Great Times Lie Ahead For Newcastle – If Only

Local lad Paul Dummett is just one of the players who have improved their game under Rafa Benitez this season and so going into the summer our squad will be better than it was at the beginning of the season.

And with Rafa Benitez likely to get big money from owner Mike Ashley to improve the squad, we should have a much stronger squad by August.

But this all depends on Newcastle being promoted back to the Premier League and while it’s good to have players like Paul talk about what can happen this summer and next season – we still have to nail down that promotion spot.

Rafa Benitez giving instructions to Paul Dummett

Paul has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and this is what the Denton lad has said about his world-class manager:

“Even this season there were players that dropped down from the Premier League because they knew what a massive club Newcastle was.”

“And with the manager we had they have seen the positive stuff that was said to take the club forward.”

“The players want to be part of that.” “Then hopefully going forward if we achieve promotion this club can attract big names and big players.”

“Hopefully we can do that if we get promoted.”

“Since Rafa has come in we have a great record and the fans have really taken to him.”

“We were six unbeaten in the Premier League before just going down.”

“In the Championship the form is good because we are right up there.” “The way the players have responded to Rafa has been fantastic.”

“You look at his methods and what that enables us to do and it’s worked well so far.” “Hopefully that can continue until the end of the season.”

“And beyond that, the manager is here and whatever players we bring in can take us to another level again.”

That’s certainly the plan and every single thing we have done this season is predicated on Newcastle being a Premier League club next season.

But with Huddersfield doing so well, this thing could well turn into a three club race for the two automatic promotion  places.

As we saw over the last couple of games, a lot can change on every single match-day and there’s still a good chance we can pull away and win promotion in these next 9 games of what’s been a very tough season.

The Championship is a lot better and more competitive than it was seven years ago and one reason for that is the massive amounts of money to be made in England’s top division because of the TV rights – and that was not the case back in 2010.

That’s one reason we are seeing so many good experienced managers in the Championship.

Here’s how we stand today and we are still at the top of the league – but only just.

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Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • Salmon

    Mar 14, 2017 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Kimbo, u are spot on by the way..

    When will he realize that Mbemba is our best defender and Elliott is our best Gk? As I keeping saying,
    Lascelles and Darlow are nervous players and mistakes waiting to happen in them and always will be.Promotion is still in our hands but if they blew it,it will be because of those two players making mistakes.Don’t want to say anything else.Watch that space.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 14, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Do you see him in training everyday and recieve reports on his progress from members of staff?

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Rafa is working on it, and I’m happy to go into the final fixtures still top and with him at the helm.
    It’s going to be tight, wouldn’t be Newcastle to wrap it up without a bit more ‘excitement’.
    If Huddersfield keep winning and don’t start feeling the pressure as the games count down, fair play to them, but I don’t think they will.
    Brighton have hit inconsistency and have loomed the shakier of the 3 lately.
    Hold on tight!


    Mar 14, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #4

    Are u posting from Edinburgh? Surname of Cathro?

    Elliot is not a good goal keeper like haha

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 14, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #5

    *looked not loomed! 🙂


    Mar 14, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #6

    I hope Brighton male it up they are ready to be a PL side for me, if Huddersfield go up I just see another blackpool

  • posada

    Mar 14, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #7

    I have the same feeling I had in 96.
    After a bad result I want the next game on now to put it right.
    Thing is you can’t wish your life away like that.
    You have to switch off between games and let them come round.
    I certainly hope the players are and I think Rafa will be working on that.
    Saturday will come round quick enough.

  • Budge123

    Mar 14, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #8

    This is like one of those advertising competitions where you have to use 20 words or less!

    My go –

    Great times ahead for Newcastle if only – we back Rafa in the Summer and he sets up the team to play with attacking intent at home.

    19 words!
    If only it was that easy.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 14, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #9

    I hope so too. Nobody deserves it more than Chris Hughton.
    As J was saying, Huddersfield have loaned a lot and come up with a gel fortunately for them. But can’t see them maintaining that quality when their best players move back or on.

  • Budge123

    Mar 14, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #10

    In some ways l would like Huddersfield to go up with us as that would be 1 of the bottom 3 places sorted next year.
    Get up, stay up then progress!

