Why Newcastle’s Recent Slump Could Be Good News For Benitez


In the last 6 games Newcastle have gained just 8 points and it’s fortunate that Huddersfield have imploded a little in that time and lost three of their last four games.

If the Terriers had won all four games they would be one point behind us with a game in hand.

But yes, that’s all woulda coulda shoulda, but it does illustrate Newcastle’s slump coming at exactly the wrong time.

The positive way of looking at it is after the International beak we have two wins in three games – 6 points – so an average of 2 points a game, which is just less than our overall average this season of 2 points a game in the 41 games.

Mike Ashley – thinks…
How can I make £300M in three years – support Rafa of course

But the fact we may just get over the line for automatic promotion may even help Rafa in the transfer window this summer, because it will become obvious to all that the squad needs to be strengthened quite significantly.

Owner Mike Ashley has a history of only buying big when the chips are down and generally when we have been threatened with relegation.

But when things are looking good as in the summer of 2012 when we had finished 5th and qualified for the Europe league, he doesn’t want to spend too much money.

In that summer we brought in only Vurnon Anita for the first team squad.

It’s not surprising Newcastle struggled like crazy with the extra games in Europe that season and in the following January Mike was involved personally in bringing in five Frenchmen – to save us from relegation.

So Newcastle struggling may even have a  positive effect on the owner – meaning he’s willing to spend some real money.

But whatever happens we still think Mike is not daft and that he will fully back Rafa Benitez 100% this summer.

One reason is that if Newcastle are worth £300M now as a club then we could be worth twice that amount if Rafa Benitez is successful as we think he can be in the next two to three years.

Newcastle could then be worth as much as £600M in 2020.

But that’s always assuming Mike Ashley backs Rafa all the way.

What do you think?

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87 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 12, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Mag52,
    We won’t be so don’t worry but if Rafa blames a heavy defeat on the length of grass be rest assured I’ll eat your proverbial.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 12, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Can’t wait for the Leeds game but I am worried it will be a tough match and we will be lucky to get a draw.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 12, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Why do so many people worry so much?

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  • supermac69

    Apr 12, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #4

    I actually think we will turn up on Friday and out in a decent shift , think Hayden will start with die further back and jonjo pushed further up, atsu and Richie out wide and the 2 big lumps up front, plenty protection for the back4 and Minho should be able to do some damage higher up…
    Hwtl

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  • supermac69

    Apr 12, 2017 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Diame further back ffs man

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  • supermac69

    Apr 12, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Jonjo shud dee the damage, swear I’ll smash this phone to bits one day?

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  • sparky55

    Apr 12, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #7

    The way we’re playing (which ain’t great!)…I’ll be happy with a draw on Friday because if we lose Huddersfield will smell blood. The rest of our games are very winnable so a draw will be fine.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 12, 2017 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #8

    sparky55,
    Not many on here coinciding our second half struggle with Mashers not putting his hands in his pockets in January. Rafa said we needed to.strengthen and he’s been proved right. Easy to say we should have played so ans so here or there but the truth is if we’d had a couple of new faces the opposition we’ve already faced wouldn’t have known which way to turn.

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 12, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #9

    We’ll beat Leeds, nee bother! Relax!

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  • U.S Magpie

    Apr 12, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Yes a win against Leeds would be amazing, this whole season boils down to two simple things. Number one: Newcastle actually start turning up to games and start winning the three we need for automatic promotion. Two: Huddersfield lose three of there remaining 6 matches.
    Then all is good on the Toon Army front.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 12, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Nobody picking up on the Liverpool article?

    A lot of water under the bridge and very different circumstances at NUFC, but illustrative about Rafas personality off camera.

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  • Sazzer

    Apr 12, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #12

    If Rafa thinks he can land William Carvalho then I suspect all that scouting of Porto linking us with Hector Herrara was really all about Danilo Pereira.

    Anyway, I don’t see us ending up with Carvalho but it would be awesome if we did.

    Shawcross is solid defender and so if Stoke decide to take the money then that one could happen.

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  • 89Norcal

    Apr 12, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Mind blown that we only bought Anita when we qualified for Europa. Hadn’t realized that.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 12, 2017 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Norcal,
    And that was only because we were expecting to sell Tiote or Cabaye, it just about confirmed our goal was never to finish above tenth again.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 12, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Can’t see us beating Leeds United on friday.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 12, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #16

    welsh,
    You’re not playing Leeds, your tin pot club are involved in a relegation battle somewhere.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 12, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #17

    If you say so Mavis.

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 12, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Reckon rafa will have given the lads a b*llocking and they’ll want the league, beat leeds 2-0.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 12, 2017 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #19

    I can see us beating Leeds on Friday.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 12, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #20

    You surprise me Welshie, thought you’d definitely have us down for a win. 🙂 Leeds have sold out once in the last decade – against us. They had the full backing of the crowd and virtually every pundit on the planet predicting a home win. We beat them. We’ll beat them again imo but it still won’t be good enough for some. They’ll find something to whine about even when we finally confirm promotion. Nothing we ever do will be good enough, which is understandable considering our rich vein of winning trophies over the last five decades. Or not, as the case may be. Nobody is getting closer to us. The opposite is the truth. The almighty Huddersfield have hit a brick wall,as I pointed out a couple of weeks ago.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 12, 2017 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #21

    And then Ipswich on Monday.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 12, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #22

    If we win both our Easter games and Huddersfield lose one of their two Easter games – we are up!

