Karen Brady Upbeat About Rafa Benitez And Newcastle


West Ham United Vice-Chairman Karren Brady has written  in The Sun today that she thinks it’s a very good match between world-class manager Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United – one of the best supported football clubs in the world.

And if you don’t believe that – how many other clubs would have a 97.5% of capacity average home attendance (51,106) in England’s second division?

Not many.

Karen Brady – Vice-Chairman of West Ham

The winning of the Championship on Sunday caused great celebrations at St, James’ Park and it was followed up with a four meeting on Tuesday night between Rafa, Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley.

The meeting seemed to be very positive with Mike pledging to give Rafa all he had this summer so Benitez can build a side capable of challenging in the top half of the Premier League next season.

This is actually what Mike said:

“I’ve confirmed to Rafa and Lee that they can have every last penny that the club generates through promotion, player sales and other means in order to build for next season.”

This is the most positive we’ve ever been in the ten years we have run this blog, and in truth Newcastle have struggled as a club over the last ten years with two relegations and some terrible seasons.

It’s been very painful.

But with Rafa now leading the way everything and anything is is possible and this man has it all to become the greatest manager Newcastle have ever had.

We mean that quite sincerely.

Karen Brady is also positive about the match between Rafa and Newcastle United and she had this to say in her football diary in The Sun today:

“Championship champions Newcastle are lucky to have Rafa Benitez as manager and the 57-year-old is lucky to have Newcastle with their huge and deeply loyal following,”

“I sense Benitez is happy at a club with a similar working-class character to Liverpool where he is still regarded with much affection, not least for winning the Champions League.”

“In Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley, he has the best financial means to give the Premier League a real go next year.”

“Mike talked about ‘making your own luck’ but in football you also need a good manager and great players.”

“He has at least one of these ingredients. And in my experience the rest follows – as long as you have a big cheque book, which Mike certainly has.”

Newcastle now have an opportunity over the next few years to get back challenging the big boys at the top of the Premier League and this summer transfer window will be one of the most important we have seen for some time.

As Rafa says, we have to bring in the right players and also keep those who can do the job for Newcastle.

It’s going to be very exciting at Newcastle from now on for our fans – and that will be a nice change – with Rafa Benitez leading the club forward to much bigger and better things.

Love it!

🙂 🙂 🙂

Comment welcome.



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64 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    May 13, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Toontaff

    It was somebody on nufc hashtag on twitter.

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  • toontaff2

    May 13, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #2

    According to the mag, we’re only 24 hours from Atsu

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  • Budge123

    May 13, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Missed the bus . agree with you Toon taff on the 17th min applause it’s dropped off so much it’s counter productive now

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  • posada

    May 13, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Toon
    No it wasn’t me mate.
    But to continue on that theme.
    Those lot down the road should be ignored.
    They have always measured their success against how they compare to us. We don’t.
    Big Sam celebrating last year with his jacket off. Like they had won the Champions League. Actually they finished fourth bottom.
    2009 I think it was. They won their first derby game for 10 years. Some of their supporters were dancing about in the centre circle.

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  • geordiemark

    May 13, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #5

    tell the truth I don’t think atsu has done enough for us to sign him really, I wasn’t that impressed by him really yeah he scored a couple of good goals but means nothing in the long term

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  • toontaff2

    May 13, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    They should do a proper anniversary tribute every pre-season, maybe?

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  • toontaff2

    May 13, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    geordiemark,
    Me either, won’t be disappointed if we sign him and won’t if he don’t.

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  • toontaff2

    May 13, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Think Atsu would be squad player, but like most, would not be too bothered, either way.

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  • Budge123

    May 13, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Tt or first home game proper maybe?

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  • toontaff2

    May 13, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Same with those doon the road –
    Sensible side says ignore
    Wicked side says stuff it up ’em!
    http://www.themag.co.uk/assets/auf-wierersehen-prem-tyne-to-go-fly-past-sunderland-newcastle-united-nufc-650×400-296×182.jpg

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  • toontaff2

    May 13, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    First home game back in PL would be a fitting tribute.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #13

    I think we should fly hundreds of banners over their stadium of plight.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #14

    Well 90 would do nicely.

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 13, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #15

    Don’t know what the point is of flying banners over football stadiums.
    I think it’s all a bit pathetic. Trying to take some kind of moral high ground is even more pathetic.

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  • DubaiMicky

    May 13, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #16

    ““I’ve confirmed to Rafa and Lee that they can have every last penny that the club generates through promotion, player sales and other means in order to build for next season.””

    I don’t see this as a positive? maybe I’m mad, but what I hear is that if you sell you have cash to spend? Does it also mean that 35,000 season ticket purchases will be available too? if so that could be good. What about money from sponsorship – specifically from Sports Direct?

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  • magpie6699

    May 13, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #17

    I think for £6.5 million, Atsu could be a good impact sub for when opposition are getting a bit tired. I would rather have someone better as first choice though unless he really steps up a gear.

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  • expatmag

    May 13, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #18

    TOONTAFF

    He is lucky its only his arse

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  • geordie157

    May 13, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #19

    One option that could be a decent idea, loan Atsu again.

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  • expatmag

    May 13, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #20

    DUBAIMICKY

    That comment from Ashley was nade to ensure selling clubs dont know exactly what our budget will be jn case they bump tbe price up.

