Blues Manager 100% Certain Newcastle Will Win Championship

Wigan, Leeds and QPR are three teams who have won at St. Andrew’s over the last month in the Championship, so we expected Newcastle to be able to take all 3 points yesterday.

But the game ended up in a 0-0 draw – a very disappointing result for the Magpies – but Blues manager Gianfranco Zola said after the game it’s 100% certain Newcastle will win the league this season.

We are not so sure about that, unless we start to win games like this and we did have plenty of chances to win the game.

Gianfranco Zola and Rafa Benitez

The teams that do well against us always seem to have their manager then explain how good a team Newcastle really are – which is interesting – maybe it makes them look better because they got a good result?


This is some of what Rafa said after the game after told about that comment from Zola:

“Gianfranco is a good friend.” “It was nice for him to say that we’d win the league.”

“We have experience and we are playing with confidence but there are still eight games to go.”

“We have one more point than before, and Huddersfield lost, it’s one less game and one more point.”

“So it’s a better position than before the game, but we’re still not very happy because we could have got three points.”

Yes – we should have had all 3 points – so another 2 unnecessary points dropped.

We just have to be a lot more ruthless in the remaining 8 games of the season if we are to get one of those automatic promotion spots.

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13 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Ha ha, a trip down memory lane ed? MOM V Portsmouth 🙂
    I voted for Harper, just for old times sake.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #2

    That’s better…

  • G

    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #3

    I always thought Zola would make a top manager, however, his records are showing mediocre at best. The Brum fans are still up in arms over what happened with Rowett, and think under him they would at least be in the play offs.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah top bloke Zola. He needs money to get players who he can impart his naturally attractive footballing style upon, but won’t get it outside a rich Prem club. Destined for pretty rapid failure in the lower leagues I think.

  • hibbit

    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #5

    if the winning goal had not been disallowed we would have had the 3 points
    cheer up Ed still top when i looked it could have been a lot worse

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Becoming more apparent as the weeks go by who will and will not be good enough for the PL in our squad.

    Shouldwe get there, we could probably get by with less, but in order to have a chance of a season that isn’t a struggle for survival throughout, we need:

    starting ST
    starting AM
    starting LW
    2 CM to compete with Hayden and in particular Shelvey.
    starting LB

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Oh how i wish us fans shared his certainty and optimism….

    But that wouldn’t be The Toon if we didn’t make it difficult for ourselves would it.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Watching MOTD on planner. These Arsenal players are killing Wenger, reminiscent of the miraculously improved Leicester under a Carveresque caretaker.
    Shearer slaughtered their corner defending.

  • posada

    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Done by the officials again.
    That would have changed the game.
    Keeping the best Refs/Linos for the Prem is wrong.
    You have an elite in one league and those that are happy with inferior standards in another.
    Even it out and they may all aspire to the higher standards and example set by the better officials.

    Also, Goalies wasting time. In the Championship it’s a 12 second rule.
    But, I think our forward player should always be there to make them kick it out of the hands. This would hurry them. If they are not under pressure they then waste another 3-4 seconds after they drop it to kick clear.
    If they are not challenged they could stand there all day and some would.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #10

    I do hope that if / when we get promoted you have at least a day of celebration before you spend the entire summer stressed out about the (sub standard useless) players we need to boot out.

  • G

    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #11

    SITC, he got a faid bit of financial backing at Watford, took them to 3rd I think in the champo. Palace beat þhem in the play off and he walked. I wonder if there was a different outcome to that game how his record as a manager would have looked?

  • posada

    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #12

    From time to time I write our squad out on the back of an envelope.
    What would I do if I was Rafa ?
    It’s entertainment of sorts and I think many will have done it.
    Thing is you have to remember that all these players have contracts.
    Getting some out is often the hard part.
    Back of an envelope managers like me can just put a line through them.
    Not that simple in reality.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Fair point. He’s not one to build slowly with little to spend though. And Blues are skint. Only ending one way there. They should have definitely kept Rowett.


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