  • posada

    Mar 14, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #11

    I think they have about 6 on loan and as far as I can recall all good players.
    Not sure how they manage it when we could not get anyone in in January.
    I think 6 though is a misuse of the system.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 14, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #12

    I bet Norwich and Villa would pay 50M to be in our position, some people are panicking about the play offs while we are top, Jeezus what would it be like if we were only six points ahead of seventh with a plus 38 GD, Leeds and Portsmouth would be in every other post.
    Ed keeps posting the comparison with Hoots 2010 but it would be interesting to see the comparison of the top three in 2010, I think we were run away leaders this time seven years ago.


    Mar 14, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Aye Ward (number 1), Kachunga, Mooy, Brown and Palmer all on loan not sure of their chances of keeping them? Certainly not Mooy or Brown

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 14, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Anybody know how to find that?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #16

    It won’t give after 37 games


    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #17

    There’s an option to change the dates mate once u submit it they will update , just above the table

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #18

    I’ll try on the PC later

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #19

    Jail…Seems we were never on 37 played each, as we had a game in hand on West Brom until later in the season.

    We were 10 points clear of 3rd (Forrest) though and had a game in hand. West Brom were 2 points behind and we also had a game in hand.

  • toon kk

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #20

    I agree with you on your earlier post about if Huddersfield go up they’ll be the next blackpool.
    I was just talking to someone the other day and that was mentioned.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Not too proud Jib, just that you’re as reliable as an old Skoda!


    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #23

    Oh right it won’t do everyone on 37 games just between the dates set mate I don’t know a website that will show everyone after a set number of games sorry

    toon kk
    Aye mate there are similarities between the two for me though Blackpool owned all their players i Think? They started well in the PL but were found out pretty quickly. Fun to watch though…and they beat us at St James

  • Jib

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #24

    Looking at that table from 7 years ago we could actually be fooling ourselves about the strength of competition .

    It looks pretty much as strong as the current league.

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #25

    IF we fail to be promoted Rafa’s stock will drop like a stone. Hope it doesn’t happen but….

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #26

    Jib Jibberish – the earlier reference to Skoda – is not a reference to Milan Skoda the Czech footballer but a type of motor car.

  • Jib

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #27

    Mark Noble on Skysport talking about the change in football crowds.

    When he first played 13 years ago for the Hammers he reckons the crowd were much more knowledgeable .

    “now if a player does 4 step-overs he’s had a great game” he says.

    He’s right , and it applies not only to West Ham !

  • martoon

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #28

    I see Gary Rowett has been given the Derby job. I always thought he was unlucky to be sacked by Birmingham and could do well at Derby – at least we don’t have to play them with their new manager bounce.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #29


    Mbemba is our best CD,

    Lascelles should not be our captain, but thats the only reason he is getting a game right now, he probably shouts more than Mbemba ,

  • hibbit

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #30

    give your head a shake lad
    1 loss in 14 and now you dont think we’re going up


    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #31

    But what?

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #32


    had this same conversation with a guy over here the other day,
    i also left a comment on the daily mail last night about Kante, for me he is the best player in the prem but some other rates players based on value.

    for me its all about your position and what you offer the team, and like in real life, to many are self centered people

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 14, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #34

    Catchy, Mclaren was the saviour of Newcastle with his total football…

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 14, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #35

    So why is Clarke being played ahead of him, Rafa clearly doesn’t trust him.

  • martoon

    Mar 14, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #36

    catchy @32 – It is difficult to compare Kante with, say, a striker such as Aguero but certainly value wise he is the best player – £30m seems a snip compared to £89m for Pogba.

  • Jib

    Mar 14, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #37

    Big sigh
    (I’d better talk slowly)


    Clark is left -sided

    M’Bemba and Lascelles are right – sided


    it is between Jamaal and Chancel

    Ciaran doesn’t come into the equation.


    Mar 14, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #38

    Well doesn’t that highlight ur level of analysis…

  • posada

    Mar 14, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #39

    I don’t think Rafa does trust Mbemba.
    Think its about his positional play.
    Games at the end of last season Rafa was shaking his head in dismay at some of the things he did.
    Personally I would have him at right back ahead of Anita, who is not quite fit and was done by pace on Saturday.


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