Fans React To Possible Devastating Loss Of Rafa Benitez

With the news this morning in the Mirror that Rafa Benitez is wanted by Arsenal should Arsene Wenger leave the Gunners in the summer, a number of fans take aim at the journalist who created the story –  Neil Moxley.

The same journalist reported in mid-January that Mike Ashley was unhappy with the transfers and wanted to revert to his old way of doing transfers and only signing players 26 or younger.

Neil also reported that Mike wanted Graham Carr back in a more authoritative role on which players are brought in.

Rafa Benitez – happy at Newcastle?

This seems like media politics surrounding Newcastle (what – again?) and it could be especially damaging since we are doing so so well under Rafa.

On a positive note, Rafa is not the favorite for the Arsenal job and the Gunners fans will hardly take to the Spaniard as the Geordie fans have tken to him.

They are too spoiled from 20 years of success and in that way much like the Red Devils fans.

Rafa could find it very difficult to leave Newcastle simply because of the way the fans simply adore their manager.

62 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 12, 2017 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #1

    FAKE NEWS , and click bait

  • Sheikh MagToon

    Feb 12, 2017 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #2

    What the whingers claiming offside for our goal yesterday should realise is that that could only have been in the second phase, after Diame’s shot was deliberately handled. That would have meant a penalty and red card for the defender. That moaner Lambert and disgraceful Mackem commentator Goodman need to have a reality check. If they’d been down to 10, we would have won much more comfortably.

  • jane

    Feb 12, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #3

    the media and pundits have decided it’s time for Arsene Wenger to go.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 12, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Palce are in the worst situation imo, don’t know on what basis people can see them surviving.

    They’ve still got Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City and Man U to play.

    They sacked a manager the players no longer respected and replaced him with the one manager the players could automatically respect less.

    They’ve played their manager switch card and chose just about the worst candidate.

  • toon22

    Feb 12, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Stopped buying or paying any attention to anything the mirror says years ago
    Bullshit paper with madeup bullshit “News”

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 12, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #6

    On the opposite end of the spectrum Hull have just Man City and Spurs to play of the big clubs and have a manager that has breathed new life into them and they’ve always shown fight throughout the season.

    18th Leicester (If this remains a loss)
    19th Sunderland
    20th Palace

  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 12, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s worth remembering that his family would play a big part if Benitez moved down to London, he would be further away from them.

  • hibbit

    Feb 12, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #8

    another wind up story from our so called media partner
    the club should stamp on them for this fake news !!!
    or is Mr Bishop providing the stories to lessen the shock and soften us up ready for Rafa’s departure ??????

  • Toonale tippler

    Feb 12, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Lack of real news fetches out all of these articles. These none stories are there to simply sell newspapers. The journalists don’t really care if there is any truth in the story or not. However, these stories keep Newcastle in the news for all the right reasons for a change. We have finally got a successful manager and finally got a team pulling together in the right direction. Makes a huge change to the reasons we normally make the press!

  • Belfast

    Feb 12, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #10

    That’s the Swansea manager away to do a shift in the funeral parlour now.

    The undertaker!

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Rafa’s not the type to walk away from s contract. Ashley will back him in the summer and in all honesty, he was right not to do the deal Palace wanted. They still owe us for Townsend after all. We all know what a great manager Rafa is but I think if Wenger goes they’ll be looking for a younger manager on the up. This is just more hatred directed at Newcastle for their bizarre agenda and hardly worth giving it any credence whatsoever. Rafa has said he’s happy here and going nowhere, so maybe we should show him some respect and take him on his word. If he’s going anywhere he’ll show us the same respect and tell us first imo. And he’ll say why. So until that happens I’ll treat this garbage with the contempt it deserves.

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Belfast, he’s certainly put another nail in Leicester’s coffin! 🙂

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #13

    The media knives definitely remain out for NUFC!
    The circus we have been in recent seasons has made us a target but the crap they peddle is very destabilising for our club, the pressure and negativity is relentless.

  • Belfast

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Haha very good Bobby.

  • Belfast

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Leicesters next three league game

    Liverpool (h)
    Hull (h)
    Arsenal (a)

    Be surprised if they get much change outa that.


    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #16

    I hope Leicester don’t go down it’ll be such a sad turn considering id take a number of their players from them though same with Palace

    Tell u who is want in summer though Wilshere

  • Nufc-83

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Ronaldo not really takes only maybe 45 mins more to get to London from the Wirral (I should now I have done both trips many times). I don’t think that’s significant enough to sway him. In reality as long as Ashley backs him I think he will stay.

  • manxpie

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Leicester will probably go on and win the champions league now on there way down now that would be a proper story

  • Belfast

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Nah Manxpie Leicester will probably get hammered in the champions league and still get relegated hehehe

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Said it many times, the Southern press doesn’t get us at all. They don’t understand our loyalty, that fills the stadium every game even in the Championship, when their ‘big clubs’ fans would abandon theirs in our position. Look at Villa, who automatically shut down huge swathes of their ground when they got relegated. NUFC is an extension of the city and entire area and our support is a pride in the entire North east region, the city and the football club. It’s a pride many other clubs don’t have. Despite posting 60k crowds every game, you only have to look at Arsenal’s empty seats to see how their fans have already written the season off – and that’s the south’s biggest club by far. Once the novelty wears off, West Ham will go the same route.
    What they don’t understand, they attack. It’s the way of the world sadly. They want us to implode and start fighting each other so they can attack even more. Don’t give them the pleasure. Ignore their stories until they have real evidence. Probably a long long wait. United we stand.

