Mick Quinn Hits The Nail On The Head – Why Benitez Is World-Class

Mick Quinn is nothing if not outspoken and on talkSPORT this morning on the Alan Brazil show – he rejects any criticism of Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.

Mick is clear that Rafa has demonstrated down below – a league he knew nothing about last summer – that he is on of the best.

Rafa put a team together that could gain automatic promotion back to the PL and he was (very) successful in doing that.

We are now back in the big time and Mick hits the nail on the head in this video clip.

85 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Simply magnificent achievement by Rafa with a very average squad. Hopefully will shut the likes of TOF, kimbo, mautitoon and to a lesser degree Munster up for a few days or more.

    Can’t help feeling though unless we get taken over by a super rich Chinese consortiumor similar that Rafa is done with us. January was a stark reminder of the destructive stench of Ashley and Carr still hanging about doesn’t augur well along with Charnley’s less than encouraging noises re – finances.

    Surely even Ash has realised that employing Z listers ultimately costs you far more. VIVA RAFA…!

  • Salmon

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #2

    If Mitro has a bit of pace,he would have been more reliable striker.That attempt on goal was sublime and his assist to Atsu was class.His temperament is his biggest fall.Which is why mgrs hesitated to give him more chance.After watching his contributions on the highlight,a bit tempted to keep him for another season.

  • expatmag

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Mitrovic was excellent last night. We are not well off for strikers so we should keep him

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Been a long slog but got there in the end – Yahooooooooo!!!!!!!!!
    tonight’s game – strange – strange – great start 1 up yet the crowd seemed subdued weird atmosphere. preston got back into the game and opened us up at will scored a simple goal our defence were miles away.
    Scored a excellent second – started well second half then went into our usual slumber until a great diving save by their player turned the game scored the penalty and you could see/feel the tension ballon burst.
    From then on the TOON played some canny football.
    DID anyone else notice that we hardly ever passed back to Elliot I think it was one headed backless first half and one with the feet second half.
    My merit marks
    Elliot 7 did nowt wrong pulled off a brilliant one-on-onefirst half.
    Anita 4 had a poor game – kept on getting beat for speed and caught out of position time and time again
    Clark 5 poor for most of the game got muscled beaten in the air all to easily
    Lascalles 5 again beaten all to easy in the air and bullied off the ball looked like he and Clark had never played together before
    Dummett 7 pick of our defenders.
    Shelvey 6 Ok but tried t he killer ball all to often – mind you lack of movement up front
    Ritchie 8 played well took his pen well – tireless display
    Atsu 7 took his goal well but not at his best until late on when he tried to beat his man instead of turning back on himself
    Hayden 9 my man of the match wanted the ball hardly wasted the ball great all-round game.
    Perez 7 had a decent game and solved two goals in – right place at the right time
    Mitro 8 had a very good game but did not have his shooting boots on but led the attack well held the ball up and brought others into play. great lay-off for our second goal.
    Goufran 5 linked up well did ok
    Colback 7 did well and laid off a couple of great passes.
    Murphy 6 did well up front with Mitro gets into some great positions canny passer of the ball

  • expatmag

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #5


    You hit the nail on the head with your comments about lack of movement. Throw in tbe lack of desperation in closing down and a defence that was walking on eggshells and you can identify exactly where all our problems are.

    If Fatmike wishes to paper over cracks by failing to back Rafa with crucial signings in expertise positions, we will lose him and get relegated again.

    Commentators said at the end of the game that in their opinion, only 4 players showed they were premiership class. I actually thought they exaggerated that figure

  • JamesToon

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Totally agree rotonda

    Simply magnificent from Rafa, the staff and the players. Now the ball is in Ashley’s court. I really hope he does not want to ruin the single greatest thing that has ever happened to this club, this is a massive opportunity for Ashley to be part of something big, but he will have to spend the money as Quinny said, £10m players have to become £20-25 mil players. The money is in it for ashley in the future, the tv money, European football and advertising, if he backs Rafa all the way.

    Please mike, don’t screw this up

  • lesh

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7

    How long do we have to wait to hear of Ashley congratulating Rafa and the lads for a job well done? Or is he keeping his powder dry before committing to any plans Rafa may have? If he is, it’s a sorry state of affairs.

  • magspuggy

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Good morning all.

    Is the sun brighter today ?

    Is Alan barnes rafas new signing ??

    Tommorow i want the title yet today my cup flows over so much i just dont care.

    Our squad has done it and no matter who stays or leaves everyone of them has done us proud.


