Local Lad So Positive About Rafa’s New Newcastle


Paul Dummett is always good in an interview and gives the local lads’ view of what’s happening.

Paul also has some extra insight because he’s been the first choice left-back all season and appeared 35 times for Newcastle this season – the most games he has ever played in one season for his home town club.

Paul has 110 total appearances for Newcastle with three goals and while on loan at Gateshead and St. Mirren he added another 40 first team games to his record with a couple of goals.

Paul has been talking in the Chronicle with Lee Ryder about the last 12 months under manager Rafa Benitez – and they have been positive months despite being relegated last season.

Rafa Benitez talks to Paul Dummett

That was even  though we managed 12 points  in our final six Premier League games and took Tottenham Hotspur apart 5-1 (with only 10 men in the final 20 minutes) in that last game of the season  at St. James’ Park.

What a display that was!

And it persuaded Spurs to cough up a massive £30M for the Man of the Match in that game – Moussa Sissoko – who went on to star for France in the Euro 2016 Championships – – and we better leave  it there.

Other than to say the conspiracy worked like a dream and it was a fabulous deal for Newcastle.

🙂

Here’s what Paul has said in the Chronicle and it’s a long interview, but a good one:

“You obviously do not want to be relegated.” “Even if we had stayed up and the manager had stayed, I think he would have sorted out what needed to be done anyway, but you can look about it both ways really.”

“I suppose it has helped the club sort things out and turn things round.” “Hopefully, we can be on the up now.”

“Because I am from the City and all my family and friends are Newcastle fans and I am the same.” “It lives with you all the time.” “No matter where I go it is always with me.”

“If I go to different family or friends’ families, that is all they speak about – football.” “So I can never really get away from it.” “It can be hard but this season it has been positive.”

“Everyone I have spoken to has only had good things to say so it has all been a lot more positive.”

“We have a tough game Friday and our main aim is to win every game until the end of the season.” “One game at a time.”

“And if we win all remaining five games, which we are hoping to do, then we would gain promotion.”

“Relegation was a huge disappointment but we have put ourselves in a really good position now to win promotion and we need to carry on what we have been doing since the start of the season for the final five games.”

“It’s totally different to being part of a losing team.” “This season is different because we have been winning most games so the feeling around the club, around the city, everything has been much better.”

“We want to win promotion and then hopefully if we go up, carry on doing the same in the Premier League by winning games.”

“My first few seasons here were tough because we were not doing so well.

“It’s been quite negative so to have one season in the Championship after all that can maybe do us no harm really.”

“To have that good feeling back around the place is a real positive.”

With five games to go for Newcastle and almost certain to get an automatic promotion spot back to the Premier League, we’re sure Rafa has drummed into his players this week that they have to go out and win those five games.

The toughest game by far is the one at St. James Park tonight against a good-looking Leeds United side, who could well get the third play-off promotion spot this season.

Sometimes Newcastle have not been able to execute Rafa’s game plans this term, but we really hope we can get all  15 points out of the last 5 games and finish on a real high.

Both emotionally and on top of the league.

It’s the very least the long-suffering Newcastle fans deserve after the three previous very poor seasons, when fans’ nerves had been completely shattered – well mine had been at least.

Get that promotion and  then we can celebrate all summer long – that sounds very good to us.

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24 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #1

    hibbit,
    I honestly think you’re right there and have thought the same myself for awhile now. There is simply not enough traffic on other blogs for WUM’s to get a response so a lot of them are drawn here. And I 100% think for certain it’s why a particularly stupid one from Wales has chosen us to annoy.

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 14, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #2

    WW
    Not the club labelling them as promising, Mbabu did more than hold his own in the first team, Sterry the same. What I’ve seen of Barlaser and Roberts has been very good, as have the reports of folk who get to see more reserve games than me. Heardman banging goals in now, and the U23 team are suddenly flying high..
    Other clubs seem to give young uns a shot, we don’t. And it’s not as if we have a first team squad is that good that nobody could break into it 🙂

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  • Nufc-83

    Apr 14, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Sing that post in the last thread was just utter garbage.

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 14, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #4

    WW
    Didn’t say Arma is up for sale. But he has been around a while, not been given a decent chance at all, and is impressing at his England level. We Just don’t want to leave it too long, sooner or later he will be offered an attractive offer of 1st team football and he could go on the list of north east talent we let slip through our fingers.

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  • Nufc-83

    Apr 14, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Or that post below.

    The likes of heardman are so far off being ready for the championship it’s redicoulous. Armstrong is out doing what the others hopefully will be and that is developing with competitive 1st team football.

