Benitez’ Brilliance Rekindles These Two Emotions For Fans


As we reflect back on 2016 on the final day it’s a really good feeling to have  a man in charge of Newcastle United who has vast experience, handles the press and the fans with ease and knows exactly what he’s doing at the club.

That’s Rafa Benitez.

Rafa has given some hope back to Newcastle fans – hope that we can win a trophy very soon and be back in Europe and hopefully make Newcastle United into a world-class name in football.

And he’s brought the pride back – Geordie pride – which  can be seen at every home game at a packed out St. James’ Park – in England’s second division.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle United manager

That could only happen at Newcastle United where the fans are so passionate and loyal – and completely starved of success.

And to give some praise to owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Lee Charnley for a change, they seem to be willing to keep out of Rafa’s way and let him transform the club from top to bottom in his own image.

We cannot wait to see what Newcastle United are like in say a couple of years time.

Some of us older folks just need to ensure we’ll be around for what could be a golden age coming up for Newcastle United – as long as we can keep Rafa at the club.

In the last two seasons it’s been so difficult for Newcastle fans to have to watch the utter tripe served up, when too many of our players didn’t seem to care less.

And you cannot say we’ve had top class managers in charge, when you look at the terrible records of both John Carver and Steve McClaren, who were the two managers who preceded Rafa at Newcastle.

Head CoachPlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints
Carver1934121835-1713
McClaren2456132544-1921
Total43810254379-3634

The fans had to go through far too many humiliating defeats and it was really difficult to take – in fact extremely difficult to take – especially when you had to write about it on a blog.

But Rafa has turned things around  quickly and we have won 17 of our 24 games in the Championship and reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

If we can keep up the pace of the first 24 games for the rest of the season we are on track to finish with 100 points in the Championship, which would mean certain promotion back to the Premier League.

Of course nothing is ever certain in football, but we now have the man in charge at Newcastle who knows exactly what he’s doing and his stated aim is to win a trophy at Newcastle for the club just as soon as possible.

Now what could be better than that?

Here’s Rafa’s Newcastle record so far – it’s not too bad.

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44 comments so far

  • Toonces

    Dec 31, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Last season had the mantra of “We don’t demand a team that wins. We demand a team that tries”. Where has that gone? So many entitled moaners now complaining about a first place team. Can’t be happy themselves unless they’re moaning about something. And lends credence to the outside criticism of Toon fans being deluded and hounding past teams and managers out of Newcastle. We are in the Championship this year. Judge this team by how it competes in the Championship this season. Worry about next season after this season is over.

    That said, this is a Newcastle football blog and where else can we talk about whether our manager gets the set up right or a player has a good or poor performance and debate how to make it better? To me, that is all good fun to discuss and Rafa is not beyond criticism of his gameplan, selection or tactics. Why have this blog then if we can’t do that?

    But, the over the top moaning about Rafa being the most boring manager ever, and saying the team is total shite – comments with zero objectivity or substance and just intended to moan and wind people up. Those comments are a waste of internet bandwidth. Unfortunately one must see them in order to sift through the comments looking for those who make constructive and interesting posts.

    Oh my. Perhaps just stepped in it. Is this post a waste of bandwidth or constructive and interesting? ?

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  • Toonces

    Dec 31, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Watching a bit of Rangers vs Celtic. Wouldn’t mind seeing Celtic’s Dembele in black and white stripes instead of the green and white hoops. Wishful thinking no doubt, but reminds me a bit of Demba Ba with perhaps more skill.

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  • Toonces

    Dec 31, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #3

    LGFUAD

    I think you and I are on the same page regarding some of the comments. Cheers.

    Let’s make it two in a row on Monday and avenge that recent punch in the nose Blackburn gave us a few weeks back.

    HWTL!

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  • Toonces

    Dec 31, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Jib

    Tavernier has also made some nice crosses and set up the first goal for Rangers.

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Someone mentioned it in an earlier blog but just wondered if we let Abeid go to early. He was developing and was a strong physical player who might just have been useful in the current set up . Had he made any progress since ?

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  • lesh

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Toonces

    I believe I’d read that Dembele’s destined for one of the Landan clubs.

    And……. More importantly, have any of our posting colleagues been mentioned among the honours?

    It goes without saying that Jiblets’ll be reluctant to mention his Damehood.

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  • Toonces

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Bobbybee

    As I commented to LGF, I think we are on the same page regarding criticism of the manager or the team’s performance vs. over the top WUMmery. You can tell the difference.

    Cheers.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #8

    lesh
    I saw that about Dembele too but then he signed for Celtic, pretty sure it was Spurs who I read were meant to be signing him

    Not sure what’s going on with him these days though

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #9

    According to ~Jibs Newservice we have a player returning from loan shortly from Barnsley.
    Never heard of him before mind – Alan Armstrong – anybody?

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  • Toonces

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Lesh,

    Too bad, but he’s not in Landan just yet 🙂

    And in regards to Abeid, perhaps we did let him go to soon. He did seem to be progressing and he had some of the traits that could see him succeed in the Championship but I don’t know if he could consistently do it in the Prem which is where we were the summer we sent him off.