    I doubt RB would have agreed to stay if significant funds werent made available

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #21

    Dubai Micky,
    The only answer to that is that Rafa seems to be happy with the outcome, apart from a new deal for him what more can we ask for.

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  • expatmag

    May 13, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #22

    GEORDIE

    At 25 and several loans, I would imagine Atsu would like something more permanent.

    For that price, I would sign him. No brainer

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #23

    Expat

    That’s a Brit boot kicking an Aussie ass.

    The Bradley Lowery post was 4pm UKtime yesterday.

    The same thread was later used to discuss transfers , have a right go at Welshie (for a change) and discuss the Chelsea match , then we all went to bed.

    At 08am UKtime the following day mine was the last post 99 .

    How anybody could possibly think it was a pop at wee Bradley Lowery is frankly a bit scary.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 13, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #24

    woah – getting attacked and abused by Jib trying to drag me into his gaffe strewn world.
    Jib has displayed, an not for the first time, that he is a non thinking scumbag.
    he is not the only one.
    Ya shyte and scumbags are naturally attracted to one another – just need to see who “supports” Jib on the blog and who never ever comment on his foul remarks. We even have one saying he is a good value poster -posted this before but what is a good value scumbag.

    Jib and his blog mates cause most of the bother on the blog – their only real use – is to take the p**s out of them.

    Ya shyte and scumbags throughout society spoil it for the decent folk. Unfortunately they too can buy computers and modern phones and spew out their offensive bile and loudmouth abuse.

    Scumbags and shyte……………………………OOT

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 13, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #25

    Phil Jones – no thanks as Catchy say -a headless chicken.

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  • Belfast

    May 13, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #26

    Sorry but that banner is a joke. You either fly one over and insult the kernts or you don’t bother. As soon as Cancer got dragged into the original idea it was ruined. Donate the money and drop it.

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  • Belfast

    May 13, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #27

    Although I must say – Karma is a bitch lalas! should have been flown over if anything hehe

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  • lochinvar

    May 13, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #28

    Karen Bradley – no sweethearting Rafa pet, he’s ours.
    We’ve paid for your Stadium , that’s enough.

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  • lochinvar

    May 13, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #29

    quiz question:
    If West Ham and Tottenham have a semi final or Final Cup Match next season at which ground will it be played ?

    The FA in the interests of fairness should make their fans travel to say Accrington or Sunderland as they both need some support.

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #30

    lochinvar
    the FA and fairness !!!!
    por favor

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  • SPRINGY

    May 13, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #31

    Regarding atsu… With money not in a abundance,and the general squad needing strengthening i think atsu at 6m is a decent buy…it gives us a bit flexibility to strengthen and look at him and if he doesn’t improve in a few transfer windows we can upgrade to 20m in form winger who’s making a name for himself at that time….we can’t get the best players in all positions straight away that will cost to much….he has pace,creativity and a goal threat so why not

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  • Bobbybee

    May 13, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #32

    Ha ha ha ha. Irony, what a wonderful thing. 🙂

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 13, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #33

    Lochinvar
    I asked that or a similar question last week

    If the TOON got to the semi final and drew the SPUDS where would they play the tie at Wembley as it is suppose to be played at a neutral ground.

    Also applies to the Cup Final where do they play that if Spuds get to the Final ??

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 13, 2017 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #34

    On Atsu
    Also depends on him if he wants to one a regular I’m a team.
    Me I would sign him as he will be a good squad player.

    My first signing would be a top class keeper who’s distribution is a lot better than the two main protagonists Darlow and Elliot – as there distribution is Shite.

    Me I would break the bank for Pickford a excellent young keeper who’s distribution is second to none and would have a sell on price. Would be worth at least 12 points a season. Would he come to the TOON would be another thing tho’

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  • Ron Knee

    May 13, 2017 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #35

    Charlie

    Pickford said he would never come to Newcastle.

    “Jack Colback’s playing on the other side of the water these days unfortunately. I would never do that,” Pickford said. “I couldn’t do it myself. I would never go to Newcastle.”

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  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #36

    Well i think the easier thing is to get a few drones to drop packets of drawing pins into the stadium of Plight each containing the message “here’s some points – you’re gonna need ’em”

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 13, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #37

    previous post
    first line load of bollocks – mean’t to say..
    On Atsu
    Also depends on him – if he wants to have a regular first team place or is happy to be a squad player

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  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2017 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #38

    I can’t think of a worse place to start chucking money about than on keepers. We have good ones already, and I bet their distribution would improve exponentially with a better quality, better organised team shape in front of them, playing from the back more and less of the retreat and hoof stuff we’ve had since the days of the King.

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  • SPRINGY

    May 13, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #39

    Charlie
    I think a keeper Shouldn’t high on the list of “need to buy players” at the minute we have enough to cover for a season or 2,with elliot and darlow, woodman and sels who may come good….not that he inspires confidence… the money should used to strengthen out field players and then tweak certain positions in the transfer windows over next couple if year…. didn’t mention krul as his performances before he got injured and his distribution were poor probs worse then any of our keepers tbh so unless he hits some oyt of the blue form i thinl he’ll be sold

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  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #40

    Atsu strikes me as a player who’s head imagines he has more talent than his body has, and therefore is selective as to when to apply himself and how much effort to put in. He might improve with a better side to play in though.

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