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 14, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #6

    sing
    Mbabu played 2/3 games for us didnt he? Cant judge him on that Sammy has had more good games for us than he has and hes cried about being on loan so doesnt fill me with confidence about his attitude. Sterry maybe 1 appearance? Was loaned out as he should be and got injured

    Our main problem (outside of our awful academy) is that we havent loaned player out to gain first team experience which Rafa is fixing. The U23s are suddenly flying because Rafa is taking an interest in them and helping them

    The kids will get a chance in the friendlies or out on loan dont worry about it haha other big teams only give kids a chance in emergencies or when they have earned in out on loan

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 14, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #7

    NUFC
    I wasn’t specifically saying Heardman is the one who should be given a chance in the championship right now. Putting his name in the general group of promising players at various levels. But the way we operate we don’t reward promise as early as other clubs, and encourage young players. Is that ‘utter garbage’? It’s my opinion, fair enough if you don’t agree…

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 14, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #8

    sing
    Arma is getting his chance now tbf and hes doing ok but not amazing Rafa looked at him last summer and will again this Summer

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 14, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Sing

    U23s are in the 2nd division and last time I looked, not in a promotion place.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Sitc,
    To be fair the U23-18’s has been ran as a complete shambles with regular hidings and no structure, is it a coincidence that the U23’s are in the plsy offs since Rafa arrived.

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 14, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #11

    WW
    If Arma is loaned out again after this season I hope he goes to a championship club that suits his style better. Fulham, Reading…?

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  • Nufc-83

    Apr 14, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #12

    I think you view does have substance in that we have been poor in managing and developing youngsters however at the moment we don’t have any real quality apart from Arma who hopefully will come back even better.

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 14, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Jail
    Probably not, but also a decent crop developing further as they grow?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 14, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Jail

    Some inflatable Brown Ale bottles would be a good addition to the Gallowgate flags.

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  • Nufc-83

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #15

    That being said I did want to see how cal Roberts got on at Kilmarnock and not seen anything. Anyone know how he is doing?

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #16

    sing
    Ideally Id send him to Brighton next season or whoever comes up through the play offs if he goes out next season but failing that top end Championship…am not so bothered about the style if they want him then they will have a way of accommodating him I think this season will of been good for him having to fight for his place and learn a new way of playing makes him less 1 dimensional

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Nufc-83
    Sterry and Woodman are meant to be thought of highly and as u say that Cal Roberts is meant to have a future outside of them though I agree not a great deal of quality, I dont know enough about the lads Rafa brought into it though Ive seen a few good reviews

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  • Nufc-83

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Lol Brighton you must be kidding. Top 8 team in the championship would be great and you would want him hitting 15-20 goals and regular starter.

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  • Nufc-83

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Ye Woodman should be definitely loaned to a champ club also.

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #20

    This current newcastle team/squad can’t afford the luxury of bedding in young players for a few reasons

    1. There isn’t enough quality in the team to effectively play with 10 men
    2. it actually is already quite a young team in most areas
    3. The stakes and expectations are too high this season

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  • de only ethiopi

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Arma is going to were number 9 in a couple of seasons …he got the skill ..pace ..flair..I would not loan him out ..
    Mabud and Sterry..both have to be loand out ..Kevin most likely being a free agent
    The new start is
    Victor Fernandez…18..we just signed him he is skilled …tricky …but a little skinny would deifnty see him in pre season
    Daniel Barlaser..most likely a star but he is being followed by besitash…
    Ivan Toney..he have a good pace …can be a sub ..

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  • de only ethiopi

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #22

    Well we need experiace in center back …I don’t consider clack and dummet as players who have the caliber to get us where we want to be
    Krul…most defintlay sold
    Hanley…must be sold didt prove him self
    Mebemba …must be sold..rafa don’t like
    Lazzar..must be given his chance
    Guffy..free agent..old
    Colback..pls sell him..symbol of defeat
    Diame..must be sold..to old no pace
    Sammy…sold..pace no foot work
    Haris…free agent…spends more time at the barber
    Anita..free agent..may be a one year extension
    Gamez…useless just get him of the bill
    ..and finally
    DUMMIT…useless pics of s**t …idk sometimes are we watching the same game he gives the ball away so cheep its not even funny …the weekest link I have seen since Simpson who turned up with Roberto Carlos to day…idk..how that conversation would go between Simpson and THE LEFT BACK KING Jole

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  • de only ethiopi

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #23

    Well we need experiace in center back …I don’t consider clack and dummet as players who have the caliber to get us where we want to be
    Krul…most defintlay sold
    Hanley…must be sold didt prove him self
    Mebemba …must be sold..rafa don’t like
    Lazzar..must be given his chance
    Guffy..free agent..old
    Colback..pls sell him..symbol of defeat
    Diame..must be sold..to old no pace
    Sammy…sold..pace no foot work
    Haris…free agent…spends more time at the barber
    Anita..free agent..may be a one year extension
    Gamez…useless just get him of the bill
    ..and finally
    DUMMIT…useless pics of s**t …idk sometimes are we watching the same game he gives the ball away so cheep its not even funny …the weekest link I have seen since Simpson who turned up with Roberto Carlos to day…idk..how that conversation would go between Simpson and THE LEFT BACK KING Jole

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #24

    Arna won’t make it with us. If Rafa didn’t rate him to help us this season, how will he help us if we go up? It’s not going to happen. Jail, arsenal fans are a joke but there would be war if Rafa got the gig there. He is a second tier European manager, which is great ( top tier being ancelloti etc) but they will look for better than him.

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