  • lesh

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Wonder if Ashley’s on Rafa’s case already? He’s probably been discussing options and strategy for the Club – with Joe Kinnear and Care!

  • lesh

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #10

    * Care? Don’t be daft, Care should have read Carr!

  • Australian Pie

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #11

    So good lads, can’t wait for next season. Rafa stays on, but 3-5 players. Mitro showed last night we shouldn’t let him go lightly. Great player that brings the team into play, would be great for him to score more and I can see him doing that in time.

  • magspuggy

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #12

    @ lesh .
    Divvint let the sky fall in on ya today mate
    Not when its so bright and has its magic hat on.
    Enjioy the feeling.

    In Carr we trust..

  • magscar

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Like it or not Rafa will not start with a complete new 11 + say 3 regular subs. Can’t make a team gel quickly whether already in a league or promoted as we are. A team can be greater than the sum of its parts.

    From last night’s starters can see 6 possibly 8 players being in the squad


    With may be Elliot Dummet Mitro. Not my choices necessarily just a guess at what Rafa may look to retain as a core for now.

    Add to that SDJ(?) Yedlin Gayle and i think he will look at 5-6 starter regular subs brought in. Much depends on who can be shipped out at good price and what gaps then need filling. Obvious weaknesses are well documented and Expat made a pragmatic realistic call in an earlier post this morning on possible candidates. There will be surprises no doubt as Rafa has bought likes of Crouch Fowler Cisse Pennant at Liverpool but he will no doubt get most right some short term just as this season.

    Some of those mentioned will be there to develop more but if signs are that they are not then they will be let go and replaced. Rafa seemed to have a high turnover of players whilst at Liverpool always shuffling the pack.

    Not going to start getting despondent until Rafa has had his meeting with Ashley and signs emerge as to which way we are heading. Rafa has made massive changes beyond just first team already some perhaps indirectly and will present a very persuasive case to Ashley. Much depends on what sponsorship is coming in after all we get around £7M for 1st or 2cnd and Mackems for instance around £100m as we pass them!!

  • supermac69

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #14

    Ooooh me heeds pounding but it was all worth it, we will be ok next season, Rafa will still be here and we’ll consolidate as even Ashley’s not that thick to lost that type of money a third time so let’s enjoy the day, by the way are the bars open yet, need a mender lol hwtl

  • magscar

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    There is a double whammy facing us now – not only have we lost out on the first season of obscene amounts of the new Sky money which means we are playing catch up with likes of Burnley and Bournemouth but that same transfusion of money means that even average players at so called lower club’s will be expected to fetch 15 -20M never mind silly wages if you want them.

    Even looking abroad will possibly mean paying a premium as foreign club’s look to get some of the money flushing around PL.

    Perhaps PL should consider a sort of hot air balloon payment for poor club’s coming up to acclimatise as well as the parachute for the rich club’s going down 🙂

  • lesh

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #16


    It’s not a case of the sky falling in or me not enjoying last night – we’re all well aware of Ashley’s history.

    And there’s some staff tw@ on TalkSport insisting we underachieved. That’s just the news Ashley’ll be looking for and no doubt he’ll try that on with Rafa.

  • lesh

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #17

    And true to form, Carver’s almost excusing Ashley’s absence as not wanting to pressurise Rafa and the lads last night.

  • toontaff2

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #18

    Supermac69 – 😆
    was thinking the same!
    A mender :mrgreen:

  • sparky55

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Job done…never in doubt…only doubt going forward is how much Ashley is prepared to invest.

    The problem here is you have two personalities with very different agendas. Both are winners….winning means everything and they’ve reached the summit with regards what they’ve achieved.

    …but they definitely don’t have the same goals with regards what they want the club to achieve.

    Rafa will want to win stuff, he’ll want to build a legacy and he’ll want the club to qualify for Europe…but Ashley has never wanted success for the club…all he wants is premiership survival so he can advertise Sports Direct tat all around the world and strange how he buys an American sports retailer the week before we get promoted so sports direct will be all over the US TV stations again next year.

    Rafa wants success…Ashley only wants perennial survival so that means Rafa will be frustrated to a large degree and Ashley won’t give a sh!te.

    This next two years will all be about how much Rafa is prepared to put up with the financial restrictions he will have to work within.

    My guess is Rafa will stay this year coming year…he’ll consolidate the clubs position in the premiership and then he’ll be away blaming Ashleys refusal to invest in his vision for success.

