Young Player’s Heart-Felt Message To Newcastle Fans

Jamaal Lascelles has had some up and down form this season, but he was still good enough to make the Championship Team of the Season and he’s improved a lot under Rafa’s guidance this term.

Benitez showed massive confidence in the former Nottingham Forest player when he made him the club captain last summer at the ripe old age of 22.

Jamaal is nothing if not an honest young player trying to improve his game as fast as he can – and he’s given a very good interview in the Chronicle today.

Jamaal Lascelles and players celebrate on Monday night

Jamaal wants to thank the Newcastle fans for their simply unbelievable support of the team this season – the best supported side in the Championship with a modern day home record attendance of over 51,000 at St. James’ Park.

This is some of that Lascelles has told the Chronicle today:

“I’d love to say thank you to all the fans that stuck with us through hard times.”

“We’ve had a lot of ups and downs but they have been there at home and away games.”

“They sing for us every single game. As players, we know it has been frustrating for them and we have made it harder than it should be.”

“I want to take the time to appreciate and be thankful to the fans for what they have done. We are really thankful.”

“Overall it has been quite an emotional season in terms of ups and down, but we got the job done.”

“We have another game on Friday so hopefully we can put more pressure on Brighton.” “I will always do my best.”

“I’ve never known a city like this. Every single person from Newcastle supports Newcastle United.”

“They are so passionate about the team and will do anything to support it.”

“We’ll always try our best. Sometimes games aren’t as good as the fans want but it’s never complacency.”

“Maybe we have suffered from anxiety and pressure, but the expectation has been there.”

“For some players that can be hard to take in but we managed to show our talent and endeavour.”

“The manager’s tactics have pushed us over the line. We just say thanks to the fans.”

“We will take criticism at times but that is life as sportsmen.”

“Everybody makes mistakes, but at the same time, we got the job done.”

Those are really good words there from the captain.

It would be nice to finish with two wins at Cardiff City tomorrow night and at home against Barnsley a week on Sunday, when it should be celebration and thanksgiving day for Newcastle United.


It will also be Rafa Benitez’ day when we can all look back on the last 12 months and be thankful for  our good fortune that we have been promoted immediately back to the Premier League.

That was not the case for Aston Villa or Norwich, who didn’t make the playoffs.

It’s been some journey over these last nine months since the season started back in early August with two successive defeats at Fulham and at home to Huddersfield – who were the surprise team of the season.

The person who was the prime-mover in getting us promoted was of course the great Rafa Benitez.

We need to let him know and owner Mike Ashley know – the Spanish manager is the man to bring our club back to greatness.

And we hope Rafa does it quickly!

Howay The Lads!

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9 comments so far

  • Slank

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    I found the following on a West Ham website which explains how players image rights can upset HMRC:

    If the player’s company is a UK tax resident company, it will pay corporation tax on its profits from licensing the rights at 19%, under current rates, whereas the profits could be subject to income tax at 45% if received directly by the individual. A further tax saving arises from the fact that the football club will not be liable to employer’s national insurance contributions (NICs) in respect of payments to the company in respect of image rights. Many footballers will not be UK domiciled for tax purposes and will hold their image rights through a non-UK company. This may mean that the payments escape UK tax altogether.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Back to slow news days now

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3


    All in all, it promises to be an interesting press conference!

  • martoon

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Slank @1 – that makes sense but doesn’t explain why Penfold was detained and why just NUFC & West Ham because surely every club does this? Also there definitely seems to be a connection to players from France.

  • lesh

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Yes Ron, Rafa’s presser’s gonna be a tricky one for him.

    On another point, the words attributed to Carr by the Mirror are interesting. It looks as though Carr’s loading responsibility for transfer terms onto Charnley by saying that both he and Ashley know nothing. I should cocoa!

    Carr’s supposedly well connected and will have been involved with players’ agents sufficiently to know how things work.

    Ashley’ll be well pi$$ed off that HMRC’s on the case as will Rafa

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Montsie might have to start a new charity to help Charnley and Carr pay their legal bills.

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #8

    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.

  • geordiemark

    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #9

    I am not to bothered about the tax inspectors at the club if the club is hiding something it soon be found out, Ashley well since day 1 he has been a total nightmare do us all a favour Ashley sell up for gods sake let someone who has some ambition buy the club and give rafa what he wants


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