Any Internal Problems At Newcastle Must Be Fixed Quickly


Any internal problems at a club have a bad habit of affecting the players and it tells on the performances on the field.

Newcastle were poor last night in the first half and failed to win against what should have been an easy 3 points against 18th placed QPR, who we hammered 6-0 at their place earlier in the season.

At the end of the transfer window there have been definite signs that Rafa Benitez is less then happy with the Newcastle hierarchy, because they failed to bring in one player during the January transfer window.

Mike Ashley at St. James’ Park against Spurs last May

Rafa’s response to the failed window since Tuesday night has been they knew what we wanted and they knew what we had.”

In other words Rafa made clear the players he wanted, but for whatever reason they were not brought in, but ti doesn’t seem for the want of trying.

So after the last minute own goal last night that ended up in Newcastle losing 2 points in a 2-2 draw against QPR, there’s now more attention on how Rafa feels and whether he thinks he’s been let down by the club.

It could be nothing and we could be making far too much of this and only people like Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez know exactly what happened.

If there is some rancour existing inside Newcastle it must be sorted out quickly so everybody is aligned again and on the same page.

Everybody associated with Newcastle has only one single purpose this season –  to get the club promoted back to the Premier League.

We are in a good position to do that, but we cannot commit hari-kari by letting any internal problems fester – which they have a bad habit of doing.

If there are problems, Mike Ashley can always visit the training camp and meet with Rafa and Lee and if Graham Carr needs to be there then with Graham too – and get everything out on the table so this thing doesn’t get any worse.

Straight and open communication can solve most problems.

We cannot have internal problems having a negative impact on our promotion hopes.

If they exist they need to be sorted out – and quickly.

It’s really as simple as that.

Comments welcome.



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65 comments so far

  • SPRINGY

    Feb 2, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #1

    repost;
    seems to be a canny big over reaction to rafa’s statement last night,im sure he would of been concentrating on preparing the team and leaving any convo’s with charnley to at least today about transfers,yes they would of spoke but how much detail no one knows,same as no one but those involved will know about why the any of the deals went tits up…..so without facts, its theories and hot air and opinion….more importantly the performance last night was gutless and weak minded,everyone waiting for everyone else to do something….control and passing was poor all over the pitch and everytime we get a lead in a game,we panic and look like rabbits in head lights,lascelles looked liked he was in slow motion last nyt,got caught on the ball,half arsed running after the ball…yes im singling him out as he’s the captain….as a player looking at your captain being clumsy,nervous,slow minded and a liability it must knock your own confidence….he was’nt the only bad person on the pitch who needs a rocket up there hoop but as captain he has to take responsibility and be a leader….the players seem so weak minded…very poor last night…hopefully better at the weekend and they all give there heeds a shake.

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  • Bambams

    Feb 2, 2017 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #2

    The worrying thing for me is Rafa must have been given pretty clear signs we were bringing someone in or else he would not have kept saying he was confident of something happening. But for him to then face the press after nothing happening – well I would be pretty annoyed.

    I really do not like our chairman, Charnley ain’t doing his job either.

    Why can our club not learn from its mistakes

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 2, 2017 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #3

    The Rafa-lution is over and we won’t go up.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Feb 2, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Over reactions simply passes they could not do no closing players down no ball control getting in each others way sit watching that after paying for a ticket I like to be entertained we all work hard for our money first 40 seconds great the next 44 mins 20 second shit it’s like we scored that it sit back instead of keeping them on the back foot.

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  • hibbit

    Feb 2, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Lindisfarne // Feb 2, 2017 at 12:13 PM

    The idea that Rafa is about to walk in the next 12 months is ridiculous.
    If they have screwed him will walk no question

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  • lesh

    Feb 2, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #6

    The guardian’s saying that Ashley was loath to spend this winter cos having spent £45m, we’re not ‘cantering’ to automatic promotion. Sounds like the myopic view he’d have!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #7

    this just smacks of ashley being bored of being on the fringes and can’t leave well alone. appointing rafa made him a kingmaker but he just won’t stick to the script. when ash wasn’t playing front row and centre you kind of forgot about the appointents of JFK twice, peeing off KK, llambias etc etc.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #8

    I could be reading into it a bit much, but It does seem like there’s been a reverting to type here.
    A let’s just wing it and hope it works out – We should have enough type.

    Let’s hope it does works out.

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  • lesh

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Rotonda

    Funny you should mention Ashley being bored – the guardian referred his low boredom threshold.

