Rafa Benitez Has Played A Huge Role In My LIfe This Season

Christian Atsu is on loan this season at Newcastle from Chelsea and he is a fan favorite because the 25 year-old is so positive and upbeat; he always does the best for the team although his form is up and down a little,

But he scored a really important goal for us against Preston on Monday night when he brilliantly the ball home with that great left foot of his to make it 2-1 just before the interval.

And he then went crazy!

Christian Atsu scores against Wigan

It’s still not known whether Rafa will make the deal permanent for about £6.5M this summer and it’s said that Rafa has still to make a decision.

The Ghanaian international has been speaking to Kwesi ESPN about the Newcastle manager:

“He is a great manager and great man. He has been very supportive. Everyone felt very important throughout the season.”

“Mostly when a coach makes everything comfortable for you, you are relaxed, you work harder. He has played one of the biggest roles in my life this season. I am honestly grateful.”

Christian has played 32 times with 4 goals for Newcastle this season and it’s the most he has ever played in a single season in his career, which included stints at Rio Ave and Porto in Portugal.

From a personal viewpoint he is amply qualified to play for Newcastle because he just loves the manager Rafa Benitez and he loves playing for the famous Newcastle United Football Club.

It wouldn’t surprise us if this is his most enjoyable season of his career – so far.

But that’s the kind of thing that happens when you play for a world-class manager.

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59 comments so far

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully the last word on yesterdays overhyped nonsense.

    It is a French driven investigation.

    The French authorities need to know exactly to which accounts held in which countries , English clubs paid monies to certain French citizens.

    The only place such information can be obtained is from the English clubs records.

    HMRC having agreed to obtain the info for the French Autorités fiscales , the only way to be sure it wasn’t tampered with was by dawn raids and seizure of records.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Jib = Inspector Clousseau

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    I doubt Charnley was even cautioned.

    Ironically Lee was probably questioned at the Newcastle HQ of HMRC at Benton Park Road NE98 1ZZ just a few yards from the training ground.

    The thing he’s carrying is probably a record of all payments to players for the last 7 years.


    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    From previous
    Those are some interesting quotes from Carr if hes telling the truth obviously. Means hes has been doing next to nothing since Rafa came in, never had anything to do with contracts or agent meetings, barely spoke to Ashley and essentially was just a scout…certainly not how he has been portrayed by the club

    One of them isnt telling the truth

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    That’s right Jib, they arrested him just for the fun of it. No so as he couldn’t tamper with records before they seized them or anything like that.

  • lesh

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6


    May I suggest that you look at yesterdays tv coverage of this. The Chief Exec of HMRC was shown telling a parliamentary committee of the Revenue’s interest in tax matters in football. They will be working with their French equivalents.

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    I said
    “the only way to be sure it wasn’t tampered with was by dawn raids and seizure of records.”


    Hoisting too many tots of whiskey to the memory of your wife again ?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #8

    What happens with transfers and payments after Brexit – will there be cooperation between clubs/countries on TAX matters and everything else?

  • posada

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #9

    Some good stuff on the blog re tax matters.
    Particularly from Mainmagpie.
    Thing is we all know that image rights is a fiddle.
    Or should I say loophole.

    Strong government would sort this. Simple, they tell the football authorities to stop taking the pee and conduct themselves ethically.
    Otherwise they will tax tranfers at 50%. Believe me they could do that. Anything can be taxed.

    Will it happen. No. That’s because the main benefactor from the money mad world of football is the government.
    Players pay tax at 45% one would hope.
    Earlier someone put a figure on the revenue paid collectively by football. Was it 2.1 billion ?

    The first club not to play the image rights game will put itself at a disadvantage in a very competitive situation. They would never get the players they needed.

  • manxpie

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Carr certainly puts all responsibility on charnley and seemed a bit miffed at not being involved in any of rafa transfers plus he only speaks to Ashley once a year but spoke to him at Birmingham game but new he only found out about it on the news
    I feel Carr has more to do with Ashley then he let’s on tbh

  • posada

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #11

    I went to the Senoir Cup Final last night.
    Very good game and a good standard from both teams.
    The fitness level you need to maintain just to play at that level is massive.
    And for what. A few quid and the enjoyment of playing.
    Makes you think that top level football is just a mania we could do without.
    All of those lads last night were very fit, relatively speaking. Nobody carries any excess weight etc or they simply would not be involved.
    Wish I could have played even at that level. It would have been great.
    Well done to them and I hope they do make a few quid.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #12

    And in the next scene we cut to the front room of a hovel in Benwell. A character known as “Jib” sits on a threadbare settee, rocking back and forth, shaking his head saying “make it go away”, over and over again, in a dull monotone, as the rats scuttle around his feet…

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #13


    Good question

    Say DeAndre Yedlin was accused of diddling the United States IRS – how co-operative would we be with the Yanks ?

  • Budge123

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Jib – is what your reporting fact from a credible source or just your opinion and thus you are treating it as fact?

    Your suggestion is that all the wrong doing is at the French end.
    If that is the case then dawn raids and the arrest / detention of British citizens seems way over the top and unlikely.

    Must be more to this than you suggest.


    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Ud think certainly someone is lying but tbf we only think Carr is in control of NUFC because its the image Ashley wants put out

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Budge —–consider me at the extreme positive end of the pendulum swing that seems to be mainly loaded (on this blog) at the negative end.

  • cyprus

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #17

    So are we all systems go once more? Promotion, Rafa, onward and upwards?

