Rafa Benitez Gets His Wish For PreSeason Training Camp

There is news in the Chronicle today that Newcastle could return to Ireland for their preseason training camp as Rafa did last summer for what was then a very important upcoming Championship season.

It’s just as difficult a task this coming season, as we prepare to do battle back in the Premier League and it’s not too surprising Rafa doesn’t want to travel far this summer.

Rafa Benitez with Championship trophy

The manager again will have a new team that he wants to gel during the preseason.

The Chronicle are reporting that Newcastle United look like returning to Ireland again for preseason for a second successive summer.

Newcastle were at Dalymount Park in Dublin last summer and the same venue is possible this summer, with Rafa and the club extremely pleased with the facilities last summer.

And Rafa was able to do what he wanted to do – build the team spirit with new players and do a lot of coaching and training with the squad.

Newcastle had some offers to play in the Far East and the United States for July, but it seems Rafa has got his way and they will be off to Ireland with pre-season games arranged with some European clubs, both at home and away, as preparation for the Premier League.

That’s just one of the many jobs Lee Charnley and his staff have to do in what is going to be a very busy summer for Newcastle United and certainly for Rafa too.

It’s clear Rafa wants to concentrate fully on getting his new Premier League side ready for the upcoming season.

Sounds good to us.

Comments welcome.

68 responses so far ↓


  • 1
    ScoopSouthAfrica
    May 19, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Hi Ed…..
    Just want to say congrats on the new look web layout, really great. Just one please please, add the links to the bottom as per previous as as the comments grow you don’t really want to scroll back up for the next article.
    Cheers


  • 2
    BenbulbenMag
    May 19, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Great news, hopefully it’s in Carton again as its beside me. I was able to meet a few players last year.


  • 3
    Jib
    May 19, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Dalymount Park is Bohemians ground.

    The training camp is at Carton House , Maynooth , County Kildare


  • 4
    DubaiMicky
    May 19, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Well, this is a different look!


  • 5
    Tsunki
    May 19, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Nice respray Ed!


  • 6
    G
    May 19, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Wow, you’ve been busy Ed. Loving the new look to the blog.


  • 7
    Tsunki
    May 19, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    ?


  • 8
    Jib
    May 19, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    The /\ symbol on the right hand side of the bottom takes you WHOOSH !!! straight to the top


  • 9
    Tsunki
    May 19, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Ah. Just testing emoji’s. Still naff 😀


  • AncientC
    May 19, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Dear Ed. Further to my requests for Previous/Next article links under the post box, could you also click on the next blog page I wish to see, once I get to the bottom of the comments. Thanks.

    #FirstWorldNufcBlogProblems


  • ShirebrookToon
    May 19, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    It takes longer to refresh and load on mobile than the previous blog layout. Take some getting used to but I’m liking it!


  • Tsunki
    May 19, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Dear Ed, couple of requests –

    Milk but no sugar
    Blinds instead of curtains please


  • BeeGuy
    May 19, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Nice new page fellow adopted Tar Heel!


  • ShirebrookToon
    May 19, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    ?


  • ShirebrookToon
    May 19, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Emojis still crap


  • martoon
    May 19, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    Tsunki & G – according to Ed all the work was done by a Polish guy called Kacper Tylenda – not sure if he actually posts or not?


  • ScoopSouthAfrica
    May 19, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Very true JIB, but then you have to scroll down to the link a bit….. Just being a bit pedantic.


  • G
    May 19, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    martoon, he’s done a cracking facelift then.


  • Tsunki
    May 19, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Wot – no photo montage???


  • martoon
    May 19, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    I have to say I agree with others. New look is great but 2 niggles that need tweaking are the next/previous links should be at the bottom and the comment box is too small.


  • ToonRich
    May 19, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    I’m just gonna come out and say it…No likey!!

    It looks fantastic tbh, but liked the simplicity of the old one!

    Any new players linked today??


  • SPRINGY
    May 19, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    It’ll take a bit gettin used to but looks good ed…hope ya as well as ya can be mate


  • SPRINGY
    May 19, 2017 at 11:30 AM

    ?


  • Mag52
    May 19, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Takes a while for ancients like me to get used to new things, but am liking the new set up Ed. Congrats.


  • one fine day
    May 19, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    Has our resident incendiary bomb popped in to test the emojis yet ?
    Oh ..an hour away you say ?


  • SPRINGY
    May 19, 2017 at 12:14 PM

    Cant get emoji’s to work….never have on here tbh! Lol


  • magspuggy
    May 19, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Websites new skin looks great

    Font size is too big in the comments box.

    Pages take longer to load on andriod phone.

    Would like the previous/next page tab at the bottom near the comments box.

    ???


  • ToonRich
    May 19, 2017 at 12:32 PM

  • magspuggy
    May 19, 2017 at 12:33 PM

    Smileys also dont work
    And show as ????


  • SPRINGY
    May 19, 2017 at 12:39 PM

    Magspuggy
    Thought that was just my phone….hopefully the refresh rate is something that get sorted and next tab but like the look of this new blog….just a few tweaks needed me thinks


  • clinath@ed
    May 19, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    😉


  • May 19, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    Ofd

    Haha, I thought I had it nailed down.

    Touché.


  • Ron Knee
    May 19, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Aleksandar Mitrovic named in Serbia squad for WC Qualifier vs Wales on June 11.


  • SPRINGY
    May 19, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    clinath
    Cant get emojis to work… not tech savvy enough…so al just be the caveman on the blog!hahaha


  • magspuggy
    May 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    @ springy its just a tadge slower
    With a few tweeks its going to be spot on.

    The fellas done well with the rebuild and free of charge so i dont want to pull his hard work apart .

