clint, but i won’t be needing the radio tonight. 🙂 I just wanted those who can’t be there to enjoy it to the max. As soon as we score – optimism again – zip it over to ssn and watch the goal. It’s the next best thing to watching I reckon.

  • 51 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Well done chaps, nobody should miss the action tonight then. Nice how we all look after each other on here innit? Except that pesky ibiza, who knows how to push my buttons! 🙂 He would likely say exactly the same as well! We’re as bad as each other I think. 🙂

  • 52 lesh // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Nutmeg, Ancient, Jib

    I’m in Turkey and it’s good to see links to radio commentary.

    However, as I’m not a six year old and thus internet illiterate, can any of you guys help me understand to to get the commentary via your respective links, please?

    Your help would be appreciated otherwise I’m stuck with the BBC website’s live text commentary.

  • 53 lesh // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:09 PM


    Assuming you’re in the UK, you’ll get bbc 5 live sport extra on your dab radio or possibly the fm frequency.

  • 54 Mister Tuff // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Jib Jibberish – good training pics there.
    Couldn’t quite make out the bloke with RB on his sports top.
    Especially after you said a few weeks ago that Rafa was the type of bloke who did not wear monogrammed clothes.
    Hahaha – Duh -wrong again.

  • 55 ShirebrookToon // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    My Rafa Bingo Line up


    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett

    ——– Shelvey Hayden

    —–Ritchie Perez Goufran



  • 56 lesh // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:18 PM


    How many names you got, how many do you need and why not just stick to one like most of us???

    If you’ve not had your medication yet, I’m sure we could arrange for Nurse Ratchett to help steady your symptoms.

  • 57 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    The easiest for you will be this
    Just click on the arrow in the cirle to the top left of the page at the time of the game

  • 58 lesh // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Thanks Jib

    Kick off 7.45?

  • 59 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Mr Tuff
    Duh yup I’m wrong again
    Jeez I wish I was clever like what you are !

  • 60 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    I’ve got friends round tonight, so I’ll record the Sky highlights prog. and catch up later.

  • 61 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Lesh 21.45 türk zaman

  • 62 firebug666 // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    lesh & any other over seas supporters:

    Download and install HOLA from google apps (i think), When you find a site say BBC and it won’t let you watch / listen go to hola and select the country of origin in this case the UK and the stream should work.

    Hola is a vpn manipulator that tell you computer you are in the UK.

    Hope this helps.

  • 63 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Jib, you’ve spelt circle wrong mate. Jesus, wait for the backlash! 🙂

  • 64 Legolas // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Hi all,

    Hope all is well with each and everyone of you and your all looking forward to the match tonight. I am starting feel nervous now. Ha ha.

    My Confirmed Rafa bingo


    Yedlin Lacelles Clark Dummett

    Ritchie Shelvey Hayden Gouffran

    Gayle Mitrovic

  • 65 BandB // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    I’m expecting Rafa to spring a few genuine surprises tonight. We think he’s unpredictable, but until now its been impossible to predictably predict just how unpredictable he is. This is what I’m expecting tonight.


    Yedlin……Lascelles……..Mbemba……….Erastosthenes of Cyrene


    Ritchie……………King Leopold of Belgium…………….Perez

    Roy of the Rovers

  • 66 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Actually the BBC is rolling out i-player for world use (RoI can already use it)
    If you load the app in the UK now there is a chance it will work without a vpn or emulator when abroad

  • 67 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Bill, another drug fueled entertaining evening then? 🙂

  • 68 BandB // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Oh…someone’s just pointed that this is a ridiculous team ……as Colback is carrying a knock.

  • 69 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    BandB, no inside information allowed you know? Clearly you have it. 🙂

  • 70 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Ha ha ha

  • 71 BandB // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Enjoy your night bobby.

  • 72 Chancel be a fine thing // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Is that me you are referring to?

  • 73 clinath@ed // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Bobby, as you didn’t gloat about watching the match live (much), while us mere mortals have to listen on the wireless, I won’t hope you get restricted viewing or mysteriously locked in the bogs…!

  • 74 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Oh gawd, I forgot about Colback’s injury. Oh well, i was wrong last time and no doubt I’ll be wrong next time as well, so why bother changing it now?

  • 75 GeordieTwo // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Good article Shola’s mate. This is the biggest match so far. Win and we’re right back in 3rd. Lose and we’re 7 points back of Norwich and 6 behind Huddersfield and still in 9th! Not good enough. This is a tasty challenge. Get them up for it Rafa!