    On football: great not to really care what happens in our next game. Rafa, remove the shackles and just let them go for it, let’s see what happens. Maybe we can play fun football as well as pragmatic?

    I didn’t watch too many games and I just wanted out of this division, so the bottom line was indeed everything. But, next year I think we’ll need a serious boost if we are to compete.

    Sturridge? I think no, for many reasons. One is, I’m thinking M. Owen. Still, we’ll need a big name transfer, say 26.7 mil 🙂 to show intent and to get someone from the top drawer. The other 43.3 mil can be used to buy 4-5 very good players. We can offload some people whose contracts are ending and some others who just aren’t good enough. Overhaul? Not quite. Serious injection? Yes.

  • manxpie

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #18

    True it seems it rafa and charnley on one side and Carr and Ashley on the other and then charnley and Ashley on another!
    Fusked up state of affairs really and could only happen at our club

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #19

    I think Atsu is not good enough for the prem. Maybe as a squad player though. I expected much from him when he came tbh. Has only showed glimpses of what he can do. He said that he wanted to excite the crowd when he came and he has barely done that really. Should we sign him for under 7M hmmmm dunno could be a bit much for just a squad player. I rather we spend that money towards a proper winger or a promising youngster that can play in his position tbh.

  • Budge123

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #20

    As with most things the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

    Must be some level of guilt at both ends.
    Hopefully widespread and just us and the horrible hammers

  • Budge123

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #21

    Not just *

  • mindshaft

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #22

    Made me spit my coffee out in laughter


    He scored so many goals … classic

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #23

    Regarding this tax fiasco I bet it has to do with the signings of Payet, Batshuayi, Cabella and Thauvin.

  • manxpie

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #24

    Franck Peslerbe:

    “Henri Saivet called me and said he had received a call from Graham Carr (pictured above to the left of Mike Ashley) who asked him to sign a mandate with Raba if he really wanted to move to Newcastle.

    “Carr had apparently said to Henri that it was difficult to make a deal with a French agent, so it was better for him to let this other agent work on the deal.

    “I immediately called and emailed Carr to give him the chance to say he had no direct part in it. I got no response so I emailed Charnley about it and he replied telling me not to contact Carr anymore about this case.

    “But what reason could there be for Carr to tell the player to sign for another agent?”

    This is from saivet s ex agent sounds very dodgy now and from Carr’s side

  • giimps

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #25

    I cant understand why charnley was even there, he wasnt even md when Ba was here, he was only teaboy then, my thought is that they questioned him as acting md as the highest profile person at the club rather than any wrongdoing by him personally, im annoyed that we as a club were thrust into the public eye for the sole (imho) purpose of the hmrc waving their collective dicks at the same time bringing Newcastle into the public eye for the wrong reasons…..its like a definitive govt slapdown on us as a club after the joy and deserved elation at promotion……its looking to me like there is a deeper either mistrust or suspicion of newcastle and our practices regarding player payments and wages.
    Either way Imho, this will lead to very little in the way of punishment for us as a club but could influence the way players and agents are paid in the future.
    all imho obviously as i dont know diddley

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #26

    Jib Jibberish – what do you mean when you say Charnley was not cautioned. On what basis do you say this.
    (note thwacker is oiled and ready).

  • toontaff2

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #27

    The thwacker needs to be aimed at Penfold and maybe Carr!

  • magspuggy

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #28

    If penfold has just been for a chat why was he the only pesrson named ?

    What about the others who are they ?

    If the image thing is common praactice how come so few clubs got visited ?

    What does Carr do ? We know what he says he dont do but why would he expect a visit if hes got nowt to do with money ?

  • reilly

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #29

    Former Newcastle United (now Lorient) midfielder Sylvain Marveaux, 31, arrested in France over football tax scandal

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #30

    Charnley would have been reet in prison, he could have used his cue ball heed in a sock as protection…

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #31

    “Dans l’Hexagone, dix perquisitions ont été effectuées sur l’ensemble du territoire et quatre personnes ont été placées en garde à vue sous le contrôle de la Brigade nationale de lutte contre la criminalité organisée, de l’Office central de lutte contre la corruption et les infractions financières et fiscales et de la Brigade nationale d’enquêtes économiques.

    “Selon nos informations, il s’agit de trois agents de joueurs ainsi que du milieu offensif de Lorient Sylvain Marveaux, ancien joueur de Newcastle.”

    Ten searches carried out, four people arrested: three football agents and Marveaux.

  • toontaff2

    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #32

    Marveaux arrested for impersonating a footballer?
    Others to follow

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #33


    That would make a long list!

  • toontaff2

    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #34

    Longer than the summer transfer target list?

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #35

    Mister Tuff
    What evidence can you provide that he was cautioned ?

  • toontaff2

    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #36

    Daily Mail online about Marveaux. Link too dodgy!!

  • toontaff2

    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #38

    Or just very long!

  • toontaff2

    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #39

    On NUFC.com
    ‘From the “you really couldn’t make this stuff up” department, on the very day that St. James’ Park was raided by HMRC, a public seminar by The Chartered Institute of Taxation was hosted there. ‘

  • AncientC

    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #40

    Where are people getting this idea that Carr’s role has changed since Benitez came to the club. Carr’s role has always been that of scout. Obviously the financial side of transfers has zero to do with a scout. Where people get other ideas from, I am unsure.

    Carr “What you don’t realise is what we do as scouts is just put reports on the system and whoever the club sign it’s not down to us or fees or anything. We don’t know.”

    How couldn’t anybody “realise” the above fact, yet still do.


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