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  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Abeid has moved back to Ligue1 from Greece

    https://www.whoscored.com/Players/109526/

    He’s playing for Dijon

    They reckon he’s mustard

    😀

    I’ll get me coat !!!!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #12

    As I was watching the Glasgow game I had a little chuckle to myself at seeing who the Refs sponsor was, anyone want to guess.

    Also see that MA is lighting up the Ad hoardings.

    I thought Tavernier was having a decent game, seems to be a regular in the Gers lineup nowadays. I haven’t seen his mistake yet as I have it on live pause.

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Jib – amazing what jokes you get in Christmas crackers !

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Toonces, not sure people are having a go mate. Well, maybe one or two might be, I’m not sure, but most are simply expressing an opinion on how to improve something. I know I am. Nobody can seriously be unhappy with this season under Rafa, but the blog is about opinions. Nothing anybody says on here will have any effect on what happens on the pitch. The last two games have seen a serious lack of movement off the ball and that, for me, is a concern. No doubt it is for Rafa too. I fully expect him to correct that, because it’s what he does after all. As Rafa says himself, we need to get better at what we do to keep winning. He won’t rest on his laurels and I expect to see a big change in performance on Monday. He won’t tolerate anything less. Anybody doubting his ability is miles off target and I don’t think he tells them to be static either. 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Toonces, just seen your last comment, which negates mine a bit 🙂 Aye, anybody just whining without offering alternatives is just pointless. He’s the best we’ve had trophy wise and he knows what he’s doing. He must get equally frustrated when players don’t follow orders. I expect a big improvement on Monday.

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #16

    I remember Alun Armstrong, the Boro stalwart Mr Tuff, but not Alan. 🙂

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #18

    1 1 Huddersfield and Blackburn that’ll do

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Bobbybee – Same Alun Armstrong was on our books but never played. Currently Spartans manager.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #20

    lesh

    i think it was the sentiment rather than the actual words that was refreshingly spot on from jib. However, there is always this

    http://www.whoohoo.co.uk/geordie-translator.asp

    Lifeguard

    how is playing a guy like Mitro against a packed defense be any more fruitful. just a lot of hit and hope arial stuff with no method whatsoever.

    you’d need pace just to get to the byeline for a hopeful cross.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #21

    I would think that most of us have played at one level or another and appreciate the fact that you have to get into positions to receive passes, it’s basic stuff.

    Which makes it even more annoying to see highly paid pro’s failing in this aspect of the game. OK it’s not all of the time but it’s happening more than it should.

    Anyway off to cinema with Wife, son and granddaughter to see Rogue 1, lots of movement in that I reckon. 🙂

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  • Mag52

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #22

    A much needed three points yesterday. This time we had the rub of the green, with the sending off, and fortunately we were able to capitalise on it.
    IMO the second half of the season will be tougher for us than the first half has been. Most teams will by now be aware that if they can close down Shelvey and knock down Gayle they’ll be in with a good chance of beating us.
    A couple of shrewd buys in the upcoming window could, of course, change that. Snodgrass would be a great buy, but Hull would be mad to let him go.

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  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Rotonda
    I’d be very careful using that site – it’s rotten – virused to buggery !

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #24
  • Tsunki

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Alan Armstrong has a five a side place in Shildon, played there many a time.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Alun.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #27

    cheers jib, duly noted.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Spot the connection between Alun Armstrong and Tino Asprilla…

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Mr Tuff, he’ll always be associated with Boro though, and rightly so. Not doing a bad job at Blyth though. This might be their year for promotion with a bit of luck. Their cup runs always leaves them with a huge backlog of fixtures though. Help or hindrance? They’re already lagging behind in games played again this season. Can’t remember how many games they played last season, but it was a huge amount and their promotion chase tailed off.

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 31, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Just had a peek at the Mag. Wow, Forest fans really are bitter about us lmao! At least their red card was deserved, unlike our two which were overturned. One even claimed they should appeal the second yellow – DER!!! 🙂 They need to realise we didn’t spend a penny of the parachute money either. What we spent came from sales we had no choice in. Maybe they’re still bitter about being branded scabs in the eighties? Nothing undeserved – Scabs!! 🙂 Just wondering how many of those bragging about their European success, in an era dominated by English clubs, actually remember it? Very few I think. It’s why I never brag about our great FA cup successes in the fifties – before my time. 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 31, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Ah, here at last. Got to go. Cheers for the enjoyable conversation, much enjoyed. Later chaps.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #32

    Might not get a chance later so happy New Year bloggers

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 31, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #33

    Get in sunderland getting beat

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  • lesh

    Dec 31, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Dorinda

    Thanks for the translator but it’s probably more use to Jiblets.

    It doesn’t naa words a smack is!

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 31, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Those bloody Aussies have started New Year already – what a cheek !

    All the best to everyone for the New a Year when it arrives
    HWTL

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  • lesh

    Dec 31, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Rotonda,

    apologies for Dorinda. Mickey Mouse phone!

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 31, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Even better Burnley 2..0 haha

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  • lesh

    Dec 31, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Rotonda

    ** It doesn’t naa words a smack is! =

    It doesn’t naa worra a smeck is!

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 31, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Haha 3..0 Burnley

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  • Graeme

    Dec 31, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Burnley 3 – 0 Scum!!

    Ooooooooops lol

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