Player On Why He Couldn’t Resist Coming To Newcastle

Mo Diame is one of three players in the summer who left clubs in the Premier League to join Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United in the Championship.

Mo left Hull City who he had helped get promoted by scoring that sensational winner after 72 minutes at Wembley that gave them the 1-0 playoff win over Sheffield Wednesday and promotion.

The other two players were Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace and Matt Richie from Bournemouth and it was a big chance they took because perhaps Newcastle would not come straight back up as many pundits had predicted.


Mo Diame in training

That was especially true when we lost our first two Championship games.


Diame has given a press conference today and he has explained why he couldn’t turn down a big club like Newcastle United when world-class manager Rafa Benitez was at the helm:

“When you have a chance to come to a club like Newcastle and a manager like Rafa Benitez wants you – then you have to accept.”

“New Hull manager Mike Phelan is a good man and the players like him.”  “It was important to keep somebody who has the feeling with the players.”

“They started very well and I knew they would be OK at the beginning. They have the fighting spirit and the dressing room stuck together but the Premier League is difficult.”

“I hope they will stay in the Premier League.”

“It’s very good at Newcastle.”

“The team is confident and we know this league is difficult and every game will be difficult, but we have the quality.”

“We will be fine, we will just keep working and stay focused.” “We are close now and there are only two games to get to a final so why not?”

“We are doing well in the Championship, but we also want to do well in the cup.”

It would be terrific if we can win tomorrow night and be in the semi-final of the EFL Cup.

Leeds United play at Liverpool in the other game tomorrow night and then on Wednesday night the other two games are as follows:

Arsenal v Southampton
Manchester United v West Ham United

So it could be that Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle reach it to the semi-finals – the big four of English football – obviously.

Maybe we could get one of the weaker sides if we can get through – like Jose Mourinho’s  Manchester United?


We need to win this game tomorrow night at Hull to make up for losing on Saturday to lowly Blackburn.

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40 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 28, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #1


    Bit of a joke mate.

    It seemed to be doing your head in that ed put a draw as an option for the cup games AND people voted for it lol.

    Basically ed got it and you exploded in excitement 😉

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 28, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Or not as testified by your response lmao.

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 28, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #3

    On last thread.

    Don’t see the big problem with players betting as long as their not involved in the match.

    Petty rule imho.

  • Tsunki

    Nov 28, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Aye Belfast took all the credit for my material and when the cheques started bouncing it was the beginning of the end….

  • Tsunki

    Nov 28, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #5

    We need Leeds and West ham to get results ha ha as if

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 28, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Stranger things have happened than that Tsunki.
    Leeds are in a canny bit of away form, Liverpool have one or two injury concerns and their eye on other things. 2nd string will be out tomorrow.
    And anyone should fancy they have a chance against Mourhino’s lot at the minute…

  • Jib

    Nov 28, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Belfast had his hands on the purse strings ?
    No wonder it went tits up !

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 28, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #8


    No problem with the comment, I looked upon it as a bit of a running joke. I think it was Bobby that started it, I was being the straight man in a double act. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Nov 28, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Yes indeed Belfast or “Dancing Fingers” as he’s known on the circuit was a bit of a worry near an open cash register. Missed a lot of his shenanigans due to the drink but I’m sure others noticed it. His solo career is going OK now (grrrr…) but I’m sure there’s a scandal crouching round the corner…

    Fievin’ Belfasts….

  • Tsunki

    Nov 28, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Sitc – as it’s us I know how these things work but agreed, manure are doable by anything league 1 and up atm ha ha and Leeds could be a feisty one with their old sparring foes of Scouseton-upon-Sea. You never knows you know…

  • Tsunki

    Nov 28, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Of course I retract my post @9 under legal advice.

  • Tsunki

    Nov 28, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Well if the blog is an ailing Old dog, I’m the owner with the shotgun it seems.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 28, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #13

    “West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has lost a £3.7m High Court battle with former club Crystal Palace.

    “A Premier League Managers’ Arbitration Tribunal ruled earlier this year Pulis should pay £3.7m damages to the club in a dispute about the way he left at the start of the 2014-15 season.

    “Palace bosses said Pulis told them he was committed to the club but left two days after getting a £2m bonus.”

  • Jib

    Nov 28, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #14
  • JamesToon

    Nov 28, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Just thinking about the Blackburn game again. They obviously came with a game plan to press us and take Shelvey out of the game, so trust rafa to come up with a plan b to get us playing in a way that doesn’t involve everything through Shelvey, as he is clearly the one who makes us tick.

    Excited for tomorrow night, big game and a big test

  • Jib

    Nov 28, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #16

    That Mooy for Huddersfield is ugly , like most Aussies , but he’s a bonny foootballer like !