    All permutations from the Chronicle :-
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-could-up-monday-heres-12885941

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 12, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Bobby

    I haven’t done a score prediction for a while because you never know which team will turn up, Leeds are not a bad side.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Looking forward to the Leicester match this evening.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Mmm, posted too early! My point is, we are going up. Not as easily as many expected, but so what? Promotion is all that matters and we will get promoted. If you can’t enjoy a promotion season, wtf do you want? 🙂 Pointing out that this squad isn’t good enough for the PL? REALLY? WOW, who would’ve thought that? It’s laughable. I guarantee we will not go into next season with this team. That anybody thinks we might is beyond belief. Just enjoy it ffs. Let next season take care of itself. If you can’ t enjoy this season, how did you survive the last three or four? How will you cope next season, when we most certainly won’t be in the top two all season? Looking at my tealeaves, I predict total meltdown next season. 🙂

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  • Douglas

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Best of luck with the treatment, Ed.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Leeds are not a bad side, I accept that, but they were on good form when we beat them at their place as well. We’re not a bad side either in case you hadn’t noticed. We’re a Championship Club, not a PL club. We have no more right to win these games than anybody else. Manure and Arsenal get the biggest crowds in the PL but neither are top. Attendance figures mean nothing, or Bournemouth would be in the first division. Rafa had a plan. To fulfil that plan he put a squad together he thought would get us promoted. Never once did he promise tick a tacka

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  • toontaff2

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #28

    I thought Welsheacock9 had followed Monk doon to Yorkshire!

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  • toontaff2

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #29

    WelshPeacock9 even!

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #30

    Leeds are not a bad side, I accept that, but they were on good form when we beat them at their place as well. We’re not a bad side either in case you hadn’t noticed. We’re a Championship Club, not a PL club. We have no more right to win these games than anybody else. Manure and Arsenal get the biggest crowds in the PL but neither are top. Attendance figures mean nothing, or Bournemouth would be in the first division. Rafa had a plan. To fulfil that plan he put a squad together he thought would get us promoted. Never once did he promise ticka tacka football. He said it would be a long hard grind and it has been. Fulham play very pretty football and they could miss out. Sometimes you sacrifice something for the greater good of the future. If we don’t go up, people will have reason to gripe – but we will and they don’t. To move forward we need to be in the PL with the money it brings. How we get there is irrelevant, as long as we get there. We’re starting from the bottom and going about it the right way.

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Bobbybee

    If you had to say now, providing Ashley continues to back Rafa and allows him sufficient funds to strengthen the squad in the summer, where do you think we’ll finish?

    I’d be happy with anywhere above 14th tbh

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  • JackBall

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #32

    Bobby and I have been beating this same drum all year. We attempted to build a team as quickly as possible to win promotion, not to finish top 10 in EPL. We are now almost there and the struggle to get in new players will begin. The dissatisfaction with our play I feel is a bit too much. Only a few would have not taken where we are now at the beginning of the season. Winning by three more often would have been nice, but that is not the team Rafa thinks he has; instead we play more conservative – and it has been working. Last week was the only game that bothered me, mainly because a win there would have all but guaranteed promotion and relieve my stress. Even as bad as it was, it was to set plays they scored on, and with Clark hopefully back in the lineup, it may not have ended as it did. I expect what I always expect in the next game – a close one, but more likely a win.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #33

    Sorry for the repetition, having problems with it posting too early. The little box you write in keeps jumping up and down, putting the submit button where the keyboard is. I blame the Russians! 🙂

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  • JackBall

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #34

    All I hope for next year is safely clear of relegation, and maybe, with some good fortune, fighting for a tenth place finish. Looking at the table (epl) now, 14th to 10th is 11 points. If you say that is a mountain to overcome, than I guess the 10 we have over Hudd is a mole hill.

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  • toontaff2

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #35

    As long as Putin does not press the wrong button! 👿

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #36

    Huddersfield are closer to dropping out of the play offs than over taking us

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #37

    James, tbh I’m not expecting great things next season. I posted ages ago that relegation cost Rafa a season’s plans. I see us putting together five or so first teamers this coming season and finishing the job the following season. Mid table will be reasonable imo for the first season back. We certainly won’t be setting the PL alight, but we will be hard to beat I reckon. As I said back then, you don’t rebuild in one season, it takes time. More reason for Rafa to sign an extension as well. He’ll want to finish what he’s started. People need to be patient, which hasn’t been obvious on here lately. Or ever really! 🙂 This is not a quick fix because we were badly broken. Not just the first team, but the entire set up and he’s addressed it all. It should be worth the wait though and having waited fifty years for a trophy, I can manage another couple.

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  • JackBall

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #38

    It depends what they do with their game in hand, but that is the point us “positive” (hopefully not head in sand) posters have been making.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Swans are going to stay up, i can feel it in my bones.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #40

    My favourite from the “I think we should be doing better” comments was Our Toons “maybe Rafa is not the right man for the job then” in response to my “not many managers can play both winning and sexy football all the time”

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