  • jane

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #21

    incidently when does Rafa get to see his family in the Wirral now? on his day off?

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #22

    ”It’s hardly surprising Arsenal may want Rafa, after his excellent work at Newcastle, when he has literally transformed Newcastle and has the Magpies top of the Championship.

    We have the most points, the most wins, the most goals scored and the least goals conceded as well as the best goal difference.”

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    funny how we don’t hear from t.o.f and gorgon after a win.

  • Belfast

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #23

    It all went down hill for them after the players paraded that portrait of the Thai king around the king power haha

  • jane

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Liverpool (h)
    Hull (h)
    Arsenal (a)

    2 winnable there

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Leicester will go out of the CL in this coming round. Probably by a humiliating aggregate score as well. Jamie Vardy was a flash in the pan and can’t hit a barn door this season. They haven’t scored a single goal in 2017 and we’re halfway through February already. Going down big style.

  • stretchintoon

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #26

    I wouldn’t believe anything that left wing shitrag prints

  • Thump

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #27

    @sheik: penalty or red card. Triple punishment rule forbids both.

  • toonluvva

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #28

    I hate to say it, but if Rafa leads us back to the PL there will be a number of clubs keen to obtain his services.

    It might be just the red tops trying to create a story where none exists, but IF there is a tension between Rafa and our beloved owner, I can easily see us needing a new “yes man”, sorry, manager in a few months time.

  • jazzyp

    Feb 12, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #29

    Don’t know if anyone watched the match of the day programme this afternoon.The Mirror sports editor and Bardsley were guests along with co pundit Martin keown.
    Basically Keown told the Editor that his story was Bull as he had been talking to Wenger and he still had all the enthusiasm to stay at Arsenal, So the story was a none starter.


    I am definitely with you on Wiltshire this summer. Think you wont get much change out of 20-25 mill tho

  • giimps

    Feb 12, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #30

    The mirror, sun, star and even the broadsheets to a certIn extent use the ir own assumptions to create stories, even if something is untrue, the fact that it is possible is a story, dress it up with reality and you get the fans of both teams interested.
    Rafa is a classic example, as are Arsenal, Arsen is nearing the end of his contract (he has never walked out on any contract) ergo he is available from the end of said contract, ergo succesful managers are inevitably linked with the job (even though Arsenal dont usually go mainstream for their managers) Rafa is succesful so will be linked by the media outlets and inevitably will find his way into the betting….even though he (who hasnt ?alked away from any contract before either) is leading us to greatness for at least the next 2 years.
    These stories will continue to appear, not to disrupt us as some think but because we have a huge interested fanbase, that and because its an easy jump to make based on previous events.
    Ignore it lads, most of the media exaggerates and distorts the truth, mixes it with complete fabrication and adds in fairy dust just to sell advertising space…….Rafa is here to stay ……imho


    Feb 12, 2017 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #31

    I dunno if say 15-20 mill might get him as he’s only got a year left on his contract unless there’s a load of competition which there might be

    We’d also have to convince him to move to Newcastle obviously but a fit Wilshere would be a big player for any PL team below top 6

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 12, 2017 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Rotunda @22
    ..bottom line of post..

    Good call that. Happy spreading bad news when it’s around. Absent when anything goes well.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 12, 2017 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Less miles living in London….
    Just looking at our fixtures this coming month counting the Wolves game – HATS-OFF to our travelling fans from up north.
    Five away games:
    Wolves, Norwich, Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading – Some hours and miles they will have put in before the Fulham game.


  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 12, 2017 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #34

    One of our first signings in the summer should be Shaqiri.

    I’d also go for these players:


  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 12, 2017 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #35

    Another 3 points today for the Swansea Jacks, it’s been a brilliant couple of weeks, beating Liverpool at Anfield, beating Southampton and unlucky to lose to Man City.

    Where’s that clown on here saying they are shite.

    Ha ha ha

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 12, 2017 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #36


    Why the frig would you want those Leicester players, last season yes, this season I don’t think so.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 12, 2017 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Slimani, Ndidi and Musa didn’t play for Leicester last season.

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 12, 2017 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #38

    Well mahrez did.

  • JamesToon

    Feb 12, 2017 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #39


    Im a southerner myself, its just not football mad down here like it is in the north, thats why they don’t get it.


    Wilshere has looked very good for bmouth this season. i rate him

  • lochinvar

    Feb 12, 2017 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #40

    Arsenal bar a core of traditional supporters is just a transit lounge for passing tourists and wannabe fans. It must be irksome for them that Spurs have many more football minded supporters.

    The Mirror just writes shite and is only fit for the bottom of a parrots cage.

    Why doesn’t the Chronicle write some articles saying that Newcastle are after their better players next season and that they could end up as another Leicester.

    Arsenal and West Ham just reek of prawn sandwiches and warm larger.

    The point is that they don’t get what it’s all about and will never be able to understand because they’re not part of it.


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