    Hwtl


  • SPRINGY
    May 19, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    Just reading on sky that we are linked to Ashley Barnes… ano its an old story but could it be the price tag that could have us linked to him for 6m…is he a genuine option?


  • SPRINGY
    May 19, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    Magspuggy
    Cant complain to much mate,its a great job…think its just the caveman me not used to new tech!haha…..took me 3mth to use a bloody android phone after i bought it man! Lol


  • Hail Wor Ashley
    May 19, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Wonder why Atsu hasn’t been officially confirmed, or as he and I missed it?


  • SPRINGY
    May 19, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    Hail
    Cant say I’ve seen it like…so maybe its not all done and dusted as sky believed


  • The next Mike Williamson
    May 19, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    Mitrovic hasn’t had a bad season when you consider his Serbia record. Even when playing for us, if you only include his starts he’s played 11, scored 4 and set up 6. That means he’s been directly involved in a goal a game when he starts. I think if he’d been given a run he’d have got a few more goals as well. Definitely worth keeping.


  • pyunky
    May 19, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    ? love the new page style Ed


  • magpie_in_ohio
    May 19, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Ed – great new look. Thank you for continuing to tout the Toon….


  • ShirebrookToon
    May 19, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Newcastle set to bid 12mil for Tom Cairney!


  • ronaldo aarons
    May 19, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    Hail
    I don’t think atsu been unveiled yet because usually the official signing goes through on 1st June/ July, I forget which month.


  • ShirebrookToon
    May 19, 2017 at 1:36 PM

    From the sun so gotta be bollox!


  • Hail Wor Ashley
    May 19, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Ronaldo

    Could be, but I remember us signing Cabaye before June 1st and announcing it, I’m sure there has been others.


  • ShirebrookToon
    May 19, 2017 at 1:38 PM

    Transfer window opens on 1st July


  • Ketsbaia9
    May 19, 2017 at 1:45 PM

    Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for. This is my list of targets:

    Janmaat – £7m
    Santon – £3m
    Koulibaly – £20m
    Abeid – £2.5m
    Markovic – £6m
    Knockeart – £11m
    Townsend – £13m
    Shaqiri – £11m
    Yann M’Vila – £6m
    Jay Rodriguez – £10m
    Martial – Loan


  • ronaldo aarons
    May 19, 2017 at 1:48 PM

    Hail
    I’m pretty sure he didn’t sign that early. I remember we had just started pre season, could be wrong though as it was long ago.


  • jezza442
    May 19, 2017 at 1:48 PM

    I seem to remember players beingredients signed up and announced and then officially registered when the window opens it usually starts after the last games of the season


  • jezza442
    May 19, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    I seem to remember players being signed up and announced and then officially registered when the window opens it usually starts after the last games of the season


  • jezza442
    May 19, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    I seem to remember players being signed up and announced and then officially registered when the window opens,but it usually starts after the last games of the season


  • Hail Wor Ashley
    May 19, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/13734703

    You’re right it was a bit later, early June he signed, must be the the firm link with us I remember been made late May.

    £4.3m – what a snip he was!


  • jezza442
    May 19, 2017 at 2:19 PM

    yeah mate cabaye was a great signing there’s been a few others aswell, Mr Carr gets some stick on here sometimes and rightly so,but even some of the flops have looked good on paper,riviere for example massive flop for us obviously but he had a great season the year before playing with the lad who went to manue can’t remember his name but he didn’t last long there either


  • SPRINGY
    May 19, 2017 at 2:36 PM

    Hate these quiet times at end of season,just paper talk and slava for a few weeks till window opens….just want signings to start tbh….im not a patient bloke.


  • Mister Tuff
    May 19, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Jib Jibberish – you posted earlier :-
    ” 8 Jib
    May 19, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    The /\ symbol on the right hand side of the bottom takes you WHOOSH !!! straight to the top”

    Whoosh is the same noise my cane makes as it flies through the air headed for your jacksie after your gaffes.


  • Ron Knee
    May 19, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Atsu deal:-

    “Waiting on the Governing Body Endorsement from the FA to allow NUFC to apply for work permit. All will be fine.”


  • lesh
    May 19, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Jib

    You came up with the solution when all others failed (The /\ symbol on the right hand side of the bottom takes you WHOOSH !!! straight to the top).

    You must surely be in line for the Googler of the Year award.

    Such determination to assist your fellow but lesser mortals deserves recognition not ridicule.


  • Jib
    May 19, 2017 at 3:11 PM

    I see the new format hasn’t stymied the blog village idiot Mr Tuff


  • lesh
    May 19, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Jib

    Try to be a good lad and be nice to your fellow bloggers.


  • lesh
    May 19, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    Ed

    Like the new look Blog but maybe the mobile site dialogue/ comments box could be enlarged and the font reduced a tad?


  • north east lincs toon
    May 19, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Would like to see players come in are sygurson boudabouz cairney destro sakho benny mooy Jetro Willems Armstrong to replace Murphy. Dream transfer window but possible ?


  • toon22
    May 19, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Mobile sites terrible,slow and confused layout.
    Imho youll get far fewer visits.


  • nufconceandfuturekings
    May 19, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    Well, been away and come back to this great new look! Also, I read the health update, Dr Ed. All the very best to you.What a season; champions down to the last minutes…typical agony for a Toon fan, though! Looking forward to Rafa’s continuing project.


  • Ketsbaia9
    May 19, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    They’ll be as much transfer activity as last season. We have to build a squad to challenge for Europe.


  • SPRINGY
    May 19, 2017 at 5:18 PM

    Kets
    Being a bit optimistic….lets just see where we end up! Lol


  • Ketsbaia9
    May 19, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    With Benitez in charge, I’m expecting at least top 8 and Semi Finals of a cup.


  • SPRINGY
    May 19, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Ket
    great expectations!


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