  • manxpie

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #20

    Take a look at @SportsBreakfast’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/SportsBreakfast/status/856733715325751296?s=09

    This is class lol

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #21

    Micky Gray on talksport congratulating Newcastle ( through gritted teeth). He says we should have “walked” the league with that squad but in the next breath says we need to invest £100 million to survive in the prem! Make your mind up Mackem!

  • toontaff2

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #22

    Best place is probably the Beehive in the Bigg Market – triple spirit/windowlene 😛

  • martoon

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #23

    magscar & lesh – As well as the money for finishing 1st or 2nd in the Championship we get the parachute payment at the end of the season which I think is in the region of £40-50m. Not as good as if we’d stayed in the Premiership but softens the blow.

  • magspuggy

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #24

    For me todays about promotion. All the politics and the naysayers can gtf.

    Dont care one bit whos good enough for the prem
    They got us here.

    Im proud of them all ..

  • toontaff2

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #25

    If only Mitro had scored!
    Nearly had my 5-1!! 😀
    Elliott coked all the Bingos up!

  • toontaff2

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #26

    1 more reason to celebrate – no more Mickey Mackem Gray – mind should be hilarious watching the Geordie lass taking the p out of him every week on C5,when the mackems get beat!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #27


  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    Why are my comments showing

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #29

    What a night haha

  • hibbit

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #30

    magspuggy @ 24

    exactly my sentiments going to enjoy the day for what it is,
    days like this are few and far between for newcastle fans
    2 games to play let’s pile the pressure on brighton they could just fold you never know

  • magscar

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #31


    Yeah and we have the profit from Sissoko deal if in instalments. Although other club’s will start with more money perhaps as in the past some will not look to spend too much and increase wages bill with one eye on that worrying trap door. Both clubs i mentioned for 2 as examples.

    The massive chasm between the 2 top divisions in money terms will grow in player terms over next few seasons. Am I glad we got up now.

    The existing advantage to relegated club’s will increase even if not usually utilised and likes of Leeds ,SheffWed and other previously regulars of First Division and P L will have an increasingly difficult job in getting up and consolidating if they do.

    The plus point for those looking upwards is that club’s coming down are invariably broken and need more than the seasons winnings to turn their club around. Money is undoubtedly a massive plus but the overhaul of deep lying problems within many relegated (big) club’s is beyond a quick fix – a fact that the 3 heading down might soon realise just as Villa and Norwich have.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #32

    Why are people banging on about Ashley and his willingness to invest?

    The model will remain – whatever the club makes can be spent. Simple.

    Given we know we’d make a profit of £40m+ even if we finished 20th next season, assuming the wage budget grows to similar levels as last season, then expect at least that amount to be available before sales. If we worked on the assumption of a 10th-14th place finish then he’ll be afforded about £50m before sales.

    That’s a reasonable amount.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #33

    Oh and fcuk you David Prutton hahahaha

  • martoon

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #34

    Back to football talk. Assuming we don’t over-celebrate and can get a win at Cardiff then that would put some pressure on Brighton as we’d only be 1 point behind them. I think Bristol still need a point to be safe so they’ll be no pushovers.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #35

    The game at Cardiff will be more relaxed

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #36

    There’s no pressure on the lads now so we may actually go there and perform well

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #37


    Could go either way!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #38


    Aye it is Newcastle United after all lol

  • OneAlanShearer

    Apr 25, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #39

    Mags car good post regarding squad.

    I agree the squad is woefully short of premier league quality. It needs major revolution not patching over. If Ashley has any sense he will invest heavily to keep us up and give us a quality squad. Sadly I think he will fall woefully short.

    I just want to say a big thank you to all tears players, staff and support that got us promoted, especially rafa. He’s exactly what the club needs. Hopefully he will the investment to stay, one way or another. I doubt Ashley will invest enough seeing as the January situation reads like he thought we over invested in the summer.

  • magscar

    Apr 25, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #40


    It does iritate me as well especially as there are FFP rules to be negotiated. I referred earlier to “indirect changes” which Rafa had engineered and I was driving at likes of Gallowgate Flags being encouraged, better fan communication, games being put on NUFC TV , a club starting to pull together. Imagine that under Llambias tenure.

    May be wrong but Ashley may be finally recognising that encouraging positive engagement with the fans by listening to a Football man and doing more than sustaining a PL spot can bring even better things for SD.

    If not may be time for him to consider selling whilst club is a rising asset as to continue in previous way will surely bring only further relegation fights .


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