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  • Ian Toon

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Of more immediate concern is the question of Lascelles being in the team let alone being the Captain. I have found him wanting for a while now and have said so. Under 4-2-3-1 (at home in particular)he has more of the ball but has struggled with his distribution and passing momentum. Consequently the DM tends to play too deep as Hayden did in the first half last night and even Shelvey on ocassion which restricts our forward movement . He lacks pace and the ability to carry the ball.
    He is physically dominant in attacking and defensive setpiece circumstances. Where he has problems is in concentration and especially when faced with players that look to exploit attacking overloads from midfield runners. Marking seems to have varied between zonal or man marking at home and appears to have been less
    of a problem away. I have discounted the Oxford game in my thinking.

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  • Oldgit1

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Would like Charnley to come out of the broom cupboard and give us some answers but can’t see that happening soon. Why should it be the manager when he admits he has no clue as to why targets were not brought in.
    Answers are required.
    My personnel feeling is that there is no more money and the cash cupboard is bare. If so just say so. If it wasn’t for the 33m loan given by Ashley to cover running costs I would say that Ashley would be quite happy for our team to stay in the championship. We are getting Sky cover, so we will be getting money for that and average attendance of 50k. Why bother going for promotion.
    If we do go up how much would it cost, do you really believe he would stump up 100m for buying players, come on we are talking about Ashley here. No chance. We haven’t got any players in the squad worth 30m+ to sell.
    Re Carr. He did bring in Gini and Sissoko and made over 40m profit, it’s these deals that motivates Ashley. The next big payday won’t even match that with the players brought in by Rafa, name one player we would make a profit on. That’s the reason I believe Ashley has reverted to his old ways. Btw I don’t agree with it, Rafa builds teams to win hence the reason I think he will walk after this season.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #12

    I thought Hayden wasn’t that bad in the second half to be fair. I think he created three chances in the second half one being Ritchies goal. I think everyone apart from Dummett in that first half were terrible.

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Rotonda

    Suprised by your comment last night that you think this squad is over achieving.

    A lot of hearsay on rafa, rather than worrying about that we should be asking what has happened to our form, the whole point in rotation is that the squad stays fresh but we seem to be stuck in a rut.

    We hammered them 6-0 earlier in the season so it has nothing to do with the squad. Rafa has a lot of work to do on the training pitch to get the best out of these players because at the minute he’s not getting the best

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  • giimps

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Could be that theplayers we wanted werent for sale in this window.
    Palace could have been stringing us along.
    Without knowing the facts (which we probably never will) were guessing.
    At the same time it could be true about Fatman not wanting to cough up (even though he loaned the club another 33m for “operational costs”) .
    Personally, i think we have enough to go up but it might be a bit closer than we thought, these results happen in football when one team excells and the other is just off their game ,we were lucky to get a point last night cos we had no control ,at the same time we could have won 3-4 nil

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  • Ian Toon

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #15

    I am not overly sold on Darlow but I will save that for another day. Do not discount Tim Krul.
    Reading the posts last night I was amazed at criticism of Dumett who defensively was very solid our best defender. He’s not a wing back but could play in a back 3 under 3-5-2.

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  • Ian Toon

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #16

    I am not overly sold on Darlow but I will save that for another day. Do not discount Tim Krul.
    Reading the posts last night I was amazed at criticism of Dumett who defensively was very solid our best defender. He’s not a wing back but could play in a back 3 under 3-5-2.

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Giimps

    We have more than enough to go up, we have all season. We will go up as well think fans are panicking somewhat but normality will be restored

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  • Ian Toon

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Belfast- travelling and on mobile. Hayden second half was creative in an advanced role. Benitez is too circumspect under 4-2-3-1. It was almost as if Shelvey’s early goal worked against any positive attacking play thereafter.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Only players i would keep and that’s Shelvey, Ritchie, Gayle, Diame, Hayden, Atsu and Yedlin, others not good enough, Ashley needs to spend big in the summer.

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  • hibbit

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #20

    i always though it was odd how so many posters on the blog just wrote off the rest of the teams in the league and how so many on here suddenly became championship experts without seeing /watching any games odd that

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  • giimps

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Dummet was our best defender in both halves yesterday, i just wish he would get forward a bit more.
    Somebody hit the nail on the head earlier ,pointing out how deep our attacking players have to drop to pick the ball up.
    In the summer or possiblyeven later this season i would try Mbemba next to Shelvey , he can drop in to pick the ball up and either distribute the ball to Shelvey or bring the ball out himself, Hayden might be ok at creating the odd chance but is a liability.
    We need a front 3 of murphy, ritchie and either sammi or atsu when hes back, mbemba as cdm and Shelvey and Diame as acm, yedlin rb, Hanley and Clark (he was unlucky yesterday but should have been taken off after he was injured as it probably affected his thought processes when heading the ball meaning he was heading with the top of his head rather than his brow) and Hanley as Lascelles needs a break, his head must have been turned by talk of chelski coming in for him , nets has to be Darlow, Sels needs gametime away from us to get used to the crosses , maybe this league for a team who will have a busy keeper.
    These are all just my opinions, i dont know anything but can see what i think would work

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  • SPRINGY

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Seems strange that mbemba plays def/mid for his country regular but we play him at cb and never try him in that position….thought he was one of the better players last season at cb tbh … Yeah he dropped the odd bollick but it was his first season in a struggling side….wonder if he is giving the chance by rafa at cb or def/mid?

