Newcastle A Really Good Place To Be The Moment


Rob Elliot is recovering from his serious ACL injury he picked up while playing for the Republic Ireland in late March and while he’s now fully fit physically, he may need to get some match practice in the U-23 side before he is ready again for the Newcastle first team.

Rob is delighted to be at Newcastle, especially at such an exciting time with Rafa Benitez now starting to show at Newcastle why he’s had so much success as a manager over the last 20 years and as a coach for the 10 years before that.

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Rob Elliot in training

This is what Rob has said about wanting to get back into the side after his serious injury:

““The impact of the summer and the manager staying makes you want to get back quicker.”  “It adds to everything even more.”

“It is a really good place to be at the moment.”  “Football is a massive game of opinions so you have to keep yourself on the right track.”

“Luckily for me I got an opportunity.” “And that’s all I have wanted – to be able to show what I could do over a number of games.”

“Luckily I had a decent season, even if it wasn’t enough to keep us up.” “It stands us in good stead for the future.”

Before his ACL injury Rob had been playing through the pain barrier due to tearing a tendon when he was playing back in December two years ago.

In late May, Rob revealed he had the operation to fix the problem:

“Finally had my thigh op after tearing tendon in December 2014.” “Will definitely be back even stronger now.”

So when Rob finally does return to the team he will be fully fit for the first time in nearly two years – but he knows getting back his first team place back from the in-form Karl Darlow will not be easy.

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26 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Not good from Shelvey and this is the sort of thing that he still needs to stamp out of his game!! It means he will probably be suspended for the Hull game which is unacceptable!!

    We just don’t have that cutting edge in the middle of the park without him

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  • G

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Has he answered the charge yet? Is there any new info regarding the allegation?

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  • Jib

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #3

    LCBP

    So you accept he’s guilty !

    The F.A. must love supporters like you , always thinking the worst of players.

    I’ve watched the Anita sending off on the 87th minute about 20 times and Shelvey runs away from everyone and stands by himself – he must have used a megaphone to abuse someone !

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  • Budge123

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Jib – they must have something to make the charge after this time. Hardly off the cuff is it.

    IF guilty not only do we have to do without for a number of games but also could it effect the team spirit that has been so carefully nurtured?

    The only positive is that it gives something to talk about during the international break. Maybe that is why the FA took so long

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  • AncientC

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #5

    As the season wears on, with injuries and suspensions, were people not predicting this is when the club would come into its own, with a big squad to pull away from other clubs.

    Now Shelvey is injured, a bit more realism is kicking in. If we have problems getting games out of Shelvey and Ritchie for the rest of this season, things could change rapidly.

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  • G

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s injured too?

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  • AncientC

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #7

    *suspended*

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  • G

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Ah, thanks for clarifying

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  • AncientC

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #9

    *Can’t blame auto-correct for that one* heh.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Looking on the bright side re. Jonjo.

    When we continue to win games in his absence, if he is suspended, it will prove that we are not a one man team.

    Who will be taking his place, do we have Hayden and the Ginger Makalele. Anita perhaps? Clarke moving forward with Hanley coming in?

    I’m sure Rafa (all hail him) will have it covered.

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  • mindshaft

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Maybe the F.A dont want the toon wrapping up the championship so easily so will try and charges against our players for things that happen non stop in games from all players – they really are a self serving joke of an old boys club

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  • Jib

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #12

    The club appealed Anita’s red card which the F.A. upheld – Surely that was the time to take action over any other misdemeanours in the same game.
    This action has not been instigated by officials or players – I would guess it has come from a Wolves fan who thinks there is sufficient video evidence.

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  • Jib

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #13

    This has the air of John Terry v Anton Ferdinand – and the F.A. totally cocked that up !

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #14

    I forgot that Anita was sent off, so he’ll be banned for our next game or more.

    Diame might be more effective in that position and then there’s always Cheick.

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  • mindshaft

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Anitas already served his ban – he was sent off on 17th September

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Shelvey does seem to have an aggressive streak in him that he needs to curb. Wolves and the player must have decided to follow up the complaint.

    We have the squad to handle these things but without Shelvey and Ritchie the team lacks a lot of creativity.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #17

    This also has the air of Jib versus BandB which the blog managed to solve without the police getting involved.

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  • mindshaft

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Well thr rumour is he racially abused Saiss of Wolves who doesn’t actually speak any English but was reported immediately to ref by a team mate – it’ll be a 5 game ban if found guilty , no idea why it’s taken so long unless the ref didn’t include it in after match report and Wolves have followed it up

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  • Budge123

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Mind shaft – racial abuse happens nonstop from all players? Therefore it’s Ok?
    Is that really your argument?

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  • Jib

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Betty
    Don’t get me involved in your cat fights you soft tart .

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  • Jib

    Nov 8, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Budge123
    He didn’t say it was OK.
    But it certainly happens all the time.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 8, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Jib…… I’m not. If you recall I stoically defended your corner for which I got no thanks. Show some gratitude man if you don’t want a retrial.

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  • Budge123

    Nov 8, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #23

    They are a self serving old boys club – and wrong to make an issue of this?

    How else do you take that statement.

    It doesn’t happen all the time that’s nonsense

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  • SUTTY1978

    Nov 8, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #24

    It’s a minimum 5 game ban if he pleads guilty, could be more dependant on the nature of the language used, could be 10 games.
    If he pleads innocent and is then found guilty the punishment will be more severe.
    Not sure where the burden of proof lies in these things. Bearing in mind the coverage isn’t premier league standard any more there isn’t the proliferation of cameras that catch every player in close up all the time. That’s probably why it’s taken so long to gather something they think might show him as guilty.
    I don’t think they would have brought the charge if they didn’t have some eveidence.

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  • Budge123

    Nov 8, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #25

    Exactly Sutty they wouldn’t have brought the charge without confidence of the result.
    Despite the air of its common place and therefore why charge him which seems to be on this thread this is a significant issue.

    I’ve played and watched football for many years and certainly not constantly racially abused.

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  • AncientC

    Nov 8, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Yesterday’s FA statement read: ‘Jonjo Shelvey has been charged for misconduct in relation to Newcastle United’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday 17 September 2016.’

    ‘It is alleged that in or around the 87th minute of the fixture, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent.’

    ‘It is further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) is an ‘Aggravated Breach’ as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality.’

    Not necessarily racist then, which isn’t stopping some media outlets using headlines cliaming Shelvey made racist remarks.

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