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 28, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #17


    Yeah Shelvey struggled to get involved but then thats when the likes of Perez , Atsu and Richie really need to step up and create space which they all had an off day as well

    If we could get a robust no10 / attacking midfielder who can play beside Shelvey to create space for others we would be so much better off ! Pretty sure Rafa will have someone in mind

  • JamesToon

    Nov 28, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Huddersfield way too attacking and defenders are too slow keep getting caught out on counter attacks.

  • JamesToon

    Nov 28, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #19

    They play nice football similar to spurs/germany/liverpool but they just dont have the quality i dont think. they need to take a leaf from our book i reckon, our full backs play in a very controlled and disciplined manner (well everyone in our team does tbh) not over committetd to going forward but not overcommitted to staying back and holding the back line

  • beermonkey

    Nov 28, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #20


    robust no10 mmm that rule dejong out then

  • Jib

    Nov 28, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Alan Judge
    keep up lads
    Rafa is leaving youse floundering in his wake

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 28, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #22

    First time I’ve been on since the Blackburn defeat. Didn’t see it, or listen to it, but 1 defeat in 10 is hardly something to set the panic bells ringing.

    Blackburn came with a game plan, executed it very well whilst we underperformed. Not sure snap judgements should be made on any of the players involved. All of them have had good games this season, and just like any player they will also have bad ones.

    On Colback, the charge seems a bit ridiculous, but it is to protect against players betting on other games they aren’t involved in but are closer to home. Aguero could have bet on the game and be only punishable under our rules, but could have way more insight and potentially leverage over those involved.

    It is a blanket rule protecting the whole game. The players know the rule is there, and know they can’t do it. The fact they still do it means that they should be punished for idiocy anyway!

    Great chance of making the semis tomorrow. It’s on tv over here as well, so looking forward to it!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 28, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Read lots about the need for wholesale changes if we are promoted. Not sure wholesale is the way forward. The squad as is would be struggling in the Prem, but with a solid work ethic have enough. 4 or 5 quality additions in key areas should see us do well enough to be in a solid position to kick on and push for Europe the following year.

    With a bit of luck, a couple of over performing players, and Rafa no reason we could do better next year.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 28, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #24


  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 28, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #25

    On a separate note, was chatting with a Malawian football analyst on Friday night (Malawi equivalent of Mark Lawrenson) an he was telling me Rafa was finished as a manager. He’d be best off getting us promoted and then joining another Championship side as the Prem was beyond him.

    He said if Rafa stays with us, he will be sacked before December next year. Placed a sizeable wager on that with him….. Shame we lost he next day as he messaged me to say I told you so afterwards…..

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 28, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #26

    The under-23’s won 0-2 tonight against Blackburn away.

    Stuart findlay and Roberts scored.

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 28, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #27


    Funny story that mate lol

    What do you think?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 28, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #28

    Good to see Roberts scored. He needs to get himself out on loan in Jan now he is back fit.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 28, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #29

    I think Malawian football only has a few people who know what they are talking about. Fortunately some of them finally seem to be rising too he top whilst the old guard are getting gradually sidelined.

    This guy is a former player, Football association executive committee member and now one of the most revered analysts. He is way off on this one though in my opinion.

    Hence the bet. If Rafa were to go before December it would either mean we have had an utterly disastrous start leaving us adrift at the bottom, or we are mid table but Ashley has had a complete change of ambition and won’t settle for anything less than Champions League, titles and trophies.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 28, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Apologies for all the typos. Not used to blogging on the phone, and this is a new phone that I’m not used to!

  • lesh

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #31


    Divn’t worry about the typos bonny lad. You’ll take a while before hitting my standards!

  • lesh

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #32


    What’s more important is the content of your posts rather than the presentation.

  • beermonkey

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #33

    i think or the club to sack a manger it has to be dire and given what we have seen from pards and mclaren i think your money is safe

  • beermonkey

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #34

    * for not or

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #35

    I don’t come on often enough to match your high standards! One day maybe…..

    Tomorrow on TV, Friday on Tv, Leeds was on. Supersport are spoiling me at the moment which might see me post a bit more….

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Sorry, wasn’t meant to call you Leah, but maybe that typo brings me closer to your level!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #37

    I hope so, and am fully confident it is!

    Is there any word on Shelvey yet?

  • lesh

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #38


    Being called Leah’s the least of my worries. As I said, it’s what you post not how it looks.

  • lesh

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #39


    Joe Bonamassa’s just one among many good imitators.

    Here’s a true blues master with two relative learners.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #40

    Don’t often comment on players once they’ve gone, but Pochettino’s comments couldn’t help but bring a smile to the face.


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