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  • giimps

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #23

    Callum Wilson ruled out for rest of season. With acl injury, .
    Thats probably their hopes for a top half finish done now.
    I just hope we dont have any serious injuries to our strikers …….oh wait!
    Just read the transcript of the rafa interview and hes not a happy bunny, Welcome to our world Rafa, wev had that line shown to us wuite a lot since fatman came, its just a pity they keep hiding it during transfer windows as wed know where it was so we could get new players over it, it must become visible for outgoing players though……..strange that!!!!

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #24

    Hibbit

    You can add pundits, experts and bookies to that list mate, they all thought we’d walk the league and in fairness we should be doing a lot better than we currently are

    On callus Wilson another player who had a long term injury breaking down again with another long term injury…..more proof that these type of players should be avoided.

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Callum not callus ahaha

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  • hibbit

    Feb 2, 2017 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Our Toon i agree we should be doing a lot better
    but it was never going to be the walk in the park a lot on here predicted

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  • Mag52

    Feb 2, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #27

    It could be an idea to put Dummett alongside Clark in central defence for a time. He played there on a few occasions last season and looked pretty good.
    Lascelles has been a regular all season and needs to regain his freshness and desire. As captain of a team which so many seem to see as nailed on certainties for promotion, the young man could be struggling with the responsibility of the huge expectation.
    Games or Lazaar to replace Dummett as fullback.

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  • SPRINGY

    Feb 2, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Feel sorry for wilson having suffered my sell from same injury….pace is a big part of his game and these injuries can knock the pace out of ya(not that i was footballer or out)

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  • Mag52

    Feb 2, 2017 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #29

    Gamez, not Games.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 2, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Think it’s about time the team had a change of personnel in certain positions. As I bet there’s a few now who think they are a starter no matter what. lascelles is one of them

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  • Jib

    Feb 2, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #31

    Looking forward to the Huddersfield vs Brighton game tonight if for no other reason than to see Aaron Mooy.

    Hopefully it will be – effete Southern softies unable to handle horrible wintry Thursday night in bleak Northern town perched in the Pennines.

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  • hibbit

    Feb 2, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #32

    ShirebrookToon
    just read your post from yesterday and feel its my duty to point out to the blog the bad vibes you cast on me going to the game and feel under the circumstances it would be only fair that you now except fulls responsibility for loss of 2 points
    kind regards Hibbit
    LOL

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 2, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Hobbit

    IMO rather Tha being stabbed in the back, Charnley has reverted to type and tried to screw a good deal for a player that was not being used….and lost out. The lack of other transfers is very disappointing but Rafa has bee in these situations before and even predicted that it would be uncertain whether any players came in. At Liverpool, Napoli and probably Valencia Rafa operated under difficult circumstances for quite some time and managed to gain some successes.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 2, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #34
  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 2, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Thanks hibbit lol

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  • yorkymag

    Feb 2, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Jib
    Why on earth would you want Huddersfield to win

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  • Grafton83

    Feb 2, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #37

    http://m.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38843805

    Wilson out for season. Dodged a bullet there, he’s looking a bit injury prone to me

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  • hibbit

    Feb 2, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #38

    Lindisfarne
    not quite the same but i get our point
    as far i can see the coaches at Napoli and Valencia don’t have any say in transfers
    at liverpool it look like he had just about a free hand within a fixed budget
    i was hoping after many interviews press reports that the same system was in place here
    a budget set which rafa could use at his discretion
    just shows how wrong i was !!!

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  • giimps

    Feb 2, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #39

    If huddersfield win, wev gained a point on Brighton who we play in 3 weeks, if brighton win were 4 points behind them……theres still a lot of points to play for and a long way to go, brighton will have a dip in form but theyv strengthened , as have Leeds and Reading, we already had enough to get us up, we just need that belief and a bit of luck with injuries to our players and hope someone else can slow down the 3 juggernnauts of Brighton , Leeds and Reading.
    Were still in the boxed seats ,its up to us to stay there…..starting with a win vs mcbrolly

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  • yorkymag

    Feb 2, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #40

    We surely need Huddersfield to drop points
    The prize is the same for 1st and 2nd
    Huddersfield need 2.1 points per game to go up if they lose tonight that will increase
    In effect if they lose tonight then they need 14 wins from 18 games
    Very very unlikely to get automatic from that
    Brighton are virtually up they only need 10 wins from 19

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