  • 76 firebug666 // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:38 PM


    Colback has been training this week mate so will be in contention I think. I have him in my lineup too.

  • 77 GeordieTwo // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Whoops wrong blog! The sentiment stands though. We need a huge and consistent effort from all the players tonight. Copy and paste does me in again. Hee hee.

  • 78 bettyswallocks // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Jib….. It must be you!

  • 79 GeordieTwo // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Yedlin has a knock. Not clear if he can play.

  • 80 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    BandB, i will, win lose or draw if we play well. Got to add though, the greater enjoyment comes from battering the buggers! 🙂

    Sorry clint, I’m feeling giddy for the game tonight. Please accept my humble apologies and enjoy what you can. I always enjoy the radio myself when that’s the only real option. I shut my eyes and pretend I’m there. Then again, as you can see from my Rafa bingo, I do have a good imagination. 🙂

  • 81 firebug666 // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:42 PM


    Yedlin is a worry as I have him too, but according to Rafa he has been training well so you never know.

    Turning into proper bingo this is, only thing missing is telling your share partner what you are waiting for 😀

  • 82 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Firebug, share? Share? I pick BandB to share with tonight then. Best line up i’ve seen for a long time and just so so Rafaeasque.

  • 83 firebug666 // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:48 PM


    I was thinking to share with you mate, between us we might just have the starting 11. 😀

  • 84 BandB // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:49 PM


    In case anyone thinks it’s just the three changes to the line-up, that’s silent movie star Marcel Perez on the left.
    I don’t think Ayoze can play out wide.

  • 85 Ibizatoon // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Bobby…I don’t know what you mean…

    Btw…If we lose tonight, it’s all YOUR fault. Enjoy.

    Anyway, HWTL & HWTF.

  • 86 bettyswallocks // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Bobby….. I don’t think she does sharing.

  • 87 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Absolutely BandB, sounds good to me. But then, firebug did it right last time. Now I’m confused. No, can’t show favouritism I suppose, I’ll have to go it alone. Damn and blast.

  • 88 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Yedlin plays apparently

  • 89 firebug666 // Sep 28, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    This is my lineup from a couple of days ago.

    firebug666 // Sep 26, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Well let’s hope moving forward means putting in a performance for 90+ minutes and not just the first half.

    So assuming Yedlin and Colback are fit, here is my Rafa bingo prediction. I think Rafa will stick with Sels as he is trying to improve him.

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo Lineup:






    I’m not so confident this week as Yedlin maybe a doubt, but fancy the rest is not far off, Tiote probably on the bench, as he will need a few cameo’s before he gets the chance of a start.

  • 90 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Hanley and Ritchie in Scotland squad

  • 91 Bobbybee // Sep 28, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Right! Time to go and enjoy the game. HTL!!!

  • 92 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 28, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Bobby, yes, downside is that not everyone can see the games. I’ve had radio and SSN muted/un-muted as well when away. The plus of that is that you see the goals asap.

  • 93 firebug666 // Sep 28, 2016 at 6:09 PM


    Have a great night marra, lets hope to celebrate a win.

  • 94 Bambams // Sep 28, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    I have a feeling Murphy might start….

    Anyway we would be all happy with three points tonight.

    Just hope there are some streams or I will just have to watch SSN ‘again’

  • 95 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    The Russian government has dismissed an investigation showing that separatist rebels downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with a missile system from Russia.

    Well they would wouldn’t they !

  • 96 Mister Tuff // Sep 28, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    My Rafa bingo shout.

    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
    Diame Shelvey
    Ritchie Gayle Goufran

  • 97 Mister Tuff // Sep 28, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Norwich more or less have the same team as last year so will be well drilled playing as a team. They got rid of Redmond and signed Pritchard from Spurs.

    sadly I think their forwards may be better than ours and think we well may get beat.
    If Rafa goes for them instead of sitting back -bit more adventutous – we might get a win.
    Is he too over cautious.

  • 98 SPRINGY // Sep 28, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Rafa bingo

  • 99 firebug666 // Sep 28, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Darlow is in so that’s me out lmao!

  • 100 Average_Contents // Sep 28, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    My confirmed rafa bingo lineup

    Sels, Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Colback, Gouffran, Diame, Gayle

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